Tom Frost


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LLB (Hons) Leicester, PhD (Southampton), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

I joined Leicester Law School in October 2020.

Prior to joining Leicester, I was a Parliamentary Clerk in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Before this I held Lectureships at the University of Sussex and Newcastle University


My research interests centre upon the idea of justice broadly construed, and the following main areas

  • The intertwined history of the law and theology, specifically Christianity's influence in the Anglo-American world and in European Empires;
  • The relationship between the British and other European Empires, 'postcolonialism’, and the law's operation in both;
  • Continental Philosophy, particularly the works of Giorgio Agamben, Roberto Esposito and Emmanuel Levinas.

Current research projects include:

  • Investigating the dispossession of the Chagossians from Diego Garcia and the legality of the creation of the British Indian Ocean Territory;
  • A hermeneutic study of the interconnectedness of the works of Giorgio Agamben and Emmanuel Levinas, focusing specifically on Agamben's concept of the ‘form-of-life’. I am preparing a monograph in relation to this project, Law, Relationality and the Ethical Life: Agamben and Levinas.

My work has been cited by the UK Supreme Court, Tom Frost and C R G Murray, 'The Chagos Island cases: the empire strikes back' (2015) 66 NILQ 263, cited in R (on the application of Bancoult (No 2)) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2016] UKSC 35, [188] (Lady Hale)


  • Analysing Law
  • Contract Law
  • Law, Justice & Society


  • ‘Kierkegaard and the Figure of Form-of-Life’ in Marcos Norris and Colby Dickinson (eds.), Agamben and the Existentialists (Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh 2021) (in press)
  • ‘Homeland: Reconceptualising the Chagossians’ Litigation’ (2021) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (with C R G Murray) ISSN 0143-6503 (in press)
  • ‘Destituent Power and the Problem of the Lives to Come’ (2020) Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics ISSN 1825-5167 (in press)
  • Tom Frost, Rebecca Huxley-Binns, and Jacqueline Martin, Unlocking the English legal system (6th edn, Routledge, Abingdon 2019) ISBN: 9781444109191
  • ‘The Dispositif between Foucault and Agamben’ (2019) 15(1) Law, Culture and the Humanities 151-171 ISSN 1743-8721
  • ‘Abortion in Northern Ireland: Has the Rubicon Been Crossed?’ (2018) 39(1) Liverpool Law Review 175-196 ISSN 1572-8625
  • ‘The Chagossians’ Struggle and the Last Bastions of Imperial Constitutionalism’ in Stephen Allen (ed.), Fifty Years of the British Indian Ocean Territory: Legal Perspectives (Small States in a Legal World, Springer, London 2018) pp.147-174 (with C R G Murray) ISBN: 9783319785417
  • ‘It was not meant to be this way. An Unfortunate Case of Anglo-Saxon Parochialism?’ (2017) 26(1) Anthropological Journal of European Cultures 53-74 ISSN 1755-2923
  • ‘The Chagos Islands Cases: The Empire Strikes Back’ (2015) 66(3) Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 263-288 (with C R G Murray) ISSN 0029-3105 (cited in R (on the application of Bancoult (No 2)) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2016] UKSC 35, [188] (Lady Hale))
  • ‘The Promise of Liberty to All – The Long March to Marriage Equality’ (2015) 36(2) Liverpool Law Review 171-182 ISSN 1572-8625

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