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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. 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.


Undergraduate teaching:

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

Postgraduate teaching:


Research interests:

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.

Funded research

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

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


Special Journal Issues / Symposia


  • ‘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


Book Reviews

PhD Supervision

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

Public engagement

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