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  • Dr Ma​ïa Pal

    BA Hon, MA, PhD, PGCTHE

    Senior Lecturer in International Relations

    Department of Social Sciences

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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    Phone number: +44 (0)1865 483743



    I am bilingual in French and English and came back to the UK in 2002 to start a BA in International Relations and Philosophy followed by an MA and PhD in International Relations at the University of Sussex, after growing up and studying Law in France. My main research activity focuses on developing the concepts of jurisdictional struggles and jurisdictional accumulation, to compare and understand the contemporary rise of extraterritorial disputes in relation to similar practices since early modernity. My teaching is research-driven, and focuses on the potential of historical sociology to develop critical pedagogies for the study of empires, colonialism and legal subjectivity in international relations.

    Since September 2017, I am co-Secretary of the Oxford Brookes UCU branch and Faculty rep for Department of Social Sciences and the School of Law.