SOAS University of London

School of Law

Dr Yoriko Otomo

BA/LLB (Hons) PhD (University of Melbourne)
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Otomo Yoriko
School of Law

Research Associate

Dr Yoriko Otomo
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Dr Yoriko Otomo is a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, Governor for the Network for International Students, on the Board of Minding Animals International, and runs a consultancy, Write Like a Samurai. Her research examines cross-cultural histories of global governance, focusing on commodities and looking at the ways in which emerging patterns of economic interdependence changed the ways in which we think about gender and nature. A recent project emerging out of this work is Making Milk: The Past, Present and Future of Our Primary Food (Bloomsbury Press, 2017). Yoriko is currently creating a global network for scholars, activists and scientists working on human, animal and plant milks. Her latest monograph, Unconditional Life: The International Law Settlement was published by Oxford University Press and she has written various articles on environmental law history and animal law, most recently 'The End of the City and the Last Man: Urban Animals and the Law'.


Animal law; the history of environmental law; international law and legal theory; the historical regulation of animals and other global commodities.


Authored Books

Otomo, Yoriko (2016) Unconditional Life: The Postwar International Law Settlement. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Otomo, Yoriko (2014) 'Her proper name: a revisionist account of international law'. London Review of International Law, (2) 1, pp 149-154.

Otomo, Yoriko (2014) 'The Gentle Cannibal: The Rise and Fall of Lawful Milk'. Australian Feminist Law Journal, (40) 2, pp 215-228.

Otomo, Yoriko and Humphreys, Stephen (2014) 'Theorising International Environmental Law'. LSE Law, Society and Economy Working Papers 9, pp 1-28.

Otomo, Yoriko and Limon, Cressida (2014) 'Dogs, Pigs and Children: Changing Laws in Colonial Britain'. Australian Feminist Law Journal, (40) 2, pp 163-167.

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.

Edited Books or Journals

Otomo, Yoriko and Mussawir, Edward, (eds.), (2012) Law and the Question of the Animal: A Critical Jurisprudence. Abingdon; New York: Routledge. (Law, Justice and Ecology).

Book Chapters

Otomo, Yoriko (2018) 'Law'. In: Turner, Lynn and Broglio, Ron and Sellbach, Undine, (eds.), The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press.

Otomo, Yoriko (2017) 'Thinking About Law and the Question of the Animal'. In: Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Andreas and Brooks, Victroria, (eds.), Research Methods in Environmental Law. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Prost, Mario and Otomo, Yoriko (2016) 'British Influences on International Environmental Law: The Case of Wildlife Conservation'. In: McCorquodale, Robert and Gauci, Jean-Pierre, (eds.), British Influences on International Law, 1915-2015. Leiden: Brill; Nijhoff, pp 192-211.

Otomo, Yoriko (2016) 'Theorizing International Environmental Law'. In: Orford, Anne and Hoffman, Florian, (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Theory of International Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Otomo, Yoriko (2012) 'Species, Scarcity and the Secular State'. In: Otomo, Yoriko and Mussawir, Edward, (eds.), Law and the Question of the Animal: A Critical Jurisprudence. Abingdon; New York: Routledge.

Otomo, Yoriko and Mussawir, Edward (2012) 'Introduction'. In: Otomo, Yoriko and Mussawir, Edward, (eds.), Law and the Question of the Animal: a Critical Jurisprudence. Abingdon; New York: Routledge.

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.

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. Den Haag: Martinus Nijhoff.


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