Stephen Guest taught Logic in the Department of Philosophy at Otago University
in New Zealand for two years in the early seventies before becoming a research
student of Ronald Dworkin at University College Oxford. In 1975 he was appointed
to a lectureship at UCL and in 1980 became Sub-Dean and Faculty Tutor for five
years and then Reader in Legal Theory in 1992. He has been Vice-Dean and Deputy
Head of Department and Director of Research Students.
Current Teaching Undergraduate
Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
Jurisprudence and Legal Theory (view course site on the Jurisprudence @ UCL
Stephen Guest is supervising the following PhD students:
Leto Cariolou, who is writing on the idea of interpretation.
Diana Constantinescu, who is writing on the jurisprudence of sentencing.
Alex Green, who is writing on the interpretive nature of statehood.
Viky Martzoukou, who is writing on
positive obligations of the state under European human rights.
Recently, five of Stephen's doctoral students received their PhDs:
George Letsas, who wrote on the philosophical foundations of Dworkin's theory
of truth and objectivity and a
approach to ECHR case law. He is now Reader
in Philosophy of Law and Human Rights at UCL.
Eva Pils, who wrote on the diversity of approaches to good judging and dispute
resolution, in particular the Chinese method of dispute resolution. She was assistant
professor of law at Cornell University and she is now an
at the CUHK
in Hong Kong
Emmanuel Voyiakis, who wrote on the protection of reasonable expectation
in international law. He is presently a lecturer at Brunel University.
Octavio Ferraz, who wrote on the philosophical foundations and legal protection
of social and economic rights. He is presently an assistant professor at Warwick University, Law School.
Tomas Vial, who wrote on the application of Dworkinian interpretivism to the Chilean Constitution with special reference to the right to information. He is presently a professor at the Instituto de Estudios Politicos (IDEP) in Santiago in Chile.
A brief summary of Professor Stephen Guest Publications can be found here:
A list of Professor Stephen Guests publications is given below in date order;
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