Legal Theory Workshop

All workshops take place on Tuesdays in the Faculty Meeting Room (WB323) and are online via Zoom, 11:30-12:50 p.m. 

Workshops will explore legal issues from a philosophically informed perspective through invited philosophers, political theorists and law professors.The work for discussion will be distributed one week in advance to allow attendants to develop questions to ask the speaker during the workshop. Faculty Sponsors: Deborah Hellman and Charles Barzun.

Fall 2021

Sept. 21
Mihailis Diamantis (in person)
Corporate crime and criminal theory
Iowa College of Law

Oct. 5
Vincent Chiao (in person)
Criminal law, legal theory, public interest
Harvard Law School

Oct. 26
Elizabeth Emens (via Zoom)
Disability, employment discrimination, legal theory, contracts, sexuality
Columbia Law School

Nov. 9
Hrafn Asgeirsson (via Zoom)
Philosophy and law
University of Surrey, United Kingdom

Nov. 23
Sally Haslanger (via Zoom)
Philosophy, women and gender studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Spring 2021

Jan. 26
Gabe Mendlow, Michigan Law

Feb. 9
Erik Encarnacion, Texas Law

Feb. 23
Tommie Shelby, Harvard University 

March 16
Gabbrielle Johnson, Claremont McKenna College

March 30
Hrafn Asgeirsson, University of Surrey

April 13
Wendy Salkin, Stanford University

Spring 2020

Jan. 28
Seana Shiffrin, UCLA School of Law

Fall 2019

Oct. 22
Scott Altman, USC Gould School of Law 

Nov. 5 
Michele Moody-Adams, Columbia University

Nov. 22
Melissa Schwartzberg, New York University * Location: Main Grounds, Monroe Hall, Room 118, 2-3:30 p.m.

Dec. 3
Jonathan Quong, University of Southern California

Spring 2019

Jan. 29
David Plunkett, Dartmouth (Philosophy) 
Conceptual Ethics and the Methodology of Normative Inquiry

Fall 2018

Sept. 18 
Genevieve Lakier, University of Chicago 
The First Amendment's Real Lochner Problem

Oct. 16    
Lara Buchak, UC Berkeley (Philosophy) 

Nov. 6 
Niko Kolodny, Berkeley (Philosophy)
Official Corruption

Nov. 20 
Kim Mutcherson, Rutgers
Finding Justice in the Business of Making Babies

Dec. 4
Larissa Katz, Toronto
The Function of Equity

Spring 2018          

Jan. 23
Saba Bazargan-Forward, UC San Diego
The Identity-Enactment Account of Associative Duties

April 24
Elizabeth Brake, Arizona State
Marriage, Contract and Care: The Exploitation of Caring Labor

Fall 2017

Oct. 3  
John Oberdiek, Rutgers 
Imposing Risk and the Aims of Tort Theory        

Oct. 17
Aditi Bagchi, Fordham
Lying and Cheating, or Self-Help and Civil Disobedience?

Oct. 24
Jon Elster, Columbia
The Political Psychology of Constitution-Making

Nov. 14
Erin Beeghly, Utah
Failing to Treat Persons as Individuals

Dec. 5
Dick Fallon, Harvard
Strict Judicial Scrutiny and the Nature of Constitutional Rights

Spring 2016

Feb. 15
Brookes Brown, Clemson (Philosophy)
An Incoherent Doctrine for an Incoherent Concept

March 21
Elizabeth Barnes, UVA (Philosophy)
Bad-Difference and Mere-Difference

April 25
Frances Kamm, Harvard (Philosophy)
Torture: Rescue, Prevention and Punishment