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.
- Green Visiting Professors Christine Chambers and Michael Sullivan rethink a chronic problem
- Michael Byers and Rob Huebert discuss sovereignty and security in the first in a series of cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral presentations on changing realities and understandings of the Arctic
- August 28, 2014College's third Principal will lead expanded program of public engagement
- July 18, 2014PhD student Jake Wall ('09-'11) uses GPS collars, Google Earth and algorithms he developed to help rangers protect elephants
- August 25, 2014Check back later this fall for blog entries from Green College Resident Members.
- September 26, 2013Since September 2012, Green College has partnered with UBC TREK to support Green College residents in volunteering at Lord Strathcona Elementary School. Lord Strathcona is located in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, and is the oldest elementary school in Vancouver.