Professor Dennis Patterson


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Professor Dennis Patterson was appointed Professor of Jurisprudence and International Trade at the School of Law, Swansea University in 2007. He is also the Board of Governors Professor at the School of Law, Rutgers University (Camden, New Jersey, USA) and the Professor of Legal Theory and Legal Philosophy at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). Professor Patterson writes in the fields of commercial law, trade law and legal philosophy. He is the author of numerous books and articles in both commercial law and legal philosophy, including the The New Global Trading Order : The Evolving State and the Future of Trade (with Ari Afilalo), Cambridge University Press (2008) and The Commercial Sales Transaction: An Introduction to the U.C.C. (with Richard Hyland), West Publishing (2d ed., 2006).

Professor Patterson has been awarded Senior Research grants from the Fulbright Commission, Humboldt Stiftung, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He has been a visiting professor at several universities, such as the University of Berlin, Vienna, Texas and Georgetown. Professor Patterson is a distinguished and leading academic who has recently been elected to serve at the REF 2014 Law Sub-Panel.


  1. (Eds.). Philosophical Foundations of Law and Neuroscience.
  2. Criminal law, neuroscience, and voluntary acts. Journal of Law and the Biosciences, lsw022
  3. Theoretical Disagreement and Interpretation. Diritto e questioni pubbliche 16
  4. Can We Please Stop Doing This? By the Way, Postema was Right. In Metaphilosophy of Law. (pp. 49-61).
  5. Rethinking Duress. Jurisprudence 7(3), 672-677.
  6. & The Promise of Neuroscience for Law: "Overclaiming " in Jurisprudence, Morality, and Economics. In Philosophical Foundations of Law and Neuroscience. (pp. 231-248). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  7. (Eds.). Law and Neuroscience: Revising the Insanity Standard. Hart Publishing.
  8. (Eds.). Blackwell Companion to EU Law and International Law. Wiley-Blackwell.
  9. Transnational Lawmaking. In Catherine Brölmann and Yannick Radi (Ed.), Handbook on the Theory and Practice of International Lawmaking. Edward Elgar.
  10. The Nature of International Law. In Dennis Patterson and Anna Södersten (Ed.), Wiley-Blackwell Companion to EU Law and International Law. Wiley-Blackwell.
  11. The Dark Future of Constitutionalism, Review Essay reviewing Alexander Somek, The Cosmopolitan Constitution (OUP, 2014). Constitutional Commentary 30(3), 667
  12. Consciousness and Moral Responsibility (Review). Journal of Law and the Biosciences, lsv037
  13. & Morse, Mind, and Mental Causation. Criminal Law and Philosophy
  14. Post Positivism and Transnational Law. In Jean d’Aspremont and Jörg Kammerhoffer (Ed.), International Legal Positivism in a Post-Modern World. (pp. 401-420). Cambridge University Press.
  15. Legal dimensions of neural antecedents to voluntary action. Cognitive Neuroscience 5(3-4), 216-217.
  16. A Paradox About Meaning. In Reality and Culture, Festschrift for Bernard Harrison. (pp. 181-184). Rodolphi.
  17. The Gathering and Use of Neuroscientific Evidence in Criminal Trials in the United States. Compatibility with the 4th and 5th Amendments and with Due Process. Rivista di filosofia del diritto (Italian Journal of Legal Philosophy) 3, 41-70.
  18. Philosophy, Neuroscience and Law: The Conceptual and Empirical, Rule-Following. In M. Araszkiewicz, Pawel Banas, Tomasz Gizbert-Studnicki & Krzysztof Pleszka (Ed.), Interpretation and Knowledge, in Problems of Normativity, Rules and Rule-Following. (pp. 177-188). Springer.
  19. & Adverse Psychological Effects to Deep Brain Stimulation: Overturning the Question. AJOB Neuroscience 5(4), 62-64.
  20. & Minds, Brains, and Law: The Conceptual Foundations of Law and Neuroscience. OUP USA.
  21. & Minds, Brains, and Law. The Conceptual Foundations of Law and Neuroscience. Oxford University Press.
  22. The Limits of Normative Legal Pluralism (Review Essay, reviewing Paul Schiff Berman, Global Legal Pluralism: A Jurisprudence of Law Beyond Borders, Cambridge UP, 2012). International Journal of Constitutional Law 11, 783-800.
  23. & Statecraft, the Market State and the Development of European Legal Culture. In Geneviéve Helleringer and Kai Purnhagen (Ed.), Towards a European Legal Culture. (pp. 277-302). C.H. Beck/Hart/Nomos.
  24. Neuroscientific Challenges to Retributivism. In Thomas Nadelhoffer (Ed.), The Future of Punishment. (pp. 133-153). Oxford University Press.
  25. From the Nation State to the Market: The Evolution of EU Private Law as Regulation of the Economy Beyond the Boundaries of the Union?. In Bart Van Vooren, Steven Blockmans, and Jan Wouters (Ed.), The EU’s Role in Global Governance: The Legal Dimension. (pp. 59-78). Oxford University Press.
  26. Pluralism Reimagined. Review of Jan Smits, “A Radical View of Legal Pluralism”. Jotwell
  27. Review of Keith Culver and Michael Giudice, Legality’s Borders. Law and Philosophy 31, 593-599.
  28. Statecraft and the Foundations of European Law. In J. Dickson and P. Eleftheriadis (Ed.), Philosophical Foundations of EU Law. (pp. 275-303). Oxford University Press.
  29. Kovesi and Legal Theory. In Alan Tapper and T. Brian Mahoney (Ed.), The Philosophy of Julius Kovesi. (pp. 139-142).
  30. Alexy on Necessity in Law and Morals. Ratio Juris 25(1), 47-58.

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