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Birkbeck Law School has been recognised as an international centre of research excellence, specialising in legal theory and theoretically informed socio-legal research and pioneering critical approaches to scholarship.

Birkbeck Law Press aims to develop a distinct publishing profile by addressing the legal challenges of late modernity. Globalisation and the move towards universal legal values, which should respect cultural specificities and local conditions, has created the urgent need for greater dialogue and understanding between the major schools of thought and legal systems in the world. Most legal publishing, driven by the needs of specialisation and the state-based nature of positive law, has not systematically addressed these concerns.

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1-10 of 15 results in Birkbeck Law Press
  1. Albie Sachs and Transformation in South Africa

    From Revolutionary Activist to Constitutional Court Judge

    By Drucilla Cornell, Karin van Marle, Albie Sachs

    Series: Birkbeck Law Press

    Many critical theorists talk and write about the day after the revolution, but few have actually participated in the constitution of a revolutionary government. Emeritus Justice Albie Sachs was a freedom fighter for most of his life. He then played a major role in the negotiating committee for the...

    Published February 18th 2014 by Birkbeck Law Press

  2. Corporeality, Medical Technologies and Contemporary Culture

    By Francisco Ortega

    Series: Birkbeck Law Press

    This book examines the confusions and contradictions that manifest in prevalent attitudes towards the body, as well as in related bodily practices. The body is simultaneously our reference for the certainties of nature and the locus of a desire for transformation and reinvention. The body is at...

    Published November 28th 2013 by Birkbeck Law Press

  3. The Politics of Imagination

    Edited by Chiara Bottici, Benoît Challand

    Series: Birkbeck Law Press

    The Politics of Imagination offers a multidisciplinary perspective on the contemporary relationship between politics and the imagination. What role does our capacity to form images play in politics? And can we define politics as a struggle for people’s imagination? As a result of the increasingly...

    Published December 16th 2012 by Birkbeck Law Press

  4. New Critical Legal Thinking

    Law and the Political

    Edited by Matthew Stone, Illan rua Wall, Costas Douzinas

    Series: Birkbeck Law Press

    New Critical Legal Thinking articulates the emergence of a stream of critical legal theory which is directly concerned with the relation between law and the political. The early critical legal studies claim that all law is politics is displaced with a different and more nuanced theoretical arsenal....

    Published July 4th 2012 by Birkbeck Law Press

  5. Revenge versus Legality

    Wild Justice from Balzac to Clint Eastwood and Abu Ghraib

    By Katherine Maynard, Jarod Kearney, James Guimond

    Series: Birkbeck Law Press

    In the wake of Guantanamo Bay, extraordinary renditions, and secret torture centres in Eastern Europe and elsewhere, Revenge versus Legality addresses the relationship between law and wild or vigilante justice; between the power to enforce retribution and the desire to seek revenge. Taking up a...

    Published August 17th 2011 by Routledge-Cavendish

  6. The Other's War

    Recognition and the Violence of Ethics

    By Tarik Kochi

    Series: Birkbeck Law Press

    The Other's War is an intervention into a set of contemporary moral, political and legal debates over the legitimacy of war and terrorism within the context of the so-called global War on Terror. Tarik Kochi considers how, despite the variety of its approaches – just war theory, classical realist,...

    Published May 26th 2010 by Birkbeck Law Press

  7. Human Rights, or Citizenship?

    By Paulina Tambakaki

    Series: Birkbeck Law Press

    While human rights have been enjoying unprecedented salience, the concept of the citizen has been significantly challenged. Rising ethical concerns, the calling into question of state sovereignty, and the consolidation of the human rights regime, have all contributed to a shift in focus: from an...

    Published January 24th 2010 by Birkbeck Law Press

  8. The Four Lacanian Discourses

    or Turning Law Inside Out

    By Jeanne Lorraine Schroeder

    Series: Birkbeck Law Press

    This book proposes a taxonomy of jurisprudence and legal practice, based on the discourse theory of Jacques Lacan. In the anglophone academy, the positivist jurisprudence of H.L.A. Hart provides the most influential account of law. But just as positivism ignores the practice of law by lawyers, even...

    Published January 17th 2010 by Routledge

  9. The Legality of Boxing

    A Punch Drunk Love?

    By Jack Anderson

    Series: Birkbeck Law Press

    The first book of its kind dedicated to an assessment of the legality of boxing, The Legality of Boxing: A Punch Drunk Love? assesses the legal response to prize fighting and undertakes a current analysis of the status of boxing in both criminal legal theory and practice. In this book, Anderson...

    Published January 3rd 2010 by Routledge

  10. The Eye of the Law

    Two Essays on Legal History

    By Michael Stolleis

    Series: Birkbeck Law Press

    Written by the eminent German legal historian, Michael Stolleis, these two ‘Essays on Legal History’ offer an original and compelling history of the symbolism through which law is characterised as being 'above' us. In ‘The Eye of the Law’, the history of this metaphor is followed from...

    Published September 16th 2008 by Birkbeck Law Press

Forthcoming Books

  1. Spinoza, Right and Absolute Freedom
    By Stephen Connelly
    To Be Published February 17th 2015
  2. Crime Fiction and the Law
    Edited by Maria Aristodemou, Fiona Macmillan, Patricia Tuitt
    To Be Published May 29th 2015

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