Constructing a Just Social and Global Order
Posted on 19/10/2015
Professor Philip Alston, Baroness Onora O'Neill, Professor John Tasioulas, Michael Ignatieff and Professor David Caron
The Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law in The Dickson Poon School of Law held its inaugural public event on Thursday 15 October at King’s College London. Professor Edward Byrne, President and Principal of King's, opened the event by paying tribute to the generosity and vision of the Yeoh family in establishing a centre that has the important goal of bringing different disciplines together to address the most pressing questions of our times. The Dean of the School of Law, Professor David Caron, gave a speech emphasizing the pivotal intellectual role of the Centre and praising the leadership provided by Professor John Tasioulas, inaugural Chair of Politics, Philosophy & Law and Director of the Centre.
In the course of the evening, a distinguished panel, chaired by Professor John Tasioulas, engaged with the theme 'Constructing a Just Social and Global Order'. The members of the panel were Baroness Onora O’Neill of Bengarve (Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and a member of the Centre's Advisory Board); Professor Philip Alston (John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and the UN's Special Rapporteur on poverty and human rights) and Michael Ignatieff (Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice at Harvard Kennedy School and former leader of the Canadian Liberal Party).
The members of the panel brought their disciplinary perspectives and rich practical experience to bear in addressing three questions:
- how academics can feasibly contribute to public policy decision-making,
- the limitations of dominant ethical ideas, such as informed consent and individual rights, and the need to supplement them with a broader range of concepts, and
- the special challenges facing human rights law in the current global order.
Professor John Tasioulas said: 'The establishment of the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre creates an exceptional opportunity for much-needed interdisciplinary dialogue in addressing some of the most important questions that confront us today. What better way to launch the Centre than to have three outstanding thinkers from politics, philosophy, and law model for us interdisciplinary dialogue at its very best? We are deeply grateful to them for their participation and hope to capitalize on the inspiration and momentum the event has given us.'
See photos from the event on the School’s Flickr account.
A seminar, Human Rights and the Limits of Law with the three speakers can be listened to below, on the School's Soundcloud.
The Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law fosters interdisciplinary research involving politics, philosophy, and law within King's and seeks to bridge the gap between these academic disciplines and public decision-making.
Find out more about the Centre on the PPL webpages.