6th Annual Legal Philosophy Workshop

23-24 May 2019

Hosted by the Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy

Organisers: Stephen Bero (Surrey), Mihailis Diamantis (Iowa), Alex Guerrero (Rutgers), Jean Thomas (Queens), Aness Webster (Nottingham)

University of Surrey
Guildford, United Kingdom

The LPW is an annual conference designed to foster reflection on the nature of law and the philosophical issues underlying its different areas. Our aim is to promote work that connects legal philosophy with other branches of philosophy (e.g. moral and political philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of language, epistemology, or philosophy of action) and to create a venue for the critical examination of different viewpoints about law.

The LPW is an annual event, hosted in venues alternating between North America and the United Kingdom. Previous workshops have been hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, University of Edinburgh, Queens University, University College London, and Rutgers University.

Information about the 6th LPW (2019) is also available on the LPW website.


Thursday, 23 May
10:30-11:15 Breakfast
11:15-11:30 Welcome
11:30-1:00pm Lilith Newton (Edinburgh), “The Mental State of Permissible Conviction” Comments by Katherine Puddifoot (Durham)
1:00-2:30pm Lunch
2:30-4:00pm Marcin Matczak (Warsaw), “Non-Lewisian Conventionalism and Law” Comments by Claudio Michelon (Edinburgh)
4:00-4:30pm Break
4:30-6:00pm Erin Beeghly (Utah), “Stereotyping and Discrimination: Their Relationship and Why It Matters” Comments by Heather Whitney (NYU)
6:30pm Dinner
Friday, 24 May
10:00-11:00am Breakfast
11:00–12:30pm Adam Perry (Oxford), “Adopted Norms” Comments by Leah Trueblood (Oxford)
12:30-2:00pm Lunch
2:00-3:30pm Giada Fratantonio (Helsinki), “Testimonial Evidence and Proof Paradoxes” Comments by Aness Webster (Nottingham)
3:30-4:00pm Break
4:00-5:30pm Massimo Renzo (KCL), “Two Kinds of Consent” Comments by Sabine Tsuruda (Queens)
6:00pm Drinks & Dinner

Practical Information

Registration: All are welcome, subject to space limitations, with advance registration.

Workshop format: This is a pre-read workshop. Papers will be circulated to registered attendees in advance by email.

Precise Location: The workshop will be at the University of Surrey, in the Treetops Room in Wates House, Stag Hill campus, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, United Kingdom.

Travel: The University of Surrey’s Stag Hill campus in Guildford is a 15 minute walk from the Guildford Train Station, which has good connections to central London (about 35 minutes to Waterloo Station) as well as to both Heathrow (a bit over an hour by bus and train) and Gatwick (a bit under an hour by train). Walking directions to Wates House from the Guildford train station can be viewed here. By car, the university is located just off of the A3 London-Portsmouth road. More travel details are available here.

Parking: Parking on campus is somewhat limited, so we recommend public transport where possible. Information about on-campus parking is available here. There are a few parking options in town or within walking distance of campus; some information about these options is posted here.

Meals: The workshop will arrange lunch and coffee breaks for both days.  The first night, there will be a dinner at La Casita in Guildford for presenters / commenters / organizers, and any other interested participants are very welcome to attend at their own expense; please email co-organizer Steve Bero (s.bero@surrey.ac.uk) if you’d like to attend that dinner. (The second night we will arrange an informal dinner, at everyone’s own expense. We’ll solicit interest in this dinner at the workshop.)

Lodging: Hotel options in Guildford include:

All of the above hotels are within 20-25 minutes’ walk of campus, but note that the Harbour and Angel are in the town centre, while the Asperion is about 10 minutes’ walk from the town centre, and the Holiday Inn is on the other side of campus from town (just off the A3).