Oxford Philosophy, Law, and Politics Colloquium


The Oxford Philosophy, Law, and Politics Colloquium is a new interdisciplinary colloquium series that brings together theorists from philosophy, law, politics and beyond to discuss works-in-progress by distinguished visiting scholars. Sessions are held approximately thrice yearly – once each term – and a paper for each session is circulated in advance to participants. Those unable to read the paper in advance are nevertheless welcome to attend as a summary of the paper will be given. It is expected that papers by visiting guests will have broad academic and cross-disciplinary appeal. Beginning in 2022-23, the Colloquium is co-convened by Ruth Chang, David Enoch, Cecile Fabre, Kate Greasley, and Alison Hills.  
The Colloquium is held in the Old Library at All Souls College from 5:00-7:00 p.m. To attend any Colloquium, please register by emailing oxfordPLPevents@gmail.com. If you have questions about the Colloquium, please email ruth.chang@law.ox.ac.uk.
Check back at this page for further information. The PLP Colloquium will be on hiatus during the academic year 2023-24. 


October 16, 2024: Margaret Levi (Stanford University), 5-7 p.m. 10 Merton Street Lecture Theatre.

October 17, 2024: Debra Satz (Stanford University), 5-7 p.m. All Souls College, Old Library.

(note the 'double feature' back-to-back dates)

February 27, 2025: Stuart Russell (University of California, Berkeley) venue tbd

May 21, 2025: Elizabeth Anderson (University of Michigan), 5-7 p.m. All Souls College, Old Library. 


Accompanying most colloquia will be an Oxford PLP Seminar for students during which the paper and any other relevant material to the colloquium will be discussed. Email oxfordPLPevents@gmail.com if you wish to register for the seminar. 

October 15, 2024: Seminar discussion of Margaret Levi and Debra Satz, 3-5p.m., University College, 12 Merton Street, Room 2. Convened by Ruth Chang.

February 26, 2025: Seminar discussion of Stuart Russell, 3-5p.m., University College, 12 Merton Street, Room 2. Convened by Ruth Chang. 





Past Colloquia
October 14, 2022: Liam Murphy, Why Tax Wealth?, Tsilly Dagan (Law) engages with Liam Murphy (NYU), 2-4p.m. (note the earlier time) Old Library, All Souls
November 28, 2022: Catharine A. MacKinnon, Exploring Transgender Politics: A Conversation with Catharine A. MacKinnon with commentary by Finn Mackay, Sandra Fredman, and Mischa Shuman, 3-5 p.m. Sir Joseph Hotung Auditorium, Mansfield College; cosponsored with the Feminist Jurisprudence Discussion Group and the Jurisprudence Discussion Group. 
November 29, 2022: Catharine A. MacKinnon, Rape Redefined, Kate O'Regan (Law) engages with Catharine A. MacKinnon (U Michigan/Harvard), 5-7p.m., Sir Joseph Hotung Auditorium, Mansfield College; cosponsored with the Bonavero Centre for Human Rights
*CANCELLED due to strike action* March 2, 2023: Seth Lazar, Algorithmic Governance and Political Philosophy: Governing the Algorithmic CityHelen Mountfield KC (Principal, Mansfield College) engages with Seth Lazar (Australian National University) 5-7p.m. Old Library, All Souls
May 26, 2023: Jeremy Waldron, Self ApplicationJo Wolff (BSG) engages with Jeremy Waldron (NYU), 5-7p.m. 10 Merton Street Lecture Theatre (note venue). 


November 11, 2021: Seana ShiffrinDemocratic Politics: Duty Delegation without Abdication, Kate Greasley (Law) engages with Seana Shiffrin (UCLA) *Online at Zoom

January 27 2022: Rob Reich, Mehran Sahami, and Jeremy Weinstein, Joint Event with the Ethics in AI Institute at Oxford - book discussion of System Error: Where Big Tech Went Wrong and How to Reboot with authors Rob ReichMehran Sahami, and Jeremy Weinstein. Comments by Vincent ConitzerBryce Goodman, and Helene Landemore*Online here.

February 24, 2022: Nomy ArpalyOn Being Blameless Among One’s Contemporaries, Alison Hills (Philosophy) engages with Nomy Arpaly (Brown) *Online at Zoom

May 5, 2022: Imani PerryAfrican American Narrative Jurisprudence, Sophie Smith (Politics) engages with Imani Perry (Princeton) Old Library, All Souls College - CANCELLED DUE TO SPEAKER ILLNESS

May 27, 2022: Sally HaslangerStructural Injustice: Managing Social Coordination in Complex SystemsRachel Fraser (Philosophy) engages with Sally Haslanger (MIT), Old Library, All Souls College


October 30, 2020: Miranda Fricker, Bernard Williams As A Philosopher of Ethical Freedom, Alison Hills (Philosophy) engages with Miranda Fricker (CUNY) *Online 
November 13, 2020: Samuel Scheffler, Procreation, Immigration, and the Future of Humanity,  Thomas Sinclair (Philosophy) engages with Samuel Scheffler (NYU) *Online
January 20, 2021: Cass SunsteinBehavioural Welfare Economics, Timothy Endicott (Law) engages with Cass Sunstein (Harvard) *Online
May 7, 2021: Cecile FabreDoxastic Wrongs and True Beliefs, Tarunabh Khaitan (Law) engages with Cecile Fabre (Oxford) *Online
October 17, 2019: John Tasioulas, Saving Human Rights from Human Rights LawGrant Lamond (Law) engages with John Tasioulas (KCL)
March 4, 2020: Miranda Fricker, Alison Hills (Philosophy) engages with Miranda Fricker (CUNY) *Postponed due to strike action
May 7, 2020: Imani Perry, Sophie Smith (Politics) engages with Imani Perry (Princeton) *Cancelled due to pandemic 
Thanks are due to the Hewlett Foundation for funding that makes the PLP Colloquium Series possible. 

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