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The “Biological Turn” in Law – A Critical Appraisal

This symposium is a cooperation between UNSW Law, the Initiative for Bio-Legalities, the School of Social Sciences, and the Biopolitical Studies Research Network, UNSW.

Date: Friday, 23 October, 2015
Venue: Staff Common Room, Level 2, UNSW Law Building

This symposium is interested in pursuing some of the implications of the “biological turn” in the human and social sciences as they touch upon jurisprudence and legal theory. Many studies show that with the increasing use of biological markers of identity (genetic, biometric, etc.), the traditional category of the legal (and moral) person is increasingly becoming unable to articulate or track the new interfaces between life and law. This symposium thematizes the empirical and normative transformations in the ideas of legal personhood, legal form, and subjective rights caused or motivated by the biologization of law and politics.

PDF of full program and speaker biographies

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