William E. Conklin, Professor of Law


Key Contributions

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1. Established international reputation in international law with leading publisher of cutting-edge legal scholarship: Statelessness: the enigma of an international community (Oxford: Hart, 2014), 344 pages.

2. Established reputation as legal/social theorist in Quebec and rest of French-speaking academe: Le savoir oublié de l’expérience des lois (trans Basil Kingstone, Laval University Press, 2011; distributed worldwide by Gallimard, Paris), 321 pages.

3. Awarded the first Harold Innis book award as the “Best Book” in the Social Sciences in English in Canada: Images of a Constitution (Toronto: U of T Press, 1989), 365 pages.

4. Established international recognition as a philosopher: Hegel’s Laws: the Legitimacy of a Modern Legal Order (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008), 381 pages.

5. Outlined a phenomenology of law and legal reasoning: “Human Rights and the Forgotten Acts of Meaning in the Social Conventions of Conceptual Jurisprudence” in Metodo: International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy 2 (2014) 1-30; The Phenomenology of Modern Legal Discourse (Aldershot UK/ Brookfield, USA/ Singapore/ Sydney, Australia: Dartmouth; Applied Legal Philosophy Series, 1998), 285 pages.

6. Undermined the foundation of the dominant Anglo-American legal tradition: The Invisible Origins of Legal Positivism: a re-reading of a tradition (Dordrecht: Kluwer/Springer; Philosophy and Law Series, 2001), 350 pages.

7. Established reputation in international law community in Europe: “The Peremptory Norms of the International Community” in European Journal of International Law, 23 (2012): 837-61.

8. Established reputation in European legal profession as an “erudite” scholar (per anonymous referee) of Cicero’s theory of international law: “The Myth of Primordialism in Cicero’s Sense of Jus Gentium” in Leiden Journal of International Law 23 (2010): 479-506.

9. Established how human rights law excludes the experiential life of the foreigner: “A Phenomenological Theory of the Human Rights of the Alien” in Ethical Perspectives13 (2006): 245-301.

10. Established reputation amongst feminist legal scholars with essay in cutting-edge feminist law journal: “The Ghosts of Cemetery Road: two forgotten indigenous women and the crisis of analytical jurisprudence” in Australian J. of Feminism and Law 35 (2011): 3-21.

11. Challenged the frame of reference of a leading French legal philosopher: “Derrida’s Territorial Knowledge of Justice”. In Reading Modern Law: Critical Methodologies and Sovereign Formations. Ed. by Ruth Buchanan, Stewart Motha & Sundhya Pahja (London: Routledge, 2012) 102-29.

12. Established how phenomenology can be used to re-read a leading 20th century legal theorist: “Lon Fuller’s Phenomenology of Language” in 19 (2006) International J for Semiotics of Law 93-125.

13. Extended a legal phenomenological perspective to a re-reading of a Greek classic: "Hegel, the Author and Authority in Sophocles' Antigone" in Leslie G. Rubin, ed., Justice vs. Law in Greek Political Thought (New York/Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield, 1997): 129-51.

14. Extended a legal phenomenological perspective to a reading of a legal and literary classic: “Husserl, the Differend and Kafka's The Trial” in Analecta Husserliana 49 (1996): 115-25.

15. Chief Editor of the founding volume and 5 other volumes (2, 23-26) of the cross-disciplinary, refereed journal now in its 31st volume: Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice.