About Us

The Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy promotes interdisciplinary research at the University of Surrey School of Law

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The Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy is founded on the idea that legal inquiry and philosophical theorizing are mutually reinforcing pursuits. This is not simply because the two fields employ similar tools—like rigorous argument, close reading of texts, and careful attention to logic. The two disciplines also examine similar questions: What is justice? What are our individual rights and obligations? What are our collective responsibilities? How do we create a freer or fairer society? What principles should guide the use of state power?

The Centre thus is committed to the idea that the study of law is deepened when grounded in philosophical principle, and philosophy is of greater benefit to society when relevant to pressing practical and legal issues. The Centre’s members consist not only of legal theorists, but also of lawyers with philosophical training and philosophers with interests in legal questions—all of whom are invested in an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to research.

The Centre organizes workshops and seminars throughout the year to promote the free exchange of ideas on important questions at the intersection of law and philosophy. We also seek to engage and inspire students, legal practitioners, and members of the public through our fellowship programmes, large lecture events, and media outreach.

Research Fellows

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Professor of Law & Health Sciences


Senior Lecturer in National Security and Foreign Relations Law

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Co-Director of the Surrey Centre for Law & Philosophy, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Law


Senior Lecturer in Public Law and Legal Theory

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Lecturer in Private Law

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Professor of Neuroscience, Law, and Legal Philosophy

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Co-Director of the Surrey Centre for Law & Philosophy, Reader in Public Law and Legal Theory

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Lecturer in Legal Theory

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Senior Lecturer in Finance Law and Ethics

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Senior Lecturer in Law, Philosophy, and Public Policy

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Professor of Legal Philosophy


Professor in Moral and Political Philosophy (Jurisprudence)


Head of School of Law, Professor of Legal Philosophy


Lecturer in Moral and Political Philosophy


Affiliate Fellow; Lecturer in Political Theory


Affiliate Fellow; Professor of Law, Birmingham City U.


Affiliate Fellow & SCLP Visiting Professor of Law and Artificial Intelligence; Professor of Legal Informatics and Legal Theory, European University Institute/U. of Bologna

Visiting Fellows and PhD Student Fellows


Graduate Student Fellow


Graduate Student Fellow

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Graduate Student Fellow

Caterina Fabiani

Graduate Student Fellow

Andrea Priorelli

Graduate Student Fellow


The Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy holds events throughout the year to ignite imagination and promote collaborative and interdisciplinary research. We have three series on which we particularly focus:

Hart Seminar Series:

These regular seminars feature a diverse group of leading scholars who work at the intersection of law and philosophy. Hart Publishing contributes generous support to make the seminar series possible. You can view our past and future Hart Seminars here.

Keynote Lectures:

These lectures bring diverse audiences together by bridging two divides simultaneously: the divide between law and philosophy, and that between legal scholarship and legal practice.

Workshop Series:

Our intensive, invitation-only, pre-read workshops bring together leading scholars to focus on some of the hardest problems in legal philosophy. Programmes from recent workshops are available here and here.


21apr4:00 pm6:00 pmVirtual Hart Seminar: David Nelken (KCL)


05may4:00 pm6:00 pmVirtual Hart Seminar: Ulrike Heuer (UCL)

19may4:00 pm6:00 pmVirtual Hart Seminar: Renee Bolinger (Princeton)

News & Social Media

Highlighted Recent Publications

Christopher P. Taggart, ‘Retributivism, Ultimate Responsibility, and Agent Causalism’ 2019 Tulsa Law Review. (forthcoming)

Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco, ‘Is Practical Knowledge Prior to Theoretical Knowledge in Action? Reflecting on Anscombe's Institutional Transparency’ (2018) 52(3) Journal of Value Inquiry 257. (link)

Ryan Abbott, et al, ‘Managing disputes in the life sciences’ (2018) 36(8) Nature Biotechnology 697.

Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco, ‘What Makes a Transnational Rule of Law? Understanding the Logos and Values of Human Action in Transnational Law’ in Kenneth Einar Himma, et al (eds.), Unpacking Normativity (Hart Publishing 2018).

Kenneth Ehrenberg, 'The Institutionality of Legal Validity' (2018) Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (forthcoming) (SSRN)

Dennis Patterson, 'Theoretical Disagreement, Legal Positivism and Interpretation' (2018) Ratio Juris 260. (link, SSRN)

Mikołaj Barczentewicz, 'The Illuminati Problem and Rules of Recognition' (2018) 38(3) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (linkSSRN)

Ari Afilalo and Dennis Patterson, 'Global Economic Constitutionalism and the Future of Global Trade' (2018) University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law (forthcoming) (SSRN)

Mikołaj Barczentewicz, 'The Limits of Natural Law Originalism' (2018) 93 Notre Dame Law Review Online 115 (SSRN)

Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco and Pilar Zambrano, 'One Myth of the Classical Natural Law Theory: Reflecting on the ‘Thin’ view of Legal Positivism' (2018) 31(1) Ratio Juris 91 (link)

Hrafn Asgeirsson, 'The Influence of the Sorites Paradox in Practical Philosophy' in Sergi Oms and Elia Zardini (eds.), The Sorites Paradox (Cambridge University Press 2018) (forthcoming) (link)

Ryan Abbott and Bret Bogenschneider, 'Should Robots Pay Taxes? Tax Policy in the Age of Automation' (2018) 12(1) Harvard Law & Policy Review 145 (link) (SSRN)

Alex Sarch and Daniel Wodak, 'Resolving Judicial Dilemmas' (2018) 6(1) Virginia Journal of Criminal Law 93 (SSRN)

Kenneth Ehrenberg, 'Law is an Institution, an Artifact, and a Practice’ in Luka Burazin, Kenneth Einar Himma, and Corrado Roversi (eds), Law as an Artifact (Oxford University Press 2018) (forthcoming) (link, SSRN)

M.E. Newhouse, 'The Legislative Authority' (2019) 24(4) Kantian Review (forthcoming) (SSRN)

Stephen Bero, 'The Audience in Shame' (2019) Philosophical Studies (forthcoming) (link)

Ryan Abbott, ‘Everything is Obvious’ (2019) 66 UCLA Law Review 2. (link)

M.E. Newhouse, ‘Juridical Law as a Categorical Imperative,’ in Ruhi Demiray & Alice Pinheiro Walla (eds), Reason, Rights and Law: New Essays on Kantian Philosophy, (University of Wales Press 2019) (forthcoming) (SSRN)

Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco, ‘Authority of Law’ in Giorgio Bongiovanni et al (eds.), Handbook of Legal Reasoning and Argumentation (Springer Netherlands 2018).

Ira Lindsay, ‘The Ethics of Tax Policy’ in Annabelle Lever and Andrei Poama (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and Public Policy (Routledge 2018). (link)

Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco, ‘Processes and Artifacts: The Principles are in the Author Herself’ in Luca Burazin, et al (eds.), Law as an Artifact (Oxford University Press 2018).

Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco, 'Dworkin's Dignity Under the Lens of the Magician of Königsberg' in Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco, et al (eds), Dignity in Dworkin’s Legal and Moral Philosophy (Oxford University Press 2018) (link)

Alexander Sarch, 'Is Parity of Culpability a Constraint on Accomplice Liability?' (2018) 15(2) Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law (forthcoming) (link)

Joshua Andresen, 'Fighting Terrorism under All Applicable Law' in Christopher Fuller and Claire Finkelstein (eds), Using Law to Fight Terror: Legal Approaches to Combating Violent Non-State and State-Sponsored Actors (Oxford University Press 2019) (forthcoming) (SSRN)

Alexander Sarch, 'Willful Ignorance in Law and Morality' (2018) 13(5) Philosophy Compass (link)

Bebhinn Donnelly-Lazarov (ed.), Neurolaw and Responsibility for Action: Concepts, Crimes, and Courts (Cambridge University Press 2018) (link)

Mikołaj Barczentewicz, 'The Social Basis of Ultimate Legal Rules: Hayek Meets Hart,' in Peter J. Boettke, Jayme Lemke, Virgil Storr (eds), Exploring the Political Economy & Social Philosophy of F.A. Hayek (Rowman & Littlefield 2018) (forthcoming) (SSRN)