Westminster Law & Theory Lab

Lab members

Lab fellows

Dr Andrea Pavoni
Andrea's research focuses on conceptualising the relation between law, space and control in the contemporary city. Through this lens, he explores various topics: the telluric effect of mega event on the urban space, the spatiality of urban protest, the urban dimension of food, the conflictual encounter between city and wilderness. He is interested in organising trans-disciplinary workshops, art exhibitions, gastro-nomadic tastings and many other things.


Dr Caterina Nirta
Caterina’s research is in the area of social sciences and critical theory. In particular, she is interested in narratives of gender and sexual disobedience, dissonant subjectivities, transgender embodiment and, more generally, stories of social and spatial mediation.


Dr Georgios Tsagdis
Georgios TsagdisGeorgios’s works focus on theoretical intersections, striving to revitalise philosophy as a thought that reaches beyond itself.

His doctoral work The Archaeology of Nothing, attempts to rethink the relation of presence and absence at the inception of Greek thought, through Heidegger’s reading of Anaximander, Heraclitus and Parmenides.

He is also exploring the question of animality in Derrida, Levinas and Agamben, the figure of the animal in the Platonic corpus and the revolutionary potential of parasitism in the work of Serres.


Dr Hans von Rettig
Hans completed his PhD at the Westminster Law & Theory Lab on Niklas Luhmann autopoietic theory, environmental law and corporate social responsibility, with a particular focus on the Finnish paper industry and their implementation of sustainability.


Maria Javed
Maria is currently studying the LLM in Islamic Finance and Business Law and is the Administrator at the Westminster Law & Theory Lab. She completed her LLB Law degree in 2013 at University of Westminster and has also recently completed the LPC and LLM Professional Legal Practice at BPP Law School. Her areas of interest include Islamic personal and finance laws, legal theory and property law.


Dr Olga Danylyuk
Olga DanylyukOlga completed her PhD using practice-as-research methodology at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, on the topic of mediatised war. In her research, she explored the inter-determining relationship between art and politics as conceptualised by Rancière.

Olga continues her research by conducting fieldwork in the war zone in Eastern Ukraine.

Her interests include performance theory, intermediality (especially the social and political implications of contemporary media practices), Foucault’s discussion of parrhesia, non-representational theory in social research and the intersections between documentary and ethnography.

Olga is currently an adviser to the Minister of Culture, Ukraine.


Pravin Jayaraj
Pravin is a Law Fellow in Environment Law at Westminster Law School. His PhD provided a description for what the zero waste economy and the waste hierarchy mean in practice, using the systems theoretical approach of Niklas Luhmann. His overall argument was that the legal system can only regulate the waste management process by adapting itself to what goes on in its environment.


Dr Riccardo Baldissone
After a long residence in Australia as a researcher at the Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University, Perth, Riccardo moved to the UK, where he has been honorary fellow for two years at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London, and visiting scholar at Kent Law School, Canterbury, during the last academic year.

Riccardo reconsiders human rights discourse in the broader context of the modern theoretical framework. 


Dr Tallyn Gray
Tallyn GrayTallyn’s research draws on a wide selection of theoretical and methodological approaches, from the humanities and social sciences (socio-legal studies, international relations, religious studies, history, sociology, and anthropology) to scrutinise the Human Rights and Transitional Justice praxes.

His focus is on how conceptions of justice and transition in non-western intellectual traditions (in East and Southeast Asia) view 'global' and western dominated  discourses, mechanisms and institutions of Transitional Justice and Human Rights.

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