Academic Staff

Dr Matthew Stone

Position in departmentDirector of Undergraduate Studies
Staff positionSenior Lecturer
Telephone01206 873380
Office hoursAcademic Support: Monday 15:00-16:00, Thursday 15:00-16:00

Matthew Stone is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law, having joined Essex in 2011, and previously having been a lecturer at London Metropolitan University. He holds an LLB (Warwick), a Masters in Research (Birkbeck) and a PhD (Birkbeck).

Matt teaches on modules covering equity, property law and legal theory. His research explores questions of law, ethics and the political, typically drawing on interdisciplinary methods utilising legal theory, continental philosophy and critical theory. Of particular interest are questions of subjectivity in relation to, and in resistance to, the law. He has a long-standing interest in the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas and its significance for law, as well as questions of law and biopolitics. He also has a developing interest in questions of property, ethical duties and subjectivity within the context of private law.

Teaching responsibilities
  • LW303 Land Law
  • LW202 Equity and Trusts
  • LW301 Jurisprudence I
  • 'Equity, Property and the Ethical Subject' (2017) 11(1) Polemos: Journal of Law, Literature and Culture 73-95
  • Levinas, Ethics and Law (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016)
  • 'Roberto Esposito and the Bipolitics of Property Rights' (2015) 24(3) Social and Legal Studies 381-398 (
  • New Critical Legal Thinking: Law and the Political (Abingdon: Routledge, 2012) (edited with Illan rua Wall and Costas Douzinas)
  • 'Life, Beyond Law: Questioning a Return to Origins', in Stone, Wall & Douzinas, New Critical Legal Thinking: Law and the Political, as above, 198-211 
  • 'Law, Ethics and Levinas's Concept of Anarchy' (2011) 35 Australian Feminist Law Journal 89
  • 'Biopolitics and Movement: A History of Travellers and the Law' (2011) 32(1) Liverpool Law Review 49
  • 'Levinas and Political Subjectivity in an Age of Global Biopower' (2010) 6(1) Law Culture and the Humanities 105
  • 'Otherwise than Hospitality: A Disputation on the Relation of Ethics to Law and Politics' (2009) 20(2) Law and Critique 193 (with Gilbert Leung)

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