Bloustein Lecture in Law and Ethics

The Institute sponsors an annual lecture at the intersection of law and moral philosophy, featuring leading scholars in philosophy and law.

Kimberly Kessler Ferzan, the Harrison Robertson Professor of Law and Joel B. Piassick Research Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, delivered the 10th annual Lecture in Law and Ethics, and the first named after Edward Bloustein, in April 2018. The title of her lecture was “Consent and Coercion.”

In March 2017, Frances Kamm, Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy in the Kennedy School of Government Professor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at Harvard University, delivered the ninth annual Lecture in Law and Ethics, "Doing Death: Physician Assisted Suicide, Ethics, and Public Policy."

In April 2016, Jeff McMahan, White's Professor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford, delivered the eighth annual Lecture in Law and Ethics, on the topic, "Defense Against Inflictors of Many Small Harms."

On April 16, 2015, David Enoch, The Rodney Blackman Chair in the Philosophy of Law at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, delivered the seventh annual Lecture in Law and Ethics. Professor Enoch’s lecture was entitled “The Moral (In)Significance of Hypothetical Consent.”

Anna Stilz, Professor of Poltics at Princeton University, delivered the sixth annual Lecture in Law adn Ethics in March 2014. Professor Stilz's lecture was entitled "Territory, Expulsion, and the Right to Return."

In November 2012, John Gardner delivered the fifth annual Lecture in Law and Ethics on "Apology and Repair." John Gardner is Professor of Jurisprudence at Oxford University and a Fellow of University College.

In March 2012, Antony Duff delivered the fourth annual Lecture in Law and Ethics. Professor Duff, a leading scholar of criminal law theory, holds the Russel M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence at the University of Minnesota Law School and is also Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Stirling University in Scotland. His lecture was entitled, "Presuming Innocence: Who Must Presume What, of Whom?"

In May 2011, the Institute hosted the third annual Lecture in Law and Ethics. Debra Satz, Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, Professor of Philosophy and Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities and Arts at Stanford, delivered the lecture on"Why Some Things Should Not Be For Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets."

In April 2010, the Institute hosted the second annual Lecture in Law and Ethics. Kent Greenawalt, University Professor of Law at Columbia, delivered the lecture at the intersection of constitutional law and political philosophy, entitled "Fundamental Questions About Interpreting the Religion Clauses: A Response to Some Critiques."

In March 2009, the Institute sponsored its first annual Lecture in Law and Ethics. Margaret Olivia Little, of Georgetown University, delivered the lecture on the topic of "Intimate Assistance: Re-Thinking Abortion in Law and Morality."