Conferences, Workshops and other Events

The GLT Doctoral Workshop

In the last ten years we have run an annual doctoral workshop in Legal theory which combines presentations by invited speakers and by PhD students. In the last few years the event has been integrated in the 'Globalisation and Legal theory' doctoral programme, co-organised with Tilburg University. Invited speakers and doctoral candidates deliver papers on work in progress and engage in discussion with the speakers, and fellow students from a number of participating universities (University of Glasgow, Tilburg University, University of Louvain, University of Antwerp, University of Helsinki, etc).


At the 2016 event which took place in the spring, the lectures were given by David Garland (NYU), Vincent Chiao (University of Toronto) and Fiona MacMillan (Birkbeck, University of London).


At the spring 2015 event, the invited speakers were Katrin Flikschuh (LSE), José Luis Martí (Pompeu Fabra University) and Jarna Petman (University of Helsinki).


The spring 2014 workshop was held in Tilburg, where speakers included Gunther Teubner (Goethe University Frankfurt), Panu Minkinnen (University of Helsinki) and Neil Walker (University of Edinburgh).


Glasgow-Antwerp doctoral workshop, ‘International Justice’ (hosted by University of Glasgow)


Subsidiarity and its Discontents

The fourth Antwerp-Glasgow Doctoral Colloquium, 'Subsidiarity and its Discontents, was held at the University of Antwerp on 16-17 June 2011.

Subsidiarity is a widely applicable concept. It has been referred to in various ways for several fields of law and it assumes different functions in each area of law. For example, the principle is increasingly referred to by current human rights scholarship, as a tool to address some of the current problems prevailing in this field. And whereas most scholars agree that the principle should apply in human rights law, there is still much difference as to the exact scope and field of application of this principle. Interestingly, it is invoked both by the sceptics, as well as by the reformists of the human rights system.

The majority of writings on the topic of subsidiarity take a functional approach, which focuses on the procedural and institutional implications of the principle. Functional approaches stress that the focus should be on the private level, as opposed to the governmental, or debate which entity can exercise its respective powers most effectively. Sometimes, functionalists may also invoke the principle’s character and nature as an ordering principle for civil societies. On the other hand, often enough the prerequisites of subsidiarity are also normative in nature. A normative approach may argue that that either form of the principle may foster the general order, democratic participation or social cohesion as well as contribute and convey certain key values to the international society, such as
democracy or the effective realization of human rights. This positive and legitimizing role of subsidiarity has implications on the understanding of authority in law, or is the causality inverted?

Subsidiarity and its Discontents Programme


The Antwerp-Glasgow doctoral workshop, ‘Unruly Peoples and the Legal Public’, held on 3-4 June 2010 at the University of Glasgow.

Abstracts were invited from doctoral students working in any area related to "Unruly Peoples and the Legal Public", including fields such as constitutional law, human rights law, medical law, environmental law, corporate law, international law, criminal law and delict, as well as those researching politics, philosophy, jurisprudence and socio-legal theory.

Unruly Peoples and the Legal Public Programme.


4 October 2013 - Social Rights and Markets: Education

22 November 2013 - Social Rights and Markets: Work and Working Relationships

Full details can be found on at the Social Rights and Markets Workshops page


The Antwerp-Glasgow Doctoral Colloquium was initiated in 2008 at Glasgow's School of Law. Held annually, the colloquium rotated between Glasgow and the University of Antwerp between 2008 and 2012, as the predecessor to the PhD Programme in Globalisation and Legal Theory and the GLT Colloquium in Legal Theory.

The first Antwerp-Glasgow Doctoral Workshop was entitled The Common Good in Law and was held on 7-8 May 2009. Full programme for The Common Good in Law workshop

Philosophy and Law Workshop

This workshop brings together researchers and students interested in discussing important contributions to both practical philosophy and philosophy of law.

The main topics of discussion are:

  • The philosophical analysis of core legal notions (e.g., legal validity, legal obligation and legal authority);
  • The metaphysical explanation of law and legal practice (e.g., the determination of legal content by means of grounding, supervenience or causation relations);
  • The intersection between law and morality (e.g., consent, convention and normativity).

The workshop meetings feature joint discussions of selected readings or talks by invited speakers. All sessions are pre-read.

Please see the Philosophy and Law Workshop Series website for further information on their events.


Glasgow Legal Theory hosts regularly a variety of large conferences and other more focused events addressing, usually in an interdisciplinary key, complex questions on the foundations of the law, the interplay of law with politics and the interaction between different institutional normative orders. These events bring together cutting edge scholarship that aims to push the boundaries of international research, usually leading to landmark publications in world-leading publishers.

Labour law - 25 November 2016 Labour law - 25 November 2016

Images from the Labour Law and Labour Markets: New Methodologies Symposium that took place on 25 November 2016.


Labour Law and Labour Markets: New Methodologies Symposium

Time and date: Friday 25 November, 9am-5pm
Location: Turnbull Room, University of Glasgow

Participants included:

Diamond Ashiagbor (SOAS), Simon Deakin (University of Cambridge), Ruth Dukes (University of Glasgow) Judy Fudge (University of Kent), Jenny Julén Votinius (Lund University), Robert Knegt (University of Amsterdam), Shelley Marshall (Monash University), Claire Mumme (University of Windsor)


Law and the Political Economy Workshop, with John Haskell, Antonio Andreonai and Akbar Rasulov 

Book launch

Making the Modern Criminal Law  ~ Lindsay Farmer,  University of Glasgow


'Hannah Arendt and the Law'

Antwerp, 14-15 June 2010

Workshop organised by:
Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values (Antwerp), Glasgow Law School and Institute for Society and Social Justice Research (Caledonian School of Law and Social Sciences)

Workshop programme


Autumn 2008 - Constitutionalizing Employment Relations Lecture Series with Gunther Teubner, Harry Arthurs, Alain Supiot

September 2008 - The Critical Legal Conference

May 2009 - The Public in Law Colloquium

Other Events

Discussion of C. Thornhill, A Sociology of Transnational Constitutions, CUP, 2016

6 February 2017 - Christopher Thornhill (University of Manchester), Emilios Christodoulidis (University of Glasgow), Neil Walker (University of Edinburgh)