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Professor Scott Veitch

Paul K C Chung Professor in Jurisprudence
LLB PhD (Edin)

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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 and France.

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 most recent monograph analysed the ways in which contemporary law and legal institutions organise global irresponsibility, and was the subject of a book symposium in the Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy. His first monograph won of the European Award for Legal Theory.

Current research projects include a historical investigation into the changing nature of the legal obligation.



Jurisprudence: themes and concepts, 2nd ed. (Routledge 2012) with E Christodoulidis and L Farmer; link

Law and Irresponsibility: On The Legitimation of Human Suffering (New York, Abingdon: Routledge-Cavendish, 2007) link ALSP book symposium (2009): link

Law and the Politics of Reconciliation (Aldershot, Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2007, editor) link

Lethe’s Law: Justice, Law and Ethics in Reconciliation (Oxford, Hart, 2001, ed with E Christodoulidis) link

The State of Scots Law: Law and Government after the Devolution Settlement London: Butterworths,2001,edwith L Farmer) link

Moral Conflict and Legal Reasoning (Oxford: Hart, 1999) link

 Specialized Areas: Jurisprudence, Law and Social Theory