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IAS Vulnerability Seminar: Vulnerability and Law

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IAS Vulnerability Seminar Series

Vulnerability and Law

Jonathan Herring, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, University of Oxford

The law is traditionally centered around the norm of an able-bodied, competent, independent, self-sufficient and autonomous man. This creates a legal systems which privileges the values of autonomy, privacy and bodily integrity. This paper will explore the challenge in the vulnerability literature to this norm and consider what the law might look like if it used as its norm the vulnerable, interdependent, and relational person as its starting point.

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Jonathan Herring is the Vice Dean and Professor of Law at the Law Faculty, Oxford University and DM Wolfe-Clarendon Fellow in Law at Exeter College, Oxford University. He has written on family law, medical law, criminal law and legal issues surrounding vulnerability, care and old age. His books include: Vulnerable Adults and the Law (2016), Caring and the Law (2014), Older People in Law and Society (OUP, 2009), European Human Rights and Family Law (Hart, 2010) (with Shazia Choudhry), Medical Law and Ethics (OUP, 2018), Criminal Law (Oxford University Press, 2018), Family Law (Pearson, 2017) and The Woman Who Tickled Too Much (Pearson, 2009).

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