SOAS University of London

School of Law

Yoriko Otomo

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

Postgraduate Taught Admissions Tutor (MA)

Dr Yoriko Otomo
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Tuesdays 1-3pm on January 10, 17, 24 | Fridays 12-4pm on February 3, March 3, 14, 24.

Dr Yoriko Otomo is a Lecturer in Law at SOAS, and recently a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Global History, University of Oxford and the University of New South Wales. She received her doctorate (as well as a BA and Honours degree in Law) from the University of Melbourne.

Her research examines cross-cultural histories of global governance, looking in particular at the ways in which emerging patterns of economic interdependence changed representations of women and animals. She is working on a project, ‘White Revolutions’ that examines the development of the dairy industries in colonial Britain, and is also co-editing a book, ‘Making Milk: The Past, Present and Future of Our Primary Food’ with Professor Mathilde Cohen. Yoriko’s recent book, 'Unconditional Life: The International Law Settlement' was published by OUP and she has written various articles on environmental law history and animal law.

Dr. Otomo is a member of the Food Studies 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. She is happy to supervise projects in international law, environmental law, animal law, legal history, and feminist and critical theory. Dr Yoriko Otomo has just published the following open access article on law and animals:

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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.

Edited Books or Journal Volumes

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 (2016) 'International Environmental Law.' In: Orford, Anne and Hoffman, Florian, (eds.), Oxford Handbook on International Legal Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Oxford Handbooks)

Otomo, Yoriko and Prost, Mario (2016) 'British Influences on International Environmental Law: The Case of Wildlife Conservation.' In: Gauci, Jean-Pierre and McCorquodale, Robert and Barrett, Jill and Zidar, Abdraz and Riddell, Anna, (eds.), British Influences on International Law. London: British Institute of International and Comparative Law. (Forthcoming)

Otomo, Yoriko (2016) 'Law.' In: Turner, Lynn and Broglio, Ron and Sellbach, Undine, (eds.), The Edinburgh Companion to Critical Animal Studies. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press. (Forthcoming)

Otomo, Yoriko (2016) 'Thinking About Law and the Question of the Animal.' In: Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Andreas and Brooks, Victroria, (eds.), Handbook of Research Methods in Environmental Law. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. (Forthcoming)

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. (Law, Justice and Ecology)

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. (Law, Justice and Ecology)

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. Den Haag: Martinus Nijhoff. (International Humanitarian Law)


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, OƱati 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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