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Max Weber Occasional Lectures

occasionaltalkspicThe Max Weber Occasional Lectures are informal seminars by distinguished scholars invited by members of the Programme as the academic year develops.

The aim of this initiative is to enrich the academic life of the Programme and the EUI by taking advantage of scholars passing through Europe and Italy and inviting them to stop over in Florence and deliver a talk about their most recent research and upcoming books. Occasional Talks are also given by scholars who happen to be visiting the EUI for other purposes already, such as a thesis defense.

Occasional Talks may also be linked to a Multidisciplinary Workshop organized by Fellows, one of the Thematic Groups,  an ad hoc reading group, or some other activity. Fellows not listed in any of the Thematic Research Groups are particularly encouraged to put forward the names of suitable candidates for Occasional Talks.

Moyn 1Upcoming Lecture

 11 June 2018, 17:00-18:30

Samuel Moyn
(Yale Law School)
'National Welfare and International Human Rights' 

Badia Emeroteca



This talk will take up the transition in the history of political economy from national welfare states to neoliberal globalization, and how international human rights law relates to both.

About the Speaker

Samuel Moyn is professor of law and professor of history at Yale University. 

He received a doctorate in modern European history from the University of California-Berkeley in 2000 and a law degree from Harvard University in 2001. He spent thirteen years in the Columbia University history department, where he was most recently James Bryce Professor of European Legal History, and three at Harvard University, where he was Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor in the law school as well as professor in the department of history. 

He has written several books in his fields of European intellectual history and human rights history, including The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (Harvard University Press, 2010), and edited or coedited a number of others. His most recent book, based on Mellon Distinguished Lectures at the University of Pennsylvania in fall 2014, is Christian Human Rights (2015). His new book, Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press in April 2018.



MW Occasional Lectures 2017-18

  • 22 November 2017, 17:00-18:30
    Andrea Sangiovanni (King's College London)
    Badia Emeroteca
  • 14 December 2017,  17:00-18:30
    Timothy Endicott (University of Oxford)
    Badia, Emeroteca
  • 3 May 2018, 17:00-18:30
    Ugo Mattei (UC Hastings)
    Badia Emeroteca
  • 11 June 2018, 17:00-18:30
    Samuel Moyn (Yale Law School)
    Badia Emeroteca

Read the abstract of past MWP Occasional Lectures


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