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LPTWG - Legal and Political Theory Working Group

Founded in 2002, the Legal and Political Theory Working Group provides a friendly platform for academics and PhD researchers to discuss and enhance their theoretical work. It fosters openness and bridges gaps between academic traditions and EUI departments.

The Legal and Political Theory Working Group was founded in 2002 when a few researchers met to discuss their papers. Its aim is to provide both established academics and PhD researchers an opportunity to discuss and improve their theoretically-oriented work within a friendly yet academically rigorous setting. A typical session lasts two hours and consists of a short (20/30 minute) presentation by the speaker followed by discussion. One of the working group’s most cherished traits is its openness; we are proud to have been the hub of theoretically-minded people at the EUI for so many years and to have successfully bridged the cleavages between EUI’s departments and academic traditions.

If your research orbits around any facet of legal or political theory, or if you believe your work stands to gain from theoretical insights, we encourage you to reach out to us at [email protected]. We actively promote critical engagement with theory and aspire to cultivate an environment conducive to profound discussions encompassing critical, normative, and overarching theoretical inquiries.

In addition to our core mission, it is worth noting our ongoing projects for the upcoming academic year 23/24. We are curating a monthly reading group under the theme "What's still critical about Critical Theory?" The reading group aims to dissect and engage with the myriad critiques raised against Critical Theory, particularly from de-colonial, intersectional feminist, and CRT perspectives. Simultaneously, we will explore the critique of Critical Theory as anthropocentric and its perceived inadequacy in addressing the pressing concerns of the climate crisis.

Furthermore, we remain committed to orchestrating round-table discussions and presentations, fostering a dynamic and ever-evolving platform for the advancement of theoretical discourse.


Events in Academic Year 2022-2023

Events in Academic Year 2021-2022


Past events

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