CFP: PERSP Legal Philosophy (Cambridge)

Por Jorge Luis Fabra Zamora (

First PERSP Legal Philosophy Workshop: Perspectival Legal Discourse

WHEN:Back to Calendar »July 5, 2012 – July 6, 2012 (all-day)
WHERE:Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge
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CONTACT:The Consolider-Ingenio PERSP Project (WPS3)
Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge
July 5th and 6th, 2012
The organisers invite submissions for an international workshop on ‘Perspectival Legal Discourse’. The workshop will take place in Cambridge on July 5th and 6th, 2012.
Is legal discourse perspectival? Does the sincere utterance of statements of law hinge on the adoption of any particular point of view? Do we appeal to a distinctively legal viewpoint when we speak of our legal duties, rights, or powers? More generally, is the truth (or even the truth-value) of propositions of law dependent on any characteristic perspective, presupposition, fiction, or standpoint?
These have been important questions in legal theory and philosophy of law at least since HLA Hart’s 1961 The Concept of Law. Hart’s views on such issues were subject to much exegetical and critical scrutiny over the past decades, as were Hans Kelsen’s or Joseph Raz’s. This workshop aims to move the debate further by discussing original papers that directly tackle the general topic of perspectival legal discourse in any of its aspects.
Detailed abstracts (around 800 words) prepared for blind review should be submitted to until April 30th, 2012. Six to eight papers will be selected for presentation, and authors will be notified of decisions by May 11th, 2012. Drafts of the selected papers, to be circulated in advance among all the participants, are to be submitted by June 22th, 2012.
Accommodation (3 nights) and meals will be provided for accepted speakers. Very limited funding is also available to help fund speakers’ travel expenses; preference will be given to junior scholars. Candidate speakers who wish to be considered for this support should declare so (and briefly state their reasons) at the moment of submitting their abstracts.
This workshop is sponsored by:
The Consolider-Ingenio PERSP Project (WPS3)
The Cambridge Forum for Legal and Political Philosophy
The CCCOM (Communication in Context) Project
Organised by: Jordi Ferrer (Girona), José Juan Moreso (Barcelona), Luís Duarte d’Almeida (Girona and Cambridge), and Matthew H. Kramer (Cambridge)
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