Zoe Jay

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Zoë Jay

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

Room 521 , Social Sciences

+61 3 62262347 (phone)

General Responsibilities

Dr Zoë Jay is a lecturer in International Relations in the School of Social Sciences, as well as a researcher with the Institute for the Study of Social Change. Her research focuses on European politics, human rights, and the politics of international law. She is particularly interested in the relationships between national and international politics, the UK’s relationships with European institutions, and the domestic political factors that influence states’ decisions to uphold international law.

Zoë completed her PhD in International Relations in 2018. Her thesis examined compliance with the European human rights system and developed a new constructivist framework for understanding how domestic legal and political cultures inform states’ perceptions of the legitimacy of the ECtHR’s rulings. Her current research builds on this framework to focus on legitimacy and cultural diversity in international law and the European human rights order.

Career summary


DegreeThesis titleUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDThe Push Towards Compliance: Domestic Culture, Legitimacy, and Compliance with the European Court of Human RightsUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2018
BA (1st ClassHons) ‘The Construction of Interest: A Constructivist Analysis of the EU’s Normative Agenda’ University of Tasmania Australia 2012
BA   University of Tasmania Australia 2011

Languages (other than English)



International Relations, European politics, comparative politics

Teaching expertise

Zoë has over five years of experience teaching units in both political science and international relations, covering European and Australian politics, comparative politics, and international relations theory.

HPP304 Parties, Leaders, Elections and Campaigns

HIR101 Introduction to International Relations