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Max Weber Programme

michael sevel American

Email: msevel@gmail.com EUI Affiliation: Department of Law EUI Mentor: Dennis Patterson Michael earned his Ph.D. and an MA in Philosophy in 2010, and a JD, with honours, in 2008, from the University of Texas at Austin. Michael’s main research interests are in philosophical theories of law and authority, and in maritime law, both of the United States and internationally. Michael has moved on to a post as Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Miami.

Activities during Max Weber Fellowship Publication in Refereed Journal ‘The Constitution of Authority,’ forthcoming in Jurisprudence.

MWP Working Paper ‘Authority and Self-Knowledge’, Max Weber Programme Working Paper (forthcoming).

Conference Presentations • Keynote address, ‘Knowing the Law’, 4th Antwerp-Glasgow Doctoral Colloquium, Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values, University of Antwerp, 2011. • ‘Freedom on the High Seas’, Max Weber Lustrum Conference, European University Institute, 2011. • ‘Authority and the Nature of Obedience’ 1. Conference on Authority, Legitimacy, and Rights, University of Warwick, UK, 2011. 2. Centre for Ethics, University of Tartu, Estonia, 2011. • ‘Knowing the Law’ 1. University of Girona, Spain, Seminar in Legal Theory, 2011. 2. Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, 2011. 3. Legal and Political Theory Working Group, Department of Law, European University Institute, 2011. 4. Social Norms Reading Group, Max Weber Programme, European University Institute, 2011.

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• Comment on Claire Finkelstein, ‘Hobbesian Legal Reasoning and the Problem of Wicked Laws,’ 5th Classics Revisited Conference, Max Weber Programme, European University Institute, 2011. • ‘Philosophical Theories of Causality’, Multidisciplinary Research Workshop on Causality, European University Institute, 2011. • ‘Hobbes and Game Theory’, Economics Working Group, Max Weber Programme, European University Institute, 2011.

Other Academic Activities/Achievements • Co-organizer, Hobbes and the Modern State, Classics Revisited Conference, Max Weber Programme, European University Institute, 2011. Secured funding for budget of €7000. • Supervision of LLM thesis: Sara Quiriconi, Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Perspectives on a New Approach to Law, European University Institute, 2010‒11.

Max Weber Programme Annual Report - Academic Year 2010-2011  
Max Weber Programme Annual Report - Academic Year 2010-2011  

Reports on the 2010-2011 teaching and research activities of the largest postdoctoral programme for young academics in the social sciences,...