Conference Collective Action and the Law


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The conference Collective Action and the Law will be held at the Law Department of the Pompeu Fabra University on September 15 and 16, 2016.

Keynote speakers



The conference covers both topics specific to legal philosophy and broader issues connected to collective intentionality and normativity. The main topics of interest include, but are not restricted to:

Collective intentions and normativity

  • How do norms of “social rationality” contribute to constitute a social group or a society?
  • What is the normative status of these social norms? Do they have moral import?
  • How do individual attitudes – beliefs, desires, and intentions – interplay with collective attitudes?

Collective intentions and judicial decision-making

  • What is the role of collective intentionality in the application of the law? How does it affect the judicial function?
  • How do we account for collegiate judicial decision-making?
  • How should member’s of collegiate courts decide “together”?

The format of the conference is pre-read. Papers will be circulated in advance. Each session will start with a very short presentation by the author (approx. 30 minutes). A commentator will then kick-off discussion, the author will respond to the comments, and then the remainder of the session will be dedicated to Q&A.
Drafts of the accepted papers must be delivered by August 15th.

There are no registration fees. We should note, however, that we cannot cover expenses for the authors of submitted papers or commentaries, so you would need to secure your own funding for travel and lodging. If you are interested in participating (also) as a commentator please let us know.
If you just want to register to attend, or if you want to participate as a commentator only, please let us know by email to either: mariateresa.marques [AT] or chiara.valentini [AT]



Teresa Marques

Chiara Valentini

Where is the conference? Here:



CAND Collective Intentionality and Normative Disagreement, Marie Curie Actions FP7, FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IEF, project number 622114.

Ramón y Cajal Research Fellowship, RYC-2012- 12175.

Law & Philosophy Research Group, AGAUR Grup de Recerca Consolidat de Filosofia del Dret AGAUR. Reference: 2014 SGR 626

Global Constitutionalism: Legal and Philosophical Foundations, research project MINECO, reference: DER2013-48066- C2-1- R

Law Department, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.