Seminar Series on the Common Good

19th April 2021

Prof Ryan Meade, Aquinas Institute Research Fellow, has set up the “Common Good Project” under the Faculty of Law, cosponsored by the Aquinas Institute, to foster discussion on the relationship between law and the common good. The Project begins with weekly conversations in which legal theorists, philosophers, policy makers and economists explore the common good from various perspectives. Full details of the talks below; to register go to their page on the Law Faculty website.


22 April 2021 (7.30pm)

Rachael Walsh, LLB (Dubl), LLM, PhD (Dubl), BL
Assistant Professor of Law, Trinity College Dublin
‘Constitutions, Property Rights, and Judicial Assessments of the Common Good’

26 April 2021 (5.00pm)

Asanga Welikala, LLB, LLM, PhD (Edin)
Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constituional Law
Edinburgh Law School
‘The Common Good and the Commonwealth’

28 April 2021 (5.00pm)

Tara Isabella Burtion, BA, MSt, DPhil (Oxon)
Contributing Editor, American Purpose
Author, Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World

3 May 2021 (5.00pm)

Katy Hayward, PhD
Professor of Political Sociology
Fellow, Georhe K. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
Queen’s University Belfast

5 May 2021 (5.00pm)

Nigel Biggar, BA (Oxon), MSc, PhD
Director, The McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics & Public Life
Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology
Christ Church, Oxford

10 May 2021 (5.00pm)

Noam Chomsky, BA, MA, PhD
Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy emeritus
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

13 May 2021 (7.30pm)

Erika Bachiochi, BA, JD
Fellow, Ethics & Public Policy Center
Senior Fellow, Abigail Adams Institute

17 May 2021 (5.00pm)

Edward Hadas, BA, MA (Oxon), MBA
Research Fellow, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford
Author, Counsels of Imperfection

18 May 2021 (5.00pm)

Mary M. Keys, BA, MA, PhD
Associate Professor of Political Science
University of Notre Dame
Author, Aristotle, Aquinas and the Promise of the Common Good

26 May 2021 (5.00pm)

John Tasioulas, BA, LLB, DPhil (Oxon)
Professor of Ethics and Legal Philosophy
Director, Institute for Ethics in AI
Senior Research Fellow, Balliol College, Oxford
‘The Common Good and Individual Rights’

2 June 2021 (5.00pm)

Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws
Member of the House of Lords
Director,  International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute
‘Reimagining the Common Good’

9 June 2021 201 (5.00pm)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick
Member of the House of Lords
Chancellor, Regent’s Universoty London
TBD June 2021
Yuan Yi Zhu, BA, MPhil (Cantab)
Lecturer in Politics
Pembroke College, Oxford
‘Chinese Conceptions of the Common Good’