UCL Faculty of Laws


In-Person | The Pecking Order: Social Hierarchy as a Philosophical Problem

11 June 2024, 10:00 am–5:30 pm

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The UCL Quain Centre of Jurisprudence and the UCL Institute for Human Rights will co-host a symposium on Niko Kolodny’s book 'The Pecking Order: Social Hierarchy as a Philosophical Problem' (Harvard University Press, 2023). The symposium will consist of three rounds of commentaries on the book, each of which will be followed by responses from the author.

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UCL Faculty of Laws
Bentham House
4-8 Endsleigh Gardens


Dr Shuk Ying Chan (UCL)

Dr Allison Euan (Ludwig Maximilian Universität, Munich)

Prof Jeff King (UCL)

Dr Elsa Kugelberg (Nuffield College, Oxford)

Prof George Letsas (UCL)

Prof Nicos Stavropoulos (Oxford)

Prof Kevin Toh (UCL)

Dr Han van Wietmarschen (UCL)

Prof Nick Zangwill (UCL)


Prof Niko Kolodny (UC Berkeley)

This is an in-person event only.


10am-10:30am: Arrival, coffee & pastries

10:30am-10:45am: Welcome (George Letsas) & Intro to the Book (Niko Kolodny)

10:45am-12:30pm. Session 1: ‘Noninferiority: The General View’

Chair: Veronique Munoz-Darde (UCL)

Han Van Wietmarschen (UCL)

Euan Allison (LMU)

Nick Zangwill (UCL)

Response: Niko Kolodny followed by Q&A

12:30pm-1:45pm: Lunch break

1:45pm-3:45pm: Session 2: ‘Law, the State and Self-Determination’

Chair: George Letsas (UCL)

Nicos Stavropoulos (Oxford)

Shuk Ying Chan (UCL)

Jeff King (UCL)

Response: Niko Kolodny, followed by Q & A.

4:00pm-5:30pm: Session 3: ‘Special Relations and Equality of Regard’

Chair: Emily McTernan (UCL)

Elsa Kugelberg (Oxford)

George Letsas (UCL)

Response: Niko Kolodny, followed by Q&A

5:30pm: Drinks (Bentham House)

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