William E. Conklin

William E. Conklin – Brief Bio

Recently elected to the Royal Society of Canada, Bill teaches at the University of Windsor. Bill Conklin received his PhD in Social and Political Thought from York University Canada and graduate degrees in Law from Columbia University and in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

Bill’s most recent books are Statelessness: the enigma of an international community (Oxford: Hart, 2014; PB 2015 with new Preface & Foreword by William Twining); Le savoir oublié de l’expérience des lois (trans. Basil Kingstone, Laval University Press, 2011; distributed by Gallimard) and the well-received Hegel’s Laws: the legitimacy of a modern legal order (2008) with Stanford University Press.

Bill was Editor in Chief of 6 volumes (including the first volume) of the Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice. He has also authored seven books, co-edited 2 anthologies, and authored a substantial number of refereed articles in Jurisprudence, the Humanities, International Law theory, Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law & Constitutional Theory. He was awarded the “Special Recognition Award, 2006” and the “Senior University Scholar, 2007” by the University of Windsor.

Bill’s most recent articles are:

-“Derrida’s Kafka: the Imagined Boundary of Legal Knowledge (Law, Culture and the Humanities (2016) 1-17.

-“Which takes Precedence: Collective Rights or Culture?” in Cultural Rights: an anthology, ed by Almed Momeni-Rad, Arian Petoft & Alireza Sayadmansom (Tehran Iran: Iranian Cultural Services Society, 2015), 115-152.   

-“The Legal Culture of European Civilization: Hegel and the Indigenous Americans” in Europe in its own Eyes, Europe in the Eyes of the Other, ed by David B MacDonald and Mary-Michelle De Coste (Waterloo: University of Waterloo Press, 2014), 55-79;

- “’The Preface”, Hegel’s Legal Philosophy, and the Critics of His Time” in Jonathan Lavery et al, Ideas under Fire (Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013), 161-90;

- “Derrida’s Territorial Knowledge of Justice” in Ruth Buchanan et al, Reading Modern Law (London: Routledge, 2012), 102-29;

- “The Peremptory Norms of the International Community” in European J Int’l L 23 (2012), 837-61;

- “The Peremptory Norms of the International Community: A Rejoinder to Alexander Orakhelashvilli” in European J Int’l L. European J Int’l L 23 (2012), 869-72;

- “The Exclusionary Character of the Early Modern International Community” in Nordic J Int’l L 81 (2012) 133-173;

- “The Ghosts of Cemetery Road: two forgotten indigenous women and the crisis of analytical jurisprudence” in Australian Feminist L Journal (2011): 3-21;

- “The Myth of Primordialism in Cicero’s Theory of Jus Gentium” in the Leiden Journal of International Law (2010): 479-506;

- “Statelessness and Bernhard Waldenfels’ Phenomenology of the Alien” in British J Phenomenology 38 (2007): 280-96;

- “A Phenomenological Theory of the Human Rights of the Alien” in Ethical Perspectives 13 (2006): 245-301.

Bill has recently delivered the following Papers:

- “Concepts without Meaning: the phenomenology of Ronald Dworkin’s justice for hedgehogs” at the ‘The Legacy of Ronald Dworkin” Conference, McMaster University, May 30th to June 1st, 2014.

-“Space and Time before the Castle of Legal Consciousness”  at the British Branch of the International Legal Philosophy Association (IVR), London UK, 25 October 2014; 

- “Before the Legal Structure and Statelessness”, at the Humanities and Social Sciences Division, The Royal Society of Canada, Quebec City, 20 November 2014;

- “The Legal Space and Legal Time” of Derrida’s ‘Before the Law’” at the “Law, Culture and the Humanities” Conference, Washington DC, 6 March 2015.

Bill has been a Visiting Professor at the University of London (Birkbeck College) and has taught at the Universities of Ottawa, Toronto, York, Carleton and Ryerson. He has been a Visiting Fellow/Scholar at the Ethics Centre, University of Toronto, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (Cambridge University), Clare Hall College (Cambridge), the Northrop Frye Centre for the Humanities (Victoria College, University of Toronto), Massey College (Toronto), Stanford University, and the University of California (Berkeley). Bill is a Life Member of Clare Hall College, Cambridge University.

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