2014 Julius Stone Address: Professor Frederick Schauer
13 March 2014
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Sydney Law School is please to announce the 2014 Julius Stone Address guest speaker, Professor Frederick Schauer, David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia (USA).
Do People Obey the Law?
At least as far back as Socrates, there have been important debates about whether people should obey the law just because it is the law. When what the law commands differs from what people think is the right thing to do, should they follow the law solely because it is the law? These debates have been important, but equally important is the empirical question whether people actually do obey the law just because it is the law. It would be easy to answer this question in the affirmative by observing the vast amount of law-compliant behaviour, but it is important to distinguish engaging in behaviour that happens to be consistent with the law from engaging in behaviour because of the law. And it is equally important to distinguish engaging in behaviour because of the law from engaging in behaviour because of what the law may do to us if we do not comply. When we draw these distinctions, we may discover that voluntary obedience to the law because it is the law is a less widespread phenomenon than is commonly believed. To the extent that this is so, we can understand why force and coercion are so central to law's characteristic operation, and why the dismissal of the importance of coercion in much of modern jurisprudence is a mistake in need of correction.
About the speaker
Frederick Schauer is David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia. He is also Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment, Emeritus, at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where he taught from 1990 to 2008, served as academic dean and acting dean, and also taught courses on evidence and freedom of speech at the Harvard Law School. Previously, Schauer was professor of law at the University of Michigan and has also been visiting professor of law at the Columbia Law School, Fischel-Neil Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, Morton Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Humanities at Dartmouth College, distinguished visiting professor at the University of Toronto, distinguished visitor at New York University and James Goold Cutler Professor of Law at the College of William and Mary. In 2007-2008, he was the Eastman Professor at Oxford University and a fellow of Balliol College. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and former holder of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Schauer is the author of numerous articles on freedom of speech and press, constitutional law and theory, evidence, legal reasoning and the philosophy of law, and many books, includingFree Speech: A Philosophical Enquiry(Cambridge, 1982),Playing By the Rules: A Philosophical Examination of Rule-Based Decision-Making in Law and in Life(Oxford, 1991) and Thinking Like a Lawyer: A New Introduction to Legal Reasoning(Harvard, 2009). He is also the editor of Karl Llewellyn,The Theory of Rules (Chicago, 2011) and co-editor ofThe Philosophy of Law (Oxford, 1996) andThe First Amendment(West, 1995). Schauer was founding co-editor of the journalLegal Theory, has served as chair of the Section on Constitutional Law of the Association of American Law Schools and of the Committee on Philosophy and Law of the American Philosophical Association. His books have been translated into Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Turkish, and his scholarship has been the subject of a book and special issues of several law reviews.
This event is generously sponsored by the Educational Heritage Foundation
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This address is presented by the Julius Stone Institute for Jurisprudence. For information about the institute's programs (including the Masters in Jurisprudence) and other upcoming events, CLICK HERE.
Time: 6-7.30pm (registration from 5.30pm)
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