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Julie Dickson

Fellow & Tutor in Law (Somerville); Associate Professor of Law
LLB Glas, MA DPhil Oxf
Faculty of Law

Julie Dickson (LLB, Dip. L.P. Glasgow; MA, DPhil Oxford) is Fellow and Senior Law Tutor at Somerville College, and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. After completing a law degree at the University of Glasgow, and a D.Phil in Philosophy of Law at Balliol College, Oxford, she held posts at the University of Leicester and University College London before taking up a Fellowship in Law at Somerville in 2002.

Dr Dickson works mainly in general jurisprudence or philosophy of law, and especially on methodological issues, such as the aims, aspirations, and criteria of success of theories of law. She has published many articles on these topics, as well as her book, Evaluation and Legal Theory (2001). Dr Dickson is also interested in theoretical aspects of European Union Law, including the analysis and critical evaluation of non-state polities, and the theory of legal systems in the EU context. Dr Dickson is the review articles editor of the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, and also serves on the editorial board of legal philosophy journals, Legal Theory, Law and Philosophy, Transnational Legal Theory and Problema.

Dr Dickson’s most recent book project – with regard to which she served as both co-editor and contributor – was to produce a new book featuring the best contemporary work combining legal and political philosophy and European Union law. J. Dickson and P. Eleftheriadis (eds.) Philosophical Foundations of European Union Law, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012.

Dr Dickson’s current major research project is a new monograph she is writing on the methodology of legal philosophy (under contract with Oxford University Press), working title: Elucidating Law: The Philosophy of Legal Philosophy.

Dr Dickson teaches Jurisprudence and European Union Law for the College at undergraduate level, and teaches those subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in the Faculty of Law.

https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/

https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/people/julie-dickson

Publications
  • 'Estado del arte de la filosofía del derecho' / 'State of the Art in Legal Philosophy' (2016) Problema (UNAM Press, México, D.F.)
    J.Dickson
  • Ours is a Broad Church: Indirectly Evaluative Legal Philosophy as a Facet of Jurisprudential Inquiry' (2015) 6 Jurisprudence 207
    J. Dickson
  • 'Who’s Afraid of Transnational Legal Theory?: Dangers and Desiderata ' (2015) Transnational Legal Theory (forthcoming)
    J. Dickson
  • 'Law and Its Theory: a Question of Priorities' in R P George and J Keown (eds), Reason, Morality and Law: the Jurisprudence of John Finnis (Oxford University Press 2013)
    J. Dickson
  • 'Introduction: The Puzzles of European Union Law' in J Dickson & P Eleftheriadis (eds), Philosophical Foundations of European Union Law (Oxford University Press 2012)
    J. Dickson and P. Eleftheriaidis
  • 'Legal Positivism: Contemporary Debates' in Andrei Marmor (ed), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Law (Routledge 2012)
    J. Dickson
  • 'The Idea of a Legal System: Between the Real and the Ideal' in N Walker (ed), MacCormick's Scotland (Edinburgh University Press 2012)
    J. Dickson
  • 'Towards a Theory of European Union Legal Systems' in J Dickson & P Eleftheriadis (eds), Philosophical Foundations of European Union Law (Oxford University Press 2012)
    J. Dickson
  • 'Directives in European Union Legal Systems: Whose Norms Are They Anyway?' (2011) 17 European Law Journal 190
    J. Dickson
  • 'On Naturalizing Jurisprudence: Some Comments on Brian Leiter’s View of What Jurisprudence Should Become ' (2011) 30 Law and Philosophy 477
    J. Dickson
  • 'Is Bad Law Still Law? Is Bad Law Really Law?' in Maksymilian Del Mar and Zenon Bankowski (eds), Law as Institutional Normative Order (Ashgate 2009)
    J. Dickson
  • 'How Many Legal Systems? Some Puzzles Regarding the Identity Conditions of, and Relations Between, Legal Systems in the European Union' (2008) 2 Problema 9
    J. Dickson
  • 'Is the Rule of Recognition Really a Conventional Rule?' (2007) 27(3) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 373
    J. Dickson
  • 'Descriptive Legal Theory' (2006) IVR Encyclopaedia of Jurisprudence, Legal Theory and Philosophy of Law
    J. Dickson
  • Evaluación en la teoría del derecho (Spanish language edition of Evaluation and Legal Theory, UNAM Press, México, D.F. 2006)
    J. Dickson
  • 'Interpreting Normativity' in Properties of Law: Essays in Honour of Jim Harris (OUP 2006)
    J. Dickson
  • 'Methodology in Jurisprudence: a critical survey' (2004) 10(3) Legal Theory 117
    J. Dickson
  • 'The Central Questions of Legal Philosophy' (2003) 56 Current Legal Problems 63
    J. Dickson
  • Evaluation and Legal Theory (Hart Publishing 2001)
    J. Dickson
  • 'Interpretation and Coherence in Legal Reasoning' (2001) (Fall 2001 Edition, revised June 2005 and September 2009) The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (ed. - E. Zalta)
    J. Dickson
  • 'Legal Positivism and Moral Scepticism: An Unholy Alliance?' (1999) 28 Anglo-American Law Review 243
    J. Dickson

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