SOFY Spring Seminar (June 3-4, 2019)

SOFY (Finnish Society for Legal Philosophy) is organizing a spring seminar on June 3–4 at the House of Science and Letters (Tieteiden talo, Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki). The programme is now finalized and can be found below. Many of the presentations will also be given at the World Congress of Legal Philosophy (IVR), to be held in Lucerne, Switzerland in July. Hence, the event has informally been titled “IVR Preparty” (IVR-etkot).

The seminar is open to all. It will mostly be in English, with two presentations in Finnish.

If you wish to attend, please sign up here by May 30 (mainly for catering purposes):

There’s no need to sign up again if you already did so during the call for papers.


The meals (lunch & dinner) are not offered by SOFY. Coffee will likely be served during the breaks.

Monday, June 3 (room 401)

Lunch at Tieteiden talo: 12–1pm

Session 1, 1:00–2:40 pm

Tuukka Brunila Legal sovereignty and the First World War, re-examining Carl Schmitt’s war-time articles
Vesa Heikkinen Politics as change or preservation

Break: 2:40–3:00

Session 2, 3:00–5.30

Visa Kurki Are Legal Positivism and the Interest Theory of Rights Compatible?
Niemi, Matti Ilmari Law as an Expression of Adopted Justice
Santtu Raitasuo Lakisidonnaisuuden periaate vero-oikeudessa: teoria ja käytäntö

Dinner, (7-ish)

Tuesday, June 4 (room 313)

Session 3, 10:00–11:40

Tero Kivinen Eläinoikeuden retoriikka
Maija Aalto-Heinilä The supposed immorality of textualism

11:40 – 12:30 Lunch

12:30 – 2:10 Session 4:

Tomi Hämäläinen Aristotle on the Philosopher as an Arbitrator
Juho Joensuu Aristotle and the Origins of Responsibility


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