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Law.Arts.Culture Colloquium with Prof. Peter Fitzpatrick (Birkbeck, University of London)

Mar 19, 2014, 12:30pm-2pm

Kafka and the question: Can there be a rule of law?

Professor Peter Fitzpatrick, School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London

Kafka’s "The Problem of Our Laws": "...it is an extremely painful thing to be ruled by laws that one does not know." We know very little of the law that rules us. Every time we take a ride on a bus or order goods online, for example, we become bound by a complex of laws that we know not of. And do we not have to seek specific legal decision because the law is so often found to be uncertain? And can any law in its application to an ever-changing world ever be certain? Yet we are supposed to live in a society ultimately ordered, endowed with stability and even created though a rule of law. How then can there be such a rule of law? And how does Kafka answer the question?

Peter Fitzpatrick is currently anniversary professor of law at Birkbeck, University of London, and honorary professor of law in the University of Kent. He has taught at universities in Europe, North America and Papua New Guinea, and published many books on legal philosophy, law and social theory, law and racism, and imperialism, two of the more recent ones being Law as Resistance (Ashgate, 2008) and, with Ben Golder, Foucault’s Law (Routledge, 2009). Outside the academy he has been in an international legal practice and was also in the prime minister’s office in Papua New Guinea for several years.
All are invited to attend. Lunch will be provided.

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Location:2027 Osgoode Hall Law School
Sponsor:Osgoode
Posted by:Jody-Ann
Web Sitehttp://lawartsculture.eventbrite.ca
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