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Dr David Seymour

Senior Lecturer

The City Law School, Academic Programmes

Contact Information


Visit David Seymour

F316, Whiskin Street Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



David joined The City Law School in September 2012. He studied law at the Polytechnic of the South Bank between 1983-1986. In 1989 he was awarded the LLM from the London School of Economics. In 2000 he gained his PhD in Social and Critical Theory from Warwick University.

Memberships of professional organisations

  1. member, Advisory Board of the Danube Memorial


David's research interests include: Intellectual Property; Law and the Arts (with special interest in art and music) Legal Theory; Social-legal Theory and Critical Legal Theory.

PhD supervision

David welcomes proposals in the areas of Intellectual Property (with an interest in Copyright); Law and the Arts; Jurisprudence; Social-Legal Studies and Critical Theory.

Research Students

Nataliya Hitsevich

Thesis title: Intellectual Property Infringement on the Internet: An Analysis of the Private International Law Implications


Books (2)

  1. Seymour, D.M. and Camino, M. (2016). The Holocaust in the twenty-first century: Contesting/contested memories. ISBN 978-1-138-12476-9.
  2. Seymour, D. Law, Antisemitism and the Holocaust.

Chapters (4)

  1. Seymour, D. (2019). Lexit and the mystification of political economy. On Brexit (pp. 23–38). Edward Elgar Publishing.
  2. Seymour, D. (2019). Disavowal. Distinction and Repetition: Alain Badiou and the Radical Tradition of Antisemitism. In Campbell, J.G. and Klaff, L.D. (Eds.), Unity and Diversity in Contemporary Antisemitism: The Bristol-Sheffield Colloquium on Contemporary Antisemitism (pp. 203–218). Boston: Academic Studies Press. ISBN 978-1-61811-966-7.
  3. Seymour, D.M. (2016). Holocaust memory: Between universal and particular. The Holocaust in the Twenty-First Century: Contesting/Contested Memories (pp. 15–31). ISBN 978-1-138-12476-9.
  4. Seymour, D. (2013). 'The Purgatory of the Camp: Political Emancipation And The Emancipation Of The Political' in Giorgio Agamben: Legal, Political and Philosophical Perspectives. [2013]. Routledge.

Journal articles (16)

  1. Seymour, D. (2019). Continuity and Discontinuity. Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism, 2(2 (Fall 2019)), pp. 11–23. doi:10.26613/jca/2.2.30.
  2. Seymour, D. (2019). Conversations with Robert: “Jews as Jews” and the Critique of the Critique. Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism pp. 73–82. doi:10.26613/jca/2.1.24.
  3. Seymour, D.M. (2013). This is the piece that everyone here has come to experience : the challenges to copyright of John Cage's 4′33″. Legal Studies, 33(4), pp. 532–548. doi:10.1111/j.1748-121x.2012.00262.x.
  4. Seymour, D.M. (2012). English Law and the Dilemmas of Assimilation. Social and Legal Studies, 21(4), pp. 567–585. doi:10.1177/0964663912454379.
  5. Seymour, D. (2012). English Law and the Dilemmas of Assimilation. Social & Legal Studies, 21(4), pp. 567–585.
  6. Seymour, D. (2011). "Good nations" and "bad nations": Critical Theory, Judgement and The Naturalisation of Memory". International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, 25(3), pp. 339–354. doi:10.1007/s11196-011-9227-8.
  7. Seymour, D. (2010). From Auschwitz to Gaza: Ethics for the Want of Law. Journal of Global Ethics, 6(2), p. 205.
  8. Seymour, D. (2008). • "The Naturalization of Antisemitism" in 5 Moreshet: The Journal of the Holocaust and Antisemitism [2008]/ 84 Yalkut Moreshet [2008] (Hebrew translation). .
  9. Seymour, D. (2007). • "The Autonomy of the State and the Dissolution of the Jews", in [2007] 3(4) International Journal of Law and Context 323. .
  10. Seymour, D. (2005). The Absence of Contradiction and the Contradiction of Absence: Law, Ethics and the Holocaust. Law and Popular Culture.
  11. Seymour, D. (2005). • "The Slave, the Noble and the Jews: Reflections on Section 7 of "On the Genealogy of Morals" in Philosemitism, Antisemitism and the Jews, ed. Tony Kushner, Nadia Valman, Dartmouth, London, 2005. .
  12. Seymour, D. (2004). Film and Law: In Search of a Critical Method. Law's Moving Image.
  13. Seymour, D. (2001). "Representation and the Framing of Modernity" in special edition "Law's Cultural Mediations". Griffith Law Review, 10.
  14. Seymour, D. (2001). • Adorno and Horkheimer "Enlightenment and Antisemitism". (2001) LI Journal of Jewish Studies 297. .
  15. Seymour, D. (2000). Lyotard: Emancipation, Antisemitism and the Jews. Social Theory after the Holocaust.
  16. Seymour, D. (1997). • "Letter From Shylock" VIII Law and Critique 215 - 222. .

Working paper

  1. Seymour, D. (2020). At War with Themselves: Coronavirus, Commodification and Conspiracy. London, UK: City Law School, City, University of London.

Other Activities

Editorial activity

  1. Routledge Glasshouse Series Nomokoi: Critical Legal Thinkers, with Professor Peter Goodrich (Cardoza Law School). Published by Glasshouse-Routledge.

    Nomikoi: Critical Legal Thinkers presents analyses of key critical theorists who have written on law and contributed significantly to the development of the new interdisciplinary legal studies. Addressing those who have most influenced legal thought and thought about law, the aim of the series is to bring legal scholarship, the social sciences and the humanities into a closer dialogue.
    , Co-editor.