Posted to La Sierra University
By Darla Tucker
December 17, 2015
Legal philosopher Gary Chartier, professor of law and business ethics and associate dean of the Zapara School of Business, has been awarded the prestigious Doctor of Law (LLD) degree by the University of Cambridge.
The University of Cambridge, established in 1209, lists among its notable alums some of the world’s brightest minds and most famous well-known people, including famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who founded the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge, philosopher Bertrand Russell, Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe, iconic 17th century physicist Sir Isaac Newton, Oscar-nominated actor Sir Ian McKellen, and Charles, Prince of Wales.
The LLD is one of six higher doctorates awarded by the University of Cambridge, along with the Doctor of Divinity, the Doctor of Letters, the Doctor of Science, the Doctor of Medicine, and the Doctor of Music. While the PhD degree, most often awarded for supervised research, is a relatively new feature of academic life at Cambridge, higher doctorates have been available since the Middle Ages.
To qualify for the earned LLD, which may also be presented on an honorary basis, someone must be an “established scholar” whose “original contribution to the advancement of the science or study of law” offers “proof of distinction.” An applicant, who must already hold another degree from the University, submits a body of written work that makes “important and original contributions to the advancement of the science or study of law, gives proof of his or her academic distinction, and entitles him or her to be regarded as an authority in the field or fields of knowledge in which the work is submitted.” The Cambridge Faculty of Law emphasizes that “[t]he level of attainment required for a higher doctorate is very substantially higher than that required for the PhD degree and its award carries great prestige within the University.”
Fewer than 20 higher doctorates, and only one or two LLDs, will be awarded by the University of Cambridge in a typical academic year. No other La Sierra faculty member, and no other Seventh-day Adventist scholar, holds a higher doctorate from Cambridge or any of the United Kingdom’s other ancient universities. Additionally, no member of the faculty at any of the top 20 U.S. law schools, as measured by scholarly impact in 2012, holds the Cambridge LLD. Only two hold the DCL, the equivalent degree from the University of Oxford.
Mr. Chartier has served as chair, vice-chair and treasurer of the Riverside County Libertarian Party. He has written for both Bleeding Hearts Libertarian and Center for Stateless Society. Gary currently identifies as a left libertarian anarchist.