School of Law, Gender and Media

Dr Parvathi Menon

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School of Law, Gender and Media Lecturer in Law
BA LLB (Pune), LLM (LSE), LLM (Harvard), PhD (Helsinki)
Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)
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Dr Parvathi Menon joined SOAS as a Lecturer (Asst. Professor) in July 2023.

Prior to joining SOAS, Parvathi lectured at the National Law School of India University (Bangalore), the University of The Gambia in West Africa, and the University of Helsinki (Finland). She has also held research positions at the Max Planck Institute in Luxembourg, Harvard Law School, and at the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights in The Gambia.

Parvathi adopts a Marxist and Third Worldist Approach to International Law and wrote her doctoral dissertation on the concept and practice of ‘protection’: why protecting racialised people was necessary for the protection of private property and accumulation of capital. Explored through the examples of the slave colony in Trinidad, West African protectorates, and Iraqi mandate territory, her work examined why protection measures were utilised to protect labour, land, and capital, respectively.

Her work focuses on the history and theory of international law, and she has published on the themes of self-determination movements, slavery, indentured labour, postcoloniality and its gendered dimensions, reparations for slavery and colonialism, and the political economy of international law.

Research interests

  • International Law
  • History of International Law
  • International Legal Theory
  • Political Economy of International Law
  • Marxism
  • Third-World Approaches to International Law


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