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

2016 - 2017 SCHEDULE

DATE & TIME

LOCATION

SPEAKER & TOPIC

September 9
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium (Rm FA2)
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park

Claire Finkelstein - University of Pennsylvania Law School

September 30
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium (Rm FA2)
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park

David Luban - Georgetown University Law Centre
Arendt at Jerusalem

October 14
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium (Rm FA2)
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park

Anna Stilz - Princeton University Department of Politics
Unilateral Appropriation and Territory

October 14
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium (Rm FA2)
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park

 Christopher Kutz - UC Berkeley Law School

  

 

March 6
Monday
12:30 - 2:00
Univ. of Toronto
Centre for Ethics
6 Hoskin Avenue

 Liam Murphy - New York University Law School

March 17
Monday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium (Rm FA2)
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park 

 Peter Vallentyne - University of Missouri-Columbia Dept. of Philosophy

March 24
Monday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium (Rm FA2)
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park 

 Barbara Herman - UCLA Department of Philosophy