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UCL Colloquium in
Legal & Social Philosophy 2013:
The normativity of law
Professor Joseph Raz,
This colloquium session will be a discussion of Professor Raz's Quain Lectures, which will be delivered on April 22, 23 and 25.
Friday 26 April 2013, from 4-7pm
UCL Law Faculty
Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens
London WC1H 0EG
About the speaker:
Born in Mandate Palestine in 1939, Joseph Raz graduated in 1963 from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel with a Magister Juris (Master of Jurisprudence), summa cum laude. Later, with funds provided by the Hebrew University, Raz pursued a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) at Oxford University under the supervision of H. L. A. Hart. This was by no means coincidental; Raz had met Hart earlier at a conference in Israel. Hart says that at this meeting, Raz pointed out a flaw in his reasoning that had previously eluded him. Hart encouraged him to go to Oxford for further study.
Raz studied at Balliol College, Oxford and was awarded the DPhil in 1967. He then returned to Israel to teach at the Hebrew University as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law and Department of Philosophy. In 1971, he was tenured and promoted to Senior Lecturer. In 1972, he returned to Balliol as a Fellow and Tutor in Law, becoming a Professor of Philosophy of Law, Oxford University, from 1985 to 2006, and then a Research Professor from 2006 to 2009. Since 2002 he has also been a Professor in the Law School at Columbia University, New York. He has held visiting appointments at several universities, and has also served on a number of editorial boards for the publication of journals and books.
Raz is acknowledged by his contemporaries as being one of the most important living legal philosophers. He has authored and edited eleven books to date, namely The Concept of a Legal System (1970), Practical Reason and Norms (1975), The Authority of Law (1979), The Morality of Freedom (1986), Authority (1990), Ethics in the Public Domain (1994),Engaging Reason (1999), Value, Respect and Attachment (2001), The Practice of Value (2003), Between Authority and Interpretation (2009), and From Normativity to Responsibility (2011).
Papers for discussion will be made available normally between 10 days to two weeks in advance on this website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/jurisprudence/colloquium
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