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Meir Yarom

Dissertation Title: Reflections on Coherence in Law

Doctoral Supervisor: Professor Jeremy Waldron


Meir Yarom is a JSD candidate at New York University School of Law, interested in legal theory with a focus on analytical jurisprudence. His current research explores the theory and normative implications of the systematic nature of law, drawing particularly on the concepts of coherence and consistency. His dissertation, Reflections on Coherence in Law, reconceptualizes coherence and applies the concept to theories of law and adjudication. He is also interested in moral and political theory more broadly, especially deontic logic and the philosophical roots of normativity and social action.

Meir’s recent work, Positivism & Unity (forthcoming, The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence), contrasts two positivist traditions with respect to the unity of law, and argues that Joseph Raz’s seminal works on the subject relied on an erroneous understanding of Hans Kelsen’s Pure Theory of Law and its coherence-based underpinnings. Meir has also written on the conceptual relation between coherence and the guidance function of law, and the logical distinction between coherence and consistency.