Professor Matthew Stone

Essex Law School
Professor Matthew Stone
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    +44 (0) 1206 873775

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    5S.6.24, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Fridays 13:00-15:00



Matthew Stone is Professor of Law, having joined Essex as a lecturer 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 the relation between law and subjectivity, in particular the way that law shapes (or challenges) the way in which we understand ourselves. He has a long-standing interest in ethical forms of subjectivity, particularly those that escape the logic of modern legality. He is the author of a monograph on law and the ethical philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas in 2016. A further aspect of his research concerns the significance of property, ownership and ideology in the way we perceive the self, and the role of law in articulating propertied forms of subjectivity.

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Land Law (LW102)

  • Equity and Trusts (LW202)


Journal articles (7)

Stone, M., (2019). The Contradictions of Conscience: Unravelling the Structure of Obligation in Equity. Law and Critique. 30 (2), 159-178

Stone, M., (2017). Equity, Property, and the Ethical Subject. Polemos: Journal of Law, Literature and Culture. 11 (1), 73-95

Stone, M., (2015). Roberto Esposito and the Biopolitics of Property Rights. Social & Legal Studies. 24 (3), 381-398

Stone, M., (2011). Biopolitics and Movement: A History of Travellers and the Law. Liverpool Law Review. 32 (1), 49-63

Stone, M., (2011). Law, Ethics and Levinas's Concept of Anarchy. Australian Feminist Law Journal. 35, creators-Stone=3AMatthew=3A=3A

Stone, M., (2010). Levinas and Political Subjectivity in an Age of Global Biopower. Law, Culture and the Humanities. 6 (1), 105-123

Leung, G. and Stone, M., (2009). Otherwise than Hospitality: A Disputation on the Relation of Ethics to Law and Politics. Law and Critique. 20 (2), 193-206

Books (2)

Stone, M., (2016). Levinas, Ethics and Law. Edinburgh University Press. 978-1474400763

Stone, M., Wall, I. and Douzinas, C., (2012). New Critical Legal Thinking: Law and the Political. Routledge. 9780415619578

Book chapters (2)

Stone, M., (2018). Why Should I Listen to My Conscience? Equity and the Question of Ontological Obligation. In: Law, Obligation, Community. Editors: Matthews, D. and Veitch, S., . Routledge. 18- 34. 9781351403702

Stone, M., (2012). Life Beyond Law: Rethinking the Return to Origins. In: New Critical Legal Thinking: Law and the Political. Editors: Stone, M., Wall, I. and Douzinas, C., . Routledge. 198- 211. 978-0-415-53305-8

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5S.6.24, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Fridays 13:00-15:00