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Previous Events

Previous events sponsored by the Natural Law Colloquium have included the following:

November 20, 2000
Speaker: Robert George, Princeton University
"Natural Law, The Constitution, and the Theory and Practice of Judicial Review"
Respondents:  James Fleming, Fordham Law School; Joseph Koterski, S.J., Fordham Philosophy Department

September 25, 2001
Speaker: Archbishop Edward Cardinal Egan, Archdiocese of New York
"Natural Law, Canon Law, and American Civil Law"
Respondents:    Robert Kaczorowski, Fordham Law School; Charles Kelbley, Fordham Philosophy Department

February 6, 2002
Speaker: J. Bryan Hehir, President, Catholic Charities USA
"Changing Challenges for the Ethic of War"
Respondents:  John J. Drummond, Fordham Philosophy Department; Joseph C. Sweeney, Fordham Law School

May 7, 2002

Speaker: David Novak, University of Toronto
"Embryonic Stem-Cell Research and Natural Law"
Respondents:  Thomas Kopfensteiner, Fordham Theology Department; Mark R. Patterson, Fordham Law School

November 21, 2002
Speaker: Hadley Arkes, Amherst College
"Natural Rights and the Right to Choose: How the Political Class Talked Itself Out of Natural Rights"
Respondents: Benjamin C. Zipursky, Fordham Law School; Michael Baur, Fordham Philosophy Department

April 29, 2003
Speaker: Gerard V. Bradley, Notre Dame Law School
"Retribution, the Forgotten End of Punishment"
Respondents: John Davenport, Fordham Philosophy Department; Ian Weinstein, Fordham Law School

October 2, 2003
Speaker: Philip Hamburger, University of Chicago Law School
"Separation of Church and State"
Respondents:  Mark Massa, S.J., Fordham Theology Department; Abner Greene, Fordham Law School
Click here to read an article on this event in "Inside Fordham"

December 1, 2003

Seminar on the "Natural Law" work of Lloyd L. Weinreb, Professor of Law at Harvard University, and Visiting Professor of Law for the Fall of 2003 at Fordham University
Round-table discussion of selections from Lloyd Weinreb's two books:
– Natural Law and Justice (Harvard University Press, 1987)
– Oedipus at Fenway Park: What Rights Are and Why There Are Any (Harvard University Press, 1994)

February 4, 2004

Speaker: Kent Greenawalt, Columbia University
"Natural Law: Its Plausible Scope and Its Relation to Public Reason"
Respondents: John J. Drummond, Fordham Department of Philosophy; James E. Fleming, Fordham Law School

September 9, 2004

Speaker: Jean Bethke Elshtain, University of Chicago
"The Just War Tradition and Natural Law"
Respondents:    John Davenport, Fordham Philosophy Department; Thomas Lee, Fordham Law School

December 6, 2004

Seminar on the Truth-Commission Work of Justice Richard Goldstone
Panelists: Richard Goldstone, Visiting Professor at Fordham Law School, and former Chair of South Africa's "Commission of Inquiry regarding Public Violence and Intimidation" (later known as the "Goldstone Commission"); Teresa Godwin Phelps, University of Notre Dame Law School
Round-table discussion based on the following works:
Teresa Godwin Phelps, Shattered Voices: Language, Violence, and the Work of Truth Commissions (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004), Chapter Four and Chapter Six.
Richard J. Goldstone, “Exposing Human Rights Abuses – A Help or Hindrance to Reconciliation?” in Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 22 (1995), pages 607-621
Richard J. Goldstone, “Justice as a Tool for Peace-Making: Truth Commissions and International Criminal Tribunals,” in New York University Journal of International Law and Politics 28 (1996), pages 485-503.

April 5, 2005
Speaker: Philip Soper, University of Michigan Law School
"On Why Unjust Law is No Law at All: A Defense of the Classical Natural Law Position"
Respondents:    Charles Kelbley, Fordham Philosophy Department;  Benjamin Zipursky, Fordham Law School

November 8, 2005

Speaker: Michael S. Moore, University of Illinois
"The Agency in Agent-Relative Morality"
Respondents:    Bill Jaworski, Fordham Philosophy Department; Youngjae Lee, Fordham Law School

February 2, 2006
Speaker: Jean Porter, University of Notre Dame
"Human Nature and the Purposes of Marriage"
Respondents:    Charles J. Reid, Jr., University of St. Thomas Law School; Eduardo M. Penalver, Fordham Law School
October 3, 2006
Speaker: James Gordley, Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley
"Why the Rule of Law Matters: A Natural Law Perspective"
Respondents:    John Davenport, Fordham University Philosophy Department; Benjamin Zipursky, Fordham Law School

February 20, 2007
Speaker: Michael J. Perry, Emory University School of Law
"Natural Law and Human Rights: Why, contra Finnis, Natural Law Needs Religion"
Respondents:    James E. Fleming, Fordham University School of Law; Linda McClain, Hofstra University School of Law; Charles Kelbley, Fordham Department of Philosophy and School of Law

November 29, 2007
Speaker: Mark C. Murphy, Georgetown University Department of Philosophy
"God and Nature in the Explanation of Natural Law"
Respondents:    John Drummond, Fordham Department of Philosophy; Daniel Sinclair, Visiting Professor, Fordham Law School

April 16, 2008
Speaker: Patrick J. Kelley, Southern Illinois University School of Law
"The Moral Basis for Tort Liability: A Convention-Based Natural Law Theory and its Implications for Tort Reform"
Respondents:    Allan Hazlett, Fordham Department of Philosophy; Benjamin Zipursky, Fordham Law School

October 28, 2008

Speaker: John H. Garvey, Dean, Boston College School of Law
"The Right and the Good"
Respondents:    Christopher Gowans, Fordham Department of Philosophy; Ian Weinstein, Fordham Law School

February 12, 2009
Speaker: David J. Luban, Georgetown University Law Center
"Human Dignity, Humiliation, and Torture"
Respondents:    Sam Haddad, Fordham Department of Philosophy; Russell Pearce, Fordham Law School

october 15, 2009
Speaker: M. Cathleen Kaveny, University of Notre Dame Law School
"Seeing and Specifying Basic Rights: Case Studies from the Common Law"
Respondents:  Allan Hazlett, Fordham Department of Philosophy; Benjamin Zipursky, Fordham Law School

FEBRUARY 4, 2010
Speakers: Eduardo Penalver (Cornell Law School) and Sonia Katyal (Fordham Law School)
"Property Outlaws: On Ownership, Law, Morality, and Disobedience"
Respondent: Aaron Saiger, Fordham Law School

NOVEMBER 17, 2010
Speaker: Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
"The Natural Law in the American Tradition"
Respondent: Michael Baur, Fordham Department of Philosophy; Brian Fitzpatrick, Visiting Professor at Fordham Law School

MARCH 29, 2011
Gregory Fried, Philosophy Department, Suffolk University
Jeffrey Rosen, School of Law, George Washington University

"Law at the Limit: Torture, Privacy, and Presidential Power"

NOVEMBER 9, 2011
Speaker:  Jeremy Waldron, New York University and All Souls College, Oxford University
"Natural Law and the Dignity of Custom and Treaty"
Respondents: John Davenport, Fordham Department of Philosophy; Thomas Lee, Fordham Law School

MARCH 28, 2012
Speaker:  Anita L. Allen, University of Pennsylvania School of Law and Philosophy Department
"The Natural Law Origins of the American Right to Privacy"
Respondents: Gerard Vong, Fordham Department of Philosophy; Jae Lee, Fordham Law School

October 18, 2012
Speaker:  Luigino Bruni, University of Milan-Bicocca
"Why Morality-Free Economic Theory Does Not Work: A Natural Law Persepctive in the Wake of the Recent Financial Crisis"
Respondents: Michael Baur, Fordham Department of Philosophy; Russell G. Pearce, Fordham Law School

march 21, 2013
Speaker:  Richard Epstein, New York University School of Law
"How Malleable is the Harm Principle?: On the Public Enforcement of Environmental Law"
Respondents: John Davenport, Fordham Department of Philosophy; Sheila Foster, Fordham Law School

SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
Speaker:  Arthur Ripstein, University of Toronto School of Law and Philosophy Department
"Not on the Merits: Kant and the Law of War"
Respondents: Thomas Lee, Fordham Law School; Reed Winegar, Fordham Department of Philosophy

MARCH 13, 2014
Speaker:  Scott Shapiro, Yale University School of Law
"Goodness Grotius: Pirates, Prizes, and the Boy Genius who Revolutionized War"
Respondents: Thomas Lee, Fordham Law School; Reed Winegar, Fordham Department of Philosophy

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