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Åsbjørn Melkevik

Positions held

2019-2020 to 2021-2022 Postdoctoral researcher(s),
2019-2020 to 2021-2022 Postdoctoral researcher(s),
2020-2021 to 2021-2022 Representative of postdoctoral researchers


Åsbjørn Melkevik has been the Edmond J. Safra Harvard Exchange Post-Doctoral Fellow at Tel Aviv University, following his Fellowship-in-Residence at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in political studies from Queen’s University in 2017. His postdoctoral research project at CRÉ is financed by the prestigious Banting fellowship and is co-supervised by Peter Dietsch (UdeM) and Pablo Gilabert (Concordia).

Åsbjørn specializes in political theory, business ethics, and economic ethics. He has published his research in journals such as Business Ethics Quarterly, the Journal of Business Ethics, Constitutional Political Economy, the European Journal of Political Theory, Ethics and Economics, the Erasmus Journal of Philosophy and Economics, the European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, and Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy.

Åsbjørn has argued that classical liberalism has wrongly been regarded as an ideology that rejects the welfare state. If a necessary link exists between the classical liberal tradition and the moral and institutional dimensions of the rule of law, then this tradition is bound to uphold a substantial form of social justice. In business ethics, Åsbjørn has championed a theory of “eunomics”, following the work of Lon Fuller. This theory explains why each kind of legal process, including managerial direction, is better suited for the pursuit of a limited number of ends, and therefore why we should not force a single institution to solve all ethical problems we face.