We would like to invite you to contribute a chapter to a volume we are co-editing, and which we are planning to place in the Routledge Legal Pedagogy series. The collected edition is provisionally titled: ‘Decolonising Legal Pedagogy’. We have been invited by the series editor to submit a proposal and we are now at the stage of putting together a list of authors and abstracts to finalise an agreement with Routledge.

The purpose of the book is to collate examples of good antiracist/decolonial legal pedagogy. This could be in design or delivery of teaching or any other related activity. The book is intended to be multi-jurisdictional, and we particularly welcome contributions from the global south and non-state jurisdictions such as indigenous law. We also welcome non-traditional chapter formats with pedagogical value, as well as contributions from early career academics. We plan for the chapters to address teaching substantive areas of law, most especially [but not limited to] the foundational subjects of public law, criminal law, property law (Land and Equity and Trusts) and obligations (contract and tort).

We feel that, with its specific focus on decolonial thought and anti-racist methods in pedagogy, this book will provide accessible illustration of pedagogical innovation in teaching and learning law.

We recognise that the word ‘decolonise’ [and its derivatives] have often been co-opted by academia in the Global North for purposes that ignore the extremely long history of decolonial work and scholarship by peoples in the Global South and by indigenous peoples. However, we also feel  that it is important to, at this time, convey that the collection seeks to reflect a certain register in its language. This means that the collection invites scholarship that reflects the entanglement of our field with coloniality and the [re]production of systemic racism and not just social justice broadly. The abstracts submitted will inform the eventual title that we will decide upon.

In the meantime, we will be organising a number of optional online panel events at which you may wish to share your research, practice or progress. Information about these will be available in due course.

Contributions/chapters should be no more than 6000 words including references.

Abstracts [300 words max] should be emailed to any of the editors by the 28th of May 2021.


Foluke Adebisi, University of Bristol; foluke.adebisi@bristol.ac.uk

Suhraiya Jivraj, University of Kent: s.jivraj@kent.ac.uk

Ntina Tzouvala, Australian National University: ntina.tzouvala@anu.edu.au

Penelope Andrews, New York Law School: penelope.andrews@nyls.edu

If you are interested in this venture, as we hope you are, please take note of the following:

28 May 2021 Submission of Abstracts to the editors by email. 300 words maximum. Abstracts should include the working title of the proposed chapter, the author or authors responsible for it, together with the details of the corresponding author.

14 June 2021 Prospective authors will be informed of the editorial decision: The editors will choose the most promising abstracts from those submitted: the criteria that will be used here are: relevance to the goals set out for the volume, originality of scope, theoretical sophistication, and empirical grounding of the material.

14 March 2022 Submission of full chapters: Chapters will need to be around 6,000 words in length. The style sheet for references and bibliography will be forwarded to all authors whose abstract has been selected for the volume.

15 April 2022 Internal review: Editorial comments will be received.

15 October 2022 End of External peer review

October 2022 Return to authors

December 2022 Submission of final manuscript to publishers

We would be more than happy to discuss it further with you, so please do not hesitate to contact us.

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