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Legal Theory

Here at Warwick there is a longstanding interest in theoretical approaches to law, either in themselves or as they apply to particular areas of law. Legal theory at Warwick is both diverse and attuned to the overall interest in the School in contextual and international approaches. Interests cover the range of legal theory including critical, economic, feminist, law and literature/ humanities, liberal, Marxist, postcolonial, and sociological approaches. Among the subjects where a particularly theoretical orientation is present are criminal law, international development and human rights law, courses in law and the humanities, law of business organisations, corporate tax law.

Legal theory is supported through research activities in the School, including through the research seminars, through the Centre of Ethics, Law and Public Affairs, through the IDLHR programme, and through the Social Theory Centre. The AHRC Criminalization Project is co-organised at Warwick.

Is interested in legal theory from a comparative perspective seeking to explore engagements, interactions and inspiration (historical and contemporary) between fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and usul-ul-fiqh (principles/theories of Islamic jurisprudence) and (broadly defined) 'western' legal theory.
Approaches legal theory from a critical position of human rightslessness and struggle. His interests include decolonial perspectives on theory and the politics of theory as an encounter between global coloniality and resistance imaginations.
Is interested in theories of law and governance, including governance of cyberspace, of global governance and the relevance of ancient theories of law and justice including confucian, islamic and hindu ones to contemporary issues.
Is interested in feminist approaches to legal theory, in particular in relation to global perspectives on gender justice and care. She has completed a book on gender, law and justice in a global context.
main interests in legal theory arise from his teaching and research in law and development, globalisation and human rights, which he analyses from a subaltern perspective. In recent years he has developed an interest in global warming, sustainable development and climate justice. In addition, he is doing research on sovereignty and cosmopolitanism.
Investigates the differing theoretical foundations of international economic law, international human rights law and international environmental law. He considers how these diverse theoretical foundations inform particular legal norms and standards in the settlement of disputes and in monitoring the impact of law and policy.
Is interested in theories of legal regulation and their relationship to critical theories of political economy.
is interested in justice in critical and dialectical philosophy, the social-theoretical understanding of law, crime and punishment, and criminal law and theories of responsibility.
Is interested in issues of property rights, distributive justice, legal obligation and the foundations of legal and moral rights. He has recently written on equality in law and philosophy and on distributive justice and sovereignty.
Is interested in moral and political philosophy and their relationship to legal issues, particularly in the area of criminal law. At present he is working on the philosophy of punishment and on criminalization, as well as on just war theory. He has recently completed a book entitled The Ends of Harm: the Moral Foundations of Criminal Law.
Is engaged in research in the fields of Law and Literature and early modern English legal history. He has published extensively on the subjects of Shakespeare and the law; the emergence of constitutionalism in early modern England; and the influence of the Elizabethan and Jacobean legal profession over the development of the English state.
Is interested ine the European Enlightenment roots of contemporary regulatory and taxation law, within the overall context of public law. Recent work is on Montesquieu and the English way of taxation, and on John Locke and Adam Smith.
Seeks to critique and appreciate law by the cultural lights of the arts and humanities.
Is interested in the question of the political in constitutional democracy and the issues of legitimacy in relation to the rise of transnational legal orders. His recent scholarship is focused on global constitutionalism and global administrative law with respect to transnational governance and postnational legality.
Is interested in applying sociological system theory to the study of law and has for many years participated in developing the theory of reflexive law. He was a key figure in creating the concept of reflexive labour law and is currently engaged in applying reflexive law in analyses of the law of the European Union.
Is interested in the theory of EU law which is reflected in his latest book The Ethos of Europe: Values, Law and Justice in the EU. His parallel interest is in human rights theory and how human rights relates to suffering.