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Mr Paul Troop

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Professional biography

Paul is interested in the intersection between law, morality, and science. He has postgraduate degrees in philosophy and applied ethics and cognitive and decision sciences. His interdisciplinary doctoral studies examine legal and moral decision making and are jointly supervised by the faculties of Brain Sciences and Laws at UCL.

Paul is a qualified barrister who has practised at the International Criminal Court and the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He is a member of Garden Court Chambers in London.

Research interests

Paul is interested in naturalistic approaches to legal theory such as formalism, American legal realism, rational choice theory, and law and economics. Given his interdisciplinary training he researches law and morality using both philosopical and empirical approaches. He is experienced in experimental design and undertakes both orthodox and Bayesian statistical analysis using the R programming language. Particular areas of empirical research include judicial and jury decision making and moral decision making.

Teaching interests

Paul set up and runs W360's International Law Project, where students work with international non-governmental organisations to assist with legal research. He has produced or is producing materials for courses W102, W112, W250, and W360 on topics including legal theory, legal decision making, law and economics, and law and expert evidence.

Impact and engagement

Paul is interested in sustainable building and the environment. He self-built an environmentally-friendly house with the help of his partner, family, and friends. This was featured on Channel 4's Grand Designs

Paul is secretary and founder of Bicester Bike Users' Group, an organisation campaigning for safer and better cycle infrastructure. As secretary, he regularly represents the organisation and makes submissions to the local highway and planning authorities on the applicable law and infrastructure standards.


Why Legal Formalism Is Not a Stupid Thing (2018-12)
Troop, Paul
Ratio Juris, 31(4) (pp. 428-443)