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About us

The Centre for Law and Humanities facilitates and promotes research through seminars, workshops, conferences and visits from distinguished scholars. We focus on the School of Law's research strengths in: 

  • critical legal theory 
  • law and aesthetics 
  • law and film
  • law and literature 
  • law and psychoanalysis 
  • legal history
  • space and architecture. 

Aims and objectives

  • We develop and promote research in law and humanities alongside an Artist in Residence. We select a new Artist in Residence every year and curate events for Birkbeck students and staff, as well as the wider public. 

Boards and committees

  • The activities of the Centre for Law and the Humanities are overseen by directors Başak ErtürPatrick Hanafin and Stewart Motha and a small steering committee. The Advisory Board includes members from other disciplines at Birkbeck, as well as internationally renowned scholars in the field of law and the humanities.
  • Steering committee:
  • International advisory board
    • Joseph Brooker (English, Birkbeck, University of London) 
    • Marianne Constable (Rhetoric, University of California Berkeley) 
    • Jodi Dean (Political Science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges) 
    • William MacNeil (Griffith Law School, Griffith University)
    • Linda Meyer (Quinnipiac Law School)
    • Paul Passavant (Political Science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
    • Ravit Reichman (English, Brown University)
    • Peter Rush (Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne)
    • Susan Sage Heinzelman (English, University of Texas at Austin
    • Austin Sarat (Political Science and Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, Amherst College)
    • Alison Young (Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne)
    • Ari Hirvonen (Law, University of Helsinki)