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Law and Indeterminacy

Droit et indétermination

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Published on Monday, March 14, 2016 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

This symposium aims to cover some major questions raised by law’s (actual or alleged) indeterminacy, such as claims that law is systemically indeterminate, or that every very indeterminacy in the law  is due to linguistic indetermincacy, such as vagueness and open texture. Relations between indeterminacy and interpretation, judicial discretion, politics and the rule of law will also be dealt with.

 

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Argument

This symposium aims to cover some major questions raised by law’s (actual or alleged) indeterminacy. Lawyers and philosophers alike are often faced with the claim that law is systemically indeterminate. It has been over thirty years since the Critical Legal Studies and their opponents, notably Ronald Dworkin, put the question of law’s indeterminacy back onto the theoretical stage. In fact, the right answer thesis does not seem to grow out of both opponents and staunch defenders. The time therefore seems ripe for an assessment of past controversies and of their fruitfulness for further reflexions.

The symposium will also focus on semantic or linguistic indeterminacies in law. Is every indeterminacy in the law due to vagueness and open texture? What are vagueness and open texture in the first place and what specific form do they take in legal contexts?

Relations between indeterminacy and interpretation, judicial discretion, politics and the rule of law will also be dealt with.

Program

Morning (11AM - 1:15PM)

Chair : Prof. Olivier BEAUD, Université Panthéon-Assas

  • Prof. Denis BARANGER, Université Panthéon-Assas and Dr. Mathieu CARPENTIER, Université Panthéon-Assas, Présentation du colloque
  • Conférence inaugurale : Prof. Timothy ENDICOTT, University of Oxford, What is Determinacy ?
  • Dr. Julien JEANNENEY, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Le recours au contexte face aux énoncés indéterminés 
  • Prof. Ralf POSCHER, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, The Normative Structure of Legislative Intent 

Afternoon (2:30 - 6:30)

Chair: Prof. Michel TROPER, Université Paris Ouest

  • Prof. Jose Juan MORESO, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelone, Marry Me a Little. How Much Precision is Enough in Law
  • Prof. Arnaud LE PILLOUER, Université de Poitiers, Indétermination du langage et indétermination du droit

Break

  • Prof. Mikhail XIFARAS, Sciences Po Paris, Legal Indeterminacy, Work and Play
  • Prof. Brian BIX, University Minnesota, Indeterminacy and Good Faith : Politics and Legitimacy
  • Closing of the conference

Places

  • Centre Panthéon, Salle des Conseils de l'Université Panthéon-Assas, Aile Soufflot, 2e étage - 12, place du Panthéon
    Paris, France (75005)

Date(s)

  • Monday, March 21, 2016

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Keywords

  • indétermination

Contact(s)

  • Mathieu Carpentier
    courriel : mathieu [dot] carpentier [at] u-paris2 [dot] fr

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Information source

  • Mathieu Carpentier
    courriel : mathieu [dot] carpentier [at] u-paris2 [dot] fr

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« Law and Indeterminacy », Colloquium, Calenda, Published on Monday, March 14, 2016, https://calenda.org/359302

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