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Philosophy of Law

Call for Applications

Theme: Philosophy of Law
Type: PLUSS 2020: Philosophy of Law Undergraduate Summer School
Institution: Sage School of Philosophy, Cornell University
Location: Ithaca, NY (USA)
Date: 21.–27.6.2020
Deadline: 22.12.2019

We are excited to announce Cornell University's Philosophy of Law
Undergraduate Summer School. PLUSS 2020 invites members of
historically marginalized groups to participate in a week-long summer
reading school, which will be divided into two sections:

- Discussion: Informed and sophisticated discussion concerning a
number of historic American and Canadian legal decisions (and/or
dissenting opinions) and their continued impact.

- Workshop: The opportunity for participants to improve their writing
samples through dynamic group discussion and close reading of one
another’s work.


During the first half of the week, participants will discuss topics
such as the devaluation of Black bodies in the law, legal regulation
of Arab bodies post- 9/11, undocumented migration and border
detention centres, the (un)equal standing of women and gender
minorities in the law, and the effective erasure of disabled bodies
in public and academic spheres. Provided readings will include a
relevant historical decision coupled with related philosophical
article(s), and such discussions will be enriched by leading scholars
invited to join our students for an afternoon to discuss both their
academic work as well as their personal experience as a member of a
historically marginalized group working in legal philosophy. 


The second section of the summer school will be dedicated to
preparing participants for graduate studies in the philosophy of law.
Two months prior to PLUSS 2020 (May 1st, 2020), participants will be
asked to submit a philosophical paper of approximately 15-20 pages on
any topic in the moral, socio-political, or legal philosophy to be
workshopped. Each participant will, in turn, receive one paper for
which they will be the designated commentator. The first two days of
the workshop will be dedicated entirely to writing samples,
presenting commentaries and discussing possible improvements to each
writing sample. Following this, the third day will be dedicated to
academic statements, clarifying general expectations and providing
time for participants to begin drafting such statements.

Invited Speaker

Anita Allen
Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of
Pennsylvania Law School
The first African American woman to hold both a Ph.D. in Philosophy
and J.D., Dr. Allen is an internationally recognized expert on
privacy law and ethics.

The Summer School is open to advanced undergraduate students and
Master's students.

Applications open September 1st, 2019 and close on December 22nd,

Visit our website for further information and application instructions:

Questions should be directed to: