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Walter Benjamin in Palestine

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“The law which is studied but no longer practiced is the gate to justice. The gate to justice is study.” — Walter Benjamin, “Franz Kafka.”1 Walter Benjamin never did go to Palestine. Despite frequent invitations from his friend Gershom Scholem, who emigrated there in 1925, and despite the rapidly deteriorating situation for European Jews in…

Pirates in our public library: Why Indian scholars are closely watching a court case in Quebec

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The online library aaaaarg.fail, which is being sued for copyright violation, gives researchers access to a wealth of vital texts that are inaccessible in the subcontinent. Originally published on Scroll.in and republished here with permission. In 2005, Sean Dockray did what any sensible government should have done for its students. The American artist set up a sharing-enabled platform…

Critical Legal Conference 2016, Kent Law School 1–3 September 2016

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Kent Law School 1st – 3rd September Turning Points The Call for Stream Proposals is OPEN NOW – please send proposals of no more than 500 words along with short bios of the stream organisers to klsclc2016@kent.ac.uk. The Call for Stream Proposals closes 7 March 2016. “…there are no witnesses to changes of epoch. The…

Seminar: Critique of Law and Law of Critique, EALT, Goethe University Frankfurt, 25 January 2016

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Within the framework of the European Academy of Legal Theory hosted by the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, this is an open invitation to an introductory seminar on critical legal theory. Critique of Law and Law of Critique Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany 25 January 2016 (14.15 – 17.00) Convened by Dr Gilbert Leung From Socrates to Freud and…

CfP Reminder: Law’s Empire? Justice, Law & Colonialism

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Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference – Lancaster 2016 This theme aims to approach the categories of Law, Empire and Colonialism from a variety of angles: Law within Empire and the Empire within Law; Law within Colonialism and Colonialism within Law; as well as the multiple theoretical and historical links between these categories. It will address how…

CfP: Birkbeck Law Review, Deadline 18 January 2015

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Call for Submissions The Birkbeck Law Review is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the first issue of its fourth volume, to be released in April 2016. The Editorial Board invites submissions from all areas of law. As part of the selection process, priority will be given to articles presenting a critical or…

The Gardens of Atocha: Pablo Iglesias’ Election Night Speech

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Kindly translated by Richard McAleavey over on the superb Cunning Hired Knaves. Translator’s Note: This is a translation of the speech given by Pablo Iglesias following the election results on Sunday night. I do not have a satisfactory English translation for ‘patria‘ (‘Fatherland’ has other connotations) so I’m leaving as is. There are two words in…

Open Letter to the Australian Government

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The following open letter was sent to Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. It was signed by 600 refugees who are currently indefinitely imprisoned in the detention centre pursuant to Australia’s ‘Operation Sovereign Borders’. 30/11/15 Hello Dear Mr Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton. As the refugees and asylum seekers trapped in Manus Island detention we wold like to…

Concerning a Critical Legal Pedagogy: Exposing Race-Thinking in Political Canon

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Locke’s philosophy worked to entrench slavery as a politically justifiable practice, effectively extending property rights to a select few while encouraging the political legitimacy of race-​based persecution. John Locke is considered the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and a leading philosopher of British empiricism – in other words, the theory that knowledge is primarily derived from sensory…

Financial Indebtedness as a Political Strategy

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Money in law is a form of debt Lawyers are not much concerned about, and economists have never really known, what money actually is. In microeconomics the issue of money does not appear at all: indeed, mainstream microeconomics has eliminated money entirely from the supply-demand market model, with the argument that money is just a…

Space: Notes on the Thought of Luce Irigaray

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Key Concept   In March 2015, a conference was held in New York entitled Feminism in Architecture 2015, and subtitled, ‘We need to change our expectations. We need new models of success. We need to change what and how we teach’. I made an application, and I suggested adding to the subtitle ‘And we need…

CfP: Intellectual Property and Resistance, July 2016, University of Glasgow

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ISHTIP / International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property 8th Annual Workshop July 6–8, 2016 ‘Intellectual Property and Resistance’ CALL FOR PAPERS In 2016, ISHTIP comes to Scotland, the home of booksellers such as Alexander Donaldson who sought to resist the monopolistic practices of their established London-based rivals, in the so-called Battle of…

Inequality and Human Rights Conference, University of Texas, 7 – 8 April 2016

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C4P-Inequality-and-Human-Rights Call for Papers The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law invites submissions for an interdisciplinary conference on the theme “Inequality and Human Rights,” to be held April 7-8, 2016. Since the current global financial crisis began in 2008, income and wealth inequality both within…

Indigenous Peoples and the Legacies of Colonialism in International Criminal Law: The Challenging Crime of Genocide.

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The Nazi Holocaust has become an essential reference point to identify the concept of genocide, marked by intensive and industrial scale murder. Nevertheless, long before the term was coined there were different cases of genocide. The genocide of indigenous peoples in the Americas through processes of conquest, and the genocide resulting from the slave trade…

Cameron, Slavery, History and the Enlightenment tradition

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General Sir James Duff was an army officer and MP for Banffshire in Scotland during the late 1700s. Following the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, he was paid £3 million because ‘reasonable Compensation should be made to the Persons hitherto entitled to the Services of such Slaves for the Loss which they will incur by being…

CfP: Protest, Lacuna, Closing 31 December 2015

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On any given day, stories of protest dominate world and national news. Tahrir Square in Cairo; barricades in Kiev; a red shirt protestor shot on the streets of Bangkok; anti-fracking gatherings across the UK: protest could define the current age if it wasn’t for the fact that it could probably define every other ‘age’ too.…