Dr Vidya Kumar

Associate Professor of Law

School/Department: Law, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2363



Dr Kumar is a critical and interdisciplinary legal scholar, whose work traverses law, politics, history and theory. Her current research spans various topics, including revolutions in international and constitutional law, critical space law, global constitutional law,  the law of assassination & use of force, histories of international law, international human/labour rights, law and literature, and legal philosophy.  She received her DPhil in Law from the University of Oxford and LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto Ontario Canada. She holds degrees in politics and political theory and is qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor (the Law Society of Ontario). She has been a Visiting Research Scholar at the Institute of International Law and the Humanities (IILAH) at University of Melbourne,  the Faculty of Law at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, the LSE’s Centre for International Studies, and a postdoctoral Fellow at The Munk School for Global Affairs, University of Toronto. She is currently a Faculty member of the Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP), Harvard Law School (USA).


Dr Kumar is a critical and interdisciplinary legal scholar, whose work traverses law, politics, history and theory. Her current research spans various topics, including revolutions in international and constitutional law, critical space law, global constitutional law,  the law of assassination & use of force, histories of international law, law and literature, and legal philosophy. She is currently writing a monograph on International Law and Revolution, and an edited collection on Public Law and Revolution.



'Revolutions' (eds Liliana Obregón, Laura Betancur-Restrepo, Juan M. Amaya-Castro), Oxford Handbook on International Law and the Americas [Forthcoming]

'On Scripts and Sensibility: Cold War International Law and Revolutionary Caribbean Subjects' (2020) 21 German Law Journal 1541 (open access):

'Revolutionaries' in eds Jean D'Aspremont and Sahib Singh, Concepts for International Law: Contributions to Disciplinary Thought (Edward Elgar, 2019) 773

'International Law, Kelsen and the Aberrant Revolution: Excavating the Judicial and Scholarly Practices of Revolutionary Legality in Rhodesia and Beyond' in The Power of Legality: Practices of International Law and Their Politics, eds Nikolas M. Rajkovic, Tanja Aalberts, Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen (Cambridge: CUP, 2016). 

'Rethinking the Convergence of Human Rights and Labour Rights in International Law: De-politicisation and Excess' in  Osgoode Hall Reader: Law In Transition (Oxford: Hart, 2015).

'A Critical Methodology of Globalization: Politics of the 21st Century?' (2003) Volume 10, Number 2 (Summer) Indiana J of Global Legal Studies 

'A Proleptic Approach to Postcolonial Legal Studies? A Brief Look at the Relationship between Legal Theory and Intellectual History' (2004) Issue 2003 (2) Law, Social Justice and Global Development (e-journal Warwick University, UK). Online access

Blog posts

The Prepositional Life of International Law' (2021) Contingency in International Law, Symposium: Contingency Between and Beyond, Opinio Juris Blog:

Towards a Constitutionalism of the Wretched (2017), Symposium on Comparative: Constitutionalism and the Global South Voelkerrechtsblog:



Public International Law ( International Legal Personality, State Identity and Succession, State Creation, Revolutionaries and Rebels as Non-State Actors)
Space Law (Critical and Interdisciplinary Approaches)
Global Constitutionalism, Constitutional Theory, Comparative Constitutional Law
International Legal History
Legal Theory/Philosophy of Law
Global Legal Studies and Thought
International Labour Rights & International Human Rights
TWAIL (Third World Approaches to International Law) 
Law and Development
Decolonial Law and Theory
Feminist Theory and Revolutionary Feminism in International Law


Public Law (Constitutional and Administrative Law)
International Law and the Use of Force
Critical Space Law
Canadian Constitutional Law

Courses previously taught: Public International Law, Public Law (Constitutional & Administrative Law), Advanced Constitutional Law, International Humanitarian Law, Global Law, Philosophy of Law/Legal Theory, International Legal History.

Press and media

Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements
The UK Constitution & Constitutional Reform
Feminism/Critical Race Theory 
International Law 


• Member of Cold War International Law Project (2018-2021):
• LSE Research Group on “Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity”  - invited by Dr Ayça Çubukçu (2014-2021):
• International Law and Politics Collaborative Research Network (CRN - Organised by Dr. Luis Eslava and Dr Rose Parfitt (Kent Law School) (2016-2021)


Keynotes/Plenary Panels Invitations from:
- Pratyush Upreti, Bruno Sousa Rodrigues, and  Ghazal Miyar to deliver a keynote talk on African Revolutions and International Law at the Sciences Po Law School for the Peripheries of Law Colloquium: 
-Professor E. Tendayi Achuime, UN Special Rapporteur on Racism, Xenophobia and Related to speak on a Plenary Panel: ""Revolution, Fascism & Human Rights: On the Right to Strike in the UDHR"" at the Critical Perspectives on Race and Human Rights: Transnational Re-Imaginings Conference
-Professor Andreas Philippopoulas Mihalopoulas to give a keynote speech at the Ways of Knowing: Epistemology & Law Conference Westminster University.
Invited by Professors Kevin Jon Heller and Ingo Venzke to speak at a plenary panel on ""Assassination, Revolution, and International Law"" for  Contingency in the Course of International Law Workshop, University of Amsterdam.
- Dr Ivana Ivanovic to deliver a keynote speech at ‘Getting Closure: Human Rights after Human Rights’ Conference, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)


Invitations from:
- Dr Barrie Sander & Dr Jean Pierre-Gauci to speak at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law’s (BIICL) Teaching International Law Series on ""Revolution, International Organisations & International Labour Law”
- Professor Florian Hoffmann to speak at the ""May (19)68 as a Global Phenomenon"" Conference at the Institute for the Humanities & Law Faculty at PUC-Rio University (Brazil)
- ESIL International Law Interest Group (Maria Issaeva) to speak on ”The 1917 Russian Revolution and its impact in international law"" (St Petersburg University)
- Professor Philipp Dann (Humboldt University Berlin) to speak on Global Constitutionalism & the Global South
- Professor Sundhya Pahuja, to be a Visiting Research Fellow  Institute of International Law & the Humanities (IILAH) (Melbourne University)
- Professor Peer Zumbasen, Dickson Poon School of Law to speak at the Transnational Law Summer Institute on pedagogical strategies to teach Public Law in critical/innovative ways. 
- Professors Tanguay-Renaud & Bhabha (Osgoode Hall Law School) to speak on Revolution
- Dr Emily Crawford to deliver a paper on International Law and Revolution (Sydney Law School)


Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK.
D.Phil. (Law), University of Oxford (Merton College), Oxford, UK.
Exchange Student, École Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris, France. 
Barrister & Solicitor, Law Society of Upper Canada, Ontario, Canada
LL.M., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada.
LL.B., Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.
M.A. (Political Theory/IR), University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
B.A. (Hons.) (Politics), Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.

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