Centre for Law & Social Change
Centre for Law & Social Change

Centre for Law & Social Change

A hub for connections on the topic of law and social change and a space to generate debate, between scholars, students, practitioners, and policy makers.

The Centre for Law and Social Change is a place for projects encouraging interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral and intergenerational collaboration, with a focus on progressive social change and a commitment to active anti-racist, feminist, and decolonial practice.

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In all areas of law scholars, practitioners and policy makers seek to generate positive change through law. Students with a commitment to social justice and human rights seek careers in law with the hope of defending the rights and interests of the vulnerable as against their oppressors. At the same time, both the limits of law’s emancipatory potential, as well as the role of law in structuring global inequality, have been noted and examined by critical legal scholars and practitioners alike.

The limits of, and obstacles to legal reform have been identified in various areas and, for example the potentials of accountability litigation are regularly explored, be it in areas such as universal jurisdiction or business and human rights. If law is to play a role in the transition to a fairer, more equal world it is clear that the ways, instances and methods for legal intervention require deeply engaged deliberation from all angles and contexts.

This centre seeks to be a hub for connections on the topic of law and social change and to create a space to generate precisely such debate, between scholars, practitioners, and policy makers and students alike. We will generate such debate in public events, through publications in scholarly and practitioner journals, in depth research projects, legal interventions and mainstream media.

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom


Our members have an international reputation in their specialist fields. Please contact the Press Office if you would like to speak to one of our experts about a specialist area of legal research.



Dr Grietje Baars (Law Academic Programmes)

Dr Grietje Baars Grietje Baars works on the role of law in society, using queer and Marxist theory to understand (and ultimately subvert) the constitutive, ordering and ideological functions of law. Having worked on the political economy of international law, and law's gendering separately, in their latest project, Queering Corporate Power, they combine the two to discover how Queer theory (and practice) can help reverse the distributive effects of the corporate form, the 'motor of capitalism'.

Grietje has also co-edited, with Andre Spicer, The Corporation, a Critical, Multidisciplinary Handbook, a volume which has come out of the ESRC funded Critical Corporation seminar series (CUP 2017). In addition to these major projects, Grietje has written on the emancipatory potential of human rights law and the interconnectedness of liberation struggles.

At the City Law School, Grietje is the Module Convenor for LLB1 Foundations of Criminal Law and Further Issues in Criminal Law, and co-convenor of the Law of the European Court of Human Rights.

Grietje has supervised PhDs to successful completion in the area of corporate governance, and currently supervises PhD candidates working on law, race and literature, LGBT asylum practice and the interaction between law, gender and the market.

See Dr Grietje Baars's full profile

Ms Sandhya Drew, Barrister (Law Professional Programmes)

Sandhya is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a Visiting Professor of Employment Law on the University of Paris Nanterre’s Joint Masters Degree in French Law and Common Law.

At City, Sandhya leads the Judicial Review Elective and Advocacy Submissions on the Bar Vocational Studies course. She also convenes Employment Law on the LLB. She has taught across City's law courses, including Civil Litigation, Drafting, Civil oral and written Advocacy, Opinion Writing and Employment Law to Bar students, and Employment Law and International Human Rights Law to LLB students.

She has contributed a chapter on Work and Human Rights to the 2020 edition of Pitt's Employment Law. And is currently engaged on a joint project with Professor Sarah Bros of the University of Paris Dauphine on supply chains and fundamental rights.

See Sandhya Drew's full profile

Dr Diana Yeh (Sociology, School of Communications and Creativity)

Diana Yeh is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Culture and the Creative Industries in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at City, University of London.

Diana's research interests lie in race and racisms, migration, diaspora, youth and cultural politics, with a particular focus on constructions and contestations of British Chinese and East Asian identities. She has conducted multi-sited fieldwork on the politics of identity and belonging among Chinese migrant artists in light of their translocal histories across Britain, South Africa, Italy, China and Taiwan.

See Dr Diana Yeh's full profile

Suzana Rahde Gerchmann (Research Student)

Suzana Rahde Gerchmann (she/her) is a PhD Candidate in Law and Graduate Teaching Assistant at City, University of London. Her research explores the gendered aspects of legal subjectivity, focusing on the relationship between law, gender and capital and the role of law (or the limits of law) in liberation. In this research, Suzana is supervised by Dr Grietje Baars and Dr Sabrina Germain and draws from Marxist Feminist and decolonial perspectives. She is inspired to challenge everyday injustices. Above all, she wants to do her part in social change.

See Suzana Rahde Gerchmann's full profile

Dr Mazen Masri (Law Academic Programmes)

Dr Mazen Masri joined the City Law School as a lecturer in September 2013. He has previously taught at the University of Toronto and York University in Toronto, Canada.

Mazen's areas of teaching and research are constitutional law and public international law with special interest in comparative constitutionalism, constitutional theory, human rights law and equality. Mazen's scholarly work explores the interaction between law and broader social, political and economic questions. His current research explores the role of settler-colonialism in shaping law. In addition to law, Mazen has an interest in the theory and practice of academic freedom.

See Dr Mazen Masri's full profile

Santosh Anand (Research Student)

Santosh Anand is a doctoral researcher at the City Law School. His research seeks to critically study the historical formation and contemporary meaning of the concept of international crime under international law. He focuses specifically on whether the conceptual essence of international crime is obtained in how it helps institute a specific relationship of authority between international law and third world states.

Santosh's research is being supervised by Dr. Grietje Baars and Dr. Mazen Masri. He is interested in the tradition of Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) and is invested in understanding the role of international law in the preservation of unjust international order.

See Santosh's full profile

Natasha Mutch-Vidal (Centre for Institutional Equity and Inclusion)

Natasha Mutch-Vidal joined City in 2019 as Student Experience Officer supporting estranged students, students with caring responsibilities, asylum seeking students and care- leaver students. From 2021 she has been City University's Senior EDI Officer for Race Equality based in the Office for Institutional Equity and Inclusion.

She has worked in EDI for 6 years with her first role as a sabbatical officer for Equality and Diversity at Leeds University Union in 2017 where she won Black Student's Officer of the Year from the National Union of Students. She has most recently supported City's successful application for Race Equality Charter Award and runs a platform called Diversify your Mind for any staff member at City to develop on their anti-racist journey.  Aside to this, she is a carer for her grandmother and a trustee for Carers Trust representing the needs of young carers and young adult carers.


Dr Swethaa Ballakrishnen (University of California Irvine)

Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen is a socio-legal scholar whose research examines the intersections between law, globalization and stratification from a critical feminist perspective. Particularly, across a range of sites and different levels of analysis, their work interrogates how law and legal institutions create, continue, and counter different kinds of socio-economic inequalities. Together, these motivations have resulted in three main areas of empirical inquiry.

The first is a set of interrelated projects that analyze gender inequality and representation through the lens of comparative legal institutions. The second concentrates on inclusivity in global legal education and the resultant implications for organizational diversity within the legal profession. A third emerging field of interest focuses on transnational migration and its implications for intergenerational mobility, international human rights, and transnational family law.

Scholarship from these projects has appeared in, among other journals, Law and Society Review, Law and Social Inquiry, Fordham Law Review, International Journal of the Legal Profession, and the Journal of Professions and Organization. Their first book, Accidental Feminism (Princeton University Press: 2021), unpacks the case of unintentional gender parity among India’s elite legal professionals; a second book Invisible Institutions (Hart Publishing: 2021, ed. with Sara Dezalay) brings together cross-subjective perspectives on legal globalization; and a third forthcoming book Gender Regimes and the Politics of Privacy (Zubaan Books, with Kalpana Kannabiran) investigates the gendered legacies of India’s privacy jurisprudence.

See Dr Swethaa Ballakrishnen's full profile

Dr Hannah Franzki (Free University Berlin)

Hannah Franzki is a researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Peace and Conflict Studies (INTERACT) at Free University Berlin, where she oversees a project that is concerned with the legal construction of corporate responsibility and the way it shapes our understanding of violence in a global capitalist economy.

Before joining the Free University, she was a post-doctoral researcher at the School of Law at Bremen University, Germany. Hannah studied politics and international law in Marburg (Germany), Montevideo (Uruguay) and Warwick (UK). She holds a PhD from Birkbeck College/University of London. Her wider research interests include critical legal theory, Walter Benjamin, philosophy of history, international political economy, and postcolonial theory.

See Dr Hannah Franzki's full profile on the INTERACT website

Amelia Spooner (Columbia University)

Amelia Spooner is a PhD candidate in History at Columbia University specialising in the social and political history of law in the French empire. Methodologically, her work is informed by historical sociology and critical geography, comparative and transimperial histories, and theorisations of racial capitalism and social reproduction.

Amelia's dissertation looks at the legal and extralegal project to define and manage work and workers in French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Réunion Island after the second abolition of slavery (1830s–1870s). It seeks to uncover how the regulation of "free labour" produced both marketable commodities and particular relations of domination: racialised, gendered, and classed divisions among workers across French colonial space.

See Amelia Spooner's full profile

Dr Alejandra Azuero-Quijano (Swarthmore College)

Alejandra Azuero-Quijano is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Swarthmore College. Her work focuses on the anthropology of legal knowledge(s), particularly those produced through criminal detection, investigation, and prosecution.

Azuero-Quijano has written on the rise of new forensic practices at the Nuremberg Trials and is currently working on a project on the financialization of forensics in Colombia's political transition. She holds an SJD from Harvard Law School and a PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago.

See Dr Alejandra Azuero-Quijano's full profile

Dr Sophie Chamas (SOAS, University of London)

Sophie Chamas is a lecturer in gender studies at SOAS, University of London. Their research sits at the intersection of feminist and queer political theory, Middle East Studies, political economy, and cultural studies.

Their work is focused on the study of the life, death, and afterlife of the radical political imagination in the Middle East and its diaspora. Their research overall focuses on the consequences for activism and the political imagination of neoliberalism’s temporal effects.

See Dr Sophie Chamas' full profile

Dr Tanzil Chowdhury (Queen Mary University of London)

Tanzil Chowdhury is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Public Law at Queen Mary University of London and the Co-Director for the Centre of Law and Society in a Global Context. His research focusses on Public law and accumulation by dispossession. He has previously written on war powers, constitutionalism in the British Overseas Territories, and published a monograph titled ‘Time, Temporality and Legal Judgment’. Tanzil has also contributed to public discussion and written several pieces on a range of social movements primarily around issues of race and policing (with a chapter in an edited collection titled ‘Abolishing the Police’)

Tanzil was a co-founder of the Northern Police Monitoring Project and helped set up the Greater Manchester Law Centre. He currently sits on the Board of Advisors for the Legal Department at the Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB) and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust’s Rights and Justice Committee. He was previously a member of the National Executive Committee of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers. Tanzil previously worked in the Pro Bono Offices of Singapore’s Subordinate courts, and has spent much time on twinning and teaching projects in the Occupied Palestine Territories. He maintains a commitment to labour organising and community-oriented projects.

Tanzil was previously a Research Fellow at Birmingham Law School, where he assisted on a report examining key provisions of Gibraltar’s 2006 Constitution for the Territory’s Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional Reform, and was the President’s Doctoral Scholar at the University of Manchester. He was also a Research Associate at the University of Essex and has held visiting positions at the New School, (New York), New York Law School (New York), Hong Kong University (Hong Kong), Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris), Yeshiva University (New York City), and the Université Catholique de Lille (Paris).

See Dr Tanzil Chowdhury's full profile

Dr Vidya Kumar (SOAS, University of London)

Vidya is an Associate Professor of Law at SOAS, where she teaches Public Law, Public International Law and Critical Space Law.

Dr Mai Taha (LSE)

Mai Taha is an Assistant Professor of Human Rights, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

See Dr Mai Taha's full profile

Dr Dominic Davies (English, School of Culture and Creativity - City, University of London)

Dom Davies is a Senior Lecturer in English in the Department of Media, Culture, and Creative Industries at City, University of London. Dom's research focuses on the broad themes of colonial, postcolonial, and world literature; the cultural politics of nation, race, capitalism, and the climate; and the imagination and representation of infrastructure.

He is the author of two academic monographs and several book chapters and articles on these topics. His first trade book, The Broken Promise of Infrastructure, is published by Lawrence & Wishart.

See Dr Dominic Davies' full profile

Reed Puc (Research Student - English, School of Culture and Creativity - City, University of London)

Reed Puc is a PhD student at City University of London. Their research focuses on superheroes, policing, and urban life. He is passionate about abolitionist pedagogy and tabletop games as discursive learning technologies. His scholarship on Marvel's The Punisher and queer masculinity has appeared in the Routledge Companion to Masculinity in American Literature and Culture.

Dr Sabrina Germain (Law Academic Programmes)

Dr Sabrina Germain is a Senior Lecturer at the City Law School, a member of City University’s Centre for Healthcare Innovation Research (CHIR), and a research associate at the Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Culture in Health Law and the Policy and the Health Hub: Politics, Organisations and Law (University of Montreal, Canada). She is also the Society of Legal Scholar (SLS) co-convenor of the Health Law section.

Dr Germain’s research interests are in the field of healthcare law and policy and bioethics. She focuses on questions of distributive justice (resource allocation and access to healthcare services) and the role of medical professionals in the healthcare law making process.

Her current research projects include a study on 1) the role of medical professionals in shaping healthcare law during COVID-19 in England, 2) a comparative project on the role of the medical profession in Canadian and British healthcare reforms, and 3) an analysis of inequalities in access to healthcare for ethnic minorities and migrant women during the COVID-19 pandemic with Dr Adrienne Yong (City).

See Dr Sabrina Germain's full profile

Purity Ajoko (City SU BAME Officer and LLB Student)

Purity Ajoko is a third year LLB international student from Canada. She is also the Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Student’s Officer. Her focus this year is to address and tackle issues affecting BAME groups, all forms of racism, promote inclusivity and individual engagement.

During Black History Month, she attended the Student Union’s ‘Decolonizing City’ panel talk event where she and other panelists discussed what decolonization means and how City University should be decolonized.

As a woman of color and a law student herself, she knows first-hand what it feels like. She is a committed member that wants to drive social, academic, and structural change in the law school, and is hoping to do so with the help of BAME LLB students.

Dr Scott Branson (Oberlin College)

Scott Branson is a Jewish transfemme anarchist writer, teacher, organiser, musician and artist. Scott's book, Practical Anarchism: A Daily Guide, was just published by Pluto Press. Scott translated The Abolition of Prison by Jacques Lesage de la Haye (AK Press) and Gay Liberation After May '68 by Guy Hocquenghem (Duke University Press). Their co-edited volume, Surviving the Future: Abolitionist Queer Strategies, is forthcoming from PM Press. Scott is also a co-host on the anarchist radio show/podcast The Final Straw Radio.

See Scott’s website here

Shreeta Lakhani (SOAS)

Shreeta Lakhani is a researcher and educator whose work is located in the nexuses between, gender, sexuality, migration, culture, political economy, empire and race. She is the current convenor of the MA Gender, Sexuality in Global Politics at the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS. Her research interests and pedagogy are informed by her work and activism on abolition. In particular, she is interested in feminist and queer imaginations of practising day to day utopia through both organising and creating networks of care and joy.

See Shreeta’s full profile

Dr Renisa Mawani (University of British Columbia)

Renisa Mawani is Canada Research Chair in Colonial Legal Histories and Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia, located on the unceded territories of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) peoples. She is also Global Professorial Fellow at the School of Law, QMUL. She is the author of Across Oceans of Law (Duke University Press, 2018), which was a finalist for the U.K. Socio-Legal Studies Association Theory and History Book Prize (2020) and winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Prize for Outstanding Contribution to History (2020).

See Renisa’s full profile

Dr Mikki Stelder (Utrecht University)

Mikki Stelder is a lecturer in gender and postcolonial studies at Utrecht University and recently completed a three-year Marie Sklodowska Curie Global Fellowship for their project Maritime Imagination: A Cultural Oceanography of Dutch Imperialism and its Aftermaths. They received the 2022 ASCA Academic Article of the Year Award for the “The Colonial Difference in Hugo Grotius: Rational man, Slavery and Indigenous Dispossession” published in Postcolonial Studies.

See Mikki’s full profile

Dr Foluke Adebisi (University of Bristol)

Dr Foluke Ifejola Adebisi is an Associate Professor at the Law School, University of Bristol. Her scholarship focuses mainly on the relationship between theories of decolonisation and how they do and can interact with legal knowledge. Thus, her scholarly work is concerned with what happens at the intersection of legal education, law, society, and a history of changing ideas of what it means to be human. She has written widely in this area, for example: "Should We Rethink the Purposes of the Law School? A Case for Decolonial Thought in Legal Pedagogy." published in Amicus Curiae in 2020. She also edited a special issue for the Law Teacher journal on decolonisation in 2019. She found and runs Forever Africa Conference and Events (FACE), a Pan-African interdisciplinary conference. She blogs about her scholarship and pedagogy on her website ‘Foluke’s African Skies’ at https://FolukeAfrica.com. Her monograph “Decolonisation and Legal Knowledge: Reflections on Power and Possibility” will be published by Bristol University Press in of March 2023.

See Foluke’s full profile

Dr Vanja Hamzić (SOAS)

Dr Vanja Hamzić is Reader in Law, History and Anthropology at SOAS University of London. Vanja’s work principally considers colonial, postcolonial and decolonial subjectivity making—with a particular focus on gender nonconformity— in South and Southeast Asia, West Africa and Louisiana. Vanja’s books include Control and Sexuality: The Revival of Zinā Laws in Muslim Contexts (with Ziba Mir Hosseini, 2010) and Sexual and Gender Diversity in the Muslim World: History, Law and Vernacular Knowledge (2016, 2019). Vanja’s current book project addresses gender diversity and cosmological pluralism in eighteenth-century Senegambia as well as the ways enslaved gender nonconforming West Africans have survived the Middle Passage and the gender regime of colonial Louisiana. Vanja was a 2016/17 Member at the School of Social Science in the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.

See Vanja’s full profile

Partner institutions

Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context / Queen Mary University of London

Founded in 2013, the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC) is a home for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research into the global dimensions of law and society.

Find more about the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context

Centre for Gender Studies / SOAS

The Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS is an interdisciplinary space promoting research and teaching on gender and sexuality with particular reference to Asia, Africa, the Middle East and their diasporas. Since its inception in 2005, CGS has become a hub of research and training working to support anti-racist feminisms and social movements challenging normative constructions of gender and sexuality.

Find more about the Centre for Gender Studies

Centre for Research on Race and Law / Birkbeck

Launched in 2017, the Centre for Research on Race and Law brings together work in Birkbeck's School of Law and further afield on the conceptual and practical connections between race and law. Many other disciplines consider various issues through the lens of race, but it is much rarer for race to be used as an explicit analytical framework within the discipline of law.

Find more about the Centre for Research on Race and Law

Centre for Sexuality, Race and Gender Justice (SeRGJ) / Kent

The Centre for Sexuality, Race and Gender Justice (SeRGJ) advances critical and interdisciplinary research that is theoretically informed and policy-relevant. We are based in Kent Law School and membership is made up of interested academics and doctoral students based at the University of Kent.

Find more about the Centre for Sexuality, Race and Gender Justice

Centre for Law, Gender, Race and Sexuality / Westminster

The Centre for Law, Race, Gender and Sexuality adopts a critical, interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to legal scholarship which is theoretical as well as practical and grounded.

The Centre is committed to creating connections with and between researchers whose work is concerned with the interface between law and the body, and particularly in exploring the complex relationship between law, race, gender and sexuality.

Find more about the Centre for Law, Gender, Race and Sexuality

Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law / SOAS

Building on SOAS’s unique remit to develop research on the global south, the Centre for the study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law (CCEIL) is a hub for inter-disciplinary collaboration and research on public international law and its historical and contemporary relationship to colonialism and empire.

Find more about the Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law

Events & Recordings


Approaching the Field - Seminar

Monday, April 24, 1-2 pm, City Law School Room TG13 - Sebastian Building - Sebastian Street, Northampton Square - London EC1V 0HB.

Field research methods used by the Visual Storyboards project. Centre for New Economics Studies, OP Jindal Global University, India.

Public exhibition from midday.
Public talk and discussion 1 - 2 pm.

Speakers: Professor Deepanshu Mohan and Jignesh Mistry

Introduced by: Sandhya Drew, Centre for Law & Social Change

Visual Storyboards, a methodological and pedagogical experiment, develops audio-visual models of documentation in social science studies and ethnographic research, documenting the lives-livelihoods of marginalised, vulnerable populations across rural and urban India.

Research work so far has been in India, studying intersecting thematic areas of interdisciplinary research scholarship encompassing fields of: development studies; migration and mobility studies; social psychology; political sociology of work; development economics; public law and  development.

The model has the potential for use elsewhere.

More details on the stories completed by Visual Storyboards can be accessed from its website and video essays.

The exhibition will be a display of photographic prints and commentary from the team’s selection.

About the speakers
Deepanshu Mohan is a Professor of Economics and Director at the Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES), Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India. He is a Visiting Professor of Economics at the School of International Development and Global Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa, and a Visiting Professor to the Department of Economics, Carleton University, Ottawa. He is an Honorary Associate Professor at the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa. His most recent book: Strongmen Saviours: A Political Economy of Populism in India, Turkey, Russia and Brazil was published by Routledge London and New York in September 2022.

Jignesh Mistry is a Photographer and a Field Researcher and currently leads the Visual Storyboard Team at the Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES), Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, O.P Jindal Global University, India. Jignesh also conducts photography workshops for students enrolled in academic institutions. He has conducted workshops for the Department of Communication and Journalism, Ranade Institute, Pune, Jindal Global Business School, Jindal School of Banking and Finance, and Centre for Civil Society (CCS), Delhi.

You can register here.

Oceans as Archives: A conversation between Renisa Mawani and Mikki Stelder (hybrid event)

Monday, March 27, 6-8 pm, Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Senate House North Block - SOAS 10 Thornhaugh Street London WC1H 0XG

Hosted by The Centre for Law & Social Change (City) and the Centre for Gender Studies (SOAS School of Law, Gender and Media).

As part of the Fertile Ground – Interdisciplinary Conversations series and the Law & Race Roundtable, we offer you a conversation between socio-legal historian Prof. Renisa Mawani (UBC, Canada) and cultural studies scholar Dr. Mikki Stelder (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands). Our conversants will discuss the roots, currents and capillaries of the relationships between law, race, colonialism, and environmental destruction by turning to oceans. Drawing on oceans as archive as their orientation, Renisa and Mikki will navigate an original course through the choppy waters of law’s oceanic empire and imaginaries.

Renisa Mawani is Canada Research Chair in Colonial Legal Histories and Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia, located on the unceded territories of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) peoples. She is the author of Across Oceans of Law (Duke University Press, 2018), which was a finalist for the U.K. Socio-Legal Studies Association Theory and History Book Prize (2020) and winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Prize for Outstanding Contribution to History (2020).

Mikki Stelder is a lecturer in gender and postcolonial studies at Utrecht University and recently completed a three-year Marie Sklodowska Curie Global Fellowship for their project Maritime Imagination: A Cultural Oceanography of Dutch Imperialism and its Aftermaths. They received the 2022 ASCA Academic Article of the Year Award for the “The Colonial Difference in Hugo Grotius: Rational man, Slavery and Indigenous Dispossession” published in Postcolonial Studies.

Chaired by Grietje Baars, co-director of the Centre for Law & Social Change at City.

Abolition for Liberation Roundtable (hybrid)

With Scott Branson, Lola Olufemi and Reed Puc. Chaired by Natasha Mutch-Vidal.

The Centre for Law & Social Change is excited to host this roundtable on Abolition for Liberation with speakers Lola Olufemi (organiser, researcher and author of Feminism, Interrupted: Disrupting Power and Experiments in Imagining Otherwise), Scott Branson (artist, podcast host and author of Practical Anarchism: A Guide for Daily life and Surviving the Future: Abolitionist Queer Strategies) and Reed Puc (currently writing their PhD thesis at City on Spiderman, policing and abolition). The conversation will be chaired by Natasha Mutch-Vidal of the Centre for Institutional Equity and the Network for Racial Justice. This event forms part of the Centre for Law & Social Change event series and City’s LGBTQI History Month events.

Watch the Abolition for Liberation event recording 23 January 2023:

Brown-bag Lunch with Dr Nurfadzilah Yahaya

November 22nd, 12-2 pm, in the Boardroom, on the 6th Floor of City Law School (Sebastian St, London EC1V 7HD).

Nurfadzilah Yahaya is Assistant Professor in the History Department at Yale University. Her book Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Law and Arabs in Southeast Asia, published by Cornell University Press in 2020, touches upon the Indian Ocean, Islamic law, and mobilities. She is currently writing a book on the history of land reclamation in the British Empire. She has published in Law and History Review and other journals. She is also a co-editor of the Asia section of History Compass and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Journal of Global History and Journal of Indian Ocean World Studies.

You can find more about Nurfadzilah Yahaya' s work and follow her on twitter @nfyahaya

Please join us in this great opportunity to discuss topics such as capitalism, colonialism, International Law and the Indian Ocean.

Fertile Ground: Interdisciplinary Conversations
Intersections Between Capital and Conflict in Latin America (or beyond)

This fall! Date to be confirmed.


  • Dr Alejandra Azuero, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropologie of Swarthmore
  • Dr Hannah Franzki, from the Center for Interdisciplinary Peace and Conflict Research at the Freie Universität Berlin

Chair: Dr Grietje Baars, Reader in Law & Social Change, City Law School

Fertile Ground: Interdisciplinary Conversations
Student-worker Collaborative Organising in the Neoliberal University

This fall! Date to be confirmed.


Chair: Dr Grietje Baars, Reader in Law & Social Change, City Law School

Fertile Ground: Interdisciplinary Conversations
Capitalism, Colonialism, International Law and the Indian Ocean

This fall! Date to be confirmed.


  • Dr Nurfadzilah Yahaya, Assistant Professor in the History Department at the National University of Singapore
  • Dr Fahad Ahmad Bishara, Associate Professor of History and Rouhollah Ramazani Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies at the University of Virginia

Chair: Dr Grietje Baars, Reader in Law & Social Change, City Law School

The Present & Future of LGBTQ+ Liberation: International Trans Day of Visibility Event

5.30pm - 7.30pm Thursday 7 April 2022


Chair: Dr Grietje Baars, Reader in Law & Social Change, City Law School

Decolonising the LLB

5.30pm - 7.30pm Tuesday 5 April 2022

This conversation was facilitated by the City's Student Union BAME Officer Purity Ajoko, a 3rd year LLB student. Purity introduced the decolonisation topic and lead our session. Students presented their experiences and perspectives to understand how we can contribute to decolonising the institution.

Accidental Feminism: Gender Parity and Selective Mobility among India’s Professional Elite

5.00pm – 7.00pm  Tuesday, 30th March 2021

  • Speaker: Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen, University of California Irvine School of Law
  • Discussant: Dr Sabrina Germain, Senior Lecturer in Law, City Law School

Webinar: Human Rights, Poverty, and Capitalism: Exploring the Value of an Institutionalist Approach

5.00pm - 6.15pm  Wednesday 17th March 2021

The history of resistance to British racism

12 - 1pm  Thursday 25 February, 12-1pm (via zoom)

  • Speaker: Dr Adam Elliott-Cooper, research associate in applied sociology at the University of Greenwich. His research focuses on anti-racism and policing, both on Britain and in its colonies.
  • Discussant: Dr Grietje Baars, Reader in Law & Social Change, City Law School


Watch this space for our new podcast series coming soon!


Critical Theory Reading Group (CTRG)


The Critical Theory Reading Group (CTRG) is a monthly gathering of scholars across disciplines interested in furthering our study in areas captured under the umbrella of ‘critical theory,’ such as gender and sexuality; Black studies; capitalism and its alternatives; disability studies; colonialism and empire. This term will meet at 6 PM on the second Monday of February (13/2) and March (13/3) in AG01.

Our second term’s readings will be thematically centred on Madness and Crip theory.

CTRG is open to postgraduates and faculty. To register interest please email [email protected].

Law & Race Roundtable


The Centre for Law & Social Change at City, University of London, and the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context, at the Queen Mary University of Law, co-hosted the first Law & Race Roundtable meeting on November 2 at City. We met with London-based scholars, friends and colleagues who work on race and law and also its intersections with gender, class and sexuality. We had a wide-ranging discussion about the types of activities and the projects we could develop together.

Next meeting: March 29, at City, University of London.

Get in touch if you want to be involved in a radical, actively anti-racist collaboration among and beyond legal scholars! You can find us on Twitter or via email: [email protected]

Fertile Ground: Interdisciplinary conversation event series


The Fertile Ground: Cross-disciplinary conversations event series brings together scholars working on the same or closely related questions, but from different disciplinary perspectives. Through these curated encounters we hope to generate synergies inspiring new insights, discoveries, convergences, even break-throughs.

We pair scholars with anthropologists, historians, sociologists, literary scholars and more, and see what magic occurs! We strive to make these conversations cross-generational as well, including students, PhD researchers, professors and everyone in between, and welcome conversationalists from around the world. Would you like to be engaged in a cross-disciplinary conversation? Get in touch! [email protected]

Decolonising the Law School


On October 29th 2021, the Student Union organized a successful panel discussion about what decolonisation means and how city university should be decolonised.

The panellists, Bobby Banerjee (Associate Dean of Research and Enterprise of Bayes Business School), Diana Yeh (Associate Dean EDI at SASS), Purity Ajoko (Student’s Union BAME Officer), Shaima Dallali (Student’s Union President) gave their own account on what decolonization means to them and how City should be decolonised to better represent BAME students. This was a stepping stone for the institution as a whole, which started the fight for change across the university.

The Centre for Law and Social Change held an event on decolonising the Law School on 9 December 2021. This project is just a small fraction of this huge project. Our task is to ensure that BAME LLB students’ opinions for change are heard and for them to be put into action.

Decolonising the institution takes hard work and time, but with the knowledge and support from our students, we are confident that we will reach our goal. Get in touch if you would like to be involved!

Resources to start decolonising the law school now

Resources on specific law topics

City Library Guide

Some work by Foluke Adebisi

Resources for Students

Resources for Students

Coming soon