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Dr Nayeli Urquiza

Lecturer in Law (Core Law)

Nayeli Urquiza

Bowland North




Dr. Urquiza Haas is a Lecturer in Law and currently teaches Criminal Law and Introduction to Criminology.  

She graduated from Kent Law School in 2015. Her doctoral research contested traditional concepts and practices in criminal law through interdisciplinary analysis of vulnerability and gender, applied to the case of women who act as drug mules and have been sentenced for drug importation offences in England and Wales. Key findings have been published in the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law-Revue Internationale de Semiotique Juridique and the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice.  

 In 2016, she was awarded the Witteveen Memorial Fellowship in Law and Humanities, granted by Tilburg University. During her time at Tilburg, she developed a postdoctoral reseach project exploring contemporary legal issues on migration drawing on literary studies and feminist philosophy, which was published in the Tilburg Law Review. 

Afterwards, Dr. Urquiza Haas joined the Wellcome Trust project "Law, knowledges and the making of 'modern healthcare,'" led by Professor Emilie Cloatre and funded by the Wellcome Investigator Award (2017-2022). Drawing on Socio-Legal Studies (SLS) and their encounter with Science and Technology Studies (STS), this long- term project interrogated the challenges that regulators face in determining the boundaries of legitimacy in healthcare, and how to organise practices that fall outside of biomedicine. Her contributions to this project were published in prestigous journals such as Osiris, the Journal of Law and Society, and Science and Technology Studies, among others. During this project, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Law, Health and Justice centre at the University of Technology Sydney.  

She originally studied a Combined Honours Bachelor in Journalism and Contemporary Studies at the University of Kings College (Halifax, Canada) and a Master in Arts in International Relations at the Webster University (Vienna, Austria). Prior to her academic career, she worked in the NGO and news media sectors, including Harm Reduction International and the Centre for Human Rights and Drug Policy at Essex University. 


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