The critic's love of the law: Intimate observations on an insuear jurisdiction

Peter Goodrich

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This article, which should not in any sense be taken to reflect the views of the Editorial Board of Law and Critique, argues that the political project of critical legal studies in England remains overwhelmingly in the future. Eacking academic identity, political purpose and ethical conviction, critical legal scholarship in England has been too insecure in its institutional place and too unconscious of its individual and collective desires to resist absorption into the institution. Critical legal studies - as distinct from feminist legal studies, gay and lesbian studies or critical race theory - has tended to teach and so reproduce the core curriculum in a passive and negative mode. Resistant, ostensibly for historical and political reasons, to self-criticism and indeed to self-reflection upon their institutional practices, critical scholars have ended up repeating the law that they came to critique and overcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-360
Number of pages18
JournalLaw and Critique
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999


  • Farewell to England
  • Instability
  • Invective
  • Narcissism
  • Nihilism
  • Pay rises
  • Status obsessions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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