A Lecture on the Ethics of Law and Justice

5:00pm - 7:00pm / Tuesday 7th May 2019 / Venue: Lecture Theatre 3 Rendall Building
Type: Lecture / Category: Research
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  • Suitable for: Academics or students interested in international criminal law, law and justice
  • Admission: Free
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The law is a means to two contradictory ends: justice and injustice. Knowing this, many still think their hopes for the establishment of justice on earth – or at least a better kind of justice than exists now – can and will someday be realized.

This lecture, based on a book currently in progress, criticizes the foregoing way of thinking as a moral monstrosity. Critical reason must deny itself the comfort of a good conscience even (or especially) on account of its own best efforts and noblest aspirations. The result is that the very best imaginable institutions of law and justice, even when mediated by reason’s most rigorous interpretation of individual ethical responsibility, still remain deeply worrisome. Still remain somehow unethical.

The lecture will attempt to uncover the possibility, if not the desirability, of such a radicalized conception of ethics in thinking about questions of law and justice.

A drinks reception will follow the lecture.