Lawctopus Law School Book Club is discussing the book ‘Legality’ with Professor Scott Shapiro, Author and Professor of Law and Philosophy at Yale Law School. Legality is an accessible and jargon-free book that discusses the fundamental questions about legal theory and how it affects our interpretation and reading of the law.
Join us for a freewheeling discussion as we touch upon the book and why legal philosophy matters. Register here.
About the Book ‘Legality’
What is law? You might say it is what courts and legislature make. But courts and legislature are also products of law. Thus, the question is a little more complicated than what you think in the first instance.
In Legality, Scott Shapiro argues that the question of ‘What is Law?‘ is not only meaningful but vitally important. In fact, some of the most pressing puzzles that lawyers confront―including who has legal authority over us and how we should interpret constitutions, statutes, and cases―will remain elusive until this grand philosophical question is resolved. In this book, he attempts to answer those questions, and takes us through what has been written on this topic.
Scott Shapiro is the Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at Yale Law School. His areas of interest include jurisprudence, international law, constitutional law, criminal law and cybersecurity.
He is the author of Legality (2011), The Internationalists (2017) (with Oona Hathaway) and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law (2002) (with Jules Coleman). He is also an editor of Legal Theory and the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Prof. Shapiro also started a podcast last year, so that people could read jurisprudence along with him. You can find it here.
About Lawctopus Law School Book Club
The book club is part of Lawctopus Law School. Here we read books related to “law” and discuss them. At the end of the book, we have a guest to discuss the book with. Till now we have had guests like Rohit De, Philippe Sands, Sunetra Choudhury, TG Shenoy and Saurabh Kirpal to discuss their works. You can check out the talks on our youtube channel here.
Currently we have more than 500+ members who read one book each month and discuss it. You can read more about us here.
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Umang graduated from NUJS in 2019. After that, he worked at L&L Partners before taking up the role of an Editorial Head at Lawctopus. You can find him on Twitter @UmangPod, and read some of his other writings at twodsinapodd.wordpress.com.
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