Timothy Macklem

Timothy Macklem


  • Professor of Jurisprudence, Laws
  • WC2R 2LS

    United Kingdom

  • 69

Personal profile

Research interests

Tim's principal research interests are in the philosophical foundations of certain of our fundamental political rights and freedoms. He has published a book on the meaning of sex discrimination, Beyond Comparison, has recently completed a book on the freedoms of expression, religion, conscience and privacy, and the role of judicial review in relation to these, Independence of Mind, and is in the early stages of projects on equality, consent, and the nature of law. He has also written on moral philosophical questions to do with reason and value, and on issues in constitutional and criminal law, on his own and with John Gardner of the University of Oxford.




  •  Jurisprudence & Legal Theory

Research interests (short)

Legal and moral philosophy; human rights

Biographical details

Timothy Macklem joined the Dickson Poon School of Law as Lecturer in 1996, became Reader in Law in 2003, and Professor of Jurisprudence in 2004.

Before coming to King’s he served as Crown Counsel to the Attorney General of Ontario, in the Constitutional Law and Policy Division. Before becoming a lawyer at all he was a Linotype (and to a lesser extent, Monotype) operator and machinist.

He has earned a BA in English Literature from Carleton University, an LLB from the University of Ottawa, a BCL from the University of Oxford, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford.

Tim was Head of School until May 2013. Prior to this, he held a number of positions within the School including Deputy Head of School, Head of Academic Affairs, Learning and Teaching Coordinator and Head of Undergraduate Welfare.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 1995

Bachelor of Civil Law, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 1987

Bachelor of Laws, University of Ottawa

Award Date: 1 Jan 1985

Bachelor of Arts, Carleton University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1973


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