Dr Hayley Gibson

Lecturer in Law
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Dr Hayley Gibson


Dr Gibson joined Kent Law School in 2016. She holds degrees from the University of Glasgow (LL.B (Hons)) and King’s College London (Ph.D). She qualified as a Solicitor in Scotland in 2010.

Research interests

Dr Gibson’s research interests specifically include philosophical archaeology (broadly defined) and the philosophical problematisation of concept of the ‘archive’ in its relationship to law. Her PhD thesis (2016) drew comparisons between structural models of jurisprudence and Michel Foucault’s archaeological method, and her broader research concerns the relationship between historiography, ontology and the legal form. In particular, she is interested in equity as a legal form, and in the economic form of the trust, and her current research draws on the work of Cornelia Vismann, Jacques Derrida, Giorgio Agamben and Georges Bataille among others. She has written and presented on a range of related topics, including neoliberal economics and theology; space and biopolitics from the perspective of law and literature; and trusts through the lens of Agamben’s oikonomia.

  • Co-editor (with Nick Piska) of “Critical Trusts Law: Reading Roger Cotterrell” (Counterpress, forthcoming). This edited collection is based on the 2017 symposium “Power, Property and the Law of Trusts Revisited”, which was run by Dr Gibson and Mr Piska at the University of Kent in October 2017. The symposium was funded in part by an award from the Socio Legal Studies Association.
  • Forthcoming (2018) “Reopening the Archive: From Hypomnesis to the Ontology of Law” in Zartaloudis, T. (ed) “Law and Philosophical Theory: Critical Intersections” (Rowman & Littlefield)


Hayley teaches undergraduates in issues associated with Law and Social Change, Critical Introduction to Law and Equity and Trusts. She supervises Masters Students.


Master's Supervision  


Dr Gibson serves on the board of editors at the legal journal feminists@law.

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