Text of British Academy Law Lecture, by Professor Jeremy Waldron FBA, read 1 February 2011.
The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Published in British Academy Review, Issue 18 (Summer 2011).
British Academy Law Lecture, delivered by Professor Jeremy Waldron FBA, on 1 February 2011 (venue: The British Academy). The rule of law is sometimes associated with the precision and determinacy of legal rules, and the predictability of the environment that they provide. But it is important also to think about the various ways in which law helps to make us more thoughtful and reflective, governing us through standards and principles rather than through the robotic precision of rules. Whether in private law (with standards of reasonable care), or in human rights law (with norms prohibiting inhuman and degrading treatment), law sometimes invites its subjects to make thoughtful judgments about their behaviour or about the situations that they face, structuring and channelling those judgments in various ways.
On 1 June 2011, Professor David Lowenthal FBA and Sir Simon Jenkins, Chairman of the National Trust, discussed why stewarding the past benefits the present and the future, and how we can protect, enliven, and enhance our heritage.
Marina Warner has always been interested in the ways the borders between real and imaginary worlds have been breached and blurred. On 11 May 2011, she discussed how the impalpable has been seen or embodied in different eras, cultures and art forms. The following is an edited extract from her conversation with Hermione Lee.