Josh is a lecturer in law, and has worked at Newcastle Law School since 2016. His present research interest is in the theoretical underpinning of legal rights for nonhuman beings, and the extent to which current scholarship in this field presupposes a legal positivist understanding of legal normativity. This builds on his PhD research in contemporary natural law theory, which was recently awarded the European Award for Legal Theory and will be published as a monograph by Hart in 2022/2023.
This novel approach has led to him being invited to undertake visiting research positions at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, and the Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights Law, and to contribute as a visiting lecturer to animal rights law courses in both the UK and Europe. He is a chair with Juris North, and co-convenor of the Jurisprudence subject stream in the Society of Legal Scholars.