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Treasurer's Lecture: A Theory of Justice: the relevance of the philosophy of John Rawls in the 21st century [ONLINE]

Monday 26th of February 2024 18:00

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Online via Zoom (joining link will be circulated via email)


18:00 - 19:15

(Zoom Meeting ‘room’ will be open from 18:00) Please ensure that you have joined before the event is due to start.

Event Details

This event is taking place in Middle Temple Hall AND will be streamed live. This page is for tickets to attend ONLINE. To book a virtual ticket to attend online CLICK HERE. We will not be able to admit anyone into the Hall with a virtual ticket.

With the kind permission of the Treasurer, Paul Darling OBE, KC, this event, one of a series on Philosophy and the Law at Middle Temple, will take place in Hall, and will count as one of the Treasurer’s Lectures for 2024.

A discussion between Jonathan Wolff and Daniel Chandler about the philosophy of John Rawls, including his most famous work A Theory of Justice, and its relevance to contemporary issues in our society and the law. 

Jonathan Wolff is the Alfred Landecker Professor of Values and Public Policy at the University of Oxford.  Daniel Chandler is an economist and philosopher at the London School of Economics and author of Free and Equal: What Would a Fair Society Look Like? (2023).

The discussion will be chaired by the Rt Hon Sir Rabinder Singh, a Lord Justice of Appeal and President of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.

Students and transferring lawyers need to attend the whole event including the reception in order to claim a Qualifying Session.

Who can Attend

Students/Hall Members/Benchers: Guests welcome

Members of other Inns and their guests also welcome - contact the Treasury Office by calling 020 7427 4800 to book.

Dietary Requirements

Qualifying Session Details

Further details of the QS Requirements and how to be credited with the QS for this session

Learning Aims:

After this session, students should be able to:

  • Recognise the philosophy of John Rawls including his most famous work A Theory of Justice
  • Examine John Rawls philosophy and its relevance to contemporary issues in our society and the law.

Links to the Professional Statement, wider workings of the Bar, administration of justice or a public interest matter

The QS will align with these elements of the professional statement:

  • This session links to the wider workings of the bar and will give an insight into the philosophical and historical context behind the justice system and the rule of law in England and Wales.

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Bookings and Cancellations

Members of the Inn can buy tickets online by clicking ‘Add to Cart’.  Please note that you must log in to book (if you have not yet created a log-in please register first). 

Members of other Inns can buy tickets from the Treasury Office by calling 020 7427 4800.

Unless the event sells out earlier, bookings will close at 09:00 two working days before the event.


Where we have a waiting list we will offer your ticket to someone else, so please do cancel your ticket if you are no longer able to attend.

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Disabled Access and Support

If you have questions about accessibility at the Inn or if you would like to request support, please email Richard Frost.

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Times and details for this event are subject to change. Please check this webpage for the most up to date information.