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Birkbeck Law Press

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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11-15 of 15 results in Birkbeck Law Press
  1. Being Against the World

    Rebellion and Constitution

    By Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

    Series: Birkbeck Law Press

    How can we save politics from the politician? How can we save ourselves? This book looks at the example of those who leave the city and break the social contract, rebellious exiles and freedom fighters escaping the wheel of necessity, and learns from them....

    Published July 15th 2008 by Birkbeck Law Press

  2. Constitutions

    Writing Nations, Reading Difference

    By Judith Pryor

    Series: Birkbeck Law Press

    Bringing a postcolonial perspective to UK constitutional debates and including a detailed and comparative engagement with the constitutions of Britain’s ex-colonies, this book is an original reflection upon the relationship between the written and the unwritten constitution. Can a nation have an...

    Published August 9th 2007 by Birkbeck Law Press

  3. Law and Sacrifice

    Towards a Post Apartheid Theory of Law

    Edited by Johan Van der Walt

    Series: Birkbeck Law Press

    In the wake of apartheid, Law and Sacrifice draws on the uniquely expansive protection of fundamental rights now entrenched in the South African Constitution to outline a new theory of law. The South African Constitution not only protects the rights of people against abuses of power by the state,...

    Published March 2nd 2006 by Birkbeck Law Press

  4. Beyond Transcendence in Law and Philosophy

    By Louis E. Wolcher

    Series: Birkbeck Law Press

    What is the law of the law? What produces our craven subservience to linguistic norms, and our shocking indifference to the phenomenon of universal suffering? In a path-breaking new work of philosophy, Louis Wolcher seeks to answer these questions from the standpoint of Zen Buddhism. Bringing an...

    Published September 27th 2005 by Birkbeck Law Press

  5. Sovereignty and its Discontents

    On the Primacy of Conflict and the Structure of the Political

    By William Rasch

    Series: Birkbeck Law Press

    This book argues for the centrality of conflict in any notion of the political. In contrast to many of the attempts to re-think the political in the wake of the collapse of traditional leftist projects, it also argues for the logical and/or ontological primacy of violence over 'peace'. The notion...

    Published August 18th 2004 by Birkbeck Law Press

Forthcoming Books

  1. Spinoza, Right and Absolute Freedom
    By Stephen Connelly
    To Be Published February 10th 2015
  2. Crime Fiction and the Law
    Edited by Maria Aristodemou, Fiona Macmillan, Patricia Tuitt
    To Be Published May 30th 2015

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