mouvementRights on the Left? Social Movements, Law and Lawyers after 1968” by Professor Liora Israel
Senior Lecturer, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, &
Deputy Director, Centre Maurice Halbwachs

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.
Lubar Commons, 7200 Law School Building
975 Bascom Mall

A light lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis

In this lecture Professor Israel explores the role that law and lawyers have played in social movements in France since the demonstrations of 1968. She argues that a politics of rights, developed by lawyers and activists, has played an important role in the mobilization of social movements and has contributed to policy successes. Challenging conventional accounts of the rise of rights-consciousness in French politics, she explains that practicing lawyers and movement activists have been more important than courts or EU Law.

Liora Israël graduated from Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan in 1995. She completed her PhD in 2003 with a doctoral dissertation published under the title “Robes noires, annees sombres. Avocats et magistrats en Resistance pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale” (Paris: Fayard, 2005). In 2005 she was recruited as an Associate Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), where she is a member and deputy director of the Centre Maurice Halbwachs. Her main research interests are: law and politics, legal mobilization, legal education, and historical sociology. She is currently a member of the editorial boards of Droit et Societe (LGDJ, France), and Revue Canadienne Droit et Societe/Canadian Journal of Law and Society (Cambridge University Press), where she is the book review editor in French.

Global Legal Studies Center
Institute for Legal Studies
Center for European Studies
European Union Center of Excellence
The Havens Center.

Funding courtesy of the Kemper K. Knapp Bequest Fund.