Natalie Linda Jones
Dr Natalie Linda Jones, Research Fellow in The Cultural History of the NHS, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick Dr Natalie Linda Jones is an interdisciplinary early career academic and practicing visual artist, focusing on the relationship between abortion, aesthetics and nineteenth-century literature. Previous and forthcoming publications include ‘Hanging On: Reflections on Visual Reproduction and the UK Abortion Act 1967’ (Feminist Legal Studies), ‘Dying for our Biographies: the UK Abortion Act 1967’ (forthcoming chapter in edited collection Women’s Legal Landmarks, co-authored with Dr Nicky Priaulx) and ‘Violins and Symbolic Violence: Abortion Under Arrest?’ (forthcoming chapter for Research Handbook on Art and Law).
Laura Petersen, PhD Candidate, Institute for International Law and the Humanities at The University of Melbourne Laura Petersen is a PhD Candidate at the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at The University of Melbourne. Her research is cross-disciplinary, combining approaches to jurisprudence with literature and visual and public art. Laura’s PhD project joins together her interests in law, German studies, and aesthetics. It has the working title of “Making Good Again? Practices of aesthetics and justice after the Holocaust.” She reads examples from legal and literary writing, and public and visual art as objects which can help us understand the dynamics of attempting Wiedergutmachung / ‘restitution’ in Germany. Laura has an MA from the Freie Universität Berlin and a BA/LLB (1st Hons) from The University of Melbourne. She has recently been awarded an international collaborative grant to lead a team of cross-disciplinary early career scholars to investigate methodologies and techniques surrounding scholarship on the theme of ‘art + conflict’.
Lecturer in Law, Kent Law School Connal is Lecturer in Law at Kent Law School, a Deputy Director of the University of Kent’s Centre for Critical Thought, and Co-Director of the annual Kent Summer School in Critical Theory (Paris). Connal’s interdisciplinary humanities research combines law and jurisprudence with visual culture and political theory. He has qualifications in linguistics and law, and practiced law with the Australian Government Solicitor in Melbourne, mainly in the area of property law, which he teaches at Kent Law School along with Critical Legal Theory and, from 2018, “Art, Law, Politics”. His doctorate was on the relation between law, representation and visuality in the work of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben, and he has authored numerous articles on themes bridging law, art and visual culture: on cinema and the representation of the animal, masks and personhood, public art and public law, the spectacle of protest, and praxes of self-representation in art. He is also the translator of several texts in Italian political thought, including Roberto Esposito’s monograph Categories of the Impolitical (Fordham University Press, 2015). He is currently working on a project on the “Authority of the Artist”. The project asks whether artists who act politically sometimes to so with their own sui generis kind of authority—and if so, whether there is something historically specific about that kind of authority today; from the point of view of neoliberalism, the political economy of art and labour, and the political theology of government and “action”. Also a sometime musician, he has particular interests in performance, sound art, and conceptual art.
Amy Frances Wishart Corcoran
Amy Frances Wishart Corcoran, PhD Candidate, Queen Mary University of London Amy is a PhD candidate at Queen Mary University of London. Her doctoral research investigates the use of public art interventions as a method of supporting migrant-led and migrant solidarity movements within the current EU context. After completing her BSc (Hons) in Psychology and MSc in Research Methods in Psychology, both at The University of Reading, Amy went on to work as a researcher investigating childhood anxiety. During a subsequent 19-month journey around Asia, Amy completed an internship at The Human Rights Education Institute of Burma and decided to pursue a change of career. On returning to the UK, Amy completed an LLM in Human Rights Law at Birkbeck. Throughout her LLM she concentrated on issues of state power and resistance. Amy has published work in both academic and independent publications. This has primarily centred on the policing of protest and her experiences and reflections regarding the ‘Jungle’ in Calais. Amy is involved with groups campaigning around human rights issues and supporting those involved in protest. The majority of Amy's own art practice is politically motivated, though its medium is varied and includes performance, installation and illustration. She was a core artist and organiser for Art the Arms Fair in 2017, which used art to counter the arms trade.
Artist Gil Mualem-Doron (UK/Israel) has been practicing and developing socially and politically engaged art practices since 2000. He works in various media such as photography, digital art, painting, installations and performance. He has exhibited works at places such as the Tate Modern, Liverpool Museum, People’s History Museum (Manchester), EAST66 – Centre For Urbanism, Ha’aretz Museum (Tel-Aviv), International Institute for Urban Ecology, (Detroit), EMA3 Festival (Barcelona) and the Turner Contemporary (Margate). His works have appeared in several books and numerous journals and newspapers. He has won several grants, prizes and commissions from the British Council, The Art Council England and the Henri Ford Foundation, Counterpoints Arts and Platforma. He has lectured in several universities, among them London Metropolitan University, Greenwich University and University of Brighton, and he is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft (Netherlands).
Artist, Teaching Fellow in Media Practice (Photography), University of Sussex Micheál is an artist and teaches at Sussex School of Media Film and Music. His practice is often carried out under the moniker Mocksim. His series Contra-Invention - of appropriated traffic wardens' evidential photographs - was selected for Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d'Arles, 2011, nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, 2012, and part of From Here On, Arts Santa Mónica, Barcelona in 2013. The catalogue had initially been included in Martin Parr's Best Books. Since then he has carried out many similar exercises and interventions. His recently completed doctoral project (Art as 'Artficial Stupidity') discusses these strategies of interaction with everyday functional processes, including misuse, lampooning and tinkering with technological systems. His teaching interests and experience includes photography practices and theory, art and design, digital media and technology art.
Lecturer in Law, Birkbeck Law School Jeremy began his legal career in New Zealand as a Crown prosecutor before moving on to work in commercial litigation. After moving to England, he qualified as a Solicitor and worked in both the public and private sectors as a fraud investigator. A few years ago he decided to become a full time academic after having completed his doctorate, which explored how the impact of legal systems on the regulation and organisation of societies may be analysed and critiqued in the visual sphere using real-time technologies. He is particularly interested in art that questions the way that culture is organised by the intersection of the law and heritage sites and institutions. His research builds on academic qualifications in cultural research and art law as well as his professional experience as a fraud investigator and lawyer. He is currently a Lecturer in Law at Birkbeck School of Law, University of London.
PhD (Law and Theatre) Student, Monash University and the University of Warwick, Actor Sean graduated with a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Monash University and is currently undertaking a joint PhD on law and theatre at Monash University and the University of Warwick. His research interest is in law as performance. More specifically, his work examines the particular elements of legal performance – set, script, audience, sight and sound – across different international settings. Sean also works as a freelance actor, director and theatre producer. He has performed in the Midsumma, Melbourne Fringe and Adelaide Fringe Festivals and at the Malthouse Theatre, Arts Centre and La Mama. He is a proud member of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance.
Artist, Lawyer Jack uses law, social norms and customs as a way of making art. He creates performances, performatives, sculpture, video and participatory projects that highlight the rules that guide human behaviour. Jack trained as a lawyer and worked in civil rights NGOs before becoming an artist. Recent projects include Karaoke Court (2014-ongoing) a singing dispute resolution process, his Singapore Biennale presentation Voices From The Courts examining the vocality of the State Courts of Singapore (2016), Law’s Imagination (2016) a curatorial residency at arebyte exploring legal aesthetics, his solo exhibition How to do things with rules (2015) at the ICA Singapore, and Closure (2012), a year-long residency and exhibition at the UK Department for Health looking at the liquidation of their social work quango. Jack is the 2017/18 inaugural Art & Politics Fellow at the Dept of Politics and International Relations, Goldsmiths College.
PhD (Law) Student, University of Sussex Swastee Ranjan is a doctoral candidate at the School of Law, Politics and Sociology, University of Sussex. Her project explores the role of law in describing the affective and the aesthetic experience of living in the city. Inspired by recent scholarship on new materialism and speculative realism, she engages with questions of environmental aesthetics, affect theory, protest aesthetics and art in public spaces. She is especially concerned with the ways in which spatial justice can be theorised through these approaches. Swastee completed her M.Phil from Centre for the Study of Law and Government (CSLG) at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) at New Delhi. She has previously been a student anchor of Law and Social Sciences Research Network (LASSnet) at CSLG, New Delhi.
PhD researcher at Cardiff Law and Global Justice, Cardiff Law School Lizzy has been interested in art activism and law since her BA in Art History, where she explored examples of art activism and direct action to challenge conceptions women’s bodily autonomy, the right to safe and legal abortion and international law through the organisation Women on Wave. After she completed her degree at Leeds University she worked at Amnesty International Australia, where she was a community campaigner and explored the use of art in engaging people in concepts and issues of human rights, particularly the right to asylum. Lizzy returned to London to complete her MA in International and Comparative Legal Studies at SOAS, where she was able to explore the performativity of law and art as a discursive space to challenge the production of binary and (il)legal subjects through the law. She went on to be involved in community lead policy approaches, such as the London Fairness Commission, before starting a PhD at Cardiff Law School in 2017. Lizzy is also part of the Who Are We? Project (https://www.whoareweproject.com/), a three year project hosted by Tate Exchange which brings together artists, activists and academics to reflect on identity, belonging, migration and citizenship through arts and audience participation. Lizzy's research interests lie in the intersections of law, art and protest, and the opportunities that arise when these interlink. Her PhD research focuses on the outsourcing of border control responsibilities to third/transition countries such as through the EU-Turkey Statement and agreements between the EU and Libya as well as third parties within the UK through the production of the ‘hostile environment'. Lizzy is exploring counter narratives to these measures, focusing on grassroots and creative resistance which centre the voices of those who are the subjects of law rather than the makers or enforcers of laws. Lizzy is interested in collaborating broadly on writing/events/actions around resistances to immigration law and policy both within the UK and internationally, particularly but not exclusively in terms of outsourcing, security and the use of humanitarian aid.
Poet, Playwright and Educator Tommy Sissons is an award-winning poet, playwright and educator based between Brighton and London. He is the narrator of Channel 4's award-winning TV series 'Four to the Floor'. He has done other work with BBC Radio 1, Red Bull, the Imperial War Museum, the National Trust and the Guardian. His poetry has been studied by creative writing and literature students at the University of Trier in Germany and in addition to this, he has taught spoken word at the V&A Museum and a variety of educational institutes across the country. His debut poetry collection ‘Goodnight Son’ was published in June 2016 by Burning Eye Books. Sissons has performed in venues across the UK such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Roundhouse Theatre and the Birmingham Reparatory Theatre, in addition to festivals such as the Edinburgh Fringe, Latitude, Bestival, Camp Bestival and Boomtown. One of the recurring themes in my his work is that of law and criminality. Tommy firmly believes that young people can be deterred from a life of crime by the intervention of art and opportunities for artistic expression in education and youth centres. He believes that the collaboration between art and law could be a fantastic vehicle in researching, discussing and then addressing key issues of criminality in our society. He is particularly keen to work alongside lawyers, judges and police officers in addressing the use of artistic expression as a form or rehabilitation and also as a deterrent from crime. He would be very interested in doing some form of work within the prison system to inform and develop this idea. He would also be very eager to collaborate with art professionals, academics and agitators to create a form of installation on the theme of protest featuring my words alongside provocative art.
Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London Saskia Hufnagel is a Lecturer in Criminal Law at Queen Mary University London. She previously worked as a Research Fellow at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS), Griffith University, Australia, and was a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Leeds. During the completion of her PhD she taught at the ANU College of Law and between 2009 and 2011 she held a permanent teaching position at the University of Canberra. Her main research areas encompass law enforcement cooperation in Asia, North America, the EU and Australasia, comparative constitutional and human rights law with a focus on terrorism legislation and the policing of art crime. She has widely published on national and international police cooperation, security, comparative constitutional law and art crime. Dr Hufnagel is a qualified German legal professional and accredited specialist in criminal law.
Lecturer in Law, University of Sussex Marie Hutton is a Lecturer in law in the School of Law, Sociology and Politics at the University of Sussex. Her research interests lie in family contact in prisons, prisoners’ families and human rights. She has researched prison visitation extensively in prisons across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and has published a number of articles on this topic. Marie is also the co-editor of the forthcoming Handbook on Prison and the Family (Palgrave, 2017). Marie is also interested in arts in prisons and was recently commissioned by Synergy Theatre (in conjunction with The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) to evaluate their work.
Maria Federica Moscati
Lecturer in Family Law, University of Sussex Maria Federica is an Italian advocate and holds a PhD from SOAS. She joined Sussex in January 2015. Before undertaking her doctorate she worked for Save the Children Italy where she specialized in children’s rights. Her main research interests lie in issues relating to ADR, Access to Justice, Comparative Family Law, Human Rights with focus on children, and LGBTI people. Maria Federica combines academic interests with activism in support of LGBTI people, and is a member of Avvocatura per I Diritti LGBTI. Her last two research projects have been awarded funding by the EU Commission. The first project, Litigious Love: Same-Sex Couples and Mediation in the European Union, which she has coordinated on behalf of Avvocatura, involves a comparative analysis of the use of mediation for resolving intra-family disputes between same-sex partners. The second project, Bleeding Love: Raising Awareness on Domestic and Dating Violence Against Lesbians and Transwomen in the European Union, investigates domestic and dating violence against lesbian, transgender and bisexual women in Italy. Maria has developed a booklet on mediation for children of same-sex couples and has worked with a graphic designer to transform her ideas.
Lecturer in Law, University of Sussex Lucy’s work predominantly focuses on the intersection of property within law and resistance, interrogating the spatio-temporality and aesthetics of formal and informal laws, property (squatting and housing), commons and protest. She is author of monograph 'Protest, Property and the Commons: Performances of Law and Resistance' (Routledge, 2016). Her work also looks to broader questions around the intersection of art and law, resistance, legal and illegal understandings of art, property, aesthetics and politics. She is currently developing the 'Art/Law Network' (in collaboration with Sussex's Art and Law Research Cluster), where artists, activists, lawyers, practitioners and other such agitators can share their work and ideas, create art projects on law; law projects on art; collaborate on methodological and pedagogical approaches to law, through art; art, through law - and anything else in between. Lucy uses the thermodynamic property 'entropy' a lot in her work, in relation to law, resistance, aesthetics which explains nonlinear and linear relations of time through understandings of complexity theory (see 'Seeing Red: Entropy, Property and Resistance in the Summer Riots', Law and Critique, 2012). Lucy is also an artist and musician, see www.yeoldefinch.com, @yeoldefinch.
Law Faculty, Universidad Austral de Chile Leticia studied Applied Arts in Paraguay a long time ago and presented her oil paintings in some exhibitions around small galleries in Asuncion. A few years after she studied Law in Argentina and moved to Barcelona where she completed her PhD on social and economic rights. Leticia is fascinated by street art in general and the representation of women in public space in particular. Leticia is developing a research project which examines legal and social issues of gender and identity as represented in the public domain, confronting stereotypes and double standards associated with gender.
Reader in Philosophy Kathleen is an Analytic Philosopher whose research is primarily in fiction, interpretation, imagination and art, and has a book on the first three of these forthcoming with OUP (‘Only Imagine: Fiction, Interpretation and Imagination’) In her book she defended ‘extreme intentionalism’ about fictional content (what a book makes fictionally true is a matter of the intentions of the author). There is a parallel question about the content of constitutions and laws - what is their content? Is it determined by the intentions of the speaker, or not? She is also interested in and have published on definitions of art. She recently wrote ‘What is Aesthetics?’ for ‘What is this thing called Philosophy?’ Ed. D, Pritchard, Routledge. In it, one of the questions she surveyed what the nature of art is and whether it has an essence.
Lawyer, Social Sculptor Qualified as a Spanish lawyer, Isabel received her Law Degree from the University of Granada. After a long career as a practising lawyer, she missed creativity in my legal work so decided to explore the field of art. The University Complutense of Madrid awarded her Degree in Fine Arts. During her art studies she came across the so-called 'Expanded Concept of Art' also called 'Social Sculpture' which showed her how to work combining both disciplines. Since Isabel was keen to learn more about this amazing finding, she decided to study an MA at the Social Sculpture Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University. The successful outcomes motivated her to continue with this initiative and undertake deeper and more rigorous research on it. Currently she is working on a concept which synthesizes Law and Art called 'Warm Law'. To learn more about it please visit the website at www.warmlaw.com.
Independent Postdoctoral Researcher Emma is currently conducting independent research on law, evictions and environment in film. Last year she was a Research Fellow at the Kate Hamburger Centre "Recht als Kultur" in Bonn, focusing on critical autopoesis, diaspora legal cultures and the European spatial imaginary. Prior to this she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at King’s College London (June – September 2016) during which time she explored spatial imaginaries in Australian film and literature in relation to offshore processing and international refugee legislation. She was awarded a doctorate in June 2015 from the University of Muenster, where she was employed as a Marie Curie Research Fellow on the CoHaB (diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging) ITN. She has had work published in the Australian Feminist Law Journal; Polémos; Symbolism; and Law and Literature. She is interested in reading law through cinematography, specifically working towards a critical method of reading the specificities of frame and composition in 'diaspora' film, which subverts and deconstructs broader legal spatial imaginaries of the normative. She is also an artist herself, making short films and painting scenes depicting the relationship of spatiality to justice. She would like to collaborate with others interested in the relationship of law and the visual aesthetic as a critical methodology; subversive deconstruction of European spatial imaginaries through art; and the application of legal theory to visual spaces, architectural drawings, housing and temporary camps.
Honorary Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, Australia Duncan Chappell, a lawyer and criminologist, is an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney. A former Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology, and a member of the Australian Law Reform Commission, he has also held senior academic posts in Australia, Canada and the US, and has been a consultant to government and international bodies including the UN, ILO and Commonwealth. He is currently a member of Australia’s National Cultural Heritage Committee, and teaches in the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art (ARCA) annual post graduate art crime program Duncan Chappell has researched and published widely on a range of crime and criminal justice topics, including art crime and trafficking in cultural property. Among his most recent publications on this subject are two books- Crime in the Art and Antiquities World: Illegal Trafficking in Cultural Property (2011) published by Springer, New York, and co-edited with Stefano Manacorda of the University of Paris, and Contemporary Perspectives on the Detection, Investigation and Prosecution of Art Crime: Australasian, European and North American Perspectives (2014) published by Ashgate, London and co-edited with Saskia Hufnagel of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow, Westminster Law School, University of Westminster Danilo Mandic is a Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow at the Centre for Law, Society and Popular Culture, Westminster Law School, University of Westminster in London. Danilo holds an LLM in Entertainment Law from the Westminster Law School and he completed his doctorate for a thesis concerning the relation between copyright and technology titled Copyright and Technology: Hearing the Dissonance at the same school. His research interests include copyright law, legal theory, art and law, media and communication, and sound studies. Beside his research and teaching, Danilo is an author of several conceptual art projects and installations with a focus on urban spaces, sound art, the relations between text and sound.
Visiting Senior Lecturer in Media Ethics and Digital Culture, University of West London Charlie Blake is visiting Senior Lecturer in Media Ethics and Digital Culture at the University of West London and in Philosophy for the Free University of Brighton, executive editor of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, and composer and performer in the post-industrial ensemble, Babyslave. He has published recently on music and metamorphosis, animality and ahumanist ethics, ecosophy, pornotheology, hypostition, aesthetic nihilism and the greater politics of bees and werewolves.
Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, University of Sussex Dr Andres Guadamuz is a Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Sussex and an international consultant for the World Intellectual Property Organization. His main research areas are open licensing, software protection, digital copyright, and complexity in networks. Andres has published two books, the most recent one of which is "Networks, Complexity and Internet Regulation" with the British publisher Edward Elgar, and he regularly blogs at Technollama.co.uk. Since 2005, he has been involved with Creative Commons Scotland (while lecturer at University of Edinburgh and Associate Director of the SCRIPT Centre), Costa Rica and now the UK. He is particularly interested in what some called procedurally-generated art, that is, artwork created by some sort of artificial intelligence.
Professor of Law & Theory, Director of Westminster Law & Theory Lab Andreas is Professor of Law & Theory and Director of The Westminster Law & Theory Lab, an international research centre in the heart of London with a vibrant series of events, publications, internships and research clusters. Andreas' research interests are radically interdisciplinary and include critical legal theory, sociolegal studies, autopoiesis, philosophy, psychoanalysis, architecture, geography, art, ecophilosophy, object-oriented ontology, theology, phenomenology, and their critical instances of confluence. He has been invited to talk about his research in various institutions around the world. He retains professorial affiliations with The Copenhagen Business School, Centre for Management, Politics and Philosophy, and the Department of Design and Planning in Complex Environments, IUAV, Venice. In his spare time, Andreas is also an artist, focusing on photography, text pieces and performance under the name picpoet.
Professor of Law, Kent Law School Amanda specialises in empirically grounded, theoretically informed, cross-disciplinary approaches to law, in particular to the econo-legal. She has qualifications in law, economics and visual communication. Since 2013 she has been exploring what (primarily graphic) design can do for law—in particular for the type of sociolegal research in which she specialises; and paying attention to law’s roles as a discrete discipline, as part of the wider academic sphere of social sciences and humanities, and as a field of wider social, economic and cultural concern. Her current project, Sociolegal Model Making, aims to explore the benefits and risks of using design-based strategies, and model-making in particular, to enhance sociolegal research—that is, the systematic reinterpretation of law as a social phenomenon. The objectives are first to reframe the sociolegal research process itself as a social phenomenon that can productively be approached through design-based strategies; and second to provoke and facilitate sociolegal researchers to engage in model making at every stage of their research process.
Artist and Inclusive Arts Practitioner, Brighton Oasis Project and Rocket Artists Alison works as an Inclusive artist with a special interest in outdoor participatory practice. With Brighton Oasis Project, she work with children and young people affected my substance misuse and has been Project Manager of Brighton Oasis Project's Arts Council funded programme the 'Art of Attachment'. With Rocket Artists she works with adults with a learning disability in their supported studio at Phoenix, Brighton. Walker, painter, climber. Previously - MA Inclusive Arts Practice at Brighton University Art/English BA Hons at Canterbury Christ Church University Resident Painter at Alderney Pottery, Channel Islands Illustrator, mural painter, painting tutor, tree surgeon.
Senior Lecturer in Modern Poetry, University of Kent Ben Hickman is Senior Lecturer in Modern Poetry at the University of Kent, and Director of the Centre for Modern Poetry, having studied at University College, London and the University of Kent. Recent publications include John Ashbery and English Poetry (Edinburgh University Press, 2012), and Poetry and Real Politics: Crisis and the US Avant-Garde (2015), also with EUP. His current work is interested in notions of minor literature, particularly as they relate to immediate contingencies, including political efficacy, real legal restraints and material relatedness and conditions. He also co-ordinates The Topographies Project, which brings together academics, artists and activists to collaboratively read, represent and map Kent’s urban and rural spaces, political movements, contemporary writing of place and legal frameworks of mobility.
Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications, University of Sussex Eleftheria is interested in the relationship between communication, politics and culture. She has previously published work on consumer activism, digital media and civic engagement, and has recently been researching media activism and creative tactics. Prior to joining the School, she was a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy at Goldsmiths College, University of London and Visiting Scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She holds degrees in political science (BA, University of Crete) and media and communications (MSc, London School of Economics and PhD, Goldsmiths College), and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She also curates a documentary archive (http://greekdocsblog.wordpress.com/) showcasing independent documentary production in the context of the crisis in Greece. Her research relates to the Art/Law Network with regards to the question of creative activism. Specifically, it is relevant to the various tactics of subvertising which might include challenging or appropriation of law and culture through artistic interventions. She would be interested in examining the political role of art and the challenges it faces or it can pose to the framework of law. Generally, is very interested in the relationship between art and activism as well as the appropriation of law.
Legal Strategist, The Flow Partnership Mothiur trained at a top 20 City law firm before working for 7 years as a lawyer specialising in planning, environmental and public law related matters, with a focus on major infrastructure and public authorities. He resigned in 2012 to begin an inquiry into finding work that engaged his passions for meaning and creativity which led to his co-founding the Community Chartering Network (www.communitychartering.org), studying for a Masters in Ecological Design Thinking at Schumacher College in Devon, and is now setting up his own ecological legal practice called New Economy Law, to build on his experience and learning. Mothiur supports clients who are passionate about bringing in a more ecological and beautiful world, developing legal strategies with them to unlock new possibilities in a rapidly changing world (www.neweconomylaw.org). His dissertation study was partly about how the idea of "lawscapes" helps in seeing how the contours of "landscapes" are shaped and moulded over many generations through their interaction with the lawscape (the lawscape in this instance being the set of conceptual metaphors created through the imaginative act that have the capacity to evolve into legal instruments over generations). He believes Art could help shape a new set of conceptual metaphors for helping sense into the lawscape which wants to emerge.
Elaine Quinn, Freelance Solicitor, Magazine Editor and Founder of The Conscious Lawyer Elaine trained and qualified as a solicitor at a small general practice in Ireland before moving to Sydney in 2008. There, she worked for over four years in the highly regarded dispute resolution department of Kennedys. In 2013, she moved to London and has since then worked with Pinsent Masons freelance legal arm called Vario. Her own legal expertise is litigation/dispute resolution in the fields of media/defamation, insurance and general commercial. Alongside this mainstream legal career, Elaine has pursued a passion for mindfulness and meditation, qualifying as a Yoga Alliance UK certified meditation teacher in 2015. In 2016, she founded a new online magazine called 'The Conscious Lawyer - Serving the Transition to a More Beautiful World' which aims to raise awareness about more conscious ways of learning about, and practising, law. She is very interested in exploring the field of Art and Law as an important field of study and interest in the magazine.
Alan W Moore
Writer, Researcher Alan researches the squatting movement in Europe, producing a yearly journal of occupation culture called “House Magic” (2009-2016). He published “Occupation Culture: Art, Squatting and the City from Below” (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2015). The PDF is online at http://www.minorcompositions.info/?p=684. He lives in Madrid, and work with a European network of researchers called SqEK. With a small grant they obtained, he edited an anthology of texts (with Alan Smart), “Making Room: Cultural Production in Occupied Spaces” (Journal of Aesthetics & Protest/Other Forms, 2015; PDF online at http://joaap.org/press/makingroom.htm). In addition, he continues to work on the archive of the NYC artists' group Colab. His texts are included in the book, Max Schumann, ed., “A Book About Colab (and Related Activities)” (Printed Matter, NY, 2016). As an art historian (PhD, CUNY, 2000), he has written on artists’ groups. He worked with Colab and helped start the cultural center ABC No Rio in New York City. He wrote “Art Gangs: Protest and Counterculture in New York City” (Autonomedia, 2011), and chapters for Julie Ault, “Alternative Art NY”; Blake Stimson & Gregory Sholette, “Collectivism after Modernism”; and Clayton Patterson, “Resistance: A Political History of the Lower East Side.” He taught modern and contemporary art history and theory for some 10 years. Before that, he worked as a writer and artist in New York City from 1974-2009. He continues to be very interested in alternative and transgressive culture, and its organizational, social and economic bases. Happy to work on projects related to squatting, commmonsing, alternative economy.
Debra Benita Shaw
Reader in Cultural Theory, University of East London Debra Benita Shaw is a Reader in Cultural Theory at the University of East London where she teaches Photography and Visual Cultures. She is the author of Women, Science & Fiction: The Frankenstein Inheritance and Technoculture: The Key Concepts and co-editor of Radical Space: Exploring Politics and Practice. She is a critical posthumanist with interests in science fiction, urban studies and science and technology studies and has published widely in international journals. Her book, Posthuman Urbanism: Mapping Bodies in Contemporary City Space, was published by Rowman & Littlefield International in 2017. She is also a series editor of Radical Cultural Studies for Rowman & Littlefield International and co-director of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research at UEL. Debra's work is linked to the art/law network through her interest in visual urban cultures, literature and social change as well as art's ability to challenge fixed ontological categories. She would be interested in collaborations which focus on creative activity which unsettles species boundaries and thus what/who is recognised as a subject under the law.