The project is planned to
be carried out during 2008-2010. The seminars will be organized
between 2009 and 2010. More informations about the seminars
can be found here.
Place: Tampere Hall and Hotel Urku (Kangasala)
Time: Wed 9 - Fri 11 September 2009
Invitation based Opening Seminar on the Tampere Club's Argumenta Seminar Series.
Key note Speakers: Russell Hardin, Raimo Väyrynen, Ernesto Garzón Valdés, Jose Luis Martí, Abdou Filali-Ansary, Ruth Zimmerling, Aulis Aarnio, Annette Schmitt, Geoffrey Brennan.
Law, Democracy and Legal Argumentation
Time: 8. - 10.2.2010
Place: Tampere Hall
Key note Speaker: Professor Robert Alexy (Kiel)
Commentators: Professor Aulis Aarnio (The Tampere Club)
Professor Raimo Siltala (Turku)
Seminar will be held at Tampere Hall on February 8th and 9th on Robert Alexy´s legal
thinking. Robert Alexy will give two plenary session lectures, one on the role of legal
principles in modern legal thinking (or: to be specified later) and the other on a
comparison on the legal thinking of the young and the mature Robert Alexy.
A set of working papers will be presented by a group of post-graduate students and
post-doctoral scholars who have been reading and discussing Alexy´s main works on legal
philosophy during the academic year 2008/2009 and the autumn of 2009. In the 2-day
Seminar at the Tampere Hall, Robert Alexy will then comment upon the papers, to be
followed by a general discussion.
The seminar will make use of the working methods adopted in the academic year 2005/2006,
when the legal philosophical works of the late Neil MacCormick were being read and
discussed by the same group of Finnish scholars as called by professor Raimo Siltala, and
in 2006/2007 and 2007/2008, when a similar reading circle and seminar was held on Ronald
Dworkin´s legal philosophy by the said group of scholars. Neil MacCormick and Ronald
Dworkin then attended the respective final seminar in Finland in 2006 and 2008.
The Seminar on Robert Alexy´s legal thinking will focus on his notion of legal principles
in the context of human and basic rights, his notion of legal argumentation as a special
case of practical reasoning, the criteria of legal correctness placed on the legislator
and the judge, and the Mauerschutzen cases of the former GDR.