‘Athens Revolting: Disobedience, Resistance, Right’ A Talk by Costas Douzinas, Brighton 6 March 2012

This talk is inspired by Professor Douzinas’s recent work on the crisis in Greece, and by his time in Athens during recent months. Professor Douzinas has been an outspoken critic of the Greek bailout, of the political elite in Greece which has signed up to the bailout, and of the extraordinary consequences

of this deal for the lives of Greek citizens. Professor Douzinas is a highly influential scholar, whose work has been central to the rethinking of legal, political and philosophical ideas of justice and right.

Costas Douzinas is Professor of Law and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. His many books include Postmodern Jurisprudence (1991), Justice Miscarried: Ethics and Aesthetics in Law (1994) and the highly influential text of 2000 The End of Human Rights. In recent years Professor Douzinas has engaged in a critique of Just War scholarship, in relation to the recent ‘wars on terror’ and humanitarian interventions, publishing Human Rights and Empire: The Political Philosophy of Cosmopolitanism in 2007.

6.30 pm, Tuesday 6th of March

Room M 57, Grand Parade, CRD
Organised by CAPPE and the Critical Studies Research Group, Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton

Costas Douzinas

COSTAS DOUZINAS is a Member of the Hellenic Parliament, a Professor of Law and the Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London. His recent books include The Meaning of Human Rights (co-edited with Conor Gearty, CUP, 2014), The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights Law (co-edited with Conor Gearty, CUP, 2013), Philosophy and Resistance in the Crisis: Greece and the Future of Europe (Polity, 2013), The Idea of Communism (co-edited with Slavoj Žižek, Verso, 2012), and New Critical Legal Thinking: Law and the Political (co-edited with Matthew Stone and Illan rua Wall, Birkbeck Law Press/Routledge, 2012). Douzinas has served as an editor for Law & Critique, his books have been translated into thirteen languages, and he has written extensively for The Guardian, OpenDemocracy, and other global publications.