Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Colloquium in Legal and Political Philosophy - Scott Hershovitz (University of Michigan)

Founded in Fall 2015, the Colloquium is an initiative by the Faculty of Law, the Department of Philosophy, and the Department of Political Studies. It consists of a series of seminars and workshops within the broad ambit of the Colloquium’s mandate. Students registered with the course meet with the Colloquium convenors to discuss a recent paper by a leading scholar. The following week, the students meet with the author, along with other faculty members and invited guests, for a workshop about the paper.

The Colloquium’s aim is to promote closer collaboration between legal, philosophical, and political studies, by bringing together students and faculty from these overlapping disciplines to engage in rigorous intellectual engagement. The Colloquium contributes to the Queen’s Collaborative Program in Political and Legal Thought.

In Fall 2020, the Colloquium convenors are Professor Jean Thomas and Professor Grégoire Webber. The Colloquium is funded by Professor Webber's Canada Research Chair in Public Law and Philosophy of Law.

Further to decision of the University that the Fall 2020 semester be held remotely for the majority of students, all Colloquium sessions listed below will be hosted remotely. 

All members of the Queen's community are welcome to attend the workshops and are invited to communicate with the convenors in order to receive information on how to do so.


Monday October 19, 2020 (3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

Scott HershovitzScott Hershovitz (University of Michigan)

Scott Hershovitz is the Thomas G. and Mabel Long Professor of Law and a professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan. He also directs the Law and Ethics Program. Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan, he was an attorney-adviser on the appellate staff of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as a law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Hon. William A. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Hershovitz earned an AB in political science and philosophy and an MA in philosophy fr​om the University of Georgia. He also holds a JD from Yale Law School and a DPhil in law from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Professor Hershovitz teaches and writes about jurisprudence and tort law. His publications include "The End of Jurisprudence" (Yale Law Journal, 2015), "The Model of Plans and the Prospects for Positivism" (Ethics, 2014), and "Harry Potter and the Trouble with Tort Theory" (Stanford Law Review, 2010).

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