Without love there can be law but no justice

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This special issue of Globalizations builds the case across a diverse group of papers that law is in need of decolonization, especially law systems structuring settler-colonial societies. This is because law's dispossessing character in these contexts is hidden by the prevalence of nomophilia; that is, an uncritical love of law for the neutrality and objectivity it self-proclaims to possess. The collection of papers for this special issue constitute a collective critique of colonial law and crime that does its part in disrupting law's empire of violence by tracking the legalized violence across the axes of class, race, gender, and sexuality. The popular expression of ‘fuck the law’ captured by Agozino in the leading paper of this issue establishes the context in which we make a call for the necessity of love to enter the realm of law as an urgent decolonizing praxis. Without love there can be law, but no justice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1085-1090
Number of pages6
Issue number7
Early online date14 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2020


  • law
  • decolonization
  • love
  • Law
  • Agozino
  • justice
  • nomophilia
  • decolonisation


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