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Dr Bal Sokhi-Bulley

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Bal Sokhi-Bulley

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Research Statement

I work on rights, governance and critical theory. Relying on poststructural approaches and in particular the work of Michel Foucault, I am interested in how the concept of governmentality can be used to show how the rights-bearing subject and rights institutions are governed by/through the language of rights and good governance (hence my work on the EU and on the Big Society). I am currently working on a monograph entitled Governing (Through) Rights which explores the intersection between the language of rights and governance in regional rights agencies, in the work of non-state humanitarian actors and in local volunteer initiatives to produce a technology of governing (through) rights and a governmentable subject of rights. The book also expands on my recent interest/work on what counter-conducts are possible using rights language (e.g. questioning rioting as resistance), and whether counter-conduct can be read as an ethos of the political, rights-bearing subject. One such subject is the ‘migrant’ – I am exploring counter-conducts in migration and the status of the migrant subject in rights and governance in an ESRC-funded ‘Treating People as Objects: Ethics, Security and the Governance of Mobility’’ project (see details below). As a critical legal scholar working in Law, methodological questions are important to me and I have also written on the importance and role of alternative/critical legal methodologies in the study and teaching of Law.  



  • European Internal Market Law (core, UG)
  • Human Rights as Power, Politics and Paradox (option, PG)
  • Legal Theory (option, UG)
  • Philosophy of Law (option)
  • Understanding Human Rights (option, UG)

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