Based at Yale Law School, the Center was founded in 2005 as a joint venture with the Yale Philosophy Department. It aims to encourage advanced work, including research degrees, at the interface of philosophy and law. Members of both faculties are affiliated with the Center, as are a number of regular and occasional visitors.

The Center's program includes regular workshops and conferences, attracting leading philosophers of law from around the world. A selection of conference papers is freely available on this website. The Center also helps to coordinate courses across the Law School and the Philosophy Department.

Academic Activities

Legal Theory Workshop

Law and Philosophy Speaker Series

Philosophy Department Talks

Who’s who at the Yale Center for Law and Philosophy


Sam Shpall 2014-15 & 2015-16

Facundo Alonso 2011-12 & 2012-13

Gabe Mendlow 2009-2010


Studying Law and Philosophy at Yale

Research Degrees

Members of the center may be available to supervise Ph.D.'s or J.S.D.'s in the philosophy of law. For more details consult:

Courses Offered

Fall 2013
Criminal Law and Administration, G. Yaffe
Justice, B. Ackerman
Theory of International Law, S. Shapiro

Spring 2014
Constitution: Philosophy, History, and Law, B. Ackerman
Drugs and the Criminal Law, G. Yaffe
Habermas and Rawls on Justice and Politics, S. Benhabib and T. Pogge
History of Political Philosophy from Groitus to Kant, S. Darwall, S. Shapiro and G. Yaffe
Introduction to the Philosophy of Law, S. Shapiro
Kant's Philosophy of Judgment, P. Kahn and A. Kronman


Scott Shapiro
Professor of Law and Philosophy

Leora Dahan-Katz
Yale Center for Law and Philosophy Fellow
JSD Candidate

Lise Cavallaro
(International +1 203-432-1344)

By mail:
Yale Center for Law and Philosophy
c/o Yale Law School
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215

By courier:
Yale Center for Law and Philosophy
c/o Yale Law School
127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511