LLM Programme

Sylvie Delacroix   SYLVIE DELACROIX
PhD (Cambridge University), Licences in law (Louvain-La-Neuve), Candidatures in philosophy (Facultés Universitaires Saint Louis)
Reader in Legal Theory and Ethics

contact details:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 1547 | internal: x21547
Room 306
Email: s.delacroix@ucl.ac.uk

Sylvie Delacroix joined UCL in September 2007 from Kent University, where she was a lecturer in law, having previously held a one year postdoc. at Trinity College, Cambridge (Senior Rouse Ball, 2002-03). She holds a PhD from Cambridge University, Licences in law from the University of Louvain-La-Neuve (Belgium), and Candidatures in philosophy from the Facultés Universitaires Saint Louis (Belgium).

She was the Evelyn Green Davis Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (Harvard University) in 2004-2005.

She was the founding director of the Centre for Ethics and Law.

Sylvie was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize (2010) (these Prizes, with a value of £70,000 each, are awarded to outstanding scholars who have made a substantial and recognised contribution to their particular field of study, recognised at an international level)

She has recently been awarded a Wellcome Trust “Society and Ethics” Small Grant to develop, together with a multi-disciplinary team within UCL, a pilot project entitled “Picking up ethical challenges within the humdrum of medical practice: does one ever get too used to it?” This pilot study relies on highly immersive, virtual reality technology to enact -with 3D avatars- a seemingly routine medical scenario and test the participants ability to discern indicators of some underlying ethical concerns.

Sylvie’s main research interests are in jurisprudence, ethics and public law.



Chapters in books:

  • "Making law bind: legal normativity as a dynamic concept", in M. Del Mar (ed.), New waves in philosophy of law, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, 147-160
  • "Tracing a genealogy of legal normativity: responsibility, authorship and contingency", in S. Bertea and G. Pavlakos (eds), The Normativity of Law , Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2011
  • "Six paths to vertigo-free legal theory", in R. Harrisson (ed.),  Current Legal Issues: Law and Philosophy , Oxford University Press, 2007
  • "The rule of law", in Iain MacKenzie (ed.), Political concepts: a reader and a guide, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2005, 314-322

Journal articles:

  • "Drafting a constitution for a `Country of words': the Palestinian case", Middle East Law and Governance, 4 (2), 2012, 72-91
  • 'Meta-ethical agnosticism in legal theory: mapping a way out',  Jurisprudence  , 1 (2), 2010, 225-240
  • "You'd better be committed: legal norms and normativity",  American Journal of Jurisprudence  , 54 (1), 2009, 117-132
  • "Schmitt's critique of Kelsenian normativism",  Ratio Iuris , 18(1), 2005, 30-45
  • "Hart's and Kelsen's contrasted understandings of normativity",  Ratio Iuris , 17(4), 2004, 501-520
  • "Montaigne's inquiry into the sources of normativity",  The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence , 16(2), 2003, 271-286
  • "Du silence au bruit: possibilités de discours sur les origins fondatrices du système juridique",  Revue interdisciplinaire d'études juridiques , 47, 2001, 153-177

Work in progress/ forthcoming:

  • "Jurisprudence as the art of conversation"
  • "The audacity of moral choice"
  • "Formatting the moral mind: emotions, instincts and virtual reality"
  • " 'Virtually teaching' ethics: when pizza boxes matter"

Sylvie Delacroix's papers are available here.

Current Teaching

Law and Ethics

Law and Ethics

PhD Supervision
Sylvie Delacroix welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective PhD students. She is currently supervising:

  • Luke Price

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