JBSP Online: Luigi D. A. Corrrias – ‘BLM, Institutional Racism, & Legal Order’

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Available now online & open access: new Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology article by Corrrias (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam).

Luigi D. A. Corrrias – “’No Justice, No Peace’: Black Lives Matter, Institutional Racism, and Legal Order”

JBSP (Received 20 Oct 2022, Accepted 18 Jul 2023, Published online: 04 Aug 2023). OPEN ACCESS

Abstract: Following the murder of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter-movement (BLM) took to the streets to protest against institutional racism. In these protests, one could often hear the slogan “No Justice, No Peace”. Drawing on legal theory, speech act theory and phenomenology, this article investigates what kind of justice and peace are called upon and how the slogan functions as a claim addressed to the legal order. First, the article shows that the rule of law provides a comprehensive normative framework to evaluate what went wrong during the arrest of George Floyd. Second, the article maintains that the slogan should be understood as a passionate utterance in the sense of Stanley Cavell. Finally, drawing on a responsive phenomenology of legal order inspired by the work of Bernhard Waldenfels, the article concludes that the slogan is an extraordinary claim questioning the legal order, showing its contingent origins.

Full article: https://doi.org/10.1080/00071773.2023.2240376

Luigi D. A. Corrrias, Legal Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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