Author Archives: Bertram Lomfeld

Harvard set course for PLT

On Friday, October 21, 2011 the Harvard Law Review will hold a symposium conference at Harvard Law School in which scholars will present drafts of papers on “The New Private Law.” Other scholars will respond to and comment on the ideas of “The New Private Law” from a variety of methodological perspectives. Presenters include Henry Smith (Harvard Law School) on property law, Stephen Smith (McGill University Faculty of Law) on remedies, Shyam Balganesh (University of Pennsylvania Law School) on copyright and Benjamin Zipursky (Fordham University School of Law) on tort law. The full program is available here.


At the XXV. IVR World Congress of Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy there will be a PLT workshop at August 18, 2011 on “Inter-Legalities. Adapting Private Law to A Technological Age”. The IVR congress is running from August 15-20 at the Goethe-University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany under the main theme “Law, Science, Technology”. The dynamic field of technological regulation reveals in a paradigmatic way the different political implications of private law. The PLT special workshop aims to clarify what unifies, distinguishes, and relates different theoretical approaches to private law with an open eye to the rapid technological evolution.

Outlining PLT

After the Cologne meeting Dan Wielsch and Bertram Keller drafted an preliminary outline on what could be understood under PLT. It could also be found in the section “What is PLT?”(PDF)

We hope that this outline will initiate a controversial debate about the object and the ends of private law theory and the PLT network. Of course we will review the program under “What is PLT?” from time to time corresponding to the evolving discussion.

What could PLT mean?

Between 7th and 8th of May a meeting of global scholars at Cologne University will consider the question what private law theory (PLT) could mean and if a PLT network will be a sound instrument to foster this endeavor.