B.A., Rutgers; B.Phil., Oxford; J.D., Yale; Ph.D., Yale
Areas of Expertise:
- Jurisprudence and Philosophy
- Psychology, Behavioral Economics and Cognitive Science
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Kevin Tobia is an Associate Professor of Law and Philosophy (by courtesy) at Georgetown, where he teaches Legislation, Torts, the Legal Justice Seminar, and Legal Philosophy. He has also taught Philosophy of Law at the University of Oxford, Faculty of Philosophy, and co-taught Legal Interpretation and Contract Design.
Professor Tobia’s research addresses topics in legal interpretation and jurisprudence and has been published in the Columbia Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and peer-reviewed journals of philosophy and science, including Analysis, Cognition, Cognitive Science, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. His research has been cited in federal district and circuit courts and casebooks in legislation and interpretation. He has spoken to academic, public, and professional audiences in the United States and internationally, including Judicial Conferences and Education Institutes for the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Tobia received a B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in Philosophy, Mathematics, and Cognitive Science from Rutgers University; a B.Phil. (M.A.) with distinction from Oxford as an Ertegun Scholar in the Humanities; and a J.D. and Ph.D. in philosophy with distinction from Yale. He was an Articles Editor of the Yale Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, Coker Teaching Fellow in Torts, and Prize Teaching Fellow in Philosophy. Professor Tobia’s 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.
"Public May Accept AI Courts, But Judges Not So Sure," coverage in Law360, June 8, 2023, featuring Associate Professor Kevin Tobia.
"Do People Prefer the Text or the Spirit of the Law? It Depends, Researchers Say," coverage in Georgetown Law, May 3, 2023, featuring Associate Professor Kevin Tobia.
"Would Humans Trust an A.I. Judge? More Easily Than You Think," an opinion piece by Associate Professor Kevin Tobia, in Slate, February 28, 2023.
“What Law Professors Think About Legal Issues - and Why It Matters. A New Study Sheds Interesting Light on These Questions," coverage in Reason, August 8, 2022, featuring Professor Kevin Tobia.