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Dr Sarah Keenan

LLB (Hons 1)/BA (ANU), GDip (Legal Practice) (College of Law), PhD (Kent), PCTHE (Oxford Brookes)


Sarah Keenan
Centre for the study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law


Centre for Gender Studies


Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies


Dr Sarah Keenan
Email address:
0207 898 4652
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Office Hours:
Monday 15:00-17:00


Dr Sarah Keenan - Safe spaces for dykes in danger? Refugee law’s production of the vulnerable lesbian subject

Sarah Keenan completed a BA(International Relations)/LLB with first class honours at the Australian National University in 2003. She has clerked for Justice Margaret Wilson of the Supreme Court of Queensland, practiced as a solicitor and been part of the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development program in Beijing, China. Before coming to SOAS Sarah held posts at Oxford Brookes University and at the University of Kent, where she was a member of the AHRC Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality.

Sarah's research interests centre around the areas of property, legal geography, post-colonial legal theory and feminist legal theory. She explored each of these areas in her PhD thesis 'Subversive Property: Law and the Production of Spaces of Belonging', and she continues to explore these areas in her post-doctoral work.  Coming from a background as a community lawyer and activist, Sarah is interested in using critical theories to explore law in its many and varied forms and to question how law relates to other forms of governance.

Sarah sits on the editorial boards of Feminist Legal Studies and feministsatlaw.


Courses Taught

Property Law, Feminist Legal Theory and Indigenous Land Rights 


Book Chapters

Keenan, Sarah (2011) 'Safe spaces for dykes in danger? Refugee law's production of the vulnerable lesbian subject.' In: FitzGerald, Sharron, (ed.), Regulating the international movement of women: From protection to control. Routledge, pp. 29-47.


Keenan, Sarah (2013) 'Property as Governance: Time, Space and Belonging in Australia’s Northern Territory Intervention.' Modern Law Review, 76 (3). pp. 464-493.

Keenan, Sarah (2013) 'Bringing the outside(r) in: Law’s appropriation of subversive identities.' Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 64 (3). pp. 299-316.

Keenan, Sarah (2010) 'Subversive Property: Reshaping Malleable Spaces of Belonging.' Social and Legal Studies, 19 (4). pp. 423-439.

Keenan, Sarah (2009) 'A blue wristband view of history? The death of Mulrunji Doomadgee and the illusion of postcolonial Australia.' Alternative Law Journal, 34 (4). pp. 248-252.

Keenan, Sarah (2009) 'Australian Legal Geography and the Search for Postcolonial Space in Chloe Hooper's The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island.' Australian Feminist Law Journal, 30 . pp. 173-199.

Book Reviews

Keenan, Sarah (2013) 'Having and Being Judith Butler: A review of 'Dispossession: The Performative in the Political'.' Review 31 .

Keenan, Sarah (2012) 'Jeanine Purdy (ed): ...Just one damn thing after another: Colonialism, economics, the law and resistance in Western Australia.' Feminist Legal Studies .

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