Dr Tom Hancocks

Dr Tom Hancocks


My time is divided between teaching, research and ethics consultancy for public and private sector organisations.

My PhD, which I completed in 2017, concerned the morality of transitional justice. It developed an account of the moral principles that states should adopt in the process of transition from authoritarian rule to democracy, and illustrated how these moral principles inform our understanding of the rule of law, war crimes trials and post-war punishment, law-making and state legitimacy.


Office hours (by appointment) – Tuesday 11-1; Wednesday – 12-1



  • Teaching
  • Consultancy
  • Research

Research interests

At present, my research is concerned with core problems at the intersection of ethics and the law. This includes issues of procedural justice in law and legal trials, political ethics, political legitimacy and the legitimacy of law-making, the concept of the rule of law and the problem of justifying legal punishment.

I have broader research interests in topics around jurisprudence, political philosophy, democratisation, transitional justice and applied ethics. 

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD (Philosophy) - University of Leeds, 2017
  • MA (Philosophy) - Durham University, 2012
  • BA Hons (Philosophy) - MMU, 2011

Professional memberships

  • Member of Lincoln's Inn

Student education

I teach applied and professional ethics in modules for Business, Dentistry, Chemistry, Environment and Engineering students.

Research groups and institutes

  • Ethics, Culture and Decision-Making
  • Moral Psychology
  • Professional Ethics