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Liberal views on Justice: Rawls vs Nozick by Dr. Nishan De Mel

Some people have more than others. Some are born with silver spoons in their mouth while others hardly have a chance in life. Is this fair and just? Finding the answer to this question has motivated political and moral philosophers of every hue and stature. In this talk Dr Nishan de Mel explores this topic using two thinkers in the liberal tradition, John Rawls and Robert Nozick.

About the Speaker

Nishan de Mel – Nishan de Mel is the Executive Director at Verite research. He is an economist with extensive academic, policy and private sector experience. Nishan taught and researched economics at Oxford and Harvard universities. In the 1990s, he sat on multiple Presidential Task Forces in Sri Lanka, playing an instrumental role in designing national policies on Health Sector Reform, Social Security and Tobacco & Alcohol. He also served as the Executive Director of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies and the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute. He sits on multiple private sector boards and consults regularly as a strategist for some of the region’s largest firms. Nishan completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University, and his graduate studies at Oxford University, where he was a Chevening Scholar.