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Yoriko Otomo

BA/LLB (Hons) PhD (University of Melbourne)


Yoriko Otomo
Yoriko Otomo
Email address:
020 7898 4707
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
Office Hours:
Tuesdays 12:00-13:00, Thursdays 12.00-13.00
On Sabbatical:
Term 1 and 2 (2015/16)


Dr Yoriko Otomo is a Lecturer in Law at SOAS, and received her doctorate from the University of Melbourne. She was previously a lecturer at Keele University, and has taught at Birkbeck (University of London), the International Center for Legal Studies and the University of Melbourne. She has also worked at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (London School of Economics), and Bleyer Lawyers (Australia).

Dr Otomo’s areas of interest are animal law, the history of environmental law, international law and legal theory, and her present research focus is the historical regulation of animals and other global commodities. Her most recent publications are an article, ‘Her Proper Name: A Revisionist History of International Law’ (London Review of International Law, 2014), a co-written article (with Stephen Humphreys), ‘Theorising International Environmental Law’ (LSE Working Papers, 2014), and a co-edited book (with Edward Mussawir), ‘Law and the Question of the Animal’ (Routledge, 2013). She is currently finalising a monograph for publication, ‘Unconditional Life: The Time and Technics of International Law’ (OUP, 2015), together with a special issue of the Australian Feminist Law Journal (co-edited with Cressida Limon), ‘Dogs, Pigs and Children: Changing Laws in 19th Century Colonial Britain’.

Dr Otomo is a member of the Food Studies Centre, the Law, Environment and Development 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.


Law and Environment; Public International Law; Critical Jurisprudence and Animal Law


Edited Books or Journal Volumes

Otomo, Yoriko and Mussawir, Edward, eds. (2013) Law and the Question of the Animal: A Critical Jurisprudence. Routledge. (Law, Justice and Ecology) (In Press)

Book Chapters

Otomo, Yoriko (2013) 'Species, Scarcity and the Secular State.' In: Otomo, Yoriko and Mussawir, Edward, (eds.), Law and the Question of the Animal: A Critical Jurisprudence. Routledge. (Law, Justice and Ecology) (In Press)

Otomo, Yoriko (2011) 'Blind Spots and Hook Turns: Searching for Virtue in International Law.' In: Kuovo, Sari and Pearson, Zoe, (eds.), Between Resistance and Compliance? Feminist Perspectives on International Law in an Era of Anxiety and Terror. Oxford: Hart Publishing. (International Series in Law and Society)

Otomo, Yoriko (2010) 'The Decision not to Prosecute the Emperor.' In: Tanaka, Yuki and McCormack, Tim and Simpson, Gerry, (eds.), Beyond Victors' Justice? The Tokyo War Crimes Trial Revisited. Martinus Nijhoff.

Otomo, Yoriko 'Poststructuralist Feminism and International Law.' In: Singh, Prabhakar and Kanwar, Vik, (eds.), Critical International Law. Oxford University Press. (Forthcoming)


Otomo, Yoriko (2011) 'Law and the Question of the (Non-Human) Animal.' Society and Animals, 19 (4). pp. 383-391.

Otomo, Yoriko and Eslava, Luis and Barr, Olivia (2009) 'In Search of Authority, Rebellion and Action.' Sortuz, Oñati Journal of Emergent Sociolegal Studies, 4 (1). pp. 1-13.

Otomo, Yoriko (2009) 'Endgame: Feminist Lawyers and the Revolutionary Body.' Australian Feminist Law Journal, 31 . pp. 153-164.

Otomo, Yoriko (2008) 'Of Mimicry and Madness: Speculations on the State.' Australian Feminist Law Journal, 28 . pp. 53-76.

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