KEY CONCEPTS

The following is an evolving list of key concepts and themes in critical (legal) theory. We are keen to receive further contributions to this page: please refer to our call for contributions.

Theodor W. Adorno

Barbarism (Anna-Verena Nosthoff)

Giorgio Agamben

Oath (Sinan Oruc)
Messianic Kingdom (Signe Larsen)
Sovereign Exception (Amy O’Donoghue)
Stasis (Luca Siliquini-Cinelli)

Hannah Arendt

The Right to Have Rights (Leila Faghfouri Azar)

Etienne Balibar

Equaliberty (Anna-Verena Nosthoff)

Roland Barthes

Myth (Shahd Hammouri)

Walter Benjamin

Anti-fetishism (James Martel)
Violence (Signe Larsen)

Pierre Bourdieu

Habitus (Liam Gillespie)

Judith Butler

Livability (Kathryn McNeilly)
Performativity (Stephen Young)

Gilles Deleuze

Ethics and Morality (Christos Marneros)
Jurisprudence (Christos Marneros)

Jacques Derrida

Demo­cracy to Come (Daniel Matthews)
Declarations of Independence (Daniel Matthews)
Deconstruction (Catherine Turner)

Frantz Fanon

Revolution (Josh Pallas)
Violence (Josh Pallas)

Denise Ferreira da Silva

Analytics of Raciality (Carson Cole Arthur)

Nancy Fraser

Subaltern Counterpublics (Ioannis Kampourakis)

Martti Koskenniemi

Indeterminacy (Jean-François Thibault)

Michel Foucault

Archaeology (Rachel Adams)
Biopolitics and Biopower (Rachel Adams)
Discipline (Stephen M Young)
Discourse (Rachel Adams)
Governmentality (Bal Sokhi-Bulley)
Parrēsia (Signe Larsen)

Hans-Georg Gadamer

Hermeneutics (Tanzil Chowdhury)

Paul Gilroy

Black Atlantic (Phil Kaisary)

Luce Irigaray

Divinity (Abigale Rine Favale)
Equality (Yvette Russell)
Lan­guage (Yvette Russell)
Masculine Subjects (Ovidiu Anemtoaicei)
Space (Andrea Wheeler)
Teaching (Tomoka Toraiwa)
Touch (Jaleel Akhtar)

Frederic Jameson

Vanishing Mediator (Stephen M Young)

Karl Marx / Marxist Legal Theory

Commodity-Form Theory of Law (William M. A. Chandler)
Dictatorship of the Proletariat (Dimitrios Kivotidis)
Security (George Rigakos)
State (Rafael Khachaturian)

Achille Mbembe

Necropolitics (Antonio Pele)

Jean-Luc Nancy

Abandonment (Gilbert Leung)
Jurisfiction (Gilbert Leung)
Right and Rights (Illan rua Wall)
Eco-Technics (Illan rua Wall)
Politics & the Political (Illan rua Wall)
Law (Gilbert Leung)
Human Rights (Jean-Luc Nancy)
Sovereignty (Jean-Luc Nancy)

Evgeny Pashukanis

Commodity-Form Theory of Law (William M. A. Chandler)

Carl Schmitt

Federation (Signe Larsen)

Katechon (Calvin Dieter Ullrich)

Baruch Spinoza

Conatus (Stephen Connelly)
Potentia (Stephen Con­nelly)
Natural right (Stephen Con­nelly)
Imperium (Stephen Con­nelly)
Interpretation (Stephen Connelly)

EXTRAS

Critical Race Theory Favourites

Michelle Alexander (Kojo Koram)
Gloria Anzaldúa (Luis Eslava)
Donna Awatere (Yvette Russell)
James Baldwin (Foluke Adebisi)
Steve Biko (Joel Modiri)
Crenshaw & Williams (Eddie Bruce Jones)
Lewis Gordon (Oscar Guardiola-Rivera)
Attia Hosain (Zainab Batul Naqvi)

Critical Bibliographies

Human Rights (Illan rua Wall)

Positions of Critique

Cyn­icism (Gil­bert Leung)
TWAIL (Luis Eslava)