School of Law

Nicole Roughan and Amalia Amaya join the School of Law as Visiting Professors

19 December 2018

The School of Law welcomes Nicole Roughan and Amalia Amaya as new Visiting Professors. Nicole and Amalia are two of the world's most exciting legal philosophers and it is an honour to have them join the School. They will be working closely with The Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context.

Nicole is Associate Professor and Deputy-Director of the Centre for Legal Theory at the University of Auckland, having previously been at the National University of Singapore. She has been a friend of the School for a while - we launched her important book on Authorities: Conflicts, Co-operation and Transnational Legal Theory in 2013. Nicole now holds one of the prestigious Rutherford Discovery Fellowships, working on pluralist jurisprudence. Nicole has broad interests in the philosophy of law, including indigenous jurisprudence, international law, the concept of officials, and theories of recognition. In Pursuit of Pluralist Jurisprudence is a recent edited work of hers. More about Nicole here.

Amalia is at the Institute of Philosophical Research at UNAM, in Mexico. Amalia too is known to the School, and we also launched her book (The Tapestry of Reason: An Inquiry into the Nature of Coherence and its Role in Legal Argument, 2015). Amalia has done important work on a range of topics in the philosophy of law, including epistemology of proof and fraternity, we well as theories of virtue and their applicability to legal contexts (e.g. arbitration). An example of her editing work is her collection on Law, Virtue and Justice (2012). Some of Amalia's papers are available here.

Dr Maks Del Mar, Founding Director of the CLSGC, said: β€œThe work of both these scholars is highly innovative and important. The research undertaken by Nicole and Amalia – for instance, on transnational authority, indigenous jurisprudence and virtue – connects strongly with the research priorities of the CLSGC. We look forward to long-term collaboration on some exciting research projects together.”