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Man Ha Tse
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Domestic Predation: A Legal Architecture of Human Systems of Extractive Violence

My dissertation project is an account of the legal architecture of human systems of extractive violence, or predation, as applied to other animals. My aim is to see more clearly how this enduring, intimate, and omnipresent form of violence has become imperceptible to us as violence and, second, to create a legal template for recognizing such seemingly invisible systems of extractive violence against different beings, including human beings, as they emerge and evolve in our own time.

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • Studies in Property Theory: The Status of Contested Persons in the Property Regime, with Professor Kristen Stilt, Harvard Law School, Principal Faculty Supervisor
  • Conceptions and Theories of Property with Professor Joseph William Singer, Harvard Law School
  • Critical Legal Thought and Methodology with Professor Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School
  • English Legal History: Changing Conceptions of Animals as Objects of Property and Subjects of Justice with Professor Elizabeth Papp Kamali, Harvard Law School

Additional Research Interests

  • Private Law Theory
  • Tort Law: Negligence
  • Canadian Constitutional Law
  • Animal Law and Animal Law Theory


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Candidate 2017-Present
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M. Program, 2016-2017 (requirements fulfilled, degree waived)
  • University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, LL.M., 2015
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B., 1995

Academic Appointments and Fellowships

  • Harvard Law School, Graduate Program Teaching Fellow, Legal Research, Writing and Analysis I, 2018, 2021
  • Harvard Law School, Graduate Program Fellow, LL.M. Advisor, 2017-2019, 2021-2022
  • Harvard Law School, Gammon Fellowship, 2016-2017

Additional Information

  • Member, Law Society of Ontario (Ontario Bar)

Last Updated: October 20, 2021