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Seminar 25: Can there be law without violence

S25: Can there be law without violence

S25: Can there be law without violence


Wednesday 12th August, 6.00 PM to 7.30 PM

Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Building, State Library of New South Wales

Cost: Adults $15, Friends and Concessions $10

Booking essential:


The law is the basis of institutions such as sovereignty and the police, which are designed to protect citizens from violence and to establish order, peace and stability. At the same time, these institutions need to use violent means to extend their protection. Is it possible to establish clear limits to how the law can use violence? Or is the violence from which the law is meant to protect us internal to the law itself?



    Chair                                 Dimitris Vardoulakis

    6:05 pm                           Welcome by Dimitris Vardoulakis

                                               (director of the Sydney Seminar)  

    6:10 to 6:30                     Anna Yeatman

    6:30 to 6:50                     James Martel

    6:50 to 7:10                     Peg Birmingham

    7:10 to 7:30                     Q&A and Round Table Discussion


Peg Birmingham is Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University. She is the author of Hannah Arendt and Human Rights.

Anna Yeatman is a professorial research fellow in the Whitlam Institute at the University of Western Sydney. She is co-editor of The Aporia of Rights.

James Martel is Professor of Politics at San Francisco State University. He is the author of The One and Only Law and of Divine Violence.


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