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Luis Gomez RomeroDr Luis GÓMEZ ROMERO

Position:  Senior Lecturer
Qualifications: Licenciatura en Derecho (Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico); Diploma de Estudios Avanzados
(Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain); PhD (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)

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Office: 67.237
Phone: +61 2 4221 4131


Luis Gómez Romero joined the School of Law at the University of Wollongong in June 2013. Prior to this, Luis developed a postdoctoral research project at the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI) at McGill University (Montreal, Canada). While at McGill, Luis co-edited with Ian Dahlman a special issue of Law Text Culture (volume 16, 2012) that addressed comics as a distinct source of legal theory and legal ideology.

In 2009, Luis finished his PhD. in Jurisprudence at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid with a dissertation titled “Fantasía, Distopía y Justicia: La Saga de Harry Potter como Instrumento para la Enseñanza de los Derechos Humanos” (“Fantasy, Dystopia and Justice: Harry Potter's saga as an Instrument for Teaching Human Rights”). His dissertation was published and recognized with an award by the Spanish Youth Institute for its importance regarding the needs and reality of Spanish youth.

Luis holds a ‘Licenciatura en Derecho’ (LLB), which he pursued at the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico. He practiced law in Mexico, where he achieved several years of experience in litigation, consultancy and legal and policy research. He was a high level policy advisor to Mexican President Vicente Fox’s transitional government.

Luis has taught in the areas of jurisprudence, constitutional law, international law, legal research and human rights in several universities in Mexico, Spain, Colombia and Canada. He is currently an elected member of the University of Wollongong Academic Senate.

Luis is a member of the ‘consejo asesor’ (advisory board) of Isonomía, the leading Legal Theory and Jurisprudence journal in the Spanish-speaking world. He is also a member of the Legal Intersections Research Centre at the University of Wollongong. His main research interests are Human Rights; Political Theory; Cultural Studies; Utopianism; Law and the Humanities; Law and Popular Culture; Critical Legal Theory; Feminist Jurisprudence; Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL); Latin American Legal History and Politics and European Legal History and Politics. He is particularly interested in developing and applying critical methodologies and cultural legal studies to enhance the understanding of legal, political and social institutions in Latin America and the Mediterranean countries in Europe. Luis is available to supervise research in any of these fields.

Since November 2016, Luis has frequently contributed to The Conversation on topics concerning Mexico and the relationship between the United States and Latin America. His recent publications include:


  • Fantasía, Distopía y Justicia: La Saga de Harry Potter como Instrumento para la Enseñanza de los Derechos Humanos. Madrid: Ministerio de Sanidad, Política Social e Igualdad/Instituto de la Juventud, 2011.

Book chapters

  • “The Wondrous (Baroque) Gender Revolution, or the Rise and Fall of the Empire of Fairies.” Fables of Law. Ed. Daniela Carpi and Marett Leiboff. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016. 49-81.
  • “Justice as Concept.” Law and Popular Culture. Ed. Melissa de Zwart, Bernadette Richards and Suzanne Le Mire. Sydney: LexisNexis, 2015. 169-88.
  • “Republicanism Meets (Dystopian) Faërie: Harry Potter and the Institutional Disaster.” Cultural Legal Studies: Law’s Popular Cultures and the Metamorphosis of Law. Ed. Marett Leiboff and Cassandra Sharp. London and New York: Routledge, 2015. 274-94.
  • “La Historia de una Constitución Marginal, o Harry Potter y Otras Jurisprudencias Menores.” Hablar Derecho: Diálogos entre la Narrativa y el Derecho. Ed. Miriam Grunstein and Arturo Oropeza Casas. Mexico City: ITAM and Porrúa, 2015. 115-47.
  • “Which Way is Hope? Dystopia into the (Mexican) Borgian Labyrinth.” Blast, Corrupt, Dismantle, Erase: Contemporary North American Dystopian Literature. Ed. Gisèle Baxter, Brett Josef Grubisc and Tara Lee. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014. 373-92.

Journal articles

  • “Between Love of Revolution and Hatred of Injustice, or, the Erotic Jurisprudence of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.” Law in Context. 34.1 (2016): 89-112.
  • “The Jurisprudence of Ratatouille: The Rat in the Machine, or, the Equivocal Taste of Égaliberté.” International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. 28.4 (2015): 843-66.
  • “D. H. Lawrence’s Plural Jurisprudence: An Enquiry into Desmond Manderson’s Post-Positivist ‘Law and Literature.’” Griffith Law Review. 23.2 (2014): 232-60.
  • “Harry Potter contra el Legalismo, o la Magia Republicana del Pluralismo Jurídico.” Revista Derecho del Estado. 32 (January-June 2014): 177-204.
  • “Desobediencia Civil.” Eunomía: Revista de Cultura de la Legalidad. 6 (March-August 2014): 238-44.


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Last reviewed: 5 March, 2018