Nexus Lecture Stephen Breyer -

23 September 2017
15.00 – 17.00
Auditorium Tilburg University

An Apology for the Law

Photo © Dolph Cantrijn

23 September 2017, Tilburg University

Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, believes the law is an organic human activity – like architecture and music – that has a constant base but that also evolves, responding and adapting to its social and cultural environment. Today, the rule of law is increasingly under threat around the world. It is therefore more vital than ever that the law be vigorously defended.

Justice Breyer has been doing so with dedication for over twenty years. As the highest legal authority in the United States, the Supreme Court acts as the guardian of the Constitution and rule of law; it is the last court of appeal in legal disputes on fundamental social issues and it has had a tremendous influence on great transformations in American society, from the civil rights movement to the recognition of gay marriage in 2015.

The Nexus Lecture 2017 by Justice Stephen Breyer offers you the unique opportunity to meet a representative of the highest court in the United States and to immerse yourself in the art of law.

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Nexus 76

Onze verantwoordelijkheid

Onze verantwoordelijkheid

Dutch publication devoted to questions about responsibility, justice and the law. It contains the beautiful story ‘Abel’ by Vasili Grossman, and an accompanying essay from translator Froukje Slofstra.



United States, 1938

Stephen Breyer

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States


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14.30 Welcome, coffee and tea
15.00 Introduction by Rob Riemen
15.10 Lecture by Justice Stephen Breyer
16.00 Q&A
17.00 Reception and book signing