McMaster University’s Philosophy announces the Ontario Legal Philosophy Partnership Graduate Student Conference on June 16 – 172017, McMaster University, Hamilton,  Ontario, in Canada.

Keynote speakers will be Dr. Natalie Stoljar (McGill University) and Dr. Douglas Husak (Rutgers University).

Call for Papers

Graduate and law student submissions are invited that relate to all areas within legal theory including:

  • General and Normative Jurisprudence
  • The Nature of Law
  • Law and Morality
  • Judicial Review/ Judicial Activism/ Theories of the Judicial Role
  • Constitutionalism
  • Criminal Law and Punishment Theory
  • Feminist Approaches to Legal Theory/ Critical Legal Studies
  • The History of Legal Philosophy
  • Law and Authority
  • International Law
  • Controversies related to all areas of law (Tort Law, Administrative Law, Contract Law, Family Law, etc.)

Papers should be approximately 3000 – 4000 words in length. A successful applicant will be given a one-hour presentation slot, of which 25 – 30 minutes will be dedicated to presenting the paper and 30 – 35 minutes dedicated to participant questions and discussion. An abstract of 100-200 words should accompany all papers. All papers and abstracts must be electronically submitted by March 17, 2017.

A panel of legal philosophy graduate students and professors at McMaster and law students and professors at Osgoode Hall will review submissions using the criteria of interest, sophistication, clarity, and general overlap with similar themes. All papers will be subject to blind review. Notice of acceptance will be given on April 14, 2017. While only graduate and law student papers will be accepted for presentation, all are welcome to attend (including students, faculty, or any persons with a general interest in legal theory).

Please send papers and abstracts (in .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .rtf format) with your name, contact information, and home university to: [email protected] with the subject “OLPP Submission.