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Civil liberty and fundamental rights: a juridical perspective - Quentin Skinner

Lady Justice


Virtual Event


Thu 18 November 2021

The Edinburgh Centre for International and Global Law presents

Civil liberty and fundamental rights: a juridical perspective

Prof Quentin Skinner, Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities, Queen Mary University of London


About the lecture
This lecture focuses on a view about civil liberty that used to be widely accepted in European legal thinking but became largely lost to sight after the rise to hegemony of the view that freedom can be defined simply as an absence of interference with choices and actions.  The lecture opens by outlining the earlier and rival view that liberty is best conceived as the condition of not being subject to the power of others.  This view is traced to Roman and common law traditions of thinking about the law of persons and related discussions about ‘fundamental’ rights.  The lecture ends by considering how the re-appropriation and development of this perspective might help us to think more fruitfully about some current threats to privacy and liberty.


This event is free and open to all but registration is required (link below).





Image credit: Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay 

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