Lecturer in Law
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BA LLB (Hons.), Macquarie University, Sydney,1993; LLM ( Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, 1996; Ph.D, Birkbeck, University of London, 2005.
Previously, Associate to Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, 1994-5, Lecturer in Law, University of Adelaide, South Australia, 1997; Legal Officer, Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement, South Australia, 1998; Lecturer in Public Law and Regulation, Lancaster University, 2003; joined Kent Law School in 2004.
Constitutional and Administrative Law, Land Law, Legal Theory.
Sovereignty, Postcolonial theory, indigenous land rights and self-determination, law and war, social movements, globalization, theories of democracy, political philosophy.
S. Motha (ed.) (2007) Democracy’s Empire: Sovereignty, Law and Violence (Blackwell, London). ISBN: 9781405163132
Also published as a Special Issue of the Journal of Law and Society, (2007) Vol: 34/1 pp. 1-161, ISSN: 0263-323X.
Edited Journal Special Issue
S. Motha (ed.) (2002) (with C. Perrin), “Deposing Sovereignty after Mabo”, Special Issue of the Journal Law and Critique, Vol: 13(3). pp. 231-338. ISSN: 0957-8536
S. Motha, (2007) “Veiled Women and the Affect of Religion in Democracy” Vol: 34/1 Journal of Law and Society 138 – 161. ISSN: 0263-323X. ACCESS FULL TEXT.
S. Motha, (2005) “The Failure of Postcolonial Sovereignty in Australia” Vol: 22 Australian Feminist Law Journal 107 – 125. ISSN: 1320-0968. ACCESS FULL TEXT.
S. Motha, (2003) (with T. Zartaloudis), “Law, Ethics and the Utopian End of Human Rights” 12(2) Social and Legal Studies. (Article length review of C. Douzinas, The End of Human Rights. 2000, Hart Publishing). pp. 243-68. ISSN: 0964 6639 (033089)
S. Motha, (2002) “The Sovereign Event in a Nation’s Law” 13 Law and Critique 311-338. ISSN: 0957-8536
S. Motha, (1998) “Mabo: Encountering the Epistemic Limit of the Recognition ‘Difference’” 7 Griffith Law Review 79–96.
S. Motha, (2007) “Reconciliation as Domination” in Scott Veitch (ed.) Law and the Politics of Reconciliation (Ashgate) pp. 69-93 ISBN: 978-0-7546-4924-3.
S. Motha (2007) in press, “Spectres of Communism in Post-apartheid South Africa” in K. van Marle and W. le Roux (eds) Post-apartheid Fragments (Pretoria: UNISA Press).
S. Motha, (2006) “Guantanamo Bay, ‘Abandoned Being’, and the Constitution of Jurisdiction” in Shaun McVeigh (ed.) Jurisprudence of Jurisdiction (Routledge, London). pp. 63-83, ISBN: 1-84472-032-2.
S. Motha (2006), “Soberanía ‘Postcolonial’ y el Evento de la Pluralidad” [Spanish Translation of “‘Postcolonial’ Sovereignty and the Event of Plurality”] in Correas, Oscar (coordinator) Pluralismo Jurídico. Nuevos Horizontes, , en coedicióne entre la Editorial Coyoacan de la Ciudad de México y la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México.
S. Motha, “The Political Theology of Democracy”, commissioned article for the Journal of Law, Culture and Humanities, publication in January, 2008.
S. Motha, “From Ubuntu to a Jurisprudence of Sacrifice in Post-Apartheid South Africa”
S.Motha, “A Methodology for Research on Colonised Peoples and the Law” (1998) 11 Australian Feminist Law Journal. Review of Jeannine Purdy, Common Law and Colonised Peoples: Studies in Trinidad and Western Australia’. (1997, Ashgate). pp. 173 – 181.