Daniel Goldsworthy: The long-term future of legal personhood

Daniel Goldsworthy from Deakin University will speak about “The long-term future of legal personhood ” in our Legal Priorities Lab.




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Daniel Goldsworthy: The long-term future of legal personhood


When contemplating both the near and long-term future, a major challenge that all legal systems face is a conceptual one: who or what should the law recognise as legal persons? Legal personhood is of tremendous importance and has implications for matters such as AI, environmental protection, animal welfare and post-humanist hybrids, to name but a few. Is legal personhood fit-for-purpose and how we might think carefully about a coherent and principled approach to its development and operation into the long-term future?

About the speaker:

Daniel is an academic with Deakin Law School and a lawyer admitted in the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia. He is currently completing his doctorate in legal theory at the University of Melbourne. Daniel is a General Assembly Member of Greenpeace Australia Pacific and the co-founder of the Sentient Animal Law Foundation. Daniel publishes in areas including animal welfare law and sentience, constitutional law and theory, public international law, legal education and philosophy amongst others. He has been recognised for his writing on the intersection of legal education, technology and philosophy and for his teaching excellence.

The Legal Priorities Lab is a series of informal, weekly online meetings in which we discuss the ongoing research of our members and invited related academics. Meetings are generally open to the public. More information about the Legal Priorities Project: www.legalpriorities.org.

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Oct 01 2021


9:00 am - 10:00 am

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