Professor Robert P. George

Professor Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Programme in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He has written many notable books and influential scholarly articles in moral and political philosophy, philosophy of law, constitutional theory and bioethics. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, he holds a master’s degree in theology from Harvard and a doctorate in philosophy of law from Oxford University, as well as honorary doctorates of law, letters, science, ethics, divinity, humane letters, civil law and juridicial science. He has been awarded the U.S. Presidential Citizens Medal, one of the highest honours that can be conferred by the United States on a civilian, and the Honorific Medal for the defence of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland.

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Sir John Graham Lecture 2012 | Can the Ruler Truly Be a Servant?

The paradox of constitutional government

Democracy is a remarkable constitutional idea. With the New Zealand constitution up for review, it is a good time to be asking questions about the way we want it to work.

Internationally acclaimed legal and political philosopher Professor Robert George has spent many years addressing these questions. He addresses how constitutional government can serve the cause of freedom-and the common good-without becoming a mortal threat to freedom and the common good.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the New Zealand Law Foundation and Clavell Capital in sponsoring this event

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