Law & Philosophy Program

UCLA Law and Philosophy Program News and Events

First, please join us on Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm for a lunchtime event with our Distinguished Scholar in Residence Lawrence Sager, Alice Jane Drysdale Sheffield Regents Chair at the University of Texas, Austin.

Professor Sager's paper is entitled “Putting Law in Its Place.” “Late in his career, Ronald Dworkin proposed a “one system” account of law, according to which law and legal obligations obtain only when courts are properly involved in the enforcement of the provision or norm in question. In this paper Sager defends the contrary proposition, namely that some provisions or norms are not properly enforced by courts but are nonetheless law."

Professor Sager will make a relatively brief presentation. Mark Greenberg, Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy and co-director of the Law and Philosophy Program at UCLA, will moderate the session and begin the discussion. Most of the time will be devoted to questions and discussion.

This event will be held in the Law Building, Room 1457.

Boxed lunches will be provided. It would therefore be very helpful to know whether you plan to attend. Please RSVP by emailing

Second, the UCLA Law and Philosophy Association will hold a graduate student conference on law and philosophy on Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. The aim of this conference is to bring together graduate students, law students, postdocs, and UCLA faculty members to discuss issues that arise at the intersection of law and philosophy. This year, the conference is focused on critical approaches to law, race, and gender. A light breakfast and lunch will be served.

The event will be held in the Law Building, Room 1447. Faculty and students are welcome. No RSVP required.

Third, the Law and Philosophy Program is proud to announce the appointment of two post-doctoral scholars for 2016-2018 Moran Yahav and Ariel Zylberman.

Ariel Zylberman is currently the postdoctoral research fellow in the department of philosophy at Simon Fraser University and was previously a SSHRC postdoctoral research fellow in the department of philosophy at McGill University (2013-2015).

Ariel earned his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Winnipeg (2003), his B.A. in Philosophy and Politics from Oxford University (2005), and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from University of Toronto (2013). Ariel works in ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of law, both from a contemporary and a historical perspective. His research has focused on the nature and justification of rights and human rights, human dignity, moral obligation, freedom, public law, and global justice. His work has appeared in Journal of Political Philosophy, Utilitas, Kantian Review, Philosophical Topics, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, and elsewhere.

Moran Yahav is a JSD candidate at New York University School of Law. Moran works mainly in legal and political philosophy and ethics, but her research and teaching interests also include theories of regulation, governance studies, history and theory of public international law and international humanitarian law.

Moran’s dissertation explores what considerations a government ought to take into account in choosing between the different governance means that may be available for the achievement of a particular end. Moran seeks to provide standards by which processes of social regulation can be assessed and to critically examine the relationship between this question and related important political questions such as the ends of governments and the legitimacy of governments.

Moran received her LLB from Tel Aviv University, Israel (2007), is a member of the Israeli bar, and earned her LLM at New York University School of Law as a Hans Kelsen Scholar (2010), with a thesis in legal philosophy. Before commencing her JSD, Moran served as legal advisor to the Public Commission to Examine the Maritime Incident of May 31, 2010, chaired by Justice (ret.) Jacub Turkel of the Supreme Court of Israel; clerked for the Honorable Justice Esther Hayut of the Supreme Court of Israel; and interned with the commercial litigation group of S. Horowitz & Co.