Friday, June 29, 2012

Announcing Relaunch of Open Access Journal: No Foundations

I am a big fan of open access scholarship and wary of the commodificaiton of knowledge and its use as object--either of status and career advancement, of allegiance to the ideology of a scholarly field, or as a disciplinary technique for the control of speech and the management of mass culture.

So I am always happy to pass along information about new open access efforts at knowledge production. With that in mind I have received word of the relaunch of the open access journal No Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice, edited by two members of the University of Helsinki, Julen Etxabe and Monica Lopez Lerma.  Check it out and decide for yourselves.

This from the About page of the Journal:


No Foundations is an international peer-reviewed journal committed to publishing interdisciplinary legal scholarship of the highest quality at the interface between law and justice. We encourage contributions from all areas of law and beyond, with the aim of bridging the gap once opened between law and other social and human activities and experiences.

On the assumption that law is a socially embedded phenomenon that cannot be fully understood as an autonomous discipline, we aim to connect law both with its real effects on the lives of individuals and societies, and with the realm of human aspirations and ideals that give it life and meaning.



Julen Etxabe, University of Helsinki, Finland
Mónica López Lerma, University of Helsinki, Finland


Ilona Nieminen


  • Sakari Hänninen, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Ari Hirvonen, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Samuli Hurri, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Pia Letto-Vanamo, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Panu Minkkinen, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Kimmo Nuotio, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Kaarlo Tuori, University of Helsinki, Finland


  • Peter Becker, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Joxerramon Bengoetxea, University of the Basque Country, Spain
  • Emilios Christodoulidis, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Carlos Closa, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain
  • Peter Fitzpatrick, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
  • Jeanne Gaakeer, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Daniel Halberstam, University of Michigan, USA
  • Rebecca Johnson, University of Victoria, Canada
  • Juha Karhu, University of Lapland, Finland
  • Hans-W. Micklitz, European University Institute, Italy
  • François Ost, Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis, Belgium
  • Ditlev Tamm, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Scott Veitch, The University of Hong Kong, China
  • Gary Watt, University of Warwick, UK
  • Jeremy Webber, University of Victoria, Canada
  • James Boyd White, University of Michigan, USA
Here are links to its current issue:

Number 9 (2012)
Julen Etxabe &
Mónica López Lerma
Justice in Tension: An Expression of Law and the Legal Mind

James Boyd White
Configuring Justice

Jeanne Gaakeer
To Avenge, to Forgive or to Judge? Literary Variations

François Ost
Speaking of the Imperfect: Law, Language and Justice

Marianne Constable
Justice and the Colonial Collision: Reflections on Stories of Intercultural Encounter in Law, Literature, Sculpture and Film

Rebecca Johnson
The Heart of Law

M. Paola Mittica
Having Gods, Being Greek and Getting Better: On Equity and Integrity Concerning Property an Other Posited Laws

Gary Watt
The Ethics of Testimony: Trauma, Body and Justice in Sarah Kofman's Autobiography
Ari Hirvonen

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