Dr Illan Wall


Contact Details

School of Law
University of Galway
E: illan.wall@universityofgalway.ie


Illan rua Wall joined the Law school as a Lecturer in 2024. Previously he was Professor of Law at the Warwick Law School, where he Co-Directed the Centre for Critical Legal Studies. He holds an Honorary Professorial Fellowship from the University of Warwick, from February 2024.

Illan works on critical legal theory, particularly using legal geography, affect studies and the broad continental philosophy tradition. He applies these insights to questions of rights, protest, strikes, revolt, policing and security. He has published on key debates around sovereignty, constituent power, and legal affect. He is author of Law and Disorder (Routledge 2021), Human Rights and Constituent Power (Routledge 2012) and editor of The Critical Legal Pocketbook (Counterpress 2021) and New Critical Legal Thinking (Routledge 2012). He has published in leading cultural studies, socio-legal and critical legal journals. 

Illan is also one of the founding editors of the blog criticallegalthinking.com, and a managing director of the open access publisher Counterpress
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He has supervised and examined PhDs on law and contested development, anarchist constitutionalism, hate speech, and protest and policing among other topics.