Dr Yoriko Otomo is a Lecturer in Law at SOAS and a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Global History, University of Oxford. She received her doctorate (as well as a BA and Honours degree in Law) from the University of Melbourne.
Her research examines cross-cultural histories of global governance, looking in particular at the ways in which emerging patterns of economic interdependence changed representations of women and animals. She is currently working on a project, 'Milk, Skin and Bone' that examines the development of the dairy industries in colonial Britain, and she has recently co-written/co-edited various articles on law and animals. Her forthcoming book, 'Unconditional Life: The International Law Settlement' will be published by OUP in 2016.
Dr. Otomo is involved with three interdisciplinary projects; the first, 'Making Milk', co-convened with Prof. Mathilde Cohen (University of Connecticut, U.S and EHESS, France) analyses the production and consumption of human and animal milk, drawing together the world's leading scholars on the topic. The second, 'Theorising and Historicising International Environmental Law', co-convened with Stephen Humphreys (LSE), Mario Prost (Keele), Celine Tan (Warwick) and Matthew Nicholson (Southampton) draws together experts from different disciplines to re-examine the field. The third, 'Global Law', is a collaboration with Henrique Carvalho (Warwick), Vidya Kumar (Birmingham), Luis Eslava (Kent) and Vanja Hamzic (SOAS) to produce a reference text outlining critical approaches to teaching and studying key law subjects. To date, these projects have generously been supported by Harvard University, Keele University, EHESS, and SOAS, resulting in workshops held at Keele (2012, 2013), SOAS (2014, 2015) and EHESS (2016).
Dr. Otomo is a member of the Food Studies Centre and the Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law at SOAS. She is on the editorial board of the Australian Feminist Law Journal, and on the advisory board of the Journal for Critical Animal Studies.