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 4:00-6:00 . 

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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2022 - 2023




September 15
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Introduction:  Students only attending this workshop


September 29
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Catherine Evans – CriminologyUniversity of Toronto

"Unsound Empire: Civilization and Madness in Late Victorian Law"

October 27
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

FA2/FH 103 (Solarium)

Dean Rachel Rebouch – Temple University Beasley School of Law 

"The New Abortion Battleground"

November 3
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


FA2/FH 103 (Solarium)

Professor Brishen Rogers - Georgetown Law: POSTPONED

"Data and Democracy at Work: Advanced Information Technologies, Labor Law and the New Working Class"

November 17
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM 
FA2/FH 103 (Solarium)

Professor Aziza Ahmed - Boston University School of Law

"Feminism's Medicine: Law, Science and Social Movements in the AIDS Response"

January 5
4:10 PM - 6:00 PM
FL 219

Professor Aziz Huq–  University of Chicago Law School


January 26
4:10 PM - 6:00 PM

Professor Brishen Rogers - Georgetown Law

"Data and Democracy at Work: Advanced Information Technologies, Labor Law and the New Working Class"

February 3
12:30 PM - 2:00PM
Joint with Legal Theory, held on a Friday


Professor Lea Ypi – London School of Economics

February 16 
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
FL 219

Professor Alison Dundes Renteln - University of Southern California


March date TBA
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Professor Martti Koskenniemi - University of Helsiniki

To the Uttermost Parts of the Earth: Legal Imagination and the International Power, 1300-1870

March 23
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
FL 219 Adrienne Davis – Washington University, St. Louis School of Law

"Combatting Campus Sexual Assault through a Jurisprudence of BDSM"