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Jothie Rajah

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Research Professor

  • 750 N. Lake Shore Dr.
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  • Chicago, IL 60611
  • Phone: 312-988-6551

Joint appointment


Ph.D., University of Melbourne LL.B., National University of Singapore


Jothie Rajah is a full-time appointee to faculty of the ABF. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She was awarded the Law Faculty's 2010 Harold Luntz Graduate Research…

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Research focus

The intersections of law, language and power in the following areas: law, legitimacy and authoritarianism; international organizations and the global public sphere in constructions of norms for the rule of law; and the relationship between law, religion and national identity.


Global Norms for the Rule of Law
Latest finding: Dec 29, 2011
This study analyses the different ways in which global institutional actors (the UN, the World Bank, the International Commission of Jurists, the World Justice Project) define ‘rule of…

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"Lawyers, Politics, and Publics: State Management of Lawyers and Legitimacy in Singapore"
Cambridge University Press
"Authoritarian Rule of Law: Legislation, Discourse and Legitimacy in Singapore'
Cambridge University Press
“The Gulf between Promise and Claim: Understanding International Law’s Failure to Decolonise”
3 Transnational Legal Theory 285

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‘Rule of Law’ as Global Discourse
Jul 2012
Rule of Law Discourses as Transnational Legal Order
Jun 2012
Of Masks and Absences: Cause Lawyering in Singapore
Jun 2012

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Professional Service & Recognition

  • Law & Society Association Dissertation Committee Honorable Mention, 2011
  • Fellow, SIAS Summer Institute 2011 - 2012, Regulating the World Society: Law, Governance and the Quest for Global Justice, National Humanities Center/Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin, Germany
  • Panel Organizer, “Theorizing Post-Colonial Legal Professions and Politics,” Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, 2012
  • Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis, University of Melbourne, 2011
  • Harold Luntz Graduate Thesis Award for Excellence in the PhD, Melbourne Law School, 2011
  • Member, Conference Steering Committee, First International Conference on the Legal Histories of the British Empire, July 2012, supported by the American Society of Legal History, the Australian and New Zealand Legal History Association, and the Osgood Society for Canadian Legal History.
  • Co-Convenor (with W. Pue and B. Blum), Collaborative Research Network 15, British Colonial Legalities, Law and Society Association.
  • Co-organizer, LSA Roundtable, Subversive Legalities: British Colonial Subjects and the Rule of Law, Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL 2010