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  • Krizde felsefe ve Direnis [Philosophy and Resistance in the Crisis] (Istanbul, Metis, 2015, in Turkish)
  • Hukuk, Adalet ve Insan Haklari [Law, Critique and Human Rights] (Istanbul, Nota Bene, 2015, in Turkish).
  • Philosophie und Widerstand in der Krise (Hamburg, Laika Verlag, 2014, in German)
  • Philosophy and Resistance in the Crisis: Greece and the Future of Europe Polity Press, 2013.
  • Ριζοσπαστική Πολιτική και Νομική Φιλοσοφία [Radical Political and Legal Philosophy] (Athens, Nissos, 2013, in Greek).
  • Αντίσταση και Φιλοσοφία στην Κρίση: Πολιτική, Ηθική και Στάση Σύνταγμα [Resistance and Philosophy: Ethics, Politics and Stasis Syntagma] (Athens, Alexandria Press, 2011, in Greek).
  • Human Rights and Empire (Nanjing, Jiangsu Peoples’ Publishing Press, 2010, in Chinese).
  • O Fim dos Direitos Humanos (Luzia Arauzo trans), Editora Unisinos -Brazil, 2009.
  • El fin de los Derechos Humanos (Ricardo Sanin, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Omar Medina, trans) Colombia: Legis Editores, 2008.
  • Human Rights and Empire: The Political Philosophy of Cosmopolitanism, Routledge-Cavendish, 2007
  • Critical Jurisprudence: The Political Philosophy of Justice (with Adam Gearey) Oxford, Hart, 2005.
  • The End of Human Rights: Critical Legal Through at the Fin-de-Siecle, Oxford: Hart, 2000
  • Law and the Emotions: Prolegomeana for a Psychoanalytic Approach to Legal Study, EUI Working Papers, 1998
  • The Logos of Nomos: Interpretation, Ethics and Aesthetics in the Law (with Ronnie Warrington), Athens: Alexandria Press, 1996
  • Justice Miscarried: Aesthetics and the Law (with Ronnie Warrington, 1994), Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1994; reissued Edinburgh University Press, 1995
  • Postmodern Jurisprudence (with Ronnie Warrington, 1991), London: Routledge, 1991
  • Between Utopia and Apologetics: Constitutionalism and Critical Theory, Athens: Sacoulas Law Publishers, 1986

Edited books

Chapters in edited collections

  • 'Radical philosophy reads the uprisings' in Kreide, R (ed.) Democracy - New Perspectives in Times of Crisis, Palgrave Macmillan (fothcoming)
  • 'Philosophy and the right to resistance' in Douzinas, C & Gearty, C (eds.) The Meanings of Rights: The Philosophy and Social Theory of Human Rights, CUP, 2014.
  • Introduction (with Conor Gearty) to The Meanings of Rights: The Philosophy and Social Theory of Human Rights, CUP, 2014
  • ‘The responsibility of intellectuals’ in Myrto Tsilimpounidi and Aylwyn Walsh eds Remapping the Crisis Remapping 'Crisis': A Guide to Athens (London, Zero Books, 2014).
  • 'Antigone’s death and Justice’s birth' in Elena Tzelepi ed. The Antinomies of Antigone (Athens, Topos, 2014 in Greek).
  • ‘Radical Philosophy and the Age of Resistance’ in Maria Kakogianni ed., The Greek Symptom (Athens, Nissos 2014, in Greek).
  • ‘La Resistance, La Philosophie et la Gauche’ in Alain Badiou et al eds, Le Symptoma Grec (Paris, Lignes, 2014, in French)
  • 'Crisis, resistencia e insurrección' in Alain Badiou et al eds, El Sintoma Griego (Madrid, Errata Natura, 2013, in Spanish).
  • ‘Identità, riconoscimento, diritti: cosa può insegnarci Hegel sui diritti umani?’ in Antonio Carnevale and Irene Strazzeri eds, Lotte, riconoscimento, diritti (Perugia, Morlacchi University Press, 2013).
  • 'The metaphysics of cosmopolitanism', in R. Braidotti, P. Hanafin, & B. Blaagaard eds After Cosmopolitanism, Routledge 2013
  • ‘Humanitarismin monet kasvot’ in Frank Johansson ed., Hyvan Tekeminen ja Valta (Helsinki, Gaudemus, 2013, in Finish).
  • 'Psychoanalysis Becomes the Law' in Yoon Young Min ed., Postmodernism and Law (Seoul, 2013, in Korean)
  • 'The poverty of (rights) jurisprudence', in C. Gearty & C. Douzinas, The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights Law, Cambridge University Press, 2012
  • Introduction to C. Gearty & C. Douzinas (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights Law, (Cambridge University Press, 2012
  • 'Stasis Syntagma: the names and types of resistance', in Stone, Wall and Douzinas, New Critical Legal Thinking: Law and the Political, Routledge 2012
  • ‘Sublime Law: On legal and Aesthetic Judgments’, in Marit Paasche and Judy Radul eds., A Thousand Eyes: Media Technology, Law and Aesthetics (Berlin, Sternberg Press, 2011)
  • 'A legal phenomenology of images' in Ben Dor, O (ed.) Law and Art, Routledge 2011.
  • ‘Menschenrechte ind postmoderne Utopie’, in Christof Christoph Menke and Francesca Raimondi eds., Die Revolution der Menschenrechte (Berlin, Surkamp, 2011, in German).
  • Adikia: On Rights and Communism’ in Costas Douzinas and Slavoj Zizek eds, The Idea of Communism (London, Verso, 2011).
  • 'Introduction: The idea of communism' to Costas Douzinas and Slavoj Zizek eds, The Idea of Communism (London, Verso, 2010).
  • ‘Saving Cosmopolitanism: Legality without Legitimacy’, in Chris Thornhill and Sam Ashenden eds., Legality and Legitimacy: Normative and Sociological Approaches (Baden-Baden, Nomos, 2010)
  • ‘Human Rights and Resistance’ in Douzinas, Moran and Mulcahy [Douzinas, C., Moran, L. & Mulcahy, L.] The Development of Legal Philosophy in Greater China: Beyond Globalisation and Localisation (Hong Kong, Red Publish, 2010).
  • ‘A humanities of resistance: Fragments for a legal history of humanity’ in Austin Sarat, Matthew Anderson and Catharine Frank (eds), Law and the Humanities CUP, 2009
  • ‘2 July, July 7 and metaphysics’ in Angharad Closs Stephens and Nick Vaughan-Williams eds, Terrorism and the Politics of Response Abingdon, Routledge, 2009
  • ‘Before the Law: Law and Aesthetics’ in Yiota Kravaritou ed., Law and the Art of Logos (Thessaloniki, Sakoulas, 2009).
  • ‘The Blindness of law and the insight of justice’, Foreword to M. Stolleis, The Eye of the Law (Birkbeck Law Press, 2008).
  • ‘Theses on the Ends of Human Rights’ in Gurzan Kocan ed., Transnational Concepts, transfers and the challenge of the peripheries (Istanbul Technical University Press, Istanbul, 2008).
  • ‘Law, History and Forgetting’ in Stephanos Stephanides ed., Cultures of Memory (University of Nicosia Press, 2007).
  • ‘The Metaphysics of Jurisdiction’ in Jurisprudence of Jurisdiction, S. McVeigh (ed.) (Routledge-Cavendish 2006)
  • 'Postmodern Just Wars: Kosovo, Afghanistan, and the New World Order', in J. Strawson (ed.) Law after Ground Zero (Routledge Cavendish, Glasshouse Press: 2002)
  • 'Introduction' (with Lynda Nead) in Costas Douzinas and Lynda Nead (eds.), Law and the Image: The Authority of Art and the Aesthetics of Law (with Linda Nead), Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999
  • 'Prosopon and Antiprosopon: Prolegomena for a Legal Iconology', in Costas Douzinas and Lynda Nead (eds.), Law and the Image: The Authority of Art and the Aesthetics of Law (with Linda Nead), Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999
  • 'Justice, Judgment and the Ethics of Alterity', in Kim Economides (ed.) The Deontology of Law, Hart Publications, 1997
  • 'Law's Others: Jurisprudence and Poststructuralism' (with R. Warrington) in Zenon Bankowski and Karlo Tuori (eds.) Law and Power, Liverpool: Deborah Charles Publications, 1997
  • 'Justice and Human Rights in Postmodernity', in Connor Gearty and Adam Tomkins (eds.), Understanding Human Rights, Mansell: 1996
  • 'Law Deathbound: Antigone and the Dialectics of Nomos and Thanatos', in Desmond Manderson (ed.) Courting Death, London: Pluto Press


  • ‘As Muitas Faces do Humanitarismo”, v. 6, n. 11 Diretito e Praxis Revista, (2015)
  • ‘Notes Towards an Analytics of Resistance’, 83 New Formations (2014).
  • The right to the event: The legality and morality of revolution and resistance’ Vol 2, No 1 (2014), Metodo: International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy
  • ‘A short History of British Critical Legal Studies or, the Responsibility of the Critic’, 25/2, Law and Critique (2014).
  • ‘Athens Rising’, 2013, European Urban and Regional Studies 20: 134.
  • 'The paradoxes of human rights', Constellations 2013 Vol 19, issue 2.
  • 'History Trials: Notes on Law, History, and Time' Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Vol. 8 2013
  • ‘Athens Revolting: Three Meditations on Sovereignty and One on its Dismantlement’, 21 Law and Critique 2010
  • ‘Sublime law: On Legal and Aesthetic Judgments’ Parallax 14/4 (2008), 18-29.
  • ‘The December Events or Honouring the Name’, 30/103 Synhrona Themata 107 (2008).
  • ‘The Paradoxes of Human Rights’ 21 Filosofski Godisnjak 83-119, (2008)
  • 'Torture and Systems Theory' , Soziale Systeme 14 (2008) Heft 1, S. 110-125.
  • 'El final de los derechos humanos', in 'Multiculturalismo y derechos de las minorias', Revista del Instituto de Ciencias Juridcas de Puebla 22 (Autumn 2008), 6-35
  • 'Theses on Law, History and Time', Melbourne Journal of International Law 7/1 (2006), 13-27
  • 'Oubliez Critique', Law and Critique 14:1 (2005) 47-69.
  • 'Humanity, military humanism, and the new moral order' Economy and Society 32:2 (2003), 159-183.
  • 'Identity, Recognition, Rights: What Can Hegel Teach us about Human Rights', Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 29, No. 3 (2002), 379-405.
  • 'The End(s) of Human Rights', Melbourne University Law Review, 26/2 (2002), 445-465.
  • 'Law's Fear of the Image', Gramma (2000)
  • "The Legality of the Image", 63 Modern Law Review 6 (2000) 813-831
  • 'Human Rights and Postmodern Utopia', Law and Critique 11:2 (2000), 219-240.
  • 'Human Rights at the "End of History": Justice between the Symbolic and the Ethical', 4 Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 1 (1999) 99-114
  • 'Psychoanalysis Becomes the Law: Notes on an Encounter Foretold', XX Public Forum 3 (1997) 313-337
  • 'The Aesthetics of the Common Law', 17 Studies in Law, Politics and Society (1997) 3-30
  • 'Law's Fear of the Image: Whistler v. Ruskin' 19 Art History 3 (1996) 353-369

Media articles

Recent keynote addresses

  • 4 November 2009, opened the conference on 'Crisis global e interna: Constitución, Derechos, Justicia y Conflicto' at Javeriana University Bogota with a lecture on 'The Paradoxes of Human Rights'. He gave a second keynote on 'From Restricted to General Jurisprudence'.
  • 30 October 2009, opened the 7th Annual Conference of the Association of Legal Philosophy (ASOFIDES) at the University of Caldas, Manezales, Colombia.
  • 25 September 2009, The keynote speech at the XI Conference of the IberoAmerican Association of Political Philosophy, Bahia Blanca, Argentina.
  • 8 September 2009, Stirling University, keynote speech on 'Can the Left Save Rights', at the 'Institutionalising Values: The right to political participation' Conference.
  • 3 September 2009, Royal Holloway, keynote speech at the Challenging Globalisation conference where Costas launched the new Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies.
  • 23 April 2009, keynote address at the 'Law, Religion and Subjectivity' conference at the Research Centre of Excellence, University of Helsinki. The address was entitled 'Can Miracles Happen? Human Rights and Theology'.
  • On 25 March 2009 , Costas Douzinas gave the keynote lecture at the Graduate Conference, School of Law, Leicester University. The lecture was entitled 'The Normative Sources of Empire'.
  • On 25 February 2009, Costas Douzinas gave a talk entitled 'Critical Cosmopolitanism' at the 'Decolonial Cosmopolitanism' workshop at Duke University, North Carolina.

Public lectures

  • Costas Douzinas participated in a 3-hour presentation and question and answer session with the Constiututional Court of Colombia on Thursday 5 November 2009 at the Palacio de Justicia, Bogota, on 'constitutional adjudication and human rights in an age of crisis'. The session was linked through video to 32 superior courts all over Colombia.
  • 16 October 2009, Opening plenary, 'Cynics or Stoics?', Debating Cosmopolitanism conference, University of Oslo.
  • 28 September 2009, ENCUENTRO INTERNACIONAL SOBRE DERECHOS HUMANOS: Buenos Aires, Argentina. Concluding panel Cuarto Panel: 'El fin de los derechos humanos', Costas Douzinas in conversation with Osvaldo Bayer and Eugenio Zaffaroni.
  • 11 September 2009, Leicester University, 'The adikia hypothesis', Critical Legal Conference.
  • 28 April 2009, Costas conducted a masterclass on his work at the University of Utrecht, Faculty of Law.
  • 12 February 2009, Public lecture at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia entitled 'Human Rights and Empire'. (Costas and Fiona Macmillan are members of an international advisory board setting up the Law School at the University of Cyprus.)
  • 9 December 1999. Inaugural Lecture, Birkbeck College School of Law: 'Law and the Image: Ethics, Aesthetics and the Law'.

Other associations and work

Professor Costas Douzinas