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Broadly speaking, Rose's work concerns the relationship between law, history and art. She is particularly interested in the concept of legal personality (or legal subjectivity) and its role in the distribution of wealth, power and pleasure within states and across the global legal order. Her current research project aims to put pressure on the taken-for-granted opposition between fascism and international law.  Her book, The Process of International Legal Reproduction: Subjectivity, Historiography, Law, Violence, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2018.

Rose received her doctorate in 2011 from the SOAS Law School (University of London). She is has been a faculty member at the Institute for Global Law and Policy (Harvard Law School) since 2011 and has taught or continues to teach at several other institutions including the American University in Cairo, Helsinki Law School, the London School of Economics, SOAS, Los Andes University and Melbourne Law School.

She is the director of the Constellations seminar series on methodology and interdisciplinarity; the co-director (with Luis Eslava) of a collaborative research network on International Law and Politics at the (US) Law and Society Association; and an active member of the HAAIL (History, Anthropology and the Archive of International Law) and After Self-Determination projects.

Rose’s areas of teaching, research and supervision interests include: critical legal studies; international criminal law; international economic law; international law in the Middle East; international relations; international trade law; law and development; legal history; legal theory; postcolonial studies; property law; public international law; public law; social theory; TWAIL (third world approaches to international law).

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Parfitt, R. (2018). Fascism, Imperialism and International Law: An Arch Met a Motorway and the Rest is History…. Leiden Journal of International Law [Online] 31:509-538. Available at:
Parfitt, R. (2017). The Anti-Neutral Suit: International Legal Futurists, 1914-2017. London Review of International Law [Online] 5:87-123. Available at:
Parfitt, R. (2014). The Spectre of Sources. The European Journal of International Law [Online] 25:297-306. Available at:
Parfitt, R. (2011). Empire des Nègres Blancs: The Hybridity of International Personality and the Abyssinia Crisis of 1935-36. Leiden Journal of International Law [Online] 24:849-872. Available at:
Book section
Parfitt, R. and Craven, M. (2017). Statehood, Self-Determination and Recognition. in: Evans, M. D. ed. International Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 177-226. Available at:
Parfitt, R. (2017). Newer is Truer: Time, Space and Subjectivity at the Bandung Conference. in: Eslava, L., Fakhri, M. and Nesiah, V. eds. Bandung, Global History, and International Law: Critical Pasts and Pending Futures. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 49-65. Available at:
Parfitt, R. (2016). Theorizing Recognition and International Personality. in: Orford, A., Hoffmann, F. and Clark, M. eds. The Oxford Handbook of the Theory of International Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 583-600. Available at:
Parfitt, R. (2011). Crossed wires: Issues of Sovereignty, Community and Civilisation during Ethiopia's Accession to the League of Nations. in: Domeier, N., Augusti, E. and Prutsch, M. eds. Intra-Trans-Supra? Legal Relations and Power Structures in History. Saarbrücken, Germany: Akademikerverlag, pp. 76-89.
Parfitt, R. (2009). Dialectical Genealogies and Dialogical Progenies in the "Earned Sovereignty" Seedbed: Methodology, Ideology and the International Legal Self. in: Beck Varela, L., Gutiérrez, P. and Spinosa, A. eds. Crossing legal cultures. Munich: Martin Meidenbauer, pp. 519-534.
Parfitt, R. (2018). The Process of International Legal Reproduction: Inequality, Historiography, Resistance. [Online]. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Available at:
Parfitt, R. (2017). The League of Nations. [Online]. Available at:
Edited journal
Chiam, M. et al. eds. (2017). History, Anthropology and the Archive of International Law. London Review of International Law 5.
Internet publication
Parfitt, R. (2018). Is the United Nations still relevant? [article]. Available at:
Parfitt, R. (2017). Is Fascism Making a Comeback [Blog Post]. Available at:
Parfitt, R. et al. (2014). The First World War, Interrupted: Artefacts As International Law's Archive [Blog post]. Available at:
Chiam, M. et al. (2014). Interruption: Five Artefacts of International Law [Blog Post]. Available at:
Parfitt, R. (2013). The Unequal Equality of Sovereigns: A Brief History of 'Peripheral Personality' [Working paper]. Available at:
Parfitt, R. (2012). Review Essay: Sovereign Equality and Moral Disagreement, by Brad R. Roth. European Journal of International Law [Online] 23:1175-1199. Available at:
Eslava, L., Natarajan, U. and Parfitt, R. (2012). (Post)Revolutionary Interlinkages: Labour, Environment and Accumulation. Transnational Legal Theory [Online] 4:108-125. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 19 [See all in KAR]
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