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Dr Maks Del Mar awarded Leverhulme Research Fellowship to study the late Sir Neil MacCormick

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Dr Maks Del Mar has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for 2013-14 to complete a monograph under the working title Sir Neil MacCormick: Philosophy, Law and Politics.

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

Dr Del Mar is Lecturer in Legal and Social Philosophy at Queen Mary, Co-Convenor of the Queen Mary Legal Theory and Legal History Research Group and Convenor of the UK Branch of the International Association for Legal and Social Philosophy.

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