John Tasioulas

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2020 - present Director of the Institute for Ethics in AI, Professor of Ethics and Legal Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford.
2014 - 2020

Yeoh Professor of Politics, Philosophy and Law, and Director of the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy, and Law,

Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London.

2011 - 2014 Quain Professor of Jurisprudence, Faculty of Laws, University College London.
1998 - 2010 Reader in Moral and Legal Philosophy, University of Oxford; Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, Corpus Christi College.
1992 - 1998 Lecturer in Jurisprudence, University of Glasgow.
1996 D.Phil, Balliol College, Oxford.
1989 B.A.(Hons)/LLB(Hons), University of Melbourne.



Visiting positions held at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Melbourne.


‘Work and Play in the Shadow of AI’, in volume on AI ethics to be edited by David Edmonds (forthcoming 2024).
'Law as the Art of Justice'. On Vermeule's Common Good Constitutionalism', American Journal of Jurisprudence (forthcoming 2024).
'The Uneasy Relationship Between Human Rights and Public Health: Lessons from Covid-19', in J. Savulescu and D. Wilkinson (eds.), Pandemic Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2023), pp. 65-83.

‘The Rule of Algorithm and the Rule of Law’, in Vienna Lectures on Legal Philosophy vol 3: Legal Reasoning (Hart Publications, 2023) pp. 17-39.

‘The Philosophy of International Law’, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (with G. Verdirame) (May 12, 2022)

‘Artificial Intelligence, Humanistic Ethics’, Daedalus (2022) 151(2): 232-243. 

‘The Liberalism of Love’, in T. Brooks, Political Emotions: Towards a Decent Public Sphere (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022), pp.133-153. 

'The role of the arts and humanities in thinking about artificial intelligence (AI)', Ada Lovelace Institute Blog, June 14, 2021.

‘’Fantasy Upon Fantasy’: Some Reflections on Dworkin’s Philosophy of International Law’, Jus Cogens (2021). 

‘The Inflation of Concepts’, Aeon (January 28th, 2021), (Chinese translation in online Confucian magazine Rujiawang).
‘Sumption on Law, Democracy, and Human Rights’, Kings Law Journal 31 (2020): 467- 479. 
Editor, The Cambridge Companion to the Philosophy of Law (Cambridge University Press, 2020).
‘The Rule of Law’, in J. Tasioulas (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Philosophy of Law (Cambridge University Press, 2020).
‘Just Global Health: Integrating Human Rights and Common Goods’, in T. Brooks (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Global Justice (OUP, 2020) (with E. Vayena), pp.139-162.
‘Saving Human Rights from Human Rights Law’, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 52 (2019), pp.1167-1207 
‘First Steps Towards an Ethics of Robots and Artificial Intelligence’, Journal of Practical Ethics 7 (2019), pp. 61-95.
‘Philosophizing the Real World of Human Rights: A Reply to Samuel Moyn’, in A. Etinson (ed.), Human Rights: Moral or Political? (OUP, 2018), pp.88-102.
‘Exiting the Hall of Mirrors: Morality and Law in Human Rights’, in K. Bourne and T. Campbell (eds.) Political and Legal Approaches to Human Rights (Routledge, 2017), pp.73-89.
Minimum Core Obligations: Human Rights in the Here and Now, (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2017). Licence: CC BY 3.0 IGO.
‘Custom, Jus Cogens and Human Rights’, in C. Bradley (ed.), Custom’s Future: International Law in a Changing World (CUP, 2016), pp.95-116.
‘On the Foundations of Human Rights’, in R. Cruft, M. Liao, and M. Renzo (eds.), Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights (OUP, 2015), pp.45-70. 
Moral, legal, and political philosophy. Special interests in the philosophy of human rights, democracy, punishment, the ethics of AI, and the philosophy of international law.