Annual Survey of American Law

2006 Dedication - Ronald Dworkin

Portions of this dedication have been published in Volume 63, Issue 1.

Ronald M. Dworkin is the Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law and Philosophy at New York University and Quain Professor of Jurisprudence at University College, London. From 1962-1969, he was a professor of law at Yale University Law School, and from 1969-1998 he was Professor of Jurisprudence at Oxford and Fellow of University College. He joined the faculty of the New York University School of Law in 1975.

Professor Dworkin is both a Fellow of the British Academy and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a member of the Council of Writers and Scholars Educational trust, a member of the editorial committee of its journal, Index on Censorship, and a member of the Programme Committee of the Ditchley Foundation. He was co-chair of the Democratic Party Abroad and has been a consultant on human rights to the Ford Foundation.

Professor Dworkin received a B.A. from Harvard College in 1953, a B.A. from Oxford University in 1955, and an L.L.B. from Harvard Law School in 1957. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Learned Hand on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Over the course of several decades, Professor Dworkin's writing has redefined the fields of legal theory and philosophy and the law. Some of his most influential works include Is Democracy Possible Here? (2006), Justice in Robes (2006), Sovereign Virtue: The Theory and Practice of Equality (2000), Life's Dominion: An Argument about Abortion, Euthanasia and Individual Freedom (1993), Law's Empire (1986), A Matter of Principle (1985), and Taking Rights Seriously (1977).

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