Department of Political Science


Dr Saladin Meckled-Garcia

Associate Professor in Human Rights and Political Philosophy
Room: 2.03, 29/30 Tavistock Sq.
Tel: 020 7679 4947 
Email: s.meckled-garcia@ucl.ac.uk



Saladin obtained his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Kings College, London, before graduating with a Doctorate in Political Philosophy, from UCL. He took up a Special Fellowship in Philosophy (UCL, Philosophy Dept.), giving a series of inter-collegiate lectures on the philosophy of the young Marx, before becoming a Junior Research Fellow at Birmingham University, and then a Rubin Senior Research Fellow in Human Rights at the School of Public Policy UCL. He joined the faculty of the Department of Political Science at UCL in 2003 as a Lecturer (now Associate Professor) in Human Rights and Political Philosophy).

He founded the Human Rights programme at the School of Public Policy (Department of Political Science), having designed and launched the MA in Human Rights in 2003. He is also co-founder and Director of the UCL Institute for Human Rights.

He has been on the editorial board of Imprints, Journal of Egalitarian Theory and Policy, an associate editor for Res Publica, and a referee for a variety of journals (including Political Studies, The Journal of Political Philosophy, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Politics, Philosophy and Economics, The Philosophical Quarterly, Review of International Studies, the Journal of Applied Philosophy, Moral Theory and Practice).

More recently, Saladin co-founded the first UK-Latin America Political Philosophy Research Network, with colleagues from Argentina and Mexico (and a growing number of scholars from other Latin American countries). This has been made possible by the award of a British Academy International Partnership Grant.


Dr Meckled-Garcia's research focuses on finding the links between adopting different ethical theories and the upshots that this has for what we do in practice. He focuses on the ethical fields of human rights, justice, and international justice, and on key concepts in those fields, such as responsibility, duty, rights, complicity, liability, and practical reasons. He is particularly interested in tracing the values that might motivate us to adopt different accounts of those components, and what this means in practice.

  • Dr Meckled-Garcia teaches the Masters’ modules: Theoretical Foundations of Human Rights (PUBL0018), Normative Methods, Legal Analysis, and Research Skills (PUBL0057), and the Ethics of Poverty (PUBL00513.
  • He has supervised a number of doctoral students who have gone on to obtain academic positions at leading universities around the globe.
  • Areas in which Saladin would be interested in supervising Doctoral research projects: Human Rights Theory; Rights Theory; International Justice Theory; International Legal Theory; Theories of Political Responsibility; Perfect and Imperfect Duties in Political Theory; Theories of Justice; Dworkin and Interpretation; Theory/Normative Methodology; Political Neutrality.