september, 2020

16sep4:00 pm6:00 pmVirtual Hart Seminar: Daniel Wodak (Penn)


Event Details

In ‘Three Strikes’, Daniel Wodak (Penn) argues that in the face of sufficiently unjust law, judges ought – collectively – to disobey.

The Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy invites you to an online seminar to be delivered by Daniel Wodak (Penn). No pre-reading required.

Abstract: Legal ethics is dominated by discussions of what lawyers should do. But there’s a longstanding, unresolved debate between proponents and opponents of judicial obedience (judicial fidelity to unjust laws). I outline the trilemma in the debate so far: judges can either resign (which is dismissed as futile), obey (which makes them complicit), or engage in lawless judging (which undermines rule of law values). I then have two main goals. First, to argue that systematic injustices undermine the main justifications that are offered for judicial obedience and lawless judging. And second, to offer a novel way out of the trilemma: by diagnosing the issue as a collective action problem, we can see the appeal of collective action as a solution. The main upshot will be that judges should collectively engage in political strikes.

The Zoom meeting will begin at 16:00 (UK time) on 16 Sept and you can access it at that time by clicking HERE.

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(Wednesday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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