Book symposium: Leslie Green's "The Germ of Justice"
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A book symposium on Leslie Green's recent book The Germ of Justice (OUP 2023)
PLEASE NOTE: THIS WILL BE A HYBRID EVENT. A LINK TO JOIN THE SESSION WILL BE SENT TO OUR MAILING LIST 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE START.
About the book:
General jurisprudence is the theory of law in general, identifying features that law has wherever and whenever legal institutions exist. But it is no hermetic inquiry. Law depends on, and has consequences for, politics and morality.
In The Germ of Justice, one of the subject's prominent exponents disentangles these relationships. Professor Leslie Green probes three clusters of problems: the nature of law as a social construction, the relations between law and morality, and the demands that law makes of its officers and its subjects. Along the way, Green asks what jurisprudence can learn from the social sciences, how it is related to the humanities, how it might make progress, and why it is of value.
This wonderful and accessible text engages leading theories of law and key works of Hume, Kelsen, Hart, Dworkin, Finnis, and Raz. The Germ of Justice is a must-have work in contemporary jurisprudence and a powerful contribution to political theory and moral philosophy.
Les Green is Emeritus Professor of the Philosophy of Law and Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College. He is also Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Law at Queen's University in Canada.
After beginning his teaching career as a fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, Les Green moved to Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He has been a visiting professor at many law faculties, including Berkeley, NYU, Chicago and, for some years, at the University of Texas at Austin.
Tom Adams read for the BA in Jurisprudence and BCL at St Peter's College, Oxford. He then went on to complete the DPhil in Law at Balliol College, Oxford, under the supervision of Professor Leslie Green. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law as well as a Tutorial Fellow at St Catherine's College.
Julie Dickson is Professor of Legal Philosophy in the Faculty of Law, and Fellow and Senior Law Tutor at Somerville College. After completing an undergraduate law degree at the University of Glasgow in her native Scotland, and a D. Phil in Philosophy of Law at Balliol College, Oxford, she held lectureships at the University of Leicester and University College London before taking up a Fellowship in Law at Somerville College in 2002.
Nicos Stavropoulos is is Professor of Law and Philosophy, one of the three permanent posts in legal philosophy established by the University. He teaches and supervises research in legal philosophy.
This seminar will start with comments by Tom Adams, Julie Dickson and Nicos Stavropoulos, followed by remarks from Les Green (who will join us remotely).
This seminar takes place in the Arthur Goodhart Seminar Room, University College, at 5:00pm on Thursday November 9.
The Room is located in Logic Lane and can be accessed from High St. or Merton St. without having to go through the main entrance to Univ College.
This event is open to anyone. No registration needed.
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