Human Dignity Lecture Series: David Luban
The Dignifier and the Dignified: Human Dignity from Autonomy to Relations
Date & Time:
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Moot Courtroom, St. Thomas School of Law 1000 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota
David Luban is University Professor and Professor of Law and Philosophy at Georgetown University Law Center and the Acting Director of the Center on National Security and the Law. He 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 has also held visiting appointments at Dartmouth College, the University of Melbourne, and Harvard Law School. This spring 2011, he was a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Luban has also 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.
On Thursday, October 27th, Prof. Luban will discuss his most recent contribution on the subject of Human Dignity, sharing a new approach to understanding just what it means to be human.
"Honoring human dignity" is a quality of relations among persons, and that we do better taking the realtionships between the dignifier and the dignified as the fundamental concept that generates our conception of human dignity.
Luban received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University. He came to Georgetown in 1997 from the University of Maryland. 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 has also held visiting appointments at Dartmouth College, the University of Melbourne, and Harvard Law School.
In addition to legal ethics and philosophy, his recent scholarship concerns international criminal law, just war theory, human rights, and the US torture debate. Luban has published more than 150 articles; his books have been translated into Chinese and Japanese. They include Lawyers and Justice(1988), Legal Modernism (1993), Legal Ethics and Human Dignity (2007) and, most recently, International and Transnational Criminal Law (2010) (with Julie O'Sullivan and David P. Stewart). Luban has written for Slate.com, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times; he is a member of the group legal blog Balkinization. He is a frequent speaker at universities in the United States, and has lectured in ten other countries. Luban served on the DC Bar's legal ethics committee, and chaired the Professional Responsibility Section of the Association of American Law Schools, as well as the American Philosophical Association’s committee on law and philosophy.
The Murphy Institute’s Human Dignity lecture series brings together prominent thinkers in fields such as philosophy, theology, and law to rigorously explore just what it means for humans to possess dignity. Lecturers in the series to date have been:
- Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University
- Gilbert Meilaender, Richard and Phyllis Duesenberg Chair in Theological Ethics at Valparaiso University
- David Luban, University Professor and Professor of Law and Philosophy at Georgetown University Law Center and the Acting Director of the Center on National Security and the Law
- Paolo Carozza, Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame, Director of Notre Dame’s J.S.D. program in International Human Rights Law as well as the Program on Law and Human Development
- Hans Joas, Ernst Troeltsch Professor for the Sociology of Religion at the Theological Faculty of Humboldt University, Berlin, and a Professor of Sociology and Social Thought and Member of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago