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Caroline Stromberg, lecturer in jurisprudence and philosophy at Luleå University of Technology. Photo: Melina Granberg View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Philisophy of law conference

Published: 13 May 2016

A philosophy of law conference, where PhD students from Swedish universities speak, is for the first time organized at Luleå University of Technology.
– The idea is to make room for young researchers, says Caroline Strömberg, lecturer in jurisprudence and philosophy, who is organizing the conference.

Behind the annual conference stands the Swedish section of the International Association for Legal and Social Philosophy (IVR). The conference is the only one of its kind in Sweden. Therefore, it becomes an important place for the exchange of knowledge between teachers and scientists, legal scholars and philosophers. The 30 participants come from Lund in the south of Sweden to Luleå in the north and over 50 percent of these are PhD students.

– The Conference is a place for researchers to meet, to exchange ideas, new perspectives and create important networks. In addition, the PhD students who speak get a unique opportunity to get ahead in their research because they can get relevant feedback.

The program includes topics about everything from the Swedish wolf issue to how future floods should be addressed in the law. But what is philosophy of law? Caroline Strömberg who teaches both law and philosophy explains:

– It's about to ask and try to answer philosophical questions about the law. For example, what criteria must be met for something to become law? Do we need the law? How do we define and interpret it? What is the relationship between law and morality, and are we allowed to break the law?