Law and Critique

ISSNs: 0957-8536, 1572-8617

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    Introduction: Tech and the Transformation of Legal Imagination.Leila Brännström, Gregor Noll, Amin Parsa & Markus Gunneflo - 2023 - Law and Critique 34 (3):309-314.
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    The Robot and Human Futures: Visualising Autonomy in Law and Science Fiction.Vincent Goding & Kieran Tranter - 2023 - Law and Critique 34 (3):315-340.
    This article argues that legal discourses about robots are framed within a limiting ‘human paradigm.’ While this is not a specific failure of lawyers, it has significant consequences for law in a digital future. This visualising of robots has its origins in mainstream twentieth-century science fictional tropes of artificial beings. This article begins by identifying the predominant science fiction tropes regarding artificial beings as a source of anxiety for human futures, as located in discrete bodies and as separate from humans. (...)
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    Aull Leegal Pluraribilities.Håkan Gustafsson - 2023 - Law and Critique 34 (3):449-457.
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    Digital Humanitarian Mapping and the Limits of Imagination in International Law.Fleur Johns - 2023 - Law and Critique 34 (3):341-361.
    Humanitarian maps assembled using digital technology are indicative of transformations underway in how the world is made knowable, sensible, and actionable, including for international legal purposes. These transformations are exemplified by the Missing Maps Project (MMP), an initiative of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, a U.S.-registered non-profit, and three other non-governmental organisations operating internationally: American Red Cross; British Red Cross; and Médecins Sans Frontières. Projects such as the MMP make it harder for international lawyers to lay claim to, and seek to (...)
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    Communications Infrastructure, Technological Solutionism and the International Legal Imagination.Daniel Joyce - 2023 - Law and Critique 34 (3):363-379.
    This article considers the role played by communications infrastructure within the international legal imagination. It engages with contemporary debates regarding the power of corporate digital platforms and their model of information capitalism. An international legal historical perspective is adopted in order to contextualise international law’s present infrastructural turn and connect current debates over big tech with their precursors. The history of international legal engagement with the development of communications infrastructure reveals a recurring pattern of looking to technological infrastructure for solutions (...)
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    Boundary Spaces (Where are we, Ari?).Susanna Lindroos-Hovinheimo - 2023 - Law and Critique 34 (3):401-405.
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    Ari Hirvonen, Critical Legal Scholar, 1960-2021.Angus McDonald - 2023 - Law and Critique 34 (3):395-396.
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    Hope and Despair.Angus McDonald - 2023 - Law and Critique 34 (3):407-416.
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    Legal Tech, the Law Firm and the Imagination of the Right Legal Answer.Amin Parsa, Gregor Noll, Leila Brännström & Markus Gunneflo - 2023 - Law and Critique 34 (3):381-394.
    Legal tech is growing, and its growth provokes anxieties about the future of the legal profession as such. In this article, we examine the impact of legal tech on the central role of lawyers at law firms in crafting an imagined ‘right legal answer’ by drawing on Duncan Kennedy’s suggestion that a claim to the rightness of one’s legal propositions is a central characteristic of the legal profession. We first ask how changes in the organisation of legal services affect the (...)
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    The Arrow of Thought: Some Notes on Ari Hirvonen’s the Ethics of Tragedy.Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback - 2023 - Law and Critique 34 (3):397-400.
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    For I Do Not Know How to Act: Tadeusz Kantor and the Reality of Theatre.Thanos Zartaloudis - 2023 - Law and Critique 34 (3):417-433.
    This paper presents a discussion, in honour of the late Ari Hirvonen, of the reality of theatre, the space of the tragic and the ethical condition. It engages critically with Hirvonen’s work, as he would demand it, and in doing so it considers the distinctive thinking about theatrical reality in the work of the great Polish artist and theatre director Tadeusz Kantor.
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    Ethics: An Impossible Politics—Perversion, Law and Racial Difference.Andreja Zevnik - 2023 - Law and Critique 34 (3):435-447.
    This paper takes the removal of the Colston statue in Bristol in the summer of 2020 and the accompanying Black Lives Matter protest as a political setting which can help us explore the radical political potential of Ari Hirvonen’s work. In this intervention I return to some of the themes that his work continuously engages with (such as the question of the limits, transgressions of law, and ethical acts), and re-think them in the context of racial justice. This think-piece opens (...)
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    How Not to Talk About Environmental Personhood: Thinking Transitional Concepts.Russell J. Duvernoy - 2023 - Law and Critique 34 (2):287-307.
    This paper studies “environmental personhood” legislation as a transitional concept. A transitional concept is one whose originating context sets parameters for its pragmatic functioning even as the eventual coherence of this functioning entails deep change in this originating context. By more explicitly thematizing environmental personhood as a transitional concept, we can acknowledge worries about its entanglement with a rights paradigm emphasizing private property and human exceptionalism while still exploring how it might contribute towards deeper ecological transformation. The paper introduces Nuu-chah-nuulth (...)
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    Challenging the Rule of Law Universalism: Why Marxist Legal Thought Still Matters.Anna Piekarska - 2023 - Law and Critique 34 (2):269-285.
    The primary aim of this article is to present the rule of law universalism as a relevant theoretical and socio-political issue that critical legal thought needs to contend with. In order to do so, this issue is described through a Marxist theoretical framework, which aids in identifying the consequences of this universalism. Furthermore, the Marxist theoretical framework is suggested as a countermeasure that allows for going beyond it. The rule of law universalism is analysed as a process connected to establishing (...)
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    Decolonising the Curriculum in International Law: Entrapments in Praxis and Critical Thought.Mohsen al Attar & Shaimaa Abdelkarim - 2023 - Law and Critique 34 (1):41-62.
    Calls to decolonise the curriculum gain traction across the academe. To a great extent, the movement echoes demands of the decolonisation era itself, a period from which academics draw both impetus and legitimacy. In this article, we examine the movement’s purchase when applied to the teaching of international law. We argue that the movement reinvigorates debates about the origins of international law, centring its violent foundations as well as its Eurocentric episteme. Yet, like many critical approaches toward international law, the (...)
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    The Courtroom as an Arena of Ideological and Political Confrontation: The Chicago Eight Conspiracy Trial.Awol Allo - 2023 - Law and Critique 34 (1):81-104.
    Normative theories of law conceive the courtroom as a geometrically delineated, politically neutral, and linguistically transparent space designed for a fair and orderly administration of justice. The trial, the most legalistic of all legal acts, is widely regarded as a site of truth and justice elevated above and beyond the expediency of ideology and politics. These conceptions are further underpinned by certain normative understandings of sovereignty, the subject, and politics where sovereignty is conceived as self-instituting and self-limiting; the subject is (...)
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    Scarcity, Property Rights, Irresponsibility: How Intellectual Property Deals with Neglected Tropical Diseases.Daniel Pinheiro Astone - 2023 - Law and Critique 34 (1):145-164.
    The article addresses the role of scarcity in negotiating the relationship between intellectual property, particularly from a legal-economic perspective, and property rights, as understood by transaction cost economics, to shed light on the deadlock faced by those suffering from neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The consistency of the law and economics fundamentals that support the trade on knowledge goods, namely patents on essential medicines, is put under check by Scott Veitch’s scholarship on legal irresponsibility. The damages that emerge from the operations (...)
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    A Deconstructive and Psychoanalytic Investigation of (Corporeal) Law Enforcement.Jason Barton - 2023 - Law and Critique 34 (1):21-39.
    In this paper, I elaborate a Derridean deconstruction of law through the lens of Lacanian psychoanalysis. Derrida only focuses on jurisprudential law enforcement in his famous ‘Force of Law’ lecture, leaving corporeal law enforcement untouched. In turn, I explore the irresolvable conceptual tensions within corporeal law enforcement from the standpoints of (a) individuals rationalizing their obedience to law enforcement and (b) the legal system rationalizing its circumscription of acceptable law enforcement. To support my analysis, I examine landmark court cases and (...)
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    India’s Traditional Knowledge Digital Library and the Politics of Patent Classifications.Martin Fredriksson - 2023 - Law and Critique 34 (1):1-19.
    This article analyzes India’s Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) as a potential intervention in the administration of patent law. The TKDL is a database including a vast body of traditional medical knowledge from India, aiming to prevent the patenting and misappropriation of that knowledge. This article contextualizes the TKDL in relation to documentation theory as well as to existing research on the uses of databases to protect traditional knowledge. It explores the TKDL’s potential consequences for India’s traditional medical knowledge and (...)
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    A Farewell to Homo Sacer? Sovereign Power and Bare Life in Agamben’s Coronavirus Commentary.Sergei Prozorov - 2023 - Law and Critique 34 (1):63-80.
    The article addresses Giorgio Agamben’s critical commentary on the global governance of the Covid-19 pandemic as a paradigm of his political thought. While Agamben’s comments have been criticized as exaggerated and conspiratorial, they arise from the conceptual constellation that he has developed starting from the first volume of his Homo Sacer series. At the centre of this constellation is the relation between the concepts of sovereign power and bare life, whose articulation in the figure of homo sacer Agamben traces from (...)
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    Cesare Beccaria and the Aesthetic Knowledge of On Crimes and Punishments.Prashan Ranasinghe - 2023 - Law and Critique 34 (1):127-144.
    Cesare Beccaria’s On Crimes and Punishments has had a profound impact on, and made significant contributions to, among others, the study of law, justice, crime, and punishment. Unsurprisingly, there is a voluminous literature on this text. This article subjects Beccaria’s treatise to an exegetical reading and focuses on the aesthetic inquiry at heart of the text. Beccaria professes to undertake a rigorous scientific inquiry into crime and punishment. He repeatedly invokes language from modernity and the enlightenment—e.g., probability, correlation, and other (...)
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    Jurisgenerative Tissues: Sociotechnical Imaginaries and the Legal Secretions of 3D Bioprinting.Joshua D. M. Shaw & Roxanne Mykitiuk - 2023 - Law and Critique 34 (1):105-125.
    Three-dimensional ‘bioprinting’ is under development, which may produce living human organs and tissues to be surgically implanted in patients. Like tissue engineering and regenerative medicine generally, the process of bioprinting potentially disrupts experience of the human body by redefining understandings of, and becoming actualised in new practices and regimes in relation to, the body. The authors consider how these novel sociotechnical imaginaries may emerge, having regard to law’s contribution to, as well as its possible transformation by, the process of 3D (...)
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