Stephen Riley

Stephen Riley photographLecturer
Email: stephen.riley@le.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)116 229 7313

Personal details

BA (Hons) (Lancaster), LLM (Nottingham), PhD (Lancaster)

I joined Leicester Law School in 2017 having previously been a postdoctoral researcher in philosophy at Utrecht University.

Research

My research is in practical philosophy, in particular human dignity, justice, and the natural law tradition.

I am presently working on competing conceptions of the foundation of the natural law tradition – human dignity, human nature, and the human condition – as a means to analyse the tradition’s relationship with contemporary justice problems and its relationship with the future.

I am also writing on the idea of ‘dynamic justice problems’ where the indeterminacy of the future has positive moral value.  This has connections with how we understand and maintain human plurality, and it has implications for designing international institutions consistent with intergenerational equity.

I have published a monograph on human dignity and law, and I co-authored the entry on human dignity in the Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy.

Current Teaching

I currently teach on Jurisprudence, Law and Political Theory, and Law, Justice and Society.

Publications

Books

Articles and Chapters

  • ‘Human Dignity as a Sui Generis Principle’ [forthcoming] Ratio Juris.
  • ‘Why is Law Necessary for Human Dignity?’ [forthcoming] Jurisprudence.
  • ‘Human Rights: Desiderata of a Theory of Change’ in Maciej Chmieliński, Michał Rupniewski (eds) The Philosophy of Legal Change (Routledge 2019).
  • ‘The Philosophy of International Law’ in Deplano and Tsagouria (eds) Research Methods in International Law: A Handbook (Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming).
  • ‘Architectures of Intergenerational Justice: Human Dignity, International Law, and Duties to Future Generations’ [2016] 14(2) Journal of Human Rights 272.
  • ‘Human Dignity and the Rule of Law’ [2015] 11(2) Utrecht Law Review 91.
  • ‘International Human Rights and Duties to Future Generations: The Role of An International Constitution’ in Bos and Düwell (eds) Human Rights and Sustainability: Moral Responsibilities for the Future (Routledge 2016).
  • (With Li Chenyang) ‘The Concept of Politics’, in China and the West: Dialogues on Human Dignity, (ed. Duwell), Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).
  • ‘The Coherence of Human Rights’ Foundations’ 4 The Age of Human Rights (2015) 138-157.
  • ‘The Function of Dignity’ 5(2) Amsterdam Law Forum (2013) 90-106.
  • ‘The Public-Private Divide: Which Side is Criminal Justice On?’ in Values in Criminology, Polity Press (2013).
  • ‘Hegel and the Normative Foundations of Criminal Justice’ 6(1) In-Spire Journal of Law, Politics and Societies (2011) 1-15.
  • ‘Human Dignity: Comparative and Conceptual Debates’ 6(2) International Journal of Law in Context (2010) 117-138.
  • ‘Dignity as the Absence of the Bestial: A Genealogy’ 14(2) Journal for Cultural Research (2010) 143-159.
  • ‘Observing the Breach: Dignity and the Limits of Political Theology’ 19(2) Law and Critique (2008) 115-138.
  • ‘Not Being Victims Ever Again: Victimhood and Ideology’, in The Warrior’s Dishonour: Brutality and Morality in Modern Warfare, (ed. Kassimeris), Bodmin: Ashgate Publishing, 2006.
  • ‘Harm and Transgression in International Criminal Justice’, in Minding Evil: Explorations of Human Iniquity, (ed. Sönser-Breen), The Hague: Rodopi Press, 2005.
  • ‘Human Rights: Desiderata of a Theory of Change’, in The Philosophy of Legal Change: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Processes (ed. Rupniewski), Routledge 2019.
  • (With Li Chenyang) ‘The Concept of Politics’, in China and the West: Dialogues on Human Dignity, (ed. Duwell), Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2018).
  • ‘Architectures of Intergenerational Justice: Human Dignity, International Law, and Duties to Future Generations’ 15(2) Journal of Human Rights (2016) 272-290.
  • ‘International Human Rights and Duties to Future Generations: The Role of an International Constitution’, in Human Rights and Sustainability: Moral Responsibilities for the Future, (ed. Duwell and Bos), Routledge (2016).
  • ‘Human Dignity and the Rule of Law’ 11(2) Utrecht Law Review (2015) 91-105.
  • ‘The Coherence of Human Rights’ Foundations’ 4 The Age of Human Rights (2015) 138-157.
  • ‘The Function of Dignity’ 5(2) Amsterdam Law Forum (2013) 90-106.
  • ‘The Public-Private Divide: Which Side is Criminal Justice On?’, in Values in Criminology, Polity Press (2013).
  • ‘Hegel and the Normative Foundations of Criminal Justice’ 6(1) In-Spire Journal of Law, Politics and Societies (2011) 1-15.
  • ‘Human Dignity: Comparative and Conceptual Debates’ 6(2) International Journal of Law in Context (2010) 117-138.
  • ‘Dignity as the Absence of the Bestial: A Genealogy’ 14(2) Journal for Cultural Research (2010) 143-159.
  • ‘Observing the Breach: Dignity and the Limits of Political Theology’ 19(2) Law and Critique (2008) 115-138.
  • ‘Not Being Victims Ever Again: Victimhood and Ideology’, in The Warrior’s Dishonour: Brutality and Morality in Modern Warfare, (ed. Kassimeris), Bodmin: Ashgate Publishing, 2006.
  • ‘Harm and Transgression in International Criminal Justice’, in Minding Evil: Explorations of Human Iniquity, (ed. Sönser-Breen), The Hague: Rodopi Press, 2005.

On-line Publications

  • ‘Expanding the Scope of International Criminal Law’ (January 2018): Online access.
  • ‘Private Security: Twin Indignities’ in Critical Legal Thinking (December 2017): Online access.
  • Human Dignity’ (with Gerhard Bos) in the Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy.
  • ‘Genocide and Truth’ in De Filosoof (January 2017): Online access.
  • ‘Case Commentary: Bouyid v Belgium’ in ECHR Blog (November 2015): Online access.


News

Book publication – Human Dignity and Law: Legal and Philosophical Investigations

Book publication – Human Dignity and Law: Legal and Philosophical Investigations

Posted by ab98 at May 17, 2018 11:45 AM |

Dr Stephen Riley’s publication is one of the first book-length treatments of the relationship between human dignity and law, analysing the fundamental relationships between human status, obligations, and the rule of law.

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