Surrey Workshop on Law of Interpretation

14–15 June 2018

Hosted by the Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy

Organisers: Hrafn Asgeirsson, Mikołaj Barczentewicz, and Ira Lindsay

University of Surrey
Guildford, United Kingdom


The idea of the Workshop had been sparked by "The Law of Interpretation" by William Baude and Stephen E. Sachs. This paper has fuelled a philosophical discussion about the grounds of rules (or more broadly, methods) of legal interpretation  (see, e.g., the response by Mark Greenberg). We intend to continue this discussion at the Workshop.

One of the main questions we hope the participants will address is whether rules of legal interpretation are (fully) grounded in positive law, as Baude and Sachs suggested. Some of the contributions will constitute direct responses to "The Law of Interpretation," but the participants are likely to consider other related issues in metaphysics of law and in theory of legal interpretation.


  • Tom Adams (Oxford)
  • William Baude (Chicago) and Stephen Sachs (Duke)
  • Timothy Endicott (Oxford)
  • Maggie O’Brien (Edinburgh)
  • Ketan Ramakrishnan (Oxford)
  • Izabela Skoczen (Jagiellonian)

Practical information

The Surrey Workshop on Law of Interpretation will be held on June 14-15 at the Law School on the university's main campus in Guildford, UK, which is roughly 30 km southwest of central London. (The Law School is located on the 5th floor of the Frank Whittle Building.)

The schedule of the Workshop is still being finalised. Please sign-up for the SCLP mailing list to make sure we keep you updated.

This is a pre-read workshop (it is obligatory for all attendees to read the papers in full, we will circulate the papers, only among the confirmed attendees, at least two weeks in advance of the workshop).

Due to limited space, registration is required for attendance. To register, please use Eventbrite (click here).

The campus is a short walk or taxi ride from the Guildford train station, which itself is just a 30 minute ride via the express train from Waterloo station in central London. Guildford has reasonably good train or bus connections to both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. More information on getting to campus can be found here:

If you have questions about the conference, please contact Hrafn Asgeirsson (, Mikołaj Barczentewicz (, or Ira Lindsay (