Professor John Bell (Cambridge) will give the keynote lecture at the Queen Mary Workshop

The workshop is organized by ESL’s research programme ‘Rethinking the Rule of Law’ in collaboration with The Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC) at Queen Mary University, London.

Legal decision-makers and judges frame their judgments in terms of the legal order they work with. Usually, this means that their decisions are argued for on the basis of the existing legal norms. However, these decisions do not only look back, they also have consequences for the future. In this workshop we will consider the forward-looking aspects of legal decision-making: in what ways do legal decision-makers, and judges in particular, refer to and consider future consequences in their reasoning? More particularly, the focus of the workshop is on tracing the relationship between different types of consequences that play a role in legal reasoning and how consequential reasoning relates to the rule of law.

The workshop will take place on 25 November.