Society of Legal Scholars

John Coffin Memorial Annual Lecture: Placeless People – Writing, Rights and Refugees

  • Tuesday 22nd May 2018
  • Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

This lecture will take place from 17.30-19.30 and discusses how writers such as Arendt, Orwell, Simone Weil, Dorothy Thompson, and Samuel Beckett responded to the mass displacements of the last century, and anticipate many of the issues we confront today. Sceptical about the ability of human rights to legislate for refugees, yet committed to universal justice, these writers challenge us to imagine new terms for placelessness in modern times.


  • Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge, Professor of Modern Literature and History, University of East Anglia


  •  Professor Philippe Sands QC, Professor of Law, University College London

Hosted by

  •  Professor Diamond Ashiagbor, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

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