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Prof Claudio Michelon

Personal Chair of Philosophy of Law

Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes


Claudio Michelon graduated LLB in 1992 from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) and, in 1996 obtained an M.Phil by research from the same University. He gained his doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in 2001. From 2001 to 2006 he lived in Brazil and was an assistant professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul while also practicing as a lawyer. He joined Edinburgh Law School in 2007. 


Research Interests

Claudio Michelon's research focuses on (i) legal reasoning and legal decision-making and on (ii) the underlying normative structure of private law doctrines, rules, and concepts.

In relation to legal reasoning, his work investigates a number of related topics, ranging from the role of subjectivity (and in particular of practical perception) in legal decision-making to the structure of particular kinds of legal argument. In his book Being apart form Reasons, he addresses the possibility of insulating different orders of reasons in moral and legal decision-making. In addressing those topics, he draws on diverse philosophical resources, including classical practical philosophy, virtue theory, virtue epistemology, theories of perception, and argumentation theory.

His investigation on private law theory encompasses a number of subjects, in particular the relationship between private law and particular justice (i.e. corrective and distributive justice), the role of private law in structuring the private sphere, and the possibility of conceiving aspects of private law as possessing intrinsic value.

The Legal Theory web pages contain further information on legal theory at Edinburgh.



Research outputs

  1. A inferência à melhor explicação e a autoridade da doutrina

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  2. Law, polity and the legacy of statehood: An introduction

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. What has Private Law ever done for Justice?

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Research activities & awards

  1. Arguments based on Precedent in Brazil

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesProfessional Development and Training

  2. IV Colóquio de Filosofia Política e do Direito: Justiça e Democracia.

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  3. Brazilian Judges Annual Congress 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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Latest prizes

  1. IVR Young Scholar Prize

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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Research projects

  1. Law in Theory and History Project

    Project: University Awarded Project Funding

  2. The Law and Polity

    Project: Research

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