Conference on Legal Moralism

Conference on Legal Moralism

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Date and Time

Friday, May 20, 2016 — Saturday, May 21, 2016


Warren Hall, Faculty Reading Room

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Are there acts that should be prohibited even though they do not violate others’ rights or cause any setbacks to others’ basic interests? Consider in this regard offensive acts, degrading acts, repulsive acts, acts that display a vicious character, etc. Or consider retributive punishment, punishment of acts that are culpable but do not cause harm (such as attempts, reckless endangerments, etc.). Or consider aesthetic regulations, bans on organ selling and surrogacy, etc.

The event is hosted by the University of San Diego School of Law's Institute for Law & Philosophy, in conjunction with Instituto de Ciencias Juridico-Politicad with the sponsorship of FLAD.

Confirmed Participants:

  • Larry Alexander, University of San Diego
  • James Allan, TC Beirne School of Law
  • Goncalo Almeida Ribeiro, Universidade Catolica Portuguesa
  • Richard Arneson, University of California, San Diego
  • Harriet Baber, University of San Diego
  • Saba Bazargan, University of California, San Diego
  • David Brink, University of California, San Diego
  • Luis Pereira Coutinho, University of Lisbon
  • Douglas Husak, Rutgers University
  • Ifigeneia Kapsaski, Law Faculty of the Free University of Berlin
  • Michael Moore, University of Illinois College of Law
  • Dana Nelkin, University of California, San Diego
  • Miguel Nogueira de Brito
  • Maimon Schwarzschild, University of San Diego
  • Steven Smith, University of San Diego
  • Mila Sohoni, University of San Diego
  • Matt Zwolinski, University of San Diego
  • Chris Wonnell, University of San Diego

To register for the event, please email


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The Institute for Law and Philosophy was established at the University of San Diego in the fall of 2000. The fundamental goal of the institute is to unite philosophical issues with jurisprudence. This is accomplished through a variety of programs designed to explore and educate regarding the various philosophical issues that arise from legal doctrines, legal institutions and legal practice. Such programs include roundtable discussions, academic conferences, public lectures and educational programs. The institute selects the leading academics, lawyers, and judges who define the topic at hand, and invites them to engage in discussion that ultimately is later published, discussed and/or edited.

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