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Jeremy Webber - May 6th 1PM ET

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Jeremy Webber is Professor of Law at the University of Victoria. He has written widely in legal theory, constitutional theory, Indigenous/non-Indigenous governance and reconciliation, federalism, cultural diversity, and constitutional law in Canada and in relation to other countries (especially Australia).He is the author of Reimagining Canada: Language, Culture, Community and the Canadian Constitution (1994), The Constitution of Canada: A Contextual Analysis (second edition: 2021), and Las gramáticas de la ley: Derecho, pluralismo y justicia (2017).

Professor Webber was UVic’s Dean of Law from 2013 to 2018. During that time he worked with Professors John Borrows (Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation) and Val Napoleon (Saulteau First Nation) in the successful effort to create UVic’s unprecedented joint degree program in Indigenous Legal Orders and the Canadian Common Law (JD/JID) – the first program in the world that seeks, as even-handedly as possible, to teach students both a non-Indigenous legal order and how to work with, reason within, and build institutions within a sampling of Indigenous legal orders. Prior to becoming Dean, Professor Webber held the Canada Research Chair in Law and Society at UVic from 2002 to 2014. He surrendered the chair to serve as Dean.


Prior to coming to UVic, Professor Webber was Dean of Law at the University of Sydney, Australia (1998-2002) and, before that, Professor of Law at McGill University (1987-1998). He was appointed a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation in 2009 and a Fellow of Royal Society of Canada in 2016.

His current writing continues these themes, now focusing especially on exploring the principal features of a truly democratic, agonistic, constitutionalism. He also seeks to restore to his work a concern with the law of property and especially economic inequality, in particular the latter’s corrosive effects upon democratic constitutional orders. See “Selected Publications” or his full cv on his primary biography


For  background to this talk, you might in particular want to look at the following options:


“Relations of Force and Relations of Justice: The Emergence of Normative Community between Colonists and Aboriginal Peoples”:


“The Grammar of Customary Law” :


 “A Two-Level Justification of Religious Toleration”:

Dima Mohammed - June 3rd 1PM ET


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Dima Mohammed (PhD in Humanities, 2009, Universiteit van Amsterdam) is senior research fellow at the NOVA Institute of Philosophy (IFILNOVA), and assistant professor of communication at The NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities - Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.


Dima's main research expertise is in argumentation theory, at the intersection between philosophy and communication. Her research focuses on public political arguments, their complexities, and the challenges these pose. She is particularly interested in questions related to the strategic shape and the rationality of argumentative exchanges, with a focus on the discursive management of disagreement.


Dima is an active member of several editorial boards, academic associations and initiatives, including the Board of Directors of the Association for Informal Logic and Critical Thinking (AILACT) and the Steering Committee of the European Conference on Argumentation. 

To read her thoughts on legitimate doubt and conspircacy theories, see: The Argumentative Potential of Doubt: From Legitimate Concerns to Conspiracy Theories About COVID-19 Vaccines | SpringerLink

See here for a paper on the difficulty of managing the argumentative potential of one's discursive choices: Mohammed_2019_ISSA2018.pdf (

Find her thoughts on determining the stakes of an argument in order to keep the contribution one's argument makes under control here: Standing Standpoints and Argumentative Associates: What is at Stake in a Public Political Argument? | SpringerLink

More about Dima Mohammed can be found here: Ifilnova