Since 1998 UCL has hosted a Colloquium in Legal and Social Philosophy which takes place during the Spring term. The Colloquium was founded by Professor Ronald Dworkin, formerly Quain Professor of Jurisprudence.

The Colloquium brings together expertise in legal and political philosophy from around UCL and beyond. It features leading legal, political, and moral philosophers who discuss work in progress.

Speakers over the years have included philosophers whose work has had a major impact in contemporary philosophy, such as Simon Blackburn, GA Cohen, John Finnis, Rainer Forst, Samuel Freeman, Charles Fried, Frances Kamm, Christine Korsgaard, Onora O’Neill, Joseph Raz, Samuel Scheffler, Amartya Sen, Bernard Williams, and many others.

See the upcoming Colloquia in 2015

Colloquium sessions begin at 4.00 pm and continue until 7.00 pm.

They are held at the UCL Faculty of Laws, Bentham House.

Previous Colloquia


Friday 2 May – Professor John Gardner, University of Oxford: From Personal Life to Private Law

Wednesday 19 March  – Professor Norman Daniels, Harvard University: Justice and Feasibility

Wednesday 5 March – Professor Marcia Baron, University of St. Andrews: Reasonableness and the Reasonable Person Standard in criminal law

Wednesday 5 February – Professor David Miller, University of Oxford: Justice in Immigration

Wednesday 29 January – Professor Gerald Postema, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill/University of Cambridge: Fidelity in Law’s Commonwealth

Wednesday 22 January – Professor Albert Weale, UCL: A principle of Contractarian Justice


Friday 26 April – Professor Joseph Raz, Columbia University: The Normativity of Law

Wednesday 13 March – Professor T.M. Scanlon, Harvard University: Giving Desert its Due

Wednesday 27 February – Dr George Letsas, UCL: Proportionality: Diagnostic, not Constitutive

Wednesday 6 February – Professor Jeremy Waldron, University of Oxford/NYU: Is Diginity the foundation of Human Rights?

Wednesday 30 January – Professor Miranda Fricker, University of Sheffield: What’s the point of blame?

Wednesday 23 January – Professor Charles Fried, Harvard University: The ambitions of ‘Contract as Promise’: Thirty years on