American legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin, the man behind some of the most influential theories of law and morality in modern jurisprudence has died. He was 81.
His family said that Dworkin died of leukaemia in London early yesterday morning. He is survived by his wife, two children and two grandchildren.
Dworkin, revered by both critics and friends for his sharp intellect and prolific writing, transformed the philosophy of law during his long career.
He is best known for his theory of law as integrity which states that propositions of law are true if they follow from the principles of fairness and justice.
Dworkin was emeritus professor at University College London and a professor of law at New York University.