Dr Marc   De Leeuw
De Leeuw
+61 (2) 9385 9531

I am a Senior Lecturer at the 'Faculty of Law and Justice' working at the edges of law, on domains that, due to radical technological change or ruptures in our ethical imagination, require legal consideration in a philosophical register. The legal standing of collective ecological entities, the fashioning, use and ownership of human body parts, the legal status of non-human minds and agent-less creative processes; these are the frontiers of law across which I work, and though these are unstable and changing terrains, they necessarily feed back into classical questions of jurisprudence. 

At the law school I teach across a range of courses from classical ‘Legal Theory’ and ‘Theories of Justice’, to electives on ‘Law and Biology’, 'FoodLaw' and, most recently, 'Transforming Environmental Law: exploring Legal Rights of Nature' (with Alice Bleby).

Before coming to Australia, I was a Junior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University. In 2017 I resided as a Visiting Fellow with the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California-Berkeley. During the academic year 2020/21 I am a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) participating in the research program "Science and the State".

I served as UNSW Law's Ethics and Grievance Officer (2018-2020), currently chair the "Theory Section", am a member of the UNSW Allens Hub for Law, Technology and Innovation where I am stream leader for "Hybrid Life and Legal Personhood", participate in the 'UNSW Environmental Law Group', and am a member of the 'Australian Center for  the Rights of Nature'.

PhD, LLM or research thesis applications in legal theory & philosophy, socio-legal studies, biolegality, neurolaw, legal ecology (rights of nature, climate litigation), social study of law, technology and science, and the legal implications of 'cognitive assemblages' (AI/ Robotics) are all very welcome.



Edited Books

De Leeuw M, (ed.), 2022, Reading Ricoeur through Law, Rowman & Littlefield

De Leeuw M; van Wichelen S, (ed.), 2019, Personhood in the Age of Biolegality, Palgrave Macmillan, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-27848-9


De Leeuw M; Van Wichelen S, 2022, After Dobbs: Biolegalities of Fetal Personhood, Princeton, USA, https://www.ias.edu/ideas/after-dobbs-biolegalities-fetal-personhood

Journal articles

Van Wichelen S; De Leeuw M, 2022, 'Biolegality: How Biology and Law Redefine Sociality', Annual Review of Anthropology, vol. 51, pp. 383 - 399, http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-anthro-041520-102305

Taylor SM; De Leeuw M, 2021, 'Guidance systems: from autonomous directives to legal sensor-bilities', AI and Society, vol. 36, pp. 521 - 534, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00146-020-01012-z

Vatter M; de Leeuw M, 2019, 'Human Rights, Legal Personhood and the Impersonality of Embodied Life', Law, Culture and the Humanities, pp. 1 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1743872119857068

De Leeuw M; Van Wichelen S, 2019, 'Un-signing Geneva: Legal pragmatics in the management of asylum', International Journal of Law in Context, vol. 15, pp. 20 - 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1744552318000113

De Leeuw M, 2017, 'Hoe te getuigen van het gebroken zelf? Essay over de verwikkelingen van Harry Kunneman en Paul Ricoeur (in Dutch)', Waardenwerk, vol. 70/71, pp. 38 - 45, http://www.waardenwerk.net/hoe-te-getuigen-van-het-gebroken-zelf/1027732

De Leeuw M, 2017, 'Paul Ricoeur's Search for a Just Community The Phenomenological Presupposition of a Life "with and for others"', ETUDES RICOEURIENNES-RICOEUR STUDIES, vol. 8, pp. 46 - 54, http://dx.doi.org/10.5195/errs.2017.416

De Leeuw M, 2016, 'The Concept of Life in Helmut Plessner's Philosophical Anthropology', Pollen, vol. 2, pp. 85 - 90, http://pollenmagazine.com/002

de Leeuw M; van Wichelen S, 2012, 'Civilizing migrants: Integration, culture and citizenship', European Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 15, pp. 195 - 210, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367549411432029

Leeuw MD; Wichelen SV, 2006, 'Ein neuer Zivilisationsdiskurs? Der Film Submission, Ayaan Hirsi Ali und der »Krieg gegen den Terror« in den Niederlanden', Feministische Studien, vol. 24, pp. 122 - 135, http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/fs-2006-0110

De Leeuw M; Van Wichelen S, 2005, 'Please, go wake up! Hirsi Ali, Submission and the "War on Terror" in the Netherlands', Feminist Media Studies, vol. 5, pp. 325 - 340, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14680770500271487

De Leeuw M; Van Wichelen, S. , 2005, '"Wordt Alsjeblieft Wakker!" Submission, het fenomeen "Ayaan" en de nieuwe ideologische confrontatie', Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies/ Journal for Genderstudies, pp. 44 - 58, http://en.aup.nl/en/journals/tijdschrift-voor-genderstudies.html

De Leeuw M, 2002, 'Mannelijke Onderonsjes. Onver de representatie van militarisme en mannelijkheid in Velazquez' De Overgave van Breda versus Karremans' De Opgave van Srebrenica', Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies/ Journal for Genderstudies, pp. 4 - 17, http://en.aup.nl/en/journals/tijdschrift-voor-genderstudies.html

De Leeuw M, 1999, 'Berlin 2000: Fragments of Totality', Parallax, pp. 58 - 68, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/135346499249605

Book Chapters

De Leeuw M, 2022, 'Reading Ricoeur through Law', in Reading Ricoeur Through Law, Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 1 - 19

De Leeuw M, 2022, 'Paul Ricoeur's Juridical Anthropology: Law, Autonomy, and a Life Lived-in-Common', in Reading Ricoeur through Law, pp. 125 - 139

de Leeuw M; van Wichelen S, 2020, 'Legal Personhood in Postgenomic Times: Plasticity, Rights, and Relationality', in Personhood in the Age of Biolegality, Springer International Publishing, pp. 55 - 72, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-27848-9_4

De Leeuw M; Van Wichelen S, 2019, 'Legal Personhood in Postgenomic Times: Plasticity, Rights, and Relationality', in De Leeuw M; Van Wichelen S (ed.), Personhood in the Age of Biolegality, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 55 - 72, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-27848-9

De Leeuw M; van Wichelen S, 2019, 'Brave New Law', in De Leeuw M; Van WIchelen S (ed.), Personhood in the Age of Biolegality, Palgrave MacMillan, New York, pp. 1 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-27848-9

De Leeuw M; Van Wichelen SJ, 2016, '"Netherlands"', in John Stone, Dennis M. Rutledge, Anthony D. Smith, Polly S. Rizova, Xiaoshuo Hou (ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism 1-4, Wiley-Blackwell, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118663202.wberen634

De Leeuw M, 2016, '"Please, Go Wake Up!" Submission, Hirsi Ali, and the "War on Terror" in the Netherlands', in Gender and Sexuality in Islam, edn. Critical Concepts in Islamic Studies, Routledge, Oxford, pp. 325 - 340, https://www.routledge.com/Gender-and-Sexuality-in-Islam-CC-4V/El-Shakry/p/book/9781138854123

De Leeuw M, 2015, 'The Anthropological Presupposition. Paul Ricoeur's Search for the Just', in Paul Ricoeur in the Age of Hermeneutical Reason Poetics, Praxis, and Critique, Lexington Books, pp. 35 - 50

De Leeuw M; Van Wichelen, Sonja , 2014, 'Institutionalizing the Muslim Other: Naar Nederland and the Violence of Culturalism', in Essed, Philomena ; Hoving, Isabel (ed.), Dutch Racism, Rodopi Press, Amsterdam, pp. 337 - 355

de Leeuw M; van Wichelen S, 2014, 'Doing "Integration" in Europe Postcolonial Frictions in the Making of Citizenship', in Ponzanesi S (ed.), Postcolonial Conflict Zones: Globalization and Violence, ROUTLEDGE, pp. 145 - 160, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203584644

de Leeuw M; van Wichelen S, 2011, 'Transformations of ‘dutchness’: From happy multiculturalism to the crisis of dutch liberalism', in Identity, Belonging and Migration, pp. 261 - 278, http://dx.doi.org/10.5949/UPO9781846314537.014

De Leeuw M; Van Wichelen, S. , 2008, 'Transformation of "Dutchness": From Happy Multiculturalism to the Crisis of Dutch Liberalism', in Vidmar Horvat, K (ed.), Prihodnost medkulturnega dialoga v Evropi, pp. 121 - 137

De Leeuw M, 2002, 'A Gentlemen's Agreement: Srebrenica in the Context of Dutch War History', in Zarkov, Dubravka ; Cockburn, Cynthia (ed.), The Postwar Moment Militaries, Masculinities and International Peacekeeping, Bosnia and the Netherlands, Lawrence & Wishart Limited, pp. 162 - 183

De Leeuw M, 2002, 'Das Unsagbare. Jena-Paul Sartres 'Hermeneutik des Schweigens' als (auto)biographische Praxis', in Stockhammer, Robert (ed.), Grenzwerte des Aesthetischen, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, pp. 186 - 213


Leeuw MD, 2021, Paul Ricoeur's Renewal of Philosophical Anthropology Vulnerability, Capability, Justice

Submissions to Government

Yu A; Lo A; Bennett Moses L; Clarke R; Farbenblum B; Joyce D; De Leeuw M; Manwaring K; Nolan J; Zalnieriute M, 2018, Response to Issues Paper on Human Rights and Technology, https://tech.humanrights.gov.au/sites/default/files/inline-files/70%20-%20The%20Allens%20Hub%20for%20Technology,%20Law%20and%20Innovation.pdf

Bennett Moses L; Buckley R; Johns F; Greenleaf G; Kemp K; De Leeuw M; Manwaring K; Maurushat A; Zalnieriute M, 2018, Response to Issues Paper on Data Sharing and Release, https://www.pmc.gov.au/sites/default/files/public-submissions/data-sharing-2018/20684.pdf

Conference Papers

de Leeuw M; van Wichelen S, 2018, 'Brave New Law: Personhood in the Age of Biolegality', in DeLeeuw M; VanWichelen S (ed.), PERSONHOOD IN THE AGE OF BIOLEGALITY: BRAVE NEW LAW, PALGRAVE MACMILLAN, AUSTRALIA, Univ Sydney, Sydney, pp. 1 - 17, presented at International Workshop on Brave New Law - Legal Personhood in the New Biosciences, AUSTRALIA, Univ Sydney, Sydney, 27 August 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-27848-9_1

Working Papers

De Leeuw, M. ; De Leeuw M, 1998, 'Chok'- A Short History of Shock, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Conference Proceedings Come to Your Senses. Technologies of Perception, http://dx.doi.org