Joseph Raz

Thomas M. Macioce Professor of Law

Joseph Raz

Thomas M. Macioce Professor of Law

Joseph Raz is the Thomas M. Macioce Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. He is a leading expert in the areas of legal, moral, and political philosophy.

From 2006 to 2009, Raz served as a research professor at the University of Oxford. He was named the British-Hispanic Professor at Complutensa University in Madrid in 2007. From 1985 to 2006, Raz was both a Professor of the Philosophy of Law at Oxford, as well as a fellow of Balliol College.

Raz’s numerous visiting professorships include Rockefeller University, the Australian National University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Toronto, Yale Law School, and the University of Southern California.

Raz has delivered countless lectures worldwide, including the Quain Lectures at University College London in 2013; the Kellogg Lecture In Jurisprudence at the Library of Congress in 2011; the Plenary Lecture at the World Congress of the International Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy held in Beijing in 2009; and the Minerva Lecture on Human Rights at Tel Aviv University in 2006.

In addition to being a fellow of the British Academy since 1987, Raz has been an honorary foreign member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences since 1992.

Among Raz’s publications, his 1986 book, 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 in New York. He also received the First International Prize for Legal Research “Hector Fix-Zamudio” from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in 2005.

Raz obtained a Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford and a Magister Juris from Hebrew University.

  • Honorary Doctor, Hebrew University Jerusalem, 2014
  • Honorary Doctor of Law, King's College, London, 2009
  • Honorary Doctor, Katholieke Universiteit, Brussels, Belgium, 1993
  • D. Phil., University of Oxford, 1967
  • Magister Juris, Hebrew University, 1963
Areas of Expertise
  • Legal, moral, and political philosophy
  • From Normativity to Responsibility, Oxford University Press, 2011
  • Between Authority and Interpretation, Oxford University Press, 2009
  • The Practice of Value, Oxford University Press, 2003
  • Value, Respect and Attachment, Cambridge University Press, 2001
  • Engaging Reason, Oxford University Press, 2000
  • Ethics in the Public Domain, Oxford University Press, 1995
  • The Morality of Freedom, Oxford University Press, 1986
  • The Authority of Law, Oxford University Press, 1979
  • Practical Reason and Norms, Oxford University Press, 1975
  • The Concept of a Legal System, Oxford University Press, 1970
Office Hours

By appointment.

S. Foundations of Practical Thought
S. Problems in Philosophy of Law
S. Problems in Political Philosophy