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

2014 - 2015 SCHEDULE

DATE & TIME

LOCATION

SPEAKER & TOPIC

September 19
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park 

Ralf Michaels - Duke University Law School
On Liberalism and Legal Pluralism 

October 17
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
VC 101
Victoria College 

Scott Shapiro - Yale Law School
Schmitt at Nuremberg 

October 31
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park

Erin Kelly - Tufts University Philosophy Department
Culpability and Fault in Criminal Justice

November 14
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park

Daniel Viehoff - University of Sheffield Philosophy Department
Serving the Governed

January 16
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Staven Ratner - University of Michigan Law School
The Thin Justice of International Law
February 6
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Anne Norton - University of Pennsylvania Political Science Dept.
March 6
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Bernadette Atuahene - IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
March 20
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Martin Stone - Yeshiva University Cardozo Law School