The British Wittgenstein Society in collaboration with the University of Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy


24-25 July, 2020


University of Surrey

The conference will explore issues in the philosophy of action and the philosophy of law, as they arise in relation to Wittgenstein’s work or in the work of philosophers writing within the Wittgensteinian tradition, e.g. Anscombe, Hart, White, Raz, Kenny. While the conference will place particular emphasis on questions bringing law and action together (e.g. responsibility in criminal and private law, intention in law, omission and action in law, etc.), it will also cover these topics about law and action in their own right. We encourage all methodologies, including historical analysis and comparative intellectual history.

The aim of the Conference is to create a platform for the exchange of Wittgenstein-inspired ideas and creation of synergies on new ways of thinking about law, social practice and action among researchers in the field of philosophy, legal theory, law and political science.


Registration is now open via the following link

Registration Fees

Students (two days, £60; single day £40). It includes lunch and coffee/biscuits during the breaks.

Academics (two days, £70; single day £50). It includes include lunch and coffee/biscuits during the breaks.

Conference dinner:
Date: 24th July, 2020
Venue: Lakeside Restaurant
Cost: £45 per person

We have blocked ensuite rooms at Twyford Court, located at Stag Hill Campus, University of Surrey. The full address is:

Stag Hill Campus, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH

The rate is £48 per night for ensuite single rooms, including breakfast.

Call for Abstracts

If you would like to participate with a paper, please submit an abstract of maximum 500 words to the following email address: before 28th February, 2020.
We also welcome suggestions for symposia on specific topics. If you are interested in organising a symposium, please submit an abstract of maximum 500 words together with the name of the potential participants to the following address: before 15th March, 2020.
Notification of acceptance will be before 30th March, 2020.

Key topics:

Will and volition

Rule-following and law

The role of self-knowledge and social practice

Acts and omissions

Doctrine of double effect

Knowledge in action

Doubts and judgments in law and ethics

The normativity of social practice

Values and social practice

Democracy and social practice

Justice and practice

Responsibility, action and law


Confirmed plenary speakers:

Vincent Descombes (

Bebhinn Donnelly-Lazarov (

Anthony Duff (

John Hyman (

Dennis Patterson (

Michael Thompson (

Katja Vogt (

The format:

The conference will consist of 6/7 plenary lectures (each lasting no more than 45 minutes, followed by comments by a discussant and a Q&A session); 2-3 parallel sessions, and 3 symposia.

The location:

The University of Surrey is located in Guildford, which is a leafy and historical town in the Southwest of London. London can be easily reached by train and the duration of the journey is approximately 35 minutes with trains every ½ hour. Heathrow International Airport and Gatwick Airport are only 21 miles and 25 miles respectively from Guildford.


Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco (University of Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy, UK)

Constantine Sandis (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Daniele Moyal-Sharrock (University of Hertfordshire, UK)


British Wittgenstein Society
University of Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy