John Tasioulas is the Yeoh Professor of Politics, Philosophy & Law and the inaugural director of the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. He has published extensively in moral, legal, and political philosophy, with a focus on philosophical issues in crime and punishment, human rights, and international law. Recent publications include “Human Dignity and the Foundations of Human Rights,” in Understanding Human Dignity (Oxford University Press, 2013) and “Human Rights, Legitimacy, and International Law,” in American Journal of Jurisprudence (June 2013).
During his fellowship, Tasioulas aims to complete a monograph titled “Human Rights: From Morality to Law,” which is a philosophical inquiry into the nature and basis of human rights and the major challenges confronting them, including the charges that they are merely ethnocentric or utopian. It will conclude by addressing how human rights norms are best realized through international law.
Tasioulas obtained degrees in philosophy and law from the University of Melbourne and his DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is an honorary professorial fellow at Melbourne Law School, an emeritus fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, a distinguished research fellow of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and a member of the Academia Europaea. He has delivered lectures at Osgoode Hall Law School and at Notre Dame Law School. His research has been supported by grants from the British Academy and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.