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Africa in the Dock: On ICC Bias

The International Criminal Court does not, and cannot, exist outside politics and its activities reflect that. ‘Cheers and chants, tears and embraces, rhythmic stomping and applause’: such was the reaction by diplomats at the close of the Rome Conference in 1998 establishing a statute for the creation of an International Criminal Court (ICC).1 Such wild…

Vertigo Sea: Migration Catastrophes

Acclaimed British artist John Akomfrah speaks on his new installation Vertigo Sea and explains the impact of recent migration on his art. “I’m for the blur. I’m about trying to blur these boundaries and borders because I think more resonance comes out of things, narratives conversant with each other, than not.” In Border/Talks: a conversation with…

The sharing economy blues

Tom Slee on Silicon Valley’s anti-regulation revolution It seems like politicians, journalists and pundits are lining up to praise the “innovative” promise of the so-called “sharing economy.” But is there something sinister lurking behind the collaborative facade that so often accompanies rosy assessments of the peer-to-peer online sector? To consider this question, we connected with…

Synesthesia of Law Conference, Princeton, 29 Sept – 1 Oct 2016

  The Synesthesia of Law conference, a collaboration between Princeton University and Sciences Po Law School, will take place from Sept 29 to Oct 1 at Princeton. We understand the term synaesthesia as a crossing of boundaries, a sensual saturnalia and mixture of the unmixable. Hearing colors, smelling music, sensing law. Synesthesia, we propose, is colorful and…

Movement For Justice (MFJ): Open Letter to Jeremy Corbyn

Following Jeremy Corbyn’s landslide victory as leader of the Labour Party, MFJ have sent him this open letter… Uniting the struggles against racism and austerity: Amnesty for all immigrants without secure legal status; End immigration detention; Abolish the anti-Muslim Prevent strategy; Stop mass deportation charter flights. You have now won the Labour leadership with increased…

Letter to the Society of Legal Scholars

On 9th of September the Society of Legal Scholars invited the conservative British politician Michael Gove to address the dinner of its annual conference. In opening his talk, Mr Gove commented: ‘I feel rather like the grand wizard of the KKK giving an address to the AGM of Black Lives Matter.’ On Sunday 11th September,…

A feminist case for Basic Income: An interview with Kathi Weeks

Katie Cruz: Since you wrote The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries in 2011, the demand for a basic income has received increasing attention from those of us on the Left. But I think what differentiates your work on basic income from much of what has been published is that yours…

When Seeing Isn’t Believing: On Images of Police Brutality

Our TV screens and social media feeds are saturated with images of police brutality towards African Americans; the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling among the most recent. While visual proof of police violence towards African Americans is not new — as images of the 1935 Harlem race riot reveal — it is now…

CFA: Critical Approaches to Computational Law

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Special issue of Computational Culture, a Journal of Software Studies Edited by Simon Yuill Online version of this call: http://computationalculture.net/cfps-events There is a long-standing relationship between the development of modern computing and legal theory and the application of computer systems to legal practice that can be followed through the modelling of legal…

Three Brexit lessons from our work at Kent Law School.

  We are some of the staff who work at Kent Law School, one of the UK’s leading critical law schools. We value working in a place where people disagree with each other, where diverse colleagues, often from different schools of thought and political convictions, feel a sense of shared belonging, and where our jobs…

Critical Legal Approaches to TTIP: On Method, City University 20 June 2016

Date: 20 June Time: 5PM Location: A130, College Building, City University London Series: On Global Law, Justice and Regulation Series The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement (TTIP) is understood as one of the most controversial trade deals of all time. The TTIP negotiations appear to have generated substantial fears at national and EU level, as…

Jacques Derrida: Deconstruction

Key Concept Deconstruction by its very nature defies institutionalization in an authoritative definition. The concept was first outlined by Derrida in Of Grammatology where he explored the interplay between language and the construction of meaning. From this early work, and later works in which he has attempted to explain deconstruction to others, most notably the…

Call for Contributions: Key Concepts

The idea behind CLT’s Key Concepts page is to provide an overview of the specialized vocabulary / terms of art used by many of the contributors to CLT, and which will be helpful to non-specialist readers as we well as researchers within the critical legal field and beyond. Since we started it, the page has proved…

The Rise of Luxury Communism

In a post-capitalist world how will we establish a system which provides for the needs of all? The solution to this in a world with mechanized labor is clear: luxury communism The failing of the American liberal lies not in his or her message, which purports to be one that is anti-oppression and anti-capitalism. The…

Critique, Contradiction and the Law: Brit Crit History – The 1986 CLC

In 1986, people were wearing shoulder pads, watching Neighbours, and listening to Bananarama. Spain and Portugal had just joined the EEC (there was no EU), the London Stock Market had its big bang (massive deregulation), computers looked like the one below, and Margaret Thatcher was at the height of her powers, declaring a year later that ‘……

Ethics, Art and Moving Images, Symposium Kent 3 June 2016

A symposium in collaboration between the University for the Creative Arts, the Centre for Critical Thought at Kent Law School (University of Kent) and the Whitstable Biennale This transdisciplinary symposium explores how ethics can figure eminently in the generation of art and images after modernism and postmodernism, starting from the premise that in the Anthropocene, the…

Dispossession, Resistance and Legal Political Strategies, Workshop SOAS 24 June 2016

A ONE-DAY WORKSHOP Friday June 24, 2016 10am to 5pm at SOAS, University of London (Room B111) Workshop conveners: Dr. Brenna Bhandar (School of Law, SOAS) and Dr. Rafeef Ziadah (Politics and International Relations, SOAS) You are invited to a one-day workshop with internationally renowned scholar-activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Gary Kinsman to present their decades-long…

Universal Basic Income and the Politics of Production

Of late there have been a growing number of people who take seriously the promise of Unconditional Basic Income (“UBI”) policy programs. Roughly, these advocates propose that UBI can allay the harms and legitimate social anxiety caused by cycles of un- and under-employment thereby making persons less susceptible to predatory employers. In addition to addressing…

Reading Christian Human Rights in Latin America

Samuel Moyn’s most recent book, Christian Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania University Press 2015), tells the story of the relationship between European Human Rights and Christianity, both during the interwar period and after World War II. Among other things, Moyn argues that Catholicism met human rights once the Church abandoned its prior authoritarian corporatist commitments…