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Dr Maksymilian Del Mar, BA LLB (Qld), PhD (Edinburgh), PhD (Lausanne), Solicitor (Qld)

Senior Lecturer in Law and Philosophy



Maksymilian Del Mar

Maksymilian (Maks) Del Mar is Senior Lecturer in Law and Philosophy, Director of the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC) and Academic Fellow (2013-2016) of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Dr Del Mar’s research interests include: 1) transnational legal theory; 2) legal reasoning; 3) the history, methodology and metatheory of ideas about law and society; 4) legal education, especially the role of the arts and humanities in law schools; and 5) legal and social normativity.


Undergraduate teaching:

  • LAW4005 Elements of Contract Law (Tutorial)
  • LAW6021 Jurisprudence and Legal Theory

Postgraduate teaching:

  • QLLM185 Legal Reasoning in Theory and Practice


Research interests:

Dr Del Mar is currently working on:

  1. Neil MacCormick: Law, Politics and Philosophy, Stanford University Press, expected in 2015-2016
  2. Visualising the Common Law Mind: Images and Imagination in Legal Reasoning and Legal Knowledge, Hart Publishing, expected in 2017-18
  3. Authority in Transnational Legal Theory: Theorising Across Disciplinary Borders, co-edited with Roger Cotterrell, Edward Elgar, scheduled for 2015
  4. Law, Theory and History: New Essays on a Neglected Dialogue, co-edited with Michael Lobban, Hart Publishing, scheduled for 2015

Funded research

Project: Neil MacCormick: Philosophy, Law and Politics

View the Neil MacCormick digital archive website.

Funding Source: Leverhulme Research Fellowship for 2013-2014

For more than thirty five years, Professor Sir Neil MacCormick (1941-2009) was Regius Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations at the University of Edinburgh. He was also a leading figure in the Scottish National Party, including serving as a Member of the European Parliament. This project explores the relationship between MacCormick’s intellectual life as a legal philosopher of world-renown and his political life within both Scottish and European politics. Drawing, for the first time, on MacCormick’s private and Parliamentary papers, this project will examine the development of MacCormick’s philosophy of law alongside his political involvement. The project will culminate in the publication of a book, currently under contract with Stanford University Press, in their Jurists: Profiles in Legal Theory series.

Project: Creative Legal Skills Workshops

1 September 2012 to 30 August 2013

Amount: £19,954.61

Funding Source: Westfield Fund for Enhancing the Student Experience

Project outline: The project aims to develop a series of workshops that will use methods and resources from the visual and dramatic arts to teach legal skills. Two pilot workshops have already been held, both on ‘How to Read a Case’ (February 2013). Project members: the project is led by Dr Del Mar, who will work closely with Ms Rogalska, a visual artist and an educator at the Tate Gallery, and Ms Jacqueline Defferary, an experienced theatre and television actress and drama teacher.


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Selected Publications

1) Transnational Legal Theory

2) Legal Reasoning

3) The History, Methodology and Metatheory of Ideas about Law and Society

4) Legal Education

  • The Moral Imagination and the Legal Life: Beyond Text in Legal Education, co-edited with Zenon Bankowski, Ashgate, 2013
  • The Arts and the Legal Academy: Beyond Text in Legal Education, co-edited with Zenon Bankowski and Paul Maharg, Ashgate, 2013
  • ‘The Education of Attention and Encounter in the Legal Academy’, in Bankowski and Del Mar (eds.), The Moral Imagination and the Legal Life: Beyond Text in Legal Education, Ashgate, 2013, 33-63
  • ‘Legal Understanding and the Affective Imagination’, in Caroline Maughan and Paul Maharg (eds.), Affect and Legal Education, Surrey: Ashgate, 2011, 177-193
  • ‘Beyond Text in Legal Education: Art, Ethics and the Carnegie Report’ (2010) 56 Loyola Law Review 101-144

5) Legal and Social Normativity

PhD Supervision

Dr Del Mar welcomes proposals for postgraduate supervision in the fields of legal and social philosophy.

Public engagement

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