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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 School). 

Events 2022

Wednesday 9 March 2022    |  5pm-7pm  |   Moot Court Room, 7th floor, New Academic Building, LSE
'The Long Arc of Legality'
David Dyzenhaus (Toronto)

Wednesday 16 March 2022    |  5pm-7pm  |   Moot Court Room, 7th floor, New Academic Building, LSE
'Collaborative Constitutionalism'
Se-shauna Wheatle (Durham)

Thursday 5 May 2022    |    5pm-7pm    |    Moot Court Room, 7th floor, New Academic Building, LSE
'Free'
Lea Ypi (LSE), with commentary from Nicola Lacey (LSE) 

Wednesday 25 May 2022    |  5pm-7pm  |   Moot Court Room, 7th floor, New Academic Building, LSE 
'The Invention of Custom: Natural Law and the Law of Nations c.1550-1750'
Francesca Iurlaro (Heidelberg & NYU), with commentary from Karen Knop (Toronto), Nehal Bhuta (Edinburgh) and David Dyzenhaus (Toronto) 

Thursday 9 June 2022    |  12pm-1:30pm  |   Moot Court Room, 7th floor, New Academic Building, LSE
'Intellectual Property's Faith-Based Empiricism'
Patrick Goold (City)

Organisers

Thomas Poole (Law)

Lea Ypi (LSE Government)

Forum Affiliates

Nehal Bhuta (Edinburgh, Law)

Chandran Kukathas (SMU)

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

David Dyzenhaus (Law & Philosophy, Toronto)

Paul Kelly (LSE Government)

Martin Loughlin (LSE Law)

Adrian Vermeule (Harvard Law)