Dr Emily Jones

School of Law
Dr Emily Jones
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    5S.4.14, Colchester Campus

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Emily Jones is a feminist international legal theorist working from a critical posthuman perspective. Her current work focuses on: military technologies including autonomous weapons systems and human enhancement technologies; feminist and queer methodologies; gender and conflict; the granting of legal personality to the environment; and the interplay between property, work, technology and the law. Emily has held visiting positions at multiple institutions including at the University of Melbourne, Sciences Po Paris, SOAS University of London and Utrecht University. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • 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

Technology, Work and Law

Conferences and presentations

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

  • Tort Law (LW201)

  • Introduction to Public International Law (LW218)

  • International Human Rights: Theories and Institutions (LW901)

  • Public International Law (LW902)


Journal articles (5)

Jones, E., Feminist Technologies and Post-Capitalism: Defining and Reflecting upon Xenofeminism (forthcoming). Feminist Review

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., 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

Jones, EL., (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., (2015). dispossession: the performative in the political. Feminist Review. 109 (1), e12-e13

Book chapters (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

Jones, E., (2019). 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

Other (2)

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

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

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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