Prof. Dr. Peter Goodrich

Legal scholar
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, Director
of the Program in Law and Humanities Founding Dean
of the Department of Law, Birkbeck College,
University of London

Curriculum vitae

  • LL.B., 1975, University of Sheffield
  • Ph.D., 1984, University of Edinburgh
  • Director of the Program in Law and Humanities at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Managing editor of the journal Law and Literature
  • Founding editor and member of the editorial board of the journal Law and Critique
  • Founding  dean of the department of law, Birkbeck College, University of London, where he was also the Corporation of London Professor of Law

Areas of Research

  • Contracts
  • Film and the Law
  • Gender and the Law
  • Jurisprudence

Publications (selected)

  • Reading the Law: A Critical Introduction to Legal Method and Techniques, Blackwell Publishers 1986.
  • Oedipus Lex: Psychoanalysis, History, Law. Philosophy, Social Theory and the Rule of Law, University of California Press 1995.
  • Law in the Courts of Love: Literature and Other Minor Jurisprudences, Routledge 1996.
  • Law and the Postmodern Mind: Essays on Psychoanalysis and Jurisprudence. Law, Meaning, and Violence (ed. with David Gray Carlson), University of Michigan Press 1998.
  • Nietzsche and Legal Theory: Half-Written Laws (with Mariana Valverde), Routledge 2005.
  • Law Text Terror (with Lior Barshack), Routledge-Cavendish 2006.
  • The Laws of Love: A Brief Historical and Practical Manual (Language, Discourse, Society), Palgrave Macmillan 2006.
  • The Scene of the Mass Crime: History, Film and International Tribunals (with Christian Delage), Routledge 2013.
  • Visiocracy: On the Futures of the Fingerpost, 39 Critical Inquiry 498-531.
  • The Political Theology of Private Law, 11 ICON, pp. 146-161, 2013.
  • The Foolosophy of Justice and the Enigma of Law, 24 Yale Journal of Law and Humanities, pp. 141-178, 2013.
  • Screening Law, in: M. Pasche & J. Radul (eds.): A Thousand Eyes: Media, Technology, Law and Aesthetics, Sternberg Press 2013.
  • Legal Emblems and the Art of Law: Obiter Depicta as the Vision of Governance, Cambridge University Press 2014.
  • Legal Rhetoric, in: M. Macdonald (ed.): The Oxford Handbook of Rhetorical Studies, Oxford University Press 2014.