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Illan Rua Wall



Associate Professor


School of Law
University of Warwick
Tel: 024 7615 1780


Dr Illan rua Wall is an Associate Professor in the School of Law, University of Warwick. From April 2016 he will hold an Early Career Research Fellowship from the Independent Social Research Foundation. His current research focuses upon the relation between law and disorder. It examines the disorder that makes up the basis of constituent power. Thinking about Occupy, the Indignados and the many current sites of unrest, it begins to develop the novel field of the 'law of disorder'. This is not simply a collection of the various different legal apparatuses that repress or capture disorder, rather the 'law of disorder' thinks about law through and as disorder. He has published on critical legal theory, theories of constituent power, the Arab Spring, protest and transitional justice in Colombia, theories of human rights and revolt, and new Andean constitutional apparatuses.

He is one of the editors of the blog, and is on the editorial board of Law and Critique.
He welcomes research students in the areas of critical legal theory, disorder and protest, crowds, constituent power, theories of human rights and law and film.

Research Projects

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  • Wall, Illan Rua, 2016. The law of crowds. Legal Studies, 36 (3), pp. 395-414, View
  • Wall, Illan Rua, 2013. Notes on an -open- constituent power. Law, Culture and the Humanities, View
  • Olarte Olarte, Carolina, Wall, Illan Rua, 2012. The occupation of public space in Bogotá : internal displacement and the city. Social & Legal Studies, Vol.21 (No.2), pp. 321-339, View
  • Wall, Illan Rua, 2012. Tunisia and the critical legal theory of dissensus. Law and Critique, Volume 23 (Number 3), pp. 219-236, View
Books and Chapters
  • Wall, Illan Rua, 2014. On a radical politics for human rights. In: Gearty, Conor; Douzinas, Costas; (ed.), The meanings of rights : the philosophy and social theory of human rights: , Cambridge University Press, pp. 106-120, View
  • Wall, Illan Rua, 2012. Human rights and constituent power : without model or warranty: Abingdon, Routledge, View
  • Wall, Illan Rua, 2012. A different constituent power : Agamben & Tunisia. In: Stone, Matthew; Wall, Illan Rua; Douzinas, Costas; (ed.), New critical legal thinking : law and the political, Abingdon, Oxon, Birkbeck Law Press, View

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • The Politics of Hate Speech
  • The Construction of Poverty
  • Social Movement Constitutionalism

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