In light of the global health crisis and measures adopted by Cornell to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we have decided to POSTPONE the first Cornell Conference in Philosophy of Law. It was originally scheduled for May 15-17, 2020. We aim to reschedule for the fall of 2020 based on dates that work for our program participants. Please check back for further details. If you booked a hotel through the website at Hilton Garden Inn, you can cancel it without charge until April 1st. We regret any inconvenience this might cause.


The selected papers and abstracts will be made available here on April 1st. The order of presentations is subject to change.

Friday May 15th

9:30 – 10:00 Coffee, light breakfast

10:00 – 12:00  Gregory Keating (USC), “Form and Substance in the ‘Private Law’ of Torts”  – Chair: TBD

12:00 – 1:30: Lunch

1:30 – 3:30 Jessica Keiser (Leeds), “Contextualizing Consent”Chair: TBD

3:30 – 4:00 Coffee break

4:00 – 6:00  Samuele Chilovi (Pompeu Fabra) & George Pavlakos (Glasgow), “Grounding, Explanation, and Legal Positivism” Chair: TBD

6:00 –  Walk down Cascadilla gorge to Ithaca commons (Optional)

7:00 – 8:30: Free time for dinner

8:30: Drinks at Argos Warehouse


Saturday May 16th

9:30 – 10:00 Coffee, light breakfast

10:00-12:00:  Brookes Brown (Clemson), “Reciprocity Without Compliance”Chair: TBD

12:00-1:30: Lunch

1:30 – 3:30: Steve Bero (Surrey), “Mercy in Tort” – Chair: TBD

Coffee break

4:00 – 6:00 Justin Bernstein (Johns Hopkins), “Beyond the Right to Rule: A Role-Based Theory of Political Legitimacy”Chair: TBD

7:00 onwards: Conference banquet


Sunday May 17th

Optional: 10:00am Trip to Buttermilk falls