This year, Oxford University will award KIE Senior Research Scholar John Keown a Doctorate of Civil Law (DCL), in celebration of his scholarly achievements in the field of bioethics and law.
The DCL is known as a “higher doctorate,” typically awarded for exceptional, distinctive, and original contributions to the study of law and politics. For the Oxford degree, candidates are asked to submit books to the Faculty of Law as evidence of distinction in a branch of law. The Faculty then appoints two assessors to determine whether the applicant has satisfied the required standard, and the assessors make a recommendation to the Faculty Board. Dr. Keown’s six books on topics ranging from abortion and euthanasia to legal reasoning and the nature of the ‘good’ in bioethics, made the cut.
“The Oxford DCL is one of the highest honors to which an academic lawyer can aspire,” says Keown. “I am most grateful to the Oxford Law Faculty for awarding it to me. Its award reflects the caliber and influence of those who taught me law during my undergraduate years at Cambridge, especially Professor Kevin Gray FBA [Fellow of the British Academy], and of my doctoral supervisor at Oxford, Professor John Finnis FBA. Their commitment to rigorous scholarship of the highest order has been truly inspirational. And their selfless guidance over the years has been invaluable. I dedicate this award to them.”
The degree will be formally conferred in a traditional ceremony this June.