Vidya Kumar

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DPhil in Law (Oxon); LLM (Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto Ontario Canada); LLB (Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario Canada), MA and BA (Hons) in Political Theory.

Dr Kumar joined Leicester in June 2016. Prior to that she was, a Lecturer in Law at Birmingham University, a Visiting Research Fellow at LSE’s Centre for International Studies, and was a postdoctoral Fellow at The Munk School for Global Affairs, University of Toronto. She is currently a Junior Faculty member of the Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP), Harvard Law School (USA). She has recently been a Visiting Research Scholar at  the Institute of International Law and the Humanities (IILAH) at Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, Australia and a Visiting Researcher at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

Dr Kumar has previously taught courses in following areas of law: Public International Law, Public Law (Constitutional & Administrative Law), Global and Comparative Constitutional Law, Legal Theory, International Legal History, International Humanitarian Law, Canadian Constitutional Law, and Civil Rights & Civil Liberties.


Dr Kumar’s research is interdisciplinary in nature, traversing the fields of international law, comparative constitutional law, the philosophy of law and legal history. She is currently working on two related projects:

  1. a monograph on the relationship between international law and revolution; and,
  2. a study of the relationship between revolutions, constitutionalism and global justice.

She has published in the areas of international law, revolution, international legal history, conceptual history, globalisation theory, and international labour and human rights.

Her research interests and supervision expertise lie in the areas of

  • Public International Law (esp International Legal Personality, State Identity and Succession, State Creation, Revolutionaries and Rebels as Non-State Actors)
  • Constitutional Theory & Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Revolution, Law, and Justice
  • International Legal History
  • Legal Theory/Philosophy of Law
  • Global Legal Studies and Thought
  • International Labour Rights & International Human Rights


  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Current Trends in International Law
  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties


Chapter ‘Revolutionaries in Fundamental Concepts for International Law: The Construction of a Discipline (eds Sahib Singh and Jean D’Asprémont) Edward Elgar. (Forthcoming 2018)

Chapter ‘Towards a Constitutionalism of the Wretched: Global Constitutionalism, International Law and the Global South’ in Comparative Constitutionalism and the Global South (eds Philipp Dann and Michael Riegner). (Forthcoming 2018)

‘International Law and Revolution’ (International Law, Oxford Online Bibliographies, OUP) (Forthcoming 2018)

‘International Law, Kelsen and the Aberrant Revolution: Excavating the Judicial and Scholarly Practices of Revolutionary Legality in Rhodesia and Beyond’’ in The Power of Legality: Practices of International Law and Their Politics, eds  Nikolas M. Rajkovic, Tanja Aalberts, Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016).

‘Rethinking the Convergence of Human Rights and Labour Rights in International Law: De-politicisation and Excess’, Osgoode Hall Reader: Law In Transition (Oxford: Hart, 2015). Publishers page

‘A Critical Methodology of Globalization: Politics of the 21st Century?’ (2003) Volume 10, Number 2 (Summer) Indiana J of Global Legal Studies. Online access doi: 10.2979/gls.2003.10.2.87

‘A Proleptic Approach to Postcolonial Legal Studies? A Brief Look at the Relationship between Legal Theory and Intellectual History’ (2004) Issue 2003 (2) Law, Social Justice and Global Development (Electronic Law Journal published by Warwick University, UK. Online access

Voelkerrechtsblog – Symposium on Comparative Constitutionalism  and the Global South held at the Law Faculty of the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany: “Towards a Constitutionalism of the Wretched” Blog Post. Online Access

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