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2015 Joseph T. McCullen, Jr. Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Law

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"Custom, Jus Cogens and Human Rights”  

Friday, March 13, 2015

The 2015 Joseph T. McCullen, Jr. Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Law will take place on Friday, March 13, 2015, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., in Room 303 of Villanova University School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova). The keynote speaker will be John Tasioulas, the Yeoh Professor of Politics, Philosophy & Law and the inaugural director of the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. He has published extensively in moral, legal and political philosophy, with a focus on philosophical issues in crime and punishment, human rights, and international law.


  • Matthew Lister, Lecturer, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ruth Gordon, Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law

This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 2 substantive CLE credits.

Tasioulas earned degrees in Law and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne, and a DPhil in Philosophy from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. During the 2014-2015 academic year, he is the Lisa Goldberg Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Prior to joining King’s College London, he served as the Quain Professor of Jurisprudence at University College London (2011-2014), Reader in Moral and Legal Philosophy at the University of Oxford where he was a Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy at Corpus Christi College (1998-2010), and a Lecturer in Jurisprudence at the University of Glasgow (1992-1998).

Tasioulas is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at Melbourne Law School, an Emeritus Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, a Distinguished Research Fellow of the Oxford Uehrio Centre for Practical Ethics, and a member of the Academia Europaea. Professor Tasioulas delivered the 'Or 'Emet Lecture at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2011 and the Natural Law Lecture at Notre Dame Law School in 2012. He serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Jurisprudence, the American Society of International Law Studies in International Legal Theory, the Journal of Applied Philosophy, and Moral Philosophy and Politics.

The annual Catholic Social Thought and Law symposium is named for Joseph T. McCullen, Jr., in recognition of his generous support of Villanova University School of Law.