Lucy’s work is broadly concerned with critical legal and contemporary philosophical understandings of law in relation to aesthetics, property and resistance.
Her monograph ‘Protest, Property and the Commons: Performances of Law and Resistance’ (Routledge, 2016) theorises 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 has become increasingly interested in broader questions around the intersection of art and law, resistance, legal and illegal understandings of art, property, aesthetics and politics (see ‘Forming the Legal Adavnt Garde: A Theory of Art/Law’, Law Culture and the Humanities, 2019).
Since 2015 Lucy has been involved in developing an ‘Art/Law Network‘ (in collaboration with Sussex’s Art and Law Research Cluster), 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.
As an underliying theme in her work, Lucy uses the thermodynamic property ‘entropy’ to explain linear and nonlinear relations of law, resistance, aesthetics informed by speculative and new materialist philosophy and complexity theory (see ‘Seeing Red: Entropy, Property and Resistance in the Summer Riots’, Law and Critique, 2012).
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.
Lucy is a speculative artist whose work seeks to capture ontological questions around artificial and formal divides – the human/machine, subject/object, divisions between art and law.
List of Works
Protest, Property and the Commons – Performances of Law and Resistance (2016), Social Justice Books Series (London, Routledge)
Art, Law, Power: Perspectives on Legality and Resistance in Contemporary Aesthetics, with Eleftheria Lekakis (Counterpress, 2019)
Voids, Vacuums and Loopholes – Escaping to the Heart of Law (Forthcoming), with Charlie Blake in ‘Holes’ Special Issue, Emotion, Space and Society
Forming the Legal Avant-Garde: A Theory of Art/Law (2019), Law Culture and the Humanities, https://doi.org/10.1177/1743872119871832
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 (2019) in D. Chappell and S. Hufnagel (eds.) Art Crime Handbook (London, Palgrave MacMillan
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 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
Locating a Right to Protest (2014), published at www.democraticaudit.com
Entropy, Law and Funambulism (2011), published at www.funambulist.net
Critical Legal Pluralism and the Law of the Ulayat (2011), RUPES Working Paper