Notre Dame Program on Private Law hosts Legal Ethics and Fiduciaries Workshop in Ireland

Author: Denise Wager

Timely and thought-leading research on fiduciary principles and philosophical legal ethics were the central themes for a roundtable held in June at Notre Dame’s Kylemore Abbey Global Centre in Connemara, Ireland.

The Legal Ethics and Fiduciaries Workshop was co-organized by Paul Miller, the Law School’s associate dean for international and graduate programs, and was co-hosted by Julian Velasco, professor of law, with the support of the Law School’s Program on Private Law.

In addition to Miller and Velasco, the scholars who participated in the workshop included:

  • Tim Dare, University of Auckland
  • Stephen Galoob, University of Tulsa College of Law
  • Andrew Gold, Brooklyn Law School
  • Bruce Green, Fordham Law School
  • Ethan Leib, Fordham Law School
  • David Luban, Georgetown Law School
  • Yasutomo Morigiwa, Meiji University
  • Tony Sebok, Cardozo School of Law
  • Charles Silver, University of Texas School of Law
  • Rebecca Roiphe, New York Law School
  • Bradley Wendel, Cornell Law School
  • Benjamin Zipursky, Fordham Law School

Papers presented at the workshop included: “Fiduciary Legal Ethics, Zeal, and Moral Activism, Should Lawyers be Loyal to Clients, the Law, or Both?,” “Fiduciary Duties, Professionalism, and the Displacement of Duties of Care,” and “A Fiduciary Theory of Prosecution.”

Several workshop papers will be published in a special issue of the American Journal of Jurisprudence, edited Notre Dame Law Professors John Finnis and Jeffrey Pojanowski.

Miller praised the workshop participants for the quality of their essays and expressed appreciation for the Program on Private Law.

“Our presenters — luminaries in the fields of fiduciary theory and legal ethics — charted an exciting new course for complementary philosophical analysis of fiduciary principles and the foundations of legal ethics. These are fields that should have been brought into contact with one another, but to this point had not been. We are thrilled to have been able to change that with the Workshop,” Miller said. “We couldn’t have held this event without the support of the Notre Dame Program on Private Law and our amazing campus and Abbey-based staff. I am very grateful.”  

The Notre Dame Program on Private Law collaborates on leading national and international research in private law. Drawing on the broad strength of Notre Dame faculty working in private law, the program has enabled the Law School’s rise to prominence as one of the leading centers for private law scholarship in the United States.

Photo provided by Benjamin Zipursky.

Originally published by Denise Wager at on September 05, 2019.