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Professor of Law Jeremy Waldron to Deliver the 2017 Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence

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The Law Library of Congress is pleased to announce that legal and political philosophy professor Jeremy Waldron of New York University School of Law, will deliver the 2017 Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence. The lecture, “The Philosophical Foundations of Immigration Law,” is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1.

  Jeremy Waldron, University Professor. Photo Courtesy of New York University School of Law.

For this year’s Kellogg Lecture, Professor Waldron will address how countries regulate immigration, specifically if nations have a right to consider their economic and cultural interests to shape immigration policy, and more broadly what historical and legal foundations give nations the authority to regulate newcomers into their respective countries.

The event will take place in the Mumford Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. The program is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entry. Tickets can be reserved on Eventbrite.

The Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence presents distinguished contributors to international jurisprudence, judged through writings, reputation, and broad and continuing influence on contemporary legal scholarship. Previous Kellogg Lecturers include Ronald Dworkin, Joseph Raz, Amartya Sen and Michael Sandel. The lecture series is endowed by Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg.

Waldron is University Professor and Professor of Law at New York University, where he teaches in the areas of constitutional theory, legal philosophy, and political theory.   He was previously the Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at All Souls College, Oxford. Professor Waldron was born in New Zealand and educated in law and philosophy at the University of Otago and University of Oxford.  He has held academic appointments at the University of Edinburgh (1983-1987), University of California, Berkeley (1987-1996), Princeton University (1995-1996), and Columbia University (1996-2006).  He delivered the Storrs Lectures at Yale University in 2007, the Holmes Lectures at Harvard University, Tanner Lectures at University of California, Berkeley in 2009, and the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh in 2015.  Since 2011, he has been a Fellow of the British Academy. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998 and the American Philosophical Society in 2015.

A prolific scholar, Waldron has written and published many articles and books on the subject of jurisprudence and political theory.  His books include “The Dignity of Legislation” (Cambridge University Press, 1999), “Law and Disagreement” (Oxford University Press, 1999), “Torture, Terror and Trade-offs: Philosophy for the White House” (Oxford University Press, 2010), “Dignity, Rank, and Rights” (Oxford University Press, 2012), “Political Political Theory” (Harvard University Press, 2016) and “One Another’s Equals: the Basis of Human Equality” (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2017).

We hope you can join us in-person at the Library or online via the Library’s Facebook page and YouTube channel (with closed captioning)!




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