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LSE Law Working Papers

The series focuses on interdisciplinary legal scholarship in all subject areas from members of LSE Law, doctoral students and visiting scholars.

LSE Law Working Papers were first published in 2007. The series focuses on interdisciplinary legal scholarship in all subject areas from members of LSE Law School, doctoral students and visiting scholars. The Working Paper Series does not adopt a particular style, and papers may be submitted in any recognised style consistently applied. The papers are published electronically and are available online or through email distribution.


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For general queries about LSE Law Working Papers, please contact Dr Kai Möller in the first instance.

2022 Spring Issue

WPS 1/2022 Patrick Devlin’s The Enforcement of Morals Revisited: Absolutism and Ambivalence by Nicola Lacey

WPS 2/2022 The Tradition of the Material Constitution in Western Marxism by Marco Goldoni and Michael Wilkinson

WPS 3/2022 Proportionality in Comparative Law by Jacco Bomhoff

WPS 4/2022 Lüth and the ‘Objective System of Values’: From ‘Limited Government’ towards an Autonomy-based Conception of Constitutional Rights by Kai Möller

WPS 5/2022 Authoritarian Liberalism and the Transformation of Modern Europe: Rejoinder by Michael Wilkinson

WPS 6/2022 Making Legal Knowledge Work: Practising Proportionality in the German Repetitorium by Jacco Bomhoff

WPS 7/2022 Prosecuting Rap – What does the case law tell us? by Abenaa Owusu-Bempah

WPS 8/2022 What kind of thing is a Central Counterparty? The Role of Clearing Houses as a Source of Policy Controversy by Rebecca Lewis and David Murphy


2021 Winter Issue

WPS 13/2021 The Proportionality of Lockdowns by Kai Möller

WPS 14/2021 The Unwitting Contribution of Vaccine Regulation to Vaccine Scepticism by Francesca Uberti

WPS 15/2021 The Protest Provisions of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Court Bill: A “Modest Reset of the Scales”? by Richard Martin

WPS 16/2021 Mapping the Theoretical Turn in British Public Law Scholarship by Samuel Tschorne and Martin Loughlin

WPS 17/2021 The Idea of Europe in Football by Floris de Witte and Jan Zglinski

WPS 18/2021 Human Goods and Human Rights Law: Two Modes of Derivation from Natural Law by Grégoire Webber

WPS 19/2021 Delaware's Fiduciary Imagination: Going-Privates and Lord Eldon's Reprise by David Kershaw

2021 Summer Issue


WPS 06/2021 TRIPS Intellectual Property Waiver Proposal: Creating the Right Incentive in Patent Law and Politics to end the COVID-19 Pandemic by Siva Thambisetty, Aisling McMahon, Luke McDonagh, Hyo Yoon Kang, and Graham Dutfield

WPS 07/2021 Copyright and Authorship on Stage by Luke McDonagh

WPS 08/2021 Potential Competition in EU Law by Niamh Dunne

WPS 09/2021 The Role of Regulation in EU Competition Law Assessment by Niamh Dunne

WPS 10/202The Market for Stewardship and the Role of the Government by Dionysia Katelouzou and Eva Micheler

WPS 11/2021 The No-look-through Principle: Investor Rights, Distributed Ledger Technology, and the Market by Eva Micheler

WPS 12/2021 Getting Proportionality in Perspective: Philosophy, History and Institutions by Nicola Lacey


2021 Spring Issue

01/2021 Beyond Reasonableness: The Dignitarian Structure of Human and Constitutional Rights by Kai Möller 

02/2021 Constitutionalising Regulatory Governance Systems by Julia Black

03/2021 The European Economic Constitution in Crisis: A Conservative Transformation by Hjalte Lokdam and Michael A. Wilkinson 

04/2021 Brexit, Covid-19, and Possible Frameworks for Future UK/EU Financial Governance Cooperation by Elizabeth Howell

05/2021 On Trust: The UN Security Council as Fiduciary by Devika Hovell

2020 Winter Issue

13/2020 Time and Timelessness in Constitutional Thought by Thomas Poole

14/2020 Legislated Rights and Contemporary Constitutional Government by Richard Ekins and Grégoire Webber

15/2020 The Sovereign’s Presumption of Authority (also known as the Presumption of Innocence) by Peter Ramsay

16/2020 Opposition by Grégoire Webber

17/2020 A view from inside the kitchen of the Kampala Convention: the modernisation of the international legal regime for the protection of internally displaced persons by Chaloka Beyani

18/2020 The Idea of the Federative by Thomas Poole

19/2020 Liza’s Bucket: Intellectual Property and the Metamodern Impulse by Siva Thambisetty

20/2020 The International Tax Regime and Global Power Shifts by Eduardo Baistrocchi

2020 Summer Issue

07/2020 Take on Me: OTC Derivatives Client Clearing in the European Union by Joanne P. Braithwaite and David Murphy

08/2020 The Constrained Convention: Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès and the Making of Chile’s New Constitution by Raffael N. Fasel

09/2020 Revolutionary Amnesia and the Delegated Nature of Prerogative Power by David Kershaw

10/2020 Can the Constitution of a Fruit Fly Be Written? by Grégoire Webber

11/2020 Legislated Rights in the Real World by Grégoire Webber and Paul Yowell

12/2020 Procedure-Content Interaction in Attitudes to Law and in the Value of the Rule of Law: An Empirical and Philosophical Collaboration by Noam Gur and Jonathan Jackson

2020 Spring Issue

 01/2020 Images of Law by Igor Stramignoni

02/2020 Is Vat Also a Corporate Tax? Untangling Tax Burdens and Benefits for Companies by Ian Roxa

03/2020 Unpopular Sovereignty? by Michael Wilkinson and Alexander Somek

04/2020 Historical Trends of Human Rights Gone Criminal by Mattia Pinto,

05/2020 Legislated Rights in the Anglo-American Tradition by Richard Ekins and Grégoire Webber

06/2020 Our Lessons Have Returned: Insights into Post-crisis Financial Regulation from Mandatory OTC Derivatives Clearing Policy by David Murphy

2019 Winter Issue

14/2019 From Coercion to Cooperation: Settlement within EU Competition Law by NIamh Dunne

15/2019 Dispensing with Indispensability by Niamh Dunne

16/2019 Crime and Punishment in the US: Political systems and Technology Regime Change by Nicola Lacey and David Soskice

17/2019 Cloud Crypto Land by Edmund Schuster

18/2019 Justice at Work by Hugh Collins

19/2019 In Search of the Constitution by Martin Loughlin

20/2019 Sowing a 'Culture of Conviction': What Shall Domestic Criminal Justice Systems Reap from Coercive Human Rights? by Mattia Pinto

21/2019 Introduction: The 'What' and 'Why' of Constitutional Dialogue by Geoffrey Sigalet, Grégoire Webber, and Rosalind Dixon

2019 Summer Issue

8/2019 Childhood Radicalisation and Parental Extremism: How Should Family Law Respond? Insights from A Local Authority v X, Y and Z by Fatima Ahdash

9/2019 Beyond the Post-Sovereign State? The Past, Present and Future of Constitutional Pluralism by Mike Wilkinson

10/2019 Legal Malingering: A Vortex of Uncertainty by Jill Peay

11/2019 Constitutionalism and Mobility: Expulsion and Escape Among Partial Constitutional Orders by Jacco Bomhoff

12/2019 The Euro Area in Crisis, 2008-18 by Christos Hadjiemmanuil

13/2019 A ‘Culture of Justification’? Police Interpretation and Application of the Human Rights Act 1998 by Richard Martin 

2019 Spring Issue

1/2019 Smart Contracts and the Consumer by Tatiana Cutts

2/2019 The Fleeting, Unhappy Affair of Amazon HQ2 and New York City by Priya S. Gupta

3/2019 Proceduralism and Automation: Challenges to the Values of Administrative Law by Carol Harlow and Richard Rawlings

4/2019 The Purposive Transformation of Company Law by David Kershaw and Edmund Schuster

5/2019 Blurring the Distinction Between Empirical and Normative Legitimacy? A Commentary on 'Police Legitimacy and Citizen Cooperation in China' by Jonathan Jackson and Ben Bradford

6/2019 Addressing Tax Avoidance: Cross Country Experience and an Indian Case Study by Parthasarathi Shome

7/2019 Proportionality and Limitations to Freedom of Speech by Grégoire Webber 

2018/19 Winter Issue

16/2018 Past, present, and justice in the exercise of judicial responsibility by Grégoire Webber 

17/2018 Introduction: Securing human rights through legislation by Grégoire Webber and Paul Yowell 

18/2018 Authoritarian liberalism as authoritarian constitutionalism by Michael A Wilkinson 

19/2018 Justifying the culture of justification by Kai Möller

20/2018 Odious debt, adverse creditors, and the democratic ideal by Margot E Salomon and Robert Howse

21/2018 Ministers’ business appointments and criminal misconduct by Jeremy Horder

22/2018 Fundamental law by Martin Loughlin 

2018 Summer Issue

09/2018 Beyond History and Boundaries: Rethinking the Past in the Present of International Economic Law by Rafael Lima Sakr

10/2018 Criminal Law and Republican Liberty: Philip Pettit’s Account by Jeremy Horder

11/2018 Contours and Conflicts in Tax Design: Principles and International Practice by Parthasarathi Shome

12/2018 Independent Fiscal Institutions in Comparative Constitutional Perspective by Cal Viney and Thomas Poole

13/2018 On Trust: The UN as Fiduciary (A Reply to Rosa Freedman) by Devika Hovell

14/2018 Regulatory Technology: Replacing Law with Computer Code by Eva Micheler and Anna Whaley

15/2018 The Foundations of Anglo-American Corporate Fiduciary Law  by David Kershaw

2018 Spring Issue

01/2018 Norms, normativity and the legitimacy of justice institutions: International perspectives by Jonathan Jackson

02/2018 The British Constitution: Thoughts on the cause of the present discontents by Martin Loughlin

03/2018 Improving access to patented medicines: Are human rights getting in the way? by Siva Thambisetty

04/2018 Dummy asset tracing by Tatiana Cutts 

05/2018 Authoritarian liberalism: The conjuncture behind the crisis by Michael Wilkinson

06/2018 Back to The Bremen (1972): Forum selection and worldmaking by Jacco Bomhoff 

07/2018 Law and political economy by Michael Wilkinson and Hjalte Lokdam

08/2018 The authority of universal jurisdiction by Devika Hovell 

2018 Winter Issue

17/2017 Public law and the autonomy of the political: A material critique by Michael Wilkinson

18/2017 The political constitution revisited by Martin Loughlin

19/2017 Immanence and irreconcilability: On the character of public law as political jurisprudence by Jacco Bomhoff

20/2017 Women, crime and character in twentieth century law and literature: in search of the modern Moll Flanders by Nicola Lacey

21/2017 The strange death of prerogative in England by Thomas Poole

22/2017 Locke on the federative by Thomas Poole

23/2017 Prying open the black box of causality: A causal mediation analysis test of procedural justice policing by Krisztián Pósch 

2017 Summer Issue

06/2017  Perspectives on liberalisation by Niamh Dunne

07/2017  Stewardship and collateral by Joanna Benjamin

08/2017  Democracy as the legitimating condition in the UK constitution by Jo Eric Khushal Murkens

09/2017  The non-frustration rule and the mandatory bid rule: Cornerstones of European takeover law? by Mathias Habersack

10/2017  On solidarity by Emmanuel Melissaris

11/2017  Dworkin's theory of rights in the age of proportionality by Kai Möller

12/2017  Springwell-watch: New Insights into the nature of contractual estoppel by Jo Braithwaite

13/2017  Repo and derivatives portfolios between insolvency law and regulation by Philipp Paech

14/2017  Ritual male circumcision and parental authority by Kai Möller

15/2017  Digital regulation: Designing a supranational legal framework for the platform economy by Michèle Finck

16/2017  The governance of blockchain financial networks by Philipp Paech 

2017 Spring issue

01/2017  Regulating "platform power" by Orla Lynskey

02/2017  Non-Citizens as subjects of the criminal law by Emmanuel Melissaris

03/2017  Price regulation in the social market economy by Niamh Dunne

04/2017  The Internet and the global reach of EU law by Christopher Kuner

05/2017  Brexit, the EU and Its investment banker: Rethinking "equivalence" for the EU capital market by Niamh Moloney 

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Submission Guidelines

LSE Law Working Papers were first published in 2007 (originally titled  Law, Society and Economy Working Paper Series). The series focuses on interdisciplinary legal scholarship in all subject areas. All members of the LSE Law School, LSE doctoral students, visiting professors and other visitors are invited to submit papers. Exceptionally, the Editors will publish keynote speeches or other major presentations which fit within the Series’ remit and which were delivered at the LSE by academics speaking at the invitation of LSE Law School or one of its affiliated research centres. However, our general policy is only to publish papers by researchers based in the law school. The Working Paper Series does not adopt a particular style, and papers may be submitted in any recognised style consistently applied. The papers are published electronically and are available online or through email distribution. See also our licence agreement.


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