Socio-Legal Studies in a Time of Emergency

Plenary Session

A time of emergency is signalled by the enactment and implementation of laws which the legislator knows to be inherently unjust.  Such a time of emergency has existed in the UK since the coming into force of the 2014 and 2016 Immigration Acts. The lecture explores the implications of this situation on socio-legal teaching and research. In particular, it argues that, by recalling the violence of Britain’s colonial history, the Immigration Acts have fundamentally altered the terms on which law schools can debate with their students questions concerning the moral obligation to obey a valid law. 

Professor Patricia Tuitt

Independent Scholar

Patricia Tuitt is a legal academic with a sustained track record over more than 20 years of research, teaching and strategic management within the field of critical legal studies. Formerly Professor and Dean of the School of Law at Birkbeck, University of London (2009-2017), Patricia Tuitt’s many publications include the monographs, False Images: Law’s Construction of the Refugee (1996) and Race, Law, Resistance (2004). She is co-editor of Critical Beings: Law, Nation and the Global Legal Subject (2004) and Crime Fiction and the Law (2016). Recent publications include ‘Walter Benjamin, Race and the Critique of Rights’ (2019), and ‘Law, Justice and the Public Inquiry into the Grenfell Tower Fire"’(2020).

The Reign of Justice via Peoples Collect

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