Professor Tobia’s scholarship focuses on legal theory and interpretation, torts, health law and bioethics, and empirical legal studies. He teaches Torts and the Legal Justice Seminar and organizes meetings of the Georgetown Law & Language Lab, a research group in “experimental jurisprudence.” That research uses empirical methods (especially ones from cognitive science) to help address questions traditionally associated with legal theory. He previously taught Legal Philosophy at Oxford and has assisted in the instruction of courses in Contracts, Contract Design, Health Law & Bioethics, Law & Economics, and Torts.

Professor Tobia received a B.A., summa cum laude, in Philosophy, Mathematics, and Cognitive Science from Rutgers University; a B.Phil. (Philosophy M.A.) with distinction from Oxford as an Ertegun Scholar; and a J.D. and Ph.D. with distinction from Yale, as an Articles Editor of the Yale Law Journal and Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, Coker Teaching Fellow in Torts, and Prize Teaching Fellow in Philosophy. His scholarship has been awarded the Yale Law School Felix S. Cohen prize for legal philosophy and the AALS Section on Jurisprudence “Future Promise Award” for scholarship in legal philosophy, and it has appeared or is forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, University of Chicago Law Review, and Columbia Law Review and peer-reviewed journals including Analysis, Cognitive Science, the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, and Mind & Language.


Featured Scholarship

Kevin P. Tobia, Experimental Jurisprudence, 89 U. Chi. L. Rev. (forthcoming).
Kevin Tobia, Brian G. Slocum & Victoria Nourse, Statutory Interpretation from the Outside, 122 Colum. L. Rev. (forthcoming).
Kevin Tobia, The Corpus and the Courts, U. Chi. L. Rev. Online, Mar. 5, 2021.
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Kevin P. Tobia & John Mikhail, Two Types of Empirical Textualism, Brook. L. Rev. (forthcoming).
Kevin Tobia, Aileen Nielsen & Alexander Stremitzer, When Does Physician Use of AI Increase Liability?, 62 J. Nuclear Med. 17-21 (2021).
Kevin P. Tobia, Testing Ordinary Meaning, 134 Harv. L. Rev. 726-806 (2020).
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