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Credit value: 30 credits (12 ECTS)
Module Convenor:
Prof John Tasioulas
Dr George Letsas
Other teachers:
Professor Stephen Guest
Professor James Penner
Dr Prince Saprai
Intercollegiate teaching: No
Teaching Method: 20 x two-hour seminars
Who may enrol: LLM students, other UCL Masters students
Prerequisites: No module pre-requisites, though previous study of legal philosophy is recommended.
Barred module combinations: This module cannot be taken with its component LAWSG025A Jurisprudence and Legal Theory A
Core module for specialism: Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
Practice Assessment: 2.000 word practice essay on the material covered in term 1, to be submitted on the first day of term 2.
Assessment method for Masters students: 2x 3,000 word coursework essay
Module Overview

Module summary

The first half of the module will cover certain fundamental topics in political and legal philosophy, including: ethical objectivity, utilitarianism, justice, rights, punishment, the authority and nature of law. The second half of the module will cover questions in the philosophical foundations of private law and of public international law.

Module syllabus

First term:

  • Ethical objectivity;
  • utilitarianism;
  • rights;
  • justice;
  • equality;
  • punishment;
  • authority;
  • legal positivism;
  • law as integrity.

Second term:
Philosophical foundations of the following areas of law:

  • Private law (contracts, tort, and property)
  • Public international law (legitimacy, sovereignty, self-determination, human rights, international criminal law)

Recommended materials

  • HLA Hart, The Concept of Law 2nd. ed. (OUP);
  • RM Dworkin, Law’s Empire (Harvard)
  • JM Finnis, Natural Law and Natural Rights 2nd ed. (OUP)
  • S Besson and J Tasioulas (eds.), The Philosophy of International Law (OUP).

Preliminary reading

  • HLA Hart, The Concept of Law 2nd. ed. (OUP);
  • RM Dworkin, Law’s Empire (Harvard)
  • JM Finnis, Natural Law and Natural Rights 2nd ed. (OUP)


Other information: N/A
Prizes for this module: There are currently no prizes available for this module.


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