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Instructor: Abbey Burke. This course meets MW 4:40 – 5:55 p.m. in GA 007.

This course examines some of the central issues and key debates in the philosophy of law. Students will be introduced to important theories, but not merely for their own sake. The course will focus on legal and philosophical issues arising from particular judicial decisions. These may concern, for example, free speech, free association, the right to bear arms, abortion, asylum and migration.

In Spring 2024, the course will be taught by an Australian lawyer visiting UNC.  While the course presupposes no prior knowledge of law or philosophy, an overarching question will be what to make of human rights and their status in the law. For this reason, the course may be of special interest to students who want to learn more about human rights law.


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