Final Programme and Registration

We are happy to announce that we have finalised the programme for this year’s Cambridge Doctoral Workshop in Legal Theory. Please visit our Eventbrite page to register. Registration ends on 11 May 2017 at noon.

In the interest of promoting lively and in-depth discussion of the papers, tickets for non-presenters are limited.

9:00 – 9:30: Registration

9:30 – 10:30: Keynote Address

Professor Stanley Paulson (William Gardner Hammond Professor of Law Emeritus and Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Washington University in St. Louis; since 2011 a guest of Robert Alexy’s in the Faculty of Law, University of Kiel): ‘The Metamorphosis in Hans Kelsen’s Legal Theory’

10:30 – 12:30: Panel I: Core Concerns of Jurisprudence

Chair: Jason Allen (University of Cambridge)

12:30 – 12:50: Talk ‘Publishing One’s PhD Dissertation’

Bill Asquith, Commissioning Editor, Hart Publishing

12:50 – 13:40: Lunch

13:40 – 15:40: Panel II: Hans Kelsen’s Legal Theory

Chair: Joshua Neoh (University of Cambridge)

15:40 – 16:00: Coffee Break

16:00 – 18:00: Panel III: Theories of Rights

Chair: John Adenitire (University of Cambridge)

All sessions will be held in Room 119, the Department of Politics and International Studies (Alison Richard Building), 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT.

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Call for Abstracts

The third edition of the Cambridge Doctoral Workshop in Legal Theory will be held on 6 June 2017 at the University of Cambridge. We welcome abstracts that address legal questions from philosophical and theoretical perspectives.

Our keynote speaker is Professor Stanley L. Paulson, the William Gardiner Hammond Professor of Law Emeritus and Professor of Philosophy, Washington University in St. Louis.

The Workshop is primarily for research students and those who have received their doctoral degree less than two years ago.

The Workshop does not have a fixed theme. However, given the expertise of Professor Paulson, there is a possibility for a panel on 20th century European legal philosophy and legal theory. Consideration will generally be given to creating thematically-coherent panels when selecting abstracts for presentation.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer subsidies for the presenters’ travel and accommodation costs.

Please send your abstract of less than 500 words and your CV to Ya Lan Chang ( by 24 March 2017. The chosen presenters should submit their full papers by 5 May 2017 so that there is sufficient time to circulate the papers to the participants. The length of the paper should not exceed 8,000 words (including footnotes).

Queries can be addressed to Ya Lan Chang (

For updates, please refer to our website:

Organisers: Ya Lan Chang and Jason Allen.

The Workshop is kindly sponsored by:

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