This is the fifth episode in the new monthly ACES conversation series 'Racism & Law in Europe' with Christopher Gevers. The series aims to offer a space for academic and practise-oriented reflections on how law is implicated in racializing subjects in today’s Europe.
|Date||25 January 2022|
Professor Christopher Gevers works on Black Internationalism, Third World Approaches to International Law, Critical Race Theory, and Law and Literature. He teaches international law and legal theory in the School of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Since 2015 he has been a faculty member of the Institute for Global Law & Policy at Harvard Law School. His recent publications appear in the Oxford Handbook of International Criminal Law (2020) and the UCLA Law Review (2021).
The Black Lives Matter protests across European cities opened up a wider public discussion on racism and racial discrimination in Europe. One issue prominently raised, was that of the role of law in Europe in justifying, enabling, or even constituting racialized violence. Yet, despite the ubiquity of the concept of racial discrimination in European laws, as a conceptual category of critical inquiry, race is conspicuously absent in much of the European legal discourse. This is surprising, given the long legacies and continued persistence of racist ideologies in e.g., labour, immigration, family, and citizenship law.
The monthly ACES conversation series Racism and Law in Europe aims to offer a space for academic and practise-oriented reflections on how law is implicated in racialising subjects in today’s Europe. The series will also discuss law’s potential in responding to racial discrimination, or even reversing structural racism.
The conversation series will be held online and invites the audience to think along, and engage with our speakers’ methodological and theoretical approaches. The series will use the zoom seminar format to invite audience participation. Contingent on each speaker’s permission, the initial intervention and the conversation will be recorded and publicised.
The series is hosted and organised by Lys Kulamadayil & Stefan Salomon