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Ronald Dworkin

Distinguished Scholar in Residence
B.A. Harvard, 1953 
B.A. Oxford, 1955 
M.A. Yale, 1956 
LL.B. Harvard, 1957
dworkin@law.ucla.edu

Ronald Dworkin is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence with the UCLA Law and Philosophy Program, and Professor of Philosophy and Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law at New York University.  Professor Dworkin is one of the nation’s preeminent scholars of jurisprudence and political philosophy and is considered by many to be the most influential figure in contemporary Anglo-American legal theory.  Dworkin has taught jurisprudence at both Yale Law School, where he was Holhfeld Professor, and the University of Oxford, where he was Professor of Jurisprudence and Fellow.  In 1969, Dworkin was appointed Chair of Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford, succeeding H.L.A. Hart in that position.  

Professor Dworkin is the author of a great number of scholarly articles in philosophical and legal journals as well as articles on legal and political topics in the New York Review of Books. His books include: Taking Rights Seriously (1977); A Matter of Principle (1985); Law's Empire (1986); Philosophical Issues in Senile Dementia (1987); A Bill of Rights for Britain (1990); Life's Dominion (1993); Freedom's Law(1996); Sovereign Virtue: The Theory and Practice of Equality (2000); Justice in Robes (2006); and Is Democracy Possible Here? Principles for a New Political Debate (2006).  Several of these books have been translated into the major European languages as well as Japanese and Chinese. Perhaps Dworkin's best known book is Law's Empire, which received the prestigious Coif Award from the American Bar Association as the best book written on law over a three year period and the Ames Prize of the Harvard Law School for the best book on law over a five-year period.

In his distinguished career, Dworkin has been the recipient of many prestigious awards. Most recently, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard University. Dworkin joins a highly select group of individuals who have received honorary doctor of law degrees from Harvard, including John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, and leading scholars like John Rawls.