Sylvie Delacroix

Professor of Law, University of Birmingham

Professor Sylvie Delacroix is a Professor of Law at the University of Birmingham. Her work focusses on the intersection between law and ethics, particularly in regard to Machine Ethics and Agency. She joined Birmingham Law School as a Professorial Research Fellow in January 2018. Professor Delacroix was formerly a reader in Legal Theory in Ethics at UCL. She joined UCL in September 2007 from Kent University, where she served as lecturer in Law, having previously held a one year postdoc at Trinity College, Cambridge (Senior Rouse Ball, 2002-03). She holds a PhD from Cambridge University, Licences in Law from the University of Louvain-La-Neuve (Belgium), and Candidatures in Philosophy from the Facultés Universitaires Saint Louis (Belgium). She was the Evelyn Green Davis Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (Harvard University) in 2004-2005.

She was the founding director of the Centre for Ethics and Law. In 2010 she was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize.

She organised the Ethics, computer systems and the professions conference in 2017.


  • Habitual Ethics?, Hart Publishing (forthcoming 2018)


  • ‘Making law bind: legal normativity as a dynamic concept’, in M. Del Mar (ed.), New waves in philosophy of law, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, 147-160.
  • ‘Tracing a genealogy of legal normativity: responsibility, authorship and contingency’, in S. Bertea and G. Pavlakos (eds), The Normativity of Law, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2011.
  • Six paths to vertigo-free legal theory, in R. Harrisson (ed.),  Current Legal Issues: Law and Philosophy , Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • The rule of law, in Iain MacKenzie (ed.), Political concepts: a reader and a guide, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2005, 314-322.


  • ‘Law and Habits’, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Volume 37, Issue 3, 1 September 2017, Pages 660–686 (
  • X. Pan, M. Slater, A. Beacco, X. Navarro, D. Swapp, J. Hale, P. Forbes, C. Denvir, A. F. de C. Hamilton, S. Delacroix, “The Responses of Medical General Practitioners to Unreasonable Patient Demand for Antibiotics – A study of medical ethics using immersive virtual reality”, PLoS ONE 11(2): e0146837.
  • ‘From constitutional words to statehood? The Palestinian case’, Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, 3(4), 2014, pp. 1164-1181.
  • ‘Drafting a constitution for a “Country of words”: the Palestinian case’, Middle East Law and Governance, 4 (2), 2012, 72-91.
  • ‘Meta-ethical agnosticism in legal theory: mapping a way out’,  Jurisprudence , 1 (2), 2010, 225-240.
  • ‘You’d better be committed: legal norms and normativity’, American Journal of Jurisprudence, 54 (1), 2009, 117-132.
  • Schmitt’s critique of Kelsenian normativism, Ratio Iuris, 18(1), 2005, 30-45.
  • Hart’s and Kelsen’s contrasted understandings of normativity, Ratio Iuris, 17(4), 2004, 501-520.
  • Montaigne’s inquiry into the sources of normativity, The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, 16(2), 2003, 271-286.
  • Du silence au bruit: possibilités de discours sur les origins fondatrices du système juridique,  Revue interdisciplinaire d’études juridiques, 47, 2001, 153-177.


  • S. Delacroix, “Virtually Teaching Ethics? Experiencing the discrepancy between abstract ethical stands and actual behaviour”
  • S. Delacroix, “Professional responsibility in the 21st Century”
  • S. Delacroix, “Pervasive data profiling and the possibility of moral equality and civic responsibility”
  • S. Delacroix, “Machine Learning, Ethics and the value of surprise: Why Lady Lovelace’s objection must fail if we are to retain some`moral muscle’”

Sylvie Delacroix’s papers are available here.


Ethics, Responsibility, Agency


Law and ethics


University of Birmingham

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