Call for Papers


Institute for Legal Research

Coordinating Office of Postgraduate Studies in Law

Law School

 Postgraduate Division of the School for Higher Studies at Acatlán

 Postgraduate Division of the School for Higher Studies at Aragón

  Society of Emerging Paradigms in Law and Legal Philosophy

and the

International Institute Law and Complexity


Announce the:

 5th International UNAM Conference on Legal Philosophy:

Legal Constructivism, Complexity, Cognition and Law

Panels: Contemporary Legal Theory

Logic and Legal Argumentation

 Applied Legal Epistemology

 Transnational and Global Law

Mind, Society and Law

 Law and Complexity

November 22, 23, 24 and 25


Aimed at researchers, professors and students of law and philosophy

Coordinator: Dr. Enrique Cáceres Nieto

Venue: The UNAM Institute for Legal Research




For 4 consecutive years, various postgraduate law divisions at the National Autonomous University of Mexico: the Institute for Legal Research, the Coordinating Office of Postgraduate Studies in Law, the Schools for Higher Studies at Acatlán and Aragón, as well as the Institute of the Federal Judiciary, have joined together to further development of legal philosophy in the following areas: Contemporary Legal Theory, Theory of Legal Argumentation, Legal Logic and Legal Epistemology.

The first four conferences boasted the participation of internationally recognized legal philosophers whose discussions with national legal philosophers and numerous participants have positioned these conferences as a benchmark for legal philosophy in Latin America. The conferences have also served as strong motivation for young researchers, as well as a forum to share and develop new modes of thought in the field.

After four years of academic exchanges, a responsive and committed international community has been forged in the interest of promoting philosophy and legal theory that explores issues that go beyond the current trends. As a result, the Society for Emerging Paradigms in Law and Legal Philosophy was founded in 2015 in Mexico City.

To celebrate the first five years of many more to come, the university institutions organizing the seminar and the Society for Emerging Paradigms in Law and Legal Philosophy have decided to combine their respective ideas to make a joint call for the 5th International UNAM Seminar of Legal Philosophy.

With this in mind, professors, researchers, postgraduate students and law students are invited to submit their contributions on the “traditional” topics of the seminars. However, contributors are also encouraged to present papers that explore new paradigms in law through correlations between legal philosophy and other areas of philosophy (political philosophy, ethics, action theory) or science (neuroscience, complexity). Works on that expound legal philosophy in a practical context (legal reasoning, theoretical analysis of various areas of law –civil, criminal, constitutional, probative, and so on– will also be admitted, preferably focusing the following issues:

Contemporary Legal Theory: Is it justifiable to speak of ‘legal philosophy’ or should there be ‘legal philosophies’? What is the epistemic justification of analytical legal philosophy in light of naturalized legal philosophy? What does ‘naturalized legal philosophy’ mean? Does it make sense to anticipate the arrival of an experimental legal philosophy? What can we conclude from the debate between methodological monism and methodological pluralism in legal philosophy? How does globalization affect the conceptualization of law? How is the conceptual analysis of legal philosophy characterized and justified? What is the relationship between the conceptual analysis and theories on its definition? What role do relevant explicatory contingent properties play in conceptual analysis methodology? How should we rethink the relationship between law and human values? What is the relationship between law and regulations in other human spheres, such as ethics and morals?

Logic and Legal Argumentation: What is the latest in diagramming arguments? What are the main challenges? What progress and challenges have been made in the formalization of informal argumentation? What are the latest software developments for diagramming arguments? What are the most up-to-date theories on weighting principles? What are the implications of applying the logic and argumentation theory of artificial intelligence to law?

Applied Legal Epistemology: What is the epistemic competence of laws and how can it be measured? To what extent can evidence be considered reliable based on recent developments in the field of neuroscience? How can epistemic regulation be modeled? How can the evidentiary standard  be assessed and how is it different from the standard of proof? How can scientific proof be assessed by judges who are not scientists? Should there be a system to monitor epistemic performance in law? How can epistemic reasoning processes be diagrammed? What role does artificial intelligence applied to law have in modelling epistemic regulation?


Transnational and Global Law: What impact does the process of globalization have on the concept of law? Is it possible to speak of a globally recognized rule? What conceptual tools could be suitably used to describe this phenomenon? Under what criteria are “internal” decisions legitimate when taken under pressure from global conditions? Does the concept of State democracy need to be redefined in order to create mechanisms to oversee global power? What are the limits of globalized self-organization? What is the relationship between State law and the regulatory plurality of globalization? What impact do global processes have on the theory of sources? Is it necessary to create globally-accepted interpretation theories?

Mind, Society and Law: Is it true that we are rational agents and that our brain makes our decisions? If so, what happens to the concept of free will? How can responsibility be established? Is it possible to apply the mental model theory to law? What impact does research in heuristics have on our way of understanding legal-rational authority? What role does the theory of indexical self-reference play in legal operators? Is it possible to understand the effectiveness of law in terms of the thinking processes Kahneman and Tversky describe as System 1 and System 2? What is the role of society and legal institutions in the formation of our embodied cognition? What can contemporary studies on emotional intelligence tell us about law?


Law and Complexity: Is it possible to adapt the conceptual apparatus of complex systems theory to law? How instructive can this adaptation be? What role is assigned to legal agents and institutions if we consider society a complex adaptive system? Is it possible to model the dynamics of law? What possibilities are there to implement the agent-based model in the social dynamics arising from law? Is it possible to create computer simulators that help understand the impact of turbulences introduced into social systems? Can computer simulation help predict the impact of laws or legislative reforms on social dynamics? Is it possible to develop a theory of self-organizing theories that apply to law? Are phenomena like corruption and institutional malpractice emerging properties over which the agents exert no conscious control? Can complex systems theory help us rethink conceptual structures, theories and institutions stemming from deterministic theories and approach these structures from a new perspective? To what degree can research in sociophysics be applied to law?


 Participants have the option of presenting a paper or simply attending the event.

Important Dates:

  1. Abstract Submission Deadline: August 15th. The deadline is extended to August 22nd. 
  2. Notification of Acceptance: August 30 th
  3. Full Paper Submission Deadline: October 2nd
  4. Final Program Schedule: November 1st
  5. Registration: August 1st to September 30th

Official Information and Registration Form:

 General Guidelines for:

 Presentation based on Abstract:

  1. An extended abstract between 700 and 1500 words, that includes the title of the presentation, the main argument, and key premises, should be submitted before the deadline. All submitted abstracts will undergo a blind review.


  1. Papers written by postgraduate students will be considered for the 1st Emerging Paradigms in Law Award. The winning student will be invited to give his or her paper at the conference and have it published in a special section of the “Problema” journal of the UNAM Institute for Legal Research.
  1. The list of accepted submissions, as well as the title of the winning paper of the Emerging Paradigms in Law and Legal Philosophy award will be published on the seminar webpage on the above-mentioned date. The participant will also receive a letter of acceptance via email.


Full Paper Submission:

  1. Full papers must be between 15 and 20 pages in length and adhere to the IIJ referencing style:

and to the following format:

  1. Full papers should be sent by email to:
  1. The Review Committee will evaluate the full papers based on criteria of academic excellence, interest, innovation, sophistication, coherence and general correlation with similar topics.

Presentations during the Event:

Presentations will be organized into roundtable and special forums with similarly themed topics. Each speaker will give a 15 to 20 minute talk to present the main argument of his or her work to be later followed by a discussion.

Attendee Registration:

Space is limited, so attendees are urged to register online before the September 30th deadline.






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