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Professor Timothy Macklem

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Timothy Macklem joined the Dickson Poon School of Law as Lecturer in 1996, became Reader in Law in 2003, and Professor of Jurisprudence in 2004.

Before coming to King’s he served as Crown Counsel to the Attorney General of Ontario, in the Constitutional Law and Policy Division. Before becoming a lawyer at all he was a Linotype (and to a lesser extent, Monotype) operator and machinist.

He has earned a BA in English Literature from Carleton University, an LLB from the University of Ottawa, a BCL from the University of Oxford, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford.

Tim was Head of School until May 2013. Prior to this, he held a number of positions within the School including Deputy Head of School, Head of Academic Affairs, Learning and Teaching Coordinator and Head of Undergraduate Welfare.

Research interests

Tim's principal research interests are in the philosophical foundations of some of our fundamental political rights and freedoms. He has published a book on the meaning of sex discrimination, Beyond Comparison, has recently completed a book on the freedoms of expression, religion, conscience and privacy, and the role of judicial review in relation to these, Independence of Mind, and is in the early stages of projects on equality, consent, and the nature of law. He has also written on moral philosophical questions to do with reason and value, and on issues in constitutional and criminal law, on his own and with John Gardner of the University of Oxford.

Selected publications
  • "Human Disability" (with John Gardner) (forthcoming)
  • Independence of Mind, Oxford University Press, 2006 (paperback 2008)
  •  “Value, Interest and Well-Being” (with John Gardner) 18 Utilitas 362 (2006)
  •  “Entrenching Bills of Rights" 26 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 107 (2006)
  • Beyond Comparison: Sex and Discrimination, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Law) 2003
  •  “Reasons” (with John Gardner), in The Oxford Handbook of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law, ed. Coleman and Shapiro (2001) 440-75

View full list of Professor Macklem’s publications.



  •  Jurisprudence & Legal Theory


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