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Professor Eric Heinze, Licence, Maîtrise (Paris); JD (Harvard); PhD (Leiden)

Professor of Law and Humanities

email: e.heinze@qmul.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3951

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Eric Heinze

Professor Eric Heinze's Inaugural Lecture: What is Injustice? Political, Legal and Literary Perspectives
21 November 2012

After completing studies in Paris, Berlin, Boston, and Leiden, Eric Heinze worked with the International Commission of Jurists and UN Sub-Commission on Human Rights, in Geneva, and on private litigation before the United Nations Administrative Tribunal in New York. He is a member of the Bars of New York and Massachusetts, and has also advised NGOs on human rights, including Liberty, Amnesty International and the Media Diversity Institute. He currently co-ordinates Queen Mary’s Inter-Departmental Philosophy Programme. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, and other publications. He serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Human Rights and the British Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Professor Heinze’s books include Hate Speech and Democratic Citizenship (2016), The Concept of Injustice (2013), The Logic of Constitutional Rights (2005); The Logic of Liberal Rights (2003); The Logic of Equality (2003), Sexual Orientation: A Human Right (1995) (Russian translation 2004), and the collection Of Innocence and Autonomy: Children, Sex and Human Rights (2000). He has contributed chapters to such anthologies as Extreme Speech and Democracy (Weinstein & Hare, 2009); Religious Pluralism and Human Rights (Loenen & Goldschmidt, 2006) and Minority and Group Rights Toward the New Millennium (Bowring & Fottrell, 1999), and recent articles in Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Harvard Human Rights Journal, Modern Law Review, International Journal of Human Rights, International Journal of Law in Context, Ratio Juris, Legal Studies, Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence, Michigan Journal of International Law, National Black Law Journal, Journal of Social & Legal Studies, Law & Critique, and other scholarly journals. He is currently co-authoring a book, with Gavin Phillipson, entitled Debating Hate Speech.

Professor Heinze is convenor of the LLB courses on Democracy and Justice; Law, Justice and Ethics; and Law and Literature, Parts I and II. He has also taught undergraduate and post-graduate courses in Jurisprudence and Legal Theory, Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, and US Constitutional Law.

Professor Heinze’s awards and fellowships have included a Fulbright Fellowship, a French Government (Chateaubriand) Fellowship, a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) fellowship, a Nuffield Foundation Grant, and various Harvard University Fellowships (Sheldon grant, Andres Public Interest grant, and C. Clyde Ferguson Human Rights Fellowship).

Teaching

Undergraduate teaching:

  • LAW6015 Law and Literature: Justice in Crisis
  • LAW 6016 Law and Literature: The Foundations of Law
  • LAW 6154 Democracy and Justice
  • LAW 6155 Law, Justice and Ethics

Research

Publications

Books

  • Hate Speech and Democratic Citizenship (Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • The Concept of Injustice (Routledge, 2013)
  • The Logic of Constitutional Rights (Ashgate 2005)
  • The Logic of Liberal Rights (Routledge, 2003)
  • The Logic of Equality (Ashgate, 2003)
  • Of Innocence and Autonomy: Children, Sex and Human Rights (editor) (Ashgate 2000)
  • Sexual Orientation: A Human Right (Martinus Nijhoff, 1995) [Russian translation, Idea Press, Moscow, 2003].

Writings on Legal Theory

  • Extended review essay of Alan Norrie, Dialectic and Difference, in 19(4) Journal of Social & Legal Studies (2010), pp 525-29
  • 'The Metaethics of Law: Book One of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics', 6(1) International Journal of Law in Context (2009), pp 23-44.
  • 'Truth and Myth in Critical Race Theory and LatCrit: Human Rights and the Ethnocentrism of Anti-Ethnocentrism', 20 National Black Law Journal (Columbia Law School) (2008), pp 107 – 62; reprinted in Rights in Context Law and Justice in Late Modern Society ch. 6 (R Banakar, ed., Autumn 2010).
  • 'The Status of Classical Natural Law: Plato and the Parochialism of Modern Theory', 20:2 Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 323 – 50 (2007).
  • 'Epinomia: Plato and the First Theory of Law', 20 Ratio Juris 97 – 135 (2007)
  • 'The Logic of Standards of Review in Constitutional Cases', 28 Vermont Law Review 121 – 47 (2003)
  • 'Principles for a Meta-Discourse of Liberal Rights: The Example of the European Convention on Human Rights,' 9 Indiana International & Comparative Law Review 319 – 94 (1999)
  • 'Discourses of Sexuality: Classical, Modernist and Post-Modernist', 67 Nordic Journal of International Law 37 – 76 (1998)

Writings on Law and Literature

  • '"Where be his quiddities now?": Law and Language in Hamlet', in Law and Language: Current Legal Issues, vol. 15, Michael Freeman & Fiona Smith, eds., Oxford University Press (2013), pp 201-20.
  • '"He'd turn the world itself into a prison": Empire and Enlightenment in Jean Racine's Alexander the Great', 4(1) Law & Humanities (2010), pp 63-89.
  • '"This power isn't power if it's shared": Law and Violence in Jean Racine's La Thébaïde', 22(1) Law & Literature (2010), pp 76 – 109.
  • 'Power Politics and the Rule of Law: Shakespeare's First Historical Tetralogy and Law's "Foundations"', 29 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (2009)
  • '"Were it not against our laws": Oppression and Resistance in Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors', 29 Legal Studies (2009)
  • 'Heir, Celebrity, Martyr, Monster: Legal and Political Legitimacy in Shakespeare and Beyond', 20(1) Law & Critique (2009).
  • 'Imperialism and Nationalism in Early Modernity: The "Cosmopolitan" and The "Provincial" in Shakespeare's Cymbeline', 18(3) Journal of Social & Legal Studies (2009), pp 139 – 68.

Writings on Human Rights

  • 'Hate Speech and the Foundations of Democracy', extended review essay of Michael Herz & Peter Molnar (eds.), The Content and Context of Hate Speech: Rethinking Regulation and Responses and Jeremy Waldron (2012) The Harm in Hate Speech, in 9(4) International Journal of Law and Context (December 2013).
  • 'The Reality and Hyperreality of Human Rights: Public Consciousness and the Mass Media', in Examining Critical Perspectives on Human Rights: The End of an Era?, R. Dickenson et al., eds., Cambridge University Press (2012), pp 193-216.
  • 'Victimless Crimes', 4 Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, 2nd ed., Ruth Chadwick, et al. eds. (2012) (revising 'Victimless Crimes', 4 Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics,  Dan Callahan, et al. eds. 1997, pp 463 - 75
  • 'Wild-West Cowboys versus Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: Some Problems in Comparative Approaches to Extreme Speech', in Extreme Speech and Democracy chapter 10, James Weinstein and Ivan Hare, eds., Oxford University Press, 2009, pp 182 – 203.
  • 'Cumulative Jurisprudence and Hate Speech: Sexual Orientation and Analogies to Disability, Age and Obesity', 12 International Journal of Human Rights (2009), reprinted in: Extreme Speech and Democracy chapter 14, James Weinstein and Ivan Hare, eds., Oxford University Press, pp 264 – 84 (2009), and in Protection of Sexual Minorities since Stonewall—Progress and Stalemate in Developed and Developing Countries, Phil C. W. Chan, London: Routledge, (2010), pp. 62 – 78.
  • 'Public Awareness of Human Rights: Distortions in the Mass Media', 12 International Journal of Human Rights (with Rosa Freedman) (2009)
  • 'Even-handedness and the Politics of Human Rights', 21 Harvard Human Rights Journal (2008), pp 7 – 46.
  • 'Towards the Abolition of Hate Speech Bans', in Religious Pluralism and Human Rights 295 – 309 (Titial Loenen & Jenny Goldschmidt, eds. 2007).
  • 'Viewpoint Absolutism and Hate Speech', 69 Modern Law Review 543 – 82 (2006)
  • 'Children's Rights' in Governments of the World (T. Edelman et al., eds. 2006).
  • 'Sexual Orientation and International Law: A Study in the Manufacture of Cross-Cultural "Sensitivity"', 22 Michigan Journal of International Law 283 – 309 (2001); reprinted in Discrimination and Toleration 205 – 27 (Kirstin Hastrup, ed. 2002)
  • 'The Universal Child?' in Of Innocence and Autonomy: Children, Sex and Human Rights 3-24 (Eric Heinze, ed. 2000
  • 'The Construction and Contingency of the Minority Concept,' in Minority and Group Rights Toward the New Millennium 25 – 74 (Bill Bowring & Deirdre Fottrell, eds. 1999)
  • 'Victimless Crimes', 4 Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics 463-75 (Celia B. Fisher et al. eds. 1997).
  • 'Gay and Poor', 38 Howard Law Review 433 – 48 (1994)
  • 'Beyond Parapraxes: Right and Wrong Approaches to the Universality of Human Rights Law,' 12 Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights 369 – 91 (1994)
  • 'Equality: Between Hegemony and Subsidiarity,' 52 Review of the International Commission of Jurists 56 – 65 (1994)

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PhD Supervision

Professor Heinze welcomes proposals for postgraduate supervision in the fields of jurisprudence, legal theory, legal philosophy, law and humanities, and human rights.

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