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Jothie Rajah

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Research Professor

  • 750 N. Lake Shore Dr.
  • 4th Floor
  • Chicago, IL 60611
  • Phone: 312-988-6551


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


Rule of Law Discourses

Latest finding: Apr 7, 2015
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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"Sinister Translations: Law’s Authority in a Post-9/11 World"
Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies
"Of Masks and Absences: Cause Lawyering in Singapore"
Wisconsin International Law Journal
"Language-and-Law Scholarship: An Interdisciplinary Conversation and a Post-9/11 Example." (Mertz & Rajah)
Annual Review of Law and Social Science 10

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‘Narrating the Rule of Law Nation’, Law & Society Association Meeting
May 2014
‘Reading the Terms of 9/11 Discourse’, Law & Society Association Meeting
May 2014
‘Absent Law: Law and Justice in a Post-9/11 World’, Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities Conference
Mar 2014

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Professional Service & Recognition

  • Editorial Board Member, Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies (April 2014 and ongoing)
  • Early Career Workshop participant, Law & Society Association May 2014
  • Docent, Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy Workshop, Doha January 2014 and Participant, January 2013
  • Participant, World Justice Forum 2013, conducted by the World Justice Project, The Hague, July 2013
  • Invited Participant, Workshop on Sociolegal Research on Southeast Asia, National University of Singapore, December 2012
  • Associate Editor, Law & Social Inquiry (September 2011 - August 2012)
  • 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