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Is liberalism dead? And if so, is inequality to blame?

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Liberalism in 2019 has few friends: some commentators are even heralding the death of liberalism. What, then, went wrong in the liberal tradition to get us to this point? Is the liberal model itself to blame – including liberal understandings of freedom and the state? Or has the problem been one of implementation – or a failure by liberalism to take seriously issues of equality and access to the social minimum for all? Further, how might we conceive of alternatives to liberalism, or reimagine the liberal tradition, so as better to respond to these failings? Join us for a conversation about the future of liberalism with Professors Ratna Kapur, Mark Tushnet and Richard Holden and Dr Michaela Hailbronner, co-moderated by UNSW’s Dr Ben Golder and Professor Rosalind Dixon.

About Ratna Kapur

Ratna Kapur is currently a Visiting Professor at the School of Law, Queen Mary University of London. Her regular position is as Distinguished Faculty, Symbiosis School of Law, India, and Senior Faculty, Institute of Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School. She has written and published extensively on human rights, international law, and postcolonial and feminist legal theory. Her latest book is: Gender, Alterity and Human Rights: Freedom in a Fishbowl (2018).

About Mark Tushnet

Professor Tushnet, who graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School and served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall, specializes in constitutional law and theory, including comparative constitutional law. His research includes studies examining (skeptically) the practice of judicial review in the United States and around the world. He also writes in the area of legal and particularly constitutional history, with works on the development of civil rights law in the United States and (currently) a long-term project on the history of the Supreme Court in the 1930s.

About Michaela Hailbronner

Michaela Hailbronner is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Münster in Germany. Her current research is primarily in the field of human rights and comparative constitutional law. Her analysis of German constitutionalism against a broader comparative background appeared in a paper that won the I.CON Inaugural Best Paper Award 2014 and in her first book Traditions and Transformations: The Rise of German Constitutionalism (Oxford University Press, 2015). Since then she has worked at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law at Heidelberg (Germany), the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and taught at the University of Ottawa (Canada) as a visiting professor during the January term 2016.

About Richard Holden

Richard Holden is Professor of Economics at UNSW Business School and academic co-lead of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Inequality. Richard's research focuses on contract theory, organizational economics, law and economics, and political economy. He appears regularly as a media commentator, and has published pieces in The New York Times, The Australian Financial Review and The Australian.

About Rosalind Dixon

Rosalind Dixon has been described as “the leading comparative constitutional scholar of her generation” worldwide. As Professor of Law at UNSW, her research focuses on comparative constitutional law and constitutional designories of constitutional dialogue and amendment, socio-economic rights and constitutional law and gender. Dixon is a member of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and deputy director of the Herbert Smith Freehills Initiative on Law and Economics.

About Ben Golder

Ben Golder is Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Education) at UNSW Law. Ben works at the intersection of Political and Legal Theory, and is interested in the areas of Public Law and Human Rights. He is currently researching critical and historical approaches to contemporary human rights discourse and, more specifically, the relationship between human rights and postfoundationalist thought.

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