The Conscious Lawyer
‘Grace’ featured on the front cover of ‘The Conscious Lawyer’, May 2017

Lucy’s work predominantly focuses on the intersection of property within law and resistance, interrogating the spatio-temporality and aesthetics of formal and informal laws, property (squatting and housing), commons and protest.

Her work also looks to broader questions around the intersection of art and law, resistance, legal and illegal understandings of art, property, aesthetics and politics.  She is currently developing an ‘Art/Law Network‘ where artists, activists, lawyers, practitioners and other such agitators can share their work and ideas, create art projects on law; law projects on art; collaborate on methodological and pedagogical approaches to law, through art; art, through law – and anything else in between.

Lucy uses the thermodynamic property ‘entropy’ a lot in her work, in relation to law, resistance, aesthetics which explains nonlinear and linear relations of time through understandings of complexity theory.

Lucy enjoys clinical legal approaches to teaching, the project ‘StreetLaw Brighton‘ with local art gallery Art Schism inspiring her recent turn to law and art, and the use of art/law clinical legal pedagogies.

Lucy is Senior Lecturer in Law and Art at the Law School, Law Politics and Sociology, University of Sussex.  

List of Works


Protest, Property and the Commons – Performances of Law and Resistance (2016), Social Justice Books Series (London, Routledge)

Edited Collections

Art, Law, Power: Perspectives on Legality and Resistance in Contemporary Aesthetics, with Eleftheria Lekakis (Counterpress, 2019)


Re-Worlding: A Theory of Art/Law (2018)

Voids, Vacuums and Loopholes – Escaping to the Heart of Law (Forthcoming), with Charlie Blake in ‘Holes’ Special Issue, Emotion, Space and Society

Squatters’ right – a case study on ‘legal movements’ theory (2017), Socialist Lawyer, 40-45

Beauty, Totality, Violent Law (2017), The Conscious Lawyer, 8-10

ArtLaw Network (2017), The Conscious Lawyer, 11-12

Letters on Legal Architecture (2016), with Leopold Lambert, ARCH+ Legislating Architecture, Berlin, May, 14-20, 14-21

Law in Numbers – The Poiesis of the Crowd (2014), Lo Squaderno (Crowded Spaces), 13-18

Fracking and the Legal and Extra-Legal in Planning Procedures (2014), Journal of Environmental Law and Planning, 1210-214

Responding to the Private Regulation of Dissent – Climate Change Action, Popular Justice and the Right to Protest (2013), 25, Journal of Environmental Law, 2, 293-304

Seeing Red – Entropy, Property and Resistance in the Summer Riots 2011 (2012), 23, Law and Critique, 3, 199-217

The Criminalisation of Squatting (2011), 50-51, Corporate Watch Magazine, 23-25

Finding Space for Resistance through Legal Pluralism – The Hidden Legality of the UK Social Centre Movement (2010), 60, Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 31-52

An Anarchists Wetherspoons or Virtuous Resistance? Social Centres as MacIntyres Vision of Practice-based Communities (2008), 7, Philosophy of Management, 1, 21-32


In Vacuums of Law We Find- Outsider Poiesis in Street Art and Graffiti in D. Chappell and S. Hufnagel (eds.) Art Crime Handbook (London, Palgrave MacMillan, Forthcoming)

Continua of (In)Justice (2018) in A. Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (ed.) Handbook of Law and Theory (London, Routledge) 104-123

Nonlinearity, autonomy and resistant law (2018) in T. Webb and S. Wheatley (eds.) Complexity Theory & Law: Mapping an Emergent Jurisprudence, Law, Science and Society Series (London, Routledge) 213-233

Speculative Entropy – Dynamism, Hyperchaos and the Fourth Dimension in Environmental Law Practice (2018) in A. Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos and V. Brooks (eds.) ‘Research Methods in Law Series (Handbook of Research Methods in Environmental Law)’ (London, Edward Elgar Publishing) 104-130

Time’s Up – Resisting Private Limitations on Rights to Housing and Protest (2016) in M. Vols and J. Sidoli del Ceno (eds.) Regulating the City: Contemporary Urban Housing Law (The Hague, Eleven Publishing) 81-107

The Changing Architectures of Adverse Possession and a Poltiical Aesthetics of Squatting (2014) in L. Fox-O’Mahony et al. (eds.) ‘’Vulnerable Demons’? Moral Rhetoric and the Criminalisation of squatting’ (London, Routledge) 204-223

Squatting in London – Squatters Rights and Legal Movement(s) (2014) in B. van der Steen and A. Katzeff (eds.) ‘The City is Ours’ (2014) (Oakland, PM Press) 207-231

The Case of the Naughty in Relation to Law (2013) in E. Loizidou (ed.) ‘Disobedience: Concept and Practice’ (London, Routledge) 83-97

An Epistolary Conversation with Léopold Lambert (2013) in ‘The Funambulist Papers: Volume 4’ (Brooklyn, Punctum Books) 9-22

Squats and Spaces Solidarity Day: The Globe as a Temporary Autonomous Zone (2008) in “What’s this Place? Stories from Radical Social Centres in the UK and Ireland”, ESRC funded project ‘Autonomous Geographies’ (Leeds, Footprints Woklers Co-Operative) 76-79

Book Reviews

Book Review Securitisation of Property Squatting (2014)Book Review Securitisation of Property Squatting (2014), Mary Manjikian, London, Routledge in ‘Journal of Urban Studies’, 51 (6), 1341-1344


Who’s Guarding Property Guardians?, The Guardian, Friday 9 June 2010


Eminent Domain v Imminent Domain:  The Law and its Spatial Practices, published at


Nowhere Left to Dance:  ScumTek, the Electronic Underground and Neoliberal Mainstreamism, (2016), published at

Their Law:  The New Energies of UK Squats, Social Centres and Eviction Resistances in the Fight Against Expropriation (Part 2 of 2) (2015), published at

Their Law:  The New Energies of UK Squats, Social Centres and Eviction Resistances in the Fight Against Expropriation (Part 1 of 2) (2015), published at

Locating a Right to Protest (2014), published at

Letters on Legal Architecture (2013), published at

The Law of the Commons:  Climate Change Protest in Buckfastleigh (2013), published at

Architecture and the Law: An Epistolary Conversation with Dr. Lucy Finchett-Maddock in four letters (2013), published at

No Home for Squatters’ Rights:  Limitations and Legitimated Violence (2012), published at

Burroughs Called the Law (2012), with Nathan Moore, published at

Entropy, Law and Funambulism (2011), published at

To Dis or Not to Dis?  Disobedience in Relation to Naughty and Law’s Response (2011), published at and

Some Indonesian Recollections on Critical Legal Pluralism(2011), published at

Critical Legal Pluralism and the Law of the Ulayat (2011), RUPES Working Paper

Trespassers Will and the Removal of the Other (2011), published at

The Memory and the Hope of Social Centres (2011), published at