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Professor John Tasioulas Centre Director


Professor John Tasioulas joined The Dickson Poon School of Law in September, 2014 as the inaugural Chair of Politics, Philosophy & Law and Director of the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law. He has degrees in Law and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne, and a D.Phil in Philosophy from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He was previously a Lecturer in Jurisprudence at the University of Glasgow and Reader in Moral and Legal Philosophy at the University of Oxford, where he taught from 1998-2010. His most recent appointment was as Quain Professor of Jurisprudence at University College London.

Professor Tasioulas is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at Melbourne Law School, a Distinguished Research Fellow of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, an Emeritus Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford and a member of the Academia Europaea. He has held visiting appointments at the Australian National University, the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and the University of Melbourne, and has acted as a consultant on human rights to the World Bank. He has delivered the 'Or 'Emet Lecture at Osgoode Hall Law School (2011) and the Natural Law Lecture at Notre Dame Law School (2012). He serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Jurisprudence, the American Society of International Law Studies in International Legal Theory, the Journal of Applied Philosophy, and Moral Philosophy and Politics.


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 Dr Christoph Kletzer Reader in Legal Philosophy and Director of Politics, Philosophy and Law programme 


Dr Christoph Kletzer is a Reader in Legal Philosophy. He joined King's in 2007 having previously been a Lecturer at the University of Cambridge (2005-2007) and before that at the University of Durham (2004-2005). Dr Kletzer has also been the Director of Studies in Philosophy at Queens College in Cambridge and has been lecturing at the Philosophy Department of the University of Vienna for the last two years. He graduated with a MA in Law and a MA in Philosophy from the University of Vienna. After that he obtained a LLM and PhD from the University Cambridge.


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Professor Massimo Renzo 

Professor Massimo Renzo joined The Dickson Poon School of Law in July, 2015 as a Reader in Politics, Philosophy & Law. Previously he was an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick and before that, a Lecturer at the York Law School. He has held visiting appointments at the Australian National University, the universities of Virginia and Arizona, the Centre for Ethics and Public Affairs at the Murphy Institute (Tulane University) and Osgoode Hall’s Nathanson Centre for Transnational Human Rights, Crime & Security. He is an affiliated researcher at the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War & Peace and the Honorary Secretary of the Society for Applied Philosophy. He is also one of the editors of the journal Criminal Law and Philosophy.


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Dr Jonathan Gingerich  

Jonathan Gingerich

Dr Jonathan Gingerich is a Lecturer in Philosophy of Law. He joined King’s in 2019 having previously been a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr Gingerich completed his PhD in Philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles, his JD at Harvard Law School, and his BA at Georgetown University.  Dr Gingerich’s research expertise includes legal and political philosophy, ethics, and aesthetics, with additional research interests in feminist theory, 19th and 20th Century Continental philosophy, and applied ethics. One of his current projects is about spontaneous freedom—the freedom of unscripted activity that “free spirits” enjoy—and the political and legal significance of this sort of freedom. He has also developed an interest in the relationship between culture, equality, and politics. 


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Fae BrennanResearch Centre Coordinator

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Fae Brennan Coordinates two research centres both the Transnational Law Institute and The Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy and Law. 


Tel: +44 (0)207 848 1725

Advisory Board

Members of the Advisory board (for a 5 year period beginning Jan 1 2015) are:

Professor Judge James Crawford
Cambridge University

Professor Antony Duff 
University of Stirling, UK

Baroness Simone Finn
House of Lords

Professor Rainer Forst
Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Professor Charles Fried
Harvard University, USA
Hon. Michael Kirby

Former Justice of the High Court of Australia

Professor Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India

Professor Martha Nussbaum
University of Chicago, USA

Baroness Onora O'Neill
University of Cambridge, UK

Professor Cheryl Saunders
University of Melbourne, Australia

Professor Amartya Sen
Harvard University, USA

Professor Fred Schauer
University of Virginia, USA

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