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The Past and the Future of the Legal Left: Celebrating Duncan Kennedy's Scholarship


Date: 22 May 2014Time: 2:00 PM

Finishes: 22 May 2014Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

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.


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The Past and Future of the Legal Left: Celebrating Duncan Kennedy's Scholarship conference



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


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

Contact Details

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


14:00 – 14:05Welcome 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 School

Moderator: Professor Matthew Craven, Dean, Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, SOAS
Discussant: Professor Costas Douzinas, School of Law, Birkbeck

15:35 –16:00Refreshments
16:00 –17:30

Session 1: 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 – 18:00Coffee break
18:00 – 19:30

Session 2: Legal Left and 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 – 19:35Concluding Remarks by Conference Organiser
Dr Nimer Sultany, Lecturer, School of Law, SOAS

Organiser: Nimer Sultany

Contact email: ns30@soas.ac.uk

Contact Tel: 020 7898 4729