Liberty & Natural Law


Liberty & Natural Law


This is a one-day Colloquium aimed at graduate students and researchers in Law, Philosophy and Theology, considering the principle of liberty from the perspective of natural law theory.

The colloquium will bring together jurisprudents from the University of Oxford and European academic institutions.

The papers will be published in the academic journal Revue de Philosophie du Droit (n° 2/2024).

The colloquium is hosted by the Centre for Theology, Law and Culture at Pusey House, and co-sponsored by the Oxford Faculty of Law and the Canterbury Institute.



8:45 - 9:00 arrive on site. Coffee served.

9:00 - 9:15 welcome and opening remarks
Dr Pierre-Hugues Barré (Sciences Po, Editor-in-Chief of the Revue de philosophie du droit).


Session 1

9:15 - 9:40, Self-government and constitution-making
Mr Clemente Recabarren (St John's College)

9:40 - 10:05, Free will and legal determinism
Prof Sébastien Neuville (Toulouse Capitole)

10:05 - 11:00, Group discussion.

11:00 - 11:30. Coffee Break in the St Cross SCR


Session 2

11:30 - 11:55, Is jus naturale the same thing as lex naturalis? Revisiting the conflicting views of Finnis and Barden/Murphy on Villey's distinction
Prof Henri Torrione (Fribourg University)

11:55 - 12:20, 'Natural liberty' as natural law: the early modern re-purposing of 'free will' and 'nature'
Dr Jonathan Price (Pusey House & St Cross College)

12:20 - 1:00, Group Discussion, chaired by Professor Philippe Stoffel-Munck (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne).

1:00 - 2:00. Lunch in the front Quad of St Cross College (weather permitting)


Session 3

2:00 - 2:25, The Chosen and the Voluntary: a defence of traditional accounts of moral and legal responsibility.
Dr Nathaniel Helms (Oriel college)

2:25 - 2:50, What would a political theory of natural law look like?
Dr Dominic Burbidge (Regent's Park College)

3:00 - 3:30, The liberty to dispose of one's body: an interpretation of the freedom of trade and industry at the end of 18th century
Dr Arnaud de Solminihac (Institut d'histoire du droit Jean Gaudemet - Paris II Panthéon-Assas)

3:30 - 3:50, Group Discussion.

4:00-4:30, Tea Break.

4:30, Closing remarks
Dr Conor Casey (University of Surrey).

6:00 - 6:30 Drinks reception in the front Quad.

Colloque organisé par la Revue de Philosophie du droit

Pusey House - Ursell Room
St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LZ, Royaume-Uni