Fernando Contreras

DPhil Law


Before beginning the DPhil Fernando studied law in Chile (Universidad Católica) and completed an MPhil degree (Oxford). In his MPhil thesis he examined the legalistic features of John Rawls’ account of the political, with particular attention to the idea of public reason. 

The general focus of his DPhil thesis is on the theory and practice of the invalidation of norms. Some themes to explore are legal validity and legal invalidity; the concept of legal system; the nature of judicial remedies in public law; and the ontology of norms. 

Research Interests

Practical philosophy and public law. 

Research projects & programmes

Public Law in Oxford Private Law Research Group