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

2017 - 2018 SCHEDULE

DATE & TIME

LOCATION

SPEAKER & TOPIC

September 27
Wednesdday
4:30 - 6:00
Room 219
Flavelle Building
78 Queen's Park

John Gardner - Oxford University Faculty of Law
Discrimination Revisited

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

Andrei Marmor - Cornell University Law School
Soft Law, Authoritative Advice, and Nonbinding Agreements

 

Rescheduled to
Friday April 6

Veronique Munoz Darde - University of California, Berkeley 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
Religion and Politics: Doubts about the Great Separation Story

November 3
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Room 219
Flavelle Building
78 Queen's Park

James Penner - National University of Singapore Faculty of Law
Hohfeld and the Bundle of Rights Picture of Property: A ‘Nominalist’ Revolution that Wasn’t

February 2
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Room 219
Flavelle Building
78 Queen's Park

David Enoch - Hebrew University, Faculty of Law and Dept. of Philosophy

February 9
Monday
12:30 - 2:00
Room 219
Flavelle Building
78 Queen's Park

Dimitrios Kyritsis - University of Reading Law School
Interpreting Legislative Intent

April 6
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Location TBA

Veronique Munoz Darde - University of California, Berkeley and University College, London

April 13
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Room 219
Flavelle Building
78 Queen's Park

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

May 4
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Room 219
Flavelle Building
78 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).