:: CFP :: The interdisciplinary academic network MetaLawEcon organises its 5th workshop on “What is law for? Philosophical, empirical and evolutionary perspectives” at the University of Debrecen, Hungary (Faculty of Law, Thursday – Friday, 11 and 12 December 2014) and is now calling for paper proposals. The workshop’s general theme, in broad terms, is whether law can be characterised and analysed in functional or instrumental terms, and if so, how. Economic analysis is a prominent but netiher unique nor uncontroversial example of such an account. The aim is to discuss the possibility, relevance and substantive claims of instrumental account of law from a variety of perspectives: philosophical, empirical and evolutionary, among others. We are planning to have a genuinely interdisciplinary workshop where legal scholars, philosophers, economists and other social scientists contribute to the discussion about the goal(s), purpose(s), and function(s) of law. Suggested topics include:
– instrumental and non-instrumental accounts of law
– general function(s) of law vs special function(s) of legal areas
– the coordinating function of law
– reductionism in legal theory
Paper proposals on the topics above are especially welcome, but submissions on any aspect of the general theme will be considered.
Those interested to present a paper should send an abstract of no more than 500 words for consideration to the convenors, Péter
Cserne and Mariusz Golecki, by 31 August 2014. Acceptance decisions will be communicated in early September.
More information is available here.