Dr Antony Hatzistavrou

Senior Lecturer

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Business, Law and Politics
  • School of Politics and International Studies


  • PhD / DPhil (University of Edinburgh)


Antony is senior lecturer in legal and political philosophy and director of the programme on the ethics of expertise and professional ethics at the Institute of Applied Ethics. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh. Before coming to Hull he taught at the Universities of Edinburgh, Leeds, Patras and Cyprus and held a visiting fellowship at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. He was recently awarded a visiting fellowship at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University. His book on authority and expertise in ancient legal and political philosophy is forthcoming by Routledge and he is currently working on a manuscript on Plato's philosophy of law.

Recent and forthcoming publications include:

'Plato and the utopia within us' forthcoming in Utopias in Ancient Thought: Beiträge zur Altertumskunde, 395, edited by Pierre Destrée , Jan Opsomer and Geert Roskam, De Gruyter, Berlin/Boston, 2021 (chapter doi: 10.1515/9783110733129-008)

'Aristotle on the Authority of the Many: Politics III 11, 1281a40b-21' forthcoming in Apeiron: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science (

'The Authority of Law in Plato's Crito' Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence XXXII No.2 August 2019, 365-387, doi: 10.1017/cjlj.2019.24

'Plato's Legal Positivism' Jurisprudence: An International Journal of Legal and Political Thought 9:2, 2018, 209-35

Antony regularly teaches on the following undergraduate modules: Philosophy, History and Ideology, The Power of Ideas, History of Political Thought, Contemporary Political Philosophy, Electoral and Voting Systems, Paths of Research, Philosophy of Law and Ancient Philosophy. He also offers thematic blocks for the MA in International Relations on Political Psychology, Theory and Philosophy of International Law and Global Democracy.

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

The deliberative and epistemic dimension of legitimate authoritative directives

Hatzistavrou, A. (2015). The deliberative and epistemic dimension of legitimate authoritative directives. In G. Pavlakos, & V. Rodriguez-Blanco (Eds.), Reasons and Intentions in Law and Practical Agency (140-158). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Journal Article

Aristotle on the Authority of the Many: Politics III 11, 1281a40-b21

Hatzistavrou, A. (2021). Aristotle on the Authority of the Many: Politics III 11, 1281a40-b21. Apeiron, 54(2), 203-232.

The authority of law in Plato's Crito

Hatzistavrou, A. (2019). The authority of law in Plato's Crito. Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, 32(2), 365-387.

Plato's legal postivism in the Laws

Hatzistavrou, A. (2018). Plato's legal postivism in the Laws. Jurisprudence, 9(2), 209-235.

Crito's failure to deliberate socratically

Hatzistavrou, A. (2013). Crito's failure to deliberate socratically. Classical Quarterly, 63(2), 580-594.

Research interests

Antony works on ancient philosophy (mainly Plato and Aristotle), contemporary legal and political philosophy (especially on legal and political authority and on expertise in law and politics) and philosophy of action.

Postgraduate supervision

Ancient Philosophy; Contemporary legal and political philosophy (the analytic tradition); Philosophy of action; Political Psychology