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

2015 - 2016 SCHEDULE

DATE & TIME

LOCATION

SPEAKER & TOPIC

September 11
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park 

Jens David Ohlin - Cornell Law School
The Combatant's Stance

Respondent:  Vincent Chiao

September 25
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park  

Charles Barzun - University of Virginia School of Law
Jerome Frank, Lon Fuller, and American Pragmatism

Respondent:  Malcolm Thorburn

October 9
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park

Daniel Markovits - Yale Law School
Meritocracy and its DiscontentsI

Respondent:  Ayelet Shachar

January 15
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park

Rebecca Stone - UCLA  School of Law
Varieties of the Internal Point of View

Respondent: David Dyzenhaus

January 29
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium 
Falconer Hall 
84 Queen's Park

Kimberle CrenshawUCLA & Columbia Law Schools

Respondent:  Sophia Moreau

February 5
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park

Avihay Dorfman - Tel Aviv University Buchmann School of Law
Market Legality: A Legalistic Social Theory of Markets

Respondent:  Hamish Stewart

 

March 11
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park

Frank Lovett - Washington University in St. Louis Political Science
Civic Republicanism and the Rule of Law

Respondent:  David Dyzenhaus

March 18
Friday 
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium 
Falconer Hall 
84 Queen's Park

Anna Stilz - Princeton University Department of Politics

Respondent: Larissa Kat