Dr Michael Sevel

BA (So Miss) MA (Va Tech) JD MA PhD (Texas)
Lecturer

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 0303
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Biographical details

Michael Sevel is a Lecturer in Jurisprudence and an Associate of the Sydney Centre for International Law. He was previously Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Miami School of Law, where he taught jurisprudence, torts, and admiralty law, and Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Law of the European University Institute. He researches issues in general jurisprudence, the rule of law, and moral and political philosophy. He also has interests in issues in international law, maritime law, and torts.

In 2015-2016, he will be a Visiting Research Professor at the Center for Ethics and Public Affairs in the Murphy Institute at Tulane University. He is currently writing the first comprehensive treatment of the moral, legal, and political philosophy of Joseph Raz, under contract with Oxford University Press.

Research interests

  • Jurisprudence
  • Legal Theory
  • The Rule of Law
  • Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law

Teaching and supervision

  • The Rule of Law and its Value
  • Philosophy of International Law
  • Theories of Legal Authority
  • The Nature of the Common Law
  • Theories of the Judiciary
  • Torts

Selected grants

2013

  • Sydney Intellectual History Network; Milam J, Aspromourgos A, Borghesi F, Caine B, Ferng J, Fitzmaurice A, Gaukroger S, Helbig D, Karalis V, Kerridge I, Macarthur D, Nassar D, Redding P, Sadurski W, Sevel M, Sluga G, Smith M, Waldow A, Walton K; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Sevel, M. (2013). Hobbes: Patriarch of Legal Positivism, or Reinventor of Natural Law? In S A Lloyd (Eds.), The Bloomsbury Companion to Hobbes, (pp. 303-308). London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic, imprint of Bloomsbury.

Journals

  • Sevel, M. (2015). Review of Gerald J. Postema, Legal Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: The Common Law World (Springer: 2011) (Forthcoming). Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
  • Sevel, M. (2014). The Constitution of Authority: A review of Joseph Raz, Between Authority and Interpretation: On the Theory of Law and Practical Reason (Oxford University Press, 2009) 424pp, Pbk 24.99, ISBN 978-0199596379. Jurisprudence, 5(2), 430-441.
  • Sevel, M. (2014). What the Sovereign Can't Do. Hobbes Studies, 27(2), 191-198. [More Information]
  • Sevel, M. (2010). Admiralty course offerings in United States law schools. Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, 41(4), 499-506.
  • Sevel, M. (2009). Legal positivism and the rule of law. Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 34, 53-68.

Conferences

  • Sevel, M. (2014). The Service Conceptions of Authority. Australian Society for Legal Philosophy Annual Meeting 2014, Perth, WA: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2014). What the Sovereign Can't Do. 110th Annual Meeting of The American Philosophical Association Eastern Division 2013, Baltimore, MD, USA: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2013). Authority at Sea. Inaugural Meeting of the International Network on Transnational Legal and Political Theory 2013, London, England: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2013). The Service Conceptions of Authority. Graduate Institute of Philosophy, National Tsing Hua University 2013, Hsinchu, Taiwan: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2012). Knowing the law: The role of testimony. Australian Society for Legal Philosophy, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2011). Authority and the nature of obedience. ALSP Annual Conference on Authority, Legitimacy and Rights, Coventry, England: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2011). Authority and the nature of obedience. Centre for Ethics, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2011). Freedom on the high seas and the great Pacific garbage patch. Max Weber Programme Lustrum Conference, Fiesole, Italy: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2011). Hobbes and Game Theory (Presentation). Economics Working Group, Max Weber Programme, Fiesole, Italy: European University Institute.
  • Sevel, M. (2011). Knowing the law. Seminar in Legal Theory, Girona, Spain: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2011). Knowing the law. Bocconi University, Milan, Italy: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2011). Knowing the law (Keynote address). 4th Antwerp-Glascow Colloquium, 'Subsidiary and Its Discontents', Antwerp: Antwerp University Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values.
  • Sevel, M. (2011). Knowing the law: The role of testimony. Louisiana State University School of Law, Baton Rouge, LA, USA: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2011). Knowing the law: The role of testimony. University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, SC, USA: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2011). Philosophical theories of causality. Multidisciplinary Research Workshop on Causality, Fiesole, Italy: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2010). Authority and self-knowledge. University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL, USA: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2010). Authority and self-knowledge. McMaster University Graduate Conference on Legal Theory, Hamilton, ON, Canada: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2009). The problem of authority reconsidered. Princeton University Department of Politics, Princeton, NJ, USA: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2007). In search of instrumental rationality. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2006). In search of instrumental rationality. 8th Annual CMU/PITT Graduate Philosophy Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, USA: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2001). Non-cognitivism strikes again? Foot and Gibbard on the nature of moral judgement. Columbia University Conference on Rationality, Department of Philosophy, New York, NY, USA: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2001). Non-cognitivism strikes again? Foot and Gibbard on the nature of moral judgement (Presentation). Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA, USA: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2001). On knowing what to say next: Another look at Wittgenstein and rule-scepticism. University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.

Reference Works

  • Sevel, M., Leiter, B. (2015). Philosophy of Law. Encyclopaedia Britannica. Australia: Encyclop√¶dia Britannica Australia Ltd.
  • Sevel, M., Leiter, B. (2010). Legal positivism. Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Oxford University Press.

2015

  • Sevel, M., Leiter, B. (2015). Philosophy of Law. Encyclopaedia Britannica. Australia: Encyclop√¶dia Britannica Australia Ltd.
  • Sevel, M. (2015). Review of Gerald J. Postema, Legal Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: The Common Law World (Springer: 2011) (Forthcoming). Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.

2014

  • Sevel, M. (2014). The Constitution of Authority: A review of Joseph Raz, Between Authority and Interpretation: On the Theory of Law and Practical Reason (Oxford University Press, 2009) 424pp, Pbk 24.99, ISBN 978-0199596379. Jurisprudence, 5(2), 430-441.
  • Sevel, M. (2014). The Service Conceptions of Authority. Australian Society for Legal Philosophy Annual Meeting 2014, Perth, WA: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2014). What the Sovereign Can't Do. 110th Annual Meeting of The American Philosophical Association Eastern Division 2013, Baltimore, MD, USA: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2014). What the Sovereign Can't Do. Hobbes Studies, 27(2), 191-198. [More Information]

2013

  • Sevel, M. (2013). Authority at Sea. Inaugural Meeting of the International Network on Transnational Legal and Political Theory 2013, London, England: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2013). Hobbes: Patriarch of Legal Positivism, or Reinventor of Natural Law? In S A Lloyd (Eds.), The Bloomsbury Companion to Hobbes, (pp. 303-308). London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic, imprint of Bloomsbury.
  • Sevel, M. (2013). The Service Conceptions of Authority. Graduate Institute of Philosophy, National Tsing Hua University 2013, Hsinchu, Taiwan: Presentation.

2012

  • Sevel, M. (2012). Knowing the law: The role of testimony. Australian Society for Legal Philosophy, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.

2011

  • Sevel, M. (2011). Authority and the nature of obedience. ALSP Annual Conference on Authority, Legitimacy and Rights, Coventry, England: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2011). Authority and the nature of obedience. Centre for Ethics, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2011). Freedom on the high seas and the great Pacific garbage patch. Max Weber Programme Lustrum Conference, Fiesole, Italy: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2011). Hobbes and Game Theory (Presentation). Economics Working Group, Max Weber Programme, Fiesole, Italy: European University Institute.
  • Sevel, M. (2011). Knowing the law. Seminar in Legal Theory, Girona, Spain: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2011). Knowing the law. Bocconi University, Milan, Italy: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2011). Knowing the law (Keynote address). 4th Antwerp-Glascow Colloquium, 'Subsidiary and Its Discontents', Antwerp: Antwerp University Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values.
  • Sevel, M. (2011). Knowing the law: The role of testimony. Louisiana State University School of Law, Baton Rouge, LA, USA: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2011). Knowing the law: The role of testimony. University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, SC, USA: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2011). Philosophical theories of causality. Multidisciplinary Research Workshop on Causality, Fiesole, Italy: Presentation.

2010

  • Sevel, M. (2010). Admiralty course offerings in United States law schools. Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, 41(4), 499-506.
  • Sevel, M. (2010). Authority and self-knowledge. University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL, USA: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2010). Authority and self-knowledge. McMaster University Graduate Conference on Legal Theory, Hamilton, ON, Canada: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M., Leiter, B. (2010). Legal positivism. Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Oxford University Press.

2009

  • Sevel, M. (2009). Legal positivism and the rule of law. Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 34, 53-68.
  • Sevel, M. (2009). The problem of authority reconsidered. Princeton University Department of Politics, Princeton, NJ, USA: Presentation.

2007

  • Sevel, M. (2007). In search of instrumental rationality. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada: Presentation.

2006

  • Sevel, M. (2006). In search of instrumental rationality. 8th Annual CMU/PITT Graduate Philosophy Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, USA: Presentation.

2001

  • Sevel, M. (2001). Non-cognitivism strikes again? Foot and Gibbard on the nature of moral judgement. Columbia University Conference on Rationality, Department of Philosophy, New York, NY, USA: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2001). Non-cognitivism strikes again? Foot and Gibbard on the nature of moral judgement (Presentation). Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA, USA: Presentation.
  • Sevel, M. (2001). On knowing what to say next: Another look at Wittgenstein and rule-scepticism. University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.

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