Conference proceedings 2020


June 25 and 26, 2020

Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus School of Law


Papers can be submitted according to the following Instructions. The template can be downloaded here.

Deadline: Papers will be accepted until September 15, 2020
Notification of acceptance: January 2021

Only papers that have been presented at the conference can be submitted for review for publication in the conference proceedings

Each paper should be accompanied by a separate file with the following information:

  • name of the author(s)
  • institution
  • university or home address
  • email
  • title of the paper

Double-blind refereed published papers will be within the 3’500-4’000 word range (incl. references and footnotes).

Keynote speakers:

  • Amalia Amaya (National Autonomous University of Mexico, Institute for Philosophical Research)
  • Christian Dahlman (Lund University, Department of Law)
  • Paul van den Hoven (Utrecht University, Utrecht Institute of Linguistics; Xiamen School of Journalism and Communication, Xiamen)

The organizing committee of the conference invites proposals for presentations of original, non-published work on legal argumentation on the central conference theme. Researchers from such fields as argumentation theory, legal philosophy, legal theory, AI and law and other scholars involved in the study of legal argumentation are all encouraged to take part.

The conference themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Consensus and dissensus in argumentation in legislation
  • Consensus and dissensus in argumentation in legal decision making
  • Dissenting and concurring opinions in legal decisions
  • The role of argumentation in empirical disagreements and disagreements about the law
  • Fallacies and dissensus
  • Legal argumentation in the context of theoretical disagreement, Legal Positivism, and Dworkins position
  • The role of legal argumentation in alternative dispute resolution and the search for reasoned consensus
  • The role of legal argumentation in dissensus and plurality decisions
  • The role of legal argumentation in the search for common ground: the third layer of the Rule of Law
  • Formal reconstructions of legal argumentation in procedures of dispute resolution (in logic, AI and Law)
  • Legal argumentation and procedural justice

Anyone who wishes to present a paper can submit an abstract in English to the organizing committee. Information about the submission of abstracts for regular papers and thematic panels can be found on the conference website.

Organizing committee

  • Eveline Feteris (University of Amsterdam,  Department of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory and Rhetoric)
  • Harm Kloosterhuis (Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam)
  • José Plug (University of Amsterdam,  Department of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory and Rhetoric)
  • Carel Smith, (Leiden University, Faculty of Law)

Further information on the conference ‘Legal argumentation: reasoned dissensus and common ground’ will be available at