Justice & Society Seminar

Developing Better Leaders in Justice, Law, and Society

Each summer the Justice & Society Seminar, co-founded in 1979 by the late Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, brings together a diverse group of lifelong learners to discuss what we mean by justice and how a just society should structure its legal, judicial, and political institutions.

Participants explore and examine their values and beliefs in light of their professional and personal experiences, including conversations of: Law, Morality, and Justice; Personal Autonomy; Religion and the Law; Race, Gender, and Justice; and International and Transnational Justice.

The 2022 Justice and Society seminar will be co-moderated by Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, Goodwin H. Liu. Space is limited to 22 participants and seats are filling fast, so early application submission is strongly encouraged.

Program Design:

Using our time-tested Aspen method of text-based moderated dialogue, seminar participants are brought into a structured dialogue based on a volume of specially prepared readings of classic and contemporary writings, law cases, and works of literature, including Plato, John Stuart Mill, Martin Luther King, Jr., John Rawls, Isaiah Berlin, and The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Seminar participants are a curated mosaic of 18 distinguished individuals chosen from a variety of fields who bring a wealth of personal and professional experience to the discussion. They are often leaders in their respective communities who have reached a point where they are ready to take pause from their often hectic daily routine, and revisit the values and ideals that guide their work.

Have questions before you apply?

The Executive Seminars team is hosting an information session on the seminar on Wednesday, April 13 from 12:30-1:00pm ET. RSVP here.

What to Expect for the 2022 Justice & Society Seminar:

This year’s Justice & Society Seminar will take place at the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Meadows Resort in Aspen, CO.

This seminar is limited to 22 participants, so early application submission is strongly encouraged.

2022 dates

June 4-10, in Aspen, CO

2022 Fee: $11,950

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