News and Events
Activities in Norway
International Activities of IVR
Activities in Norway:


News - Christmas Meeting 2014: The Norwegian Association for Legal Philosophy will hold its traditional Christmas Meeting on 9 December at 1800h. Against the background of his doctoral thesis and new book "Rettslige faktabegreper" (2014), Anders Løvlie will make a presentation about concepts of 'fact' in law and jurisprudence. Knut Bergo will comment. Both members and non-members are welcome. Read more here

News - meeting with Tara Smith in the Norwegian Association for Legal Philosophy: On 25 November 2014 at 1700h professor Tara Smith of the University of Texas will make a presentation about the Rule of Law; why it is important, why it is threatened, and why it cannot be value-neutral. Tarjei Bekkedal will comment. Both members and non-members are welcome. Read more here


Summer Meeting 2014:
Our traditional Summer Meeting was held on 4 June 2014. Keynote speaker was Kaarlo Tuori, who will make a presentation under the title "Ratio et Voluntas - The Tension between Reason and Will in Law". Read more here

Christmas Meeting 2013:
The Norwegian Association for Legal Philosophy's traditional Christmas Meeting was held on Wednesday 11 December. Lars Vinx of Bilkent University (Turkey) made a presentation defending Kelsen's legal monism against criticisms raised against it by pluralists such as in particular Hart and Raz. Svein Eng commented. Read more here

Summer Meeting 2013:
The Norwegian Association for Legal Philosophy's traditional Summer Meeting 2013 was held on Wednesday 19 June. Eivind Kolflaath offered a presentation about the significance of philosophy to theories about the legal assessment of evidence. Markus Jerkø commented. Read more here

Christmas Meeting 2012:
Our Christmas Meeting 2012 was held on Wednesday 5 December. Erik Boe offered a presentation based on his new book about recent debates surrounding the Norwegian doctrine of sources of law, Rettskildelære under debatt (2012). In this connection prof. Boe was discussing how to establish the existence and content of norms governing the interpretation of law. Thomas Frøberg commented. Read more here (Norwegian only).

27 and 28 August 2012: The Norwegian Association for Legal Philosophy co-hosted the workshop "Kantian Theory and International Human Rights Courts" (27 August 2012) and the graduate conference "Kant and International Human Rights" (28 August 2012) together with the MultiRights project, the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature and the Norwegian Kant Society. Main questions were whether Kantian philosophy can justify human rights, and whether it can justify the practice of international human rights courts. Svein Eng, Katrin Flikschuh, Peter Niesen, Thomas Pogge and Howard Williams contributed at the events. Please find the full programme for both events here.

Summer Meeting 2012: The Norwegian Association for Legal Philosophy's traditional Summer Meeting was held on 1 June. Kjetil Skjerve held a presentation about legal-theoretical problems connected to interpretation of statutory law. Alf Petter Høgberg commented. Read more here

Christmas Meeting 2011:
The Norwegian Association for Legal Philosophy's Christmas Meeting was held on 1 December. Andreas Aure offered a presentation about the conditions for just war following the legal thinking of Hugo Grotius. Janne Haaland Matlary commented. Read more here

Summer Meeting 2011:
The Norwegian Association for Legal Philosophy's Summer Meeting was held on 16 June. Andreas Føllesdal held a presentation about different ways of justifying human rights philosophically; about how that choice of justification has bearings on the perceived content of human rights; and about the relation between philosophically justified human rights and (positive) international human rights conventions. Henrik Syse commented. Read more here  

Christmas Meeting 2010:
The Norwegian Association for Legal Philosophy's Christmas Meeting was held on 3 December. Joel Samuelsson from the University of Uppsala held a presentation about interpretation of law (and in particular of contracts) centered around the expression "Interpretation is an art which cannot be captured in mechanical rules". Professor Alf Petter Høgberg commented.

On 1 September 2010
the Norwegian Association for Legal Philosophy co-arranged the Oslo conference European Law Post Lisbon, with almost 100 participants and guest lecturers from four countries. The conference had a legal-theoretical perspective on what is new in EU law since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. See full Programme here and abstracts of the conference presentations here.

Summer Meeting 2010:
At our Summer Meeting 7 June 2010, prof. Helge Høibraaten held a presentation about Carl Schmitt, state of emergency, terror and guerilla warfare (title: "Carl Schmitt om unntakstilstand, terror og geriljakrig"). Research fellow Erlend M. Leonhardsen commented before plenary discussion.

Extraordinary Meeting 10 March 2010:
On 10 March 2010 Dr. Jens Petter Berg held a presentation about the ideals of value transparency and argument transparency in legal research (title: "Verdi- og argumenttransparens som forskningsideal i rettsvitenskapen"). Read more here (Norwegian only)

Christmas Meeting 2009: At our Christmas Meeting 9 December 2009, Dr. Christoffer C. Eriksen held a presentation entitled “Habermasian legitimacy theory – outdated in a time of conflicts between National and International Law?”. The presentation was given against the background of Eriksen’s PhD thesis The European Constitution, Welfare States and Democracy (University of Oslo, 2008). Professor Erik Oddvar Eriksen (ARENA) commented, before discussion in plenary.

Summer Meeting 2009: At our Summer Meeting 25 June 2009, Dr. Tarjei Bekkedal held a presentation entitled “Freedom and Equality in the European polity – a Legal-Philosophical Perspective”. The presentation was given against the background of Bekkedal’s book about Freedom, Equality and Community in the European Union (Frihet, likhet og fellesskap, Bergen 2008), which is based on Bekkedal's PhD thesis. Jørgen A. Stubberud commented before discussion in plenary.

Christmas Meeting 2008: On 9 December 2008, professor Svein Eng made a presentation of his outlook on the philosophy of law (”Mitt syn på rettsfilosofi”). Dr. Jens Petter Berg commented.

Christmas Meeting 2007: On 5 December 2007, professor Hans Petter Graver held a presentation about rhetorics and law, posing the question what room there is for emotions in legal decision-making (”Fra rettsretorikken – Juss og følelser: Hva er det legitime rom for følelser i rettslige beslutninger?”). Dr. Knut Bergo commented.

Summer Meeting 2007: On 7 June 2007, Anita Leirfall made a presentation about practical cognition and justification in Kant, with particular regard to legal reasoning (title: ”Praktisk erkjennelse og begrunnelse – et filosofisk eksempel med relevans for juridisk argumentasjon”).