Dr Saskia Vermeylen
senior lecturer & Chancellor’s Fellow, Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, University of Strathclyde
Saskia Vermeylen is a critical legal scholar working in the area of property theory and resource frontiers. Her empirical research has focused on alternative property regimes of indigenous communities and she’s currently finishing a monograph on critical property theory and ethics drawing upon the work of Jacques Derrida and Emmanuel Levinas. As part of her interest in accelerating property regimes she’s also embarking on a new research project on the legal and ethical meaning of ‘common heritage of humankind’, a concept that is currently much debated in the context of deep seabed and outer space mining. This links to a wider ongoing research project on exploring the wider meaning of an ontological turn in critical legal thinking. Her work on space law has been cited in the Guardian and the Conversation and was interviewed by BBC Radio 4’s Inside Science on the making of the moon. In her work on space law she draws on law and literature studies and is particularly interested in the triangular relationship between law, technology and science fiction and uses deconstruction and chaos theory to develop a speculative jurisprudence of space law.