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Workshop “The Law in Quest of Its Promise”


On the 26th of October 2018 Tallinn University awarded a Honorary Doctoral degree to one of the leading contemporary philosophers of law, Professor Robert Alexy. Related to the ceremony SOGOLAS convened an international academic workshop “The Law in Quest of Its Promise. Discussing Professor Robert Alexy’s Legal Theory” on the 29th of October to discuss Alexy’s concept of law and fundamental rights.

The “weight” of Robert Alexy’s intellectual prestige and the worldwide influence of his theory of legal argumentation as well as his “weight-formula” led him to be quoted in many Constitutional Court rulings and to be considered as of one of the leading contemporary philosophers of law.

Alexy has influenced not only the theoretical debate but also affected the way in which today courts from different country and legal systems address legal cases and solve hard cases.

The purpose of the workshop is to discuss Alexy’s concept of law and fundamental rights, moving from his last developments and their impinging on the dual nature of law and the non-positivist standpoint, calling for a discussion among prominent legal scholars and legal philosophers, who would confront Alexy’s account of law from different perspectives.

29th October 2018

Tallinn University (Narva Road 29), room A222