He is one of the foremost legal philosophers of our time, and was awarded the prize for:
his path-breaking contributions to the rule of law, and for deepening our understanding of the very nature of law, legal reasoning, and the relationship between law, morality and freedom.
About the Tang Prize
About Joseph Raz
Joseph Raz received his Magister Juris, summa cum laude from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, in 1963, and then came to Oxford for the DPhil, which he completed in 1967.
A Fellow of the British Academy since 1987 and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences since 1992, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Katholieke Universiteit, Brussels in 1993, and the International Prize for Legal Research ‘Hector Fix‐Zamudio’ of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in 2005. His best‐known book, The Morality of Freedom (1986) received the W.J.M. Mackenzie book prize of the Political Studies Association of the UK in 1987, and the Elaine and David Spitz Book Prize of the Conference for the Study of Political Thought in 1988. He has been a Seeley Lecturer at Cambridge and a Tanner Lecturer at Berkeley. His books, which have been translated into ten foreign languages, also include The Authority of Law (1979), The Concept of a Legal System (1980), Practical Reason and Norms (1975; second edition 1999), Ethics in the Public Domain (1994), Engaging Reason (2000), Value, Respect and Attachment (2001) and The Practice of Value (2003), and Between Interpretation and Authority (2009).