Law and Theory

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

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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. We circulate legal developments of common interest and support each other in commenting on work in progress. Presentations are also made by invited external speakers.

Members

Current research

Stefano Bertea is currently based at the Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, where, as a part of a project funded by the EU under the Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellowship Scheme, he is undertaking research on the normative dimension of the law. His ambition consists in arriving at an account of legal obligation capable of explaining both the concept of legal obligation (what enables the law to hold us bound to do anything) and the grounds of the obligatory dimension of the law (why legal requirements should be taken to provide us with obligation).

Mark Hsaio’s research interests in this area are concerned with: the application of systems theory in explaining the relationship between the OTC derivatives’ markets and law; the role of morality or ethics in the context of Corporate Manslaughter Act and in financial law.

Lisa Rodgers current research project is looking at the relationship between labour law and the state of exception.

Bernard Ryan is Professor of Migration Law, and his teaching and research covers many aspects of migration law and policy.

Joe Wills’ research explores socioeconomic rights, particularly the ways in which they have been used by global justice movements and as a counter-narrative to contemporary ‘austerity politics’. His current research also concerns the status of nonhuman animals in the law.

Dan Weston (Supervisors Stefano Bertea and Peter Cumper) Dan’s research concerns the implications of ordinary language philosophy and speech act theory for the legal categorisation of ‘expression’ in human rights law.

PhD/MPhil research topics in legal and political theory

News and Events

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)

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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.

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‘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)

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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

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‘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)

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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

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‘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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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