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AMINTAPHIL is the American Section of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy. We are an interdisciplinary membership organization, whose purpose is to promote scholarly work in philosophy of law and political and social philosophy.

Our primary activity is holding a scholarly discussion meeting every two years, each on a specific topic. Recent topics include Democracy in the Twenty First Century, Economic Justice, Just War Theory, Human Rights, Justice and the Global Economy, Groups, Justice and Democracy, Radical Critiques of Law, and Liberalism vs. Communitarianism.

All attending our meetings make written contributions: either principal papers or commentaries on the principal papers. Authors distribute their contributions to participants in advance of the meeting.

The meetings are devoted entirely to discussion of the papers. Except for a “Presidential Address” at an evening banquet, there are no formal presentations.

AMINTAPHIL membership is open to any person interested in philosophy of law, political philosophy, political theory, or social philosophy. The most common disciplines of the members are law, philosophy, and political science. Membership requires approval by the Executive Director and payment of dues of $30 per year.

AMINTAPHIL is associated with the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (Internationale Vereinigung für Rechts— und Sozialphilosophie), also known as the IVR. The IVR has sections in fourty countries and holds a World Congress every two years.The Most Recent IVR Conference was held in Frankfurt, Germany in 2011 on the theme of Law, Science and Technology. Our annual dues include membership in IVR.

The next AMINTAPHIL conference will be held at Chapman University, Orange, CA from Oct. 9 – 11,  2014. The topic is Immigration and Citizenship..

The next World Congress of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR) will be held from July 21 – 27 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The topic is “Human Rights, Rule of Law, and the Contemporary Social Changes in Complex Societies.” More information can be found at http://www.ivr2013.org/hotsite/english/.

The AMINTAPHIL volume from the 2010 Conference, "Economic Justice", has been published. The editors are Helen Stacy, Stanford Law School, and Win-Chiat Lee, Wake Forst College The volume is published by Springer Science and Business Media as part of a series entitled AMINTAPHIL: The Philosophical Foundations of Law and Justice. For further information, click here click here or see the Publications page.