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School of Law
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+44 (0)1865 484907
Headington Hill Hall, H2.10.
Chris joined the School of Law at Oxford Brookes University in September 2012 as a Lecturer in Law, having previously been a Teaching Fellow in Criminal Law at Durham University (2011-2012) and a Sessional Lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London (2008-2011).
Chris became Senior Lecturer in Law in September 2016.
As of 1st September 2017 Chris is the Subject Coordinator for the LLB Degree.
He holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Kent (2006) and is currently finalising his Doctoral Thesis within the School of Law at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Chris is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
In 2014-2015, and 2015-2016 Chris was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Leicester giving lectures on the Law and Political Theory module.
To book an appointment to see Chris in his Office and Feedback Hours please use your Oxford Brookes University Google Account to log into this link.
Chris teaches on the following modules:
Chris has taught on the following modules:
Chris' Office and Feedback Hours for Semester 2 of 2019-20 are as follows:
Tuesday 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Thursday 3:00pm - 5:00pm
School of Law, Headington Hill Hall, Room H2.10
To book an appointment in Chris' Office and Feedback Hours please use your Oxford Brookes University Google Account to log into this link.
Chris' research has two main strands: the first is a broad concern with the critical legal theory stemming from work of the late French theorist Jacques Derrida and the second concerns the application of this theory as a methodology for engaging with criminal law, particularly sexual offences.
Chris has also begun to research on the work of the French philosopher Catherine Malabou.
Broadly, Chris is also interested in feminist legal theory, law and the digital, biopolitics, the concepts of la and le politique, and the history - and future - of 'British Critical Legal Theory'.
Chris has original publications in Law Text Culture, the Australian Feminist Law Journal, Social & Legal Studies, and Information & Communications Technology Law, as well as in the Routledge edited collections Graphic Justice: Intersections of Comics and Law (Thom Giddens ed.) and Synesthetic Legalities: Sensory Dimensions of Law and Jurisprudence (Sarah Marusek ed.).
Chris has reviews published in Law, Culture and the Humanities, Derrida Today, Feminist Legal Studies, and Social & Legal Studies.
Chris has published on the relationship between legal theory and comic books, the deconstructive genealogy of marital immunity in rape law, the crime of sexting, the legality of drone warfare as examined through the eyes of deconstructive theory and critical art, the link between deconstruction and biopolitics - in the work of Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault respectively - and the ways in which deconstructive legal theory can be seen to be significant, and relevant, for politics, with regards to the distinction in French theory between la and le politique.
Chris' 2017 article in Social & Legal Studies has a blog post accompanying it: https://socialandlegalstudies.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/the-politics-of-british-critical-legal-studies/
Chris' 2017 article in Information & Communications Technology Law 'The crime of sexting: a deconstructive approach' has 50 free copies of it available here: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/fpvbe3EjyQS7bZThmDAp/full
Chris would be particularly interested in doctoral supervision of projects relating to post-structural legal theory (particularly the work of Jacques Derrida) and/or sexual offences law in England and Wales.
Critical Approaches to Law Research Group
Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Research Group
All of Chris' research is available to view here: https://oxfordbrookes.academia.edu/ChrisLloyd
The graphic novels Planet Hulk and World War Hulk feature the green goliath of the Marvel Universe, The Incredible Hulk (Hulk, or the Hulk, hereafter) as the protagonist in two tales both which deal with gladiatorial violence and sovereignty. The novels feature classic archetypal comic narratives such as violence leading to retribution, law leading to justice and sovereignty leading to rule. However the novels feature pervasive critiques which imbue these homogenous narratives, leading to their subversion. These normalising narratives of le politique are thus warped into alternate manifestations, wherein violence breeds total annihilation, law succumbs to mutation and sovereignty implodes to nothing. Consequently the novels feature an unusual yet poignant subversion of the traditional metaphysics of political and legal theory.
Acknowledging Jacques Derrida’s insistent claim that deconstruction ‘happens’ as a metaphysical occurrence, this article seeks to examine deconstruction’s happening to law. Through an examination of the English criminal law case R. v R  1 A. C. 599 the article seeks to investigate deconstruction’s happenings with regards to the origins, fictions, exceptions, inventions and potentialities found within the case. Tracing Matthew Hale’s performative utterance regarding marital immunity from rape through common law history the article questions the significance of deconstruction’s workings in the case. Inquiring further into the case’s disclosure of fictional origins, instances of exceptional affirmation and moments of emancipatory feminist potential, the article then asks if the case is illustrative of the radical potential inherent in deconstruction’s metaphysics for creating ‘true’ invention in law.
This chapter speculatively investigates the relationship between Jacques Derrida’s metaphysical critique (deconstruction) and Michel Foucault’s conception of the politics of life (bio-politics). Drawing on crucial recent works by Kalpana Rahita Seshadri1 and Kevin Attell2 that have posited strong connections between Derrida and “the greatest contemporary divulgator of Foucault’s biopolitical narrative” (Giorgio Agamben),3 the chapter then examines Foucault’s original bio-political thinking – namely, his work on Jeremy Bentham’s “Panopticon” – in an attempt to connect this to a lesser-known area of Derrida’s deconstructive juridical thought.
Chris has also contributed to the academically minded horror periodical Exquisite Terror (ed. Naila Scargill), with an article entitled 'Inpenetrable Insanity - Dr. Hannibal Lecter: A Case Study.'
In this article Chris uses legal analysis to determine whether or not Dr. Hannibal Lecter is criminally "insane" and thus whether or not he is legally culpable for his grotesque crimes. Reviews of the periodical are here and here.
Criminal Law (Sexual Offences), Critical Legal Theory, Deconstruction
Chris is an External Examiner for the School of Law at the University of Essex.
'Ratio decidendi ... the saga continues,'
Critical Legal Conference, The University of Perugia, Italy, Sep 2019.
‘Ratio decidendi …again,’
Critical Legal Conference, The Open University, Milton Keynes, Sep 2018.
‘There is nothing outside the sext,’
21st Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, Georgetown Law School, Washington D.C, USA, March 2018.
‘Sexting, Catastrophe, Law,’
Critical Legal Conference, University of Warwick, Coventry, Sep 2017.
‘Deconstruction and Bio-politics: Asymmetrical Visuality, Spacing, Power’,
5th International Derrida Today Conference, Goldsmiths, University of London, June 2016.
19th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, University of Connecticut Law School, Hartford, Connecticut, April 2016.
‘Deconstruction and Bio-politics: Anachrony, Apparition, Law’,
16th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law, University of Hawai’i, Hawai’i, April/May 2015.
‘A Retort to Norrie: Derrida, Law, and the Socio-Historical,’
Critical Legal Conference, University of Sussex, Brighton, Sep 2014.
4th International Derrida Today Conference, Fordham University (New York City), New York, May/June 2014.
‘Judge, Jury and Executioner: Judge Dredd, Jacques Derrida, Drones,’
Graphic Justice Symposium, St. Mary’s University Twickenham, London, Sep 2013.
‘ce qui arrive: The future of (Derrida’s) deconstruction,’
London Conference in Critical Theory, Royal Holloway, London, Oct 2013
‘Hale’s performativity: Arkhē, storytelling, and narrative in English rape law.’
4th Biennial International Applied Legal Storytelling Conference, in association with the ‘Legal Writing Institute’ and the ‘Clinical Legal Education Association,’ The City Law School, City University London, London, Jul 2013.
‘The rationales of terror nurture the working magic of law,’ Roundtable discussion (reader meets author) with Colin Dayan discussing The Law is White Dog: How Legal Rituals Make and Unmake Persons, (Princeton, 2011),
Law, Culture and the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, London, Mar 2013.
‘“It adds only to replace”: The Fetish of Immunity in Law; The Fetish of Law in Immunity’
Critical Legal Conference, University of Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth, UK, Sep 2011.
‘Anachrony makes the law’
Invited presentation at the Altona Foundation for Philosophical Research, Hamburg, Germany, Nov 2010.
‘But it is, in law, what suspends law’: Derrida's law as autoimmune’
2nd International Derrida Today Conference, The British Academy, London, UK, Jul 2010.
‘The (re)thinking of community in Derrida and Esposito: In defence of Derrida's ‘autoimmune community’’
10th Essex Conference in Critical Political Theory, University of Essex, Essex, UK, Jun 2010.
‘The (Autoimmune) Performative of Law: ‘a law still nonexisting, a law still ahead, still having to and yet to come’’
Plenary Panel Lecture at Performatives After Deconstruction Conference, University of Kingston, Kingston Upon Thames, UK, Jun 2010.
‘Immune disorder is also in order…’ - Derrida's (and Nancy's) autoimmunity and the subject (in law)’
Critical Legal Conference, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK, Sep 2009.
Symptom In Theory Conference, University of Cardiff, Cardiff, UK, Sep 2009.
‘Derrida on Marx: Anachrony and Autoimmunity’
Birkbeck Law School Postgraduate Conference, Birkbeck College, University of London, London, UK, May 2009.
‘Ghosts of Illegality and Derrida's Autoimmunity’
Critical Legal Conference, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK, Sep 2008.
Twitter handle: @ChrisLloydLaw1