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Webinar: Resisting Democratic Law: Circumstances, Methods, and Examples

When: Thursday, May 21, 2020, 3:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Where: Online, link will be sent around to participants

The Centre for Law, Democracy, and Society (CLDS) is delighted to invite you to a workshop entitled 'Resisting Democratic Law: Circumstances, Methods, and Examples'. The workshop will be taking place on the 21st of May.

Resistance to democratic laws, from solitary disobedience to mass protests, is a salient feature of the current political landscape. This workshop aims to investigate some of the most fundamental questions related to a citizen’s choice to disobey democratic law and the legal system’s responses to such lawbreaking.

What are the limits to citizens’ obedience and under which circumstances does disobedience become justified? And which methods of resistance are morally permissible? How should citizens respond to the escalating climate crisis? How can we understand Extinction Rebellion’s activities, and how should courts treat lawbreaking activists? These are some of the questions this workshop will explore by bringing together a group of experts from different disciplines.


  • Guy Aitchison (Loughborough University)
  • Val Aston (Swansea University)
  • Graeme Hayes (Aston University)
  • Francesca Kilpatrick (Brighton University)
  • This event is organised by Dr Andreas Marcou (Queen Mary)


For more information on this event, please email:

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