We are pleased to announce that Professor Brian Leiter has accepted our invitation to give the twenty-fourth Mathew O. Tobriner Memorial Lecture on Constitutional Law on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 3:30, entitled "Constitutional Law, Moral Judgment, and the Supreme Court as Super-Legislature"
Professor Leiter is the Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence and the Director of the Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Values at the University of Chicago. Leiter joined the faculty July 1, 2008, simultaneously founding the Law School’s Center for Law, Philosophy & Human Values. Prior to that, he taught for thirteen years at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was, at the time, the youngest chairholder in the history of the law school. He has also been a visiting professor of law at Yale University and the University of Paris X-Nanterre, and a visiting professor of philosophy at Oxford University and University College London.
His teaching and research interests are in moral, political, and legal philosophy in both the Anglophone and Continental European traditions, as well as the law of evidence. His books include Objectivity in Law and Morals (Cambridge, 2001) (editor), The Future for Philosophy (Oxford, 2004) (editor), Naturalizing Jurisprudence (Oxford, 2007), Why Tolerate Religion? (Princeton, 2013), and Nietzsche on Morality (Routledge, 2nd edition, 2015). His recent articles have appeared in Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, University of Chicago Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Social Philosophy & Policy, Oxford Studies in Metaethics, and elsewhere. He is presently working on projects in moral psychology and meta-ethics, often in relation to Nietzsche; on ‘realism’ as a theme in political and legal theory; and on philosophical issues about free speech. His work has been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Portugese, Hebrew, Polish, Slovak, and Greek.
Leiter has given named lectures at universities around the world, including the Fresco Lectures at the University of Genoa in Italy in both 2014 and 2008; the Julius Stone Address in Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney in Australia in 2013; and the ‘Or Emet Lecture at York University in Canada in 2006. He was editor of the journal Legal Theory from 2000 to 2008, and is the founding editor of the Routledge Philosophers book series and of Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Law with Leslie Green. He also serves on the editorial boards of Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Journal of Nietzsche Studies, Journal of Moral Philosophy, The Philosopher’s Annual, Theoria (Sweden), Anilisi e Diritto (Italy), Problema: Anuario de Filosofia y Teoría (Mexico), and Revista de Teoría Jurídica (Argentina), among others.
Mathew O. Tobriner was one of the finest justices ever to sit on the California Supreme Court. His opinions, always elegantly crafted, always tuned to the role of the law in protecting Individuals against preventable harms and the abuses of and government and corporate power, came to be studied by law students and lawyers throughout the country. And his personal warmth and enthusiasm inspired love and devotion in all who knew him. So it was natural and predictable that upon his death in 1982 his closest friends and admirers would join with his relatives to find a suitable public way to keep his legacy alive. Read more.