Law and Public Affairs Discussion Group

The Law and Public Affairs Discussion Group (LPADG) is a student-led discussion group that aims to provide a forum for discussing innovative research in issues related to public affairs. Unlike other discussion groups, its primary focus is on providing young researchers with a chance to present drafts of work in progress, which they would like to develop further, whether into a thesis chapter, conference paper, article or simply a blog post. We envisage that young researchers will use the group as a starting point to allow them to gain experience in presenting their work and also learn from each other. Therefore, young researchers are very much welcome to contact us with a proposal of an academic session.


In addition, the group also discusses innovative scholarship that does not easily fit in the traditional labels of legal academia, inviting a selected group of academics to present their innovative work. The group will meet every other week during term time to discuss a presentation on legal research that relates to public issues broadly defined under the open textured label of 'law and public affairs'. The discussion group hopes to help researchers to gain feedback on their work, whilst contributing to the Oxford law community by creating a regular opportunity for researchers across different subject areas and at different points in their research to meet each other and discuss innovative ideas. Therefore, we are open to various themes, approaches, and methodologies and welcome proposals of presentations by academics interested in discussing their work at the LPADG.


Among our recent guest speakers, we had academics coming from Canada, U.S., Brazil, Singapore, Australia, France, and even the U.K., like Mariana Prado (Toronto), Peter Oliver (Ottawa), Justice Robert Sharpe (OCA), Alvaro Santos (Georgetown), David Skeel (UPenn), Paulo Barrozo (Boston College), Marcelo Neves (Brasilia), Eduardo Jordao (FGV), Flavio Yarshell (USP), Cleber Alves (UFF), Michael Dowdle (Singapore), Lisa Burton (Monash), Denis Baranger (Pantheon-Assas), Avrom Sherr (IALS), Roger Smith (Law Society), Nimer Sultany (SOAS), and William Twining (UCL)