University Professor Jeremy Waldron has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy. Waldron was one of 38 outstanding scholars chosen this year for their distinction in the humanities and social sciences. 


Sir Adam Roberts, president of the British Academy, which was established by Royal Charter in 1902 to support excellence in the humanities and social sciences, said at the time, "I congratulate all the distinguished Fellows who have been elected to the Academy this year, on achieving this peer group recognition of the outstanding contribution they’ve made to scholarship and research in the humanities or social sciences. Election is not only an honour, but also a beginning. I look forward to their active participation in the life and work of the Academy."


Waldron, also the Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory, All Souls College, Oxford University, whose research interests include constitutional theory, law and philosophy, legal philosophy and political theory, was recognized earlier this year for outstanding lifetime contributions to the field of jurisprudence when he was awarded the American Philosophical Society’s prestigious Henry M. Phillips Prize in Jurisprudence for 2011. In May, he delivered three lectures in the U.K. as part of the Hamlyn Lecture series, held annually since 1949 to give distinguished legal minds an opportunity to further knowledge and understanding of the law. In recent years he was also given the Storrs Lectures at Yale Law School, the Tanner Lectures at Berkeley, and the Holmes Lectures at Harvard Law School, among others. His latest book, Torture, Terror, and Trade-offs: Philosophy for the White House, was published in May 2010.


There are now over 900 Fellows, including Waldron's NYU Law colleagues, Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law Ronald Dworkin and University Professor Thomas Nagel.


Posted August 11, 2011.