This workshop series brings leading legal and political philosophers from around the world to present their work in progress to the Faculty, providing a forum for both faculty and students to discuss central topics in legal theory. The workshop is committed to a generous and pluralistic view of theory.

Some of our speakers have presented work on general philosophical questions about the law, such as questions about the nature of law and legal authority or the legitimacy of judicial review.  Other speakers have presented on issues of philosophical interest that arise within quite specific areas of the law, such as questions about criminal responsibility, about the proper interpretation of constitutional rights, or about the purpose of tort law.

The workshops are usually held on Fridays at lunchtime, in the Solarium at 84 Queen's Park Crescent. A light lunch is served.

Past Workshop participants have included: Stephen Darwall, John Goldberg, Deborah Hellman, Thomas Hill, Frances Kamm, Will Kymlicka, Stephen Perry, Jerry Postema, Scott Shapiro, and Wil Waluchow, among others.

 The Legal Theory Workshop is not open to the general public. We welcome individuals affiliated with the Faculty of Law and closely related departments, including political science, philosophy, criminology, history and the Centre for Ethics. All other individuals interested in attending must seek prior approval from the organizers of the workshop.

See past workshops

 2013 - 2014 SCHEDULE

DATE & TIME

LOCATION

SPEAKER & TOPIC

October 4
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Ian Shapiro - Yale Law School
Justice Against Domination
November 8
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park

Adam Cox - New York University School of Law
What Does Equality for Immigrants Require?

November 15
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Frederick Schauer - University of Virginia School of Law
The Force of Law: Recapturing the Role of Coercion in Understanding Law
January 17
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park

Evan Fox-Decent - McGill University Faculty of Law
Fiduciary Authority and the Service Conception

January 31
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Judith Resnik - Yale Law School.
Bordering by Law: The Migration of Law, Crimes, Sovereignty, and the Mail
February 7
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Corey Brettschneider - Brown University Dept. of Political Science
Democratic Persuasion and Freedom of Speech: A Response to Four Critics and Two Allies
February 28
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Gideon Yaffe - Yale Law School
In Defense of Criminal Possession
March 21
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium Falconer Hall 84 Queen's Park Barbara Fried - Stanford University Law School
Facing Up to Risk