Universiteit Antwerpen

IVR workshop on Legal Normativity, Frankfurt, August 15-18 2011

Arguably law should be understood in continuity with practical reason. However, there has been little effort to this day to clarify the interconnection between the sphere of legal rules and principles, intentional action and practical reason. The workshop aims to provide a platform for the discussion of these relationships, by bringing ideas from key philosophical traditions to bear on central jurisprudential concepts such as ‘authority’, ‘obligation’, ‘rule-following, ‘normativity’, ‘causation’ and ‘responsibility’. The subject-matter of the workshop is located at the intersection of ancient and medieval philosophy of action (Aristotle and Aquinas), contemporary philosophy of action, practical reason (Aristotelian and Kantian) and legal philosophy. Distinguished representatives from both the Aristotelian and Kantian traditions together with eminent legal philosophers have been invited to reflect on these issues for three days at the IVR World Congress in the bustling and cultural city of Frankfurt, Germany (http://www.ivr2011.org/).

The IVR World Congress in Legal Philosophy is the perfect intellectual environment to foster thought and ideas at the highest level on the overlapping relationships between practical philosophy, the philosophy of action and legal philosophy. The congress has been held every two years for more than 100 years and has been a driving force in the creation of intellectual partnerships and the generation of important ideas in legal philosophy. Some of the most important legal philosophical ideas of the 20th and 21st century were once presented at a IVR Congress, amongst them Hans Kelsen’s notion of the basic norm, Joseph Raz’s concept of authority, and Robert Alexy’s theory of legal argumentation.

The format of the workshop will include an extensive open discussion (up to 30 minutes) per paper with no presentations. All papers will be circulated 3 weeks in advance of the event and prior knowledge by all participants will be assumed. A top academic publisher will be sought to publish the papers in an edited collection, should there exist a sufficient number of high-quality papers.

The papers will be posted here shortly. For any further inquiries, please contact Dr. Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco at v.rodriguez-blanco@bham.ac.uk or Professor George Pavlakos at giorgios.pavlakos@uantwerpen.be


Monday 15th August

2:30 pm to 3:00 pm Heidi Hurd (University of Illinois) "Interpreting Without Intentions: How the Limits of Interpretation Define the Limits of Legal Authority"

3:00 pm to 3:30 pm Ken Ehrenberg (The State University of New York at Buffalo) "Law's Claim to Authority is not a Claim to Preemption: Choice of Evils and Legal Gaps"

3:30 pm to 4:00 pm Antony Hatzistavrou (University of Hull) "Reconsideration and Exclusionary Reasons"

4:00 pm to 4:30 pm GENERAL DISCUSSION

4:30 pm to 5:00 pm COFFEE BREAK

5:00 pm to 5:30 pm Luis Duarte Almeida (University of Oxford) "A Proof-Based Account of Legal Exceptions"

5:30 pm to 6:00 pm Bruno Verbeek (University of Leiden) "The Authority of Conventions, Social Norms and Law"

6:00 pm to 6:30 pm GENERAL DISCUSSION

Tuesday 16th August

2:30 pm to 3:00 pm Ulrike Heuer (University of Leeds) "Acting for the Right Reasons"

3:00 pm to 3:30 pm Kevin Falvey (University of California at Santa Barbara) “The Cause of What It Understands, Practical Knowledge and Intentional Action”

3:30 pm to 4:00 pm Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco (University of Birmingham) "Legal Authority and the Paradox of Intention in Action"

4:00 pm to 4:30 pm GENERAL DISCUSSION

4:30 pm to 5:00 pm COFFEE BREAK

5:00 pm to 5:30 pm Sergio Tenenbaum (University of Toronto) ""The Rationality of Vague and Indeterminate Ends and Legal Discretion"

5:30 pm to 6:00 pm Matthew Hanser (University of California at Santa Barbara) " Practical Reason and Moral Mereology"

6:00 pm to 6:30 pm Ekow Yankah (Yeshiva University, Cardozo Law School ) "Civic Vices and the Rule of Law"

6:30 pm to 7:00 pm GENERAL DISCUSSION

7:00 pm Wine Reception offered by the Journal "Jurisprudence" (Oxford: Hart Publications)

Wednesday 17th August FREE/ See Social Programme in the Conference website (http://www.ivr2011.org/)

Thursday 18th August

2:30 pm to 3:00 pm Stanley Paulson (University of Washington at Saint Louis and Kiel University) "A “Justified Normativity” Thesis

versus “Modal Normativity”. An Enquiry into Normativity in Kelsen’s Pure Theory of Law"

3:00 pm to 3:30 pm Sharon Byrd (University of Jena) and Joachim Hruschka (Erlangen University)) "Hobbes, Kant and the Original Contract"

3:30 pm to 4:00 pm William Edmundson (Georgia State University) "On G.A. Cohen, Political Philosophy and Personal Behaviour"

4:00 pm to 4:30 pm GENERAL DISCUSSION

4:30 pm to 5:00 pm COFFEE BREAK

5:00 pm to 5:30 pm Matyas Bodig (University of Aberdeen) "The Normativity of Law and the Methodological Implications of


5:30 pm to 6:00 pm Sylvie Delacroix (University College London) "Normativity, Practical Deliberation and Moral Courage"

6:00pm to 6:30pm George Pavlakos (University of Antwerp and University of Glasgow) TBA

6:30 pm to 7:00 pm GENERAL DISCUSSION


Website: http://ivrworkshoponlegalnormativityandthephilosophyofpracticalreason.yolasite.com/