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School of Law

Mr Owen Taylor

BA International Relations, MA International Law


Owen Taylor
Mr Owen Taylor
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SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
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Thesis title:
Revolution and International Law
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PhD Research

This thesis explores the fate of potentially radical and systemic challenges to international law, through the historical examples of the early Soviet Union and the push for the New International Economic Order by newly independent States following their struggles against direct colonial rule. Drawing upon the 'commodity form theory' of law, the thesis aims to further understand the limits of international law for political struggle by tracing the incompatibility of radically redistributive claims with the form of law.

PhD Publications

  • Owen Taylor, ‘Reclaiming Revolution’, Finnish Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 22 2011 (2013)

PhD Conferences

  • ‘Between Reform, Revolution, and the Law: The political economy of the NIEO’ 2012, at the European Society of International Law (ESIL) Special Interest Group on International Peace and Security
  • ‘International Law, Capitalism and Resistance’, 2011, at the Conference of Historical Materialism, SOAS
  • ‘Revolution, Resistance and the Dynamics of Critique’ 2011, at the ‘Towards a Radical International Law’ conference, London School of Economics (LSE)
  • Toronto Group, January 2011, 'Revolution, Resistance and the Dynamics of Critique', University of Toronto
  • Glasgow Conversations, December 2010, ‘A Global State in the Making? Revolution and Resistance’, University of Glasgow
  • Glasgow Conversations, February 2010, discussant on 'Mapping the Newstream', University of Glasgow
  • Annual Post-graduate Colloquium in Law, January 2010, Discussant, SOAS
  • Annual Post-graduate Colloquium in Law, January 2009, Discussant, SOAS
  • New Approaches to Self-Determination Conference, June 2008; Chair on Transnational and Subnational Approaches to Self-Determination, SOAS
  • Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) 2010, Harvard
  • Brown International Advanced Research Institute (BIARI) for Global Law and Governance 2009, Brown University


Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law (CCEIL)


  • Public International Law
  • Law and Development
  • International Law and Inequality