Thursday, October 20, 2011

Symposium: Legal Positivism in International Legal Theory: Hart’s Legacy

On November 11, 2011, the International Legal Theory Interest Group of the American Society of International Law will host a symposium on "Legal Positivism in International Legal Theory: Hart’s Legacy." Here's the idea:

2011, the 50th anniversary of the publication of HLA Hart’s classic work, The Concept of Law, is an auspicious year for the ASIL International Legal Theory Interest Group to dedicate its annual symposium to Hart. Join us for a day of discussion of Hart, legal positivism, and international law.

Contrasting Hart’s influence on legal philosophy generally, his account of international law did not strike the same spark in international legal theory. Some account for this in the marginal status Hart gave international law. Exploring Hart’s claims will allow a reexamining of longstanding questions about international law. With the proliferation of international institutions, international law has changed much in the 50 years since The Concept of Law was published. In 1961, Hart offered powerful rebuttals to skepticisms, still voiced today, about international law. Reevaluating and perhaps rehabilitating Hart in light of contemporary circumstances may help us to understand the authority international law.

Confirmed panelists include John Mikhail (Georgetown), Liam Murphy (NYU), Dan Priel (Osgoode Hall), Timothy Meyer (U. Ga.), and Michael Helfand (Pepperdine).