Senthorun Raj

Reader in Human Rights Law at Manchester Law School

Dr Senthorun (Sen) Raj is a Reader in Human Rights Law at Manchester Law School. He is passionate about glitter, unicorns, pop culture, and social justice.

Sen’s academic, community, and advocacy work examine the relationship between emotion, culture, law, and LGBTIQA+ rights in different jurisdictions. He is the author of Feeling Queer Jurisprudence: Injury, Intimacy, Identity (Routledge) and co-editor of The Queer Outside in Law: Recognising LGBTIQ People in the United Kingdom (Palgrave). He is currently co-convening The Queer Judgements Project, a collaboration that brings together lawyers, activists, and academics from across the world to re-imagine and re-write legal decisions relating to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics. His next monograph, The Emotions of LGBT Rights and Reforms: Repairing Law, is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press in 2025.

Sen is the Editorial Lead of Queer Law, commissioning work on queer legal scholarship as part of Palgrave’s Socio-Legal Studies series and is a Reflections Editor of Feminist Legal Studies.

Sen has been a Lecturer in Law at Keele University (2017-2021), a Scholar in Residence at New York University’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (2015-16), and a Churchill Fellow (2012-13). He was the inaugural chair of Black Gold Arts (2018-21), an arts charity in Manchester that platforms LGBTIQ people of colour. Dr Raj worked as the Senior Policy Advisor for the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (2009-12) and was on the boards of ACON (2011-15) and Amnesty International Australia (2013-15). Most recently, he served as the Chair of Amnesty International UK.


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