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Hong Kong, or How Social Struggles Can Reinforce the Cartography of Capitalist Enclosure

If the debates incited by the 2019 Hong Kong Protest Movement, known as the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill (or Anti-ELAB) Movement, have revolved around conflicting interpretations that favor differently weighted readings of geopolitics and more fundamental questions about the extent to which geopolitics can serve as a reliable index for understanding local insurrection, the bulk…

Law & Humanities Summer School

The Law and Humanities Summer School is an intensive one-week study programme, to be held at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland, from 15 to 19 June 2020. The school is co-organised by the following partners: Institute for Interdisciplinary Legal Studies – lucernaiuris, University of Lucerne Centre for Law, Arts and Humanities, The Australian National University…

CfP: Afterlives of the Universal

The Universalist conceptions of humanity that were forged in the Enlightenment revolutionised thinking about human life, its ethics, and its political organisation. Inscribed into the modern declarations that shaped the post-Enlightenment political project, these conceptions paved the way for the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Universalisms remain central to modernity’s legal discourse and are indispensable to…

Dangerous Spaces

In radical or alternative left movements, the idea of safety is paramount. It is rare to go to a meeting about feminist, anti racist, queer, or otherwise progressive politics without a safe (or safer) spaces policy being presented. This document, whether read aloud or pinned to a wall, is implicitly a contract between participants regarding…

CfStreams: Critical Legal Conference 2020

 FRANKENLAW COMMUNITY DIVISION MODERNITY Critical Legal Conference 2020 University of Dundee 3-5 September Call for Streams I lived principally in the country as a girl, and passed a considerable time in Scotland. I made occasional visits to the more picturesque parts; but my habitual residence was on the blank and dreary northern shores of the…

Marxist Legal Theory: Dictatorship of the Proletariat

1917 Petrograd Soviet

This is one of a series of key concepts in Marxist legal theory organized in collaboration with our friends at Legal Form: A Form for Marxist Analysis of Law. All articles in this series, including the present one, will appear concurrently on Legal Form and Critical Legal Thinking. The Marxist concept of dictatorship has a different meaning…

Marginalisation of Expertise & Media Bias

We write as members of the UK academic community. We are deeply concerned by the marginalisation of expertise in the media coverage of the general election. In particular we would like to highlight the lack of attention paid to recent analyses by economists and employment lawyers in relation to the possibilities that the Labour Manifesto presents…

Prácticas Constituyentes / Practicing Constitutionalism, Universidad Diego Portales, 17-18 December 2019

Coloquio Internacional «Prácticas Constituyentes: Constituciones, imaginarios políticos y formas democráticas de vida» Núcleo de Teoría Social UDP, junto con el Janey Program in Latin American Studies de la The New School for Social Research y el Centro de Investigación en Teoría Política y Socia de la Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, organizan el Coloquio Internacional «Practicas Constituyentes: Constituciones,…

Liverpool Law Externals Resign over Management Threats

External examiners for Liverpool Law School today resigned en masse over Liverpool University management’s threats to students. With the authors’ permission we reproduce the letter below. Solidarity with everyone striking this week!   We, the undersigned, have tendered our collective resignation from the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool in…

CfP: Critical Legal Teaching

We want to introduce a page that will intervene in the way law is being taught around the world. So we are calling for contributions to a new pedagogy page: Critical Legal Teaching. We are particularly interested in short reflections on teaching materials; texts, music, videos & poetry (readings and counter-readings); bibliographies aimed at students;…

Gilles Deleuze: Jurisprudence

Key Concept The relationship between law and the thought of the French philosopher, Gilles Deleuze, is an interesting one. Throughout his work, Deleuze, often, manifested his contempt for judgment and representation –  undeniably, two fundamental characteristics of law and legal thought more generally.[1] Despite that, in an interview with Claire Parnet, he states that “I…

WTF Labour Law: Summer Camp

We are very excited to announce that the Call for participation in the WTFLabourLaw Summer Camp 2020 is out. The Camp will be held from 3 to 7 July 2020 at the ExFadda – www.exfadda.it – in San Vito dei Normanni (BR), Puglia, Italy. After our first Camp in 2018, we have kept working for a transformative labour law informed by a sharp critique of capitalism, infused with…

Brexit and the Limits of Constitutionalism, Birkbeck Law, 15 Nov 2019

Centre for Law and the Humanities School of Law Birkbeck    Friday, 15th November, 2019, – 6-9 pm. Room TBC    SPEAKERS  Marinos Diamantides (Birkbeck Law School) Nanna Bonde Thylstrup (Copenhagen Business School) Eva Nanopoulos (School of Law, Queen Mary) Maria Tzanakopoulou (Birkbeck Law School) Kojo Koram (Birkbeck Law School) Stewart Motha (Birkbeck Law School)…

Why Context Matters in the Trans Prisoner Policy Debates

‘Let women prisoners decide’ on trans policy sounds democratic but follows a concerning trend of anti-trans groups using women prisoners for their own political agendas In a recent blog post, the Director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (CCJS) argues that non-trans women prisoners should decide whether trans women should be able to…

CfP: Art/Law Issue 1 (Practice & Process)

The first issue of the Art/Law Journal encourages submissions to consider understandings of practice and process very broadly defined.  We are looking for submissions on questions relating to process and practice in the interweavings between art, law and political activism. Both art and law are placed within a disciplining of practicing, each requiring ‘practitioners’ and…

Call for Papers: Biopolitics of Legal Education

This is a call for written papers for a collection that is to be edited by Thomas Giddens and Luca Siliquini-Cinelli. Once abstracts are confirmed the collection will be proposed to a leading publisher, initially Routledge.   Over the past few decades, legal scholars have consistently debated the challenges facing Western and Western-based models of…

CfP Glasinburgh 2020: International Law and Distribution

In April 2019 the University of Edinburgh hosted ‘Edingow’ – the inaugural conference marking a new collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow in the field of International Law. This call for papers is for Glasginburgh 2020 – the second conference in this series – to be held at the University…

Law & Critique: Technology elsewhere, (yet) phantasmically present

While in some corners it has been argued that “post-modernism” (in these tellings, usually a metonymy for any theory that questions authority, the stability of meaning and the normalization of various forms of sovereignty and their violence) bears a certain level of responsibility for the supposed rise of “post-truth” politics, for us the situation is…