2017 Washington University Law Review Symposium

Exploring Jurisprudence

October 20, 2017 at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis

The Washington University School of Law and the Washington University Law Review are excited to present the 2017 symposium, “Exploring Jurisprudence.” This symposium revolves around Professor Brian Z. Tamanaha’s new book, A Realistic Theory of Law (Cambridge 2017). The book articulates a theory of law as a social institution that evolves over time in connection with surrounding social, cultural, economic, political, technological, and ecological circumstances. Professor Tamanaha revives a largely forgotten theoretical perspective that runs from Montesquieu through historical and sociological jurisprudence, and the legal realists, to the present, addressing issues like what law is, how law has changed in the modern age, and how to account for the plurality of coexisting legal forms that marks many societies today. This symposium will bring together some of the nation’s preeminent professors, legal scholars, and other academics to reflect on legal theory, including the ways in which it has evolved, and where it is headed. This symposium will be memorialized in Volume 95, Issue 5 of the Washington University Law Review.