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Professor John Tasioulas joins King's

Posted on 08/07/2014
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Leading legal thinker Professor John Tasioulas appointed as inaugural Chair of Politics, Philosophy & Law at King’s College London

Professor John Tasioulas will be joining The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London on 1 September 2014 as the inaugural Yeoh Chair of Politics, Philosophy & Law and founding Director of the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law.
 
Professor Tasioulas is a leading philosopher of law. Currently he is the Quain Professor of Jurisprudence at UCL and was previously a Reader in Moral and Legal Philosophy at the University of Oxford, where he also studied as a Rhodes Scholar. His research focuses on the philosophy of human rights, the philosophy of crime and punishment, the philosophy of international law and on the ethical dilemmas arising in biomedical clinical practice and research. He is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at Melbourne Law School, a Distinguished Research Fellow of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and an Emeritus Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
 
The Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law to be forged under Professor Tasioulas’ leadership, will undertake research and teaching at the intersection of law, politics and philosophy. The centre is supported by a £7 million gift from the family of Malaysian King’s law alumnus Mark Yeoh and will be the home of the School’s Politics, Philosophy & Law (PPL) LLB degree. The PPL degree, a first among leading British law schools when launched in 2012, enables law students to obtain a qualifying British law degree while also benefitting from classes in philosophy and political economy - a combination that fosters inter-disciplinary critical thinking that is much sought after by employers.
 
Professor John Tasioulas said: ‘I am delighted to be joining The Dickson Poon School of Law at this exciting time in its history. I very much look forward to working with my new colleagues in realising the tremendous inter-disciplinary opportunities created by the visionary Yeoh Tiong Lay gift.’
 
Dean of The Dickson Poon School of Law Professor David D. Caron said: ‘I am delighted to welcome John. His tremendous rapport and engagement with students is well-known and his scholarship is second to none. Our LLB students in particular can look forward to hours in the classroom in which John will have them ask the hardest questions of themselves, the law, their legal careers and the global society of which they are a part.’
 
Principal of King’s, Professor Sir Rick Trainor, said: ‘Professor Tasioulas is an outstanding appointment. He is a preeminent scholar who is extraordinarily well suited to the Chair of Politics, Philosophy & Law.  He will be joining an already exceptionally strong group of academics working across law, philosophy and politics at King’s. His appointment is made possible by the vision and generosity of the Yeoh family for which I am most grateful.’
 
The Yeoh Tiong Lay gift also provides funding for further appointments in the field of philosophy, politics and law and a generous scholarship scheme for LLM students.
 
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