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Glas-Ed Legal Theory

Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh buildings

The Glasgow Legal Theory Group and the Edinburgh Center for Legal Theory have launched a number of research initiatives, which build on the distinguished tradition of both Glasgow and Edinburgh in the field of legal theory and a long history of a productive and enjoyable collaboration between the two research groups.

Disputation brings together PhD students and teachers from Glasgow and Edinburgh once a year (in Edinburgh in Autumn) for a lively debate. The event starts with very short paper presentations by the students, drawing from their research, and is followed by animated discussion. The Disputation is over in the afternoon (it is short and sharp!) and is followed by a social event, to give the opportunity for students to catch up and get to know each other and their respective research projects.

Disputation 2023 will take place the 10 November 2023, which will bring together PhD researchers in legal theory of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Surrey.

Past events

28 October 2022 - Glas-Ed: Disputationes, 2022
This event brought together the legal theory postgraduate researchers of Edinburgh and Glasgow, to have enjoyable discussions about their projects. Details about the event can be found here

The Book Forum provides an opportunity to explore in depth a significant book. The book for discussion may be recent or older. The idea stems from the desire to share with others thoughts about books that one considers formative, and that have influenced one’s thinking.  One book will be designated for each Book Forum (once a year, in Glasgow in Spring) with one speaker from each of the two institutions, and two further external speakers. The event involves contributions from the speakers followed by open discussion with participants. The expectation is that participants have read the book, in order that the discussion be inclusive and advanced.  The Book Forum is addressed to all interested colleagues and postgraduate researchers in legal theory.

The Legal Theory Workshop, held annually, is a high-profile workshop, co-organized by the Glasgow Legal Theory and the Center for Legal Theory, which gathers faculty members from both research groups as well as international colleagues to discuss central issues in jurisprudence.


The workshop series was inaugurated by the Workshop ‘Law and Political Imagination: The Jurisprudence of Paul Kahn,’ which took place on April 8th and 9th 2022 at Glasgow Law School.


Participants include Paul Kahn (Yale), Moshe Halbertal (Hebrew University and NYU), Martin Loughlin (LSE), Benjamin Berger (Osgoode), Maria Cahill (Cork), Sabine Mair (Copenhagen), Marco Goldoni (Glasgow), Antonio Marzal (Glasgow), Signe Larsen (Oxford), Denis Baranger (Paris II), Or Bassok (Nottingham), Neil Walker (Edinburgh), Amalia Amaya (Edinburgh), and Miguel Maduro (EUI).