Maris Köpcke Tinturé teaches and writes in jurisprudence and criminal law. In 2009 she completed a D.Phil. at University College Oxford on the moral purpose of legal validity, supervised by Prof. John Finnis and Prof. John Gardner. It won the 2011 European Award for Legal Theory, and will be published as a book in 2014. Maris is interested in legal philosophy, criminal law and criminal law theory. She also has interests in Roman law and in comparative private law. She has given a number of invited talks at European and American universities.

Prior to coming to Oxford, Maris studied Law at ESADE (Barcelona), and read for LL.M.s at the European Academy of Legal Theory (Brussels) and Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA).


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  • M Köpcke Tinturé, 'Validez' in Jorge Fabra, Alvaro Nunez (ed), Manual de Filosofía del Derecho y Jurisprudencia (UNAM, Mexico 2014) (forthcoming)
  • M Köpcke Tinturé, 'Criminalizing psychological forms and causes of harm' (2014) (forthcoming)
  • M Köpcke Tinturé, Legal Validity (2014) (forthcoming)
  • M Köpcke Tinturé, 'Legal Validity: Law's Craftsmanship of Rights' in Gregoire Webber, Paul Yowell (ed), Legislated Rights (2014) (forthcoming)
  • M Köpcke Tinturé, 'Methodology in Marmor's "Philosophy of Law"' (2014) Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies (forthcoming)
  • M Köpcke Tinturé, 'Finnis on Legal and Moral Obligation' in John Keown, Robert George (ed), Reason, Morality, and Law: The Jurisprudence of John Finnis (Oxford University Press 2013)
    ISBN: 978-0-19-967550-0
  • M Köpcke Tinturé, 'Law Does Things Differently' (2010) 55 American Journal of Jurisprudence 201
    DOI: 10.1093/ajj/55.1.201
    ISBN: 0065-8995
  • M Köpcke Tinturé, 'La nueva “Tierra Prometida”: derechos humanos del inmigrante frente a la sociedad de acogida' in Antonio Marzal (ed), Migraciones masivas y derechos del hombre (J.M. Bosch, Barcelona 2002)


Research Interests

Philosophy of Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Law Theory, Roman Law, Comparative Private Law

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