Jurisprudence @ UCL

Jurisprudence @ UCL

UCL Legal Philosophy Forum (ULPF)

Founded in 2009 by Dr. Prince Saprai and Dr. George Letsas, the ULPF is a forum for academics and researchers to present contemporary work in legal philosophy. Inspired by the rich legacy of legal philosophy at UCL, it aims to create a community of legal theorists by inviting academics and researchers to present and discuss draft papers in legal philosophy. The forum welcomes papers on any theoretical aspect of law. Meetings start with a presentation of 30 minutes by the speaker, followed by discussion, wine and nibbles.

Faculty Advisors: Dr. George Letsas and Dr. Prince Saprai.
Co-Conveners: Alex Green and Simon Palmer

To express interest in presenting a paper or to contact us for further information regarding the Forum please contact us at: ulpf@ucl.ac.uk

Mailing List:
To join our mailing list, please send a blank email to: ulpf@ucl.ac.uk

Events 2014

20 May 2014 (All meetings run 18:00 - 19:30)    
Speaker Professor Gerald Postema, UNC-Chapel Hill, will present a paper titled 
‘Law’s System: The Necessity of System in Common Law’
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4th June 2014 (All meetings run 18:00 - 19:30) 
Speaker Dr. Maksymillian Del Mar, QMUL, will present a paper titled
"The Forward-Looking Requirement of Formal Justice: Neil MacCormick on Consequential Reasoning"

9th June 2014 (All meetings run 18:00 - 19:30)
Speaker Professor James E. Penner, National University of Singapore, will present a paper titled ‘The transfer of rights: A final nail in the coffin for the Hohfeldian analysis of property rights?’
10th June 2014 (All meetings run 18:00 - 19:30)
Speaker Paula Gaido, National Research Council of Argentina (CONICET) and the University of Cordoba, Argentina, will present a paper titled ‘The Exclusionary Role of Law: Revisiting Raz’s Account’


Past Events 2012-2013
12 June 2013
Legal Positivism and the Moral Aim Thesis
Speaker: David Plunkett (Associate Professor, Dartmouth College)
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13 May 2013
Poverty, Inequality and Law: How to Interpret Social and Economic Rights?
Speaker: Octavio Luiz Motta Ferraz, Associate Professor (Warwick School of Law)
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21 March 2013
Towards Classical Legal Positivism
Speaker: Dan Priel, Assistant Professor of Law (Osgoode Hall Law School)
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08 March 2013
Legal Realism, Pluralism, and their Challenges
Speaker: Nick Barber
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12 December 2012
Dimensions of Legal Interpretation
Speaker: Dr. Dimitrios Kyritsis (University of Sheffield)

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9 November 2012
Normative Disagreement as a Challenge to Moral Philosophy and Philosophical Theology
Speaker: Prof Robert Audi (University of Notre Dame)
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24 October 2012
Are Judges Opportunistic Interpreters?
Speaker: Dr. Dale Smith (Monash University)
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7 March 2012
Obligations and the Legal Point of View
Speaker: Nicos Stavropoulos (University of Oxford)
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Past Events 2010-2011
June 2011
Dr Kai Moller (LSE): 'Balancing' 
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March 2011
Professor James Penner (UCL): 'The Concepts of Law: What's the Argument About?'
Paper not available
November 2010
Dr Kimberley Brownlee (Manchester): 'A Human Right against Social Deprivation' 
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May 2010
Professor TRS Allan (Cambridge): 'Law, Justice and Integrity: The Paradox of Wicked Laws'

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