Oxford and UCL have a very nifty legal theory series convened by Nicos Stavropoulos of Oxford and George Letsas of UCL. Speakers include Ben Zipursky, Dennis Patterson, Jeremy Waldron, Susan Hurley, Liam Murphy, and Jules Coleman. Here's the website:
The Journal of Political Philosophy has taken a step towards open access, by making several key articles available without charge. As readers of Legal Theory Blog know, I believe that open access is vitally important and that publication in any venue that does not provide open access is irresponsible scholarship. I applaud this step, and urge the Journal of Political Philosophy to make all articles available through an open access system.
The very first post on Legal Theory Blog appeared on September 11, 2002. Here it is:
Institutionalism Makes A Prominent Appearance. Cass Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule have posted a very interesting piece on SSRN, called Interpretation and Institutions. Their thesis is that theories of interpretation must take into account the institutional capacities of judges. Once we focus on real-world judges, they argue, we may realize that sophisticated theories of interpretation (Dworkin, Lessig, Amar) demand too much. Are they really suggesting a return to simple-minded formalism? Check it out by following the link: Interpretation and Institutions.
I would great appreciate feedback on the new design during this "beta" test. In particular, I am experimenting with the "post continuation" feature of typepad. One way to use this feature is to put the abstracts of papers on the continuation page--see the examples below. I could do the same thing with the Lexicon, calendar, etc. If you have a reaction email me at:
Or you may use the comments feature. Comments are enabled for this post!
[Update: I've changed some of the fonts and colors in response to several comments on readability. I've restored the image of Aristotle--which seems to have been quite popular based on the volume of email commenting on its absence. I've restored the motto: "All the theory that fits," again in response to many comments. I am still thinking about the continuation feature--which has generated mixed feedback. Thank you to everyone who has commented!]
This post will move to the top of the blog until the transition is completed. During the transition period posts should be available on both websites!