Dr Sabrina Gilani

Post:Lecturer in Canadian Law (Law)

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 872695
International:+44 1273 872695

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I started with Sussex Law School in January 2015.

I completed my PhD with the Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College London in 2014, with generous support from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Department of Law at King's College London.  Prior to Sussex, I taught introductory courses at the University of Calgary (Canada) in the Law & Society Department. 

I have an LLM degree in Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham, and an undergraduate degree in law from Carleton University in Canada. My previous teaching experience ranges from courses in criminology, criminal law, political theory, introduction to legal studies, and social theory.


Research Interests

I am concurrently working on two different research areas that have considerable conceptual and theoretical overlap. In the first instance, I use critical legal geography to analyse minority protection in modern liberal societies, particularly as it relates to indigenous groups like the First Nations' communities in Canada and the Pakhtun tribal people of Pakistan.

My second area of research uses critical posthumanism as an analytical lens through which to evaluate the theory and practice of criminal law as it relates to transhumans and posthumans like ambient and artificial intelligence, robots, and avatars. Both areas of research draw on theoretical perspectives grounded in critical theory, including postcolonial critique.


 Research Interests

  • Legal Geography
  • Critical Theory
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Criminal Law
  • Aboriginal Rights
  • Human Rights


  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Theory
  • Political and Social Theory
  • Constitutional Law
  • Aboriginal Rights



Gilani, Sabrina (2015) ‘Spacing’ minority relations: investigating the tribal areas of Pakistan using a spatio-historical method of analysis. Social and Legal Studies. ISSN 1461-7390

Gilani, Sabrina (2010) [Review] Viktor Mayer-Schönberger (2009) Delete: the virtue of forgetting in the digital age. Human Rights Law Review, 10 (4). pp. 785-801. ISSN 1744-1021

Gilani, Sabrina (2010) Turning the 'Perpetrator' into 'Victim':The Effect of Gendering Violence on the Legal and Practical Responses to Women's Political Violence. Australian Journal of Gender and Law, 1(1). ISSN. 1836-9723.

Gilani, Sabrina (2008) Reconstituting manhood: examining post-conflict remasculinisation and its effects on women and women’s rights in Afghanistan. In-Spire Journal of Law, Politics and Societies , 3 (2). pp. 53-72. ISSN 1753-4453


Conference Papers

9th Annual Beyond Humanism Conference
July 22-25, 2017
John Cabot University, Rome
Presentation Title: "Theories of Criminalisation and 'the Human': Exploring the POssibilities of a Posthumanist Criminal Law"

National Security Law Research & Policy Initiative
April 8, 2016
King's College London, Dickson Poon School of Law
Invitation to Chair and Act as Discussant to Professor Kent Roach's Paper "Canada's Response to IS: A Comparative Perspective"

Sussex Law School Research Seminar
April 1, 2015
Sussex Law School, University of Sussex
Title of Presentation: "Theorising the Relationship between Distance and Difference: Analysing the Application of Law to Aboriginal Spaces and Places in Canada"

Law and Boundaries Conference
March 2012
Science Po - L'Institut d'etudes Politiques (IEP) de ParisTitle of Paper: "(de)Constructing Legal Subjectivity: Occidental Law and the Remaking of 'Aboriginality' in Delgamuukw"

The First Symposium on Citizenship After Orientalism: Opening up the Boundaries of Citizenship
February 2012
OECUMENE: Citizenship After Orientalism, Open University
Title of Paper: Orientalism Revisited: Occidental Legality and the Problem of Legal Subjectivity in Delgamuukw"





Lecturer in the School of Law