CFP: Cornell Conference in Philosophy of Law

Submission deadline: December 31, 2019

Conference date(s):
May 15, 2020 - May 17, 2020

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Conference Venue:

Sage School of Philosophy, Cornell Law School, Program in Ethics & Public Life, Cornell University
Ithaca, United States

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The first Cornell Conference in Philosophy of Law will be held in Ithaca, NY on May 15-17, 2020. The Conference is co-hosted by the Cornell Law School, the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell, and the Program in Ethics & Public Life. 

Review of submissions will be triple blind, conducted by members of the reviewing committee listed below. The deadline for paper submissions is December 31st, 2019. Final program decisions will be made by February 2020.

The Reviewing Committee:

Emad Atiq (Cornell)
Timothy Endicott (Oxford)
David Enoch (Hebrew University)
Andrei Marmor (Cornell)
Samuel Scheffler (NYU)
Seana Shiffrin (UCLA)
Mark Schroeder (USC)
Gideon Yaffe (Yale)

We invite full papers on topics of relevance to the philosophy of law, broadly conceived, including work in normative ethics, metaethics, epistemology, and metaphysics. Please submit fully anonymized papers to [email protected]. Please submit your paper as an email attachment in either PDF or Word format. In the body of the email please provide your contact information and institutional affiliation.

We will gladly review submissions on topics including, but not limited to:

  • The metaphysics of rules and rule-following,
  • The nature and grounds of legality
  • The structure of norms of legal and political importance
  • Metaethics and its relevance to general or specific jurisprudence
  • Any work in normative ethics or applied ethics of relevance to law and policy
  • Philosophical examination of important concepts invoked in law, such as foreseeability, causation, intentionality, and reasonableness.
  • Logic, probability theory, and their application to legal reasoning
  • The interpretation and justification of standards of proof
  • Philosophy of science, scientific deference, and the use of science in law
  • Philosophical examination of economic methods and analysis in jurisprudence
  • Vagueness, language, and the law
  • Experimental philosophy and jurisprudence
  • Philosophical analysis of particular legal areas such as torts or contracts
  • Philosophy of criminal law (responsibility, punishment, etc.)

Please visit the confernece website for further details including how to register.

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