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.

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

2019- 2020 SCHEDULE

DATE & TIME

LOCATION

SPEAKER & TOPIC

October 11
Friday
12:30 - 2:00

Falconer Hall,          84 Queens Park

Room: Solarium

Ruth Okediji - Harvard Law School

November 1
Friday
12:30 - 2:00

Falconer Hall,        84 Queens Park

Room: Solarium

Avihay Dorfman - Tel Aviv University, Buchmann Faculty of Law

November 14
Thursday
4:00 - 5:30

Flavelle House,           78 Queen's Park

Room: John Willis, FL219

Niko Kolodny - University California Berkeley, Department of Philosophy

November 22
Friday
12:30 - 2:00

Falconer Hall,          84 Queens Park

Room: Solarium

Chiara Cordelli - University of Chicago, Department of Political Science

 

January 14
Friday
4:10 - 5:45

Flavelle House,           78 Queen's Park

Room: John Willis, FL219

Christian Turner - University of Georgia, School of Law

March 13
Friday
12:30 - 2:00

Falconer Hall,          84 Queens Park

Room: Solarium

Julie Saada - Ecole de droit / Sciences Po Law School

 

March 20
Friday
12:30 - 2:00

Falconer Hall,          84 Queens Park

Room: Solarium

George Letsas - University College London, Faculty of Law

 

April 3
Friday
12:30 - 2:00

Falconer Hall,          84 Queens Park

Room: Solarium

Sabine Tsuruda - Queen's University, Queen's Law

 

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