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School of Law

Ben Golder Public Lecture "Foucault and Human Rights"

30 October 2017

Time: 6:30 - 9:30pm
Venue: Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, GO Jones Building , Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road E1 4NS

The Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA) presents a public lecture by Professor Ben Golder on Faucault and Human Rights.

A drinks reception will follow for those in attendance.

About the speaker

Ben Golder teaches courses on law and social theory, on public law, and on the politics of human rights, in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales. He holds undergraduate law and English literature degrees from UNSW and a doctorate in legal theory from the University of London. Prior to joining the faculty, Ben taught law at the University of East London, University College London, Birkbeck College and New York University in London.
Ben works at the intersection of political and legal theory, and is interested in the areas of public law and human rights. He is currently researching critical and historical approaches to contemporary human rights discourse and, more specifically, the relationship between human rights and postfoundationalist thought. He has recently published a book with Stanford University Press, entitled Foucault and the Politics of Rights, which explores the late work on rights and human rights of the French philosopher, Michel Foucault. He is currently at work on a book about the relationship between various schools of postfoundationalist thought (in political theory and philosophy) to human rights. Ben is an Associate Editor of the journal, Contemporary Political Theory, a member of the Editorial Committee of the UK-based journal, Law and Critique, a member of the Editorial Board of the Australian Journal of Human Rights, and a member of the Editorial Board of the radical, open access publisher, Counterpress. Ben welcomes applications to supervise undergraduate research theses and postgraduate research in these, and related, fields. He has supervised PhD projects to completion on the topics of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency; therapeutic jurisprudence; and, post-humanist critiques of human rights law. He is currently co-supervising doctoral projects on the protection of Indigenous cultural expressions via intellectual property law; the doctrine of indivisibility in human rights law; earth jurisprudence and Australian constitutionalism; neoliberalism and human rights; indigenous peoples and the norm of free prior and informed consent in international law; and the sexual and racial dynamics of Prohibition.


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