Perry, Adam

Associate Professor of Law

University of Oxford, United Kingdom



Max Weber alumnus

Department of Law

Cohort(s): 2011/2012

Ph.D. Institution

University of Oxford, United Kingdom


I was a doctoral student at the University of Oxford. I have supervision in the Faculty of Law from Leslie Green and the Faculty of Philosophy from John Broome. In 2010 I was a visiting researcher in the Law School at Yale University, where I was supervised by Scott Shapiro. I expect to complete my D.Phil. by August 2011.
My main research interest is legal philosophy, and in particular law and normativity. I am also interested in related areas of political philosophy, constitutional law and theory, and evidence law. I was formerly a tutor in constitutional law at St Anne’s College, Oxford.

My work as a doctoral student is on practical reason and rules. In my thesis, I look at what it means for a person or society to have a rule. I spend much of my time criticizing Joseph Raz’s account of rules. I also propose an alternative account based on a distinction influential in the philosophy of mind between acceptance and belief.

I hold an M.Phil. in Law (2008) and a BA. in Civil Law (2007) from the University of Oxford. I completed an LL.B. (2005) at the University of Victoria and a B.A. (2002) in Economics at the University of Winnipeg, both in Canada.
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