School of Law

Dr Jessie Hohmann, BA, LLB, LLM, PhD


Senior Lecturer in Law

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7882 7232
Room Number: Mile End


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Dr Hohmann has broad research and teaching interests in the areas of international law, human rights (with a particular focus on the right to housing), indigenous peoples in international law, and the material and visual culture of international law.

She is Co-Director of the Queen Mary Centre for European and International Legal Affairs, and editor of the Queen Mary Human Rights Law Review.

In 2017/18, Dr. Hohmann will hold an Early Career Fellowship from the Independent Social Research Foundation, to further a research agenda on the objects and materiality of international law.

Prior to joining Queen Mary in 2012, she was a British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, where she also completed her PhD. She has degrees from Sydney University, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Canada, and the University of Guelph. She has previously held teaching appointments at the University of Cambridge, King’s College, London and Macquarie University in Sydney.  

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Law 6060 Performing the Law (half module).
  • Law 6034 International Human Rights Law
  • Law 6162 Law Review

Postgraduate Teaching



A Selection of Dr Hohmann’s publications are available on her SSRN page.


  • ‘The Treaty 8 Typewriter: Tracing the Roles of Material Things in Imagining, Realising and Resisting Colonial Worlds’ (2017) 5(3) London Review of International Law 371.
  • ‘Resisting Dehumanising Housing Policy: The Case for a Right to Housing in England’ (2017) 4 QMHRR 1.
  • The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A Commentary Hohmann & Weller, (eds) (OUP).
  • ‘The UNDRIP and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to Existence, Cultural Integrity and Identity, and Non-Assimilation: Articles 7(2), 8, and 43’ in Hohmann & Weller, (eds) The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A Commentary (OUP).
  • ‘Indigenous Rights to Development, Socio-Economic Rights, and Rights for Groups with Vulnerabilities: Articles 20–22, 24, and 44’ in Hohmann & Weller, (eds) The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A Commentary (OUP) [with C. Perez-Bustillo; 50% contribution].


‘Principle, Politics & Practice: The Role of UN Special Rapporteurs in the Development of the Right to Housing in International Law’ in Nolan, Freedman & Murphy (eds) The UN Special Procedures (Brill) 271.


  • ‘Opium as an Object of International Law: Doctrines of Sovereignty and Intervention’ in Reinisch & Footer (eds) International Law and… Select Proceedings of the European Society of International Law (Hart) 277.



  • The Right to Housing: Law, Concepts, Possibilities (Hart, 2013)
    • Shortlisted for the SLS Peter Birks’ Book Prize for outstanding legal scholarship, 2013; paperback 2014.
  • ‘The True Radicalism of the Right to Housing’ (2013) 21 British Academy Review 22.


  • ‘Events: The Force of International Law’ by Fleur Johns, Richard Joyce & Sundhya Pahuja (eds)’ (2011) 82(1) British Yearbook of International Law 532.


  • Human Rights and their Limits by Wiktor Osiatyński   & Advocating Dignity: Human Rights Mobilizations in Global Politics by Jean Quataert’ (2011) 70(1) Cambridge Law Journal 269.


  • ‘Visions of Social Transformation and the Invocation of Human Rights in Mumbai: The Struggle for the Right to Housing’ (2010) 13 Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal 135:
    • Swedish Translation (2013) 42-43 Fronesis 65;
    • Chinese Translation (2013) 11(1) Sun Yat-sen University Law Review.


  •  ‘Igloo as Icon: A Human Rights Approach to Climate Change for the Inuit?’ (2009) 18(2) Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems 295.


  • ‘The Thin End of the Wedge: Executive Detention of Non-Citizens & the Australian Constitution’ (2006) 9 Yearbook of New Zealand Jurisprudence 91.


  •  ‘Dictating to One of ‘Us’: The Migration of Mrs. Freer’ (2005) 5 Macquarie Law Journal 241 - 275 (K. Robertson with J. Hohmann & I. Stewart).


  • ‘Report of the Senate Select Committee on Ministerial Discretion in Migration Matters: Inconclusive Witch-Hunt or Valuable Contribution to the Australian Migration Debate?’ (2004) 19 Immigration Review [321].
  • ‘Challenge to Validity of Statutory Provisions Authorising Removal from Australia of a Minor Seeking Asylum: P1/2003 v MIMIA’ (2004) 18 Immigration Review [307].
  • ‘Whether RRT Erred in Failing to Consider Whether Unaccompanied Minors in Afghanistan Constituted a Particular Social Group: MIMIA v VFAY; MIMIA v SHBB’ (2004)18 Immigration Review [308].

Blog Posts and Public Engagement Publications





Forthcoming Publications and Work in Progress


  • Kell v Canada: Revaluating the CEDAW Decision in a Feminist Light’ in Lavers & Hodson (eds) Feminist International Judgments: Women’s Voices in International Law (Hart, 2019) (17,000 words) (with E. Tramontana & L. Buckner-Inniss; 40% contribution).
  • ‘The Right to Housing: A Research Agenda’ in Markus Moos (ed) A Research Agenda for Housing (Edward Elgar, 2019) (8000 words).
  • ‘The Right to Housing’ in Malcolm Langford and Katharine Young (eds) The Oxford Handbook on Economic and Social Rights (OUP, 2019) (8000 words).


  • Hohmann & Joyce (eds) International Law’s Objects (OUP, 2018) [in production; 210,000 words].
  • ‘The Lives of Objects’ in Hohmann & Joyce (eds) International Law’s Objects (OUP, 2018) [in production; 10,000 words].
  •  ‘Opium’ in Hohmann & Joyce (eds) International Law’s Objects (OUP, 2018) [in production; 6000 words: a revised and expanded version of the chapter published in International Law and…, see above section].
  • ‘Article 25(1) of the UDHR in Relation to The Right to Housing’ in Humberto Cantú Rivera (ed) The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: A Commentary (Brill, 2018) (8000 words).


Dr Hohmann welcomes proposals from doctoral students working within her broad research interests including: human rights thought and practice, social and economic rights, international law (particularly critical or theoretical questions in international legal thought, and the material and visual culture of international law), and indigenous rights.  

Current PhD students