Professor Jeremy Waldron | Polls Apart

June 10, 2017
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Professor Jeremy Waldron


Now the initial jolt has worn off from “shock” election results around the world, it is time to ask: how can we repair the fabric of civility and understanding between people entrenched on opposite sides of political questions?

At the tenth annual Sir John Graham Lecture, Professor Jeremy Waldron addressed the many divides in contemporary political culture, and suggest a framework of civility that enables political leaders and voters to maintain both our deeply held convictions and our humanity.



Professor Jeremy Waldron is University Professor at New York University School of Law, teaching legal and political philosophy. Previously he has held positions as University Professor in the School of Law at Columbia University and Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at the University of Oxford (All Souls College).

Born and educated in New Zealand, he earned degrees
in law and philosophy at the University of Otago before studying for a doctorate in legal philosophy from Oxford University.

Professor Waldron has written and published extensively in jurisprudence and political theory. His most recent book is “One Another’s Equals: The Basis of Human Equality” (Harvard University Press), based on his 2015 Gifford Lectures.

He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2011 and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998. In April 2011, he was awarded the American Philosophical Society’s prestigious Phillips Prize for lifetime achievement in jurisprudence.

In 2008, Professor Waldron delivered the inaugural Sir John Graham Lecture: “Parliamentary Recklessness: Why we need to legislate more carefully.”

Watch his Lecture on YouTube below:

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We gratefully acknowledge The New Zealand Law Foundation’s support of this event.

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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