Research

Areas

Critical Legal Theory, Legal Pluralism

  • Theoretical and philosophical approaches to critiquing and understanding state and non-state law

Space, Time, Law, Property, Resistance

  • Spatio-temporal approaches to law, property, squatting, commons, protest and housing rights
  • Spatio-temporal approaches to naughtiness and disobedience in relation to law

Law and Art

  • Philosophical, historical and critical legal appreciation of the role of art in law and law in art
  • Interconnections between law, resistance, aesthetics, protest and entropy
  • Complexity Theory inspired Art/Law pedagogy
  • Outsider art, law and Legal Pluralism
  • Street art, graffiti, property and legal voids 

Complexity Theory and Entropy

  • Complexity Theory methodology for understanding law, time, space, resistance
  • Role of entropy in time, complexity, aesthetics, resistance and law
  • Speculative Realism, Object-Oriented Ontology and law
  • Legal voids, entropy and complexity

Research Supervision

PhD/postgraduate supervision is available in any of the above, as well as more broadly in the areas of critical legal and social theory relating to law. Current students are:

Swastee Ranjan (with Sabrina Gilani) Law and the City:  Constituting Legal Aesthetics in New Delhi (Chancellor’s International Scholar)

Heather McKnight (with Emily Robinson and Ben Fincham) Unionising the Future (CHASE Scholar)

Research Clusters

Art and Law, Law, Politics and Sociology, Sussex

Politics of Temporality, Law, Politics and Sociology, Sussex

Law and the Humanities, Law, Politics and Sociology, Sussex

Research Centres

Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre

List of Works

Monographs

Protest, Property and the Commons - Performances of Law and Resistance (2016), Social Justice Books Series, London, Routledge

Articles

Beauty, Totality, Violent Law (2017), The Conscious Lawyer

ArtLaw Network (2017), The Conscious Lawyer

Letters on Legal Architecture (2016), with Leopold Lambert, ARCH+ Legislating Architecture, Berlin, May, 14-20

Law in Numbers - The Poiesis of the Crowd (2014), Lo Squaderno (Crowded Spaces), 13-18

Fracking and the Legal and Extra-Legal in Planning Procedures (2014), Journal of Environmental Law and Planning, 1210-214

Responding to the Private Regulation of Dissent - Climate Change Action, Popular Justice and the Right to Protest (2013), 25, Journal of Environmental Law, 2, 293-304

Seeing Red - Entropy, Property and Resistance in the Summer Riots 2011 (2012), 23, Law and Critique, 3, 199-217

The Criminalisation of Squatting (2011), 50-51, Corporate Watch Magazine, 23-25

Finding Space for Resistance through Legal Pluralism - The Hidden Legality of the UK Social Centre Movement (2010), 60, Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 31-52

An Anarchists Wetherspoons or Virtuous Resistance? Social Centres as MacIntyres Vision of Practice-based Communities (2008), 7, Philosophy of Management, 1, 21-32

Chapters

In Vacuums of Law We Find: Outsider Poiesis in Street Art and Graffiti in Duncan Chappell and Saskia Hufnagel, Art Crime Handbook (Palgrave MacMillan, Forthcoming)

Continua of (In)Justice in A. Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Handbook of Law and Theory (Routledge, Forthcoming)

Nonlinear = Communal? in Webb, T. and Wheatley, S. (Eds.) Complexity Theory & Law: Mapping an Emergent Jurisprudence, Law, Science and Society Series (Routledge, Forthcoming)

Speculative Entropy - Dynamism, Hyperchaos and the Fourth Dimension in Environmental Law Practice in Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, A. and Brooks, V. (Eds.) (2016) ‘Research Methods in Law Series (Handbook of Research Methods in Environmental Law)’, London, Edward Elgar Publishing

Times Up – Resisting Private Limitations on Rights to Housing and Protest in M. Vols and J. Sidoli del Ceno (Eds.) (2016) Regulating the City: Contemporary Urban Housing Law, 2016, The Hague, Eleven Publishing

The Changing Architectures of Adverse Possession and a Poltiical Aesthetics of Squatting (2014) , in Fox-O'Mahony et al. ‘'Vulnerable Demons'? Moral Rhetoric and the Criminalisation of squatting’, London, Routledge

Squatting in London - Squatters Rights and Legal Movement(s) (2014) , in van der Steen, B. and Katzeff, A. (eds.), 'The City is Ours' (2014), Oakland, PM Press

The Case of the Naughty in Relation to Law (2013), in Loizidou, E. (ed.), 'Disobedience: Concept and Practice', London, Routledge, 83-97

An Epistolary Conversation with Léopold Lambert (2013), in 'The Funambulist Papers: Volume 4', Brooklyn, Punctum Books, 9-22

Squats and Spaces Solidarity Day: The Globe as a Temporary Autonomous Zone (2008), in “What’s this Place? Stories from Radical Social Centres in the UK and Ireland”, ESRC funded project ‘Autonomous Geographies’, Leeds, Footprints Woklers Co-Operative, 76-79

Book Reviews

Book Review Securitisation of Property Squatting (2014)Book Review Securitisation of Property Squatting (2014), Mary Manjikian, London, Routledge in ‘Journal of Urban Studies’, 51 (6), 1341-1344

Journalism

Who's Guarding Property Guardians?, The Guardian, Friday 9 June 2010

Podcasts

Eminent Domain v Imminent Domain:  The Law and its Spatial Practices, published at www.archipelago.net

Online

Nowhere Left to Dance:  ScumTek, the Electronic Underground and Neoliberal Mainstreamism, (2016), published at www.criticallegalthinking.com

Their Law:  The New Energies of UK Squats, Social Centres and Eviction Resistances in the Fight Against Expropriation (Part 2 of 2) (2015), published at www.criticallegalthinking.com

Their Law:  The New Energies of UK Squats, Social Centres and Eviction Resistances in the Fight Against Expropriation (Part 1 of 2) (2015), published at www.criticallegalthinking.com

Locating a Right to Protest (2014), published at www.democraticaudit.com)

Letters on Legal Architecture (2013), published at www. criticallegalthinking.com

The Law of the Commons:  Climate Change Protest in Buckfastleigh (2013), published at www.criticallegalthinking.com

Architecture and the Law: An Epistolary Conversation with Dr. Lucy Finchett-Maddock in four letters (2013), published at www.funambulist.net

No Home for Squatters' Rights:  Limitations and Legitimated Violence (2012), published at www.criticallegalthinking.com

Burroughs Called the Law (2012), with Nathan Moore, published at www.ebsn.eu

Entropy, Law and Funambulism (2011), published at www.funambulist.net

To Dis or Not to Dis?  Disobedience in Relation to Naughty and Law's Response (2011), published at www.criticallegalthinking.com and www.thefunambulist.net

Some Indonesian Recollections on Critical Legal Pluralism(2011), published at www.criticallegalthinking.com

Critical Legal Pluralism and the Law of the Ulayat (2011), RUPES Working Paper

Trespassers Will and the Removal of the Other (2011), published at www.criticallegalthinking.com

The Memory and the Hope of Social Centres (2011), published at http://mujinga.net/protospace4