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NZCLT Launch: Reception and Public Lecture by Professor David Dyzenhaus

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Auckland Law School

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Professor David Dyzenhaus will be presenting a Public Lecture on Lawyering and the Rule of Law in Dark Times.


In his lecture, Professor Dyzenhaus explains how human rights lawyering is possible even when the rule of law is under great stress. This possibility, which is always a morally fraught business, is explained by what he calls a ‘politics of legal space.’ In this, such lawyering requires bolstering the legitimacy of the political regime the lawyers oppose. The argument references examples of different kinds of states including: the ‘Dual State’ of the Nazi era, the ‘Apartheid State’ of South Africa, the ‘Parallel State’ uniting the legal orders of Israel and the Occupied Territories, and the State that existed in the ante-bellum US which combined elements of the previous three.


David Dyzenhaus is a University Professor and Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Toronto. Widely recognised as one of the world’s leading legal theorists, David is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Among his many distinguished visiting positions, he was the 2002 Law Foundation Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Law at the University of Auckland.


Please note: Pre-lecture refreshments will be from 5-6pm in the Staff Common Room located in 801-409.

RSVP by Sunday, 28 April. Limited spaces available.


The public lecture marks the official launch of the New Zealand Centre for Legal Theory, and forms part of its inaugural Colloquium in Legal Theory. The Centre is hosted by Auckland Law School and directed by Arie Rosen and Nicole Roughan.

More information can be found at:
www.auckland.ac.nz/en/law/our-research/research-institutes-centres/nzc-legal-theory.html.




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