Westminster Law & Theory Lab

Lab members

Doctoral researchers

Francesco Forzani
Francesco ForzaniFrancesco holds a Bachelor's Degree in Law from Università Statale di Milano where he graduated in 2014, with a thesis on the protection of traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous people within the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The aim of his project is the articulation of a theory concerning the relation between life and norm. Articulation here refers to the task of bringing together different lines of thought that already deal with the living dimension of norms and the normative dimension of life and that are produced from within different fields, disciplines and even cosmologies. Among others, these include critical legal theory, socio-legal studies, posthumanism and buddhism.

Francesco's interest at the moment is directed toward three typologies of body: animal body, migrant body and monastic body. Ideally they share a condition of exclusion from the polis: the animal body as non-human, the migrant body as non-citizen and the monastic body as non-secular. These three features of exclusion need to be analysed through an exploration of the ways in which the relation between life and norm is inscribed in each body. At this preliminary stage particular inspiration is drawn from the work of authors such as Giorgio Agamben, Eugen Ehrlich and Bruno Latour.

Eliza Watt
Eliza’s research interests are mainly focused on issues related to states' mass surveillance activities in cyberspace and their impact on human rights, in particular the right to privacy and freedom of expression. The areas that are related to her project include political theory, Internet governance, sovereignty, jurisdiction, globalisation and rules/norms formation under international law. Her research builds on, inter alia, the works of Carl Schmitt, Giorgio Agamben and James Martel.

Miriam Tedeschi
Miriam TedeschiMiriam is interested in the way technologies shape the urban space and the ethical issues they raise. Among her research interests are questions of ethics and security in relation to governmental services, mobile apps and media shaping both human behaviour and urban space.

Her research draws from various areas such as urban studies, public policies, security and surveillance, cybercrime, information ethics, information architecture and poststructuralist philosophy.
Her PhD is about the relationship between crime and space – in particular how crime prevention and security policies have been transforming and normalising public spaces and local communities, as well as how different conceptions of safety (from the police, council, residents, etc.) clash, overlap and, far from being immaterial, do materialise to bring about different designs of the urban space.

Simon McLeod
Simon’s research interests include studying human conflict and attempts to resolve it through 'objective' means. He is concerned that attempts to resolve conflict by 'being objective' only serve to perpetuate and exacerbate it. To 'be objective' is in his view to misrepresent reality as something that only humanity can get right or wrong thereby pitting versions of reality (and their adherents) against each other in an escalating 'battle for reality'. The aim of his research is to determine how much law, international, domestic, and unwritten, limits/de-limits the stagnation of autopoietic social systems which are increasingly devoid of human sensibility, scruple and squeamishness, and thus prone to conflict. In sum, his research interests include human conflict, conflict avoidance, objectivity and how reality is represented.

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