I am a Senior Lecturer in Law at the Kent Law School at the University of Kent.
My research interests are in intellectual property law, knowledge techniques, transmissions and practices, construction of values and valuation practices, novelty and creativity, and hermeneutic/post-hermeneutic approaches to the study of law. In my work I employ an internalist understanding of law and legal textuality whilst drawing on insights from anthropology, philosophy, social theory, historical epistemology, and science and technology studies. I try not to whitewash law through a dogmatic approach, but also refuse to blackbox it into a policy instrument.
I have a cross-disciplinary training and professional background in law, history of sciences, and science and technology studies. Prior to joining Kent Law School, I was an Assistant Professor of Science Studies at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, where I researched epistemic relations between scientific and legal classifications in Hans-Joerg Rheinberger’s department III.
I earned my PhD in Law at the European University Institute, Florence, with a thesis which explored the implications of human gene patenting on the legal concept of human personhood. For my undergraduate degree, I read Government and Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science and also graduated there with a Distinction from the Masters of Laws (LLM) programme.
I was a visiting research fellow at University of California at Berkeley (2002-3) and LSE (2013).
I was Programme Committee Chair for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities and now serve in its Organizing Committee.
Another forum in which I regularly present and participate in are the Annual Workshops of the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property.
During my times outside academia, I have been fortunate to be trained in classical music and in financial modeling. Both involve very different sensibilities, but they will prove useful in my research projects.
Most recently I am (co-)organising/have organised: