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VOL. 23, NO. 5OCTOBER 3, 1997

Waldron Named to New Center at Law School

By John Kelly

Jeremy J. Waldron, one of the world's leading legal philosophers, has been named director of the Law School's new Center for Law and Philosophy.

  Waldron has joined Columbia Law School as the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law.

  "With the recent appointments of Professors Waldron and Joseph Raz, and with the established presence of Law Professors George Fletcher, Kent Greenawalt, Kendall Thomas, Andrzej Rapaczynski and others interested in legal philosophy and legal theory, Columbia Law School is now clearly a leader in the field of law and philosophy," said Dean David Leebron.

  "Our position is even more commanding when one considers the distinguished presence at Columbia of Jon Elster (political science), David Johnston (political science), Brian Barry (political science), Philip Pettit (philosophy), and Thomas Pogge (philosophy) all of whom are working in areas that involve the philosophy of law."

  Initially funded by the University, the Center for Law and Philosophy will foster research, discussion and teaching in the broader Columbia community in areas of philosophy which are relevant to law, and to legal scholarship. It will do so by sponsoring seminars, workshops, and conferences, and attracting visitors and students with interests in the field. In the future, the Center hopes to sponsor joint degree programs and other inter-disciplinary initiatives.

  A prolific scholar and one of the preeminent legal philosophers of his generation, Waldron comes to Columbia from Princeton, where he was the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics.