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. 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, governance technologies and knowledge practices help create what law is.
Recent publications include:
- ‘Reassembling Global Law: Reflections on Laws and Societies in Global Contexts’, (2017) 13(4) International Journal of Law in Context 553
- ’Taking on the Technicalities” of International Law: Practice, Description, Critique’, (2017) 111 American Journal of International Law Unbound 181
- ‘The Politics of Security Lists‘ (2016) 34(1)Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 67
- ‘Transnational Legal Assemblages and Global Security Law: Topologies and Temporalities of the List‘ (2014) 5(1) Transnational Legal Theory81
- ‘Building Peace in Permanent War: Terrorist Listing & Conflict Transformation‘ (2015, with Louise Boon-Kuo, Ben Hayes and Vicki Sentas)
- ‘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, at the domestic and international level. He has represented clients in proceedings before the High Court and Court of Appeal, the European Court of Human Rights and before thew Ombudsperson of 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 monograph on UN sanctions against Al Qaeda and ISIL – entitled The Law of the List – for publication with Cambridge University Press in 2019.