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Reviving Bentham’s Theory of Evidence. An Anglo-French Symposium


Reviving Bentham’s Theory of Evidence. An Anglo-French Symposium



On 12–13 April 2018, the Bentham Project are hosting an event entitled 'Reviving Bentham’s Theory of Evidence | An Anglo-French Symposium' at Bentham House, Faculty of Laws, University College London.

The event is funded by University College London and by the French Embassy, and its aim is to bring together students and academics from the UK and France, and indeed from farther afield, in order to discuss Jeremy Bentham's extensive writings on judicial evidence and procedure.

A keynote speech by Emeritus Quain Professor of Jurisprudence William Twining will be delivered from 6 pm on 12 April at the Denys Holland Lecture Theatre. His plenary lecture will be chaired by Professor Philip Schofield (Professor of the History of Legal and Political Thought, Director of the Bentham Project, and General Editor of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham).

If you would like solely to register for Professor Twining's plenary lecture, please click here .

The main symposium will be composed of five sessions over two days in the Moot Court at Bentham House, with each session consisting of papers from scholars from legal, philosophical, or historical backgrounds.

As well as a plenary lecture by Professor Twining, the symposium will feature papers from Professor Paul Roberts (Professor of Criminal Jurisprudence, University of Nottingham), by Professor Guillaume Tusseau (Professor of Public Law, Sciences Po, Paris), and by several other academics and doctoral students from the UK, France, and the United States.




Thursday 12 April 2018


1:30 pm : Welcome


2 pm–3:30 pm : Session I

Thinking about Thinking about Evidence
Paul Roberts, University of Nottingham

Philosophical challenges from Bentham's Theory of Evidence
Malik Bozzo-Rey, Université Catholique de Lille/UCL



4 pm–5:30 pm : Session II

Of the Limits of the Constitutional Branch of Evidence : Towards a Benthamian Rationale of Constitutional Evidence ?
Guillaume Tusseau & Nefeli Lefkopoulou, Sciences Po, Paris

Jeremy Bentham and the Politics of Prose Style
Jan-Melissa Schramm, University of Cambridge

6 pm : Keynote speech
by Professor William Twining


Friday 13 April 2018


9:30 am–11:00 am : Session III

Jeremy Bentham and the Equity Dispatch Courts : the Proving Grounds of his Theory of Judicial Evidence and Procedure
Chris Riley, UCL

Evidence and Procedure in Bentham's Legal System
Yann-Arzel Durelle-Marc, Université Paris XIII



11:30 am–1:00 pm : Session IV

The Evidence of Things Not Seen : Jeremy Bentham on the Edifice and Artifice of the Established Church
Peter Lythe, UCL



1 pm : Lunch


2 pm–3:45 pm : Session V

Evidence Lost in a "False Geography" : How Variable Management Enabled Bentham to Avoid Transplanting "English Mischiefs upon French Ground" in his Draught of a Code
Peter J. Aschenbrenner (Pudue University, Indiana

4 pm : Close

Professor Twining's plenary lecture, and the symposium of which it is a part, are both public and free to attend.



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