Meet our JSD Students and Candidates

Hillary Nye

Doctoral Supervisor: Professor Jeremy Waldron


Hillary Nye is a third-year JSD candidate at New York University School of Law, where she also received her LLM in legal theory, in 2011. She gained her LLB in 2008 and BA in 2009, with majors in philosophy and political science, from the University of Queensland, Australia. She has been a recipient of a Humane Studies Fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies in 2012-13 and 2013-14.


Hillary works primarily at the intersection of the disciplines of philosophy and law. In particular, she is interested in methodological questions about the way in which we put forward and defend positions in legal philosophy. Her work questions the dominant place of conceptual analysis in answering jurisprudential questions, and draws on philosophical pragmatism for new ways to approach the core questions in the field. Her doctoral project, supervised by Jeremy Waldron, uses this critical methodological approach to explore the connection between the Rule of Law, autonomy, and law.