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Stephen Perry

Stephen R. Perry

John J. O’Brien Professor of Law & Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus

Stephen Perry is a prominent legal philosopher and legal theorist. Before taking up his current position at Penn, he taught at McGill University and was later the Fiorello La Guardia Professor of Law at NYU Law School.

He has published numerous well regarded articles on jurisprudence, political philosophy, and theoretical aspects of the law of torts. He is particularly interested in the methodology of jurisprudence, the general nature of authority and obligation in law, the role of corrective justice in tort law, the morality of risk imposition, and the relationship between legal and moral responsibility.

Perry is a sought-after lecturer and panelist. He has presented papers in many different venues, including the Analytic Legal Philosophy Conference and the Colloquium in Legal, Political and Social Philosophy at NYU Law School. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute.

In recent years he has been a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at King’s College, London, and he has taught an intensive course on political authority at the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University as well as at Zengzhou University Law School in China.