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Honor Brabazon

Honor Brabazon is a professor at the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto. She holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford.

Professor Brabazon’s research is concerned with the nature and role of law in the neoliberal period, particularly in relation to reconfigurations of public debate and dissent. She uses empirical research conducted in Bolivia, Sweden, the US, India, and Canada to explore and theorize shifting conditions and strategies of social change, including the criminalization of dissent, new approaches to law by social movements, and broader theoretical questions about the transformative potential of law.

Neoliberal institutional and economic reforms have attracted substantial scholarly attention in recent decades, but the role of law in the neoliberal story has been relatively neglected. ‘Understanding neoliberal legality’ was the subject of a day-long conference I organised at Oxford in June, which was generously sponsored by the Department of Politics and International Relations. The event drew together 40 established and emerging academics from across the UK and as far away as Canada, Finland, and Australia. These scholars have been independently researching various aspects of the role of law in the construction and contestation of neoliberalism. Many are members of major research networks in political and legal studies, such as the Institute for Global Law and Policy based at Harvard Law School, and edit prominent sites of scholarly discussion such as the debuting London Review of International Law. The questions and dilemmas animating the meeting included the following: • What form does law take under neoliberalism and to what extent is this new and different? • What role do the content and form of law play in shaping the economic, political, and ideological pillars of the neoliberal project? • What are the implications of these shifts for the ways in which neoliberalism is negotiated and resisted?