Peter Fitzpatrick’s Passing

We mourn the passing of Peter Fitzpatrick, Anniversary Professor of Law and Birkbeck Law School, one of the Association’s founders, and a central figure in law and humanities scholarship globally. We plan to hold a plenary session in honor of Peter’s work and legacy at the 2022 annual meeting at Emory Law School.

Peter joined Birkbeck Law School in 2000 having already established himself as one of the world’s leading legal philosophers at Kent Law School, and at Queen Mary. His arrival at Birkbeck helped to consolidate the School as one of the leading centres of critical legal studies, postcolonial legal studies, and law and the humanities. An early proponent of the significance of poststructuralist theory, Peter helped to introduce the work of Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Nancy to generations of students and legal scholars. Engaging closely with the laws and legal systems of numerous postcolonial settings – including Australia, Canada, Papua New Guinea, and South Africa – he wrote powerful accounts of how racial othering constituted modern law. Through countless articles, books, and edited collections, he inspired research that de-centred the torpid repetition of analytic jurisprudence. Peter leaves an immense scholarly legacy that will inform legal research for decades to come.