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Gilles Deleuze: Jurisprudence

Key Concept The relationship between law and the thought of the French philosopher, Gilles Deleuze, is an interesting one. Throughout his work, Deleuze, often, manifested his contempt for judgment and representation –  undeniably, two fundamental characteristics of law and legal thought more generally.[1] Despite that, in an interview with Claire Parnet, he states that “I…

WTF Labour Law: Summer Camp

We are very excited to announce that the Call for participation in the WTFLabourLaw Summer Camp 2020 is out. The Camp will be held from 3 to 7 July 2020 at the ExFadda – www.exfadda.it – in San Vito dei Normanni (BR), Puglia, Italy. After our first Camp in 2018, we have kept working for a transformative labour law informed by a sharp critique of capitalism, infused with…

Brexit and the Limits of Constitutionalism, Birkbeck Law, 15 Nov 2019

Centre for Law and the Humanities School of Law Birkbeck    Friday, 15th November, 2019, – 6-9 pm. Room TBC    SPEAKERS  Marinos Diamantides (Birkbeck Law School) Nanna Bonde Thylstrup (Copenhagen Business School) Eva Nanopoulos (School of Law, Queen Mary) Maria Tzanakopoulou (Birkbeck Law School) Kojo Koram (Birkbeck Law School) Stewart Motha (Birkbeck Law School)…

Why Context Matters in the Trans Prisoner Policy Debates

‘Let women prisoners decide’ on trans policy sounds democratic but follows a concerning trend of anti-trans groups using women prisoners for their own political agendas In a recent blog post, the Director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (CCJS) argues that non-trans women prisoners should decide whether trans women should be able to…

CfP: Art/Law Issue 1 (Practice & Process)

The first issue of the Art/Law Journal encourages submissions to consider understandings of practice and process very broadly defined.  We are looking for submissions on questions relating to process and practice in the interweavings between art, law and political activism. Both art and law are placed within a disciplining of practicing, each requiring ‘practitioners’ and…

Call for Papers: Biopolitics of Legal Education

This is a call for written papers for a collection that is to be edited by Thomas Giddens and Luca Siliquini-Cinelli. Once abstracts are confirmed the collection will be proposed to a leading publisher, initially Routledge.   Over the past few decades, legal scholars have consistently debated the challenges facing Western and Western-based models of…

CfP Glasinburgh 2020: International Law and Distribution

In April 2019 the University of Edinburgh hosted ‘Edingow’ – the inaugural conference marking a new collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow in the field of International Law. This call for papers is for Glasginburgh 2020 – the second conference in this series – to be held at the University…

Law & Critique: Technology elsewhere, (yet) phantasmically present

While in some corners it has been argued that “post-modernism” (in these tellings, usually a metonymy for any theory that questions authority, the stability of meaning and the normalization of various forms of sovereignty and their violence) bears a certain level of responsibility for the supposed rise of “post-truth” politics, for us the situation is…

Pierre Bourdieu: Habitus

Key Concept In Outline of a Theory of Practice (1977) Pierre Bourdieu provides a framework both for understanding the way that cultural settings (re)produce the means of their own production, and for analysing the effect of this (re)production on the particular subjects of a given ‘habitus‘. For Bourdieu, the term habitus refers to the collective…

The Politics of International lawyers: Whose Legacy Is at Stake? Reflections on Martti Koskenniemi’s series on ‘The Politics of International Law’

The latest issue of the European Journal of International Law opens with the third instalment of Martti Koskenniemi’s The Politics of International Law series. This post offers some reflections on Koskenniemi’s article, although it is not intended as a full response to it. First, a disclaimer in the style of Liliana Obregón1 and many others…

Hannah Arendt: The Right to Have Rights

Key Concept Shortly after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948, the English translation of Hannah Arendt’s essay was published under the title ‘The Rights of Man: What Are They?’1 This essay was later incorporated in Chapter 9 of The Origins of Totalitarianism and became known as one of the…

BIRKBECK LAW REVIEW ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2019 ‘DYSTOPIAS HERE AND NOW: CRITICAL THOUGHT AT THE ENDS OF TIME’

11-12 OCTOBER 2019 Call for Contributions Looming ecological disaster; the rise of nationalist authoritarianism; the stubborn persistence of systematic oppression based on race, gender, sexuality and other axes of social difference, the dismantling of any semblance of social security and solidarity: as we prepare ourselves to enter the third decade of the 21st century, there…

Law & Critique: Property and the Interests of Things

We take it for granted that the very wealthy use trusts to leave their wealth to their children. Have they not always done so? After all, the aristocracy has used one or another variant of the trust form for centuries to pass on rolling hills, country piles and precious heirlooms. So what has changed? A number…

CfP: What is Real about Law and Technology

In 2018 both Bruno Latour and Giorgio Agamben published books addressing the epistemological crisis. Climate skepticism, false news and social media echo chambers have led to a profound, divisive and ugly politicisation of knowledge in the West. Latour and Agamben both chart this process and attempt to establish some sort of ‘real’ upon which consensuses…

The Future of Sex Work: Labour unfreedom & Criminality at work

The central and uniting demand of the sex worker rights movement around the world is the decriminalization of consensual adult sex work. This is based on the recognition that criminal law intervention makes sex workers less rather than more safe, and that sex workers are engaged in a legitimate form of work, not the commission of a crime. A core task…

CfP: The International Economic Law Collective

The inaugural conference of the International Economic Law Collective is entitled: ‘Disrupting Narratives and Pluralising Engagement in International Economic Law Scholarship, Teaching and Practice’, and will take place on the 6th and 7th of November 2019 at the University of Warwick. International economic law (IEL) as an arena of scholarship, policy and practice has developed exponentially over the…

UNSW Scientia Scholarship on ‘The Crisis of Human Rights’

UNSW is continuing its generous Scientia Scholarship scheme, which features a full fee waiver, a $41,209 (AUD) annual stipend, and an annual professional development fund. The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme is part of UNSW’s dedication to harnessing our cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of people in local and global communities. Scientia…