Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Get a Fulbright Graduate or Scholar Award to come to Durham University - and work with us!

Applications are now open for the 2018/19 academic year. The student awards support US students wishing to pursue a one year Master’s degree at Durham (or the first year of a postgraduate research degree). The Scholar awards support US citizens to spend 3-12 months at Durham for the purposes of either teaching or research. Applications are made online through Fulbright directly, and further information can be accessed here:


PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH ME IF INTERESTED IN COMING TO DURHAM! Opportunities to work or study in Law, Philosophy and Government.

Discussing net migration on BBC Wales

Me on why we don't need another broken Tory promise on net migration (from 5.00) on @BBCWales http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08p1mlz

Monday, April 10, 2017

Hegel's Political Philosophy: On the Normative Significance of Method and System

My new book - co-edited with Sebastian Stein - is published next month with Oxford University Press. More details are here.

  • Unique focus on Hegel's method and system applied to political philosophy
  • Brings together leading Hegel scholars from across the world to consider this topic in one book for the first time
  • Includes original essays by Terry Pinkard, Robert Pippin and Allen Wood

  • Hegel famously argues that his speculative method is a foundation for claims about socio-political reality within a wider philosophical system. This systematic approach is thought a superior alternative to all other ways of philosophical thinking. Hegel's method and system have normative significance for understanding everything from ethics to the state. Hegel's approach has attracted much debate among scholars about key philosophical questions - and controversy about his proposed answers to them. Is his method and system open to the charge of dogmatism? Are his claims about the rationality of monarchy, unequal gender relations, an unelected second parliamentary chamber and a corporation-based economy beyond revision?

    This ground-breaking collection of new essays by leading interpreters of Hegel's philosophy is dedicated to the questions that surround Hegel's philosophical method and its relationship to the conclusions of his political philosophy. It contributes to the on-going debate about the importance of a systematic context for political philosophy, the relationship between theoretical and practical philosophy, and engages with contemporary discussions about the shape of a rational social order.

    Introduction, Thom Brooks and Sebastian Stein
    1: What Might it Mean to have a Systematic Idealist, but Anti-Platonist, Practical philosophy?, Paul Redding
    2: Systematicity and Normative Justification: The Method of Hegel's Philosophical Science of Right, Kevin Thompson
    3: In What Sense is Hegel's Philosophy of Right 'Based' on His Science of Logic? Remarks on the Logic of Justice, Robert B. Pippin
    4: Method and System in Hegel's Philosophy of Right, Allen W. Wood
    5: The Relevance of the Logical Method for Hegel's Practical Philosophy, Angelica Nuzzo
    6: The State as a System of Three Syllogisms: Hegel's Notion of the State and Its Logical Foundations, Klaus Vieweg
    7: Hegel's Shepherd's Way Out of the Thicket, Terry Pinkard
    8: To Know and Not Know Right: Hegel on Empirical Cognition and Philosophical Knowledge of Right, Sebastian Stein
    9: Individuals: the Revisionary Logic of Hegel's Politics, Katerina Deligiorgi
    10: Hegel on Crime and Punishment, Thom Brooks
    11: The Logic of Right, Richard Dien Winfield
    12: Hegel, Autonomy and Community, Liz Disley
    13: Hegel's Natural Law Constructivism: Progress in Principle and in Practice, Kenneth R. Westphal

    Monday, April 03, 2017

    Durham Law School - a top 40 world-class centre for legal education and research

    I'm enormously proud to be Head of Durham Law School as we progress from success to success - and now firmly established in top 40 in world rankings:

    "Durham Law School is a world leader in legal education and research. Our academic staff shape the development of law through their ground-breaking research, influential work with policy makers and active public engagement both nationally and internationally. Durham Law School is in the QS World Rankings top 40 law schools and our research was ranked 3rd best in the UK in the last national Research Excellence Framework in 2014. We have some of the best results for student satisfaction and employability – and our graduates include some of law’s leading figures, such as current members of the UK Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and in Government. Our top-ranked global law courses are very competitive with an excellent and diverse student population from across the world delivering a cutting-edge, research-led curriculum."

    Thursday, February 23, 2017

    Hate crime offenders should sign a Hate Crime Offenders Register

    Very pleased to see a policy that I've been arguing for since 2013 -- and more recently submitted written evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee in Parliament last year -- has made a big splash in the press today. This was followed by two television interviews and another two interviews on national radio.

    Monday, February 20, 2017

    Research Fellowship -- at St Mary's College of the University of Durham. Join today!

    St Mary’s College Research Fellowship

    This annual scheme allows a Visiting Fellow to come to Durham University to be based at St Mary’s College for up to one term. The Fellowship provides the recipient with food and accommodation in College during the period of residence. By negotiation and depending on need, the fellowship may also provide a contribution towards travel costs to Durham from the Scholar’s home institution.

    • The purpose of the fellowship is to allow researchers from outside the University to spend a period of time resident in the College to undertake work in conjunction with any academic department in Durham.

    • Each Fellow will be expected to participate in College activities and make a research presentation at the College during their residence which will be open to the public and to colleagues from across the University.

    • Applicants must be educated to postgraduate level.

    • Applicants from overseas must be eligible to enter the UK as an Academic Visitor (see: https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa/overview )

    • The Fellowship is normally tenable for a maximum of one term (either Epiphany term 2018 or Easter term 2018), though shorter periods are possible. Visiting Fellows must visit for one consecutive period.

    Application Procedure: Each applicant for a St Mary’s College Research Fellowship must submit a proposal of up to three pages (maximum) describing the purpose and proposed focus of the fellowship. Applications must be accompanied by a letter from the supporting academic department.

    The proposal must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae, a proposed travel budget, and two letters of reference. All application materials must be submitted by the 24 April 2017 (first day of Easter term 2017).

    Applications should be submitted to: carole.laverick@durham.ac.uk

    Selection Criteria: Proposals received will be reviewed by a small panel of academic members of the College, chaired by the Principal.

    Final decisions will be made and the successful applicant notified of their appointment by the end of Easter term (23 June 2017).

    Friday, January 27, 2017

    Durham Law School is hiring! THREE permanent posts

    Durham Law School is seeking to recruit outstanding new staff

    We are seeking to build on our reputation as one of the UK’s leading law schools by recruiting exceptional lecturers who research in three areas of existing strength. The posts are linked to three vibrant research centres: Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences), the Human Rights Centre and Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law.

    Lecturer in Biolaw:
    Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law:

    Lecturer in Public and Human Rights Law:

    Our courts are no enemies of the people – they are champions of our liberties

    . . . is my latest piece for The Journal here - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/news-opinion/courts-no-enemies-people--12514235#ICID=sharebar_twitter

    Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    My thoughts on Brexit case

    Here's my response to today's #Brexitruling on #Article50 by @UKSupremeCourt ↓