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Bal Sokhi-Bulley
Senior Lecturer in Law and Critical Theory (Law)
T: +44 (0)1273 873643


My work has focused on problematizing the discourse of rights as both a technology of government(ality) and how we might use rights as a means of resistance. I have just published a monograph Governing (Through) Rights (August 2016, Hart Publishing) which intends to bridge a divide between critical theory (i.e. Foucauldian understandings of power as governmentality) and human rights law.

I have always had a strong interest in legal pedagogy and legal research methodologies/legal theory and I also work on learning/teaching alternative methodologies as skill.

I am currently involved in an ESRC funded research project entitled ‘Treating People as Objects: Ethics, Security and the Governance of Mobility’, where my focus is to re-think the concept of solidarity within the EU’s migrant crisis as ‘friendship’. This idea of re-thinking rights as an ethical relation that demands new ways of understanding rights, resistance and community is the focus of my current work (e.g. in relation to migrant communities). 

I would be interested to supervise doctoral theses in the areas of poststructural approaches to law/rights, governmentality studies and critical perspectives on migration/migrant rights. My previous successul completions have been on the topics of housing associations and governmentality (Edward Cooke); Derrida and transitional justice (Catherine Turner).