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The aim of the project is to improve the intellectual understanding of the way in which rights are deployed in private law reasoning. The project will focus, in particular, on the way in which rights are utilized in private law reasoning. To date, existing accounts of rights in private law reasoning have failed to engage sufficiently with jurisprudential theories about the nature and function of rights. This research aims to fill this gap in the existing literature. In particular, it aims to better inform legal and philosophical debates about the character of rights, further our understanding of the practice of law, and significantly add to this area of scholarship.  The outcomes of the project will be of interest to academic lawyers and practitioners with an interest in legal rights, as well as philosophers interested in the nature of rights.

Project members

Mr Robert Mullins

Associate Lecturer
TC Beirne School of Law