Emeritus Fellow Joseph Raz has been awarded the Tang Prize, a Taiwanese prize, ’for his path-breaking contributions to the rule of law, and for deepening out understanding of the very nature of law, legal reasoning, and the relationship between law, morality and freedom’. Awarded biennially in four fields, the Tang Prize ’aims to provide fresh impetus to first-class research and development in the 21st century, to bring about positive change to the global community, and to create a brighter future for all humanity’. Laureates are selected on the basis of the originality of their work along with their contributions to society; nomination and selection are conducted by an independently acting selection committee which is formed in partial cooperation with the Academia Sinica.
Professor Raz was a Tutorial Fellow in Law at Balliol 1972-1985, and ad hominem Professor in the Philosophy of Law at Balliol 1985-2006. He is now Thomas M. Macioce professor of law at Columbia Law School in the United States and a research professor of law at King’s College London in the U.K; he describes his work on his personal website.
In the CNA video below he comments on the honour of receiving the award and talks about the rule of law.