Kent Law School

Critical perspectives research led teaching


Anne Bottomley

Reader in Law and Property

Kent Law School


Anne is currently focused on property practices in relation to urban planning and architecture - drawing from Deleuze and theoretical perspectives emerging in anthropology and social theory. Anne has continuing interest in debates surrounding theoretical perspectives within feminism.

Major Research Projects

  • Completing a book (with Nathan Moore of Birkbeck) entitled 'City, Cinema, Control'.
  • Working on the development of garden cities -presently focused on co-operative housing schemes and utopian projects. Presently a series of papers - this will be brought together as a book.
  • Bringing together materials for a socio-legal text on a relational approach to property.
  • Working with others, including anthroplogists, on property as a mobile concept (this informs the two property projects above)

Research Areas: Gender and Sexuality, Law Politics and Culture, Legal Theories and Philosophy, Property Law

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

    Bottomley, Anne and Moore, Nathan (2013) Matters of ownership: a 'people's port' for Dover? Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 64 (3). pp. 365-382. ISSN 0029-3105.


    Focusing upon recent (and possibly on-going) process of privatization of the port of Dover, this paper seeks to move away from the idea that appropriation involves the annexation of some pre-existing 'thing', by some pre-existing entity that can subsequently act as 'owner', in order to begin to ask how it is that processes of appropriating assemble different agents and agendas, so as to constitute the possibility of both the 'owner' and the 'property' as such. What we see in relation to Dover is a shortfall in the current available mechanisms for owning property, where those who are to be constituted as the owners are identified as the local community- or, as the scheme is referred to in Dover, where the asset is to become the 'People's Port'. What this shortfall makes visible is a confluence of various interests, as they endeavor to promote and, where necessary, seek to create a way to crystallise the asset as a particular (and potentially novel) property form, for the benefit of the locality.

    Bottomley, Anne and Moore, Nathan (2012) Law, Diagram, Film: Critique Exhausted. Law and Critique, 23 (2). pp. 163-182. ISSN 0957-8536.


    What potential can be found in the work of Deleuze and Guattari for critical legal scholarship? The authors argue that their work can be deployed to re-think ‘critique’ by directly addressing the place and role of the ‘critic’. It is argued that the continued commitment to a stance of ‘resistance’ in CLS is underpinned by never-ending dualisms which, if not confronted and replaced, can only make CLS ever more redundant. The authors ask: ‘what is critique beyond the dualism of power and resistance, of state and nomad?’ This question arises from a belief that critique is still capable of being effective, but only if there is the courage to experiment, and to think creatively. In this sense, the ‘exhaustion’ of critique is framed as an opportunity to re-think and re-engage with the politics of law. The paper diagrams, through image and film, a critical thought: the potential of the artisan. Film is utilised not as representation, nor as illustration, but as a thinking mind in its own right, through which questions relating to the state, political action, and creative thinking can be (re)framed. Such a re-framing is essential, it is argued, for an engagement with the emergence of societies of control.

    Bottomley, Anne (2010) Lines of Vision, Lines of Flight: Belly of an Architect. Cardozo Law Review, 31 (4). pp. 1055. ISSN 0270-5192.

    Bottomley, Anne and Moore, Nathan (2008) Blind Stuttering: Diagrammatic City. Griffith Law Review, 17 (2). pp. 559-576. ISSN 1038-3441.

Book Sections
Edited Books
Total publications in KAR: 33 [See all in KAR]
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Undergraduate modules

  • Foundations of Property (LW316)
  • Property Law (LW501)
  • Trusts (LW513)
  • Law and Literature (LW581)


In the subjects in which Anne teaches and also her own research interests - including film.

Currently Supervising:

  • L Barnes: PhD "The dynamic of law's performance"
  • K Hussain: LLM "The changing face of the South Asian diaspora in Britain and the influence of bollywood film and copyright law"
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Editorial Work

Feminist Legal Studies.


Co-convenor of LAD (Law Anthropology Dialogues) - a joint seminars series with the department of Anthropology

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