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).
Wednesday 19 October 2022 | 5pm-7pm | Meeting Room 3.21, 3rd floor, New Academic Building, LSE
‘Law as a Conversation among Equals'
Roberto Gargarella (Buenos Aires)
Wednesday 2 November 2022 | 5pm-7pm | Meeting Room 3.21, 3rd floor, New Academic Building, LSE
‘Appointment & Removal of Ministers of the Crown'
Anne Twomey (Sydney)
Wednesday 9 November 2022 | 5pm-7pm | Meeting Room 3.21, 3rd floor, New Academic Building, LSE
‘Judicial Review of Foreign Policy'
Ewan Smith (UCL)
Wednesday 25 January 2023 | 5pm-7pm | Meeting Room 3.21, 3rd floor, New Academic Building, LSE
'A Normative Argument for the Separation of Law and Morality'
Herlinde Pauer-Studer (Vienna)
Wednesday 22 February 2023 | 5pm-7pm | Moot Court Room 7th floor, New Academic Building, LSE
'Political Polarisation and Supreme Courts'
Iddo Porat and Moshe Cohen-Eliya (College of Law & Business in Ramat Gan)
Monday 27 March 2023 | 5pm-7pm | Moot Court Room 7th floor, New Academic Building, LSE
'Structures of Injustice, the Law, and Exploitative Work'
Virginia Mantouvalou (UCL)
Commentators: Anne Phillips (LSE Government), Niki Lacey (LSE Law); Collins (LSE Law)
Tuesday 9 May 2023 | 5-7pm | Moot Court Room 7th floor, New Academic Building, LSE
Sir Paul Tucker (Harvard)
Wednesday 10 May 2023 | 11am-12:30pm | Moot Court Room 7th floor, New Academic Building, LSE
Robert Craig (Bristol)
Thurs 11 May 2023 | 5-7pm | Moot Court Room 7th floor, New Academic Building, LSE
'Well-Being in the World'
Grégoire Webber (Queens) Moot Court Room, 7th floor NAB
Wed 24 May 2023 | 5-7pm | Department Meeting Room, 5th floor NAB
'Wartime for the Planet'
Duncan Kelly (Cambridge)
Thomas Poole (Law)
Lea Ypi (LSE Government)