Law and Theory

This research cluster considers all aspects of theory underlying law, the legal system and justice.

Law and theory word cloud

This cluster is a broad church. We are academics interested in, and carrying out extensive research into, the nature, purpose or framework of law and its role in regulating human behaviour. We are interested in analysing, investigating and critiquing the law widely conceived. Often the work is critical of law’s role in our lives, in our societies, locally, nationally and globally. Our research areas include, but are not limited to: race, religion, gender, sexuality, criminal justice, language and narratives, identity, migration, citizenship and multiculturalism; liberal political theory, including theories of freedom, equality, rights. The objective of the cluster is to provide a supportive atmosphere in which to present our research findings, explore ideas for further research, develop funding applications and work together.

Research

Stefano BerteaStefano Bertea’s research interests lie in the fields of legal, moral and political philosophy. His work argues that law should not be conceptualised as a one-way projection of the will of those in power, but rather as a collaborative enterprise and thus a project shared (and shaped) by a multitude of legal officials and citizens alike. Stefano, who is also interested in the debates concerning the notion of autonomy as well as idea and justification of principled disobedience, has recently published a monograph in which he defends a revised Kantian account of legal obligation (A Theory of Legal Obligation, Cambridge University Press, 2019).
Dr Stefano Bertea staff profile

Stephen Riley photographStephen Riley has written extensively on the concept of human dignity and its relationship with law and legal institutions.
His present research focusses on law and future generations. It is concerned with how the future functions within general jurisprudence, how human rights law should accommodate the rights of future generations, and how legal institutions should adapt to a ‘broken’ future.
Dr Stephen Riley staff profile

PhD/MPhil research topics in legal and political theory

News and Events

Animals and the Common Law, 11 November 2020

Animals and the Common Law, 11 November 2020

Posted by ab98 at Nov 04, 2020 01:00 PM |

Dr Joe Wills, Leicester Law School

Read More…

Reading and Reimagining Equality, 20 November 2020

Reading and Reimagining Equality, 20 November 2020

Posted by ab98 at Oct 30, 2020 03:35 PM |

Reading and Reimagining Inequality is the first seminar of International Law Outside the Box, the 2020/2021 CELI Peace Talks, the Annual Series of Leicester Law School's Centre for European Law and Internationalisation.

Read More…

'Classical Natural Law and Modern Ethics', 5 February 2020

'Classical Natural Law and Modern Ethics', 5 February 2020

Posted by ab98 at Jan 22, 2020 03:15 PM |

Professor Sean Coyle (University of Birmingham)

Read More…

Rethinking Just War, 29 January 2020

Rethinking Just War, 29 January 2020

Posted by ab98 at Jan 14, 2020 11:55 AM |

Prof Thom Brooks (University of Durham)

Read More…

Taking Guilt Seriously, 30 october 2019

Taking Guilt Seriously, 30 october 2019

Posted by ab98 at Oct 15, 2019 11:45 AM |

Professor Alan Norrie (University of Warwick)

Read More…

Seminar: Crimes Against Animality: International Animal Rights Law for the 21st Century, 17 October 2018

Seminar: Crimes Against Animality: International Animal Rights Law for the 21st Century, 17 October 2018

Posted by ab98 at Oct 01, 2018 03:30 PM |

Dr Joe Wills (Leicester Law School) will ask if animals have fundamental rights? Should they be legally recognized and enforced? The seminar discusses a proposal advocating the international protection of non-human animal’s rights.

Read More…

‘Torture, Human Dignity and Othering’, 3 May 2017

‘Torture, Human Dignity and Othering’, 3 May 2017

Posted by ab98 at Mar 14, 2017 02:05 PM |

Dr Natasa Mavronicola (University of Birmingham)

Read More…

Professor Jill Marshall explores issues of privacy and secrecy in pregnancy and childbirth

Professor Jill Marshall explores issues of privacy and secrecy in pregnancy and childbirth

Posted by ab98 at Mar 10, 2017 12:29 PM |

Paper entitled “Love, Humanity and Care in the Legal Regulation of Secret Births and Baby Boxes” was presented in a two hour seminar with interactive questions and discussion from the audience at the at the National University of Ireland’s Legal and Political Theory workshop series

Read More…

‘Property, Persons and Implanted Devices: Some Challenges for the Law?’, 15 February 2017

‘Property, Persons and Implanted Devices: Some Challenges for the Law?’, 15 February 2017

Posted by ab98 at Nov 11, 2016 02:55 PM |

Dr Muireann Quigley (University of Newcastle)

Read More…

Professor Jill Marshall to present at Spectacular Law Conference in December 2016

Professor Jill Marshall to present at Spectacular Law Conference in December 2016

Posted by ab98 at Nov 11, 2016 02:54 PM |

Spectacular Law, Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia Conference 2016

Read More…

‘Political Theology’ Naturalized: Realist Political Theory, Schmitt and Political Constitutionalism, 9 November 2016

Posted by ab98 at Oct 18, 2016 12:13 PM |

Guest speaker Dr Tsarapatsanis from the University of Sheffield

Read More…

Blog: The Migration/Refugee Crisis in the EU and Global Human Rights Developments: a Rationalist Compliance Theories' Perspective

Posted by ab98 at May 04, 2016 04:20 PM |

Discussion of the EUs international human rights obligations in the context of the 2015-2016 migration/refugee crisis.

Read More…

Blog: Concientious Objections from Healthcare Professionals

Posted by ab98 at Dec 22, 2015 12:00 AM |

Highlights of Dr Mary Neal’s recent paper given to the research cluster in November.

Read More…

Professor Jill Marshall at the University of Ghent conference on human rights, 9–11 December 2015

Posted by ab98 at Dec 02, 2015 01:40 PM |

Jill Marshall is presenting “Human Rights and the Legal Regulation of Dress in the Twenty First Century” at the University of Ghent, Belgium Conference The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration 9-11 December 2015

Problematising the incompatibility thesis: an integrity-based defence of conscience in healthcare, 18 November 2015

Dr Mary Neal (University of Strathclyde) external visiting speaker to Leicester Law School.

Read More…

Dr Lisa Rodgers at the IVR Legal Theory Conference

Posted by ab98 at Oct 12, 2015 01:40 PM |

Lisa will be speaking at the IVR conference on Employment and the Public/Private divide at the forthcoming IVR Legal Theory UK Annual Conference at Queen’s University Belfast, 23-24 October 2015

Professor Jill Marshall at the IVR Legal Theory Conference, 23–24 October 2015

Professor Jill Marshall at the IVR Legal Theory Conference, 23–24 October 2015

Posted by ab98 at Oct 12, 2015 01:40 PM |

Jill Marshall will be participating as a panel chair on Gender and as a roundtable discussant on "The Public and the Private” at the forthcoming IVR Legal Theory UK Annual Conference at Queen’s University Belfast, 23-24 October 2015

Share this page:

Contact

Leicester Law School

tel +44 (0)116 252 2363  
fax +44 (0)116 252 5023
law@le.ac.uk

University of Leicester,
University Road,
Leicester,
LE1 7RH, UK

Key Contacts

Follow us on Twitter @LawLeicester

Student complaints procedure

Accessibility

AccessAble logo

The University of Leicester is committed to equal access to our facilities. DisabledGo has a detailed accessibility guide for the Fielding Johnson Building.