Joe Wills

Joe WillsLecturer
LLB (University of the West of England), LLM (University of the West of England), PhD (University of Leicester)
Telephone: 0116 252 2373

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LLB (University of the West of England), LLM (University of the West of England), PhD (University of Leicester)

I joined the law school in 2010 as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and PhD Candidate and became a full-time member of staff in 2014. My doctoral thesis, supervised by Dr Paul O’Connell and Dr Loveday Hodson, examines the role of socioeconomic rights in global justice movement. A monograph based on this research has been published by Cambridge University Press. I am one of eight researchers on a British Academy funded project investigating how the UK and South Africa compensate private losses resulting from the failures of public authorities. I have also contributed to an Academy of Finland and University of Turku funded project entitled ‘Imagining Post-Neoliberal Regulatory Subjectivities’. I am currently working on issues relating to the moral and legal status of non-human animals.


Selected publications

  • Contesting World Order: Socioeconomic Rights and Global Justice Movements (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
  • ‘Contesting Austerity: The Potential and Pitfalls of Socioeconomic Rights Discourse’ (2016) (with Ben Warwick) Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 23(2) 629-664.
  • ‘The World Turned Upside Down? Neo-Liberalism, Socioeconomic Rights and Hegemony.’ Leiden Journal of International Law (2014) 27(1), 11-35.


My research interests lie in the areas of human rights, animal rights and legal, political and moral theory. I am happy to supervise PhD projects working in these broad fields (and, for human rights students, particularly in relation to socioeconomic rights).

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