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

2018 - 2019 SCHEDULE

DATE & TIME

LOCATION

SPEAKER & TOPIC

September 21
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium (Rm FA2)
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park

Alon Harel - Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law
­­Vox Populi Vox Dei: Populism, Elitism and Private Reason

October 26
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium (Rm FA2)
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park

Mark Walters - McGill University Faculty of Law
Sovereignty and Legality in the Common Law Tradition--Reassessing the work of A.V. Dicey

January 25
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium (Rm FA2)
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park

Scott Hershovitz - University of Michigan Law School
Law is a Moral Practice

February 22
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium (Rm FA2)
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park

Kim Ferzan - University of Virginia School of Law
Consent and Coercion

March 1
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Room 219
Flavelle Building
78 Queen's Park

Jay Wallace - University of California, Berkeley Philosophy

March 29
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Room 219
Flavelle Building
78 Queen's Park

Nicolas Cornell - University of Michigan Law School
What Do We Remedy?

April 5
Friday
12:30 - 2:00
Room 219
Flavelle Building
78 Queen's Park

Alice Ristroph - Brooklyn Law School

To be added to the paper distribution list, please send an email to events.law@utoronto.ca.  For further information, please contact Professor Larissa Katz (larissa.katz@utoronto.ca) and Professor Sophia Moreau (sr.moreau@utoronto.ca).