My main research activity focuses on the relationship between international law and international relations, and more specifically through practices of early modern imperial expansion, jurisdiction, and the problem of legal subjectivity. My work in the two books below explores the problem of extraterritoriality and develops the concepts of jurisdictional struggles and jurisdictional accumulation from a historical sociology and Political Marxist perspective. These concepts help to understand the roles of (extra)territoriality in the construction of early modern and modern empires and international orders. My current focus is mainly on European and colonial state-formation.
Single-authored monograph: Jurisdictional Accumulation: An early modern history of law, empires and capital (forthcoming, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). It is based on my doctoral thesis defended in December 2012, which consisted in a historical and theoretical reconstruction of the praxis of extraterritoriality through the cases of the early modern Spanish, French and British empires.
Co-edited volume (with Daniel Margolies, Umut Ozsu and Ntina Tzouvala), The Extraterritoriality of Law: History, Theory, Politics (2019, Abingdon: Routledge). Proposal available here.
My other areas of research are historical materialism and Political Marxism in International Relations, contemporary migration issues, cases of student resistance and protest, and the development of critical pedagogies.
Research group membership
Editor for the peer-reviewed journal Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory and website editor.
Centre for Global Politics, Economy and Society (GPES), Oxford Brookes University
Member of the Centre for Advanced International Theory at the University of Sussex.
Member of the Political Marxism Research Group at the University of Sussex.
- 'Marxism in IR', Podcast Interview for OccupyIRTheory, hosted by Dr Nicholas Kiersey
- Participant in Think Human Festival (organised by Humanities and Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University) for Human Library event 'Resist! Remain!', 15 May 2018
- Guest author for Verso Books blog on Marx's 200th anniversary, 5 May 2018
- Guest on TV show The Fix (Novara Media) ‘Can Labour ever be a vehicle for a progressive foreign policy?’ 24 February 2016
- Roundtable debate with MP John McDonnell, Luke Cooper, Simon Hardy, Lynne Segal and Mary G. Clarke ‘Beyond Capitalism (The Alternative Queen’s Speech)’, 'People’s Parliament', House of Commons, London, 4 June 2015