HALPIN, Andrew


D.Phil. M.A. (Oxford)

Director of the Centre for Legal Theory
Email Address: halpin[at]
Office Tel: (65) 6516-5418 
Office Fax: (65) 6779-0979 
Office Address

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
Research Interests

Legal Theory, with particular interests in rights, legal reasoning, law and related disciplines, and general/global jurisprudence.

Subjects Taught

Introduction to Legal Theory
Global Legal Orders: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Graduate Research Seminar

Brief Biodata

Andrew Halpin joined the Faculty in January 2012. He previously held chairs in legal theory at the University of Southampton and Swansea University.

He completed his undergraduate studies and doctoral research at Oxford University, his thesis forming the basis for Rights and Law - Analysis and Theory (1997). His subsequent books are Reasoning with Law (2001), Definition in the Criminal Law (2004), and a coedited collection Theorising the Global Legal Order (2009). While at Southampton he held a British Academy Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship, and at Swansea posts of Director of Research and Head of School.

Professor Halpin's research interests have extended into areas of Criminal Law, Roman Law and Tort but fall mainly within legal theory, broadly conceived. His research has explored perspectives on law from other disciplines - logic, philosophy of language, politics, and economics - and confronted novel legal phenomena arising in a global context.

Representative Publications

1. "The Search for Law" (2014) 5 Jurisprudence 410

2. "Language, Truth and Law" in Michael Freeman and Fiona Smith (eds), Current Legal Issues, vol 15: Law and Language (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)

3. "Austin's Methodology? His Bequest to Jurisprudence" (2011) 70 Cambridge Law Journal 175

4. "Coase's world and Coase's blackboard" (2011) 31 European Journal of Law and Economics 91

5. "Rights, Duties, Liabilities, and Hohfeld" (2007) 13 Legal Theory 23

6. "Ideology and Law" (2006) 11 Journal of Political Ideologies 153

Publication List