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 joined Queen Mary in July 2011. Prior to arriving at Queen Mary, he was a Swiss National Science Foundation Researcher at the Institute of the Social Sciences at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. In Lausanne, he completed a Doctorat ès sciences sociales (Doctorate in the Social Sciences), writing on social normativity. He has also completed a PhD in Law, specialising in legal theory, at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh. Before embarking on academic research, he was an Associate to the Hon. Justice Margaret White at the Supreme Court of Queensland, and he qualified and practiced as a solicitor in Brisbane. He completed his undergraduate studies in philosophy, literature and law at the University of Queensland, Australia.
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.
- The Anxiety of the Jurist: Legality, Exchange and Judgement, co-edited with Claudio Michelon, Ashgate, forthcoming in 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 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
- ‘Thinking in Images in Legal Theory’, in M. Del Mar and C. Michelon (eds.), The Anxiety of the Jurist: Legality, Exchange and Judgement, Ashgate, forthcoming (Draft on SSRN)
- ‘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
- ‘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
- ‘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
Dr Maksymilian Del Mar awarded prestigious fellowship
27 October 2013