UCL Faculty of Laws


Online | Identity and Social Bonds

19 January 2021, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

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This event is organised by the Institute of Laws, Politics and Philosophy (ILPP)

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Please note that the time allocated for this seminar will be devoted to discussion of the paper. Download a copy of the paper.

About the Paper

In this paper, Professor Raz will argue that there is no problem about how to justify partialities (though there is a difficulty in justifying impartialities). Then he will consider the role of consent in justifying rights and duties, using voluntary associations as a case in which consent has an important but limited role in doing so, a role determined and circumscribed by evaluative considerations. The values explain why consent can bind and bind one to act as one does not wish to do and even as one judges to be ill advised. That opens the way to an explanation of how value considerations relate to non-voluntary membership in socially constituted groups, generating rights and duties that to a considerable extent are independent of the individual’s aims and preferences.

About the Speaker

Joseph Raz is a Fellow of the British Academy and Professor at Kings College London (part-time), Columbia Law School (Emeritus), and Oxford University (Emeritus).


This event will be delivered via Zoom Meeting. Attendees will be encourages to keep their cameras on during the event however microphones will be turned off unless delegates are contributing to discussion and/or asking a question. You will receive your zoom joining link 48-hours before the start of the event. Contact the Laws Events team (laws-events@ucl.ac.uk) if you have not receive the link

About the Institute

The Institute brings together political and legal theorists from Law, Political Science and Philosophy and organises regular colloquia in terms 2 and 3.

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