CFP: Ontario Legal Philosophy Partnership Graduate Student Conference

Submission deadline: March 30, 2018

Conference date(s):
June 22, 2018 - June 23, 2018

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Conference Venue:

Department of Philosophy, McMaster University
Hamilton, Canada

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The Ontario Legal Philosophy Partnership is pleased to announce the annual Graduate Student Conference on June 22 – 23, 2018, at McMaster University, Hamilton,  Ontario, in Canada.

This year, we are joined by keynotes Professor Emily Sherwin (Cornell University) and Professor Timothy Macklem (Kings College, London) 

Call for Papers

Graduate and law student submissions are invited that relate to all areas within legal theory including:

  • General and Normative Jurisprudence
  • The Nature of Law
  • Law and Morality
  • Judicial Review/ Judicial Activism/ Theories of the Judicial Role
  • Constitutionalism
  • Non-Western Philosophies of Law
  • Criminal Law and Punishment Theory
  • Feminist Approaches to Legal Theory/ Critical Legal Studies
  • The History of Legal Philosophy
  • Law and Authority
  • International and Global Law
  • Controversies related to all areas of law (Tort Law, Administrative Law, Contract Law, Family Law, etc.)

Papers should be approximately 3000 – 4000 words in length. A successful applicant will be given a one-hour presentation slot, of which 25 – 30 minutes will be dedicated to presenting the paper and 30 – 35 minutes dedicated to participant questions and discussion. An abstract of 100-200 words should accompany all papers. All papers and abstracts must be electronically submitted by March 30, 2018.

A panel of legal philosophy graduate students and professors at McMaster and law students and professors at Osgoode Hall will review submissions using the criteria of interest, sophistication, clarity, and general overlap with similar themes. All papers will be subject to blind review. Notice of acceptance will be given on April 16th, 2018. While only graduate and law student papers will be accepted for presentation, all are welcome to attend (including students, faculty, or any persons with a general interest in legal theory).

Please send papers and abstracts (in .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .rtf format) with your name, contact information, and home university to: with the subject “2018 OLPP Submission.


The Ontario Legal Philosophy Partnership (OLPP) is an institutional arrangement between Osgoode Hall Law School and the departments of philosophy of McMaster University and York University whose primary aim is to facilitate academic collaborations between the three partners in the field of legal philosophy. Created in 2011, it builds on the long history of collaboration and considerable strengths of the three partners in general jurisprudence as well as many particular domains of legal theory, such as criminal law theory, private law theory, constitutional theory, international and transnational legal theory, and associated areas in moral and political philosophy.

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