Key Concepts & Methods
Research into key concepts and methods provides the
core intellectual building blocks for the CentreLGS
research programme. It addresses analytical and theoretical
issues and is the theoretical ‘linking mechanism’
that draws together the research the other three research
Core research questions include:
in what ways can techniques and methods drawn
from the humanities help to illuminate understandings
of ‘law in practice’?
how can the tension that arises between depictions
of law as performative and constitutive of subjectivities,
on the one hand, and more sociological understandings
of law’s impact and effects on the other, be
mediated and pursued?
to what extent, and in what ways, does the law
treat gender, race, and sexuality as homologous? Can
legal reforms avoid the problems identified by critical
race theorists of law’s tendency towards single
categories of discrimination?
how does legal doctrine construct the relationship
between gender, sexuality and other forms of discrimination,
including race and nationality?
how can feminist, lesbian, gay, and queer theory
and ethics help to re-think justice and conflict resolution
and their relationship to law?