Dr. David Luban, a professor of law and philosophy at Georgetown University and acting director of its Center on National Security and the Law, will present his thinking on the topic of human dignity in a 4:30 p.m. lecture Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Frey Moot Courtroom of the University of St. Thomas School of Law in downtown Minneapolis.

The lecture, free and open to the public, is the next in an ongoing series on what it means for humans to possess dignity. The title of the lecture is “The Dignifier and the Dignified: Human Dignity from Autonomy to Relations.”

Dr. David Luban

Dr. David Luban

The series is sponsored by the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy, which is a collaboration between St. Thomas’ School of Law and Center for Catholic Studies. The institute’s goal is to assemble a collection of lectures into one volume that can serve as a resource for those interested in a strenuous investigation of the topic of human dignity.

Luban has been visiting professor and Distinguished Senior Fellow in Legal Ethics at Yale Law School, and Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Stanford Law School.  He also has held visiting appointments at Dartmouth College, the University of Melbourne and Harvard Law School.

He has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and won awards for his legal ethics scholarship from the New York State Bar and the American Bar Foundation. Last spring Luban was a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Luban has published more than 150 articles; his books, which include the 2007 Legal Ethics and Human Dignity, have been translated into Chinese and Japanese. He is a frequent speaker at universities in the United States and has lectured in 10 other countries.

Go to the Murphy Institute website for more information and to register. The institute is applying for continuing legal education credits.