Past Conferences

The Institute sponsors annual public conferences, featuring leading scholars in philosophy and law.

In October 2013, the Institute hosted a two-conference on Deontological Principles in the Criminal Law, which featured presentations by Larry Alexander, Fiery Cushman, Alex Guerrero, Matthew Liao, Dana Kay Nelkin, Jonathan Quong, Victor Tadros, and Ralph Wedgewood, and comments by Liz Harman, Doug Husak, Heidi Hurd, Jeff McMahan, Michael Moore, Steven Stich, Alec Walen, and David Wasserman.

In November 2012, the Institute hosted a two-day conference on Philosophical Foundations of the Law of Torts, workshopping original papers that will appear in a forthcoming Oxford University Press volume of the same name, edited by John Oberdiek. Papers were presented by Larry Alexander (San Diego) and Kimberly Ferzan (Rutgers­Camden); Peter Cane (Australian National University); Eric Claeys (George Mason); Antony Duff (Minnesota); David Enoch (Hebrew University of Jerusalem); John Gardner (Oxford); Heidi Hurd (Illinois); Gregory Keating (USC); Stephen Perry (Penn); Linda Radzik (Texas A&M); Hanoch Sheinman (Bar Ilan University); Kenneth Simons (BU); Victor Tadros (Warwick); Richard Wright (Chicago-Kent); and Benjamin Zipursky (Fordham) and John Goldberg (Harvard).

In September 2012, the Institute hosted a two-day conference on Neuroscience and the Law, which focused on the legal relevance of cutting edge neuroscientific findings. Original papers were presented by Deborah Denno (Fordham), Adam Kolber (Brooklyn), John Mikhail (Georgetown), Michael Moore (Illinois), Stephen Morse (Penn), Dennis Patterson and Michael Pardo (Rutgers-Camden and Alabama, respectively), Adina Roskies (Dartmouth), Fredrick Schauer (Virginia), and Nicole Vincent (Macquarie).

In March 2012, the Institute hosted a symposium on Victor Tadros's The Ends of Harm: The Moral Foundations of Criminal Law (Oxford 2011). In addition to Tadros himself, participants included Vera Bergelson, Mitch Berman, Michelle Madden Dempsey, Antony Duff, Kimberly Ferzan, Adil Haque, Doug Husak, Jeff McMahan, Alec Walen, and Leo Zaibert. Select papers will appear in a forthcoming issue of Law and Philosophy.

In May 2011, the Institute hosted a symposium on Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen's The Idea of Justice (Harvard 2009).  David Estlund (Brown), Samuel Freeman (Penn), Gerald Gaus (Arizona), Erin Kelly (Tufts), Henry Richardson (Georgetown), and Debra Satz (Stanford) all presented papers.  The papers, along with a reply by Sen, will be published in a special issue of the Rutgers Law Journal.

In August 2010, the Institute hosted a symposium on Michael S. Moore¹s Causation and Responsibility: An Essay in Law, Morals, and Metaphysics (Oxford 2009). Christopher Hitchcock (Cal Tech), Carolina Sartorio (Arizona), Jeffrey Brand-Ballard (George Washington), Gideon Rosen (Princeton), Larry Alexander (San Diego), and Kim Ferzan (Rutgers-Camden) all presented papers, to be published in a special issue of the Rutgers Law Journal.

In October of 2008, the Institute hosted a conference on Human Rights in Theory and Practice in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The conference featured panel presentations by Allen Buchanan, Roger Clark, James Griffin, Philip Harvey, Mattias Kumm, James Nickel, Thomas Pogge, Joseph Raz, and Beth Stephens, and more than 100 people attended.

In June of 2008, the Institute hosted a conference on The Idea of Law as a Practice, featuring papers by Damiano Canale, Christine Chodkiewicz-Putinar, Dennis Patterson, Larry Solum, Scott Shapiro, and Kevin Toh. Joseph Rouse gave the keynote address.

In May of 2008, the Institute hosted a conference on The Evolution of Criminal Law Theory, at which Darryl Brown, Michael Cahill, Don Dripps, Antony Duff, Stephen Garvey, Doug Husak, Jae Lee, and Ken Simons presented papers, with commentaries by Larry Alexander, Vera Bergelson, Russell Christopher, Kim Ferzan, Dan Markel, Alice Ristroph, Paul Robinson, and Alec Walen.

In February of 2008, the Institute hosted a two-day conference on F. M. Kamm's Intricate Ethics: Rights, Responsibilities, and Permissible Harm (Oxford 2007), which Kamm attended, and which featured presentations by Shelly Kagan, Jeff McMahan, Gideon Rosen, T. M. Scanlon, and Seana Shiffrin.

In May of 2007, the Institute hosted a conference on Global Justice, featuring papers by Mathias Risse, Stephen Macedo, A.J. Julius, and Ethan Kapstein, and comments by George Letsas, Jamie Mayerfeld, Gerardo Vildostegui, and Charles Beitz.

In May of 2006, the Institute hosted a conference on The Boundaries of Rights and Responsibilities in Morality and Law, at which Antony Duff, Kimberly Kessler Ferzan, Claire Finkelstein, Jeremy Horder, Rahul Kumar, Maggie Little, Stephen J. Morse, John Oberdiek, Stephen Perry, Victor Tadros, and Benjamin Zipursky presented papers. James Griffin gave the keynote address.

In June of 2005, the Institute hosted a conference on The Challenge of Philosophical Naturalism, at which Alvin Goldman, Geert Keil, Brian Leiter, Stephen Stich, Michael Smith, Michael Williams, Benjamin Zipursky, and P.M.S. Hacker gave presentations. Jerry Fodor gave the keynote address.

In May of 2004, the Institute officially hosted its first conference, on Justifications and Excuses: Legal and Philosophical Perspectives, featuring presentations by Stephen J. Morse, Michael S. Moore, Douglas Husak, Larry Alexander, and Kimberly Kessler Ferzan. Brian Leiter gave the keynote address. The proceedings appeared in the journal Law and Philosophy, and the keynote address was published in 36 Rutgers Law Journal 1 (2004).

In May of 2003, the year leading up to the Institute's founding, the Law School hosted a national conference on the topic Mind, Language and Law. The conference featured presentations over the course of four days by four distinguished members of the Philosophy Department in New Brunswick: Alvin Goldman, Brian McLaughlin, Stephen Stich and Colin McGinn.