Prof. Scott Veitch


LLB PhD (Edin)


Professor Veitch writes and teaches in the areas of legal, social and political theory. Educated in Scotland he has worked at universities in Australia and the United Kingdom, and was formerly Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Glasgow. He has held visiting academic positions in South Africa, New Zealand, Belgium, France and the Basque country.

Professor Veitch’s area of research is jurisprudence broadly defined, and his work draws on historical, philosophical and sociological insights into law and legal institutions. More specifically it has dealt with the politics of domestic and international law; critical aspects of legal reasoning; the role of law in processes of transition and its bearing on reconciliation and memory; and the relations between legal concepts and political economy.

He is the author of numerous books, articles and chapters. His books include:

Obligations: New Trajectories in Law

Jurisprudence: Themes and Concepts (4th edition, with Emilios Christodoulidis and Marco Goldoni)

Chinese translation, Peking University Press:

Law, Obligation, Community (ed with Daniel Matthews)

Law and Irresponsibility: On the legitimation of human suffering

Moral Conflict and Legal Reasoning (winner of the European Award for Legal Theory)

Law and the Politics of Reconciliation

He supervises research students in the areas of Jurisprudence and Law and Social Theory.