The Left in Power? Talk by Costas Douzinas, London 30 June 2017

Date: 30 June 2017
Time: 18.00 – 20.00
Venue: Birkbeck, University of London, Malet St London WC1E 7HX. Malet Street main building
(Torrington Square entrance), Room B34

Speaker: Costas Douzinas, Birkbeck, University of London and Syriza member of the Hellenic parliament for Piraeus

Amidst the turmoil of economic crisis, Greece has become the first European experiment of Left rule in a sea of neoliberalism. Through his position as an ‘accidental politician’, unexpectedly propelled from academia into the world of Greek politics as a Syriza MP, Costas Douzinas will examine some of the challenges Syriza has faced since its ascent to power in 2015. He will discuss what theoretical and political lessons can be drawn from one of the boldest and most difficult experiments in governing from the Left in an age of austerity, and what the experience of the Syriza Government can tell us about the prospects for the Left in the 21st Century.

The talk will be followed by a reception and book signing.

Free event open to all: Book your place

Costas Douzinas is Professor of Law at Birkbeck, University of London, and Founding Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, as well as the Syriza member of the Hellenic parliament for Piraeus. His latest book, Syriza in Power will be published in June 2017 by Polity Press. For a 20% discount voucher valid until 31 July 2017, click here.

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Costas Douzinas

COSTAS DOUZINAS is a Member of the Hellenic Parliament, a Professor of Law and the Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London. His recent books include The Meaning of Human Rights (co-edited with Conor Gearty, CUP, 2014), The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights Law (co-edited with Conor Gearty, CUP, 2013), Philosophy and Resistance in the Crisis: Greece and the Future of Europe (Polity, 2013), The Idea of Communism (co-edited with Slavoj Žižek, Verso, 2012), and New Critical Legal Thinking: Law and the Political (co-edited with Matthew Stone and Illan rua Wall, Birkbeck Law Press/Routledge, 2012). Douzinas has served as an editor for Law & Critique, his books have been translated into thirteen languages, and he has written extensively for The Guardian, OpenDemocracy, and other global publications. 

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