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Emeritus Professor

Emeritus since 2010, John Finnis teaches occasionally in  jurisprudence and political theory. Professor of Law & Legal Philosophy from 1989 to 2010, and a law tutor at University College since 1966 to 2010. From 1972 to 1989 Rhodes Reader in the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the United States. LL.B. (Adelaide); D.Phil. (Oxford) on the idea of judicial power, with special reference to Australian federal constitutional law, as Rhodes Scholar from South Australia at Univ. College (1962-5). Taught law at Berkeley, California, before returning to Univ. Also taught law at University of Adelaide, University of Malawi (head of law dept., on secondment from Oxford, 1976-78), and Boston College. Fellow of the British Academy. Advised a number of Australian governments on federal-State and UK-Australia constitutional relations; at the English Bar argued appeals in the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal.


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J M Finnis, 'Natural Law Theory: Its Past and Its Present' in Andrei Marmor (ed), Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Law (Routledge 2012)


J M Finnis, 'Equality and Differences' (2011) American Journal of Jurisprudence 17

J M Finnis, Human Rights and Common Good (Oxford University Press 2011) [...]

Volume 3 of Collected Essays of John Finnis 22 published and unpublished essays with a 16-page Introduction, on the general theory of human rights; justice and punishment; war and justice; autonomy, euthanasia and justice; autonomy, IVF, abortion and justice; and marriage, justice and the common good

J M Finnis, Intention and Identity (Oxford University Press 2011)

J M Finnis, 'Invoking the Principle of Legality against the Rule of Law' in Richard Ekins (ed), Modern Challenges to the Rule of Law (LexisNexis, Wellington 2011) [...]

Critique of Lords decision in Purdy and discussion of the Director Public Prosecutions guidelines on prosecution for assisting suicide


Teaching: Constitutional and Administrative Law; Philosophy of Law

Research: General Theory of Law, Constitutional Law in the Commonwealth

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