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Law and Humanities Seminar Series: Li (禮), law and Confucius

Date&Time: December 28, 2023 (Thursday), 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM (Beijing Time)

Speaker: Keechang Kim, Professor of Law, Korea University Law School

Moderator: Prof. Norman P. Ho, Peking University School of Transnational Law

Location: STL Building 207

Zoom Meeting ID: 820 0859 5985 (Passcode: 472098)

Language: English

Lecture Summary: The talk aims to present several possible meanings of Li (禮) as they appear in the Analects and to link them with the question of Li's bindingness. Depending on which of these different and distinct meanings of Li is adopted as the operative meaning for the key texts where Confucius emphasises Li's bindingness, the legal philosophical implication of Confucian teachings may differ greatly. The talk also proposes to investigate the meaning of 'bindingness' (約) when we say we are bound by Li, by law or by ethical rules.

Speaker's bio: Professor Keechang Kim studied law at Seoul National University (LLB), University of Chicago Law School (LLM) and Cambridge University (PhD). He has been teaching Korean contract law and ancient Chinese law and philosophy for the past 20 years at Korea University Law School. He recently published a book (in Korean) where he proposes a new interpretation of the Analects of Confucius.

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