Workshop in Law, Philosophy, and Political Theory


Spring Semester 2019

All classes meet in 141 Boalt Hall (unless otherwise noted*), Fridays from 12:00pm-3:15pm. To request a copy of papers contact:

Course description:

This course is a workshop for discussing work-in-progress in moral, political, and legal theory. The workshop creates a space for students to engage directly with philosophers, political theorists, and legal scholars working on normative questions toward the goal of fostering critical thinking about concepts of value and developing analytical thinking and writing skills. Another aim is to bring together people from different disciplines and perspectives who have strong normative interests or who speak to issues philosophers and theorists should know something about. The list of invited speakers is below.

The format of the course is as follows. For the sessions with guest presenters, lunch will be served starting at 12:00. We’ll begin at 12:15. A designated commentator will lead off with a 15-minute comment on the paper. The presenter will have 5-10 minutes to respond and then we will open up the discussion to the group. The first part of the course will be open to non-enrolled students, faculty, and visitors who wish to participate in the workshop discussion. We’ll stop for a break at 2 and those not enrolled in the course will leave. Enrolled students will continue the discussion with the guest from 2:10 to 3:00.

This is a cross-listed/room-shared course. Law Students enroll through the Law School (Law 210.2B), the Philosophy Department (Philosophy 290-6), or the Political Science Department (PS 211). The first class for all students will meet on Friday, January 25. 

February 1

Aila Matanock
Assistant Professor
Political Science
UC Berkeley 

“Inviting Intervention”
February 8 Saira Mohamed
Professor of Law
UC Berkeley Law School

“Criminal Punishment as a Human Right?”
February 15 Stephen D. Krasner 
Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations
Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
Political Science
Stanford University

February 22 David Dyzenhaus
Professor of Law and Philosophy, Albert Abel Chair, and University Professor
Law and Philosophy
University of Toronto

Introduction: The Politics of Sovereignity
March 1 Margaret Moore
Director of the Centre of Democracy and Diversity
Political Studies
Queen’s University

March 8 Jenny S. Martinez
Professor of Law and Warren Christopher Professor in the Practice of International Law and Diplomacy
Stanford Law School

March 15 Samuel Moyn
Professor of Law and Professor of History
Yale Law School and Yale University

March 22 Jennifer Pitts
Associate Professor of Political Science
Department of Political Science
The University of Chicago

April 5 Quentin Skinner
Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities
School of History
Queen Mary University of London

April 12 John Tasioulas
Professor and Chair of Politics, Philosophy, & Law
Director, Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy, & Law
King’s College London

April 19 Adom Getachew
Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science
Department of Political Science
The University of Chicago

April 26

Jeanne Morefield
Professor of Politics, Whitman College
Incoming (April 1, 2019) Senior Lecturer
Political Science and International Studies
University of Birmingham

May 3 Evan Fox Decent
Full Professor
McGill Faculty of Law

Students enrolled or interested in enrolling should visit the bCourses site: