Professor Jeremy Waldron | Parliamentary Recklessness

March 05, 2008
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Professor Jeremy Waldron


This inaugural lecture was given by Professor Jeremy Waldron of the School of Law at New York University. Jeremy holds degrees in philosophy and law from the University of Otago and a doctorate in jurisprudence from Oxford University.

He is the author of more than a hundred published articles and essays in legal and political philosophy, both contemporary and historical. His work on theories of rights, constitutionalism, democracy, property, torture, the rule of law, 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).

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Sir John Graham

Since 2008, the annual Sir John Graham has provided a unique opportunity to hear leading experts contribute to public debate in New Zealand.

Sir John Graham was an exemplary New Zealander who throughout his life displayed the consistency of character and care for others we hope for in the best of our leaders. Along with his well-known leadership roles as Captain of the All Blacks, Headmaster of Auckland Grammar, and Chancellor of the University of Auckland, Sir John inspired and led many organisations, including Maxim Institute.

Appropriately, he was recognised with a CBE in 1994 for his services to education and the community, and was further honoured when he was knighted in 2011. As a Founding Trustee of Maxim, Sir John Graham’s deep love for New Zealand, his passion for education, and concern for those on the margins of life remain at the heart of our work, and we are honoured to be able to hold this annual lecture in his name.

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