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The Rule of Law Necropower is Focus of Legal Studies Seminar

The Rule of Law Necropower is Focus of Legal Studies Seminar

Date: Monday, November 15, 2021

St. Jerome’s University (SJU) and the University of Waterloo welcome author and research professor Ariadna Estévez, PhD, to deliver the Fall 2021 Joint Legal Studies Seminar, taking place online on Monday, November 22, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Estévez will be speaking on a chapter from her book Necropower in North America: The Legal Spatialization of Disposability and Lucrative Death (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).


In her book Estévez argues that the United States and Canada "use legal frameworks to accumulate capital through activities that produce death in specific geographies and spaces along the lines of nationality, ethnicity, race, class, and gender." The chapter she will be speaking about in the seminar calls this “rule of law necropower”, and illustrates it using examples such as mass incarceration, migration, and extractivism on Indigenous lands.


“This topic is especially important in a moment when we are surrounded by conversations about death and how death is distributed,” noted SJU Department of Sociology and Legal Studies Assistant Professor, Honor Brabazon. “From COVID-19 to police brutality to climate change to the children who never returned home from residential schools, there is a spotlight on the unequal and racialized distribution of death in our society. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to engage with Dr. Estévez’s analysis at this time.”


Estévez works at the Centre for Research on North America (CISAN) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).  Her PhD is in International Relations (University of Sussex, UK) and she teaches courses on The Necropolitical Apparatus of Forced Migration, and a Research Seminar on Biopolitics and Necropolitics at UNAM’s Faculty of Political and Social Sciences. Estévez is also co-coordinator of the Research in Progress Seminar on Critical Legal Studies and Migration at UNAM’s Institute of Legal Research (CISAN-IIJ). In addition to the book that is the focus of this seminar, she has authored The Necropolitical Production and Management of Forced Migration (Lexington Books, upcoming January 2022); and Guerras necropolíticas y biopolítica de asilo en América del Norte (Necropolitical wars and asylum biopolitics in North America) (UNAM-UACM, 2018).


To find out more about the Joint Legal Studies Seminar Series, please use the following link or register here to attend the November 22nd event. Questions may be directed to Adam Molnar at


The biannual seminars showcase a range of legal studies scholarship and are co-hosted by the Departments of Sociology and Legal Studies at St. Jerome’s University and the University of Waterloo.

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