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Dr Victoria Ridler

  • Overview



    Dr Victoria L. Ridler is a Lecturer in Law at Birkbeck College, currently teaching Contract Law, Public Law (Constitutional and Administrative Law), and Language and Legal Argument. She holds a PhD in Law from Birkbeck, an M.A. in Legal Studies from Carleton University, and a B.A. in International Development Studies and Political Science from Dalhousie University.

    Dr. Ridler has previously worked at Westminster University, the University of East London, The University of Reading, and Carleton University teaching in Public Law, Legal Methods, and Law and Society. She has also worked for the United Nations in the field of international development and for the Federal Government of Canada in policy analysis.

    She is the founder of the London Conference in Critical Thought, and was the central coordinator for its inaugural year. Dr. Ridler remains an active member of the organising collective for the conference and is also the managing editor for the London Journal of Critical Thought, a peer-reviewed open access journal which was launched in June 2016. 

    Dr. Ridler's current academic projects broadly considers questions around:

    • Asymmetric Legality
    • Legal Subjects/Objects
    • Theorisations of Jurisdiction and Legal Subjectivity
    • Ontological Pluralism, Meaning, and Moral thinking
    • Authority and Authorisation
    • Mythology of Obligation
  • Research


    Research overview

    Victoria’s current project considers the relevance of ontological plurality in relation to conceptions of reason and authority in the traditions of constitutional and democratic theory. While engaging with a range of theoretical approaches, she identifies the work of Immanuel Kant, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Jacques Derrida as particularly influential.

    If you are interested in pursuing research in these areas, you should first read our advice on how to apply for MPhil/PhD research before submitting an application.

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Teaching modules

    • Contract Law (LADD034S4)
    • Contract Law (Senior Status) (LADD058S6)
    • Legal Argument and Language in Law (LALA227H5)
    • Legal Argument and Language in Law (Level 6) (LALW026H6)
    • Critical Methods in Law & Society Research (LALW065S7)
    • Contract Law (GDL) (LALW112H6)
  • Publications



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