Book symposium and launch: Law, Love and Freedom

Date & time
3.30–6pm Wednesday 19 February 2020

Phillipa Weeks Staff Library, ANU College of Law, Building 7, Level 4, Room 7.4.1, 5 Fellows Road, Acton, ACT 2600

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Book symposium and launch: Law, Love and Freedom by Dr Joshua Neoh

Read more about Law, Love and Freedom (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019) by Associate Professor Joshua Neoh here.

Book symposium: 3.30-5pm

In this important work of legal and political philosophy, Associate Professor Joshua Neoh relates our most important mode of social organisation, law, to two of our most cherished values, love and freedom. The book elucidates the moral vision that underlies our modern legal order and traces our secular legal ideas (constitutionalism versus anarchism) to their theological origins (monasticism versus antinomianism). Law, Love, and Freedom brings together a diverse cast of characters, including Paul and Luther, Augustine and Aquinas, monks and Gnostics, and constitutionalists and anarchists. This book – and this Symposium – will be of interest to any lawyers, philosophers, theologians and historians, who are interested in law as a humanistic discipline.

The Speakers:

Professor Philip Pettit (Princeton University; ANU)

Philip Pettit AC is L.S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University and Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University. He works in moral and political theory and on background issues in the philosophy of mind and metaphysics. His recent single-authored books include The Common Mind (OUP 1996), Republicanism (OUP 1997), A Theory of Freedom (OUP 2001), Rules, Reasons and Norms (OUP 2002), Made with Words: Hobbes on Mind, Society and Politics (PUP 2008); On the People's Terms: A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy (CUP 2012); Just Freedom: A Moral Compass for a Complex World (W.W.Norton 2014) and The Robust Demands of the Good: Ethics with Attachment, Virtue and Respect (OUP 2015). He gave the Tanner lectures on Human Values at Berkeley in April 2015, which were published by OUP as The Birth of Ethics: A Reconstruction of the Nature and Role of Morality; and presented the Locke lectures in Philosophy at Oxford University in Spring 2019. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy, Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and a fellow of the Australian academies in Humanities and Social Sciences.

Associate Professor Nicole Roughan (University of Auckland)

Dr Nicole Roughan is an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland Law Faculty, where she is Co-Director of the New Zealand Centre for Legal Theory; and Visiting Professor in the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London. She completed her doctorate at Yale University and has previously held appointments at a number of institutions, including the National University of Singapore, the University of Cambridge, and Victoria University, Wellington. She works on the philosophy of law, where she specialises in theorising the interactions of state and non-state legal orders and the resulting challenges for general jurisprudence. Her publications include In Pursuit of Pluralist Jurisprudence (CUP 2017) (with Andrew Halpin) and Authorities: Conflicts, Cooperation, and Transnational Legal Theory (OUP 2013). Professor Roughan is currently working on a new monograph, Officials, which examines the centrality of the idea of the legal official to accounts of law’s normativity. She also holds a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship to pursue a five-year project on Legalities: Jurisprudence without Borders. Her ongoing collaborative projects examine fiduciary theories of the state, the idea of office in public and private law, theories of recognition, and the theoretical foundations of indigenous laws.

Associate Professor Joshua Neoh (ANU)

Dr Joshua Neoh is an Associate Professor at ANU Law, and holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and an LLM from Yale Unviersity. He has published widely in the areas of legal philosophy and Law and Religion. He has previously held visiting research positions at Harvard Law School, St Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford, Waseda University, the National University of Singapore, and the Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudences at Sydney Law School.

Book launch: From 5pm

Following the Symposium, Professor Sally Wheeler OBE MRIA FAcSS FAAL (Pro-Vice Chancellor for International Strategy and Dean of ANU College of Law) will officially launch the book; and there will be drinks and nibbles.




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