Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Symposium on the History of the Rule of Law

Word has reached us of the online publication a series of papers on the history of the Rule of Law in the Hague Journal on the Rule of Law. (They will subsequently appear in hardcopy as a special issue of the Hague Journal on the Rule of Law co-edited by Neil Walker and Paul Burgess.)  Professor Burgess tell us:
The papers are, in the most part, the result of a workshop on the history of the Rule of Law hosted by the Legal Theory Research Group as part of the Legal Theory Festival at the University of Edinburgh last May.  All of the papers can be found here.

Three of the papers (Canevaro, McKnight and Møller) relate directly to the workshop, one (Sempill) was contributed specifically for the special issue of the journal, and the other (Burgess) provides both a justificatory argument for the relevance of the other four papers and an introduction to the special issue generally. 

The paper titles and their authors (with links to the pdfs of the papers) that make up the upcoming special issue are: 

Neglecting the History of the Rule of Law: (Unintended) Conceptual Eugenics - Paul Burgess (Edinburgh) 
The Rule of Law as the Measure of Political Legitimacy in the Greek City States - Mirko Canevaro (Edinburgh) 
Offences Against the Res Publica: The Role of Public Interest Arguments in Cicero’s Forensic Speeches - Elizabeth McKnight (UCL) 
Medieval Origins of the Rule of Law: The Gregorian Reforms as Critical Juncture? - Jørgen Møller (Aarhus)

The Lions and the Greatest Part: the Rule of Law and the Constitution of Employer Power - Julian A. Sempill (Melbourne)