Professor Norman Cornett: “Since when do we divorce the right answer from an honest answer?” (2009)

In the following feature presentation of the National Film Board of Canada, First Nations filmmaker Dr. Alanis Obomsawin narrates and produced a forcefully inspiring documentary on the unorthodox McGill Professor Norman Cornett and the injustices of his abrupt dismissal at McGill University in 2007. The documentary entitled “Professor Norman Cornett: ‘Since when do we divorce the right answer from an honest answer?’” chronicles the life-changing and student-centric pedagogical approaches Professor Cornett employed to release his students from the regurgitative type of academic study onto an academic study that tapped into their own… Read More

Professor Philip Pettit on “Legitimacy and Justice”

University College of London (UCL) Laws: Inaugural Quain Lecture Click here to access the video of the lecture. In the 2012 Inaugural Quain Lecture, philosopher Philip Pettit spoke on the importance of considering the question of legitimacy —  i.e., of just how acceptable the imposing of the social order is — as a distinct from that of justice — i.e., of just how objectionable is the content and form of the legal order itself. He suggests that the distinction between both questions relies on what each one “hangs” on for an acceptable… Read More

Dr. Amartya Sen at the 2013 Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence

Click here for the video of the lecture. At the 2013 Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence, Dr. Amartya Sen spoke on the importance of reasoned disagreement in the creation of shared conception(s) of justice. He noted that to understand the role of reasoned disagreement, it is important in fact to understand that reasoned agreement in theories of justice, as notably outlined by Lord Hewart in 1923 and “legendary” Harvard Professor John Rawls and his work in Theories of Justice, seek not mere agreement, neither instrumental nor functional, but the fostering of the conditions… Read More