2020 applicants

Dr Emily Jones

School of Law
Dr Emily Jones
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    +44 (0) 1206 874178

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    5S.4.14, Colchester Campus

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    By appointment only



Emily is an international lawyer whose work combines theory and practice. Her current work focuses on: science, technology and international law; posthuman theory and international law; feminist and queer methodologies; military technologies including autonomous weapons systems and human enhancement technologies; the granting of legal personality to the environment and the rights of nature; gender and conflict; and political economy, imperialism and international law. Emily’s work has been published in journals such as the Australian Feminist Law Journal, London Review of International Law, Radical Philosophy, Feminist Legal Studies and Feminist Review. Emily has one co-authored book in press with Zed/Bloomsbury entitled 'The Law of War and Peace: A Gender Analysis (Volume 1)' and is currently working on her monograph. Emily joined Essex as a Lecturer in 2017. She 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 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

Science, Technology and the Law

Political Economy and International Law

The Rights of Nature and the granting of legal personality to the environment

International Environmental Law/Human Rights and the Environment

Conferences and presentations

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


Journal articles (5)

Jones, E., The Corporation, Law and Capitalism: Reflections on Capitalist Law and Queer Resistance. London Review of International Law

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)

Bertotti, S., Heathcote, G., Jones, E. and Labenski, S., The Law of War and Peace: A Gender Analysis (Volume One) (forthcoming 2020). Zed/Bloomsbury

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): https://ilg2.org/2018/10/17/a-posthuman-feminist-approach-to-mars/

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

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