Dr Senthorun Raj

Title: Lecturer
Phone: +44(0)1782 734355
Email: s.raj@keele.ac.uk
Location: Chancellors Building, CBC1.011
Role: Admissions team
Mooting team
Contacting me: Office hours Thursday, 12-2pm,
or email to make an appointment
Sen Raj port

BA (Hons), LLB (Hons), PhD (Sydney)

 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.

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 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.

 

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.

Selected Publications

  • Sunil Raj S. 2017. A/Effective Adjudications: Queer Refugees and the Law. Journal of Intercultural Studies, vol. 38(4), 453-468. doi> link> full text>
  • Raj S. 2016. Queering Fears: Pro-LGBTI Refugee Cases. In Consent and Control: Legal Perspectives on State Power. Wake N, Ashford C, Reed A (Eds.). Cambridge Scholars Press. link> full text>
  • Raj S. 2016. Evolving Bodies: Mapping (Trans)Gender Identities in Refugee Law. In The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities. Brown G and Browne K (Eds.). Routledge. link> full text>
  • Raj S. 2015. Disturbing Disgust: Gesturing to the Abject in Queer Cases. In Queering Criminology. Ball M, Crofts T, Dwyer A (Eds.). Palgrave. link> full text>
  • Raj S. 2011. Grindring Bodies: Racial and Affective Economies of Online Queer Desire. Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, vol. 7(1), 1-12. full text>

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Journal Articles

  • Sunil Raj S. 2017. A/Effective Adjudications: Queer Refugees and the Law. Journal of Intercultural Studies, vol. 38(4), 453-468. doi> link> full text>
  • Raj S. 2011. Grindring Bodies: Racial and Affective Economies of Online Queer Desire. Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, vol. 7(1), 1-12. full text>
  • Raj S. 2010. Que(e)rying Violence: Rethinking Pleasure, Harm and Intimacy in Lesbian Sadomasochism. Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology Review, vol. 6(3), 122-131. link> full text>
  • Raj S. 2011. Affective displacements: Understanding emotions and sexualities in refugee law. Alternative Law Journal, vol. 36(3), 177-181. link> full text>
  • Raj S. 2015. Dignified Futures: A Queer Case on Marriage Equality?. NSW Law Society Journal, vol. 53(8), 22-23. full text>
  • Raj S. 2012. Igniting Desires: Politicising Queer Female Subjectivities in Fire. Intersections : Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, 1-11. link>
  • Raj S. 2011. Impacting on Intimacy: Negotiating the Marriage Equality Debate. M/C Journal, vol. 14(6), 1-8. link>

Chapters

  • Raj S. 2016. Queering Fears: Pro-LGBTI Refugee Cases. In Consent and Control: Legal Perspectives on State Power. Wake N, Ashford C, Reed A (Eds.). Cambridge Scholars Press. link> full text>
  • Raj S. 2016. Evolving Bodies: Mapping (Trans)Gender Identities in Refugee Law. In The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities. Brown G and Browne K (Eds.). Routledge. link> full text>
  • Raj S. 2015. Disturbing Disgust: Gesturing to the Abject in Queer Cases. In Queering Criminology. Ball M, Crofts T, Dwyer A (Eds.). Palgrave. link> full text>

Other

  • Raj S. Grindring for justice. Magazinelink>

Undergraduate

Legal Systems

Public Law

Criminal Law

 Jurisprudence

Gender, Sexuality and Law

Postgraduate

Advanced International Law