2nd Bucharest Conference in Analytical Political Theory

The 2nd edition of the Bucharest Conference in Analytical Political Theory, jointly organised by BCEPT and ICUB-SSS (Research Institute of the University of Bucharest – Social Sciences Division) was held between 9-10 June 2022. The topic of this year’s edition was Age, Ethics, and Public Policies, with Anca Gheaus (Central European University) and Axel Gosseries (Université catholique de Louvain) joining us as keynote speakers. The conference took place in a hybrid format, being held in-person at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Sos. Panduri 90-92), Room 103 and online via Zoom.




09:30 – 10:00 Registration

10:00 – 10:20 Opening Address

Ioan Stanomir, ICUB Director

Alexandru Volacu, BCEPT Director

10:20 – 11:20 Keynote Address

Age Mobility

Axel Gosseries, UC Louvain

11:20 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00 Panel Session 1

Who should spend time with the elderly?

Charlie Richards, University of Oxford

Mill’s underexplored liberty limiting principle: age and maturity of faculties

Don Habibi, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Get Old or Die Trying: The Case for Freetirement

Manuel Valente, UC Louvain

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Panel Session 2

Age and Electoral Participation. A Proposal for the Expressive Enfranchisement of Children

            Alexandru Volacu, University of Bucharest

Children Reshaping Democracy

Silene Gambino, University of Milan

Minimal voting age and the principle of universal suffrage

Sergei Sazonov, University of Tartu

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30 Panel Session 3

Surrogacy and Commodification

            Willa Saadat, King’s College London

More Asymmetries for the Asymmetry Argument

            Katerina Psaroudaki, University of Cyprus

Is creating saviour siblings permissible?

            Elizabeth Finneron-Burns & Caleb Althorpe, Western University (Canada)



10:00 – 11:00 Keynote Address

Inheritance in unjust circumstances

Anca Gheaus, Central European University

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00 Panel session 4

Historical Redress and the Subsequent Wrong Argument

            Lukas op de Beke, Helsinki University

Inheritance ethics and refugees

            Adelin Dumitru, University of Bucharest

Death and Taxes: Social Inheritance and the Occupancy of Wealth

            Ryan Born, University of Texas at Austin

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Panel session 5

Parents as Voters

Attila Mraz, Sciences Po & ELTE Institute of Philosophy

Voting Age, Epistocracy and the Demographic Objection

            William Chan, University of Manchester

The right to candidacy and age-based restrictions

            Vlad Terteleac, SNSPA Bucharest

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 – 17:30 Panel session 6

Nepotism, Equal Opportunity and Impartial Partiality

Pascal Mowla, University of Oxford

The limits of the right of parents to educational choice

Fernando de los Santos Menéndez, Autonomous University of Madrid

The Best Available Parent and The Optimific Search Clinic

Jordan Walters, McGill University




The first edition of the Bucharest Conference in Analytical Political Theory took place at the University of Bucharest between 13-15 June 2019 on the topic “Thresholds in Justice. Sufficientarianism and Limitarianism Revisited”. The two keynote speakers were Ingrid Robeyns (Utrecht University) & Liam Shields (University of Manchester). The full program is available here: BCAPT 2019 Program.