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Why Law Matters

Why Law Matters
15 Devonshire Place, Larkin Building room 200
Time: Nov 7th, 10:00 am End: Nov 7th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Law, Faculty of , Ethics
Book symposium featuring Alon Harel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Centre for Ethics is pleased to present a symposium:

Why Law Matters

Aron Harel, Mizock Professor of Law and Member of the Centre for Rationality, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


  • Christopher Essert, Faculty of Law, Queen's University
  • David Estlund, Department of Philosophy, Brown University
  • Arthur Ripstein, Faculty of Law and Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto
  • Assaf Sharon, Tel Aviv University


1000-1015 Welcome and Intro  (Simone Chambers/Chris Essert)
Session #1: Simone Chambers, Moderator
1015-1045 Comment by Chris Essert, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University
1045-1100 Reply by Alon Harel
1100-1130 Q&A
Session #2: Chris Essert, Moderator
1145-1215 Comment by Arthur Ripstein, Faculty of Law and Department of Philosophy, Toronto
1215-1230 Reply by Alon Harel
1230-100 Q&A
100-215 Lunch
Session #3: Chris Essert, Moderator
215-245 Comment by Assaf Sharon, Tel Aviv University
245-300 Reply by Alon Harel
300-330 Q&A
Session #4: Chris Essert, Moderator
345-415 Comment by David Estlund, Department of Philosophy, Brown
415-430 Reply by Alon Harel
430-500 Q&A
Link to the OUP Website for the reading of the introduction and some of the first chapter of the book:


Professor Harel teaches jurisprudence, political philosophy, law & economics and criminal law. He is author of Why Law Matters (Oxford University Press, 2014). He has also written articles on issues ranging across the nature of rights, judicial review, democratic theory, multiculturalism, law & economics, and criminal law. Recent publications include: “The Right to Judicial Review”, (with Yuval Eylon), Virginia Law Review (2006); “Matching Probabilities: The Behavioral Law & Economics of Repeated Behavior”, (with Ehud Guttel), University of Chicago Law Review (2005); “Theories of Rights”, (Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, eds. Martin P. Golding & William Edmundson, 2005); “Benign Segregation? A Case Study of the Practice of Gender Separation in Buses in the Ultra Orthodox Community In Israel”, South African Journal of Human Rights (2004); “The Virtues of Uncertainty in Law”, (with Tom Baker & Tamar Kugler), Iowa Law Review (2004); “Whose Home is it? Reflections on the Palestinians’ Interests”, Theoretical Inquiries in Law (2004); “Rights-Based Judicial Review: A Democratic Justification”, Law and Philosophy (2003).

Harel received his D.Phil from Oxford University, Balliol College and his Ll.M and Ll.B from the Hebrew University. He was a visiting professor at Columbia Law School (1998-9), Faculty Fellow at Center of Ethics and the Professions, Harvard University (2002-3), Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Hebrew University (2003-4, Spring term). Harel is also a member of the Center for Rationality & Interactive Decision Theory at the Hebrew University.

Co-Sponsored by the Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies

This event is free and open to all.  For further information, please contact the Centre for Ethics at (416) 978-6288.

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