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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
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Office Hours:
Thursdays 13:00-15:00


Yoriko Otomo is a Lecturer in Law at SOAS. She has previously taught at Keele University, Birkbeck College, University of London, the International Center for Legal Studies (registered center with the University of London International Programmes) and Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne. Most recently she has also worked at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics, for the Danish Institute for Human Rights, and for the United Nations University’s Institute of Advanced Studies. She is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, where she completed a PhD.

Yoriko’s main areas of research interest are animal law, the history of environmental law, international law and legal theory. Her most recent publication is a co-edited book (with Edward Mussawir), ‘Law and the Question of the Animal’ (Routledge, 2013). She is preparing her doctoral thesis, ‘Unconditional Life: The Time and Technics of International Law’ for publication as a monograph in 2014, alongside a number of journal articles. Her current research focus is the historical regulation of animals and commodities, and she is co-authoring a book on the history of environmental law with Stephen Humphreys (LSE).

In 2013 she convened an international conference, ‘Dogs, Pigs and Children: Changing Laws in 19th Century Colonial Britain’ at SOAS, and is currently editing the proceedings for publication as a special journal issue in 2014 In 2012 she convened an online workshop, ‘Law’s Animal’, an international workshop, ‘The Phenomenology of Global Order: Inquiries into the Materiality of International Law’ at SOAS, and a workshop at Keele University, ‘Global Order in Context’. She was also co-convenor of an interdisciplinary workshop and theatre piece, ‘Her Proper Name: A Revisionist History of International Law’ at Birkbeck College, University of London. The poem read at the workshop and a companion piece by Peter Fitzpatrick (Birkbeck) will be published in the London Review of International Law in 2014.

Yoriko 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.


Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Emily Jones, Outrunning the Boundaries of International Law, the Sovereign State and Feminist Theory


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


Edited Books

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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