Law's Empire

Law's Empire, Symposium Issue of Social Identities, Autumn 2007

10 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2007

See all articles by Wesley Pue

Wesley Pue

University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Law

Rob McQueen

Griffith University; The Institute of Postcolonial Studies; Monash Law School


Scholars of culture, humanities and social sciences have increasingly come to an appreciation of the importance of the legal domain in social life, while critically engaged socio-legal scholars around the world have taken up the task of understanding "Law's Empire" in all of its cultural, political, and economic dimensions. The questions arising from these intersections, and addressing imperialisms past and present forms the subject matter of a special symposium issue of Social Identities under the editorship of Griffith University's Rob McQueen, and UBC's Wes Pue and with contributions from McQueen, Ian Duncanson, Renisa Mawani, David Williams, Emma Cunliffe, Chidi Oguamanam, W. Wesley Pue, Fatou Camara, and Dianne Kirkby. This paper introduces the volume, forthcoming in late 2007.

The central problematique of this issue has previously been explored through the 2005 Law's Empire conference, an informal but vibrant postcolonial legal studies network.

Keywords: colonialism, law, post-colonialism, empire, aboriginality, native law, Mabo, native title, gender, labour, legal culture, film, whiteness, Nigeria, Australia, Canada, Senegal, New Zealand, Maori,

JEL Classification: K00, K10, K31, K33, K40, K41

Suggested Citation

Pue, Wesley and McQueen, Rob, Law's Empire. Law's Empire, Symposium Issue of Social Identities, Autumn 2007. Available at SSRN:

Wesley Pue

University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Law ( email )

1822 East Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1

Rob McQueen (Contact Author)

Griffith University ( email )

Griffith Law School, Gold Coast Campus, GU
Gold Coast, Queensland

The Institute of Postcolonial Studies ( email )

78-80 Curzon Street
North Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria 3051

Monash Law School ( email )

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800

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