Ubaldus de Vries

Occupying Uncertainty

There is a clear link between the coffee I drink in the morning and the opportunity of the daughter (or son) of the coffee farmer of being able to go to school or being left to work the fields for subsistence. It makes me wonder whether I should drink coffee or rather (as I do…

Law’s Environment: Critical Legal Perspectives

The following is the introduction to Ubaldus de Vries & Lyana Francot (Eds), Law’s Environment: Critical Legal Perspectives (Eleven International Publishing, 2011), published subsequent to the Critical Legal Conference 2010 held in Utrecht. Introduction Law’s environment is characterized by socio-structural developments that demand, now more than ever, a critical perspective, not only on law but…

Great Expectations: Multiple Modernities of Law

Critical Legal Conference 10-12 September, Utrecht 2010 Since 1984, every first weekend in September, the Critical Legal Conference brings together critical and radical legal scholars from all over the world. It has been a phenomenal success despite its modesty. The CLC is also exactly that: a conference. No organisation, presidents and secretaries, members and subscriptions.…