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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Professor Gerald J. Postema Interviewed for the Eminent Scholars ArchiveThe Squire Law Library and the Faculty of Law are pleased to announce that the entry for Professor Gerald Postema has been added to the Eminent Scholars Archive.

Professor Postema is the Arthur Goodhart Visiting Professor of Legal Science for the academic year 2013-14. He is currently the Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Professor Postema was interviewed on 10 January 2014 in the Squire Law Library. He speaks of his stay at University College Oxford (1974), which included his meeting the legendary H. L. A. Hart and Ronald Dworkin. This time fuelled his interest in the legal philosopher Jeremy Bentham, whose influence on the common law he has analysed extensivelyin the subsequent 40 years. Professor Postema’s earliest work was on the French theologian and reformer John Calvin.

He also gives details of his teaching and research activities as the incumbent of the Goodhart chair, which include the analysis of manuscripts and essays of the 17th century jurist Sir Matthew Hale.

This is the seventh in a growing collection of interviews with the Goodhart professors, previous interviewees being Professor Martti Koskenniemi, Sir Robin Auld, Justice Paul Finn, Professor Jane Stapleton, Professor Peter Cane, and Professor Spyridon Flogaitis.