Vienna Lectures on Legal Philosophy


This new series of lectures has been designed to reintroduce Vienna as a node in international debates. 

Discussion with George Pavlakos, 04.27.2023

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Prior Lectures

  • 2023 06 15,  Adrian Vermeule (Ralph S. Tyler Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School), "Who decides? Monstrous government and the dangers of private power"
  • 2023 06 01, Martin Loughlin (LSE Law School), "Enlightenment, Myth, and the Total Constitution"
  • 2023 05 25, Roni Mann (Barenboim-Said Akademie Berlin), "The Dethroned Forum of Principle: Re-drawing the Power/Knowledge Matrix in Constitutional Theory".
  • 2023 05 11, Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs (Princeton University), "Restoring Democracy Through International Law"
  • 2023 04 27, George Pavlakos (Glasgow University), "Kant’s Principle of Right as a Principle of Collective Freedom".
  • 2023 03 30, Anna-Bettina Kaiser (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), "Vom totalen Staat zur totalen Verfassung".
  • 16 March 2023, William Scheuerman (Indiana University), "Hans Kelsen, Leo Strauss, and the Crisis of American Democracy".
  • 16 December 2022, Sophie Loidolt (TU Darmstadt), "Deep Disagreements: Contradicting Constitutions of Reality".
  • 18 November 2022, Michaela Hailbronner (University Gießen), "Constitutional Disagreements or Institutional Failure? Legal Flexibility and Rigidity in Democratic Societies".
  • 20 October 2022, Stephan Kirste (University of Salzburg), "Procedural Legitimation and Substantive Legitimacy in the current Crisis of Democracy".
  • 19 May 2022, Andrei Marmor (Cornell Law School, New York), "Interpretation in Law and Elsewhere: Meaning, Object, and Truth".
  • 05 May 2022, Susanna Lindroos-Hovinheimo (University of Helsinki), "How to study conceptions of personhood in law: The case of European privacy law".
  • 28 April 2022, Katharina Isabel Schmidt (Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und
    internationales Privatrecht Hamburg), "Free Legal Reasoning: A History".
  • 7 April 2022, Yaniv Roznai, Ph.D. (Harry Radzyner Law School, Reichman University IDC Herzliya), "When the constitution is like a house: On metaphors in legal reasoning".
  • 31 March 2022, Marie Luisa Frick (Universität Innsbruck), „Constitutional Law in the Pandemic: Contested Self-Images and Popular/Populist Appropriations”.
  • 20 January 2022, Alon Harel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
    "On the Political Significance of Classifying Norms as Constitutional Statutory or Adjudicatory: A Political Theory of Legal Institutions".
  • 19 November 2021, George Letsas (UCL University College London)
    "Balancing as a Legal Method: A Modern Myth".
  • 14 October 2021, John Tasioulas (Oxford University)
    "Can Artificial Intelligence Help Us Achieve the Rule of Law?".
  • 8 October 2021, Frederick Schauer (University of Virginia) "Rules of Order".
  • 30 September 2021, Matthias Jestaedt (University of Freiburg i. Breisgau)
    "Von Eigengesetzlichkeiten und Fremdgesetzlichkeiten: Interdisziplinärer Konzepttransfer in Recht und Rechtswissenschaft".
  • 6 May 2021, András Jakab (University of Salzburg)
    "How to Establish the Meaning of Constitutional Principles".
  • CANCELLED due to the current Coronavirus situation - 12 March 2020
    Frederick Schauer (School of Law, University of Virginia)
    "Rules of Order".
  • 9 January 2020, Anna Gamper (University of Innsbruck)
    "'Geschriebene' Regeln der Verfassungsinterpretation".
  • 28 November 2019, Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco (University of Surrey, UK)
    "Tracing Finnis’s criticism of Hart’s Internal Point of View: Instability and the ‘Point’ of Human Action in Law".
  • 19 June 2019, Aditi Bagchi (Fordham University, School of Law, New York)
    "On the Boundaries of Normativism".
  • 9 May 2019, Sylvie Delacroix (University of Birmingham) "A Social Artefact that Binds Us? Understanding Law and its Normative Force".
  • 14 March 2019, Jiří Přibáň (Cardiff University)
    "Antinormativism and Legal Autopoiesis".
  • 24 January 2019, Ino Augsberg (University of Kiel)
    "Die Normalität der Normativität".
  • 29 November 2018, Oliver Lepsius (Chair for Public Law and Constitutional Theory, University of Münster)
    "Aggregatzustand der Normen".
  • 25 October 2018, Stanley Paulson (Sometime Mercator Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Kiel)
    "Normativity and Normativism".
  • 21 June 2018, Torben Spaak (Professor of Law, University of Stockholm)
    "Legal Realism and Legal Reasoning: A Quasi-Realist Approach".
  • 11 April 2018, Urška Šadl (Professor of Law, EUI-European University Institute, Florence) and Jakob v. H. Holtermann (Associate Professor, Centre of Excellence for International Courts, University of Copenhagen).
    "The Relevance of the Network Approach for Legal Studies: A Letter from Europe".
  • 22 March 2018, Anne van Aaken (Professor of Law and Economics, Legal Theory and Public International Law, University of St. Gallen)
    "The Concept of Law revisited: An Essay in Descriptive Psychology".
  • 18 December 2017, Peter Koller (Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz)
    "Die Bedeutung moralischer Tugenden im Feld des Rechts: Braucht das Recht tugendhafte Menschen?".
  • 18 May 2017, Dieter Grimm (Professor of Public Law, HU Berlin)
    "Die demokratischen Kosten der Konstitutionalisierung - Der Fall Europa".
  • 4 May 2017, Martin Loughlin (Professor of Public Law, LSE London School of Economics and Political Science)
    "Why read Carl Schmitt?".
  • 23 March 2017, Mattias Kumm (Inge Rennert Professor of Law, NYU Law School; Research Professor of Global Rule of Law, WZB Berlin)
    "Rechtsherrschaft, legitime Autorität und globaler Konstitutionalismus".
  • 1 December 2016, William Scheuerman (Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington)
    "Carl Schmitt Goes Global?".
  • 14 November 2016, Christoph Kletzer (King's College, London)
    "Primitives Recht - Über den Keim der Rechtsordnung".
  • 31 May 2016, Dennis M. Patterson (European University Institute, Florence)
    „Global Economic Constitutionalism“.
  • 12 May 2016, Otto Pfersmann (Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
    „Dogmatik oder nicht Dogmatik, das ist hier die Frage. Zum Stand der Rechtstheorie/-Philosophie in Frankreich" .
  • 6 April 2016, Michael S. Green (William and Mary School of Law)
    „Legal Monism and the Conflict of Laws“.