Jonathan is a Career Development Fellow in Law at Queen's College. He read philosophy at Oxford before working in privacy law in both public and private sectors. He studied law part-time at Birkbeck College, London, and then returned to Oxford for the BCL, MPhil and DPhil. He has held Stipendiary Lectureships in Law at St Peter’s College and Worcester College, and taught political philosophy at the Blavatnik School of Government.

His work lies in moral, political, and legal philosophy, including the philosophical foundations of doctrinal law. He is particularly interested in the nature and methodology of normative theories; the relationship between the moral and the political, and its application to questions about the normative foundations of public, private, and criminal law; and the connections between democracy, authority, justice, and legitimacy.


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  • J Turner, ''Politics, Truth, and Respect'' in David Sobel, Peter Vallentyne, and Steven Wall (eds), Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy 7 (Oxford University Press 2021)

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Research Interests

Moral, political, and legal philosophy; Criminal law; Constitutional law

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Jurisprudence, Criminal Law (Mods), Moral and Political Philosophy

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