Julen Etxabe

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Law and humanities
Legal Theory and Jurisprudence
Human Rights
Political Theory
Law and literature
Cultural Studies

Relevant Thesis-Based Degree Programs

Affiliations to Research Centres, Institutes & Clusters

Research Options

I am available and interested in collaborations (e.g. clusters, grants).
I am interested in and conduct interdisciplinary research.

Research Methodology

Cultural approaches to law
Literary and rhetorical analyses of law
critical theory


Master's students
Doctoral students
Postdoctoral Fellows
Any time / year round
  • Law and Humanities
  • Law and Literature
  • Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
  • Critical Theory
  • Poilitical Theory
  • Cultural Studies and Legal History
  • International Human Rights

You will be intellectually curious and open, have an interdisciplinary background or interest, and a passion for the study of law as a human endeavor and not just a trade.

Theoretically-minded and open to humanistic approaches to law.

I am open to hosting Visiting International Research Students (non-degree, up to 12 months).
I am interested in supervising students to conduct interdisciplinary research.

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