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Dennis Patterson

Professor of Legal Theory and Legal Philosophy

DMPfoto-Cropped-175x185Appointed in September 2009, contract renewed until August 2017. 

Dennis Patterson took a PhD in philosophy and a J.D. In law from the University of Buffalo. He has published many books and articles in jurisprudence, philosophy, trade law as well as law and neuroscience.  On leave from Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA, he supervises PhD theses in legal philosophy, EU law, sovereign debt and transnational legal theory.  His most-recent book, Minds, Brains and Law (OUP, 2013) (with Michael Pardo) is the first full-length treatment of the philosophical issues in law and neuroscience.

NoteProfessor Patterson will not be taking new Ph.D. supervisees, but only LL.M. supervisees, in the academic year 2016-17

Contact Details

Tel. [+39] 055 4685 245 / 306

Fax [+39] 055 4685 200

Email: Dennis.Patterson@eui.eu

Administrative Assistant: Olga Lupu

Postal address: Law Department | Via Boccaccio 121 | 50133 Florence - Italy

Office: Villa Schifanoia - VS 34 

Working Languages: English, German, Italian, French (reading), Spanish (reading).

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Research Interests

  • General jurisprudence
  • Wittgenstein
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Transnational Legal Theory
  • Law and Neuroscience

Current Research Projects

  • The Guilty Mind: A Study of the Role of Neuroscience in the Defence of Insanity
  • Transnational Law: A monograph on the normative dimensions of transnational law

Research and Supervision

  • Legal Philosophy (including general jurisprudence, social and political philosophy)
  • International Trade Law
  • American Contract and Commercial Law
  • Theory of International Law
  • International Economic Law (Global Equality and Justice)


Page last updated on 27 January 2016