Jeremy Waldron

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Jeremy Waldron
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Born (1953-10-13) 13 October 1953 (age 68)
New Zealand
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western philosophy
Main interests
Legal philosophy

Jeremy Waldron (born 13 October 1953) is a New Zealand professor of law and philosophy. He holds a University Professorship at the New York University School of Law and was formerly the Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at All Souls College, Oxford University. Waldron also holds an adjunct professorship at Victoria University of Wellington.

Early life and education

Waldron attended Southland Boys' High School, and then went on to study at the University of Otago, New Zealand, where he graduated with a B.A. in 1974 and an LL.B. in 1978. He later studied for a D.Phil. at the University of Oxford under legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin and political theorist Alan Ryan; Waldron graduated in 1986.[1]


He also taught legal and political philosophy at Otago (1975–78), Lincoln College, Oxford (1980–82), the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1983–87), the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at Boalt Hall School of Law at Berkeley (1986–96), Princeton University (1996–97), and Columbia Law School (1997–2006). He has also been a visiting professor at Cornell (1989–90), Otago (1991–92) and Columbia (1995) Universities.

Waldron gave the second series of Seeley Lectures at Cambridge University in 1996, the 1999 Carlyle Lectures at Oxford, the spring 2000 University Lecture at Columbia Law School, the Wesson Lectures at Stanford University in 2004, and the Storrs Lectures at Yale Law School in 2007. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998.

In 2005, Waldron received an honorary doctorate from the University of Otago, his alma mater.

Legal and philosophical views

Waldron is a liberal and a normative legal positivist. He has written extensively on the analysis and justification of private property and on the political and legal philosophy of John Locke. He is an outspoken opponent of judicial review and of torture, both of which he believes to be in tension with democratic principles. He believes that hate speech should not be protected by the First Amendment.[2]

Waldron has also criticized analytic legal philosophy for its failure to engage with the questions addressed by political theory.

Criticism of judicial review

A staunch defender of the principle of democratic legislation, Waldron has argued for a limited role for judicial review in a robust democratic government. [3] Waldron asserts that there is no inherent advantage to a judiciary's protection of rights than to a legislature's if (1) there is a broadly democratic political system with appropriate suffrage and process,[4](2) there is a system of courts somewhat insulated from popular pressure and engaged in judicial review,[5] there is a general commitment to rights,[6] and there is disagreement as to the content and extent of rights.[7] Even so, Waldron does not argue against the existence of judicial review, which may be appropriate when there is institutional dysfunction. In this case, the defense of judicial review compatible with democracy is limited to remedies for that dysfunction and are neither unlimited nor universal. Thus Waldron places his view of judicial review in the tradition of Justice Harlan Fiske Stone.[8]




  • 2001, "Normative (or Ethical) Positivism" in Jules Coleman (ed.), Hart's Postscript: Essays on the Postscript to The Concept of Law. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-829908-7
  • 2003, "Who is my Neighbor?: Humanity and Proximity," The Monist 86.
  • 2004, "Settlement, Return, and the Supersession Thesis," Theoretical Inquiries in Law 5.
  • 2004, “Terrorism and the Uses of Terror”. The Journal of Ethics, Vol. 8, No. 1, Terrorism (2004) pp. 5–35.
  • 2005, "Torture and Positive Law: Jurisprudence for the White House," Columbia Law Review 105.
  • 2006, "The Core of the Case Against Judicial Review," Yale Law Journal 115.
  • 2009, "DIGNITY AND DEFAMATION: THE VISIBILITY OF HATE"[1]". 2009 Oliver Wendell Holmes Lectures.
  • 2012, "Bicameralism and the Separation of Powers," Current Legal Problems 31.


  2. Voices on Antisemitism Interview with Jeremy Waldron from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
  3. Jeremy Waldron, "The Core of the Case against Judicial Review," 115 Yale Law Review 1346 (2006).
  4. Id. at 3161
  5. Id. at 1363
  6. Id. at 1366.
  7. Id. at 1367.
  8. Id at 1403, citing United States v. Carolene Products Co., 304 U.S. 144, 153 n.4 (1938).

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