Kadish Lectures




Fall 2022
Philippe Van Parijs
Topic: TBD
Commentators: TBD

November 18, 2021


Fall 2021
Susan Wolf
Topic: TBD
Commentators: TBD

February 13, 2020
Warren Room
295 Simon Hall

Spring 2020
Antony Duff

Professor of Law, University of Minnesota
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Stirling
Topic: ‘De Minimis’ and the Structure of the Criminal Trial
Commentators: Christopher Kutz and Andrea Roth


March 7, 2019
Moot Court Room
Law School–Room 140

Spring 2019
Tommie Shelby
Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African-American Studies and of Philosophy
Harvard University, Philosophy Department
Topic: The Uses and Abuses of Incarceration: Dehumanization, Slavery, and Profit
Commentators:Loic Wacquant and
Osagie K. Obasogie

April 26, 2018
Warren Room
295 Simon Hall

Spring 2018
David Sklansky
Stanley Morrison Professor of Law 
Co-Director, Stanford Criminal Justice Center

Stanford Law School
Topic:  “The Jurisprudence of Blood: How Law Thinks About Violence.”
Commentators:  Saira Mohamed and Jonathan Simon

April 27, 2017
Warren Room
295 Simon Hall

Spring 2017
Joshua Cohen
UC Berkeley Law, Philosophy, Political Science
Topic:  “Central Park: A Design for Democracy”

March 15, 2016

Spring 2016
Samuel Scheffler
New York University Department of Philosophy
Topic:  “Membership and Political Obligation”
Commentators:  Christopher L. Kutz (BerkeleyLaw) and Kinch Hoekstra (BerkeleyLaw and Political Science)

October 27, 2014
Goldberg Room,
297 Simon Hall
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Fall 2014
T.M. Scanlon

Harvard University Department of Philosophy
Topic:  “Equality of Opportunity: A Normative Anatomy”
Commentators:  Niko Kolodny (UC Berkeley Philosophy) and Manuel Vargas (University of San Francisco Philosophy)
October 15, 2013

Fall 2013
Don Herzog
University of Michigan Law School
Topic:  “Defaming the Dead”
Commentators:  R. Jay Wallace (UC Berkeley Philosophy) and Eric Rakowski
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February 21, 2013

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Room 132 Law Building School of Law

Spring 2013
Elizabeth S. Anderson
University of Michigan Department of Philosophy
Topic: “The Social Epistemology of Morality: Learning from the Forgotten History of the Abolition of Slavery”

Commentators: David Copp (UC Davis Philosophy) and Thomas Laqueur (UC Berkeley History)


March 22, 2012

Spring 2012
Leslie Green
University of Oxford Law
Topic:  “Constituting the People”   Abstract
Commentators:  Niko Kolodny (UC Berkeley Philosophy) and Sarah Song (BerkeleyLaw)


March 15, 2011 Jules Coleman
Yale Law School
Topic: “The Architecture of Jurisprudence”Commentators:
Talha Syed (Berkeley Law) and
John Ferejohn (NYU School of Law)


February 23, 2010

Liam Murphy 
New York University School of Law
Topic:  “What is Law? And Why does it matter?”
Commentators:  Thomas C. Grey (Stanford Law School) and Christopher L. Kutz (Berkeley Law)


April 16, 2009 Nicola Lacey
London School of Economics and Political Science
Topic: “Psychologising Jekyll, Demonising Hyde: The Strange Case of Criminal Responsibility”
Commentators:  Erin Murphy (Berkeley Law) and David Lieberman (Berkeley Law)

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October 25, 2007

Robert Post
Yale Law School
Topic: “Roe Rage: Democratic Constitutionalism and Backlash”
Commentators:Vikram Amar (UC Davis) and Goodwin Liu (Berkeley Law)



September 19 , 2006

Cass Sunstein
The University of Chicago Law School
“Traditions: Constitutional Law and the Authority of the Past “
Commentators: Larry D. Kramer (Stanford) and Philip Frickey (Berkeley Law)



March 21, 2006

Stephen J. Schulhofer
New York University School of Law
“Punishment and the Nicer Ways to Take Life and Liberty”
Commentators: Meir Dan-Cohen (Berkeley Law) and David Sklansky (Berkeley Law)



April 13, 2005


Seana Shiffrin
UCLA Department of Philosophy and School of Law
“The Divergence of Promise and Contract”
Commentators: Melvin Eisenberg (Berkeley Lawall), James Gordley (Berkeley Law)



April 7, 2004


John Gardner
University College, University of Oxford
“Complicity and Causality”
Commentators: Scott Shapiro (Cardozo Law School), Jonathan Simon (Berkeley Law)



Nov. 26, 2002


Ronald Dworkin
New York University School of Law
“Law, Interpretation and the Point of Political Philosophy”
Commentators: John Searle (UCB), Eric Rakowski (Berkeley Law)



Feb. 13, 2002


Martha Nussbaum
University of Chicago Law School
“Shame, Stigma, and Punishment”
Commentators: Christopher Kutz (Berkeley Law), Seana Shiffrin (UCLA)



Feb. 23, 2001


Jeremy Waldon
New York University School of Law
“Actions and Accommodations”
Commentators: Robert Post, Samuel Scheffler (Berkeley Law)




Kathleen Sullivan
Stanford Law School
“Election 2000: Epilogue”
Commentators: Jesse Choper (Berkeley Law), Nelson Polsby (UCB)



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