Emad Atiq teaches contracts, legal ethics, and the philosophy of law. His scholarship focuses on the nature of normative thought and speech involving the use of concepts like 'good' and 'ought'; and the implications of meta-normative theory for ethics and legal theory.
In recently published work, he explores the conceptual connection between legal and moral normativity, the connection between normative propositions generally and non-normative or empirical propositions, the types of normative questions that arise in different domains of law like contracts and torts, the constitutionally significant distinction between legal and moral decision making, and the scope of judicial obligations to follow the law.
In addition to his work in the foundation of ethics and legal theory, Atiq has interests in general metaphysics and the philosophy of perception. He has published on the nature of metaphysical explanation and has on-going work defending a novel account of the nature and moral significance of perceptual knowledge.
His articles have appeared in Noȗs, Philosophical Studies, Law & Philosophy, Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy, Ratio, Yale Law Journal, New Criminal Law Review, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, & Public Policy, and the American Criminal Law Review.