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Critical perspectives research led teaching


Law degree, University of Bari, Italy (1998) PhD, Birkbeck College, University of London (2007)

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Alessandrini, D. (2018). Of Value, Measurement and Social Reproduction. Griffith Law Review.
Alessandrini, D. and Hunter, R. (2017). Editorial: Why We Still Oppose Gold and Also Oppose Hybrid Open Access. feminists at law [Online]. Available at:
Alessandrini, D. and Jivraj, S. (2017). Conceptualising the Economy-Society Nexus in Well-Being and Happiness Initiatives: Gross National Happiness in Business in Bhutan and Social Impact Bonds in the United Kingdom. International Critical Thought [Online] 7:526-546. Available at:
Alessandrini, D., Jivraj, S. and Zokaityte, A. (2015). Exploring Well-Being and Gross National Happiness in Sustainable Development Policy Making. Indian Journal of International Economic Law [Online] 7:52-88. Available at:
Alessandrini, D. (2013). A Social Provisioning Employer of Last Resort: Post-Keynesianism Meets Feminist Economics. World Review of Political Economy [Online] 4:230-254. Available at:
Alessandrini, D. (2013). WTO at a Crossroads: the Crisis of Multilateral Trade and the Political Economy of the Flexibility Debate. Trade Law and Development 5.
Alessandrini, D. (2013). Multilateral Trade in a time of Crisis. International Law Annual [Online] 2013:38-42. Available at:
Alessandrini, D. (2012). Immaterial Labour and Alternative Valorisation Processes in Italian Feminist Debates: (re)exploring the 'commons' of re-production. Feminists@Law [Online] 1:1-28. Available at:
Hunter, R., Alessandrini, D. and Williams, T. (2012). Why We Oppose Gold Open Access. feminists@law [Online]. Available at:
Alessandrini, D. (2012). Labour, Value and Precariety in the Age of Austerity: Introduction to the Lecture Series. feminists@law.
Alessandrini, D. (2011). Regulating Financial Derivatives? Risks, contested Values and Uncertain Futures. Social and Legal Studies [Online] 20:1-22. Available at:
Alessandrini, D. and Leon, I. (2010). Latin America and the Trans/national Debate: A Conversation Piece. Globalizations [Online] 8:179-195. Available at:
Alessandrini, D. (2010). GMOs and the Crisis of Objectivity: Nature, Science and the Challenge of Uncertainty. Social and Legal Studies [Online] 19:3-23. Available at:
Alessandrini, D. (2009). Making the WTO 'more supportive of development'? The Doha Round and the Political rationality of the WTO's Development Mission. Law, Social Justice and Global Development Journal:2-17.
Alessandrini, D. (2005). Transnational Corporations and the Doctrine of Comparative Advantage: A Critique of Free Trade Normative Assumptions. International Trade Law and Regulations Journal 11:14-23.
Alessandrini, D. (2005). WTO and Current Trade Debate: An Enquiry into the Intellectual Origins of Free Trade Thought. International Trade Law and Regulations Journal 11:53-60.
Book section
Alessandrini, D. (2014). Financial Derivatives and the Challenge of Performation: Where Contingency Meets Contestability. in: Cloatre, E. and Pickersgill, M. eds. Knowledge, Technology and Law: at the Intersection of Socio-Legal and Science and Technology Studies. Routledge.
Alessandrini, D. (2011). The World Trade Organisation and Development: Victory of Rational Choice? in: Johnson, F., Pahuja, S. and Joyce, R. eds. Events: The Force of International Law. UK: Routledge Cavendish, pp. 207-220.
Alessandrini, D. (2016). Value Making in International Economic Law and Regulation. [Online]. Routledge. Available at:
Alessandrini, D. (2010). Developing Countries and the Multilateral Trade Regime: The Failure and Promise of the WTO's Development Mission. Hart.
Total publications in KAR: 20 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

Donatella’s research lies at the intersection of law and political economy, with a particular interest in development studies, critical trade and development literature, feminist political economy and political theory. Her earlier work has focused on the political economy of ‘development’ in multilateral trading relations, with an emphasis on the World Trade Organisation. She is currently working on two projects. With Suhraiya Jivraj, she is looking at the importance that Well Being and Happiness (WBH) initiatives have acquired in intern/national policy making, especially since the 2008 economic crisis; and she has a particular interest in interrogating the normative force and appeal that is increasingly ascribed to WBH discourse in development thinking and policies. The second project is concerned with exploring contemporary approaches to conceptual and normative understandings of the production of value in today’s financialised economies, and with imagining the possibility of institutional arrangements able to affect current value-making processes. For more information on her current work on value, click here.

Research Interests:
Law and Political Economy; Development Studies, International Trade Theory and Practice, Critical and Feminist Political Economy

Research Areas: Critical Commercial Law and Business Law and Regulation; Law Politics and Culture; Law and Political Economy; Gender and Sexuality

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Teaching and Supervision

Postgraduate modules

  • Law and Development (LW885)
  • The International Law on Foreign Investment (LW810)
  • World Trade Organisation Law and Practice (LW847)
  • International Trade Law and the Environment (LW841)


Donatella is happy to supervise research projects on Trade and Development, Critical Development Studies, Neo-liberalism and International Political Economy.

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Other Academic Activities

Editorial Work

Professional Societies

  • International Association of Feminist Economics
  • Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics
  • Society of Legal Scholars


  • Director of the International Commercial Law LLM Programme
  • Co-Director of Graduate Studies (Research)
  • Co-Director of the Social Critiques of Law Centre (SoCriL)
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