Mark Navin - There is no ‘mandatory vaccination’: different policies require different arguments

27 juni 2018, 16:00 - 17:00 | Roeterseiland complex, A Building Room A3.01, Amsterdam | This colloquium in jointly organized by the Paul Scholten Centre of Jurisprudence in the Amsterdam Law School and the Philosophy

The Paul Scholten Centre for Jurisprudence and the Philosophy Group of Wageningen University cordially invite you to a colloquium with Mark Navin (Oakland University). He will present a paper entitled: There is no ‘mandatory vaccination’: different policies require different arguments.If you are interested to participate please ask or to send you the manuscript.

In response to rising rates of vaccine refusal, many participants in academic, policy, and popular debates have recently advocated mandatory vaccination. But ‘mandatory vaccination’ is not a singular policy intervention. Instead, there are diverse means by which states can use degrees of manipulation or coercion to combat vaccine refusal. Recent reforms in Australia, France, Italy, USA, and elsewhere, as well as established mandatory regimes in other countries, illustrate some of this diversity. In this paper, we introduce a taxonomy for classifying mandatory vaccination policies, according to their scope (which vaccines to require?), sanctions (which kind of penalty to impose on vaccine refusers?) and selectivity (how to enforce or exempt people from vaccine mandates?). While it is essential to attend to these separate attributes of a vaccine mandate policy, we can also synthesize information about a policy’s scope, sanctions, and selectivity to identify a further attribute, severity, which identifies the magnitude of the burdens the state imposes on vaccine refusers.

Mark Navin is associate professor of philosophy at Oakland University. He works on applied ethics (especially bioethics) and social and political philosophy (including global justice). In his recent work, Mark has focused on vaccination. In 2015 he published his monograph Values and Vaccine Refusal: Hard Questions in Epistemology, Ethics and Health Care (Routledge, 2015).

Marcel Verweij (Wageningen University). This colloquium is open to all, no registration required. For more information, please contact Roland Pierik via

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