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Allen & Overy Lecture: Frederick Schauer 'But That's Not Law!'

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The Surrey Centre for Law and Philosphy is delighted to present the Allen & Overy Spring Lecture featuring Frederick Schauer: 'But That's Not Law!


- An event for law enthusiasts, students and academics alike -


Driven in part by forms of modern communication/information technology and in part by the rise of various cross-jurisdictional legal arrangements, the traditional notion of what counts as a valid or legitimate legal source is under attack. Various sources of law other than statutes, official texts, and reported judicial judgments are increasingly being used world-wide by lawyers to support their arguments and by judges to inform their decisions.

Is this development to be encouraged as a long-overdue recognition of the diversity of sources that can, and should be relevant to legal decisions? Or is it a dangerous trend to be resisted, in part because it threatens the distinction between law and policy and thus the characteristic distinctiveness of law and legal decision-making?

Join Frederick Schauer for an evening that explores changing conceptions of the legitimate sources of law.



Frederick Schauer is David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. From 1990 to 2008 he was Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard University, and he has previously been Eastman Professor and a fellow of Balliol College at Oxford University. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Schauer is the author of Free Speech: A Philosophical Enquiry (Cambridge 1982), Playing By the Rules: A Philosophical Examination of Rule-Based Decision-Making in Law and in Life (Clarendon/Oxford 1991), Profiles, Probabilities, and Stereotypes (Harvard 2003), and The Force of Law (Harvard 2015).

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