Gilbert Leung

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Law is a Fugue

Law is a Fugue

BWV 895 Law is, metaphorically speaking, a fugue.Desmond Manderson has previously deployed the fugue metaphor to describe the mode with which he would present the aesthetic dimensions of law and justice. Here I am intensifying the metaphor in direct relation to...

Cynicism

Cynicism

Key Concept Philosophy can only hypocritically live out what it says, it takes cheek to say what is lived. (Critique of Cynical Reason)Peter Sloterdijk, Critique of Cynical Reason, trans. Michael Eldred (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 1987) 102....

Abandonment: Notes on the Thought of Jean-Luc Nancy

In his distinctive concern for etymology, Nancy notes that abandonment contains the semantic unit bandon, which is 'an order, a prescription, a decree, a permission, and the power that holds these freely at its disposal.' (Nancy 1993, 44) A ban in this context should...

Jurisfiction: Notes on the Thought of Jean-Luc Nancy

Jurisfiction: Notes on the Thought of Jean-Luc Nancy

Jean-Luc Nancy notes three ways that fictions have been associated with law: 1) jurisprudential exercises that require imagining the extent of the applicability of the law, 2) the mysterious ground of the constitution, and 3) in Roman law, the extension of the law to...

Law: Jean-Luc Nancy

Following on from my Impressions of the Critical Legal Conference 2012, in which I proposed a return to thinking in terms of definitions of law (emphasis on the plural), I here offer a version of my forthcoming entry on ‘Law’ for The Nancy Dictionary (Edinburgh...

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...

Who’s Breaching Whose Peace?

On 14 April 2011, the High Court of England and Wales ruled, in R (on the application of Joshua Moos and Hannah McClure) v The Commissioner of the Police of the Metropolis, that the police had acted unlawfully in “containing” (aka kettling) certain G20 protestors on 1...

Punk, Law, Resistance … Introduction

Punk, Law, Resistance … Introduction

Over the coming week there will appear on Critical Legal Thinking a series of posts on the theme "Punk, Law, Resistance". The idea for this series was inspired by some of the highly creative forms of protest that have recently taken place in the UK by, for example,...