UCL Faculty of Laws


"decolonising" law

An interdisciplinary series of public lectures on topics concerned with the relationships between law, race, imperialism, colonialism, anti-imperialism, and de-/anti-/post-colonialism.

A statue of Winston Churchill on a plinth daubed with the words "was a racist"

(Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona, @theeastlondonphotographer)

These lectures will take place online on Zoom, at a time chosen to maximise the possibility of live attendance globally.  Each session will last one hour, with 5 minutes for a short introduction, 35 minutes for the lecture, and 20 minutes for Q and A. Attendance is open to all, without a fee—registration is required, via the link for each lecture below In most cases, the event will be recorded, and posted online on this page afterwards.

Convened by Ralph Wilde and Alonso Gurmendi Dunkelberg, with the greatly appreciated organizational support of Lisa Penfold, Events Manager at UCL Laws.

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Recordings from previous talks

Debt, International Law and Reparations
Prof. Vasuki Nesiah (NYU)
25 October 2021

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Decolonizing the Construction of Knowledge: Editing a Handbook on International Law of the Americas
Prof Liliana Obregón (Universidad de los Andes)
1 November 2021

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Race and Empire: Legal Theory Within, Through and Across National Borders
Prof. E. Tendayi Achiume and Prof. Aslı Bâli (University of California, Los Angeles)
22 November 2021

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Contesting intervention in Latin America:
Exploring spatial ordering in international law.

Dr Fabia Fernandes Carvalho, Melbourne.
7 March 2022

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Live to tell: Rights of Nature in the forthcoming Chilean Constitution
Professor Amaya Alvez Marín, Universidad de Concepción
14 March 2022

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Decolonising Revolution in International Law
Dr Vidya Kumar, University of Leicester
9 May 2022


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