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LTLHG: Taking Account of Post-Colonial Legal Theory

20 March 2013

Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: Sir Anthony Dawson Room, ground floor, Dawson Hall, Charterhouse Square, Queen Mary, University of London, EC1M 6BQ

One-Day Workshop sponsored by the Legal Theory and Legal History Research Group and the Centre for Ethics and Politics, Queen Mary, University of London.

Over the past twenty-years a field of critically engaged legal scholarship that places the colonial at the forefront of its analysis of modern law has emerged. Leading scholars in the field will address themes of decolonising legal knowledge, temporalities of law in the settler colony, and regimes of colonial governance.

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  • 10am – 10:15am: Opening Remarks and Welcome
    Brenna Bhandar, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London
  • 10:15am-12:15pm: Colonial legalities: Governing the Self and Populations in the (Post)Colony
    Chair: Eric Heinze, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London
    Renisa Mawani, Dept of Sociology, University of British Columbia, , “Law as temporality: colonial politics and Indian Settlers”
    Prabha Kotiswaran, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College, “Governance Feminism Reloaded: Rape Law Reform in Postcolonial India”
    Piyel Haldar, Birkbeck School of Law, “Children of the Text: bureaucracy and media control as processes of colonization”
  • 12:15-1:15pm: Lunch Break
  • 1:15pm- 3:15pm: Decolonising Legal Knowledges
    Chair: Samia Bano, School of Law, University of Reading
    Tshepo Madlingozi, University of Pretoria / Birkbeck Law School, “NeoApartheid Constitutionalism and the Quest for a Post-Apartheid Jurisprudence”
    Jose Manuel Barreto, Goldsmiths, 'Decolonising Human Rights'
    Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller, Dept of Political Science, University of Hawai’i, , “Biopolitical struggle and the settler colonial legal form in Hawai‘I”
  • 3:15-3:30pm: Coffee Break
  • 3:30pm-5:30pm: Frameworks, Method, Texts
    Chair: Brenna Bhandar, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London
    Wayne Morrison, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London “Postcolonial, Post-Auschwitz? Nazi Legal Order as Colonialism”
    Zeina B Ghandour, Birkbeck School of Law, "Culinary Customs and National Narratives in Palestine"
    Peter Fitzpatrick, Birkbeck School of Law, Marking time: temporality and the decolonial cast of occidental law”
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