Legal and Political Theory Forum

Bringing together scholars in the fields of politics and law.

The Legal & Political Theory Forum was set up in September 2007 in order to provide an umbrella for seminars and colloquia on topics of common interest to scholars and graduate students working in various disciplinary areas, but particularly in the fields of politics and law. The Forum holds a series of seminars during term-time, at which papers are presented by academics who are based either at LSE or more commonly elsewhere.

The Forum has an excellent track record for holding international conferences. In addition to our regular seminars, our practice has been to hold a major event each Spring. Themes have included Alan Brudner’s constitutional theory (which resulted in a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence), ‘The Rule of Law and Political Emergencies’, ‘Hobbes and the Law’ (which led to an edited volume of essays from Cambridge University Press), David Hume, Adam Smith, and ‘Hayek, Oakeshott and Schmitt on Law, Liberty and State’ (which also produced an edited volume for CUP).

Scholars who have presented a paper at the Forum include: Brian Barry, Nehal Bhuta, Alan Brudner, Clare Chambers, Costas Douzinas, David Dyzenhaus, Katrin Flikschuh, Fonna Forman, Frank Furedi, Ross Harrison, Duncan Kelly, Nico Krisch, Martin Krygier, Jacob Levy, John McCormick, David Miller, Jan-Werner Müller, Liam Murphy, Sankar Muthu, Gerald Postema, Alice Ristroph, John Tomasi, Adrian Vermeule, Lars Vinx, Jeremy Waldron, Leif Wenar and Lea Ypi.

Our policy is to make Forum events as inclusive as possible. All Forum events are open to staff and students from all departments and all academic institutions. The Forum is run by Thomas Poole (LSE Law) and Chandran Kukathas (LSE Government). 

Events 2017/18

Please note: unless otherwise stated, all events run from 5pm-7pm in the Moot Court Room, 7th floor, New Academic Building, LSE.

Wednesday 11 October 2017
‘Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendments’
Yaniv Roznai (IDC Herzliya)

Wednesday 25 October  please note this event is 4pm-6pm
Book launch – Mere Civility (Harvard, 2017)
Teresa Bejan (Oxford), with Baroness Onora O’Neill and Professor Nicola Lacey (commentators)

Wednesday 15 November 2017
'Rousseau’s Observations on the Causes of Moral Corruption'
John Scott (UC Hastings) 

Wednesday 29 November 2017
‘The Conservative Human Rights Revolution’ 
Marco Duranti (Sydney and Cambridge) 

Wednesday 31 January 2018
'Hart's Empire: An Intellectual History of the Concept of Law'
Coel Kirkby (Melbourne and Cambridge)

Thursday April 26 & Friday 27 April 2018 
Workshop on Bernard Williams
Participants to include – David Dyzenhaus, Edward Hall,  Dimitrios Kyritsis, Cormac MacAmhlaigh, Roni Mann, Cheryl Misak, Dimitrios Tsarapatsanis & Emmanuel Voyiakis

Wednesday 16 May 2018
‘Democratic Competition: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’
Ian Shapiro (Yale)

Wednesday 23 May 2018 
Book discussion – Fiduciaries of Humanity: How International Law Constitutes Authority (Oxford, 2016)
Evan Fox-Decent (McGill) 
Discussants: Carmen Pavel (KCL) and Gerry Simpson (LSE)

Thursday 24 May 2018
(please note: this event will take place in the Moot Court Room, 12 - 1.30pm)
Book Discussion – Legislated Rights: Securing Human Rights Through Legislation
Grégoire Webber (Queens)
Discussants: Ioanna Tourkochoriti (NUI Galway); Gavin Phillipson (Durham)



Thomas Poole (Law)

Chandran Kukathas (Government)

Forum Affiliates

Nehal Bhuta (Law, EUI)

Philip Cook (Forum co-founder, Politics, Edinburgh)

David Dyzenhaus (Law & Philosophy, Toronto)

Paul Kelly (LSE Government)

Martin Loughlin (LSE Law)

Laura Valentini (LSE Government)

Adrian Vermeule (Harvard Law)

Lea Ypi (LSE Government)