September 27, 2011 Joseph Raz to Deliver Kellogg Lecture on Jurisprudence on Oct. 5

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Joseph Raz, Thomas M. Macioce Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and visiting professor at King’s College London School of Law, will deliver the 2011 Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5 in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress, located in the Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.

The lecture, titled “Sovereignty and Legitimacy: On the Changing Face of Law—Questions and Speculations,” is sponsored by the Library of Congress and administered by the Law Library of Congress. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required but seating is limited. There will be a reception immediately following the lecture in Room LJ-119.

Born in Mandate Palestine (British Palestine), Raz graduated summa cum laude from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem with a Magister Juris (Mas­ter of Jurisprudence) and earned a doctorate from Oxford University. He clerked for Justice Yoel Zussman of Israel’s Supreme Court. In 2009, he was presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from King’s College London School of Law, where he is currently a visiting professor.

A law and philosophy professor for nearly 40 years, Raz is widely known as one of the world’s foremost legal, moral and political philosophers. He has authored nine books, including “The Morality of Freedom,” which earned the W. J. M. Mackenzie Book Prize from the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom and the Elaine and David Spitz Book Prize from the conference for the Study of Political Thought.

The Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence presents the most distinguished contributors to international jurisprudence, judged through writings, reputation, and broad and continuing influence on contemporary legal scholarship. The series has been endowed by Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg.

Frederic Rogers Kellogg was born in Boston and attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He served as an assistant U.S. attorney and later adviser to Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson during the Watergate crisis. He later earned a doctorate in jurisprudence at the George Washington University and published two books on Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. A former Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, he is currently a Sir Neil MacCormick Fellow at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Molly Shulman Kellogg was born in Dallas, Texas, and grew up in Kilgore. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1963 and moved to Washington, D.C., where she served for 30 years as executive assistant to Congressman J.J. “Jake” Pickle of Austin. She co-chairs the board of the General Henry Knox Museum in Thomaston, Maine.

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