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Legal symposium celebrates Professor Steven Winter's work

February 21, 2013

A symposium celebrating Steven Winter’s contributions to international legal and political theory was recently featured in the Netherland Journal of Legal Philosophy, the leading Dutch journal of legal philosophy. Winter is the Walter S. Gibbs Professor of Constitutional Law at Wayne State University Law School, and Wayne Law’s first faculty member to hold an endowed chair.

Winter’s paper, “Down Freedom’s Main Line,” examines the meaning of freedom and democracy in a post-Cold War, post-9/11 globalizing world. The paper was the subject of the 2012 Spring Meeting of the Dutch Association of Legal Philosophy held in Amsterdam in June. The professor’s paper, along with four commentaries and a reply, are available at http://www.elevenjournals.com/tijdschrift/rechtsfilosofieentheorie/2012/3. Winter’s paper is adapted from his current book project, titled “Consumerism and Democracy.”

Every year, the association and journal collaborate on a special issue “dedicated to an outstanding international scholar who has made significant contributions to legal and political theory,” said Professor Bart van Klink, chairman of the association. Winter’s work, van Klink said, “has attracted considerable attention in the Netherlands and Flanders.” Previous honorees include Glenn Patrick, Bonnie Honig, Philip Petit, Neil Walker and Gunther Teubner.

 Winter is the author of “A Clearing in the Forest: Law, Life & Mind,” and numerous articles and book chapters on constitutional law and legal theory. He is a regular participant in the Conference on Philosophy and Social Sciences held annually at the Czech Academy of Science’s Villa Lana in Prague, and has served as a consultant for the Helsinki Watch Committee and the Central Intelligence Agency.

A graduate of Yeshiva University and Columbia Law School, Winter served as an assistant counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. from 1978-86. In that position, he worked on more than a dozen U.S. Supreme Court cases. He held faculty positions at the University of Miami School of Law and Brooklyn Law School before joining the Wayne Law faculty in 2002.