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What does it mean to dream of new anticolonial worlds from within the law school?

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This was a conversation between myself and Beth Kamunge-Kpodo that happened at Queen Mary University, London School of Law on the 8th of February 2023. The conversation was part of The School of Law Anti-racist working group and the Staff Seminar Series. The published version of the conversation first appeared in the Critical Legal Theory Blog on the 1st of July 2023. In this conversation we talk about the last three chapters of Decolonisation and Legal knowledge: Reflections on power and possibility. Bristol University Press, 2023.

How do We Find the Right Language and Tools for Decolonisation in Legal Education?

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On and in the days following 29 November 1781, due to diminishing water and food supplies, the captain of the Zong ordered to be thrown overboard, approximately 130 African captives. Thereafter, the ship owners attempted to claim in court, those deaths in insurance as lost cargo – £30 per person. The underlying unquestioned presumption in the ensuing court-case, Gregson v Gilbert (1783), was stated by Solicitor General John Lee before the court, ‘a portion of our fellow-creatures may become the subject of property.’ Consequently, this case was brought to court on facts of mass murder but was decided on legal principles of insurance only. It has become the subject of many non-legal commentaries, yet it hardly ever finds its way into the law classroom.

“In Words the Subaltern Cannot Speak”: Can we use decolonisation to uncover the silences and absences in legal knowledge?

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This was a conversation between myself and Katie Bales that happened at Queen Mary University, London School of Law on the 8th of February 2023. The conversation was part of The School of Law Anti-racist working group and the Staff Seminar Series. The published version of the conversation first appeared in the Critical Legal Theory Blog on the 1st of July 2023. In this conversation we talk about the first three chapters of Decolonisation and Legal knowledge: Reflections on power and possibility. Bristol University Press, 2023.

What is the Role of Law Schools in the Project of Decolonisation? Some Reflections on Power and Possibility

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Introduction

Since 2015 and the #RhodesMustFall movement in Cape Town, South Africa, as well as its counterpart student movement at Oxford University in the UK, the question of the relevance of decolonisation to higher education has become quite prominent across Global North universities. Before this upsurge of interest, my academic work had been majorly concerned with the effects of incomplete decolonisation of African polities, for example, continued education dependency and humanitarian interventionism. However, with the increased focus on decolonisation in UK higher education, I became extremely frustrated with what I saw as the inadequacy, misunderstandings, and misuses of decolonisation as a practice and logic. I feel that these arose, not only from adamant refusal to engage with the questions thrown up by decolonisation, but also from the lack of a conceptual foundation to engage with those same questions.

Twitter Book Giveaway of “Decolonisation and Legal Knowledge” 15-17 May

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Enter this Twitter Book Giveaway competition to win a free signed copy of my book, Decolonisation and Legal Knowledge: Reflections on Power and Possibility. It will run on Twitter from 12 noon on the 15th of May 2023 to 12 noon on the 17th of May 2023. The rules are simple and as follows:

  • Enter the competition by creating a tweet at any time between 12 noon on the 15th of May 2023 to 12 noon on the 17th of May 2023 (Central European Time),
  • You can either include the picture below in the tweet, or create your own graphic using a picture of the cover of Decolonisation and Legal Knowledge.
  • The tweet should say something about what you have gotten out of the book, hope to get out of the book, or hope people will get from the book.
  • It should also include the hashtag #PowerAndPossibilityBook.
  • Tag at least 3 friends who you think will benefit from the book in the picture.
  • Alert me to the tweet by tagging my handle @folukeifejola in the picture, or in the tweet, or tagging me in a reply to the tweet.
  • I will reply to the tweet with the words “seen and thank you!”
  • The tweet that has the most retweets by 12 noon on the 17th of May (Central European Time) wins the giveaway!
  • The winner will be announced immediately after.
  • The prize is a signed copy of the book, which I will send.
  • I will run similar giveaways on other platforms in due course.

Book Launch Recap: ‘Decolonisation and Legal Knowledge’

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On the 24th of March 2023, the official book launch was held for “Decolonisation and Legal Knowledge: Reflections on Power and Possibility.” Full details here. If anyone is interested in getting the book, there is a 50% discount code: PODALK23. This discount is available till 30/04/2023. It can only be used on the BUP site. In this blog post I will summarise the launch event and reproduce my opening remarks.

Book Launch: ‘Decolonisation and Legal Knowledge’

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Join us on Friday 24 March, 4-6 pm, to celebrate the publication of ‘Decolonisation and Legal Knowledge: Reflections on Power and Possibility’ (Bristol University Press, 2023)

The launch will include a panel discussion and will be followed by a drinks reception.

50% launch discount for in-person attendees, and book signings available on request.

50% discount for online attendees.