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Professor Aleardo Zanghellini

Professor Aleardo Zanghellini
Job Title:
Professor of Law and Social Theory
Aleardo Zanghellini



Areas of Interest

Legal, political and moral philosophy; law, gender and sexuality; socio-legal studies; law & literature.

PhD Students

  • Faye Bird, Union at Gunpoint: Islamic State's Use of Forced Marriage and Sexual Slavery as a Weapon of War - current
  • Jassi Sandhar, To what extent can postcolonial feminist legal theory explain the shortcomings of international human rights law in providing sufficient protection for girl child soldiers during and post-conflict? Case studies from the Sri Lankan and Ugandan wars - current
  • Julie Knight, The Legal Protection of Dignity in Elderly Care: Rhetoric and Reality - completed
  • Damian Gonzalez-Salzberg, Queering the Subject of Human Rights Law: Re-reading the case law of the European Court of Human Rights on sexual orientation and gender identity - completed
  • Alex Dymock, Abject Intimacies: Sexual Perversion in the Criminal-Legal Imaginary - completed
  • Amanda Head, A Critical Evaluation of Presumption in the Legal Regulation of Non-Marital Relationships - completed

Research groups / Centres


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Book Chapters

  • (2013) 'Gay Surrogacy and Tahitian Adoption - How Queer is Queer Parenthood?' in O'Mara. K. and Wambui. B. (eds.) Queering Paradigms III: Queer Impact and Practices. Peter Lang, pp. 305-320. ISBN 978-3-0343-0939-4

Refereed Articles

  • 'Canada's Obscenity Law after Little Sisters' (2002) 7 Media & Arts Law Review 195-212

Book Reviews (by invitation)

  • 'Sexual Intimacy and Gender Identity Fraud: Re-Framing the Legal and Ethical Debate - Alex Sharpe' (2018) 27(6) Social and Legal Studies 805-809
  • 'Regulating Sexuality: Legal Consciousness in Lesbian and Gay Lives - Rosie Harding' (2011) 19(1) Feminist Legal Studies 97-100
  • 'Sexuality Repositioned: Diversity and the Law by Belinda Brooks Gordon et al' (2005) 27(2) Sydney Law Review 371-376


JD (Milan), LLM (British Columbia), MSt (Oxon), PhD (Sydney)

Biographical Details

Aleardo Zanghellini is Reading University's Professor of Law and Social Theory. He works using either interdisciplinary or philosophical frameworks and his scholarship regularly appears in leading international journals. Aleardo previously taught at Macquarie University, Sydney, and a quantitative study published in 2012 identified him as one of Australia's top researchers in law (R Smyth, 'Who Publishes in Australia's Top Law Journals?' (2012) 35(1) UNSW Law Journal 201-245). Much of Aleardo's scholarship is in the field of law and sexuality. This work has merited him the description of 'one of the most imaginative new critical legal scholars of sexuality' (D Monk, 'Book Review: The Sexual Constitution of Political Authority' (2016) 19(8) Sexualities 1003-1008). Aleardo's work also interrogates general concepts and principles of political morality that are of interest to political philosophers and public lawyers. His 2015 book, The Sexual Constitution of Political Authority (Routledge), is an analysis of the erotic dimensions of state power, arguing that the disavowal of male same-sex desire has been, and partly remains, central to mainstream understandings of political authority. Aleardo is also an author of fiction. The Spellbinders, his 2018 novel published with Lethe Press, has been described by Publishers Weekly (15 October 2018, p 114) as an 'intriguing debut work of fantasy-inflected historical fiction' that will leave 'readers seeking tales of gay historical figures ... very pleased'. It recounts the tale of King Edward II and his lovers Piers Gaveston and Hugh Despenser.

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