Dr Maksymilian Del Mar, BA LLB (Qld), PhD (Edinburgh), PhD (Lausanne), Solicitor (Qld)
Senior Lecturer in Law and Philosophy
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. He is on research leave in 2013-14, thanks to a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (‘Neil MacCormick: Philosophy, Law and Politics’).
Dr Del Mar completed his undergraduate studies in philosophy, literature and law at the University of Queensland, Australia. Following graduation, he served as an Associate to the Hon Justice Margaret White at the Supreme Court of Queensland, and then qualified and practiced as a solicitor in Brisbane. Dr Del Mar has two PhD’s, one in Law from the School of Law, University of Edinburgh and one in the Social Sciences from the University of Lausanne. He joined Queen Mary in July 2011.
Dr Del Mar’s research interests include: 1) legal reasoning; 2) transnational legal theory; 3) legal and social normativity; 3) legal education, especially the role of the arts and humanities in law schools; and 4) the history, methodology and metatheory of ideas about law and society.
- LAW4005 Elements of Contract Law (Tutorial)
- LAW6021 Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
Dr Del Mar is currently pursuing three main strands of research:
- Researching and writing an introduction to the work of the late Professor Sir Neil MacCormick – the book is under contract with Stanford University Press in their Jurists: Profiles in Legal Theory series.
- Researching theories of common law reasoning, including considering how certain reasoning skills might be developed with the aid of the resources and methods of the visual and dramatic arts; and
- Continuing with research on social normativity and related issues.
Project: Neil MacCormick: Philosophy, Law and Politics
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
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.
- Legal Fictions in Theory and Practice, co-edited with William Twining, Springer, 2014
- Legal Theory and Legal History: Contemporary Legal Theory, Series 2, Volume 1, co-edited with Michael Lobban, Ashgate, 2014
- Legal Theory and the Humanities: Contemporary Legal Theory, Series 2, Volume 2, co-edited with Peter Goodrich, Ashgate, 2014
- Legal Theory and the Natural Sciences: Contemporary Legal Theory, Series 2, Volume 3, co-edited with Burkhard Schafer, Ashgate, 2014
- The Anxiety of the Jurist: Legality, Exchange and Judgement, co-edited with Claudio Michelon, (Ashgate 2013)
- The Arts and the Legal Academy: Beyond Text in Legal Education co-edited (with P. Maharg and Z. Bankowski) (Ashgate 2013)
- The Moral Imagination and the Legal Life: Beyond Text in Legal Education (co-edited with Z. Bankowski) (Ashgate 2013)
- New Waves in Philosophy of Law (ed.) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)
- Legal Theory and the Legal Academy (co-edited with W. Twining and M. Giudice eds.) (Ashgate, 2010)
- Legal Theory and the Social Sciences (co-edited with M. Giudice eds.) (Ashgate, 2010)
- The Methodology of Legal Theory (co-edited with M. Giudice and W. Waluchow eds.) (Ashgate, 2010)
- Law as Institutional Normative Order (co-edited with Z. Bankowski eds.) (Ashgate, 2009)
Special Journal Issues / Symposia
- Special Issue on Legal Fictions, in the International Journal of Law in Context, volume 9, issue 4.
- Special Issue on Exemplary Narratives in Law and Legal Reasoning, co-edited with Randy Gordon, in Law & Literature, 2013 (3), pp. 331-484
- Symposium on the Human Right to Subsistence, co-edited with Rowan Cruft, Journal of Applied Philosophy (2013) 30(1) pp. 53-100
- ‘Learning from W.D. Lamont: Towards a Science of Situated Judgement’, in Ross Anderson, James Chalmers, and Johnnie MacLeod (eds), Festschrift in Honour of the Tercentenary of the Regius Chair in Law, Glasgow Law School, Edinburgh: Avizandum, 2014, 105-124
- ‘Thinking in Images in Legal Theory’, in Del Mar and Michelon (eds.), The Anxiety of the Jurist: Legality, Exchange and Judgement, Ashgate, 2013, 43-67
- ‘Beyond the State in and of Legal Theory’, in S. Donlan and L. Heckendorn-Urscheler (eds.), Concepts of Law: Comparative, Jurisprudential, and Social Science Perspectives, Ashgate, forthcoming.
- ‘The Education of Attention and Encounter in the Legal Academy’, in Z. Bankowski and M. Del Mar (eds.), The Moral Imagination and the Legal Life: Beyond Text in Legal Education, Ashgate 2013, 33-63
- ‘The Works of Neil MacCormick: A Complete Bibliography and a Bibliographical Essay on Scottish Themes’, in Neil Walker (ed.), MacCormick’s Scotland, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012, 25-69
- ‘Legal Understanding and the Affective Imagination’, in Caroline Maughan and Paul Maharg (eds.), Affect and Legal Education, Surrey: Ashgate, 2011, 177-193
- ‘Legality as Relative Institutionalisation: MacCormick’s Diffusionism and Transnational Legal Theory’ (2014) 5(1) Transnational Legal Theory 157-97
- ‘Judging Virtuously: Developing an Empathic Capacity for Perceptual Sensitivity’ (2014) 5(1) Jurisprudence 177-89
- ‘Legal Fictions and Legal Change’ (2013) 4 International Journal of Law in Context 442-465
- ‘Exemplarity and Narrativity in the Common Law Tradition’ (2013) 25(3) Law & Literature 390-427
- ‘Relational Jurisprudence: Vulnerability between Fact and Value’ (2012) 2 Recht en Methode [Law and Method] 63-81. Draft available on SSRN.
- ‘The Smithian Categorical Imperative: How MacCormick Smithified Kant’ (2012) 98(2) Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie 233-254
- 'What Does History Matter to Legal Epistemology?', (2011) 5 Journal of the Philosophy of History 383-405
- 'Marmor's Social Conventions: The Limits of Practical Reason' (2011) 41(3) Philosophy of the Social Sciences 420-445
- ‘Concerted Practices and the Presence of Obligations: Joint Action in Competition Law and Social Philosophy’ (2011) 30(1) Law & Philosophy 105-140
- ‘Beyond Text in Legal Education: Art, Ethics and the Carnegie Report’ (2010) 56 Loyola Law Review 101-44
- ‘Normativism, Anti-Normativism and Humanist Pragmatism’ (2010) 33(2-3) Human Studies 305-323
- ‘The Moral Quality of Work in International Economic Institutions: Resisting Complacency’, with Oche Onazi (2008) 4(4) International Journal of Law in Context 337-372
- ‘System Values and Understanding Legal Language’ (2008) 21(1) Leiden Journal of International Law 29-61
- ‘Jurisprudence on the Frontline’ (2008) 5 European Journal of International Law 1095-1108
- ‘Legal Norms and Normativity’ (2007) 27(2) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 355-372
- ‘R. Ekins, The Nature of Legislative Intent & N. Duxbury, Elements of Legislation’ (2013) 72(3) Cambridge Law Journal 758-764
- ‘S. Shapiro, Legality’ (2012) 71(3) Cambridge Law Journal 706-709
- ‘The Language of Responsibility. Review of I.M. Young, Responsibility for Justice’ (2012) 18(4) Res Publica 373-377.
- ‘J. Tully, Public Philosophy in a New Key, 2 Vols’ (2009) 69(3) Cambridge Law Journal pp. 661-664
- ‘B. Smith et al, The Mystery of Capital and the Construction of Social Reality’ (2009) 63(3) Dialectica, pp. 365-368
- ‘A. Supiot, Homo Juridicus’ (2009) 5 Law, Culture and the Humanities, pp. 325-329
- ‘C. Tilly, Why? & Credit and Blame’ (2009) 3(2) Criminal Law and Philosophy, pp. 209-212
Dr Del Mar welcomes proposals for postgraduate supervision in the fields of legal and social philosophy.
- Director of the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC)
- Convenor of the UK Branch of the International Association for Legal and Social Philosophy
- Academic Fellow (2013-2016) of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
- Member of the Executive Committee of the Centre for the History of Political Thought, Queen Mary University of London
- Queen Mary Point Person for the Association of Transnational Law Schools
Dr Del Mar to speak on legal reasoning in Edinburgh
26 March 2014
Dr Maks Del Mar invited to join two editorial boards
22 January 2014
Dr Maksymilian Del Mar awarded prestigious fellowship
27 October 2013