Jennifer Nedelsky, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Reconceiving Rights: A Relational Approach

Mon, 02/26/2007
4:30 - 6:00 PM, Kerstetter Room, Marx Hall
Event Category: 
Faculty, Fellows, Graduate Students

We are pleased to welcome Jennifer Nedelsky, professor of law and political science at the University of Toronto, back to Princeton.  She will present a chapter of her book-in-progress called  Law, Autonomy and the Relational Self: A Feminist Revisioning of the Foundations of Law and Human Rights.  The chapter, which is attached, is called "Reconceiving Rights and Constitutionalism."   And we have the perfect commentator:  LAPA fellow Margaret Jane Radin, who shares Nedelsky's joint interests in property theory and feminist legal theory.  

Jennifer Nedelsky taught political and constitutional theory at Princeton from 1979-1985 before moving to the University of Toronto where she has been jointly appointed ever since in the faculties of law and political science.  Her book Private Property and the Limits of American Constitutionalism (University of Chicago, 1990) reconceptualized the boundaries of American constitutional law through an examination of debates of the Framers over private property.  Moving to Canada, Nedelsky's arrival coincided with the extraordinary constitutional debates going on over the new Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and she eagerly joined in these discussions, producing a series of lectures and articles on the reconceptualization of rights going on in the new Canadian constitutional system.   As one of Hannah Arendt's last students, Nedelsky was co-editor with Ronald Beiner of Judgment, Imagination and Politics: Themes From Kant and Arendt (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001).   She was awarded the Bora Laskin National Fellowship in Human Rights Research in 2000.  She is presently at work on two books: Law, Autonomy and the Relational Self: A Feminist Revisioning of the Foundations of Law and Human Rights and Judgment: A Relational Approach to be published by Oxford University Press.  In 1991 and 1994, she was Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago.  
Margaret Jane Radin is the inaugural Microsoft/LAPA fellow this year.  She has been the William Benjamin Scott and Luna M. Scott Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and next year, will begin her new position in the law school at the University of MIchigan.  One of the country's major  property theorists, Radin currently specializes in contract, intellectual property, and the jurisprudence of cyberspace.  She is a former director of Stanford Law School's Program in Law, Science and Technology and the founder of its Center for E-Commerce.  Radin is the co-author of a casebook, Internet Commerce:  The Emerging Legal Framework (Foundation Press 2d ed. 2006), and the author of Contested Commodities (Harvard University Press 1996) and Reinterpreting Property (University of Chicago Press 1993).  Her many articles focus primarily on the limits of markets; the rule of law; and the philosophical underpinnings of property and contract, most recently as they are evolving in the networked digital environment. 

For more on Jennifer Nedelsky, visit her University of Toronto website.

For more on Margaret Jane Radin, visit her LAPA page.