Tag: Critical Legal Conference

Catastrophe: Critical Legal Conference 2017 Call for Streams

Ten years ago, the so-called ‘Invisible Committee’ urged that ‘It is useless to wait…. To go on waiting is madness. The catastrophe is not coming, it is here. We are already situated within the collapse of a civilization. It is within this reality that we must choose sides.’ Over a decade before, Leonard Cohen had…

On a Recent Change of Tone in Politics and Law

This is the foreword by Costas Douzinas to Law and Critique in Central Europe: Questioning the Past, Resisting the Present, eds. Rafał Manko, Cosmin Cercel, and Adam Sulikowski (Oxford: Counterpress 2016). I am writing this preface in the Chamber of Hellenic Parliament a little after giving my maiden speech as a newly elected Member of Parliament…

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 ‘……

Critical Legal Conference 2016, Kent Law School 1–3 September 2016

Kent Law School 1st – 3rd September Turning Points The Call for Stream Proposals is OPEN NOW – please send proposals of no more than 500 words along with short bios of the stream organisers to klsclc2016@kent.ac.uk. The Call for Stream Proposals closes 7 March 2016. “…there are no witnesses to changes of epoch. The…

CfP: Critical Legal Conference 2014: Power, Capital, Chaos, 4–6 September 2014 University of Sussex

Call for Papers By ‘Power, Capital, Chaos’, we refer to a context of ongoing global economic crisis, the neo-liberal destruction of social democracy and the ever-widening entrenchment of inequalities of wealth, power and technology within and between a global ‘North’ and global ‘South’. A contemporary political situation marked by austerity and privatisation, by security and…

Counterpress and Critical Legal Strategy

Counterpress was formally launched at a plenary during the Critical Legal Conference in Belfast last week. This is Illan rua Wall’s intervention at the launch in which he reflects upon the Press and critical legal strategy more broadly. In 2007, Daniel Bensaïd suggested that we turn to the question of strategy. Traditionally, strategy is distinguished…

Flag Protests, Politics and Transition in Northern Ireland

The right to protest is currently at the forefront of critical debates about democracy and the nature of the state. Mass protests have been seen across the European Union in response to austerity measures and the policing of protests, direct action and demonstrations in the UK was recently the subject of the comment by the…

Impressions of the Critical Legal Conference 2012

The Critical Legal Conference (“CLC”) 2012. I thought I’d leave it until a week after the event, to allow time for the dust to settle, before reflecting on the connections between the diverse papers, the intense conversations and my own theoretical preoccupations. It was hosted this year by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm,…

Critical Legal Conference, 14–16 September 2012: Complete List of Streams

International law, Genocide and Imperialism: The Colonial Origins of Human Rights? We Need to Talk About Human Rights The Question: Gardens without Gardeners? Gardeners without Gardens? Conveners: Oren Ben-Dor (Southampton) & Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (Westminster, London) We take up the conference theme in earnest, looking at gardens as the place of questioning. We invite you to…

Trouble in the Garden: Critical Legal Studies & the Crisis

By modest reckoning 2012 is the fourth year since the Great Recession began. Over the last four years the victories won by socialist and trade unionist movements over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (universal health care, access to education, pensions and more) have been under constant attack. All as part of a…

CLC 2012: Critical Immigration, Asylum & Refugee Law Stream

This stream aims to gather academics, graduate students and activists with an interest in immigration law and policy, asylum and refugee law (as well as refugee and migration studies more generally) in order to inaugurate a discussion on legal provisions and forms and practices of critique with, without or against the law. The stream calls for…

Truth, critique and writing: Foucault, every-day

The mysterious sequence of these seemingly unconnected words made up the title of my presentation for this year’s Critical Legal Conference. It took me a good few days after the conference, however, to fully grasp what I might have had in mind when I decided to assemble these random words into something. To understand what…

The Derridian Performative & the Foundation of the Interim Transitional National Committee for Libya

In March of this year Jean-Luc Nancy published an article entitled “What the Arab Peoples Signify to Us” in the Libération newspaper. The article supported the NATO lead military intervention in Libya. Alain Badiou penned an acerbic response, claiming that Nancy had misread the situation in Libya entirely. The uprising in Libya was not at…

Disrupting Links: Gender, Identity and Security

This paper is about, as the title indicates, disrupting certain pervasive and seemingly obvious links.[1] First, the link between gender and identity, wherein gender is assumed to be a stable, reliable determinant of an identity that also assumed to be fixed. Following from the assumed fixity of identity comes a link to security, wherein the…

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…

Towards an Acoustic Jurisprudence

In the same building in which Bob Dylan recorded much of his seminal album Blood on the Tracks, there is a room within a room within a room.[1] The outermost of these is lined with foot-thick concrete, the inner two have double walls of insulated steel. The central cavity floats on I-beams and springs and…