Anastasia Tataryn
Anastasia Tataryn
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology & Legal Studies

PhD, Birkbeck, University of London

LLM, York University

MA, York University

BA Honours, University of Saskatchewan




SH 2008
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I joined the Faculty at St Jerome’s University in January 2020. I was a Lecturer in Law at the University of Liverpool, from 2015-2020. Previously I held positions at the School of Law Birkbeck College, University of London and the Warwick Law School, University of Warwick. In 2023, I was a Visiting Researcher at the Universitá di Catania, Department of Political and Social Studies and Roma Tre University, Faculty of Law, Italy.


Areas of Interest


  • Labour Migration Law
  • Jurisprudence and Critical Legal Theory
  • Employment and Labour Law
  • Transformative Law and Economics
  • The Idea of Nation, Citizenship and Home
  • De-coloniality, Feminist Theory and Post-structuralism
  • Eco-philosophy, Ecology and Law


My interest in law and legal studies starts from questions of how law, and its limits, are constructed. My research interrogates the limits of legal frameworks by deeply questioning the foundations, and categories, of modern law and legal subjectivity. I do this primarily through studies of labour/employment law, immigration law and national citizenship, and social uprising/ resistance movements. My research draws on de-coloniality and anarchist thought, feminist theories and post-structuralist approaches to law (in particular, the work of Jean-Luc Nancy). I have a great interest in Indigenous research methodologies, and incorporating epistemologies into research methodology and teaching pedagogy. My current research explores the complex idea, and pursuit, of home.


I hold a PhD in Law from the School of Law Birkbeck College, University of London England, generously funded by SSHRC. My LLM was completed at Osgoode Hall Law School. I hold an MA in History from York University, Canada and a BA (Hons) from the University of Saskatchewan.


External Activities


From 2018-2021, I was an external examiner for the University of Westminster LLB programme in London UK. I am involved with the international Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, and the Critical Legal Studies conference. I have acted as a peer reviewer for various publications including the Comparative Labour Law & Policy Journal, International Journal of Human Rights, Feminist Legal Studies, Contemporary Political Theory, Oxford University Press, Routledge Law, and Bloomsbury Academic. I regularly present my research at national and international workshops and conferences.


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2021. Law, Migration and Precarious Labour: Ecotechnics of the Social. Routledge-Taylor Francis.




2023. ‘Provocation and Possibility in Counter-Aesthetics of International Law’ in C. Schwobel-Patel and R. Knox (Eds) The Aesthetics and Counter-Aesthetics of International Justice. Counterpress.


2023. ‘Commentary: Swale Water v Swale Water Workers for Marshes Coalition’, with Ania Zbyszewska in H. Dancer, B. Holligan, H. Howe (Eds) Earth Judgements Project. Hart-Bloomsbury.


2023. #MeToo in Academia edited collection. University of Colorado Press. (Forthcoming).


2021. ‘Living Labour Law: Employment Law, Labour Law’ in I. Wall, F. Middleton, S. Shah (Eds) Critical Legal Pocketbook. Counterpress.


2019. ‘Irregular Migrants at Work and the Groundless Legal Subject’ in Toracca and Condello (Eds) Labour Law and the Humanities: Contemporary European Perspectives Routledge.


2017. with Dora Kostakopolou, ‘Homo objectus, homo subjectus and Brexit’ in E. Fahey & S. Bardutzky (Eds.), Framing the Subjects and Objects of EU Law. Edward Elgar.


2017. ‘Name Disputes and Alternative Economic Subjects’ in K. Carlson and J. Lutz (Eds.), in The New Ethnohistory, University of Manitoba Press.


2015. “Labour and Migration in the ‘Suspended Step”, D. Matthews and T. Mulqueen (ed.) Being Social: Essays on Post-Structural Thought, Counterpress. 




2021. with Erdem Ertürk, ‘Unrecognised states: the necessary affirmation of the event of international law’ Law and Critique


2020. with Abdul Paliwala and Tara Mulqueen, by Peter Fitzpatrick ‘Ultimate Legality: Reading the Community of Law’ Journal of Law and Society.


2020. "Eco-techne: Law, Legal Categories, and What to Make of the World in Which we are Living?" Comparative Law Review 9(2), 32-53.


2018. “From Social Movement to Legal Form’” Law and Critique 30(1), 41-65.


2016. “Reconceptualising Labour Law in an Era of Migration and Precarity” Law Culture and the Humanities doi:10.1177/1743872116683381


2016. “Labour Law Limited to the Citizen? Considering Labour Migrants in the UK” Spanish Labour Law and Employment Relations Journal 16 June 2016.


2013. “Revisiting Hospitality: Opening doors beyond Derrida towards Nancy’s Inoperativity” Law Text Culture 17: 1, 184-210.


2012. “Don’t Occupy This Movement: Thinking Law in Social Movements” with Tara Mulqueen Law and Critique 23: 3, 283-298.


2009. “What is in a Name? Identity, Politics and Sto:lo Ancestral Names” The University of the Fraser Valley Research Review  2: 2, 54-72.




2022. ‘The Living Nightmare in Ukraine: Europe’s Latest Refugee Crisis.’ Border Criminologies Blog at the University of Oxford. Online:


2020. Jean-Luc Nancy Dies Irae (University of Westminster Press 2019) Law and Literature 32:3, 481-483.


2019. Hugh Collins, Gillian Lester and Virginia Mantouvalou (eds) Philosophical Foundations of Labour Law (Oxford University Press 2018) Legal Studies 27:4, 344-347.


2016. Maria Aristodemou, Law, Psychoanalysis, Society (Routledge 2015) Modern Law Review 79:1, 183-206.


2012. Anne McNevin, Contesting Citizenship (Columbia Press 2011) Theory and Event 15:4.


2012. Joanna Bourke, What it Means to Be Human (Virgo 2011) Theory and Event 15:1.


2012. Ubaldus de Vries and Lyana Francot (Eds.), Law’s Environment: Critical Legal Perspectives (Eleven International Publishing 2011) Law, Culture and the Humanities. 8: 2.


2012. Keith Carlson, The Power of Place, the Problem of Time: Aboriginal Identity and Historical Consciousness in the Cauldron of Colonialism (University of Toronto 2010) Journal of Canadian Law and Society.


2011. George Pavlich, Law and Society Redefined (Oxford 2010) Law, Culture and Humanities 7: 492-494.


2011. Nicholas DeGenova and Nathalie Peutz, eds., The Deportation Regime: Sovereignty, Space, and the Freedom of Movement (Duke University Press 2010) Human Rights & Human Welfare.


2009. Catherine Dauvergne, Making People Illegal (Cambridge University Press 2008), Journal of Canadian of Law and Society.


LS 101: Introduction to Legal Studies

LS 401: Law, Culture, and Rights

LS 404: Law of the Environment

LS 330: Special Topics in Legal Studies: Labour Law in Precarious Times

LS 496: Special Topics in Legal Studies: Law of the Environment

LS 486: Special Topics in Legal Studies: Precarious Work in a Digital Age


Law, Culture and the Humanities

Modern Legal Theory and Modern Legal Philosophy

Labour Migration Law and Migrants at Work

Work, Precarious Labour and Employment Law

Legal Subjectivity and Law’s Limits


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Chair of the Department of Sociology & Legal Studies (July 2023-June 2026)