Panels at IVR 2015

If you are putting together a panel for the 2015 IVR meeting and you would like to add participants from AMINTAPHIL, please post your panel title/description as a comment to this post.

8 thoughts on “Panels at IVR 2015

  1. Wade Robison says:

    I would like to organize a panel discussion on whether any court system can operate as a check on the abuse of power by the executive and/or legislature. I have Cover’s book in the back of my mind on how anti-slavery judges upheld the Fugitive Slave Law, but am thinking of modern day examples of the Egyptian courts, or some of them, and their draconian enforcement of the laws against the Moslem Brotherhood. It is relatively easy to find examples, and what I am interested in is whether these systems are closed, that is, operate in such a way that under no circumstances could a court reach outside the constitution and/or legislation of a country to question or overturn a law. We think of the power of the jury system as one way to undercut injustice: a jury can refuse to find someone guilty of a law they think is wrong even if the person broke that law. Is there a similar move a court can make?

    • Steven Lee says:

      I have convinced Wade to participate in an IVR panel discussion on citizenship, as, in part at least, an extension of the exchange he and I had in California between his Humean position and my idealist position on (global) citizenship. Anyone else interested? We could include other aspects of citizenship as well. The panel could be on global citizenship, with Wade playing the skeptic.

      Steve Lee

      • Wade Robison says:

        I was planning on being the skeptic, not just playing the skeptic.

      • Richard Parker says:

        Steven and Wade, Is your panel still open? I am planning to write on the conflict between (1) the communal emotions of loyalty and trust that people share with their immediate and extended families and (2) the emotional attachment to a political system necessary to citizenship in a successful polity.

  2. Here’s our proposal for a panel that has been accepted:
    IVR Proposal for a Special Workshop

    1. Title: Family, Sexuality, Love, and Religion

    2. Workshop Rationale: Papers submitted for inclusion in this Special Workshop explore the multiple intersections of liberalism and matters of family, sexuality, love, and religion in the context of contemporary liberal-democratic society. Both liberal political theory and law have operated as much to validate traditional community norms and practices, as they have to liberate individual citizens and communities from them. We are especially interested in exploring the philosophical import of reason and emotion in understanding the role of law in constructing a just society, especially as it relates to the complexities of families and religion.

    3. Participants and Paper Titles:
    a. Gordon A. Babst, Associate Professor, Political Science, Chapman University;
    AMINTAPHIL member.
    Paper title: A Liberal Response to the Peculiar Belief that Sexual Freedom
    Infringes on Religious Freedom.

    b. Imer B. Flores, Professor-Researcher, Facultad de Derecha & Instituto de
    Investigaciones Juridicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
    (UNAM); AMINTAPHIL member.
    Paper title: Same-Sex Marriage and the Normative Turn in Jurisprudence.

    c. Marcelo Campos Galuppo, Associate Professor, Faculdade de Diretto do
    Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais; Associate Professor, Faculdade
    Mineira de Direito da Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Minas Gerais;
    AMINTAPHIL member.
    Paper title: Should Law Allow any Kind of Marriage?

    d. Daniel Pilchman, Visiting Assistant Professor, Philosophy, at Chapman University;
    AMINTAPHIL member.
    Paper title: Why You Have to Kiss Aunt Mildred: The Political Foundations of
    Familial Obligation.

    e. Helga Varden, Associate Professor, Philosophy & Women and Gender Studies,
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (AY 14-15: Northwestern
    University).
    Paper title: Kant on the Intersection between Reason, the Law, and Emotion with
    Regard to Sexual Love and Religion.

  3. Several of us are organizing a workshop on Public Health Surveillance, Fear, and the Use of Law:

    Threats of contagious infectious disease engender panic, often disproportionate to the actual risks of disease or the likelihood of contracting it. People with conditions perceived to be contagious have been denounced, stigmatized, isolated, quarantined, or killed. Law has often been the means of implementing these responses. Law is used to compel surveillance, to close borders, or to mandate quarantine or isolation. Fear may also impel people to try to avoid the reach of the law, as when small merchants hid their birds during the avian influenza scare or people with Ebola sought to avoid detection. These legal responses to contagious disease are thus a quite direct illustration of how emotion—often irrational—may drive law, for better or for worse. In this special workshop, we focus on the use of the law for public health surveillance purposes, in both national and international contexts. We will explore questions such as: how should law be used to further surveillance? What legal limits should constrain surveillance, and in what contexts? In the public health context, how should privacy be protected? What is the relationship between the use of the law to further surveillance and attitudes towards the rule of law?

    Anyone interested–we’d welcome additional participants.

    Best, Leslie Francis

  4. John Rooney says:

    I have registered for the Congress. I would like to be on a panel, not necessarily an American one. In Krakow I was on a Polish panel. Jack Rooney, prof emer at Cooley Law School

  5. Laurence Houlgate says:

    I am concerned about having or attending a conference in a state that permits discrimination of LGBT people (re North Carolina’s new “bathroom law”. I have sent an email about this to Ann Cudd. Is my concern shared by anyone else?

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