Dr Kevin Walton

LLB (Hons) (Edin) MA (Lond) PhD (Edin)
Senior Lecturer
Associate Dean Professional Law Programs
Director, Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 0286
Fax +61 2 9351 0200

Website Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence

Biographical details

Kevin Walton joined the University of Sydney Law School in 2003. He currently teaches several units in jurisprudence. His research focuses on issues of political obligation and questions of methodology in legal philosophy.

Research interests

  • Legal philosophy
  • Political philosophy

Teaching and supervision

  • Theories of Conscientious Obedience
  • Theories of Justice
  • Theories of Law
  • Theories of Legal Reasoning
  • Theories of the State

Current research students

Project title Research student
Preparing for Terrorism: Understanding preparatory terrorism offences Tim MATTHEWS

Awards and honours

  • President, Australasian Society of Legal Philosophy, 2018-
  • MacCormick Visiting Fellowship, University of Edinburgh, March-June 2013
  • Prize for Young Researchers, 1st Conference on Philosophy of Law: Neutrality and Legal Theory, Universitat de Girona, May 2010

In the media

  • "Is law-breaking ever justified?" The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 March 2017.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2018

  • Thinking Critically OLE; Russell L, Ford G, Hinton T, Walton K, Colyvan M, West C, Smith N, Miller K; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

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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Edited Books

  • Sadurski, W., Sevel, M., Walton, K. (2019). Legitimacy: The State and Beyond. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Kinley, D., Sadurski, W., Walton, K. (2013). Human Rights: Old Problems, New Possibilities. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Irving, H., Mowbray, J., Walton, K. (2010). Julius Stone: A Study in Influence. Sydney: The Federation Press.

Book Chapters

  • Sadurski, W., Sevel, M., Walton, K. (2019). Introduction. In W. Sadurksi, M. Sevel and K. Walton (Eds.), Legitimacy: The State and Beyond. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Walton, K. (2013). Human rights as moral rights. In David Kinley, Wojciech Sadurski, Kevin Walton (Eds.), Human Rights: Old Problems, New Possibilities, (pp. 27-39). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Walton, K. (2013). Jurisprudential Methodology: Is Pure Interpretation Possible? In Jordi Ferrer Beltran, Jose Juan Moreso, Diego M. Papayannis (Eds.), Neutrality and Theory of Law, (pp. 255-273). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer Science+Business Media. [More Information]

Journals

  • Walton, K. (2018). Lon L. Fuller on Political Obligation. American Journal of Jurisprudence: an international forum for legal philosophy, 63(2), 175-188. [More Information]
  • Walton, K. (2017). Gerald Postema on 'Genuinely Philosophical Jurisprudence'. Jurisprudence, 8(3), 604-608. [More Information]
  • Walton, K. (2017). Moral Obligations: A Response to Campbell. Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 42, 256-265.
  • Walton, K. (2015). Is Democracy Sufficient for Political Obligation? Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence: an international journal of legal thought, 28(2), 425-442. [More Information]
  • Walton, K. (2015). Legal Philosophy and the Social Sciences: The Potential for Complementarity. Jurisprudence, 6(2), 231-251. [More Information]
  • Walton, K. (2014). The Content-Independence of Political Obligations: A Response to Klosko. Political Theory, 42(2), 218-222. [More Information]
  • Walton, K. (2013). The Particularities of Legitimacy: John Simmons on Political Obligation. Ratio Juris, 26(1), 1-15. [More Information]

Edited Journals

  • Walton, K. (2017). Symposium to Commemorate the Retirement of Professor Tom Campbell. Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 42.

Conferences

  • Walton, K. (2018). Political Authority: Some Necessary Conditions. Edinburgh Legal Theory Research Group Seminar Series, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2018). The Argument from Consent for a Moral Obligation to Obey the Law. Annual Conference, Australasian Society of Legal Philosophy, Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2017). Justice and Political Authority. Annual Conference, Australian Society of Legal Philosophy, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2017). Moral Obligation. Tom Campbell Workshop, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2017). The Political Authority of Global Institutions: Some Necessary Conditions. Beyond the State Conference, Ontario Legal Philosophy Partnership, Ontario, Canada: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2017). What is a Moral Obligation to Obey the Law? Legal Philosophy Forum, University College London, London, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2016). Can Obedience to the Law be Obligatory? 5th National University of Singapore (NUS)-Sydney Law Symposium 2016: Law, Values and Reason, Singapore: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2016). Lon L. Fuller on Political Obligation. Annual Conference, Australian Society of Legal Philosophy, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2016). What is a Moral Obligation to Obey the Law? Workshop on Legal Philosophy, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2015). Gerald Postema on 'Genuinely Philosophical Jurisprudence'. Symposium on Gerald J. Postema's Legal Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: The Common Law World, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2015). Lon L. Fuller on Political Obligation. Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2015). The Moral Authority of International Law. Meeting of the International Network on Transnational Legal and Political Theory, National University of Singapore, Singapore: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2014). Legal Philosophy and the Social Sciences: From Hart and Fuller to Lacey and Beyond. Law Faculty Enrichment Seminar, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2014). Legal Philosophy and the Social Sciences: The Potential for Complementarity. Jurisprudence and Legal Theory Workshop, Monash University, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2014). Ronald Dworkin and the Sufficiency of Democracy for Political Obligation. Annual Conference, Australian Society of Legal Philosophy, Murdoch University, Perth, WA: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2013). Can Political Obligations be Cosmopolitan? Inaugural Meeting of the International Network on Transnational Legal and Political Theory 2013, Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2013). Can Political Obligations be Cosmopolitan? 26th World Congress of the International Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Belo Horizonte, Brazil: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2013). Democracy and Political Obligation. Democratic Rights, Democratic Duties, Charles Sturt University, NSW: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2013). Legal Philosophy and the Social Sciences: Nicola Lacey on the Hart-Fuller Debate. MacCormick Seminar, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2013). Legal Philosophy and the Social Sciences: Nicola Lacey on the Hart-Fuller Debate. Jurisprudence Discussion Group, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2013). Legal Philosophy and the Social Sciences: Nicola Lacey on the Hart-Fuller Debate. Legal Theory Group, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2013). Legal Philosophy and the Social Sciences: Nicola Lacey on the Hart-Fuller Debate. Annual Conference, UK Branch of International Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2012). The Content-Independence of Political Obligations. Annual Conference, Australian Society of Legal Philosophy, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.

2019

  • Sadurski, W., Sevel, M., Walton, K. (2019). Introduction. In W. Sadurksi, M. Sevel and K. Walton (Eds.), Legitimacy: The State and Beyond. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Sadurski, W., Sevel, M., Walton, K. (2019). Legitimacy: The State and Beyond. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. [More Information]

2018

  • Walton, K. (2018). Lon L. Fuller on Political Obligation. American Journal of Jurisprudence: an international forum for legal philosophy, 63(2), 175-188. [More Information]
  • Walton, K. (2018). Political Authority: Some Necessary Conditions. Edinburgh Legal Theory Research Group Seminar Series, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2018). The Argument from Consent for a Moral Obligation to Obey the Law. Annual Conference, Australasian Society of Legal Philosophy, Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland: Presentation.

2017

  • Walton, K. (2017). Gerald Postema on 'Genuinely Philosophical Jurisprudence'. Jurisprudence, 8(3), 604-608. [More Information]
  • Walton, K. (2017). Justice and Political Authority. Annual Conference, Australian Society of Legal Philosophy, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2017). Moral Obligation. Tom Campbell Workshop, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2017). Moral Obligations: A Response to Campbell. Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 42, 256-265.
  • Walton, K. (2017). Symposium to Commemorate the Retirement of Professor Tom Campbell. Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 42.
  • Walton, K. (2017). The Political Authority of Global Institutions: Some Necessary Conditions. Beyond the State Conference, Ontario Legal Philosophy Partnership, Ontario, Canada: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2017). What is a Moral Obligation to Obey the Law? Legal Philosophy Forum, University College London, London, United Kingdom: Presentation.

2016

  • Walton, K. (2016). Can Obedience to the Law be Obligatory? 5th National University of Singapore (NUS)-Sydney Law Symposium 2016: Law, Values and Reason, Singapore: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2016). Lon L. Fuller on Political Obligation. Annual Conference, Australian Society of Legal Philosophy, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2016). What is a Moral Obligation to Obey the Law? Workshop on Legal Philosophy, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand: Presentation.

2015

  • Walton, K. (2015). Gerald Postema on 'Genuinely Philosophical Jurisprudence'. Symposium on Gerald J. Postema's Legal Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: The Common Law World, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2015). Is Democracy Sufficient for Political Obligation? Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence: an international journal of legal thought, 28(2), 425-442. [More Information]
  • Walton, K. (2015). Legal Philosophy and the Social Sciences: The Potential for Complementarity. Jurisprudence, 6(2), 231-251. [More Information]
  • Walton, K. (2015). Lon L. Fuller on Political Obligation. Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2015). The Moral Authority of International Law. Meeting of the International Network on Transnational Legal and Political Theory, National University of Singapore, Singapore: Presentation.

2014

  • Walton, K. (2014). Legal Philosophy and the Social Sciences: From Hart and Fuller to Lacey and Beyond. Law Faculty Enrichment Seminar, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2014). Legal Philosophy and the Social Sciences: The Potential for Complementarity. Jurisprudence and Legal Theory Workshop, Monash University, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2014). Ronald Dworkin and the Sufficiency of Democracy for Political Obligation. Annual Conference, Australian Society of Legal Philosophy, Murdoch University, Perth, WA: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2014). The Content-Independence of Political Obligations: A Response to Klosko. Political Theory, 42(2), 218-222. [More Information]

2013

  • Walton, K. (2013). Can Political Obligations be Cosmopolitan? Inaugural Meeting of the International Network on Transnational Legal and Political Theory 2013, Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2013). Can Political Obligations be Cosmopolitan? 26th World Congress of the International Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Belo Horizonte, Brazil: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2013). Democracy and Political Obligation. Democratic Rights, Democratic Duties, Charles Sturt University, NSW: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2013). Human rights as moral rights. In David Kinley, Wojciech Sadurski, Kevin Walton (Eds.), Human Rights: Old Problems, New Possibilities, (pp. 27-39). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Kinley, D., Sadurski, W., Walton, K. (2013). Human Rights: Old Problems, New Possibilities. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Walton, K. (2013). Jurisprudential Methodology: Is Pure Interpretation Possible? In Jordi Ferrer Beltran, Jose Juan Moreso, Diego M. Papayannis (Eds.), Neutrality and Theory of Law, (pp. 255-273). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer Science+Business Media. [More Information]
  • Walton, K. (2013). Legal Philosophy and the Social Sciences: Nicola Lacey on the Hart-Fuller Debate. MacCormick Seminar, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2013). Legal Philosophy and the Social Sciences: Nicola Lacey on the Hart-Fuller Debate. Jurisprudence Discussion Group, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2013). Legal Philosophy and the Social Sciences: Nicola Lacey on the Hart-Fuller Debate. Legal Theory Group, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2013). Legal Philosophy and the Social Sciences: Nicola Lacey on the Hart-Fuller Debate. Annual Conference, UK Branch of International Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Walton, K. (2013). The Particularities of Legitimacy: John Simmons on Political Obligation. Ratio Juris, 26(1), 1-15. [More Information]

2012

  • Walton, K. (2012). The Content-Independence of Political Obligations. Annual Conference, Australian Society of Legal Philosophy, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.

2010

  • Irving, H., Mowbray, J., Walton, K. (2010). Julius Stone: A Study in Influence. Sydney: The Federation Press.

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