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Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context

Ad Hoc Seminar on Neoliberal Legality: Understanding the Role of Law in the Neoliberal Project

7 November 2018

Time: 4:00 - 6:00pm
Venue: Room 313, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

This event is hosted by the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context, and organised and chaired by Dr Eva Nanopoulos, who is the lead for the ‘power and capital’ stream within the Centre. The seminar will be delivered by Dr Honor Brabazon (University of Toronto).

About the book

Neoliberalism has been studied as a political ideology, an historical moment, an economic programme, an institutional model, and a totalising political project. Yet the role of law in the neoliberal story has been relatively neglected. When law is considered, it is typically seen as merely the institutional vehicle through which neoliberal change is brought about: what is neoliberal about neoliberal law is the content of the laws enacted during the neoliberal period. In contrast, this book provides a systematic attempt to develop a holistic and coherent understanding of the relationship between law and neoliberalism. In doing so, the book explores not only how the content of laws has been changed by neoliberal restructuring but also, conversely, how the form and logic of law have uniquely shaped neoliberal theory and policy, and enabled their expansion and permeation. Developing a nuanced concept of ‘neoliberal legality’, the book argues that neoliberalism is as much a juridical project as a political and economic one. And it is only in understanding the juridical thrust of neoliberalism that we can hope to fully comprehend the specificities, and continuities, of the neoliberal period as a whole.

About the speaker

Honor Brabazon is an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. She received her doctorate from the University of Oxford and was a visiting researcher at the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School. Her research theorising the role of law in shifting strategies of social control and social change can be found in her edited book, Neoliberal Legality: Understanding the Role of Law in the Neoliberal Project (Routledge), and her upcoming book on the criminalization of dissent (Between the Lines).


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