Text of British Academy Law Lecture, by Professor Jeremy Waldron FBA, read 1 February 2011.
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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.
Vivian Nutton is Emeritus Professor of the History of Medicine at University College London, and a Fellow of the British Academy. An event on ‘New light on ancient medicine’ was held on 17 May 2011.
Article by Dr David Beresford-Jones, Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. He was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow from 2005 to 2008. His book ‘The Lost Woodlands of Ancient Nasca: A Case-Study in Ecological and Cultural Collapse’ was published in June 2011 as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monograph.