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Aurelia Guo

Aurelia Guo

Aurelia’s research at The City Law School focuses on conceptual writing as a means for considering philosophical problems of law, focusing on the Tragodía trilogy by Vanessa Place

PhD Thesis Title: Conceptual Poetry as Legal Philosophy in Tragodia by Vanessa Place


Research Overview

Aurelia’s PhD thesis proposition is that conceptual and experimental writing can offer legal thinkers a set of possible texts and methods for considering philosophical problems of law. The subject of her PhD thesis is Tragodía (Insert Blanc Press, 2010-11) by Vanessa Place, a trilogy of conceptual poetry taken verbatim from appellate briefs first prepared by Place as an appellate attorney representing convicted sex offenders in contemporary Los Angeles. Statement of Facts, Statement of the Case and Argument are read in this thesis through the lens of critical theorists and historians of the law and the criminal justice system, with particular attention to problems of truth, adjudication and just punishment.

Aurelia’s research interests include: modern and postmodern poetry, critical legal theory, continental philosophy, psychoanalysis, criminal justice and criminal law.


Aurelia is a recipient of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship from The City Law School. Prior to joining The City Law School, Aurelia was Editor and Publications Manager at Arcadia Missa (London). Aurelia received First Class Honours in English Literature in her Bachelor of Arts (Hons I) degree from the University of Sydney, including a final year thesis on the poetry of Frank O’Hara.

Aurelia previously undertook a combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws degree from the Australian National University, with a Double Major in English Literature and International Relations. This included a particular emphasis on feminist and critical legal theory, modern and contemporary literature and the history and politics of Europe and the Middle East in the 20th century. This also included a semester studied abroad at the University College Maastricht, Maastricht University (NL).

Conference attendance and contributions

‘The Uses and Futures of Interdisciplinary Legal Research,’ University of Kent, Canterbury, 15 June 2018 (attendee)

‘To Note: Notation Across Disciplines,’ RMIT University, Melbourne, 7-11 December 2015 (workshop participant)


Graduate Teaching Assistantship, The City Law School, 2017-2021

Ian Potter Cultural Trust Travel Grant, 2016

The Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship, 2014


Higher Education Academy (Associate Fellow)


Aurelia is a tutorial leader on Tort Law (LLB2) and the English Legal System (LLB1) undergraduate modules in 2017/8.

Aurelia also led tutorial workshops for Legal Method (LLB1) and contributed to Criminal Law (LLB1) marking in her capacity as a Visiting Lecturer in 2017/18.


Mandarin (can speak and understand spoken)