Category Archives: Seminars

Call for Presenters: Edinburgh Legal Theory Seminar Series 2016/17

Following the success of last year’s call for presenters, the Edinburgh Legal Theory Research Group (LTRG) has decided to open a new call for presenters for our 2016/17 seminar series and we have allocated a number of slots in for this purpose. We aim to attract quality scholarship which may not yet be well-known to the members of the group. We particularly welcome submissions relating legal philosophy with other areas of philosophy (e.g. ethics & metaethics, political philosophy, philosophy of language, metaphysics, epistemology) and papers engaging with legal theory in a practical context (e.g. legal interpretation/construction or legal reasoning & argumentation). Papers focusing primarily on historical, biographical or exegetical matters are not encouraged. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, disabled scholars, and members of other under-represented groups.


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Seminar Transnational Solidarity: Setting the Boundaries

Friday, 1 April 2016
Center for Transnational Legal Studies, 37-39 High Holborn – London WC1V 6AA

Organized by Center for Transnational Legal Studies and REScEU Project

10.00 – 10.15: Introduction. Francesco Costamagna, University of Turin/CTLS

10.15 – 10.45: Europe’s Solidarity Compass in a Demoi-cratic Perspective. Kalypso Nicolaïdis, University of Oxford
10.45 – 11.15: Debate

11.15 – 11.45: The Contested Spatial Politics of Trasnational Solidarity. Maurizio Ferrera, University of Milan
11.45 – 12.15: Debate

12.15 – 13.30: Lunch break

13.30 – 14.00: The Idea of Transnational Solidarity. Andrea Sangiovanni, King’s College
14.00 – 14.30: Debate


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Workshop Announcement: June 20, 2014 – Spectating and Acting: A Tension at the Heart of Democratic Politics

Workshop at the University of Edinburgh
June 20, 2014
Main Library Building, Room 1.11

Spectating and Acting
A Tension at the Heart of Democratic Politics

The detailed programme, including the abstracts of the presentations, can be found here:


  • Prof Carol C. Gould, City University of New York
  • Prof Jeffrey Green, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr Mihaela Mihai, University of York
  • Dr Andrew Schaap, University of Exeter


  • Prof Matthew Festenstein, University of York
  • Dr Philip Cook, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Rowan Cruft, University of Stirling
  • Prof Neil Walker, University of Edinburgh

Time and Place

The workshop takes place on June 20, 2014, in meeting room 1.11 of the University of Edinburgh’s main library building. It will run from 9:00 to 17:00. Directions to the venue can be found here:


Participation is free of charge, but the number of places is limited. Therefore, it is essential you register here:


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Summer Course: Human Rights, International law, and Cosmopolitanism (HIC), Oslo, 16-20 June 2014

In this intensive summer Ph.D. course at the University of Oslo an international team of experts explores the philosophical foundation of human rights and the legitimacy of the institutions that establish them in practice. Topics include the nature of human rights, the legitimacy of international courts and political institutions, intervention and the limits of sovereignty, cosmopolitanism, and the prospects for democracy in an international order.

The course is co-organized by the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas (UiO), MultiRights: The Legitimacy of Multi-Level Human Rights Judiciary, PluriCourts: Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order (UiO), and the Norwegian Kant Society.


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Call for Papers: Free Speech, Public Deliberation, and Global Affairs, University of Tromsø, 17-19 June, 2014

The Pluralism, Democracy, and Justice Research Group

invites you to the conference

Free Speech, Public Deliberation, and Global Affairs

17–19 June 2014

University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway

Keynote speakers:

Andreas Føllesdal (University of Oslo)

Carol C. Gould (City University of New York)

David Held (Durham University)

Andrew March (Yale University)

Christian F. Rostbøll (University of Copenhagen)


Submission deadline: 15 March 2014

The aim of the conference is to provide a robust forum for exploring contemporary problems of democratic deliberation and freedom of speech on a local and global level. Special emphasis will be placed on the interplay between democratic legitimacy and freedom of speech.


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Call for papers

Workshop: “Sovereignty of the Market, or Sovereignty over the Market?”

23-25 January 2013 in Leiden (The Netherlands)

Deadline abstracts (300 words): October 1st, 2012.

This interdisciplinary workshop explores the hypothesis that the financial breakdown and the Euro-crisis raise a question of political legitimacy. The dependence of states on market actors, as well as supra- national regimes, challenges the idea of state sovereignty, which is central to theories of political legitimacy and authority. Perhaps regulatory regimes are not so much instruments of state intervention in the economy, but part of a political-economic constellation of power. Here, the question of political legitimacy – articulated most vocally by the “Occupy” movement – arises with respect to the political order as such. We do not just need to think about the intervention of the state in the economy, but we need to rethink the relation between state and economy at the most fundamental level. This workshop focuses on three core issues: 1) What is the nature of the interrelation between state and economy? How should the state-economy nexus be conceptualized? 2) What challenges does the paradox of regulation pose to some of the most fundamental concepts of political theory: i.e. those of sovereignty, legitimacy, and authority? 3) What are the institutional implications of the paradox of regulation? How should democracy be reconceived in relation to pressures from the economy? What forms of political agency are available? And how can state regulation of markets be legitimate? Philosophers, political scientists, legal scholars, and others working in a relevant field are invited to submit a 300 word abstract before October 1st to one of the email adresses below. For a longer description of this workshop click here.


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