Keith Barnes

Jurisprudence is a distinctive area of enquiry that encompasses and lies at the nexus of moral, political, social, and legal philosophy. It brings to bear all areas of philosophical inquiry to shed light on questions about how we should live together and how we should understand the institutions of society. 

Oxford has had unparalleled strength in jurisprudence ever since H.L.A. Hart became our Professor of Jurisprudence in 1952. Seven decades later, the University of Oxford continues to be a leader in the field, comprising the largest cohort of jurisprudence scholars in the world, with research projects of both impressive breadth and depth.