Duncan Kennedy on Constitutional Theory and Palestine
7 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2015
Date Written: November 7, 2015
In this brief contribution I would like to acknowledge Duncan Kennedy's influence on my thinking and work in the past years. My own work has focused on constitutional law and theory — and although this was not a primary concern of Duncan's scholarship — in this piece I will focus on two aspects of his work and career that influenced me as his student, political ally, and friend: radical left theoretical thought and radical left practice. Indeed, this combination is the reason why many of us admire him. He is one of the few scholars who were able to commit in his long career to both projects: intellectual critique and a left-wing politics. He was able to prevent the stifling of critique by the political, and at the same time to perform critique without undermining the political. He did not fall to the trap of either the free-floating intellectual or that of the simple party member.
Keywords: Duncan Kennedy, Legal Theory, Critical Legal Studies, Constitutional Theory, Activism, Israel, Palestine
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