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

PhD, Birkbeck, University of London

LLM, York University

MA, York University

BA Honours, University of Saskatchewan


SH 2008

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.


Areas of Interest


  • Jurisprudence and Critical Legal Theory
  • Labour Migration Law
  • Employment and Labour Law
  • Transformative Law and Economics
  • The Idea of Nation, Citizenship and Home
  • De-coloniality 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, indigenous research methodologies and post-structuralist approaches to law (in particular, the work of Jean-Luc Nancy).


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. Additionally, I hold an MA in History from York University, Canada and a BA (Hons) from the University of Saskatchewan.


Current Research


Ecotechnical Labour: This project looks at the circulation of value and work, as a challenge to dominant modern legal capitalist forms (focused on capital accumulation and economic productivity), through the lens of ecology – drawing on emerging work on eco-sociality, and eco-feminism.


From Social Uprising to Legal Form: This ongoing research project looks at transformation and change post-revolution (post-uprising). This research looks specifically at Ukraine and post-Soviet states with the aim to re-think a jurisprudence of change and (social) movement drawing on anarchic thinking and de-colonial thought.


Modern Slavery Protocols: Consequences of Employment Law’s Blinders?: This project, co-authored with Dr Seán Columb (University of Liverpool), examines discourses of modern slavery and the anti-trafficking regime through a critical look at employment law’s gaps, or the existing ‘blinders’ of employment law frameworks.


Innovations in Teaching Law and Legal Studies: This ongoing, exploratory project aims to explore indigenous research methodologies, and emerging practice around pedagogy in Canadian Law School Curriculum, as tools for critical pedagogy and methodology in teaching legal studies.


External Activities


Since 2018, I have been an external examiner at the University of Westminster LLB programme. I am actively involved with the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, and the annual Critical Legal Studies conference. I have acted as a peer reviewer for various publications including the International Journal of Human Rights, Oxford University Press, and Routledge Law, and regularly present my research at national and international workshops and conferences.


The content that follows may only represent a portion of the Faculty member’s work.




2020 (forthcoming, summer). Law, Precarious Labour and Migration: Ecotechnics of the Social monograph with Routledge-Taylor Francis, UK.




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. 




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.




2019. Hugh Collins, Gillian Lester and Virginia Mantouvalou (eds) Philosophical Foundations of Labour Law (Oxford University Press 2018) Legal Studies doi: 10.1017/lst.2019.35


2016. Maria Aristedemou, Law, Psychoanalysis, Society (Routledge 2015) Modern Law Review.


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


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