Julius Stone Address 2016: Professor Joseph Raz

13 October 2016


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Julius Stone Address 2016: The Democratic Deficit

Is the authority and legitimacy of international organisation threatened or undermined by a democratic deficit, and what, if anything, can be done about it? In his lecture, Professor Raz will include observations about the reasons for the success and for the moral legitimacy of democratic decision-making in states, and their possible role in international bodies.

About the speaker
Joseph Raz is Thomas M. Macioce Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and Research Professor (part-time) at The Dickson Poon School of Law at Kings College London. From 2006 to 2009, he was Research Professor at Oxford University, where, from 1985 to 2006, he was Professor of the Philosophy of Law and Fellow of BalliolCollege. After completing a Magister Juris at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1963 and a DPhil at Oxford University in 1967, he was Lecturer and then, from 1971, Senior Lecturer in the Law Faculty and the Department of Philosophy at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1972, he was appointed as Fellow and Tutor in Law at Balliol College and CUF Lecturer at Oxford University.

Professor Raz has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 1987 and was appointed an Honorable Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1992. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the Katholieke Universiteit, Brussels, King’s College London, and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has been a visiting professor at many institutions around the world and has delivered numerous keynote and named lectures, including the Kobe Lectures in Tokyo and Kyoto, the Seeley Lectures at Cambridge University, the Tanner Lectures at Berkeley and the Storrs Lectures at Yale University. His publications include The Concept of a Legal System,Practical Reason and Norms,The Authority of Law, The Morality of Freedom, Ethics in the Public Domain,Engaging Reason,and Between Authority and Interpretation. The Morality of Freedom won the W.J.M. Mackenzie Book Prize in 1987 and the Elaine and David Spitz Book Prize in 1988.

Please see time/venue details for the Julius Stone Address 2016 at the bottom of the page.

This event is generously sponsored by the Educational Heritage Foundation.

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this lecture is equal to 1.5 CPD points.


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Legitimacy and the State Conference
14-15 October 2016

Traditionally, legitimacy has been associated exclusively with states. But are states actually legitimate? And why should questions of legitimacy be about only them?

This Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence conference focuses on these two questions. It will examine both critiques and defences of the legitimacy of the state, and will consider assumptions about the nature of authority that inform the usual focus of discussions of legitimacy on the state. Finally, the conference will enquire into the legitimacy of supranational institutions and law beyond the state.

These questions will be examined in papers by eleven distinguished academics. Each paper will be introduced and discussed by an expert commentator, to whom the author will have an opportunity to respond, before being discussed by all participants.

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2016 Julius Stone Address
13 October 2016

Time and venue:

Time: 6-7.30pm (registration from 5.30pm)

Location: Law Foyer, Level 2, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Complimentary, registration essential

Contact: Professional Learning and Community Engagement Team

Phone: 0293510248

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