Juris North 2021 Kelsen’s roundtables (final schedule)

Juris North 2021 Kelsen’s Roundtables

Born in 1881, Kelsen remains the most influential legal philosopher with global reach. The roundtables will discuss and assess his work and centre in particular on his 1960’s Pure Theory of Law.

Lead by:

Dr Jorge E. Núñez, PhD Manchester Law School.

Gonzalo Villa-Rosas, LLM Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel.

Dr Jorge Luis Fabra-Zamora, PhD University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

Thematic areas:

  1. Kelsen’s conception of law
  2. Kelsen’s political and moral philosophy
  3. Kelsen’s methodological presuppositions
  4. Kelsen on international and non-state law

Juris North invites you to attend to the 2021 Kelsen’s Roundtables:

Roundtable 1. Friday 30th April 2021, at 3pm BST.


“Kelsen and the Problem of Democratisation of Administration.” Dr Thomas Olechowski, Head of the Commission for Austrian Legal History of the Austrian Academic of Sciences (www.rechtsgeschichte.at) and Director of the Hans Kelsen Institute (www.kelseninstitut.at).


  • “Juridical world order in Kelsen’s philosophy of international law.” Dr Tomasz Widłak, D.Sc. Associate Professor, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Gdańsk.
  • “Kelsen and the monistic legal order: an overlooked challenge?” Dr Philip Edwards. Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • “The Unity of the Legal Content: An Authority-Based Argument for Monism.”Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Jorge Luis Fabra-Zamora, University of Toronto Faculty of Law.
  • “Resolve Norm Conflicts and Uphold International Law: Kelsen’s Legacy in Contemporary Challenges.” Jingshu Wang, Ph.D. candidate of Human Rights Law at China University of Political Science and Law.

Roundtable 2. Friday 28th May 2021, at 3pm BST.


“Fictionalism in Hans Kelsen’s General Theory of Norms.” Dr Monika Zalewska, Assistant Professor, Department of Theory and Philosophy of Law, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Łódź, Poland.


  • “Kelsen’s Basic Norm and Hart’s Secondary Rules through the prism of two Russian Revolutions.” Dr Anna Taitslin, University of Canberra.
  • “Kelsen in the Grenada Court”: Simeon McIntosh’s Contribution to the Understanding of Kelsen’s Revolutionary Legality.” Dr Asya Ostroukh, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Cave Hill Campus, University of the West Indies, Barbados.
  • “Expanding Kelsen’s Concept of Singular Rules and Production of Rules by Rules” Self-Applied Rules and Nomo-Dynamic Networks.” Carlo Garbarino, Università Bocconi,Hauser Global Visiting Faculty, NYU Law School.

Roundtable 3. Friday 25th June 2021, at 3pm BST.


“The Stufenbau Yields Legal Powers. Aspects of Hans Kelsen’s Norm Theory.” Dr Stanley Paulson, Professor, Co-director Kelsen Research Center Kiel, Hermann Kantorowicz Institute (HKI), Faculty of Law, University of Kiel, Germany.


  • “The Wittgensteinian rule-following paradox in Kelsen’s account of legal interpretation.” Cristiano de Aguiar Portela Moita, Lecturer, Centro Universitário Unichristus, Law School.
  • “Hans Kelsen on Necessity, Hierarchy, and Content of Law——Its Compatibility with Alexy’s Model of Principles.” Dr Wei Feng, Lecturer, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing.
  • “Kelsen on Kant’s pure and practical reason contradiction.” Rubin Souza, Postdoc student at Law School of São Paulo (FGV-CNPQ), Brazil.

Note: in light of the current situation, this term all the discussions will be via Zoom. As always, these discussions are OPEN TO ALL.

If you want to join us, please book your ticket using our dedicated Eventbrite link (Juris North 2021 Kelsen’s Roundtables):

Enquiries: Dr Jorge E. Nunez (j.nunez@mmu.ac.uk)

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