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Legal Theory Reading Group, Tue., Nov. 17, 7:30 PM, Hauser 103

November 16th, 2009 · Comments Off on Legal Theory Reading Group, Tue., Nov. 17, 7:30 PM, Hauser 103

The Legal Theory Reading Group will meet on Tuesday at 7:30 (note the change from the Wednesday meeting time) in Hauser 103.

We will discuss Brian Leiter on “Legal Realism and Legal Positivism Reconsidered,” 111 Ethics 278 (2001),, which argues that while legal positivism is a theory of law, legal realism is a theory of adjudication. Conceptually, then, there is no conflict between the two theories. At the empirical level, there is a genuine disagreement between the two theories, but positivism has no good arguments against the realist empirical account. (24 journal pages).

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Call for Papers: McMaster University Graduate Legal Theory Conference

November 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Keynote Speakers:
Andrei Marmor (USC)
Wil Waluchow (McMaster University)

Conference fee: $20.00

We are currently accepting submissions from graduate students and law students from all universities for presentations relating to all areas
within the general sphere of legal theory – including, but not limited to:

General and Normative Jurisprudence
Inclusive and Exclusive Legal Positivism
Law and Morality
Judicial Review / Judicial Activism / Theories of the Judicial Role
Feminist Approaches to Legal Theory / Critical Legal Studies
History of Legal Philosophy
The Hart/Dworkin and the Hart/Fuller Debates
Law and Authority
Controversies related to all areas of Canadian law (criminal law, administrative law, etc…)
International Law

Papers should be approximately 3000-4000 words in length and be either in pdf or word format with all self-identifying features removed. Each presenter will be given a one hour slot, of which 25-30 minutes will be dedicated to the reading of the paper, with the other 30-35 minutes dedicated to participant responses. An abstract of 100-200 words should accompany all papers. All papers and abstracts must be submitted no later than January 13, 2010.

A panel of legal philosophy graduate students and professors at McMaster will review submissions using criteria of interest,
sophistication, and general overlap with similar themes. All papers will be subject to blind review. Notice of acceptance will be given on February 7. Papers will be posted on the conference website: so that interested attendees can review them in advance.

While only graduate and law student papers will be accepted for presentation, all students, faculty, or persons with interest in legal
theory are welcome to attend.

Please send papers and abstracts, together with your name, contact information, and home university to:

From Philosophy CFPs.

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