The legal theory research area is one of the teaching and research strengths of Edinburgh Law School. The research area is responsible for two of the large Ordinary classes (Critical Legal Thinking and Jurisprudence) and for a range of courses at Honours and Masters level, and have a vibrant postgraduate research community.
Legal theory research at Edinburgh Law School covers a large variety of topics, including the role of law in post-state contexts, legal argumentation, general jurisprudence, and the philosophical foundations of private law, public law, criminal law, and international law.
MacDonald, Euan. In: Icon-International journal of constitutional law, Vol. 16, No. 4, moy102, 21.01.2019, p. 1232-1241. View article
Law, polity and the legacy of statehood : An introduction.
Walker, Neil; Mac Amhlaigh, Cormac; Michelon, Claudio. In: Icon-International journal of constitutional law, Vol. 16, No. 4, 21.01.2019, p. 1148-1155. View article
On the legal syllogism.
Duarte d'Almeida, Luís. Dimensions of Normativity: New Essays on Metaethics and Jurisprudence. ed. / David Plunkett; Scott J. Shapiro; Kevin Toh. Oxford University Press, 2019. p. 335-364. View chapter
Law and Polity Project
The Law and Polity Project addresses the challenges of how the modern state polity is affected by new legal and political forms.
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Edinburgh Centre for Legal Theory
Inaugurated in 2016, the Centre for Legal Theory promotes research collaboration between staff, students, and visitors.
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Legal Theory Research Group
The Legal Theory Research Group organises a variety of events throughout the year, including a seminar series, work-in-progress sessions, a reading group, and a Spring workshop series.
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