Virginia Law Review Conference to Focus on Political Theory, Private Law

February 10, 2006

Contemporary Political Theory & Private LawScholars and students will gather to focus on aspects of political liberalism and jurisprudential issues in private law Feb. 17-18 in the Caddell Conference Room as part of the Virginia Law Review Symposium, "Contemporary Political Theory and Private Law." Conference papers address contract theory, theories of tort and property and their relationship to issues concerning distributive justice, and the role of public reason in the private law.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the Dean's Intellectual Life Fund and the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics. Conference papers and their respective comments will be published in a symposium issue of the Virginia Law Review.

Caddell Conference Room, Third Floor of Slaughter Hall
10:00-10:50 am Introductory Lecture
Jody Kraus (Virginia, Law and Philosophy)
11:00 am-12:15 pm Panel 1: Private Order and Public Justice: Kant and Rawls
Arthur Ripstein (Toronto, Law and Philosophy)
Comment: John G. Bennett (Rochester, Philosophy)
2:00-3:15 pm Panel 2: Public Legal Reason
Larry Solum (Illinois, Law)
Comment: George Rutherglen (Virginia, Law)
3:45-5:00 pm Panel 3: On Belling the Cat: Rawls and Corrective Justice
Kevin Kordana (Virginia, Law) and David Tabachnick (Virginia, Philosophy)
Comment: Steven Walt (Virginia, Law)
Caddell Conference Room, Third Floor of Slaughter Hall
10:00-11:15 am Panel 4: Making and Keeping Contracts
Daniel Markovits (Yale, Law)
Comment: Barbara Fried (Stanford, Law)
11:30 am-12:45 pm Panel 5: Formal Contract Law and Enforcement in Economic Development
Michael Trebilcock (Toronto, Law)
Comment: Terrance O'Reilly (Willamette, Law)
2:15-3:30 pm Panel 6: Libertarianism, Utility and Economic Competition
Jonathan Wolff (Philosophy, University College London)
Comment: A. John Simmons (Virginia, Law and Philosophy)
3:45-5:00 pm Conference Summary
Seana Shiffrin (UCLA, Law and Philosophy)


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