Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought. 


John Rawls, moral and political philosopher

The aim of this programme is to establish the theoretical and institutional underpinnings that characterize the reciprocal rights and obligations amongst citizens and between the citizens and the state in modern liberal society. 
It does so through the notion of a social contract, a concept which once featured prominently in classic legal and political theory, as a means of reassessing the relationship between the individual and the state.