Joseph Raz

Thomas M. Macioce Professor of Law

Office: Columbia Law School | Jerome Greene Hall, Room 518
435 West 116th Street | Mailbox E-5
New York, NY 10027
Tel: 212. 854.5191
Fax: 212.854.7946

Assistant Info

Name: Carmen Abber
Phone: 212.854.7467

Media Contact:

         Public Affairs, 212.854.2650

Areas of Expertise:
  • Legal, moral, and political philosophy


  • Magister Juris, Hebrew University, 1963
  • D. Phil., Oxford, 1967
  • Honorary Doctor, Katholieke Universiteit, Brussels, Belgium, 1993
  • Honorary Doctor of Law, King's College, London, 2009
  • Honorary Doctor, Hebrew University Jerusalem, 2014


Fall 2015:  Law L9095-001_S. Problems in Philosophy of Law
This course does not require or recommend the purchase of any textbooks.
Office Hours:  On a drop-by basis or by appointment

Detailed Biography:

Lecturer, then tenured senior lecturer, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, 1967-72. Fellow and tutor in law, Balliol College, and CUF lecturer at Oxford University, 1972-85; professor of the philosophy of law, Oxford University, and fellow of Balliol College, 1985-2006; Research Professor, Oxford University 2006-2009. Fellow of the British Academy since 1987; honorary foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1992. Was a visiting professor at Rockefeller University, 1974; Australian National University, 1979; University of California at Berkeley, 1984; University of Toronto, 1987; Yale Law School, 1988; University of Southern California, 1989. Fellow, Humanities Research Institute, UC Irvine, Spring 1989; Visiting Mellon fellow at Princeton University 1993; Philosopher in residence, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2001; British-Hispanic Professor, Complutensa University, Madrid 2007. Delivered Ida Beame Lecture, Iowa Law School, 1988; Kobe Lecture, Tokyo & Kyoto, 1994, Jerome Hall Lecture, Indiana Law School, 1994; Miller Lecture, University of Glasgow, 1994; Moffett Lecture, Princeton 1996; Olin Distinguish Lecture, Notre Dame 1999; Seeley Lectures, Cambridge 2000; Tanner lectures, Berkeley, 2001, Knox Lecture, University of St. Andrews, 2001. Petracyzki Lecture 2002, University of Warsaw, 2002. Storrs Lectures, Yale 2003; Stice Lecture, U. of Washington, 2003. Dewey Lecture, U. of Minnesota, 2005; Minerva Lecture on Human Rights, Tel Aviv University 2006; Keynote address, BSET conference, Southampton 2006, & at Meta-Ethics Conference, Madison 2008; lead plenary lecture, IVR World Congress, Beijing 2009. Kellogg Lecture In Jurisprudence, Library of Congress, 2011, Quain Lectures, UCL, London 2013. 

Publications include:

The Authority of Law (1979, 2nd expanded ed. 2009); The Concept of a Legal System (1970, 2nd ed., 1980); The Morality of Freedom (1986); Practical Reason and Norms (1975, 2nd ed., 1999); Ethics in the Public Domain (rev. paperback ed., 1995); Engaging Reason (2000); Value, Respect and Attachment (2001); The Practice of Value (2003); Between Authority and Interpretation (2009); From Normativity to Responsibility 2011; The Morality of Freedom won the W. J. M. Mackenzie Book Prize from the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom and the Elaine and David Spitz Book Prize from the conference for the Study of Political Thought (New York).  First International Prize for Legal Research "Hector Fix-Zamudio," Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (2005).