BA (Hons), LLB (Hons), PhD (Sydney), PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Keele)
Senthorun completed a BA majoring in Gender and Cultural Studies in 2010 and LLB at the University of Sydney in 2012. He graduated with First Class Honours in both degrees and his Honours thesis in Gender Studies was awarded the University Medal and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives Thesis Prize. He submitted his PhD at Sydney Law School in 2016.
Sen joined Keele Law School in 2017 as a member of staff. He is currently a member of the Meridian 180, Gender, Sexuality, and Law, and Law and Emotions international research clusters. Prior to that, Sen was a Scholar in Residence at New York University’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and he taught at Sydney Law School and is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.
Sen has served on the boards of Amnesty International Australia and ACON Health. He is also an Advisory Board Member of the gender, sexuality, and diversity studies journal, Writing from Below.
Sen currently serves on the board of Amnesty International UK and is the chair of Black Gold Arts.
Sen has published numerous essays and commentaries on his advocacy and research work, including pieces in The Guardian, Sydney’s Child, Right Now, and The Sydney Morning Herald.
Research and scholarship
Sen’s research interests focus on ideas of emotion, gender, and sexuality across various sub disciplines of law. His doctoral thesis was a cross-jurisdictional examination (in the US, the UK, and Australia) of how emotion shapes law reforms that address violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people. His thesis used emotion as a theoretical tool to critique progressive legal interventions in areas ranging from state intrusions into intimate activities (sodomy decriminalisation, sadomasochism, gay panic defences) to prohibitions against LGBTI injuries (hate crime penalties and anti-discrimination laws) to affirmations of identities (refugee protections and marriage equality).
In 2013, Sen completed a Churchill Fellowship that compared casework and advocacy approaches that dealt with sexual orientation and gender identity based asylum claims in the UK, the US, and Australia.
Prior to undertaking an academic career, Sen worked as the Senior Policy Advisor for the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby. In this role, Sen worked on a range of policy proposals to address discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex communities in Australia.
Sen is happy to supervise students working in the fields of Gender, Sexuality & Law and Emotion & Law.
- Legal Systems
- Public Law
- Criminal Law
- Gender, Sexuality and Law
- Law and Emotion; International Human Rights Law.
- Advanced International Law
- Equality, Discrimination and Minorities.
- Sen is the programme director of the MA in Human Rights, Globalisation and Justice.
Full Publications Listshow
Feeling Queer Jurisprudence: Injury, Intimacy, Identity. London: Routledge. link>2020.
Igniting Desires: Politicising Queer Female Subjectivities in Fire. Intersections : Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, 1-11. link>2012.
Impacting on Intimacy: Negotiating the Marriage Equality Debate. M/C Journal, 1-8, vol. 14(6). link>2011.
Grindring Bodies: Racial and Affective Economies of Online Queer Desire. Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, 1-12, vol. 7(1). full text>2011.
TheRace/EthnicityInterview: The Impact of Race and Gender. Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts, 29-40, vol. 4(1). doi>2010.
Dignified Futures: A Queer Case on Marriage Equality?. NSW Law Society Journal, 22-23, vol. 53(8). full text>2015.
Once More With Feeling: Queer Activist Legal Scholarship and Jurisprudence. International Journal of Human Rights. full text>
Grindring for justice. Magazinelink>