Dr Emily Jones

School of Law
Dr Emily Jones
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Dr Emily Jones is a generalist public international lawyer whose interdisciplinary work combines theory and practice. Emily's work cuts across: gender and international law; international environmental law; the law of the sea; science, technology and international law; posthuman legal theory; gender and conflict; and political economy, imperialism and international law. Within these areas, Emily's current work focuses on the rights of nature, military technologies (including autonomous weapons systems and human enhancement technologies) and the regulation of deep-sea mining. Emily’s work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, Australian Feminist Law Journal, London Review of International Law, Radical Philosophy, Feminist Legal Studies and Feminist Review. Emily has one co-authored book published with Zed Books entitled 'The Law of War and Peace: A Gender Analysis (Volume 1)' and is currently co-editing two forthcoming volumes: the 'More Posthuman Glossary' (Bloomsbury) and ‘International Law & Posthuman Theory’ (Routledge). Emily is also working on her monograph, 'Feminist Theory and International Law: Posthuman Perspectives,' forthcoming with Routledge's GlassHouse series. Emily is the co-founder and co-convener of the Essex Public International Law Lecture Series. Emily joined Essex as a Lecturer in 2017 and holds a PhD from SOAS University of London, an MA from University College London (UCL) and an LLB law degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Emily has held visiting positions at multiple institutions including at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) at Utrecht University (2020), as a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow at the Laureate Program in International Law at Melbourne Law School (2019) as well as in the School of Law at Sciences Po Paris (2015). Emily is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of Senate and is currently the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee Chair for the School of Law.


  • LLB London School of Economics and Political Science,

  • MA University College London,

  • PhD SOAS, University of London,

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Emerging Military Technologies including Autonomous Weapons Systems and Human Enhancement Technologies

The Legal Subject and International Legal Personality

Posthuman Theory

Gender and Conflict

Feminist and Queer approaches to International Law

Science, Technology and the Law

The Rights of Nature

International Environmental Law/Human Rights and the Environment

TWAIL/Postcolonial approaches to International Law

Greenhouse Gas Removal regulation

Deep-Sea Mining Regulation

Conferences and presentations

Queering International Environmental Law

International Law Dis/Oriented Workshop, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, 29/9/2021

Posthuman Feminism and the Rights of Nature

Invited presentation, Feminist and queer approaches to environmental law & rights - Co-organised by the Ecological Law and Governance Association (ELGA) and the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights & the Environment (GNHRE), 20/4/2021

Posthuman International Law and the Rights of Nature

Invited presentation, Ghandi Research Seminar Series, Global Law at Reading (GLAR), University of Reading, 11/11/2020

Contemporary and Emerging Military Technologies: A Posthuman Feminist Analysis

Invited presentation, ReVisions International Law Seminar Series, School of Law, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 6/2/2020

Reading Humanist Law: A Posthuman Feminist Analysis of the Debates on Autonomous Weapons Systems

Invited presentation, Modern and Contemporary Literature Research Seminar, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands, 14/1/2020

The Crisis of Autonomous Weapons Systems and the Increasing Use of Human Enhancement Technologies in Conflict: A Critical Feminist Analysis

Invited presentation, Laureate Program in International Law Seminar Series, Melbourne Law School, Melbourne, Australia, 11/7/2019

The Crisis of Autonomous Weapons Systems

Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL) Annual Conference, Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia, 4/7/2019

Thinking through humanism and anthropocentrism in international law and legal personality: queer theory, feminist new materialism and the postcolonial (in conversation with Professor Dianne Otto)

Gender, Nature and Peace, LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, London, United Kingdom, 18/6/2019

The Crisis of Autonomous Weapons Systems

Cambridge International Law Journal Conference on New Technologies, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 20/3/2019

A Posthuman Vision of Military Technologies: Drones, Autonomous Weapons and Human Enhancement Technologies

Invited presentation, School of Philosophy and Art History (SPAH) Seminar Series, University of Essex, 14/2/2019

Calling for the End of Humanity: Towards a Posthuman Law of Machine Intelligence

Critical Legal Conference, The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, 6/9/2018

Emerging Military Technologies and the Posthuman Limits of IHL and Disarmament

Human Rights Centre and the School of Law at the University of Essex and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Joint Conference on Current Issues in Armed Conflict, London, Colchester, United Kingdom, 29/6/2018

Humanitarian Law’s Posthuman Limits: An Analysis of the Discourse on Contemporary and Future Military Technologies

Laureate Program in International Law Conference on Humanitarianism and the Remaking of International Law: History, Ideology, Practice, Technology, Melbourne, Australia, 2/6/2018

A Feminist New Materialist Analysis of Environmental Legal Personality: Transformations and Risks

Searching for Critical Environmental Law: Theories, Methods, Critiques Workshop, Oxford, United Kingdom, 11/5/2018

International and Environmental Legal Personalities: A Feminist New Materialist Analysis

Critical Legal Conference, University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom, 2017

Killer Robots and Posthuman Ethics

Law and Society Association (LSA) International Meeting in Mexico City, Mexico City, Mexico, 2017

Capitalism and the Necropolitical: A Posthuman-Xenofeminist Analysis of Autonomous Weapons

Against the Slow Cancellation of the Future Conference, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, London, London, United Kingdom, 2017

Challenging Dichotomies and Structures: International Law and Feminist Approaches

Invited presentation, Symposium to Celebrate the Work of Professor Dianne Otto, SOAS, University of London, London, United Kingdom, 2016

Discussing Sovereignty in Conversation with Professor Judith Butler

Invited presentation, London Review of International Law, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, United Kingdom, 2015

Towards a Feminine Morphology of/in International Law, Society for Women in Philosophy Ireland Annual Conference, University College Dublin, 2014

Dublin, Ireland, 2014

Using Irigaray to Push at International Law's Boundaries: the Sovereign State

Working with Luce Irigaray International Seminar, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom, 2014

Vulnerable Subjectivity: Redefining Law's Body

PECANS Conference on Vulnerability, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, 2013

How Useful is International Human Rights Law for Women

Women's New World with Dr. Shere Hite: In celebration of International Women's Day, University College London, London, United Kingdom, 2012

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Global Challenges in Interdisciplinary Perspective: Water Conflicts, Water Cultures (CS315)

  • Human Rights, International Relations and Diplomacy (HU925)

  • Public International Law (LW902)

  • Human Rights and Women (LW918)

  • International Human Rights: Theories and Institutions (LW924)

  • Human Rights of LGBTI Persons (LW935)

  • Gender, Peace, Security and the Law (LW938)


Journal articles (6)

Jones, E., Posthuman International Law and the Rights of Nature. Journal of Human Rights and the Environment

Jones, E., (2020). The Corporation, Law and Capitalism: Reflections on Capitalist Law and Queer Resistance. London Review of International Law. 8 (1), 183-189

Jones, EL., Charlesworth, H. and Heathcote, G., (2019). Feminist Scholarship on International Law in the 1990s and today: An Inter-Generational Conversation. Feminist Legal Studies. 27 (1), 79-93

Jones, E., (2019). Feminist Technologies and Post-Capitalism: Defining and Reflecting upon Xenofeminism. Feminist Review. 123 (1), 126-134

Jones, E., (2018). A Posthuman-Xenofeminist Analysis of the Discourse on Autonomous Weapons Systems and Other Killing Machines. Australian Feminist Law Journal. 44 (1), 93-118

Jones, E., Kendall, S. and Otomo, Y., (2018). Gender, War and Technology: Peace and Armed Conflict in the 21st Century. Australian Feminist Law Journal. 44 (1), 1-8

Books (1)

Heathcote, G., Jones, E., Labenski, S. and Bertotti, S., (2021). The Law of War and Peace: A Gender Analysis (Volume One). Zed Books. 978-1-7869-9668-8

Book chapters (3)

Jones, E., (2020). Gender and Reparations: Seeking Transformative Justice. In: Reparations for Victims of Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity: Systems in Place and Systems in the Making, (second edition). Editors: Goetz, M. and Ferstman, C., . Brill. 86- 118. 978-90-04-37715-8

Cusato, E., Casla, K., Fagan, A., Jones, E. and Kamiloglu, O., (2020). Some Conceptual Framings: A Discussion. In: Covid-19, Law and Human Rights : Essex Dialogues. A Project of the School of Law and Human Rights Centre. Editors: Ferstman, C. and Fagan, A., . University of Essex. 3- 4. 978-1-5272-6632-2

Jones, EL., Chinkin, C., Jones, H. and Heathcote, G., (2019). Bozkurt Case (aka the Lotus Case): Two Ships that Go Bump in the Night. In: Feminist Judgments in International Law. Editors: Hodson, L. and Lavers, T., . Hart Publishing. 27- 51

Other (5)

Jones, EL., 'A Posthuman Feminist Approach to Mars, ' IntLawGrrls Blog (2018):

Jones, E. and Otto, D., (2020).Thinking through anthropocentrism in international law: queer theory, posthuman feminism and the postcolonial - A conversation between Emily Jones and Dianne Otto,LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security

Jones, E., (2020).Human rights in a wrong world. Radical Philosophy. 2.07

Jones, EL., (2018).Book Review: Dianne Otto (ed), Queering International Law: Possibilities, Alliances, Complicities, Risks. Feminist Legal Studies. 1(1),Springer Verlag

Jones, E., (2015).dispossession: the performative in the political. Feminist Review. 109(1),SAGE Publications

Grants and funding


Gender, Terrorism and Security in Africa

University of Essex (GCRF)

+44 (0) 1206 874178


5S.4.14, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

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