‘Or ‘Emet Lecture

The ‘Or ‘Emet Fund was established in 1976 to promote the study of law in the broadest sense. The Fund seeks to promote through public discussion, research and scholarly writing, public and professional appreciation of the significance of religion, ethics, culture and history in the development of the legal system. “‘Or ‘Emet” means the light of truth. In 2010, the Nathanson Centre pooled its resources with the ‘Or ‘Emet fund to ensure that the lecture would be delivered on an annual basis. As a result, the themes explored in the lecture are now also connected to the mandate of the Centre.

Upcoming Lecture:

Spring 2017


Leslie Green
University of Oxford
Location: Osgoode, IKB TBD

Lectures to Date:

January 21, 2016

Pragmatism and Vision in Conflict Resolution and Peacemaking

Cheney Ryan
University of Oregon

January 29, 2015

The Sources of Human Rights

Samantha Besson
Université de Fribourg

February 27, 2014

Is the United States Criminal Legal System a Crime Against Humanity?

Christopher Heath Wellman
Washington University in St. Louis

March 14, 2013

Process, Not Punishment: The Importance of Criminal Trials for Transitional and Transnational Justice

Antony Duff
Faculty of Law, University of Minnesota
Department of Philosophy, University of Stirling

A video recording of the seminar discussion of this lecture is also available.

February 16, 2012

Democratic Holy Wars

Christopher Kutz

A video recording of the seminar discussion of this lecture is also available.

March 10, 2011

Is Dignity the Foundation of Human Rights?

John Tasioulas
Quain Chair in Jurisprudence

A video recording of the seminar discussion of this lecture is also available.

March 11, 2010

Proportionality in Self-Defense and War

Jeff McMahan
Professor of Philosophy
Rutgers University

A video recording of the seminar discussion of this lecture is also available.

March 12, 2009

On Law and Coercion

Frederick Schauer
David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law,
University of Virginia

February 20, 2008

Seven Debates about Law and Morality

John Gardner
Professor of Jurisprudence, University of Oxford

March 9, 2006

Why Tolerate Religion?

Brian Leiter
Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Law & Philosophy
Program at the University of Texas at Austin

October 8, 2003

Taking a Break from Feminism

Janet Halley
Professor of Law, Harvard University

January 27, 2003

The Risks and Benefits of Resorting to ‘Necessity’ in Islamic Jurisprudence

Ingrid Mattson
Professor of Islamic Studies, Macdonald Center for Islamic
Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, Hartford Seminary

October 31, 2002

9/11: The Corruption of Legal and Religious Language

El Obaid Ahmed El Obaid
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Comparative Law
McGill University

October 6, 2000

The Political Stakes in ‘Merely Technical’ Issues of Contract Law: A Quasi-Comparative Analysis

Duncan Kennedy
Professor of Law, Harvard University

November 16, 1994

The Jewish Legal System and Jewish Law in the State of Israel

Shilo Shmuel
J. T. Tanenbaum Professor of Jewish Law Hebrew University of Jerusalem

November 3, 1993

Italy: A State and its Moral Crisis

Antonio DiPietro
Judge and renowned Prosecutor in Milan

January 20, 1993

Maastricht and the European Community’s New Constitutional Order

Sergio Ortino
Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law University of Bologna, Italy

March 6, 1992

Divining the Permanence of Racism

Derrick A. Bell
Weld Professor of Law, Harvard University

April 5, 1989

Putting Up and Putting Down: Rethinking Tolerance

Martha Minow
Professor of Law, Harvard University

March 28, 1988

Can Rights be Discretionary?

Neil MacCormick
Regius Professor of Public Law University of Edinburgh, Scotland

April 3, 1986

Frivolous Cases: Do Lawyers Know Anything At All

Sanford Levinson
Professor of Law, University of Texas, Austin

February 28, 1985

Wrongful Conception and the Right Not to be Harmed

Joel Feinberg
Professor of Philosophy, The University of Arizona

April 2, 1984

Whatever is Becoming of Analytical Jurisprudence?

J.M. Finnis
Fellow of University College and Reader in Law University of Oxford, England

April 20, 1983

Abraham and Socrates: Two Paradigms of Law and Justice

David Weisstub
Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

April 15, 1981

Ethics and Equity: The Tyranny of Principles

Stephen Toulmin
Professor of Social Thought and Philosophy University of Chicago

April 16, 1980

The Moral Foundations of Private Law

Charles Fried
Professor of Law, Harvard University

February 2, 1979

Moral Discourse in the Practice of Law

Thomas Shaffer
Former Dean of Law, Notre Dame University

October 11, 1977

Biblical Landmarks in the Struggle for Women’s Rights

David Daube
Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley