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Biopolitics and Resistance in Legal Education

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ISBN 9780367775247
May 5, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

Taking up the study of legal education in distinctly biopolitical terms, this book provides a critical and political analysis of resistance in the law school.

Legal education concerns the complex pathways by which an individual becomes a lawyer, making the journey from lay-person to expert, from student to practitioner. To pose the idea of a biopolitics of legal education is not only to recognise the tensions surrounding this journey, but also to recognise that legal education is a key site in which the subject engages, and is engaged by, a particular structure – and here the particular structure of the law school. This book explores the resistance to that structure, including: different ways in which law’s pedagogic structures might be incomplete, or are being fought against; the use of less conventional elements of cultural discourse to resist the abstraction of the lawyer in students’ subject formation; the centralisation of queer and feminist discourses to disrupt the hierarchies of the legal curriculum; the use of digital technologies; the place of embodiment in legal education settings, and the impacts of post-human knowledges and contexts on legal learning.

Assembling original, field-defining essays by both leading international scholars as well as emerging researchers, it constitutes indispensable resource in legal education research and scholarship that will appeal to legal academics everywhere.

Table of Contents


Thomas Giddens

1 Normative Resistance

1. Educating for the end of a necropolitical world: What happens beyond decolonisation in legal education? 

Foluke I Adebisi

2. Centring feminist and queer experiences in the law school: Legal zines as a humanising pedagogy

Chris Ashford, Laura Graham and Samantha Rasiah

3. School and fundamental rights: An active responsible citizenship

Juliana Zaganelli and Daury Fabriz

4. The value of Twitter in building a community of students: Does this go toward or against the concept of "human" students?

Katherine Langley

5. The role of legal educators in disruption of hierarchies within education and the profession

Kryss Macleod

2 Internal Resistance

6. Law teacher as poet: Transcending the mechanics of legal education

Prue Vines

7. TRAMA: Stories of situated pedagogy in legal education

Julia Ávila Franzoni

8. The comedy of Corpus Iuris

Peter Goodrich

9. Teaching cultural legal studies

Timothy D Peters and Karen Crawley

10. Conversation as pedagogy: The use of popular stories in the identity projects of law students

Cassandra Sharp

3 Posthuman Resistance

11. Rosi Braidotti’s posthuman knowledge and legal education: A critical appraisal

Luca Siliquini-Cinelli

12. Posthumanist legal education: learning to entangle human law with its more-than-human world

Kate Galloway

13. Law as relation and the co-emergence of beings: Towards a paradigm shift in legal education

Iván Darío Vargas Roncancio

14. Study of law without ends 

Francesco Forzani

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Thomas Giddens is Chair of Jurisprudence at the University of Dundee, UK.

Luca Siliquini-Cinelli is Reader in Law at Cardiff University, UK.