The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is pleased to announce that the annual WG Hart Workshop will be held on 29th-30th June 2023, in person at Charles Clore House in London.

This year’s topic is Theorists in Company Law. The Workshop aims to rediscover forgotten and neglected authors of company law theory; to encourage thinking about the biographical element of an author’s work and the placement of their work in its social, economic and historical context; and to cement an account of the distinctiveness of Company Law in the United Kingdom. 

The Workshop will feature three distinguished invited plenary speakers: Professor David Cabrelli (University of Edinburgh); Professor Janette Rutherford (The Open University); and Professor Charlotte Villiers (University of Bristol).

The 2023 Workshop organisers are Victoria Barnes (Brunel Law School); Marc Moore (Faculty of Laws, UCL) and Sally Wheeler (Australian National University School of Law).  The call for papers is now open with a deadline for proposals of 14th February 2023. Further details on the call for papers can be found at: https://ials.sas.ac.uk/research/hart/wg-hart-workshop-2023.

The organisers welcome papers that incorporate the voices of, inter alia, lawyers, judges, regulators, investors (individual and corporate), academics, educationalists, politicians, economists, employees and trade unions. It is hoped that papers will draw on a broad range of sources such as diaries, letters, committee records, relevant quantitative data, academic and scholarly texts including drafts and marginalia. The workshop will be interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in focus. Work anchored in legal studies or a complimentary arts or social science discipline is welcome.

The WG Hart Legal Workshop is a major annual legal research event organised and hosted by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Over the years this eponymous workshop series, subsidised by funds from the W. G. Hart Bequest, has focused on a wide range of comparative and international legal issues and topical interests. Further information on WG Hart can be found at: https://ials.sas.ac.uk/research/hart