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'Is it Possible to Occupy the Law?', a Special Distinguished Lecture by Boaventura de Sousa Santos

@ CSLG Conference Room, Centre for the Study Of Law And Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India - February 5, 2014 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Outline: the newest wave of social protests around the globe calls for a new socio-legal theory of law. All these protests took place between 2011 and 2013 and were so intense and dispersed in 2011 that some authors have characterized this period as the “World Revolution 2011″, a date that would symbolize important eruptions of popular mobilization and protest, such as 1789, 1848, 1917, 1968, and 1989, leading on to structural changes in the world at large. The protests I have in mind are the Arab spring in North Africa and the Middle East, the Occupy Wall Street subsequently expanding to many other cities in the USA, the indignados movement in Southern Europe, and finally, in June 2013, the massive protests in Brazil around public transportation and public services in general. I then try to outline the main traits of the conception or conceptions of law and legal transformation that may be implicit in such protests.

Chair: Prof. Upendra Baxi, Professor Emeritus at the Universities of Warwick and Delhi.

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