Critical Approaches to Law

Group Leader(s): Dr Andreas Kotsakis

Contact: akotsakis@brookes.ac.uk +44 (0)1865484915

About us


The Critical Approaches to Law Research Group provides a space to study and develop multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks, using contemporary critical thought and continental philosophy, to investigate legal texts and practices. The group has particular interests in:

  • deconstructive legal theory
  • environmental theory and history
  • critical geography
  • aesthetics
  • political economy.

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Andreas Kotsakis

Dr Andreas Kotsakis

Senior Lecturer in Law

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Our philosophy

“Under no circumstances should one pay attention to those who tell one: ‘Don’t criticize, since you are not capable of carrying out a reform’. That’s ministerial cabinet talk. Critique doesn’t have to be the premise of a deduction that concludes, “this, then, is what needs to be done.” It should be an instrument of those who fight, those who resist and refuse what is. Its use should be in the processes of conflict and confrontation, essays in refusal. It doesn’t have to lay down the law for the law. It isn’t a stage in a programming. It is a challenge directed to what is.”

“If prisons and punitive mechanisms are transformed, it won’t be because a plan of reform has found its way into the heads of the social workers; it will be when those who have a stake in that reality, all those people, have come into collision with each other and with themselves, run into dead ends, problems and impossibilities, been through conflicts and confrontations – when critique has been played out in the real, not when reformers have realized their ideas.”

Foucault, Questions of Method, p. 236