Moran Yahav is a JSD candidate at New York University School of Law. Moran works mainly in legal and political philosophy and ethics, but her research and teaching interests also include theories of regulation, governance studies, history and theory of public international law and international humanitarian law.
Moran’s dissertation explores what considerations a government ought to take into account in choosing between the different governance means that may be available for the achievement of a particular end. Moran seeks to provide standards by which processes of social regulation can be assessed and to critically examine the relationship between this question and related important political questions such as the ends of governments and the legitimacy of governments.
Moran received her LLB from Tel Aviv University, Israel (2007), is a member of the Israeli bar, and earned her LLM at New York University School of Law as a Hans Kelsen Scholar (2010), with a thesis in legal philosophy. Before commencing her JSD, Moran served as legal advisor to the Public Commission to Examine the Maritime Incident of May 31, 2010, chaired by Justice (ret.) Jacub Turkel of the Supreme Court of Israel; clerked for the Honorable Justice Esther Hayut of the Supreme Court of Israel; and interned with the commercial litigation group of S. Horowitz & Co.
Winter Quarter 2017 Course:
Philosophy 166. Philosophy of Law, taught by Moran Yahav
David Beglin has just completed his graduate work at the University of California, Riverside, where he received his PhD in philosophy. Before pursuing his PhD, David worked at a high school in Boston, a position he took up after receiving his B.A. in philosophy and in history from the University of Rhode Island in 2010.
David's current research project concerns the moral psychology and ethics of responsibility. In particular, he is developing a theory of responsible agency, the kind of agency we ascribe to someone when we hold that person to account for their actions and attitudes. This theory begins with an account of the moral psychological stance from which we hold people responsible. In addition to this project on responsibility, David has also published on philosophical issues concerning death. His work has appeared in academic journals such as Philosophical Studies and Ethics.
Winter Quarter 2018 Course:
Philosophy 166. Philosophy of Law, taught by David Beglin
Erik Encarnacion is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Law and Philosophy at UCLA School of Law for 2018-2020. Before joining UCLA, he was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School and an attorney at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York.
Encarnacion earned his A.B. in philosophy from Princeton University, his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from University of Southern California. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Ronald Lee Gilman for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Memphis, Tennessee. Encarnacion’s teaching and research interests focus primarily on contract law and related areas.
Fall 2018 Course:
Law 217. Legal Philosophy, taught by Erik Encarnacion
This course will provide an introduction to some of the central issues in the philosophy of law. We will specifically consider questions in analytical jurisprudence (the study of the nature of law) but will also discuss issues in normative jurisprudence (that is, how ought legal institutions be designed and what are the justifications for regulating behavior through law). For example, we will ask what distinguishes law from other governance techniques? What connection, if any, there is or ought to be between law and morality? What type of authority, if any, is essential to the law? Do citizens have a duty to obey the law, and if so, under what circumstances? When, if ever, is paternalistic interference by the state into the lives of its citizens justified? How can rules give us reasons? What, if anything, justifies punishment by the state? We will explore all these questions by critically examining some of the main historically influential schools of thought, including legal positivism, natural law theory, and critical theories of law.