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Recent News

The OLPP is proud to announce that Mohamad Al-Hakim (a true product of the OLPP – doctoral candidate in philosophy at York University, Nathanson Graduate Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School, and former MA student in philosophy at McMaster University) was recently appointed as an Assistant Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University (effective Fall 2012). Mohamad’s work focuses on the relationship between political liberalism and minority rights (notably, Islamic minorities) as well as criminal law theory. Many congratulations from all at the OLPP!

Al-Hakim’s recent publications include:

‘Hate Crimes, Punishment and the Fundamental Principles of Justice’ (New Criminal Law Review, Forthcoming 2012)

‘Liberalism, Value Pluralism, and the Need for Cultural Recognition’ in Mbonimpa and Copeman (eds.) Freedom of Expression: Culture and Religion (University of Sudbury Press, 2011), pp. 125-137 =

‘Locating the Limits to Negotiation: Islam, Human Rights, and Citizenship’ Transnational Legal Theory 1(4), pp. 619-28 (2010)

‘Making Room for Hate Crime Legislation in Liberal Societies’ Criminal Law and Philosophy, 4(3), pp. 341-58 (2010)

Professor Christopher Kutz (Berkeley) will be at Osgoode Hall Law School on Thursday. 16 February, to deliver the 2012 ‘Or ‘Emet Lecture on “Democratic Holy Wars” (Moot Court, Room 1006, 230-4pm).

A seminar discussion of the lecture will take place on Friday, 17 February in Room 4034 (230-430pm), with OLPP members Louis-Philippe Hodgson and François Tanguay-Renaud providing responses.

The popular PEA Soup blog recently announced the next installment of its collaboration with Ethics, where the blog hosts a discussion of one article from each issue of the journal, and the journal makes a copy of that article freely accessible (for a limited time) to participants.

The current issue (Volume 122, issue 1) features a symposium on Jeff McMahan’s Killing in War, and focuses on two articles – namely, OLPP’s François Tanguay-Renaud (Osgoode) and John Gardner (Oxford)’s “Desert and Avoidability in Self-Defense” and McMahan’s reply. Ethics has generously agreed to provide open access to both articles, which are now available here. Victor Tadros (Warwick) will provide a précis of the article to kick off the discussion. Professor Tadros’ précis will appear, and discussion of the article will begin, Wednesday, January 4, 2012.

In November and December, Osgoode and its Nathanson Centre will host talks by Neil Walker (Edinburgh, Nov. 4), Timothy Endicott (Oxford, Nov. 15), and François Tanguay-Renaud (Osgoode, Nov. 25).

McMaster will host Barbara Levenbook (NC State, Nov. 3 & 4), Kevin Toh (Texas, Nov. 10 & 11), and Christopher Wellman (GW, Dec. 2).

Please consult the OLPP Events page for exact times and locations.

OLPP makes it into the big leagues

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

In a recent blog post on JD/Phd programs in the US and abroad and their relative quality, Brian Leiter emphasizes that:

“In Canada, the best choice for the JD/PhD is Toronto, though the law school at Osgoode/York probably has the stronger jurisprudential group, but its philosophy department is not as strong […] Osgoode and McMaster Philosophy also have close relations, and the cluster of faculty there is clearly the best in legal philosophy proper in Canada.”

For the full story, see: http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2011/09/jdphd-programs.html