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Alex Powell

Alex Powell

Research Student Alex is working on Queering Refugee Law: A Study of Sexual and Gender Minority Asylum Guidance and Practice

PhD thesis title:Queering Refugee Law: A Study of Sexual and Gender Minority Asylum Guidance and Practice

Email: Alexander.Powell@city.ac.uk

If you would be interested in speaking to Alex about your own experiences of claiming asylum please feel free to contact him by email or phone (020 7040 5160)

Supervisors: Dr Tawhida Ahmed and Dr Nora Honkala

Research Overview

Alex’s research focuses on the ability of asylum guidance and practice relating to sexual and gender minority claims to reflect the lived experiences of sexual and gender minority asylum seekers. Using a series of semi-structured interviews, Alex will interrogate whether there is a mismatch between the ways in which sexual and gender minority claimants experience their identities and the knowledges decision makers employ when assessing the credibility of a proclaimed identity.

Biography

Alex is a recipient of a studentship from The City Law school. He received his LLB from the University of Reading, graduating with First Class Honours in 2016. He then attended Birkbeck, University of London, completing an LLM in Constitutional Politics, Law, and Theory, for which he received a Distinction. Alex's research focuses on the interaction of law and culture. His thesis looks at lived experiences of identity among sexual and gender minority asylum seekers with a view to determining whether there is a mismatch between the ways in which these individuals understand and experience their own identities and the forms of knowledge the Home Office employ in making credibility determinations. Alongside his research, Alex undertakes teaching on LLB programmes within City Law school and has experience teaching Criminal Law, Public law, and English Legal Systems. Alex has also delivered guest lectures for the Law and Film Module at Both City and University of Hong Kong.

Publications

Media

Journal Articles

  • Ashford C, Morris M, and Powell A (2019) ‘Bareback Sex in the Age of PrEP and TasP: How New HIV Medications Challenge Existing Legal Narratives’. Journal of Criminal Law (Accepted)

Book Chapters

  • Powell A (2019), ‘Normative Understandings: Sexual Identity, Stereotypes, and Asylum Seeking’ in Ashford C and Maine A (eds) ‘The Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and Law’ Edward Elgar (Accepted)
  • Powell A (2019) 'The Will of The People: (Parliamentary) Sovereignty and Brexit' in Ahmed T and Fahey E (eds) 'On Brexit: Law, Justice and Injustices' Edward Elgar (Accepted)

Online Publications

Memberships

  • HEA (Associate Fellow)
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • PECANS

Conference Attendance and Contributions

  • Powell A, 'I Want the Proof, the Whole Proof and Nothing but the Proof: Authenticity and Credibility in Sexual Identity Asylum Claims', Socio Legal Studies Association, University of Leeds, 2019
  • Powell A, 'Law and the Cultural Imaginary: A Queer Discursive Analysis of ‘Victim’ (1961)', Social Legal Studies Association, University of Leeds, 2019
  • Powell A, ‘Law and the Cultural Imaginary: Law, Film, and the Queer Narrative’, Work in Progress Seminar, The University of Hong Kong, 2019
  • Powell A, ‘(Inter)National Queers: Queer Solidarity Beyond Borders, IDAHOBIT panel, City, University of London, 2018
  • 'The Uses and Futures of Interdisciplinary Legal Studies', University of Kent, 2018 (attendee)
  • Powell A, ‘The Treatment of LGBT Asylum Seekers And How This Is In Contrast With How The UK And Other Countries Present Themselves in the World’ , LGBT Politics in Europe Panel, City, University of London, 2018
  • Powell A, ‘Queering Credibility: How Law Constructs The Truth of Sexual Identity’, Queer Identities and Philosophy, Kings College London, 2018
  • Morris M and Powell A, ‘Queering Reckless Transmission: HIV Criminalisation and Stigma In The Context of Prep and Tasp’, Socio Legal Studies Association, University of Bristol, 2018
  • Demystifying Secularization, Birkbeck University of London, 16th June 2017 (attendee)

Teaching

  • Alex was a tutorial leader on both the Criminal Law (LLB1) and English Legal Systems (LLB1) modules (2017-2018)
  • Alex has also contributed to lectures on the Criminal Law programme, including giving the 2018 criminal law revision workshop
  • Alex is a tutorial leader on the Foundations of Public Law (LLB1) module 2018-2019
  • Alex has also provided guest lectures to the Law and Film module (LLB3)
  • Alex has also given an invited guest lecture to the Law and Film Module at The University of Hong Kong (2019)