Birmingham Law School has a long and distinguished tradition of jurisprudential reflection upon permanent questions of the nature of law. Encompassing all areas of legal and political thought, scholars at Birmingham are at the forefront of research into the political and historical significance of law and justice, and public morality.

Historical and Theoretical Dimensions of Practical and Moral Reasoning in Law


In his work, Gavin Byrne explores the interface between the Anglo-American and Continental philosophies of legal order, focusing upon the question of evil legal orders.

Liberal justice and human vulnerability

Our research examines specific dimensions and critiques of liberal justice, specifically in the context of human vulnerability.  Rosie Harding examines the bearing of regulatory frameworks on the care of the elderly. In addition, an exploration of the general conditions of justice, fairness and equality forms a central and persistent focus of debate in our publications and seminars.

The philosophical significance of central doctrinal debates

Connecting philosophical debates to concrete legal problems remains a vital theme in the Law School. Bharat Malkani and Robert Cryer both explore aspects of international criminal law and criminal justice.

Law as a theologico-political problem

Sean Coyle is writing a monograph on the nature of law and justice in the context of the human condition. Drawing upon historical, political and theological sources, he wishes to challenge many of the most intimate assumptions of modern jurisprudential thought.

Analysis of legal pluralism

Gordon Woodman is continuing his study of instances of legal pluralism throughout the world, especially those involving non-state law, with work focusing on the prevalence and nature of customary law.

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