Legal Philosophy Workshop 2016

June 17, 2016 - June 18, 2016
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario


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You are invited to participate in the 3rd annual Legal Philosophy Workshop (LPW). This year’s LPW will be held at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, on June 17 and June 18.  Chris Essert and Jean Thomas will be the local organizers.

The LPW is a conference designed to foster reflection on the nature of law and the philosophical issues underlying its different areas. Our aim is to promote work that connects legal philosophy with other branches of philosophy (e.g., moral and political philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of language, epistemology, or philosophy of action) and to create a venue for the critical examination of different viewpoints about law.

Our aim is to make the LPW into an annual event, in venues alternating between North America and Europe. The inaugural LPW was held last year at the University of Pennsylvania in May 2014, and the second instalment was held last June at the University of Edinburgh. Information about the LPW can be found on our website:

The format of the workshop is pre-read. We will be discussing 7 papers, circulated about three weeks in advance. Each session will start with a very short presentation by the author (5-10 minutes). A commentator will then kick-off discussion, the author will respond to the comments, and then the remainder of the session will be dedicated to Q&A.  

Registration is free and open to anyone, as long as there is adequate space remaining. But one must register in advance in order to participate. This ensures that we can circulate papers in advance and that we have an accurate head count. Papers will be circulated a few weeks prior to the workshop.To register for the 2016 LPW, please use the following link:

Friday June 17th

Breakfast and Welcome

Stefan Sciaraffa (McMaster): “The Referent of "Law" and Political Philosophy”
Commenter: Marcin Matczak (Warsaw)

Coffee Break

Hilary Nye (NYU): “Does Law ‘Exist’?"
Commenter: Raff Donelson (Northwestern)


Tony Reeves (Binghampton): “Liability to International Prosecution: The Nature of Universal Jurisdiction”
Commenter: Ryan Liss (Yale)

Coffee Break

Wendy Salkin (Harvard): “Why Stop Snitching? Morally Evaluating Confidential Informants"
Commenter: Alex Sarch (USC)

Dinner at Sheraton Four Points 

Saturday June 17th


Robert Hughes (Penn): “Obeying Economic Law”
Commenter: Ronit Levine-Schnur (Toronto)

Coffee Break

Mikolaj Barczentiwicz (Oxford): “Metaphysics of the Rule of Recognition and the Illuminati Problem”
Commenter: Ryan Doerfler (Penn)

Coffee Break

Luis Duarte D’Almeida and Claudio Michelon (Edinburgh): “The structure of arguments by analogy in law”
Commenter: Katharina Stevens (McMaster)

Wrap Up / Box Lunch to Go

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