In this talk, Webber argues for the customary nature of law – all law – building on the pragmatist conception of law developed by Lon Fuller and Gerald Postema. The talk substantially modifies their approach, however, arguing that facilitation and efficiency are less responsible for the content of law and that the various conceptual languages of the law play a much greater role. In doing so, Webber offers an understanding of how law is related to its various societies, with an argument that has important implications for the value of comparative law and indeed for normative comparison/dialogue/judgment across cultures. Although this understanding is not limited to customary law in the narrow sense, it does draw upon comparisons across indigenous and non-indigenous orders to make its arguments.
- Mark Vessey has been invited to the University of Bristol to give the Blackwell-Bristol Lectures 2013 at the Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition.
- Dame Anne Salmond will give three talks on how different cultures define and communicate ways of being.
- May 07, 2013The Global Civic Policy Society presents a Public Salon on Wednesday, June 5 from 7:30-9pm at the Vancouver Playhouse. A diverse range of speakers from very different walks of life will each spend 7 minutes speaking about something they are passionate about.
- May 01, 2013Applicant Paul Yachnin (McGill University) and fifteen co-applicants including Green College Principal Mark Vessey received funding to begin their multi-disciplinary project entitled "Forms of conversion: religion, culture, and cognitive ecologies in early modern Europe and its worlds."
- April 26, 2013Green College resident Brittany Welsh describes how the daunting task of mounting four shows of Shakespeare's The Tempest helped and inspired her and her colleagues in ways she hadn't envisioned when she started down the Bard's path five months earlier.
- January 04, 2013Seven Green College students volunteered at Lord Strathcona Elementary School in East Vancouver as part of UBC’s Community Learning Initiative TREK program, matching groups UBC students with elementary schools in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, and helping with reading and writing lessons and tutoring students on a one-on-one basis.