26 February 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Language of Law: Classical Perspectives

I just received the following:

The Language of Law: Classical Perspectives

Special Workshop at the XXV. World Congress of Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (Frankfurt am Main, 15–20 August 2011)

entwurf3c_verkleinertWhile in recent scholarship there are some signs that 20th-century boundaries between disciplines as Legal Theory, Classics, Legal History and Linguistics become penetrable, interdisciplinary discourse among exponents of these fields is at best sporadic. The aim of the workshop is to bring together scholars working on linguistic aspects of (ancient and contemporary) law from different backgrounds and to facilitate the exchange of ideas through the discussion of their research papers.

The rationale for exploring classical perspectives on the language of law is that encounters of this kind have proven to be mutually enriching: contemporary insights may help to make sense of ancient theories and indeed practices, while the analysis of ancient sources continues to provide useful frameworks for contemporary legal thought.

Papers for the workshop would be both theoretically informed and based on a thorough reading of relevant sources from Classical Antiquity. Possible topics include but are not limited to: legal interpretation, judicial rhetoric, the semiotics of law, law as literature, philosophical approaches (ancient or contemporary) to law. Papers addressing theoretical or methodological questions as well as ‘case studies’ focusing on a single text may be considered. The pre-circulation of the papers is hoped to contribute to a discussion-led style of workshop.

Abstracts for consideration should be sent by e-mail to

Miklós Könczöl (miklos.konczol@dur.ac.uk)
Durham University, Department of Classics and Ancient History
Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Department of Legal Philosophy

The deadlines are: 31 March, 2011 for abstracts and 31 May, 2011 for full papers.

Participants have to be registered for the conference. For further details see the conference website: http://www.ivr2011.org

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