CFP: Legal Philosophy Workshop 2016

Submission deadline: December 31, 2015

Conference date(s):
June 17, 2016 - June 18, 2016

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Conference Venue:

Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
Kingston, Canada

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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 5 to 6 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.

This invitation is twofold.  First, we would like to invite you to attend the 2016 conference and take part in the discussions.  Our goal is to make the LPW open to everyone who is interested in attending, space permitting. There will be no registration fees. We should note, however, that we cannot cover expenses for this year’s LPW, so you would need to secure your own funding for travel and lodging. 

Second, we would like to invite you to submit an abstract or to volunteer to comment.  If you are interested in submitting an abstract, please do so by December 31, 2015. Please limit your abstract to 1,000 words or less. Once we have received abstracts, we aim to put together a diverse programme that we hope will be of interest to a wide range of people within legal philosophy. Please note that this is an open call for abstracts, so you should feel free to forward this information to anyone who you think might be interested in presenting a paper, commenting on a paper, or attending the workshop.

You can register to participate, submit an abstract, or volunteer to comment by using the following link:

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