Cardiff-Surrey Joint Symposium on Kant and Law

18-20 October 2018

Co-Hosted by:

The Cardiff University Department of Philosophy, the Cardiff University Political Theory Research Group, and the Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy


This colloquium brings together scholars who share an interest in distinctively Kantian approaches to philosophy of law. The conference proceedings will appear in a special volume of Kantian Review. This is an invitation only event. Please direct expressions of interest to Marie Newhouse at


  • Robert Alexy (Kiel)
  • Thomas Mertens (Radboud)
  • Marie Newhouse (Surrey)
  • Ben Pontin (Cardiff)
  • Arthur Ripstein (Toronto)
  • Peter Sutch (Cardiff)
  • Jacob Weinrib (Queen's CA)

Practical information

The Kant and Law Symposium Organisers are Howard Williams (Cardiff), Huw Williams (Cardiff), Peri Roberts (Cardiff), and Marie Newhouse (Surrey). The symposium will take place in the Main Council Chamber at Cardiff University, which is about a mile from the Cardiff Central Station in Cardiff, Wales. A campus map is available here. Most participants will stay at the nearby Jurys Inn.


Thursday, 18 October 2018

Special Address at 6pm: ‘Rules for Wrongdoers’ by Arthur Ripstein
This special address is co-hosted by the Cardiff University Department of Philosophy, the Political Theory Research Group, and the Department of Law.

Friday, 19 October 2018
9:15 - 9:30 Registration
9:30 – 9:45 Welcome Address: Professor Damian Walford Davies, Pro Vice Chancellor for the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, Cardiff University
9:45 - 11:30 Marie Newhouse: 'The Legislative Authority'
11:30 - 11:45 Tea and Coffee
11:45 - 1:30 Jacob Weinrib: 'The Principles of Constitutional Reform'
1:30 - 2:30 Lunch
2:30 - 4:15 Thomas Mertens: 'Kant on Defamation in the Metaphysics of Morals'
4:15 - 4:30 Tea and Coffee
4:30 - 6:15 Arthur Ripstein: 'Political Independence, Territorial Integrity, and Private Law Analogies'
7:00 - 9:00 Conference Dinner: Laguna Restaurant in the Park Plaza Hotel
Saturday, 20 October 2018
9:30 - 9:45 Tea and Coffee
9:45 - 11:30 Ben Pontin: 'Rawls Looking Backwards: Exploring the Just Savings of Previous Generations in Regard to the Environment'
11:30–11:45 Tea and Coffee
11:45 - 1:30 Robert Alexy: 'Kant's Concept of Law'
1:30 - 2:30 Lunch
2:30 - 4:15 Peter Sutch: 'Neo-Kantian Cosmopolitanism and International Law'
4:15 - 4:30 Departure