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Sovereign Exception: Notes on the Thought of Giorgio Agamben

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Key Concept Giorgio Agamben’s Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life, the first book of his multi-​volume Homo Sacer project, urges a reconsideration of theories of sovereignty as put forward ‘from Hobbes to Rousseau’ (1998: 109). The theory of sovereign power offered by the book is based on the state of exception (as in Schmitt[1]) and…

‘The Republic of Love’

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Almost a month has passed since the verdict of ‘Yes For Love’ was returned in the same-​sex marriage referendum in Ireland. For the people who drove the campaign; for those who canvassed during the hard emotional slog of its last month in particular; for all those who told their stories of hurt, of lives lived in…

Big Oil’s Ethical Violence

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International attention has once again turned to the murky record of BP’s oil operations in Colombia. The High Court in London is to hear a case against BP, filed on behalf of Gilberto Torres, a former trade unionist who was kidnapped and tortured by state-​linked paramilitaries in 2002. In a trial in Colombia, the kidnappers said that they…

Reforming the Welfare State for Saving Capitalism

[Given the recent success of Free Education movements and higher eductaion trades unions in blocking the ‘Teach Higher’ work casualisations proposals at the University of Warwick, we thought the below missive from Wildcat Germany was appropriate grounds for a pause. It’s a little old (1999) but a goody, particularly because it makes clear that the wage is but…

Is there an EU Justice Deficit?

Justice Giuliano Amato in debate with Professor Christian Joerges. The EU affects the lives of many people in ways they perceive as profoundly unjust. Lives are dramatically affected by the policies of austerity, widely understood to be EU-​imposed. With the Court of Justice appearing to stand for its own authority and EU autonomy at any…

Solidarity, Labour, Law: Between Greece and Europe

Alain Supiot and Emilios Christodoulidis discuss the questions of solidarity and the protection of work in Greece. Emilios Christodoulidis holds the Chair of Jurisprudence at the University of Glasgow. Alain Supiot holds the Chair ‘Etat social et mondialisation: analyse juridique des solidarités’ at the Collège de France. Emilios Christodoulidis* (‘EC’): Alain, thank you for joining…

Symposium: ‘Law and Image: Picturing a theory’, Birkbeck 5 June 2015

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Friday, 5 June 2015 9:30 to 19:00 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD, Room B04 This one-​day symposium will take place at Birkbeck, University of London. A limited number of seats are still available. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is necessary. The symposium will focus on the relation of law to images. Work on law and images usually centres around…

Left Thoughts from Podemos: Fear, Identity and Social change

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A short while ago I spent a week in the United Kingdom, presenting Podemos in various cities, where I was able to discuss matters of major importance to Britain’s political tradition, such as the relation between parties and unions. The debate also got us involved in analysing the link between Podemos and social movements, and, above all, how…

Event: Just Improvisation, QUB 29 – 30 May 2015

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Enriching child protection law through musical techniques, discourses and pedagogies. 29 – 30 May. Improvisation, as that which occurs ‘on the spur of the moment’, is commonly assumed to eschew all law, convention, structure or form. A growing number of improvising musicians and critical improvisation scholars criticise this understanding of improvisation. To improvise well requires enormous discipline and…

Reflections on #FucktheTories

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To those who are arguing that people don’t have a right to protest against a government that was “democratically” voted in: Yes we do. This is a government which is waging war on the poor, the homeless, the disabled, the unemployed, immigrants, students, single mums and the unemployed, with devastating consequences. If you think that a party who was…

Critical Perspectives on Human Rights — Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT)

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Workshop convenor: Dr Birgit Schippers (St Mary’s University College Belfast). Recent work in political theory, in critical legal theory, and in history has challenged human rights’ purported regulatory, disciplinary and exclusionary effects; further, it has highlighted the anthroprocentric assumptions underpinning rights discourse, and it has questioned the alleged privileging of juridical procedures, criticising human rights’…

Law and Culture Conference 2015: Change

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Law and culture are two significant forces in human life, both shaping and influencing the conduct of individuals, communities and societies, and the values they develop. The emergence of values and norms, of traditions and beliefs – of laws – is a chronological phenomenon, taking place through the evolution of history and the influential forces of the present. But these laws are not static: change…

Teaching: Notes on the Thought of Luce Irigaray

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One of the major concerns for Irigaray regarding education, and in my view perhaps the most important one, involves the absence of horizontal relations in the classroom. Indeed, Irigaray writes: Education is still based on the characteristics of the male subject, and seldom takes interest in the values of the female subject. Subject-​object relations, competitive…

CfP: Law & Boundaries, Sciences Po Paris, 17 – 18 June 2015

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Law and Boundaries is an interdisciplinary annual conference that aims to discuss and propose new perspectives on the challenges the legal discipline is facing regarding its object, its function, its theoretical foundations and its practical outcomes. This year the L&B conference will be held at Sciences Po Paris on June 17 – 18, 2015. We invite scholars from all disciplines to submit…

Australians overseas are calling for international protests against mandatory detention of asylum seekers

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For decades Australia has been the subject of international institutional condemnation that has focused on Australia’s policies of mandatory detention and off-​shore processing of asylum seekers. In 2002 in the aftermath of Tampa, SIEV X, the spurious ‘children overboard’ allegations and beginning of the ‘Pacific Solution,’ the UN High Commission for Refugees articulated concern about…

Being Social: Ontology, Law, Politics

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We are pleased to announce that Being Social: Ontology, Law, Politics, edited by Tara Mulqueen and Daniel Matthews, and published by COUNTERPRESS, is now available. Being Social brings together leading and emerging scholars on the question of sociality in poststructuralist thought. The essays collected in this volume examine a sense of the social which resists final determination and…

Today (12/​3) Warwick Summit on Protest

The summit, organised by Warwick Law School’s Centre of Human Rights in Practice in the wake of police brutality on campus, will be held in the Arts Centre Cinema today, 12 March between 4-​6pm. Speakers will include the University Vice Chancellor, Nigel Thrift, Registrar Ken Sloan, Coventry Police commander Chief Superintendent Claire Bell, Student Union…