The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

William H. Timbers '37 Lectures

MONDAY, Feb. 17: "Toward a Jurisprudence of the Civil Rights Act" with Georgetown Law Professor Robin West

 

Movements for civil rights have continued to affect changes throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. From LGBT rights to women’s rights to the rights of minorities, each movement has made better futures possible by empowering those historically pushed out by the legal systems that govern civil society. How have these movements been able to gain ground and work with the law to promote the rights of citizens?

In this lecture, Robin West will present a conception of civil rights as rights to participate in the legal regimes that structure civil society, rather than as anti-discrimination rights per se. By outlining the history of the idea of civil rights and the ways in which they have since been protected and advanced, West will explore a number of theories about what it is that makes them so intrinsically important – and thus legally significant.

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