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Existential Advocacy: A Conversation with Professor John Bliss

November 15, 2022

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

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WCC; 3018 Classroom

A growing number of legal advocates are working to protect the interests of future generations by mitigating existential risk (i.e., risks that could lead to human extinction or other irreversible destruction of future human potential). How do these advocates design strategies around such low-probability/high-impact events? How do they seek to faithfully represent the multitudes of future generations who are silent stakeholders in decisions we make today? And what can they learn from the existing literature on law and social change?
Please join HLS Effective Altruism for a presentation by Professor John Bliss, the author of a forthcoming study of “Existential Advocacy,” which will address these questions and other topics that may be of interest to law students who hope to use their careers to positively shape the long-term future. All members of the Harvard community are welcome.
About us: HLS Effective Altruism is a community of law students interested in using evidence and careful reasoning to take actions to confront the world’s most pressing problems, including extreme poverty and existential risks from emerging technologies. Our events are open to all members of the Harvard community. Learn more and join our mailing list by visiting


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