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School of Law

Professor Eric Heinze's Inaugural Lecture: What is Injustice? Political, Legal and Literary Perspectives

21 November 2012

Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Skeel Lecture Theatre, Peoples’ Palace, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

Eric Heinze, Professor of Law and Humanities

Chair: Professor Alan Norrie FBA, Head of Law School, University of Warwick

Invitation to Inaugural Lecture and Routledge Book Launch for The Concept of Injustice

Western figures from Plato and Aristotle through to Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Marx and Rawls have subordinated the idea of injustice to the idea of justice. The classical Western tradition has assumed injustice to be merely the logical opposite of justice. But writers like Shakespeare tell a different story. Injustice is not primarily the negation, failure or absence of justice. It is the constant product of regimes and norms of justice. Justice is not always the cure for injustice, and is often its cause.

Eric Heinze (Maîtrise Paris, JD Harvard, PhD Leiden) is Professor of Law & Humanities at Queen Mary. His books include The Concept of Injustice (Routledge 2012), The Logic of Constitutional Rights (Ashgate 2005); The Logic of Liberal Rights (Routledge 2003); The Logic of Equality (Ashgate 2003) and Sexual Orientation: A Human Right (Kluwer 1995) (Russian translation 2004), and Of Innocence and Autonomy: Children, Sex and Human Rights (Ashgate 2000). His recent articles appear in Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Law & Literature, Law & Humanities, Modern Law Review, Harvard Human Rights Journal, International Journal of Law in Context , International Journal of Human Rights, Ratio Juris, Legal Studies, Law & Critique, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence , National Black Law Journal and Journal of Social & Legal Studies, and several edited collections.

A Reception will follow the lecture.

How to book

This event is free to attend, but you must book tickets online in advance if you wish to attend. Please visit The Concept of Injustice Eventbrite page and follow the instructions to make a booking. You will then be emailed an e-ticket and you should bring this with you on the day.

Venue Information

This event takes place at our Mile End Campus.

The nearest tube stations are Stepney Green and Mile End.

Ask Professor Heinze a question

We will be hosting a Q&A session following the lecture and are asking for questions in advance of the event. Please submit questions by emailing with the subject INJUSTICE.

Find out more about Eric Heinze

For Twitter users, the hashtag for this event is #ConceptOfInjustice

Further Information

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