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Legal and Political Theory Working Group

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.

Hence, if your work deals with any strand of legal or political theory, or simply think that your research will benefit from theoretical insights, do get in touch at [email protected]

The group is grateful for the support of Prof. Jeffrey T. Checkel and Prof. Martijn Hesselink.

Events in Academic Year 2022-2023

7 December 2022: Elias Tissiandier-Nasom (Global Human Rights Defence) and Lucia Kula (SOAS University London) – Racialized and Gendered Othering: Law, migration and the Cis-Heteropatriarchy in Europe

Events in Academic Year 2021-2022

17 February 2022: Elsa Kugelberg (Oxford University) – The Socio-Sexual Bases of Self-Respect  

20 January 2022: Dr. Matt Bennett (University of Essex) – Why Winners Should Not Take It All: Efficiency and Meritocracy in Unequal Competitive Outcomes  

16 December 2021: Jelena Belic (Leiden University) – The Right to Withdraw from International Organizations: A Normative Analysis (sign in required)

24 November 2021: Anna Milloni (King’s College London) – Mobile migration and its challenges to democracy (Jointly with Migration Working Group)  (sign in required)


Events in Academic Year 2020-2021

See archived events here.

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