Legal and Social Theory
Staff at the LSE Law Department have traditionally approached the law not merely instrumentally but as a distinct area of thought and a social phenomenon. Research in the department covers foundational questions such as what the law is; whether and how it is connected to other sets of rules or norms; what legal reasoning is and how it works; how the law operates as a means of social integration or social control. Staff also conduct research on the intellectual history of the idea of law as well as the theoretical foundations of various legal fields. Legal philosophy and sociology are taught both on undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
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List of current postgraduate research topics:-
Thesis Title: 'Care and Punishment: How can the ethic of care contribute to our understanding of state criminal punishment?'
Research Interests: Legal and Political Philosophy, the ethic of care, the justification of state punishment, rights and duties discourse, civic republicanism, citizenship and human rights.
Thesis Title: 'Beyond the Political Economy of Punishment: Penality in Contemporary Italy'
Supervisors: Professor Nicola Lacey and Dr Peter Ramsay
Research Interests: Criminology and Penology; Socio-Legal Theory; Comparative Criminal Justice: Theories of Punishment; the Political Economy of Punishment; Gender and Crime.
Thesis Title: 'The indifferent other: theories of engagement'
Thesis Title: 'Refugees of Consent: The discursive construction of subjectivity in law's assessment of autonomy'
Supervisors: Professor Nicola Lacey and Professor Susan Marks
Research Interests: feminist jurisprudence; postmodern legal theory; subaltern studies; criminal law; political theory
Recent Publications and Conference Papers
'Downloading Personhood: A Hegelian Theory of Copyright Law' (2009) Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, Volume 7(1): pps. 1-40.
'Hegel's Hierarchical Political-Ethical
Communitarianism' with J. Masciulli in Before and After Democracy:
Philosophy, Religion, and Politics. (Forthcoming, 2011) University of Ottawa
Thesis Title: 'New Natural Law Theory as a Normative Theory of International Law'
Thesis Title: 'Law and legitimacy'
Research Interests: Constitutional theory; legal and political theory; Comparative constitutional law; administrative law; EU public law.
Thesis Title: 'State, Society and Law: A Case Study of PRC’s Population Regulation'
Supervisors: Professor Tim Murphy and Professor Harriet Evans (Westminster)
Research Interests: Chinese Law; Public Policy; Regulation; Legal and Social Theory; Population Study