Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy (Jurisprudence) Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco
Academic and research departmentsSchool of Law.
Professor Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco is the inaugural holder of the Chair of Moral and Political Philosophy (Jurisprudence) in the School of Law, University of Surrey and member of the Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy. Her research is located at the intersection of practical reason, philosophy of action and law. She draws insights from ancient, medieval and contemporary moral psychology and action theory to illuminate the nature of private law, legal authority and normativity. Her research has been published in leading journals and she is the author of the monograph Law and Authority Under the Guise of the Good (Oxford: Hart /Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014; paperback edition 2017), where she argues that the understanding of the structure of practical reason sheds light on legal authority and normativity.
Veronica has also co-edited Dignity in Dworkin's Legal and Moral Philosophy ( Oxford: OUP, 2018) and Reasons and Intentions in Law and Practical Agency (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015). Prof. Rodriguez-Blanco was Alexander Von Humboldt Research Fellow (University of Heidelberg and University of Kiel), Fernand Braudel Senior Research Fellow at the European University Institute (Florence) and Visiting Professor at the University of Stockholm and the University of Vienna. Prof. Rodriguez-Blanco’s research has been funded by the British Academy, the British Council, the Cambridge Overseas Trust, Centre Saint-Ignatius-Antwerp, and the Foundation for the Promotion of Research-Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ).
Veronica is co-editor of the journal Jurisprudence: An International Journal of Legal and Political Thought and has been invited to deliver keynote lectures and papers at Yale Law School, Chicago Law School, Toronto Law School, Melbourne Law School, Georgia State University, Uppsala, McMaster University, University Pompeu Fabra, University of Girona, Freiburg, Palermo, Antwerp, Belgrade, Austral University (Argentina), Navarra, Mexico City (UNAM) and Edinburgh.
Philosophy of Tort Law, the nature of legal authority and normativity, theories of intention, responsibility and practical reason, transnational legal theory, philosophy of action and theory of contract law. Currently, I scrutinise ancient and medieval action theory to shed light on legal and moral responsibility.
Tort, Contract and Jurisprudence
Prof. Rodriguez-Blanco is happy to receive PhD applications on any of the following topics:
a) Philosophy of Tort Law, e.g. the nature of negligence, theories of responsibility and negligence, the action/omission distinction, the role of knowledge/ignorance in negligence, causation.
b) Transnational Legal Theory, e.g. the possibility of a transnational rule of law, the role of coercion at the transnational level.
c) Legal Philosophy, e.g. the role of agency in law, the nature of legal normativity.
d) Philosophy of Contract Law, e.g. the role of promises, unconscionability in contract law.
e) Ancient and medieval conceptions of agency to illuminate key aspects of private law.
Postgraduate research supervision
Chantal Frindall, working title 'Refugee Law and Kantian Dignity' (with Josh Andresen and Marie Newhouse).
Andrew Field, working title, 'Determinism, Practical Self and Legal Responsibility' (with Chris Taggart).