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Launch of Centre for Law, Ethics and Globalisation

Published: 23 April 2009

A new Centre has been established within the School of Law at the University of Southampton in response to a growing demand for wide-ranging, critical thinking on the processes of globalisation and their impact on all aspects of social life and relations. The Centre encourages comparative, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research and serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas relating to law, ethics and globalisation.

Centre Aims

The Centre aims to encourage and promote excellence and creativity in research, foster public discussion and enhance local, national and international dialogue and relations; to add to the University of Southampton’s existing reputation for innovative, world-class research; and to enhance the School of Law’s international reputation for research and expertise, establishing a focal point for cutting-edge research in law, ethics and globalisation among a highly diverse research community.

First Public Lecture: Thursday 23rd of April 2009

The launch of the Centre was marked by a public lecture:

'Global Injustice and Democratic Redress: Reflections on the Function of a Critical Legal Theory' given by Emilios Christodoulidis, Professor of Legal Theory, University of Glasgow.

For further information about the lecture and the Centre please contact:

Dr Oren Ben-Dor:

Dr Emily Reid:

Speaker Profile:

Emilios Christodoulidis has been a Professor of Legal Theory in the University of Glasgow since 2006 and a Visiting Professor at Antwerp Law School since 2008. Before 2006 he held a Readership at Edinburgh as well a Visiting Professorship at the European Academy for Legal Theory in Brussels between 1996-8.

Professor Christodoulidis, has research interests in the area of the philosophy and sociology of law, as well as in constitutional theory. His doctoral thesis (1996) won the European Award for Legal Theory and as the book, Law and Reflexive Politics [Dordrecht: Kluwer 1998], won the 1998 prize for outstanding legal scholarship awarded by the Society of Public Teachers of Law.

Professor Christodoulidis is the editor of, and a contributor to, numerous volumes as well as an author of many articles the most recent of which include ‘Republican Constitutionalism and Reflexive Politics’ (2006); ‘The Politics of ‘Liquid Modernity’: Polanyi and Bauman on Commodification and Liquidity’ (2007); ‘Against Substitution: the Constitutional thinking of Dissensus’ (2007); ‘European Constitutionalism: the Improbability of self-determination’ (2008) and ‘Public Law as Political Jurisprudence’ (2008). He has also written extensively about the legal and ethical implications of truth and reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa.

In 2002 he gave the seventh KOBE lecture series in Japan including ‘Republican Constitutionalism and Reflexive Politics’; ‘Legal Reasoning and Exclusion’ and ‘European Constitutionalism: Dilemmas and Aspirations’. He currently edits the reviews section of Social &Legal Studies and is a member of the editorial board of numerous leading Journals.

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