Liberty, Laws, and Mores


This conference explored the relationship between mores/customs and law. Should law reflect existing custom, or should law try to modify existing customs and mores? Are mores the guardians of political liberty, or might they endanger political liberty?


Conference Readings

Beccaria, Cesare. On Crimes and Punishments and Other Writings. Edited by Richard Bellamy. Translated by Richard Davies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Constitutional Council. “Act prohibiting the concealing of the face in public.” Decision n° 2010 - 613 DC, France, October 7th 2010.

European Court of Human Rights. “Grand Chamber Judgement Leyla Şahin v. Turkey.” Press release issued by the Registrar, Strasbourg, France, November 10, 2005.

Montaigne, Michel de. The Complete Essays of Montaigne. Edited by Donald M. Frame. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1958.

Montesquieu, Charles-Louis de Secondat. The Spirit of the Laws. Translated by Anne M. Cohler, Basia Carolyn Miller, and Harold Samuel Stone. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

R (on the application of Begum (by her litigation friend, Rahman)) (Respondent) v. Headteacher and Governors of Denbigh High School (Appellants). “Opinions of the Lords of Appeal for Judgement in the Cause.” Lord Bingham of Cornhill, United Kingdom, 22 March 2006.

Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America. Edited by Eduardo Nolla. Translated by James T. Schleifer. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2010.