The 2011 Natural Law Lecture

Author: Charles Williams


Oliver O’Donovan, professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at the University of Edinburgh, will be at Notre Dame Law School April 11 to deliver the 2011 Natural Law Lecture.

Sponsored by the Law School’s Natural Law Institute, the free lecture will begin at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, in Eck Hall of Law Room 1130. The public is invited.

Professor O’Donovan was Regius Professor of Moral & Pastoral Theology and Canon of Christ Church at the University of Oxford from 1982 until 2006, before which he taught at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford (1972-7) and at Wycliffe College, Toronto (1977-82).

He is a past President of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics.

Ordained as a priest of the Church of England, he has been an active participant in ecumenical dialogue and has served on the General Synod.

He has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 2000.

He has held distinguished visiting lectureships in the Universities of Durham and Cambridge, the Gregorian University in Rome, Mc Master University in Hamilton, Ontario, St. Patricks College, Maynooth, St. Johns College, Hong Kong, and Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.

He is the author of The Problem of Self-Love in Saint Augustine (Yale 1979), Begotten or Made? (Oxford University Press, 1984), Resurrection and Moral Order (Eerdmans, 1986), On the Thirty-Nine Articles (Paternoster, 1986), Peace and Certainty (Eerdmans, 1989), The Desire of the Nations (Cambridge University Press, 1996), Common Objects of Love (Eerdmans, 2002) and The Ways of Judgment (2005).

Jointly he and his wife, Joan Lockwood O’Donovan, are the authors of a well-received collection of readings in the history of Christian political thought, From Irenaeus to Grotius: A Sourcebook in Christian Political Thought 100 – 1625 (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 1999) and of a volume of essays, Bonds of Imperfection: Christian politics past and present (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2004).