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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…

The Far-Right in Austria; Or why ousting the current government won’t change an extreme consensus

On Monday May 27th, a no-confidence vote against chancellor Sebastian Kurz’ (ÖVP) provisional minority government was successfully held in Austrian parliament.[i] This vote followed a political crisis provoked by a video recently circulated, which shows former Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache (FPÖ) and his close associate Johannes Gudenus (FPÖ) in a meeting with an alleged investor, discussing avenues…

A Short History of Throwing Food at Fascists

In the last month, milkshakes have been lobbed at several far right candidates in the Euro elections. First it was former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson, then UKIP’s misogynist YouTuber Carl Benjamin and now Nigel Farage as he was out campaigning in Newcastle for his new Brexit Party. When Farage visited Edinburgh, the local…

Law & Critique: “Life is not simply fact” – aesthetics, atmosphere & the neoliberal university

What should we understand under neoliberalism in the context of the university? Anderson (2016:735) argues that neoliberalism should not be seen as something ‘singular, coherent … with a simple origin point. … New hybrids are formed as neoliberal styles of reasoning and techniques encounter diverse political-economic forms and logics of governing’ (2016, p. 735). He…

Extinction Rebellion: Credit, Criticism & Cops

Last thursday at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park, London, Extinction Rebellion (XR) drew their ‘phase one’ of protest to a close with a ceremony which – like the rest of their efforts over the previous 11 days – was moving, peaceful, and emphatic. The scale of the XR achievement is huge and difficult to overstate.…

CfP: Workshop on Feminist Data Protection, Berlin 20 Nov 2019

  Forum Privacy (‘Forum Privatheit’), a German research project, is hosting an exploratory, multi-disciplinary, one-day workshop on feminist approaches to data protection. The workshop is organized with the support of the Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz (ULD) Schleswig-Holstein, the International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) and the Center for Gender and Diversity…

Critical Legal Conference 2019: Alienation

STOP PRESS: LINK TO CLC2019 HERE  The University of Perugia would like to invite streams and papers for the 2019 Critical Legal Conference. The event will take place between 12–14 September 2019. The deadline for submission of abstracts is the 15th of July. Theme: Alienation The 2019 Critical Legal Conference main theme will circle around the concept…

CfP: Law, Power, and Justice in Game of Thrones

HBO’s award-winning adaptation of George Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels has become one of the most watched televisions shows and elevated the cult fantasy novels to social phenomenon. Academic attention has focussed on its rich themes and deconstruction of medieval society as a font for exploring contemporary issues relating to power, gender, war,…

Law & Critique: In the service of a total market: the Future of Legal Craft

In recent years, the growth of financial markets, the spread of information technology and institutional changes in democracies have often been associated with the rise of populist politics. Such developments, sometimes characterised as transformations resulting from reactions to the deepening of “globalization”, and the spread of its “neoliberal” ideological and regulatory scaffold through international cooperation…