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Ashgate Publishing

Ashgate publishing is offering UK IVR members a special discount of 20 per cent on a selection of Ashgate’s new and recently published philosophy and theory of law titles. This offer includes several of Ashgate’s highly priced Reference reprint volumes as well as monographs. To claim your discount visit This offer is valid until 2nd January 2014.

Hart Publishing

Hart Publishing is offering UK IVR members 20 per cent discount on their legal philosophy titles. To receive the discount on any Hart Publishing legal philosophy book please quote reference ‘UKIVR’ when placing your order. When ordering online please quote the reference in the voucher code field and click apply. You might also be interested in Hart Publishing’s legal theory journals such as Jurisprudence, Transnational Legal Theory and The Theory and Practice of Legislation.


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2013 UK IVR Annual Conference Downloads

Friday 12 April 2013

  • Group 1.1 The State: Universal and Particular
    Chair: Professor Michael Lobban, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London
    Speakers: Pierre Brunet, Eric Millard, and Jean-Louis Halpérin, Can Legal Theoreticians and Historians Agree About a Definition (or Characterisation) of the State?
    Speaker: Donal Coffey, Postcards from the Dominions: Legal Theory as Legal History in Australia and Ireland
    Speaker: Michal Galedek, Theories of Modern Administration on the Polish Territories in the First Half of the 19th Century ? Polish and Foreign Traditions [PDF 178KB]
  • Group I.2 The Methodology of Legal Theory
    Chair: Dr. Maks Del Mar , Queen Mary and UK IVR
    Speaker: Peter Cserne, From Legal History Through Descriptive Sociology to Legal Theory: Weber, Hart and Beyond
    Speaker: Kevin Walton, Legal Philosophy and the Social Sciences: Nicola Lacey on the Hart-Fuller Debate
    Speaker: Mariano Croce, How History Shapes the Legal Field: The Autonomy of Jurisprudence as a Historical Effect [PDF 49KB]
  • Group I.3 A Historical Turn in Jurisprudence
    Chair: Dr Brenna Bhandar, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London
    Speaker: Christopher Tomlins, For a Materialist Jurisprudence
    Speaker: Eric Heinze, Ahistoricism as Strategy and Mask
    Speaker: Jonathan Gorman, Legal Metahistory [PDF 191KB]
  • Group I.4 International Law and Legal History
    Chair: Dr Stephen Allen, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London
    Speaker: Jessie Hohmann: The Past is the Future: The Turn to History and the Critical International Legal Left
    Speaker: Surabhi Ranganathan, International Law between Philosophy and Anxiety: Two (Re) Constructions of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties
  • Group I.5 History and Theory of Crime
    Chair: Professor Andrew Halpin, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
    Speaker: Tony Ward, Insanity and Sovereignty: The Austinian Theory of Criminal Liability [PDF 135KB]Speaker: Kevin Crosby, The Legal Theory and Legal History of the Criminal Trial Juror
    Speaker: Arlie Loughnan, Responsibility and Non-Responsibility in Criminal Law
  • Keynote, ArtsTwo LT
    Chair: Professor Zenon Bańkowski, School of Law, University of Edinburgh, and Treasurer of the UK IVR
    Speaker: Professor John Bell, Is Comparative Law Necessary for Legal Theory?
  • Group 2.1 The History of Concepts
    Chair: Dr Maks Del Mar, Queen Mary and UK IVR
    Speaker: Hubert Schnueriger, The Nature of Rights and the Relevance of Historical Research: A Critical Glance at Some Theses [PDF 175KB]Speaker: Sean Patrick Donlan, First Things First: Of Philosophy and Folk Concepts
    Speaker: Mario Ricciardi, Two Concepts of Status
  • Group 2.2 Legal Theory, Legal History and the Common Law
    Chair: Professor Michael Lobban, Queen Mary
    Speaker: Anna Taitslin, The Legal History Debate on ?Absolute Ownership? at Common Law and the Changed Notion of Ownership in Legal Theory: Form Bartolus? Ownership as Right to Hohfeld?s Legal Relations [PDF 674KB]Speaker: Joshua Tate, Competing Institutions and Dispute Settlement in Medieval England
    Speaker: Burkhard Schafer, Taking Problem Solving Seriously: What Can Theory of Science Teach Us About the Historiography of the Common Law
  • Group 2.3 Particular Cultural Contexts for Collaboration between Legal Theory and Legal History
    Chair: Professor Zenon Bańkowski, University of Edinburgh and UK IVR
    Speaker: Ernest Caldwell, ‘New’ Perspectives on Socio-Legal Change: Contributions from Early Chinese Legal History
    Speaker: Rafal Manko, Legal Transfers and Legal Survivals: Theoretical Implications on the Continuity of the Socialist Legal Tradition in Poland [PDF 217KB]Speaker: Tatiana Borisova, Jane Henderson and Boris Mamlyuk, What was ‘Soviet’ in Soviet Legal Theory?
  • Group 2.4 Law, Pathology and Politics
    Chair: Professor Andrew Halpin, University of Singapore
    Speaker: Herlinde Pauer-Studer, The Role of Morality in Nazi Conceptions of Law
    Speaker: Nicholas Gervassis, History of a Patient: Statute Drafting and the Subconscious of Law in Action
    Speaker: Mary Vogel, Law and the Subject of Power: Courts and Discretion in Post-Revolutionary America, 1820-1850
  • Group 2.5: The Relevance of History for Legal Theory, Arts 2 LT
    Chair: Ms Catharine MacMillan, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London
    Speaker: Kaius Tuori, Schmitt and the Sovereignty of Dictators
    Speaker: Joseph David, Risks and Odds in Integrating Legal Theory and Legal History
    Speakers: TT Arvind and Lindsay Stirton, Strategy, Doctrine and the Emergence of Legal Theories
  • Keynote, Arts Two LT
    Chair: Ms Catharine MacMillan, Queen Mary
    Speaker: Professor Joshua Getzler, Law and Self-Interest [PDF 985KB]

Saturday 13 April 2013

  • Plenary Session, ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre
    Chair: Professor Richard Nobles, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London
    Speaker: Dr Eric Descheemaeker, Legal Rationality as Legal History, with commentary by Professor William Lucy
    Speaker: Dr Ian Williams, The Role of Rules: Legal Maxims in Early-Modern Common Law Principle and Practice, with commentary by Dr Thomas Poole [PDF 395KB]
  • Group 3.1 History of Legal Ideas
    Chair: Professor Zenon Bańkowski, University of Edinburgh and UK IVR
    Speaker: C.J. (Niels) de Bruijn, The Argument from Authority in Late Medieval and and Early-Modern Legal Thought
    Speaker: Henrique Carvalho, Liberty and Insecurity in the Criminal Law: A Genealogy of Responsibility
    Speaker: Tobias Schaffner, Hugo Grotius’ Use of History in his De Jure Belli ac Pacis (1625)
  • Group 3.2 Crime and Slavery
    Chair: Professor Andrew Halpin, University of Singapore
    Speaker: Tom Goldup, The Treason Trials Act 1696: The Origins of Defence Counsel as a Technique of Control
    Speaker: Pedro Jimenez Cantisano, In-between Slavery and Freedom: Legal Fictions with Real Consequences in 19th Century Brazil
    Speaker: Rafael Van Damme, At the Crossroads of History of Criminal Law and Philosophy of Religion: the Disruption of Scapegoat Mechanisms
  • Group 3.3 Particular Theories, Particular Histories, Arts 2 Room 316
    Chair: Professor Burkhard Schafer, School of Law, University of Edinburgh, and UK IVR Secretary
    Speaker: Zhu Mingzhe, The Laicisation of Natural Law Theory in Belle Époque: How the Political Matters in Legal Scholarship
    Speaker: Toon Moonen, Institutional History and Constitutional Theory: A Story of Obsession, Rejection…and Perfection?
  • Group 3.4 Legal Theory and Legal History: Imagining Possibilities, Arts 2 Room 217
    Chair: Dr Maks Del Mar, Queen Mary and UK IVR
    Speaker: Panagia Voyatzis, The Unbearable Forgetfulness of Law
    Speaker: Paul Tiensuu and Juhana Salojärvi, On the Concept of Fundamental Contradiction: Co-operation Between Legal Theory and Legal History
  • Group 4.1: The Importance of History for Legal Scholarship, Arts 2 LT
    Chair: Ms Catharine MacMillan, Queen Mary
    Speaker: Stephen Waddams, Legal History, Legal Theory and Practical Considerations in Legal Reasoning
    Speaker: Steve Hedley, Is an Ahistorical Corrective Justice Theory Useful in Explaining Modern Private Law? [PDF 207KB]Speaker: Scott Styles, The Triumph of the Will
  • Group 4.2: Legal Theory and the History of Ideas, Arts 2 Room 217
    Chair: Dr Maks Del Mar Queen Mary and UK IVR
    Speaker: Adolfo Giuliani, Legal History, Legal Theory and the Historical Problem of the Ius Commune
    Speaker: Matthew Crow, Forms of Life: The Culture of Law as a Culture of Use
    Speaker: Richard Collins, Classical Positivism and the Problem of Legal Autonomy in Modern International Law
  • Group 4.3: Comparing Disciplines: Legal Reasoning, Legal Theory, and Legal History
    Chair: Professor Michael Lobban, Queen Mary
    Speaker: James Hackney, Legal Intellectuals in Conversation: Reflections on the Construction of Contemporary American Legal Theory
    Speaker: Jonathan Rose, The Nature and Development of Legal History as an Academic Discipline [PDF 37KB]Speaker: Larry DiMatteo, Unframing Legal Reasoning
  • Group 4.4: Historicising Philosophical Problems
    Chair: Professor Richard Nobles, Queen Mary
    Speaker: Roger Cotterrell, The Politics of Jurisprudence Revisited: A Swedish Realist in Historical Context
    Speaker: Corrado Roversi, Mimetic Law (vs Natural Law): A Philosophical Problem Turned into a Historical One
  • Group 4.5: History and Theory of Sources
    Chair: Professor Burkhard Schafer, University of Edinburgh and UK IVR
    Speaker: Karlijn van Blom, The Use of Foreign Sources of Law: A Historical Approach
    Speaker: Pierre-Olivier de Broux, Sources of Law, Sources of Power
    Speaker: Tom Cornford, Cultural Consensus and the Rule of Recognition in English Law

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