Conference: The Past and the Future of the Legal Left: Celebrating Duncan Kennedy’s Scholarship (22.05)

This conference honors Professor Duncan Kennedy, one of the most influential legal theorists and left critics of our time. After teaching for more than four decades at Harvard Law School, Professor Kennedy announced his intention to retire. Kennedy’s brilliant contributions have challenged our thinking on law and its role in society. He never shied away from controversy and engaged in a variety of academic and political debates. Admirably, he was able to commit simultaneously to both an intellectual critique and left-wing politics, without the political stifling critique or the latter undermining the political. In addition, Professor Kennedy was not content with offering critique and deconstruction, as some of his writings included highly specific and programmatic proposals. Programme and Participant Biographies Attached.

KEYNOTE

Left Politics And Left Legal Theory—Strange Bedfellows?
Duncan Kennedy, Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence, Harvard Law School

PARTICIPANTS

Brenna Bhandar | Hugh Collins | Joanne Conaghan | Matthew Craven | Costas Douzinas | Gina Heathcote | Duncan Kennedy | Paul Kohler | Prabha Kotiswaran | Roy Kreitner | Nicola Lacey | Nimer Sultany | Dina Waked | Lynn Welchman | Raef Zreik

REGISTRATION

Tickets for £11 / £5.50 Concessions. Please book at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/266380
FREE for SOAS Students and Staff. Please R.S.V.P. atsoaslawconference@gmail.com

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT

Nimer Sultany, Lecturer, School of Law, SOAS: ns30@soas.ac.uk
Tara Mahfoud, Conference Assistant: tara.mahfoud@gmail.com

 

Time Programme
14:00 – 14:05 WELCOME NOTE
Paul Kohler, Head of School, School of Law, SOAS
14:05 – 15:35 KEYNOTE: LEFT POLITICS AND LEFT LEGAL THEORY—STRANGE BEDFELLOWS?
Duncan Kennedy, Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence, Harvard Law SchoolModerator: Professor Matthew Craven, Dean, Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, SOAS
Discussant: Professor Costas Douzinas, School of Law, Birkbeck
15:35 –16:00 REFRESHMENTS
16:00 –17:30 ENCOUNTERS WITH CRITICAL LEGAL STUDIES
A reasonable man: Duncan Kennedy, Law and Feminist Critique

Professor Joanne Conaghan, University of Bristol Law School
Critical Legal Studies and Post-modernism

Dr. Raef Zreik, Minerva Center, Tel Aviv University
Critical Legal Studies and Development Studies
Dr. Dina Waked
Moderator: Professor Lynn Welchman, School of Law, SOAS
Discussant: Dr. Brenna Bhandar, Senior Lecturer, School of Law, SOAS
17:30 – 18:00 COFFEE BREAK
18:00 – 19:30 LEGAL LEFT & LEFT POLITICS – TENSIONS AND POSSIBILITIES
Contingency in the Deep Legal Structure of Market Societies

Professor Hugh Collins, All Souls College, Oxford University
“Legal Education as a Training for Hierarchy” – Revisited
Professor Nicola Lacey, London School of Economics and Political Science
Critique, Faith, and Politics
Professor Roy Kreitner, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University
Moderator: Dr. Prabha Kotiswaran, Senior Lecturer, King’s College London
Discussant: Dr. Gina Heathcote, Senior Lecturer, School of Law, SOAS
19:30 – 19:35 CONCLUDING REMARKS BY CONFERENCE ORGANIZER
Dr. Nimer Sultany, Lecturer, School of Law, SOAS

Organiser: Nimer Sultany

Contact email: ns30@soas.ac.uk

Contact Tel: 020 7898 4729

Source: http://www.soas.ac.uk/lawsocialsciences/events/22may2014-the-past-and-the-future-of-the-legal-left-celebrating-duncan-kennedys-scholarship-.html

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