Gavin Sullivan joined Kent Law School as a Lecturer in Law in January 2016. Prior to joining the School, he worked as a doctoral researcher in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands). Gavin’s current research focuses on the politics of global security law. He uses socio-legal and ethnographic methods to examine security techniques and problems of transnational governance. Gavin is especially interested in understanding how law changes when trying to counter unknown future threats and how different materials, forms of expertise and knowledge practices help to create and shape what law is.
His recent publications include: 'The Politics of Security Lists' (2016) Environment and Planning D: Society and Space (forthcoming, with Marieke de Goede); 'Transnational Legal Assemblages and Global Security Law: Topologies and Temporalities of the List' (2014) 5(1) Transnational Legal Theory 81-127; Building Peace in Permanent War: Terrorist Listing & Conflict Transformation (2015, with Louise Boon-Kuo, Ben Hayes and Vicki Sentas); and 'Between Law and the Exception: The UN1267 Ombudsperson as a Hybrid Model of Legal Expertise' (2013) 26(4) Leiden Journal of International Law 833 (with Marieke de Goede).
Gavin is a practising solicitor with a background in public law and human rights litigation. He has represented clients in proceedings before the High Court and Court of Appeal, the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Security Council. Gavin previously directed the Counterterrorism Program at the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin (Germany) and has worked as a litigator with Leigh Day & Co (London), Treasury Solicitors (London) and Public Interest Lawyers (Birmingham). He has advised peacebuilding organisations working in Somalia on the impact of counterterrorism measures on their work. He currently coordinates the Transnational Listing Project – a global law clinic providing pro bono legal representation to people targeted by security lists worldwide.
Gavin is an Associate Researcher with the Centre for the Politics of Transnational Law at VU University (the Netherlands); an alumni of the Transnational Law Summer Institute (TLSI) at Kings College (London) and an editor of the journal Transnational Legal Theory. He is currently preparing a research monograph on UN sanctions against Al Qaeda for publication.back to top
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