Deconstruction is/in Law: Derrida Anniversary Event, Birkbeck 2 July 2014

by | 22 May 2014


This year marks the tenth anniversary of Jacques Derrida’s death. From the earliest days of Critical Legal Studies to contemporary scholarship, Derrida’s thought has provided a rich resource for critical engagements with the law. From his provocative assertion that “deconstruction is justice” to his important interventions on questions of sovereignty, hospitality and (through his posthumously published seminars) the death penalty, Derrida has become essential reading for any critical approach to law and legality. This event brings together Derridian legal scholars and theorists for renewed reflection on the enduring legacy of deconstruction for the study of law.


  • Aggie Hirst (City University London)
  • Catherine Kellogg (University of Alberta)
  • Costas Douzinas (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Daniel Matthews (Birkbeck, University of Birkbeck)
  • Emma Patchett (University of Münster)
  • Jacques de Ville (University of the Western Cape)
  • Peter Fitzpatrick (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Roberto Vilchez Yamato (IRI/PUC-Rio)


The event is free to attend but you need to register.


Birkbeck, University of London
Wednesday, 2 July 2014 from 10:00 to 17:00 (BST)

10.00am Welcome and coffee


11.00am Opening remarks

Costas Douzinas (Birkbeck, University of London).


11.15am–1.00pm First Panel

Jacques de Ville (University of the Western Cape): “Derrida on Judgment: The Early Texts.”

Catherine Kellogg (University of Alberta): “Cruelty, Death Penalties and the Beyond of Sovereign Knowledge.”

Peter Fitzpatrick (Birkbeck, University of London): “The Radiance of the Law: Derrida via Kafka.”



1.00pm–2.00pm Break


2.00pm–4.30pm Second panel

Emma Patchett (University of Münster): “At the Realm of the Chora: Sovereignty, Postcoloniality, Chaos.”

Aggie Hirst (City University London): “Derrida and Political Resistance: The Radical Potential of Deconstruction.”

Roberto Vilchez Yamato (IRI/PUC-Rio): “Reading Schmitt from the Sea: Responding to Derrida’s Call (part 1).”

Daniel Matthews (Birkbeck, University of London): “Writing/Righting the Law.”



4.30pm Closing remarks and final discussion

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1 Comment

  1. In a number of key later works, Derrida directed his attention to ‘the question of the animal’. The prescience of this work was remarkable at the time and, given the momentum of more recent discussions of a post-humanist world and life in the anthropocene, relevant now more than ever. When can I look forward to attention to this aspect of Derrida’s work from a CLT seminar?


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