Workshop in Law, Philosophy, and Political Theory – Spring 2019


Spring Semester 2019

All classes meet in 141 Law Building (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: Statebuilding
by Delegating Security
Chapter — “Untouchable Forces:
Restoring Trust in Security in Weak States?”

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February 8 Saira Mohamed
Professor of Law
UC Berkeley Law School

“Criminal Punishment as a Human Right?”

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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

External State Building_
We Should Aim for
Good Enough Governance

Excerpts: Chapters 3, 4, and 5

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 Sovereignty
(pages 1-26; and
(starting with full paragraph after note 186) on page 58-
(stopping before biographical note on page 72)
March 1 Margaret Moore
Director of the Centre of Democracy and Diversity
Political Studies
Queen’s University

“The Moral Value of Collective Self-determination
and the

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

“Corporations and the
Law of Nations”

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

Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World
Chapter 6:
Global Ethics from Equality to Subsistence
March 22 Jennifer Pitts
Professor of Political Science
Department of Political Science
The University of Chicago

Boundaries of the International: Law and Empire
Introduction and Chapter 5

April 5*



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

“Civil liberty and fundamental rights: a Neo-Roman approach”
April 12 John Tasioulas
Professor and Chair of Politics, Philosophy, & Law
Director, Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy, & Law
King’s College London

“Saving Human Rights From Human Rights Law”
April 19 Adom Getachew
Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science
Department of Political Science
The University of Chicago

“Rethinking International Responsibility”

April 26*


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


“Global Justice and The Imperial
We: Edward Said on
Exilic Subjectivity”

May 3*


Evan Fox-Decent
Full Professor
McGill Faculty of Law

The Double-Facing Constitution
“Jurisprudential Reflections on Cosmopolitan Law”