Dr Gavin Byrne

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Birmingham Law School
Associate Professor

Contact details

Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom

Dr Gavin Byrne is Head of Internationalisation for Birmingham Law School and teaches Political and Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Property Law subjects.



  • BCL (University College Dublin)
  • LLM by Research (Kent)
  • PhD (Birmingham)


Dr Byrne received a BCL from University College Dublin in 1999, an LLM by research from the University of Kent in 2001, and a PhD from Birmingham Law School in 2008. From 2001 to 2002 he worked with Élan Corporation plc, a leading global neuroscience based biotechnology company, as part of its Dublin-based, in-house legal group.


  • Political & Legal Theory II (LLB, module leader)
  • Advanced Political & Legal Theory (LLM, module leader)
  • Jurisprudence (LLB)
  • Property A: Land Law (LLB)

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Bryne is interested in supervising doctoral research on:

The application of other disciplines of study to the study of Law (philosophy, literary theory, economics etc)
Aspects of property and intellectual property law

Find out more - our PhD Law  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


His major research interest is in Jurisprudence, in particular the application of mainstream philosophy to issues in legal theory. His current research is on the perceived split between the Anglo-American and Continental traditions in relation to legal philosophy. He has specific expertise in the writings of Martin Heidegger and their application to legal philosophy.

Other activities

He is Head of Internationalisation for Birmingham Law School and Director of the Swedish Exchange Program.


Recent publications


Byrne, G 2020, 'Climate change denial as Far Right politics: how abandonment of scientific method paved the way for Trump', Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 30–60. https://doi.org/10.4337/jhre.2020.01.02

Byrne, G 2018, 'Spirit without letter: how volkish Nazi law falls outside Fuller’s and Hart’s concepts of law ', Comparative Legal History, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 65-96. https://doi.org/10.1080/2049677X.2018.1469274

Byrne, G 2018, 'The jargon of ‘Law and Order’: from Nazism to the Trump campaign via Heidegger', Law Culture and the Humanities. https://doi.org/10.1177/1743872118800009

Byrne, G 2015, 'An Argument For an End to The Analytical/Critical Divide', Jurisprudence, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 204-234. https://doi.org/10.5235/20403313.4.2.204

Byrne, G 2013, 'The Holocaust and Legal Theory: Between The Purposive and The Reflective', Journal Jurisprudence, vol. 20, no. 3.

Byrne, G 2012, 'Taking the Minimum Content Seriously: Hart's Liberalism and Moral Values', The Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, vol. 63, no. 4, pp. 477. <http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2053148>

Byrne, G 2011, 'Authenticity as a Justification for Precedent', Law Culture and the Humanities, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 219-243. https://doi.org/10.1177/1743872110385905

Byrne, G 2006, 'The Self and Strong Legal Theory: A Heideggerian Alternative to Fish's Scepticism', Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 3-30.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Byrne, G & Child, J 2017, Attacks on the mind and the legal limits of the seduction industry. in A Reed & M Bohlander (eds), Consent: Domestic and Comparative Perspectives. Substantive Issues in Criminal Law, Routledge, Oxford and New York, pp. 52-67.

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