Jennifer Nedelsky, University of Toronto Law School

Mon, 10/24/2011
4:30 - 6:00 PM, Kerstetter Room, Marx Hall
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We hope you will join us for a LAPA Seminar with Professor Jennifer Nedelsky of the University of Toronto Law School, to discuss "Law’s Relations:  A Relational Theory of Self, Autonomy, and Law."

Jennifer Nedelsky's long-awaited book, Law's Relations:  A Relational Theory of Self, Autonomy and Law, is hot off the presses, published in September 2011.    For this LAPA seminar, we are asking participants to read the book's overview and one chapter.   Two commentators – Anna Stilz from the Politics Department and Kim Lane Scheppele from WWS, UCHV and Sociology – will summarize the book's main arguments with reference to political theory (Stilz) and law (Scheppele).   After these two comments, Nedelsky will have the right of first response before we open to the seminar participants for a discussion of the materials that were circulated.    With this format, we hope to achieve something between a book panel and a usual LAPA seminar concentrating on only one paper.   And we hope, in doing this, to give a sense beyond what the LAPA seminar can read for one session, of the richness of this important new work.

The chapters are available to attendees of the seminar, and you may request a copy from .

Prior to joining the Faculty of Law, Jennifer Nedelsky was a Killam post-doctoral fellow at Dalhousie University. She was appointed Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University in 1979 where she taught until 1985 when she was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Toronto. She was appointed Assistant Professor of Law and Political Science in 1986 and promoted to full Professor in 1995. In 1991 and 1994, she was Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago. Professor Nedelsky's teaching and scholarship have been concentrated on Feminist Theory, Theories of Judgment, American Constitutional History and Interpretation, and Comparative Constitutionalism. In addition to her book, Private Property and the Limits of American Constitutionalism, she has published numerous articles in these areas. She is co-editor with Ronald Beiner of Judgment, Imagination and Politics: Themes From Kant and Arendt (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001), and is at work on two books Law, Autonomy and the Relational Self: A Feminist Revisioning of the Foundations of Law and Human Rights and Judgment: A Relational Approach to be published by Oxford University Press. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Legal History and active in the American Political Science Association, the Law and Society Association, and the Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy. In 2000 she was awarded the Bora Laskin National Fellowship in Human Rights Research.

Kim Lane Scheppele is director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs, and a faculty associate in politics and sociology. Prior to joining the Princeton faculty in 2005 she was the John J. O'Brien Professor of Comparative Law and professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Scheppele's primary field is comparative constitutional law and she has spent nearly half of the last decade doing field work under three different grants from the National Science Foundation in post-socialist countries undergoing constitutional transformations. She has published extensively in both law reviews and social science journals on post-socialist constitutionalism and has a book in progress called "How Constitutions Work: Rethinking Constitutional Theory Through Constitutional Ethnography." Scheppele also conducts research on constitutions under stress, most recently writing about post-9/11 responses in comparative perspective in a series of law-review articles as well as a book called "The International State of Emergency." Her book "Legal Secrets" won special recognition from the American Sociological Association and, in an earlier form, a dissertation prize from the American Political Science Association. Ph.D. University of Chicago.

Anna Stilz is assistant professor of politics at Princeton University. Her research interests include the history of political thought (particularly the 17th-18th Centuries); nationalism; political obligation, authority, and state legitimacy; rights to territory; and theories of collective agency. Her first book, Liberal Loyalty: Freedom, Obligation, and the State was published by Princeton University Press in 2009. She has also published articles in Ethics, History of European Ideas, International Theory, Journal of Political Philosophy, Philosophy and Public Affairs, and Policy and Society.