Jeffrey Goldsworthy delivers 2010 Coxford Lecture on "The Limits of Judicial Fidelity to Law"

Coxford Lecture 2010

(l-r) Stephen Coxford '77, Jeffrey Goldsworthy, Prof. Grant Huscroft and Prof. Bradley Miller

Professor Jeffrey Goldsworthy of Monash University delivered the third annual Coxford Lecture on November 26 at Western Law.

President Amit Chakma welcomed the audience which included judges, lawyers, students and faculty and thanked Stephen Coxford ''77, Vice-Chair of Western’s Board of Governors, for establishing the prestigious lecture series.Jeffrey Goldsworthy

Goldsworthy's lecture explored the situations in which judges might think it appropriate, or indeed necessary, to refuse to follow the law, and asked whether or not such a refusal might be morally justified.

Professor Goldsworthy took the audience though a series of examples from around the common law world, and a lively question and answer session followed.

The Coxford Lecture is Western Law's leading annual public law lecture. In funding this lecture series, Stephen Coxford's vision was to bring international scholars to Western Law annually to address important public law questions, in order to promote and advance the rule of law.

The lectures are published annually in the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence.