Kent Law School

Critical perspectives research led teaching



BA (Law) University of Cambridge; LLM Queen's University, Canada; MSc (Gender, Society & Culture) Birkbeck College, London; PhD (Law) University of Kent. Qualified Solicitor.

Emily Grabham is a Reader in the Law School. Emily's primary research areas include labour law, law and time, interdisciplinary perspectives on labour and value, and feminist legal theory. She is particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to legal analysis, drawing on methods and perspectives from legal anthropology, feminist theory, science and technology studies, and critical legal theory. Her current research includes:

1. Law and time. Emily's forthcoming monograph Brewing Legal Times: Things, Form and the Enactment of Law (University of Toronto Press, 2016) draws on perspectives from actor-network theory and legal anthropology, as well as empirical legal research, to think about how legal temporalities are 'brewed' in UK and Canadian Law. Case studies include debates about 'progression' and 'likelihood' in the context of HIV law, 'work-life balance' in labour law, and 'transition' in the context of transgender legal rights.

2. Work-life balance. Her current project investigates the development and rationale of 'work-life balance' laws as a means of resolving tensions in unpaid care and work, drawing on legal ethnography, doctrinal analysis, and feminist legal theory. This feminist genealogy of work-life balance law in the UK is partially funded through an ESRC 'Future Research Leaders' award: Balancing Precarious Work and Care.

3. Regulating Time Network. With Sian Beynon Jones (Sociology, University of York UK), Emily co-ordinates the AHRC-funded scholarly network Regulating Time: New Perspectives on Regulation, Law and Temporalities. This interdisciplinary network investigates how law and regulation are shaped by dominant concepts of time.

Emily is also co-founder (with Judy Fudge) of the Gendering Labour Law Research Network.

She is a member of the peer review colleges of the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She sits on the editorial board of Feminist Legal Studies.

Research interests: Labour and equality law; interdisciplinary approaches to gender and labour; precarious work and gender; time and temporalities; feminist legal theory.

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

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Grabham, E. (2018). On Moving the Table: Reflections on an Author-Meets-Reader Session. Feminist Legal Studies [Online]. Available at:
Grabham, E. et al. (2018). Exploring Relationships between Time, Law and Social Ordering: A Curated Conversation. feminists@law [Online] 8. Available at:
Grabham, E. (2017). Time and technique: the legal lives of the 26-week qualifying period. Economy and Society [Online] 45:379-406. Available at:
Fletcher, R. et al. (2017). Wench Tactics? Openings in Conditions of Closure. Feminist Legal Studies [Online] 25:1-23. Available at:
Grabham, E. (2014). The Strange Temporalities of Work-Life Balance Law. feminists@law [Online] 4. Available at:
Grabham, E. (2014). Legal Form and Temporal Rationalities in UK Work-Life Balance Law. Australian Feminist Studies 29:67-84.
Grabham, E. (2012). Bodily Integrity and the Surgical Management of Intersex. Body and Society [Online] 18:1-26. Available at:
Grabham, E. (2011). Doing Things with Time: Flexibility, Adaptability, and Elasticity in UK Equality Cases. Canadian Journal of Law and Society [Online] 26:485-508. Available at:
Grabham, E. (2010). Governing Permanence: Trans Subjects, Time, and the Gender Recognition Act. Social and Legal Studies [Online] 19:107-126. Available at:
Grabham, E. (2010). From Social Security to Individual Responsibility (Part Two) : Writing Off Poor Women's Work in the Welfare Reform Act 2009. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 32:81-93.
Grabham, E. (2010). Dilemmas of Value in Post Industrial Economies: Retrieving Clock Time through the Four Day Working Week? Connecticut Law Review 42:1285-1297.
Grabham, E. (2009). Shaking Mr Jones: Law and Touch. International Journal of Law in Context 5:343-353.
Grabham, E. (2009). "Flagging" the Skin: Corporeal Nationalism and the Politics of Belonging. Body and Society.
Grabham, E. and Hunter, R. (2008). "It's another way of making a really big fuss" Human Rights and Women's activisim in the United Kingdom: An Interview with Tania Pouwhare'. Feminist Legal Studies [Online] 16:97-112. Available at:
Grabham, E. and Hunter, R. (2008). Encountering Human Rights: Gender/Sexuality, Activism and the Promise of Law. Feminist Legal Studies [Online] 16 Spe:1-7. Available at:
Grabham, E. (2007). Review of 'Feminism, Law, Inclusion: Intersectionality in Action' by Gayle MacDonald, Rachel L. Osbourne & Charles C. Smith (Toronto: Sumach Press, 2005). Osgoode Hall Law Journal 44:641-661.
Grabham, E. and Conaghan, J. (2007). Sexuality and the Citizen-Carer: The "Good Gay" and the Third Way. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 58:325-342.
Grabham, E. (2007). Citizen Bodies, Intersex Citizenship. Sexualities [Online] 10:29-48. Available at:
Grabham, E. (2006). Taxonomies of Inequality: Lawyers, Maps and the Challenge of Hybridity. Social and Legal Studies [Online] 15:5-23. Available at:
Grabham, E. (2006). Review of Carl F. Stychin 'Governing Sexuality: The Changing Politics of Citizenship and Law Reform' (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2003). European Public Law 12:155-158.
Grabham, E. (2002). Law v Canada: New Directions for Equality under the Canadian Charter? Oxford Journal of Legal Studies [Online] 22:641-661. Available at:
Book section
Grabham, E. and Beynon-Jones, S. (2018). Introduction. in: Grabham, E. and Beynon-Jones, S. M. eds. Law and Time. Routledge. Available at:
Grabham, E. (2014). A likely story: HIV and the definition of disability in UK employment equality law, 1996-2005. in: Cloatre, E. and Pickersgill, M. eds. Knowledge, Technology and Law: At the Intersection of Socio-Legal and Science and Technology Studies. Routledge, pp. 206-222.
Grabham, E. (2011). Transgender Temporalities and the United Kingdom Gender Recognition Act'. in: Davies, B. and Funke, J. eds. Sex, Gender and Time in Fiction & Culture,. Palgrave Macmillian.
Grabham, E. (2009). Intersectionality: Traumatic Impressions. in: Grabham, E. et al. eds. Intersectionality and Beyond: Law, Power and the Politics of Location. Routledge, pp. 183-201.
Grabham, E. (2016). Brewing Legal Times: Things, Form and the Enactment of Law. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Barker, N. et al. (2008). Response to the DWP consultation paper: No one written off: reforming welfare to reward responsibility. [internet]. Available at:
Edited book
Grabham, E. and Beynon-Jones, S. eds. (2017). Regulating Time. Abingdon: Routledge.
Grabham, E. et al. eds. (2009). Intersectionality and Beyond: Law, Power, and the Politics of Location. United Kingdom: Routledge-Cavendish.
Grabham, E. and Beynon-Jones, S. eds. (2018). Law and Time. [Online]. Routledge. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 30 [See all in KAR]
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Teaching and Supervision

Undergraduate Modules
Emily teaches, or has taught, the following modules:

  • Convenor
    • Labour Law (LW624)
    • Gender, Sexuality and Law (LW596)
    • Postgraduate Research Methods in Law (LW834)
  • Seminar leader:
    • Public Law 2 (LW592)
    • European Law (LW624)
  • Supervision:
    • Undergraduate dissertation (LW566)

Emily is happy to supervise postgraduate research projects in the broad fields of labour law and regulation, and feminist and queer legal theory.

Current PhD students: Starla Hargita, Flora Renz.

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Other Academic Activities

Research Networks 
Co-ordinator of the Regulating Time AHRC Network
Co-founder of Gendering Labour Law Research Network
Member of the AHRC Technoscience, Law & Society network

Editorial Work
Editorial board member Feminist Legal Studies
Peer review college member, Arts and Humanities Research Council
Peer review college member, Economic and Social Research Council
External evaluator for European-funded projects, for example COST and the Open Research Area in Europe for the Social Sciences

Professional Societies
Socio-Legal Studies Association; Society of Legal Scholars

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External Funding

Arts and Humanities Research Council (with Sian Beynon-Jones) Research Networking Scheme. 2015-2017. Regulating Time: New Perspectives on Regulation, Law and Temporalities. £35,000.

Economic and Social Research Council Future Research Leaders Scheme.2013-2015. Balancing Precarious Work and Care: How Well does Labour Law Respond to Women’s Changing Working Patterns?  £210,000.

Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor Scheme. 2013. Gendering Labour Law, a visit to Kent Centre for Law, Gender & Sexuality by Professor Judy Fudge (then University of Victoria, Canada) in 2013: £13,460.

Socio-Legal Studies Association. Research funding: ‘The Politics of Prognosis: HIV, Anti-retrovirals, and the Definition of Disability in UK Discrimination Law 1996-2005’ (2012): £1,300.

Modern Law Review Seminar Funding (with Nicola Barker and Sarah Lamble) ‘Welfare to Work: Critical Interventions’ (2009): £6,000.

Social & Legal Studies Conference Funding (with Nicola Barker and Sarah Lamble) ‘Welfare to Work: Critical Interventions’ (2009): £1,500.

Modern Law Review Seminar Funding (with Liberty)Encountering Human Rights’ (2007): £5,500.

Social & Legal Studies Conference Funding ‘Encountering Human Rights’ (2007): £1,000.

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