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Renowned legal theorist Ronald Dworkin lectures on human rights at UI Nov. 19 - 20

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ronald Dworkin, the nation's foremost legal philosopher, will visit the University of Iowa and will give two lectures on human rights and freedom of speech Nov. 19­20.

Dworkin will present "When is a Right a Human Right?" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 at Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd Law Building. He is an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor who is lecturing as part of Global Focus: HR '98, the UI's yearlong commemoration of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 50 years ago.

Dworkin's second lecture, "Hate Speech, Hate Crimes and Campaign Spending: Does the First Amendment Go Too Far?" will be given at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 at the Main Auditorium in Phillips Hall and is sponsored by the department of philosophy.

Dworkin holds the University College of London's most prestigious professorship, the Quain Professor of Jurisprudence, and teaches as the Sommer Professor of Law and Philosophy at New York University. Dworkin formerly was professor of jurisprudence at Oxford University.

Dworkin is universally known as the most influential American legal philosopher of his generation and is noted for his creativity and scholarly prose. He argued in "Taking Rights Seriously," that human beings have pre-political rights that governments must respect. He is credited with continuing to keep human rights debate a major topic of the international community.

A public reception will follow Dworkin's Nov. 19 lecture at the Boyd Law Building.