Law and Philosophy Forum

The Law and Philosophy Forum at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem facilitates intellectual interaction between faculty members and students in various academic units within the university whose academic interests lie in the areas where philosophy and legal scholarship intersect.


The members of the forum include faculty members from the Faculty of Law, the Philosophy Department (in the Faculty of the Humanities) and the Political Science Department (in the Faculty of Social Sciences). The forum collaborates on a regular basis with the Centre for Ethics and Political Philosophy (at the Philosophy Department) and the Jerusalem Forum for Political Philosophy (at the Political Science Department). Together, the group of the Forum members comprises a research force of the highest quality, by international as well as Israeli standards.


Forum Members (at the Faculty of Law): David Enoch; Leora Dahan Katz; Dana Gur; Alon Harel; Ori Herstein; Ofer Malcai; Ram Rivlin; Re'em Segev.


The activity of the Forum includes conferences, workshops and courses. Previous guests in these academic events include: Vincent Chiao, Julia Driver, Antony Duff, Liz Emens, David Estlund, Barbara Herman, John Finnis, Chaim Gans, John Gardner, Ruth Gavison, James Griffin, Scott Hershovitz, Iwao Hirose, Douglas Husak, Richard Kraut, Will Kymlicaka, Rae Langton, Judith Lichtenberg, Elinor Mason, Jeff McMahan, John Mikhail, Michael Otsuka, Japa Pallikkathayil, David Plunkett, Joseph Raz, Daniel Statman, Saul Smilansky, Andrew Sepielli, Holy Smith, Victor Tadros, Larry Temkin, Ruth Weinraub, Gideon Yaffe, and Michael Zimmerman.


The forum allocates the Law & Philosophy Prize for excellent papers written by students in the area of philosophy and law.

 

The Forum benefits from the generous support of the Greene Foundation.

Donors

Israel B. Greene was a man totally dedicated to the law in all its aspects.  He was first and foremost an outstanding legal scholar and lecturer in law, primarily in the field of Equity, which was his professional passion.


The Fund for Equity Studies is a singular memorial to Israel B. Greene and Sara Mann Greene, supporting the Law and Philosophy Forum, providing scholarships and fellowships for promising young scholars, enriching the Law Library, and supporting a publications program. It enhances the work being done at the Hebrew University in a field that is fundamental to the idea of Justice.

The Inaugural Criminal Theory Conference

The Criminal Law Theory Conference aims to bring together, in an annual forum, researchers working on the theory of criminal law, criminal procedure, punishment, and the philosophical questions that underlie these areas of inquiry. The Conference seeks to advance research in the field and to foster interaction and collaboration between the growing number of researchers working on these and related questions.

 

The inaugural Conference was to have been held on December 6-7 2020 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For obvious reasons, that is not now possible. However, given the number of interesting abstracts that were submitted for the conference, and our desire to get discussions started this year, we have decided to hold the first part of the Conference online, with a series of monthly sessions between now and May 2021.

 

Update: While we will continue holding the first part of the conference online in the Dec-May, workshops listed below, with great regret, we have decided that we must now cancel the second portion of the conference that was to be held in Jerusalem in May: the continuing uncertainties about the course of the pandemic, about the speed and the efficacy of vaccination programmes, and about travel restrictions, make it impossible to be confident that an in person conference in May would be feasible.
We intend to hold the inaugural in person conference as it is feasible to do so, and hope you will join us in the meantime for the online sessions.

 

At each two-hour session, we will discuss two previously circulated short papers: each paper will be introduced by a commentator, but we will aim to allow as much time as is possible for discussion. We hope that these sessions will enable authors to get useful feedback on their papers, and all participants to enjoy the kinds of trans-national and interdisciplinary conversation that we aim to foster.

 

The sessions will be held on the following Thursdays, at 17:00-18:50 Coordinated Universal Time/ Greenwich Mean Time 

 

3 December

Amit Pundik, ‘The Wrongfulness of Prostitution’

       Commentator: Cornelia Spörl

Andrei Poama, ‘Poverty, Provocation, and Punishment’

       Commentator: Ester Herlin-Karnell

 

7 January

Hsin-Wen Lee, ‘Self-Defense Theories of Criminal Punishment’

       Commentator: Valerij Zisman

Federico Picinali, ‘Convicting vs Acquitting: Aren’t We All Expected Value Maximisers

       about this Choice?’

       Commentator: Krzysztof Szczucki

 

4 February

Eric James Miller, ‘The Public Authority Model of the Police’

       Commentator: David Sklansky

 

4 March

Hylke Jellema, ‘Inferring to the best explanation about eyewitness testimony’

       Commentator: Michael Pardo

Kenneth Silver, ‘When Should the Master Answer? Respondeat Superior and the Criminal

       Law’

       Commentator: Matthew Dyson

 

8 April

Zach Hoskins, ‘Punishment's Burdens on the Innocent’

       Commentator: Mark Dsouza

Gniewomir Wycichowski-Kuchta, ‘The Rationality of "Irrational Criminalisation”’

       Commentator: Julia O’Rourke

 

6 May

Kat Hadjimatheou and Christopher Nathan, ‘Policing and its Absence: Legitimacy, Special

       Obligations, and Omissions in Law Enforcement’

Commentator: Michal Krolikowski

Andrew Botterell, ‘Rethinking the Defence of Diminished Capacity’

       Commentator: Gustaf Almkvist

 

There is no charge for participation in these sessions, but registration is required. To register, please go to:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/criminal-theory-conference-workshops-tickets-125623107095

Further details, and information on how to access the papers, will be sent in advance of each session to those who have registered; papers will be available at least a week before the session at which they are to be discussed.

The Conference CFP can be accessed here.

 

The Organizing Committee:

  • Vincent Chiao, University of Toronto 
  • Leora Dahan Katz, Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
  • Antony Duff, University of Stirling 
  • Tatjana Hörnle, Max Planck Institute, Freiburg, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 
  • Gabe Mendlow, University of Michigan 

 

The conference is hosted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with the generous support of:

The Greene Foundation

The Sacher Institute

The Barak Center

 

 

Abstract Submission

Call for Papers

UPDATE: Given the current situation, we have extended the abstract submission deadline to June 1, 2020.

We hope all are well, and look forward to metting under calmer circumstances.

 

The Inaugural Criminal Theory Conference will be held Dec. 6-7, 2020 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The Conference seeks to bring together, in an annual forum, researchers working on theory of criminal law, criminal procedure, and criminal punishment, and the philosophical questions that underlie these areas of inquiry. The Conference seeks to advance research in the field and foster interaction and collaboration between the growing number of researchers working on these and related questions. This year’s invited speakers will be Tatjana Hörnle (Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Gideon Yaffe (Yale Law School).

The Conference will be a pre-read workshop, with ten to twelve short papers discussed over the course of two days. Each one-hour session will begin with comments from a commentator. The author will then offer a brief reply, before opening the general discussion.

We invite researchers working in the field to submit an abstract for consideration or/and to indicate their interest in acting as commentators. Registration will be open once the conference program has been set.

To submit an abstract for consideration please submit an anonymized abstract of not more than 500 words by June 1, 2020. Authors will be notified of acceptance by June 30, 2020. Authors whose submissions are selected will be invited to submit short papers (up to 6,000) words by Nov. 6, 2020. 

To participate as a commentator please indicate your interest on the form. The Conference is open to anyone in interested in attending, space permitting.

In order to facilitate participation, there will be no registration fees, but participants will have to cover their own expenses for travel and lodging. Limited funds may be available to those who cannot secure funding through their own institutions.

  

The Organizing Committee:

  • Vincent Chiao, University of Toronto
  • Leora Dahan Katz, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Antony Duff, University of Stirling
  • Tatjana Hörnle, Max Planck Institute, Freiburg, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Gabe Mendlow, University of Michigan

 

The conference is hosted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with the generous support of:

The Barak Center