A Distinguished Lecture by Professor Michael Sandel
October 29th, 2015
Professor David Parker (1943-2015)
2009 Founder, The Research Centre for Human Values
2000-2009 Chairman of the Department of English, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Professor Parker, founder of our centre and long-serving and much-loved Head of Department, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday 29 October, after a two-year battle with cancer. He remained in relatively good health and spirits until the final weeks.
A memorial tribute to Professor Parker will be organized in due course. Details will be provided on this site.
March 25th, 2014
The Cultural Psychology of Moral Thinking
Professor Richard Shweder
The Philomathia Lectures on Human Values 2014
Is it possible to be a robust cultural pluralist and a dedicated liberal at the same time? How are anthropologists and psychologists steeped in a liberal ethics of autonomy able to fairly represent the moral thinking of “others” whose moral judgments are rooted in an illiberal ethics of community and divinity? Although this year’s Philomathia Lectures will present a thumbnail sketch of five major findings from research on the cultural psychology of moral thinking the main objectives of the lectures are (1) to highlight the limits of liberal moral concepts for judging the moral foundations of diverse cultural traditions; (2) to ask what a highly developed social intelligence should look like in a complex multicultural society; and (3) to open a long overdue conversation about the provocative “equality-difference paradox”, which suggests that embracing cultural diversity and promoting economic equality are not harmonious social policy goals.
Professor Richard Shweder is ￼Harold Higgins Swift Distinguished Service Professor Department of Comparative Human Development at The University of Chicago
Tuesday 25 March 2014
The Moral Challenge of Robust Cultural Pluralism
Wednesday 26 March 2014
The Equality-Difference Paradox: Lessons from a Jewish Village
Thursday 27 March 2014
Feat. Prof. Joan Miller, Prof. Tage Rai and Prof. Michael Harris Bond
All lectures begin at 5.30pm
Cho Yiu Hall, G/F,
University Administration Building,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
State Secrecy: Manning, Assange and Snowden
A Public Lecture by Geoffrey Robertson QC
The Research Centre for Human Values
in partnership with The Faculty of Law, CUHK
Friday 28th February 2014, 6:30pm
LT2, Graduate Law Centre,
2/F, Bank of America Tower,
12 Harcourt Road, Central.
Organised by the Research Centre for Human Values and the Faculty of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the barrister, who has acted as counsel for Julian Assange and Mike Tyson, will visit the city to deliver a lecture titled; “State Secrecy: Manning, Assange and Snowden”.
The lecture comes in the wake of Hong Kong being used as hide-away for Edward Snowden to leak secret NSA documents, and the ensuing debate surrounding extradition and state secrecy in the city. Robertson, who represented Julian Assange in 2010 as he underwent an attempted extradition process from the UK, will deliver his public lecture at 6.30pm on Friday 28th February 2013 at the Graduate Law Centre at the Bank of America Tower. After qualifying as a barrister in 1973, Robertson rose to prominence after appearing in many high profile terrorist cases involving IRA (Provisional Irish Republican Army) suspects, including the case of the ‘Brighton Bombing’ plot to kill British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; his client was the only defendant to be acquitted. In 1988, Robertson became QC (Queen’s Counsel) and in 1994 argued the landmark case of Pratt & Morgan v AG of Jamaica in which it was ruled that the death sentence could not be carried out on men who had served several years on death row: as a consequence of this case, hundreds of convicts facing execution in the Caribbean have had their death sentences commuted. Robertson has also been counsel in many landmark media law cases such as Jameel v Wall Street Journal (Europe) in 2006 where the British House of Lords quashed an adverse jury verdict and developed a public interest defence for the media in defamation cases. The result from Britain's highest court handed a protective shield to investigative journalism ruling that newspapers and broadcasters who act responsibly and who are reporting on stories of public importance need not fear libel actions. The case recently came under scrutiny in Britain’s Phone-Hacking scandal involving Rupert Murdoch and News International.
The lecture is free and open to all, but registration is essential at: http://www.law.cuhk.edu.hk/Robertson
About Geoffrey Robertson QC
Geoffrey Robertson QC is founder and joint head of Doughty Street Chambers. He has had a distinguished career as a trial and appellate counsel, an international judge, and author of leading textbooks. He has argued many landmark cases in media, constitutional and criminal law, in the European Court of Justice; the European Court of Human Rights; the Supreme Court (House of Lords and Privy Council); the UN War Crimes courts; the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and in the highest courts of many commonwealth countries. Geoffrey has, as a jury advocate, appeared in many criminal trials at the Old Bailey and libel trials in the High Court. He has appeared in several hundred reported cases in the Court of Appeal (both civil and criminal divisions) and in judicial reviews in the High Court, and in subsequent appeals. He has a large advisory practice, for clients including governments, media corporations, NGO’s and local councils.