What is Injustice?
Inaugural Lecture: Professor Eric Heinze
Wednesday 21st November 2012 at 6:30pm
Skeel Lecture Theatre,
People's Palace, Mile End Campus
Western figures from Plato and Aristotle through to Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Marx and Rawls have subordinated the idea of injustice to the idea of justice. The classical Western tradition has assumed injustice to be merely the logical opposite of justice. But writers like Shakespeare tell a different story. Injustice is not primarily the negation, failure or absence of justice. It is the constant product of regimes and norms of justice. Justice is not always the cure for injustice, and is often its cause.
Eric Heinze (Maîtrise Paris, JD Harvard, PhD Leiden) is Professor of Law & Humanities at Queen Mary. His books include The Concept of Injustice (Routledge 2012), The Logic of Constitutional Rights (Ashgate 2005); The Logic of Liberal Rights (Routledge 2003); The Logic of Equality (Ashgate 2003) and Sexual Orientation: A Human Right (Kluwer 1995) (Russian translation 2004), and Of Innocence and Autonomy: Children, Sex and Human Rights (Ashgate 2000). His recent articles appear in Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Law & Literature, Law & Humanities, Modern Law Review, Harvard Human Rights Journal, International Journal of Law in Context , International Journal of Human Rights, Ratio Juris, Legal Studies, Law & Critique, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence , National Black Law Journal and Journal of Social & Legal Studies, and several edited collections.
A reception will follow the lecture
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