I've been teaching at ULIP since 2017 and at Queen Mary since 2015. During my PhD studies I taught at University of Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne (2010-2012), SOAS (2012-5) and Richmond – the American International University in London (2015).
I first came to Paris as an Erasmus student in 2006, during an undergraduate degree in history at University College London. This proved to be a life-changing experience and has led to many longstanding friendships. In 2010 I came back to the city to live and work during my PhD, and have counted myself lucky to be able to return as part of my work at ULIP teaching the MA in International Relations and the new BA in International Politics.
Much of my research has concerned the difficult relationship between the fast-growing body of international law that governs politics within states, and the messy political realities of (notably) sub-Saharan Africa. This has interested me in a number of academic fields, including international law, legal sociology, the politics of rights, and the history of international relations. I also have more theoretical interests in the work of Niklas Luhmann, Max Weber, and Alasdair MacIntyre.
I'm currently part of a large group of (European and African) early-career researchers investigating the politics of judicial appointments, and have a particular interest in the highest courts of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire. My contribution to this project has been funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant which I share with Dr. Sara Dezalay (University of Cardiff).
- Human Rights and the Judicialisation of African Politics (Routledge, 2018).
- (with Line Engbo Gissel) The African Backlash Against International Courts (Zed Books, forthcoming 2019).
- "Who are Judicial Decisions Meant For? The ʽGlobal Community of Lawʼ in Southern Africa." International Political Science Review (forthcoming).
- (with Line Engbo Gissel) 'Explaining African Participation in International Courts.' African Affairs 117:467 (2018): 195-216.
- ‘Cause lawyers sans frontières: juristes sud-africains et judiciarisation du politique en Afrique australe.’ Politique Africaine 138:2 (2015): 93-113.
- ‘Explaining South Africa’s Bill of Rights: An Interpretive Approach.’ Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 52:3 (2014): 423-442.
- 'A Global Human Rights Movement?' OpenDemocracy (July 2013).
- ‘European governments and African demands for reparations’, LSE Ideas, (January 2012).
Other peer-reviewed publications
- ‘The New Historiography of Human Rights.’ E-IR (February 2013).
- ‘A Critical Introduction to the ‘Legalisation of World Politics’, E-IR (March 2012).
Selected book reviews
- Nic Cheeseman, David Anderson and Andrea Scheibler, Eds., The Routledge Handbook of African Politics, in Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 53:4 (2015).
- Karen Alter, The New Terrain of International Law, in E-IR (October 2014).
- Yves Dezalay and Bryant G. Garth, Eds., Lawyers and the Rule of Law in an Era of Globalization, in Political Studies Review 10:3 (2012): 430-431.
- Kathryn Sikkink, The Justice Cascade, in E-IR (June 2012).