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Racism and Law in Europe

An ACES Conversation Series

The 2020 Black Lives Matter protests across European cities triggered a wider public discussion on racism and racial discrimination in Europe. Among the issues discussed was that of the role of law 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 persistence of racist legacies in e.g., labour, immigration, family, and citizenship law.

This monthly conversation series aims to offer a space for academic and practise-oriented reflections on how law is implicated in racializing subjects in today’s Europe, but also discusses law’s potential in responding to racial discrimination and 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.

This semester our conversation series features Ratna Kapur (Queen Mary University)), Mathias Moschel (Central European University), Shreya Atrey (Oxford University), Thomas Spijkerboer (VU Amsterdam) & Chris Gevers (University of KwaZulu-Natal).