This week’s event announcement is below.
Despite the field of constitutional theory recently coming of age, there are at least three problems evident in its scholarly discussion. First, legal scholars and political scientists have often approached the subjects differently and in isolation from one another. Second, discussions often remain parochial, taking a familiar jurisdiction’s institutions as the central case. And third, sophisticated scholarly work tends to be deep in respect of particular subjects, but rarely seeks to explore a modestly comprehensive set of foundational concepts, and the relationships between them.
The 2019 Bentham House Conference brings together world-leading philosophers, political scientists and legal theorists in an attempt to address these problems. It is the occasion for discussing the first set of papers to be included in a major forthcoming volume, The Cambridge Handbook of Constitutional Theory (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2021), co-edited by Richard Bellamy and Jeff King. The Bentham House Conference will involve in-depth plenary discussion of each paper, selected to represent the ‘values’ and ‘modalities’ parts of the Handbook, with ‘institutions’ and ‘challenges’ reserved for future events. Papers and summaries will be made available in advance to all attendees.
The conference will run from 10 – 12 July 2019 at the Faculty of Laws, University College London.
To attend the conference, please register here.
There is an attendance fee of £175 for the whole conference, with concessions available for academics (£145) and students (£50). Attendees can also register to attend one day of the conference at a reduced cost. Full details on fees and booking information can be found here.
Please find a full programme below. Speaker bios may be viewed here.
We look forward to seeing you in July.
Richard Bellamy & Jeff King (Convenors)
Programme of Events
Wednesday 10th July
Richard Bellamy (UCL) – Constitutionalism: An Introduction
Jeremy Waldron (New York University) – Dignity
Annabelle Lever (Sciences Po) – Equality
Thursday 11th July
Philip Pettit (Princeton) – Liberty
Rowan Cruft (University of Stirling) – Rights
Mathew Adler (Duke) – Well-Being
Rainer Forst (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main) – Justice: Procedural and Substantive
Nomi Claire Lazar (Yale/NUS College, Singapore) – Legitimacy
Matthew Kramer (Cambridge) – Impartiality
Helder de Schutter (Leuven University) – Recognition
Thomas Christiano (University of Arizona) – Self Government
Nadia Urbinati (Columbia University) – Representation
Simone Chambers (University of California Irvine) – Deliberation
Friday 12th July
Jacob Levy (McGill University) – Separation of Powers
Jeff King (UCL) – Rule of Law
Candice Delmas (Northeastern University) – Civil Disobedience
David Dyzenhaus (University of Toronto) – Sovereignty
Martin Loughlin (LSE) – Constituent Power
Cécile Laborde (Oxford) – Secularism
George Letsas (UCL) – Proportionality
Jon Elster (Columbia University) – Constitutional Conventions
Christoph Möllers (Humboldt University of Berlin) – Constitutional Review
Timothy Endicott (Oxford) – Constitutional Interpretation