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

2017 - 2018 SCHEDULE

DATE & TIME

LOCATION

SPEAKER & TOPIC

September 27
Wednesdday
4:30 - 6:00
Location:  TBA 

John Gardner - Oxford University Faculty of Law

September 29
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium (Rm FA2)
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park

Andrei Marmor - Cornell University Law School

October 20
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium (Rm FA2)
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park

Veronique Munoz Darde - Berkeley University and University College, London

October 27
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium (Rm FA2)
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park

Jeffrey Stout - Princeton University Department of Religion

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

David Enoch - Harvard University Department of Philosophy

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

Dimitrios Kyritsis - University of Reading Law School

April 13
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium (Rm FA2)
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park 

David Owens - King's College London, Department of Philosophy

May 4
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium (Rm FA2)
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park 

Rainer Forst - Goethe University Frankfurt, Institute of Political Science and Institute of Philosophy

To be added to the paper distribution list, please contact Nadia Gulezko at n.gulezko@utoronto.ca.  For further information, please contact Professor Larissa Katz (larissa.katz@utoronto.ca) and Professor Sophia Moreau (sr.moreau@utoronto.ca).