martes, 28 de febrero de 2012

Justice for Hedgehogs. Ronald Dworkin (Carnegie Council)

Justice for Hedgehogs

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"The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing."

Ronald Dworkin argues for one big thing: the unity of value. He asserts that value is what makes sense of how we act as individuals, how we relate to others, and how we construct our lives.

Justice for Hedgehogs (Transcript)
Fuente: Carnegie Council  Carnegie Council

domingo, 26 de febrero de 2012

A Feminist Before the Term Was Invented

Independent Lens
As a black woman who was a feminist before the term was invented, Daisy Bates refused to accept her assigned place in society. Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock tells the story of her life and public support of nine black students who registered to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, which culminated in a constitutional crisis — pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself. Unconventional, revolutionary, and egotistical, Daisy Bates reaped the rewards of instant fame, but paid dearly for it.

viernes, 24 de febrero de 2012

Exploring Liberty: Simple Rules for a Complex World. Richard Epstein

Cover of: Simple Rules for a Complex World by Richard Epstein

In this Exploring Liberty lecture, Richard Epstein gives a quick outline of his "simple rules"-- six conditions that he says provide the groundwork for the emergence of a civilized society.

Epstein is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at New York University as well as an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute. He is the author of Simple Rules for a Complex World (1995) and Skepticism and Freedom: A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism (2004), among many other books.

Download the .mp3 version of this lecture here:

jueves, 23 de febrero de 2012


University of Oxford

You are now watching the live stream from the University of Oxford's Sheldonian Theatre. The stream will load automatically below, whereby you will need to click PLAY to start the video. A discussion between Richard Dawkins and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

miércoles, 22 de febrero de 2012

La protección de los derechos ante la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos. Universidad de Valencia

Autor: Carrillo, Arturo; La protección de los derechos ante la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos. Valencia 8 de febrero de 2012. Fecha: 2012-02-08. Producción: Institut Universitari de Drets Humans Resumen: Seminario dentro del Máster en Derechos Humanos, Democracia y Justicia Internacional.

Symposium explores Michelman’s contributions to comparative constitutional law and law and philosophy

Harvard Law School 

An array of luminaries from academia and the bench—and from around the world—came to Harvard Law School to celebrate Professor Frank Michelman ’60 and his influential work, as he prepares to retire after nearly half a century on the HLS faculty.

A symposium in honor of Michelman, Robert Walmsley University Professor, held on Feb. 10 and 11, focused on two of his signal achievements: his comparative constitutional law work, particularly his counsel to South Africa in the drafting of its post-apartheid constitution, and his scholarship on law and philosophy. Additionally, many speakers offered personal testimonials saluting Michelman for his kind and inquisitive nature and, as Dean Martha Minow noted, the “contagious zest and passion” that he conveys to his colleagues and students.

Watch the Feb. 10 panel on Comparative Constitutional Law:

Watch the Law and Philosophy Panel:
Provocations: Dean of Yale Law School Robert Post and Thomas Scanlon, Alford Professor of Natural Religion, Moral Philosophy, and Civil Polity, Harvard University. Panelists: Rosalie Abella, justice, Supreme Court of Canada; Guido Calabresi, judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Nancy Rosenblum, Senator Joseph S. Clark Professor of Ethics in Politics and Government, Harvard University; Margaret Jane Radin, Henry King Ransom Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School; Michael Sandel, Anne T. Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, Harvard University. Moderated by Harvard Law School Professor Charles Fried.

Trafficking, Prostitution, and Inequality. Catherine MacKinnon

Catharine A. MacKinnon
International Women´s Human Rights: Paradigms, Paradoxes, and Possibilities, a Sawyer Seminar organized by the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, addresses contradictions within the concept and practice of women´s human rights. The year-long program will include public lectures, symposia, faculty seminars, an undergraduate workshop and a large international conference in spring quarter, Engendering Rights in India: The Colonial Encounter and Beyond.  Made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Catharine A. MacKinnon, Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, specializes in sex equality issues under international and constitutional law. She pioneered the legal claim for sexual harassment and, with Andrea Dworkin, created ordinances recognizing pornography as a civil rights violation and the Swedish model for addressing prostitution. The Supreme Court of Canada has largely accepted her approaches to equality, pornography, and hate speech.

In her visiting lecture to University of Chicago Law School students, Professor MacKinnon discussed issues raised in her book Are Women Human?: And Other International Dialogues. Her work exposes the consequences and significance of the systematic maltreatment of women and its systemic condonation by taking us inside the workings of nation-states, where the oppression of women defines community life and distributes power in society and government, and inside the heart of the international law of conflict to ask why the international community can rally against terrorists' violence, but not violence against women.

Catherine MacKinnon, the Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School specializes in sex equality issues under international and constitutional law. She pioneered the legal claim for sexual harassment and, with Andrea Dworkin, created ordinances recognizing pornography as a civil rights violation and the Swedish model for addressing prostitution. Representing Bosnian women survivors of Serbian genocidal sexual atrocities, she won Kadic v. Karadzic, whcih first recognized rape as an act of genocide. Her scholarly books include Toward a Feminist Theory of the State (1989), Sex Equality (2001/2007), and Are Women Human? (2006).

"Trafficking, Prostitution, and Inequality." Harv. C. R -C. L. L. Rev. 46, no. 2 (2011): 271-310. Full Text: Hein (UMich users) | Hein | Lexis | Westlaw

viernes, 17 de febrero de 2012

"Not for Profit: Why Democracy needs the Humanities"

Stanford UniversityWhat is education for democracy? We urgently need to reflect about this, since radical changes in education are occurring without much public deliberation. Narrowly focusing on national economic gain, nations, and their systems of education, are needlessly discarding skills associated with the humanities and the arts, that are             needed to keep democracies alive: the ability to think critically; the ability to transcend local loyalties and to approach world problems as a "citizen of the world"; and the ability to imagine sympathetically the predicament of another person.

We’re in the middle of a crisis…that has been going largely unnoticed–a worldwide crisis in education,” said philosopher Martha Nussbaum to a near-capacity audience at Cubberley Auditorium. “There are radical changes in what democratic societies teach young people, and these changes have not been well thought through.”

“If this trend continues, we will be producing generations of narrow technically-trained workers rather than complete citizens who can think for themselves, criticize tradition and authority and understand the significance of another person’s suffering and achievements,” Nussbaum added.
Excerpt from the February 2, 2012 talk.

jueves, 16 de febrero de 2012

Introduction to the Capability Approach. Sabina Alkire

Introduction to the Capability Approach
Instructor: Sabina Alkire, OPHI Director

Class Objectives:
  • History and Motivation
  • Capabilities
  • Functionings
  • Agency
  • Implications for economics
  • Issues for measurement


miércoles, 15 de febrero de 2012

The Takeaway:' The future of U.S.-China relations

Harvard Law SchoolProfessor William P. Alford

Harvard Law School Professor William Alford discuss the future of U.S.-China relations, specifically with regard to trade and Chinese intellectual property law, which Alford describes as “a work in progress.”

Amartya Sen receives U.S. award

AN HONOUR: “We even have an economist, which we don’t always get on stage.” This was the comment of U.S. President Barack Obama on 78-year-old Amartya Sen before presenting the 2011 National Humanities Medal to the 1998 Nobel Prize winner in Economics. Seven
others were also presented with the medal at the glittering White House function on Monday. The Nobel laureates were seen chatting for some time. Professor Sen also attended a White House reception. Photo: Narayan Lakshman

India-born Nobel laureate Amartya Sen was on Tuesday felicitated with the prestigious National Medals of Arts and Humanities award by U.S. President Barack Obama for his efforts to increase the understanding of fighting hunger and poverty.

The Hindu : Opinion / Editorial : Sen, the moral universalist

The Hindu : Opinion / Editorial : Sen, the moral universalist

Life in the Ancient World

University of Cambridge
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"Life in the Ancient World"
Dr Michael Scott, University of Cambridge

It’s a question we have always been asking: what was life like in the ancient world? But just as interesting and important is a slightly different one: how have we, over the past centuries, chosen to examine and answer that question? This lecture will focus on the changing attitudes to telling the story of the ancient past, and particularly the weird and wonderful world of ancient Greece. It will investigate the questions we have asked, the ways in which we have gone about answering them, and the resulting pictures of life in the ancient Greek world that we have created, from the first characterizations of ancient Greece by the Romans to the latest cutting-edge 21st century scholarship. In a year when the Olympics come to Britain, and our minds turn inescapably towards the connection between the ancient Greek world and our own, there is no more important time to think about just how we know what life was like in the ancient world. By telling such a story, and by demonstrating how we are always implicated in creating the picture of our past, this lecture will argue that the question ‘what was life like in the ancient world’ tells us as much about ourselves as it does about the ancients.

lunes, 13 de febrero de 2012

Data Debate: Is transparency bad for science?

University of Cambridge

eye reflected in screen of data
Scientific data is more freely available than ever. But does the push for openness help or hinder science? A debate to launch the new issue of Index on Censorship magazine, ‘Dark Matter: what’s science got to hide?’

Speakers include Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust, George Monbiot, Guardian columnist and Baroness Onora O’Neill. Jo Glanville, Editor of Index on Censorship, will chair.


  • Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust
  • George Monbiot, author and Guardian journalist
  • Baroness Onora O'Niell, House of Lords
  • Chair: Jo Glanville, Editor Index on Censorship

domingo, 12 de febrero de 2012

Ralph Nader at HLS: The constitutional crimes of Bush and Obama

Harvard Law School

Nader and Fein
The constitutional crimes of Bush and Obama

Ralph Nader ’58 and Bruce Fein ’72 visited Harvard Law School for a talk sponsored by the HLS Forum and the Harvard Law Record. At the event, “America's Lawless Empire: The Constitutional Crimes of Bush and Obama,” both men discussed what they called lawless, violent practices by the White House and its agencies that have become institutionalized by both political parties.

Nader, a consumer advocate, author, attorney, and five-time candidate for President, said that the government and the American people have rationalized illegality because the country has gotten used to the military-industrial complex and the corporate state under which it has been operating for more than half a century. 
The talk was sponsored by HLS Forum and the Harvard Law Record. HLS Forum is a nonpartisan student organization dedicated to bringing open discussion of a broad range of legal, political and social issues to Harvard Law School. It was founded after World War II by 30 returning soldiers as a memorial to their fellow students who died in the war. The Harvard Law Record, published since 1946, is the oldest law school-affiliated newspaper in the United States. Jill Greenfield.

jueves, 9 de febrero de 2012

Law, Security, and Liberty after 9/11: Looking to the future

Harvard Law School

On September 16 and 17, 2011, the Harvard Law School-Brookings Project on Law and Security will host the conference “Law, Security & Liberty After 9/11: Looking to theFuture” at Harvard Law School’s Wasserstein Hall in Cambridge, Mass. The conference addressed questions of national and international security through an interdisciplinary lens, bringing together academics, government experts, civil society, media, and other interested actors.
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    John Brennan, Homeland Security and Counterterrorism...
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1:31:57What can and cannot be learned from the 'war on HarvardLawSchool

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1:17:11U.S.-Muslim relations: Where are we heading?de HarvardLawSchool

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1:09:53The ethics and law of domestic counterterrorism: HarvardLawSchool

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1:26:04The ethics and law of international HarvardLawSchool

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1:10:09The presidency in the post 9/11 worldde HarvardLawSchool

    "Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists": A panel discussion

    In October 2010 prominent legal and political scholars explored the relationship between terrorism, diplomacy and law in a panel discussion of “Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists” (2010), a book written by Harvard Law School Professors Philip Heymann ’60 and Gabriella Blum LL.M. ’01 S.J.D. ’03. The conversation took place shortly after the authors received the 2010 Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize. 
    Along with Heymann and Blum, the panel featured HLS Professors David Barron ’94 and Robert Mnookin ’68; Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; and HLS Visiting Professor Sanford Levinson, who is on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Read more »