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Birkbeck Law Press

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.

  1. 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

  2. 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

  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 June 15th 2011 by Birkbeck Law Press

  4. 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 April 7th 2010 by Routledge-Cavendish

  5. 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

  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 February 19th 2009 by Birkbeck Law Press

  7. 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

  8. 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 14th 2008 by Birkbeck Law Press

  9. 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 June 24th 2008 by Birkbeck Law Press

  10. 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 8th 2007 by Birkbeck Law Press

  11. 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 April 25th 2007 by Birkbeck Law Press

  12. 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 November 27th 2005 by Birkbeck Law Press

  13. 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 26th 2005 by Birkbeck Law Press

  14. 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 17th 2004 by Birkbeck Law Press