The Critical Approaches to Law workshop is designed to survey the rich tradition of critical approaches to legal analysis, and to consider what possibilities they open up and what challenges they face at this time.  This year, the workshop will be offered in conjunction with the Max Planck Institute, and it will have a special focus on issues of diversity, citizenship and transnational law. 

The workshop will normally be held on Thursdays, from 4:10-6:00 .  The fall workshops will be held remotely, through a zoom link.  Some of the winter workshops may be held in person, if conditions permit.  

Past speakers, and perspectives, have included:

  • Nicholas Blomley (Geography, Simon Fraser University)
  • Marianne Constable (Rhetoric, UC Berkeley)
  • Joseph  Fischel (Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Yale)
  • Paul Halliday (History, University of Virginia)
  • Bernard Harcourt (Law & Political Science, Columbia University)
  • Daniel Heller-Roazen (Comparative Literature, Princeton)
  • Timothy Hyde (Architecture, Harvard University)
  • Martti Koskenniemi (Law, University of Helsinki)
  • Samuel Moyn (Law & History, Harvard University)
  • Jennifer Christine Nash (American Studies, George Washington University)
  • Annelise Riles (Law & Anthropology, Cornell University)
  • Mariana Valverde (Criminology, University of Toronto)
  • Kayanesenh Paul Williams (author of Kayanerenkó:wa: The Great Law of Peace)

See past workshops

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2021 - 2022




September 16
4:10 PM - 6:00 PM
In Person 

Introduction: What are Critical Approaches to Law?

**This first workshop is for students only

September 30
4:10 PM - 6:00 PM
In Person

Heidi Bohaker – History, University of Toronto

"Doodem and Council Fire: Governance Through Alliance."

October 14
4:10 PM - 6:00 PM
In Person

Ronit Dinovitzer, Sida Liu, and Abdi Aidid –Dept of Sociology & Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

"The Future of the Legal Profession: A Conversation"

October 28
4:10 PM - 6:00 PM
Online Event

Senthorun Sunil RajManchester Law School

"Feeling Queer Jurisprudence: Intimacy, Injury, Identity"

November 18
4:10 PM - 6:00 PM 

Chantal Thomas - Cornell Law School

"Race as a Technology of Global Economic Governance"

January 27
4:10 PM - 6:00 PM
FL 219

Kamari Clarke – Criminology and Socio Legal Studies, University of Toronto

"Affective Justice"

February 10
12:30 - 2:00 PM

Hila Shamir –The Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv Univ.

“Saving sex workers by criminalising clients? Governance feminism and the passage and impact of end demand legislation in Israel”

March 3
4:10 PM - 6:00 PM
FL 219

Veena Dubal - University of California Hastings College of Law

"The New Racial Wage Code"

March 24
4:10 PM - 6:00 PM
FL 219 Mikhail Xifaras – Sciences Po Law School, Paris/NYU Abu Dhabi

"Kant on the law and the political: critical (French) views"