Críticas 2: Doing Critical Legal Theory in Latin America, Workshop Birkbeck, 28 April 2018

by | 12 Apr 2018

Sat 28 April 2018: 10:00 – 17:30 BST

Room 153, Birkbeck, University Of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, WC1E 7HX, United Kingdom

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Latin American critical legal theory still remains as the most creative and interesting scholarship for many different motives. Possibly the main reason is that it has always been directed to understanding (or placing) critique in a struggle over its own experience. The scholars in post-colonial, post-dictatorship, post-crisis Latin America have been able to produce writings addressing the experience of trauma and the role of law in contexts of structural violence and extreme deprivation. Moreover, strong social movements have emerged over the years, and this has been partially informed by radical politics and critical legal scholarship.

Latin American contributions to critical legal scholarship often remain unexplored in Anglophone academia. Against this backdrop, and following up on the workshop “Críticas” held in 2014, “Críticas 2” seeks to provide an opportunity to expand and reflect on critical legal scholarship produced in the Latin American context.


Liliana Obregón Tarazona (Universidad de los Andes)

Leticia Paes (Birkbeck, University of London)

Arnulf Becker Lorca (Brown University)

Oscar Guardiola Rivera (Birkbeck, University of London)

Silvina Alonso-Grosso (Birkbeck, University of London)

Carolina Olarte Olarte (Universidad de los Andes)

Luis Andueza (King’s College London)

Moniza Rizzini Ansari (Birkbeck, University of London)

This event is organised with the generous support of the School of Law, Birkbeck. All presentations will be held in English. Please click here for a detailed programme.

For further information, do not hesitate to contact any of the organisers:

Alexis Alvarez-Nakagawa (Birkbeck, University of London), José Bellido (University of Kent), Hannah Franzki (Bremen University).

Image: Cuatro Cholas – Xul Solar (1923), Colleción MALBA

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This event is part of the School of Law’s 25th Anniversary celebrations. The School of Law, Birkbeck was founded in 1992 as a Department of Law with three members of academic staff. Over the last twenty-five years it has become a School comprising the Departments of Law and Criminology as well as the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, four research Centres, 40 members of staff and an overall student body of over 1,000. The School is proud of being a pioneer in establishing and developing a hub for the field of critical legal studies. While our national and international reputation has been forged through critical legal research, more recently we have gained recognition for critical criminological and activist research, socio-legal scholarship and policy-engaged empirical research. In recognition of this the last Research Excellence Framework exercise ranked us as being in the top 10 law schools in the UK and in the top 3 in London, while our research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality.

In this our 25th Anniversary year we will be holding a series of events reflecting on our history and successes as well as looking forward to the opportunities and challenges facing critical legal and criminological teaching and scholarship in the 21st century. Find out more about the 25th Anniversary celebrations here.

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