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    • Racist Stereotypes, Resistance and Reclaiming Dignity

      6 July
      This lecture is being held to commemorate NAIDOC Week
      Settler Australians came to know Aboriginal people through demeaning stereotypes that alternated between the noble savage and the violent primitive. By the early twentieth century such stereotypes were ingrained in everyday life, as evidenced by the use of racial slurs and caricatures in the branding of consumer goods. The noble savage also emerged in Australian fiction, and was personified by the much loved character, Detective Inspector Bony. Today, racist stereotypes remain a powerful influence on Australia's public institutions, and in particular, state police forces.

    • JSI Seminar Series: The Nature of Law and its Implications for Adjudication

      12 July
      Speaker: Kevin Toh, University College London
      It may be that our legal thinking and practice are sufficiently messy and lacking in coherence so that no one theory of the nature of law, or at least no one theory of the sort that is currently available in the literature, is descriptively accurate. Such a state of affairs would provide us with theoretical opportunities as well as disappointments. Instead of trying to come up with a maximally accurate theory of the nature of law, we can instead try to come up with a plausible natural history of law - i.e. an imaginary history modelled on the classic natural histories of the sort that a number of philosophers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries devised.

    • JSI Seminar Series: The Evolution of Authority

      18 July
      Speaker: Professor Alan Brudner, University of Toronto
      This paper sets out a perfectionist view of political authority and explores its implications for a state's external sovereignty vis-à-vis foreign states. It begins from the idea that internal sovereignty is a relational concept in that a claim of authority must be capable of a validating recognition by a free subject. Validation, however, comes in different grades depending on how independent of the putative sovereign the subject is. We can thus speak of sovereign authority as evolving through a series of developmental stages.