13 October 1953 |
Jeremy Waldron (born 13 October 1953) is a New Zealand professor of law and philosophy. He holds a professorship at the New York University School of Law and is Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at All Souls College, Oxford University. Waldron also holds an adjunct professorship at Victoria University.
Early life and education
Waldron studied at the University of Otago, New Zealand, where he graduated with a B.A. in 1974 and an LL.B. in 1978. He later studied for a D.Phil. at the University of Oxford under legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin and political theorist Alan Ryan; Waldron graduated in 1986.
He also taught legal and political philosophy at Otago (1975–78), Lincoln College, Oxford (1980–82), the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1983–87), the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at Boalt Hall School of Law at Berkeley (1986–96), Princeton University (1996–97), and Columbia Law School (1997–2006). He has also been a visiting professor at Cornell (1989–90), Otago (1991–92) and Columbia (1995) Universities.
Waldron gave the second series of Seeley Lectures at Cambridge University in 1996, the 1999 Carlyle Lectures at Oxford, the spring 2000 University Lecture at Columbia Law School, the Wesson Lectures at Stanford University in 2004, and the Storrs Lectures at Yale Law School in 2007. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998.
In 2005, Waldron received an honorary doctorate from the University of Otago, his alma mater.
Legal and philosophical views
Waldron is a liberal and a normative legal positivist. He has written extensively on the analysis and justification of private property and on the political and legal philosophy of John Locke. He is an outspoken opponent of judicial review and of torture, both of which he believes to be in tension with democratic principles. He believes that hate speech should not be protected by the First Amendment.
Criticism of judicial review
In her recent book on Hans Kelsen, Sandrine Baume identified Jeremy Waldron and Bruce Ackerman as leading critics of the "compatibility of judicial review with the very principles of democracy". Baume identified John Hart Ely alongside Dworkin as the foremost defenders of this principle in recent years, while the opposition to this principle of "compatibility" were identified as Bruce Ackerman and Jeremy Waldron. In contrast to Waldron and Ackerman, Dworkin was a long-time advocate of the principle of the moral reading of the constitution whose lines of support he sees as strongly associated with enhanced versions of judicial review in the federal government.
- 1984. Theories of Rights, edited vol. ISBN 0-19-875063-3
- 1988. The Right to Private Property. ISBN 0-19-823937-8, ISBN 0-19-824326-X
- 1988. Nonsense Upon Stilts: Bentham, Burke and Marx on the Rights of Man, edited vol. ISBN 0-416-91890-5
- 1990. The Law: Theory and Practice in British Politics. ISBN 0-415-01427-1
- 1993. Liberal Rights: Collected Papers 1981–91. ISBN 0-521-43617-6
- 1999. The Dignity of Legislation, Seeley Lectures. ISBN 0-521-65883-7, ISBN 85-336-1896-4 (Portuguese translation)
- 1999. Law and Disagreement. ISBN 0-19-924303-4
- 2002. God, Locke and Equality. ISBN 0-521-89057-8
- 2010. Torture, Terror, and Trade-Offs: Philosophy for the White House. ISBN 978-0-19-958504-5
- 2012. The Harm in Hate Speech, Oliver Wendell Holmes Lectures. ISBN 978-0674065895
- 2012. "Partly Laws Common To All Mankind": Foreign Law in American Courts. ISBN 978-0300148657
- 2012. The Rule of Law and the Measure of Property, Hamlyn Lectures. ISBN 978-1107653788
- 2001, "Normative (or Ethical) Positivism" in Jules Coleman (ed.), Hart's Postscript: Essays on the Postscript to The Concept of Law. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-829908-7
- 2003, "Who is my Neighbor?: Humanity and Proximity," The Monist 86.
- 2004, "Settlement, Return, and the Supersession Thesis," Theoretical Inquiries in Law 5.
- 2004, “Terrorism and the Uses of Terror”. The Journal of Ethics, Vol. 8, No. 1, Terrorism (2004) pp. 5–35.
- 2005, "Torture and Positive Law: Jurisprudence for the White House," Columbia Law Review 105.
- 2006, "The Core of the Case Against Judicial Review," Yale Law Journal 115.
- 2009, "Dignity and Defamation: The Visibility of Hate". 2009 Oliver Wendell Holmes Lectures.
- 2012, "Bicameralism and the Separation of Powers," Current Legal Problems 31.
- Voices on Antisemitism Interview with Jeremy Waldron from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Baume, Sandrine (2011). Hans Kelsen and the Case for Democracy, ECPR Press, pp53-54.
- Ackerman, Bruce (1991). We the People.
- Waldron, Jeremy (2006). "The Core of the case against judicial review," The Yale Law Review, 2006, Vol. 115, pp 1346-1406.
- NYU Law Faculty Profile.
- NYU's Big Raid New York Observer, 13 March 2006 (on Waldron's appointment at NYU).
- Debate with John Yoo on torture.
- Waldron archive from The New York Review of Books
- "NYU's Waldron to Take Up Chichele Chair at Oxford on Half-Time Basis" Leiter Reports, 17 December 2009.