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Dr Kojo Koram

  • Overview



    Dr Kojo Koram is a Reader in Law at Birkbeck School of Law, University of London. He joined Birkbeck in September 2018. Prior to taking up this role, he was a Lecturer at the School of Law at the University of Essex between 2016-2018.

    He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2011 and then received his PhD in 2017. In 2018, the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities awarded his PhD the Julien Mezey Dissertation Award for the dissertation that most promises to enrich and advance interdisciplinary scholarship at the intersection of law, culture and the humanities.

    In 2022, he published his debut book Uncommon Wealth: Britain and the Aftermath of Empire (John Murray 2022) which was nominated for the 2022 Orwell Prize for Political Writing.

    Alongside his academic work, Kojo has also written for publications as varied as the Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Nation, Dissent and the New Statesman.


    • Latest Article- 'The Vitorian recovery and the (re)turn towards a sacrificial international law' London Review of International Law, Vol.6, No.3, pp.443-470

    • Latest Collection- The War on Drugs and the Global Colour Line (London: Pluto Press, 2019) Kojo Koram (eds)

    • Latest Book- Uncommon Wealth: Britain and Aftermath of Empire (London: John Murray, 2022)


    • LLB, University of Kent, 2010
    • Called to Bar of England and Wales, Middle Temple, 2011
    • LLM, University of London, 2013
    • PhD in Law, University of London, 2017

    Web profiles

    Administrative responsibilities

    • LLB Programme Director

    Professional activities

    Member of the Harm Reduction International Board of Directors

    Member of the Middle Temple Equality, Diversity and Social Mobility committee 

    Honours and awards

  • Research


    Research interests

    • International Law
    • Law and Empire
    • Political Economy
    • Critical Race Theory
    • Drugs Law

    Research overview

    Methodologically, Dr Koram's work draws upon a wide array of scholarly traditions including decolonial theory, critical legal theory, historical materialism, and law and literature.

    Research Centres and Institutes

    • Member, Centre for Research on Race and Law
  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Current doctoral researchers



    Teaching modules

    • The History and Philosophy of Human Rights (LADD005S7)
    • Legal Systems and Methods (LALA157S4)
    • Legal Systems and Methods (Senior Status) (LALA158S6)
    • Perspectives on Political Economy (LALW064S7)
    • Legal Methods and Skills (GDL) (LALW111H6)
    • Clinical Case Work (LALW122H5)
  • Publications




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