CURRENT LEGAL PROBLEMS LECTURE SERIES 2011-12:
Bicameralism - But with a mixed constitution
Professor Jeremy Waldron
on Thursday 15 March 2012, from 6-7pm
UCL Law Faculty
Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens
London WC1H 0EG
Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the
Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board (Pending)
About this lecture:
As Britain considers further reform of the House of Lords, it must confront the possibility of organizing a truly bicameral legislature in which it is not the function of the two houses to represent two different estates of the kingdom (commoners and aristocracy). It is worth considering therefore the theory of bicameralism in itself, on the assumption that members of both houses are democratically elected. What are the constitutional advantages of bicameralism? What are its dangers? What difference is it likely to make to the character of law-making, to legislative due process, to the separation of powers, and to executive-dominated management of the legislature?
About the speaker:
Professor Waldron is University Professor at New York University School of Law and teaches legal and political philosophy. He was previously University Professor in the School of Law at Columbia University. He holds his NYU position conjointly with his position as Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at the University of Oxford (All Souls College). For 2011-2013, he is in New York in the Fall and in Oxford in the Spring.
He was born and educated in New Zealand, where he studied for degrees in philosophy and in law at the University of Otago. He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand in 1978. He studied at Oxford for his doctorate in legal philosophy, and taught at Oxford University as a Fellow of Lincoln College from 1980-82. From 1982-1987, he taught political theory at the University of Edinburgh, and from 1987-1995, he was a Professor of Law in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program in the School of Law (Boalt Hall) at the University of California, Berkeley. He was briefly at Princeton, as Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics, before moving to New York in 1997.
Professor Waldron has written and published extensively in jurisprudence and political theory. His books and articles on theories of rights, on constitutionalism, on the rule of law, and on democracy, judicial review, property, torture, security, and homelessness are well known, as is his work in historical political theory (on Aristotle, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, and Hannah Arendt).
Professor Waldron gave the second series of Seeley Lectures at Cambridge University in 1996, the 1999 Carlyle Lectures at Oxford University, the Spring 2000 University Lecture at Columbia, the Wesson Lectures at Stanford in 2004, the Storrs Lectures at Yale Law School in 2007, the Tanner Lectures at Berkeley in Spring 2009, the Holmes Lectures at Harvard Law School in 2009, and the Hamlyn Lectures in Law in the UK in 2011. He travels widely and has delivered public lectures all over the world, from Buenos Aires to Jerusalem. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2011 and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998. In April 2011, he was awarded the American Philosophical Society's prestigious Phillips Prize for lifetime achievement in jurisprudence.
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