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25 June 2018

Professor Raz awarded 2018 Tang Prize

Professor Joseph Raz has been awarded the 2018 Tang Prize for his outstanding contributions in the field of the rule of law.

The Dickson Poon of Law
The Dickson Poon of Law

Professor Joseph Raz has been awarded the 2018 Tang Prize for his outstanding contributions in the field of the rule of law. The Taiwanese prize is global in reach and 'recognises and supports contributors for their revolutionary efforts in the research fields critical to the twenty-first century.'

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Following completion of a Magister Juris from The Hebrew University, Jerusalem and a DPhil which he gained from Oxford University, Professor Raz lectured at The Hebrew University. In 1972, he became Fellow and tutor in law at Balliol College, Oxford. Here he held several positions including CUF lecturer, 1972-85, Professor of the philosophy of law, 1985 and Research Officer, 2006-2009. Professor Raz has been Thomas M Macioce Professor of Law at Columbia Law School since 2002 where he continues to teach. Professor Raz joined The Dickson Poon School of Law as Research Professor in 2011. 

The citation for Professor Raz's award is:

'for his path-breaking contributions to the rule of law, and for deepening our understanding of the very nature of law, legal reasoning, and the relationship between law, morality and freedom.'

The School has a large community of legal philosophers and theorists in the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law and its KJuris group.

Read more about Professor Raz's award on the Globe Newswire website here

Watch a CNA video here, in which Professor Raz comments on the honour of receiving the award and talks about his work.

'Professor Raz is not only one of the foremost legal philosophers of our time, he is also tremendously supportive of our Early Career Researchers and PhD students. We are grateful for the valuable contribution he makes to the culture of the School and congratulate him on this significant award.'

Executive Dean Professor Gillian Douglas