Stefano Bertea

Stefano BerteaAssociate Professor
Telephone: 0116 233 1061

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Laureato in Giurisprudenza ( Modena and Reggio Emilia); Dottore di ricerca (Milan).

Stefano Bertea, who joined the School of Law in 2004, is an associate professor at the School of Law of the University of Leicester. In his academic career he has been a Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellow at the University of Edinburgh and at the Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, a visiting research fellow at the University of Amsterdam and at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow at the University of Kiel, a senior research fellow at the University of Antwerp, and a visiting professor at the University of Catanzaro, at the University of Verona and at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

The output of his research work has been published in the form of monographs, articles in academic journals and contributions to edited collections. He has also given several talks on his research projects in academic institutions around the world.

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Legal theory, political theory and legal reasoning.

He welcomes PhD applications in the following topics: nature of law, legal obligation, and normative dimension of law..


  • Why Practical Reasons are not just One’s Own Private Affair”, Philosophical Inquiry, forthcoming, volume 41 – Winter 2017, word length: 12,200
  • “An Expansionist Model of Legal Reasoning”, in M. De Araujo Kurt and M. Willaschek (eds.), Defeasibility in Law, Berlin, De Gruyter, forthcoming, word length: 12,800
  • “Coherentism and Foundationalism in the Practical Domain”, Jurisprudence, 7, 2016, 365-375
  • “Foreign Precedents in Judicial Argument: A Theoretical Account”, European Journal Legal Studies 7, 2015, 140-179 (co-authored with Claudio Sarra;
  • · “A Foundation for the Conception of Law as Practical Reason”, Law and Philosophy 34, 2015, 55-88
  • · “Law, Shared Activities, and Obligation”, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 27, 2014, 357-381
  • · “Obligation: A Legal-Theoretical Perspective” in T. Gizbert Studnicki (ed.), Problems of Normativity, Rules and Rule-Following, Dordrecht: Springer, 2014, 147-163
  • · “Legal Form and Agency”, Jurisprudence 5, 2014, 96-108
  • · “Constitutivism and Normativity: A Qualified Defence”, Philosophical Explorations 16, 2013, 81-95
  • · “The Master Rule, Normativity, and the Institutional Theory of Law”, J.E Fossum and A. Menendez, Law and Democracy in Neil MacCormick’s Legal and Political Theory, Dordrecht: Springer, 2011, 69-91
  • “Law and Obligation: Outlines of a Kantian Argument”, in S. Bertea and G. Pavlakos (eds.), New Essays on the Normativity of Law, Oxford: Hart, 2011, 199-218
  • The Normative Claim of Law, Oxford: Hart, 2009

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