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Giddens, Thom


  • Lecturer (Teaching and Research), Law
  • 24 Citations
  • 3 h-Index

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Personal profile


My work traverses critical, comics, and cultural legal studies, taking a particular interest in epistemology and visuality. I completed my PhD in Law at the University of Exeter in 2012, the same year in which I took up my first academic post as Lecturer in Law at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Situated within traditions of critical legal theory, law and philosophy, and law and literature, my thesis focused on questions of responsibility and epistemology in a work of graphic fiction—Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s critically acclaimed Watchmen

Since completing my PhD, I have continued to develop my interests around interdisciplinary and critical legal method, publishing a number of articles and book chapters examining jurisprudential questions through legal readings of visual cultural texts, culminating in the publication of my monograph On Comics and Legal Aesthetics (Routledge 2018). In 2013 I also founded the Graphic Justice Research Alliance, an international interdisciplinary research network for anyone working on the broad intersections of law and justice and comics of all kinds. My current work continues the concern with visuality within the broad remit of the critical legal humanities, seeking to examine the written texts of law as visual and material artefacts, focusing on the historical development of law reporting and law’s typographical practices and visual design as well as broader questions of judgment. 

I am on the editorial board for the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, Law and Literature, and The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship—and for the latter I co-edit an on-going special collection on Graphic Justice.

My teaching areas include English Criminal Law, English Law of Obligations, and Jurisprudence/Legal Theory. I am interested in supervising students working on anything within the broad range of critical legal humanities and cultural legal studies, particularly those working on popular and visual culture or questions of method and epistemology.

External positions

Adjunct Research Fellow in Law, Griffith University Queensland

Aug 2016Jul 2019

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Research Output

A Series of Unfortunate Events or the Common Law

Giddens, T., 25 Feb 2020, In : Law and Literature. p. 1-26 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Critical Directions in Comics Studies

    Giddens, T. (ed.), 2020, Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. 320 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  • Keeping Up Textual Appearances: The Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001

    Giddens, T., 18 Mar 2020, In : Law, Technology and Humans. 2, 1, p. 1-16 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Legal Aesthetics as Visual Method

    Giddens, T., Aug 2019, Routledge Handbook of Socio-Legal Theory and Methods. Creutzfeldt, N., Mason, M. & McConnachie, K. (eds.). 1 ed. London: Routledge, p. 315-328 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Justice in the Sea of Corruption: Nausicaä as Ecological Jurisprudence

    Giddens, T., 2018, Law and Justice in Japanese Popular Culture: From Crime Fighting Robots to Duelling Pocket Monsters. Pearson, A., Giddens, T. & Tranter, K. (eds.). 1 ed. Routledge, 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Activities

    • 1 Membership of committee
    • 1 Membership of external research organisation
    • 1 Membership of group

    Association of Law Teachers (ALT) (External organisation)

    Thom Giddens (Member)

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    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    Association of Law Teachers (ALT) (External organisation)

    Thom Giddens (Member)

    2017 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of external research organisation

    Graphic Justice Research Alliance (External organisation)

    Golnar Nabizadeh (Member), & Thomas Giddens (Chair)

    2016 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of group