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What Kind of Law is This?

Many aspects of the Libyan situation remain unclear: the scope of the mandate given to UN member states by Security Council Resolution 1973, the broader aims of the intervention, how many civilians have been killed and by whom, and who the rebels represent. One thing, however, seems clear: the international intervention is considered to be…

War, Apparatus, Witness

Jean-Luc Nancy’s Philosophical Chronicles, published in 2004, and originally broadcast over eleven months on France Culture radio with the intention to connect ‘philosophy with several nodes of contemporary life’ (xi). One of these chronicles (‘28 March 2003’) was simultaneous with the ‘beginning of what one calls “war”’ (45). The reference, of course, is to the…

Return of Revolutions?

From Iran, Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan, and Syria to the countries of North Africa, such as Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, the anger, the desire to change the unbearable reality, the mass movement, and the process of reorganization of the political space are all present. What seems to be lacking, however, is a progressive revolutionary ideology that…

Philosophers at War

In times of confrontations between explicitly material interests, and in the absence of any real public debate involving the Italian Government (busy protecting the orgy of power), what could be better than a proper exchange between internationally-renowned philosophers, on the alleged necessity of a military intervention in Libya? In an article published on the 28th…

The Russian Revolution, as covered by Sky

In the wake of the first Russian Revolution in March 1917, let’s survey some of the media coverage. Sky News -There are fears in London tonight over just who will come to power in the wake of this week’s events in Petrograd. Just days after US President Wilson insisted that the Tsarist regime was ‘stable’,…

Exception, Precariousness, Power & Authority: irregular migrants in Australian law (Pt. 2)

<<< Part I State of exception, resurgent sovereignty? The Australian government has attempted to assert that the entire RSA process is an exercise of non-statutory executive power and as such, status assessors and independent reviewers are under no obligation to afford an applicant procedural fairness or to decide applications according to existing law. However late…

The Resistible Attraction of War

The military intervention in Libya has been met with a chorus of approval in France, resounding from all the parties represented in the Parliament, as was the case for the war in Afghanistan, as well as from various commentators. Everyone says that France has just scored a major coup. The arch-enemy is now described only…

The Great Libyan Distraction

The entire Libyan conflict of the last month – the civil war in Libya, the U.S.-led military action against Gaddafi – is neither about humanitarian intervention nor about the immediate supply of world oil. It is in fact one big distraction – a deliberate distraction – from the principal political struggle in the Arab world.…

Alain Badiou, Jean-Luc Nancy, France, Libya and Me

In Alain Badiou’s open reply to Jean-Luc Nancy, he chides Nancy for falling into the trap that the NATO attacks on Libya were in any way designed to rescue the insurgents of Benghazi. Badiou is amazed that someone so informed about geopolitics, and the covert agenda of the French government along with the other NATO…

In the light of today’s questions

We learn from David Cameron that Muammar Gaddafi ‘has lied to the international community,’ Sarkozy, in more poetic vein, suggests a ‘murderous madness’ which must be stopped, and Gaddafi himself, last night (22 March), criticises the commencement of a ‘new Crusader battle’ against his people. For the Colonel, this conflict is now waged against an…

UCL Occupied

In solidarity with striking lecturers and support staff students from UCL have occupied the Registry – the main administrative wing of the university. As students, we do not have the power to withdraw our labour in solidarity with staff, and so we have decided to occupy in order to fight the current attack on our…

Critical Legal Conference 2011

The 2011 Critical Legal Conference, to be held at Aberystwyth, has announced its call for papers and theme.  Stream proposals due by 4th of April and Paper proposals by the 6th of June. The organizers write: The theme of this conference invites participants to reflect more profoundly on the fundamental questions faced by radical thought…

Punk, Law, Resistance … War and Piss

Punk has always been about the real – real voices, real problems, real lives, real people behind the stories. Something different from what various ‘dream factories’ are about. The real is not always comfortable. It is raw, incomprehensible, and it is scary in its wild power. It is a challenge and the challenge is where…

Bailiffs Used Against Anti-Cuts in London

At around 4:30pm on Thursday 3rd March, bailiffs entered a property in Bedford Square owned by Royal Holloway, University of London in order to violently evict protesters. This is the first use of bailiffs against students by their own university in Britain in decades. Students and activists had taken over the property to create an…

The Invisible Wall or Different Ways to Spend your Summer on a Small Island


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Withdrawing Consent

For the last month, we have been witnessing, in Tunisia and Egypt, the first revolution of the twenty-first century. We are indeed fortunate to live in the presence of such a world-making event, even if we are not in the streets together with those who are making it a reality in daily life. Hastening to…

Fight Back! A Reader on the Winter of Protest

Available now as a free e-book (see below). The first book to be produced by an ‘editorial kettle’ – all seven of its editors are under 30 and have been kettled by the police – Fight Back! features 350 pages of reports, analysis, images, reflections and overviews on the UK’s winter of protests by 43 authors…

The People’s Revolution for Freedom and Human Dignity

People who revolt against a hostile, dependent and unjust dominion in Tunisia, Egypt and other parts of the Arab world are establishing a new social contract and values and are unified through an unconditionally prevailing normative-ethical principle. This principle, which can be termed “human dignity”, articulates an individual’s entitlement to be recognized as a subject…