February Guest Space: ‘Reason So Construed: Legal Education and the Continued Racialisation of Rights.’
Summary: This talk explores the complicity of legal education in the continued denial of rights and justice. It will start by setting out the history of colonialism and the ways in which reason and rationality were constructed to justify the denial of rights and political inclusion to the colonised. It will then move to consider the ways in which legal education continues to perpetuate these racialised norms through a process of epistemic silencing, which reproduces racialised colonial hierarchies of knowledge, that work to continuously deny rights and justice to the formerly colonised.
Bio: Sonya is an Assistant Professorial Lecturer at the London School of Economics. Her research interests lie in postcolonial feminist legal theory and decolonial theory. Her current work considers the ways that legal education’s continued perpetuation of the colonial hierarchy ultimately prevents rights and justice for racialised persons.
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