Timothy Endicott


Professor of Legal Philosophy and Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford

Fellow in Law, Balliol College, Oxford


Since October 2007, I have been the Dean of the Faculty of Law in the University of Oxford (the position was created in 2007).

I work in the philosophy of law and the theory of Constitutional and Administrative Law, with special interest in the use of language in law, and in the basic constitutional principles that justify certain forms of judicial control of the executive conduct of government. I have taught at Jesus, St.Anne's, and St.Catherine's Colleges, Oxford, and practised law in Toronto.


Curriculum vitae

 Recent writing:

   Administrative Law (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2009).


‘Vagueness and Legal Theory’, in Handbook on Vagueness, Giuseppina Ronzitti ed. (Springer, forthcoming 2009).



‘Sovereignty and the Logic of Absolute Power’, in  Philosophy of International Law, Samantha Besson and John Tasioulas eds. (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2009).



 ‘Adjudication and the Law’ (2007) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 311-326.



 Habeas Corpus in the Supreme Court: A view from abroad’ –published on SSRN, April 24 2007 (Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 6/2007): http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=982412



 ‘Interpretation, Jurisdiction, and the Authority of Law’ (2007) 6 American Philosophical Association Newletter 14-19



‘The One True Interpretation’ (2006) Analisi e Diritto [with a reply by Juan Vega] www.giuri.unige.it/intro/dipist/digita/filo/testi/analisi_2006/08endicott.pdf




‘The Infant in the Snow’, in Timothy Endicott, Joshua Getzler, and Edwin Peel (eds), Properties of Law (Oxford University Press, 2006)



‘The Subsidiarity of Law and the Obligation to Obey’, (2005) 50 American Journal of Jurisprudence 233-248


Edited collection:  

    Properties of Law:  Essays in Honour of Jim Harris, Edited by Timothy Endicott, Joshua Getzler, and Edwin Peel (Oxford University Press, 2006)

Vital links:

    Recent House of Lords decisions

   Legal Philosophy in Oxford

    The Court Service Judgments Database

    Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

   Acts of the United Kingdom Parliament

    Oxford Law Faculty


    Hubble Space Telescope pictures




Balliol College

Oxford OX1 3BJ



e-mail: timothy.endicott@law.ox.ac.uk