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Prof John Tasioulas
Rm 106
Bentham House Endsleigh Gardens
  • Quain Professor of Jurisprudence
  • Faculty of Laws
  • School of Arts & Social Sciences

John Tasioulas is Quain Professor of Jurisprudence in the Faculty of Laws, University College London. 

He was born in Australia, his parents having emigrated to that country from Greece in the early 1960s. He received degrees in philosophy and law from the University of Melbourne and studied as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford where he completed a D.Phil on moral relativism under the supervision of Joseph Raz. 

He was a Reader in Moral and Legal Philosophy at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford (1998-2010). Prior to that he was a Lecturer in Jurisprudence at the University of Glasgow (1992-1998). He has held visiting positions at the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne. 

His recent writings have focussed on philosophical issues regarding punishment, human rights and international law. He is the co-editor (with Samantha Besson) of The Philosophy of International Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010) and is currently working on a monograph on the philosophy of human rights.

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Research Summary

Research interests are in the broad areas of moral, political and legal philosophy. Special focus in recent years on (1) the philosophy of human rights, (2) the philosophy of crime and punishment, and (3) the philosophy of international law.

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Jurisprudence and Legal Theory

Colloquium in Legal and Social Philosophy

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