Anarchist Studies Network

A PSA Specialist Group for the Study of Anarchism.


ASN members secure £250k research grant from the ESRC. See here

Rowman & Littlefield Int publish two book series by ASN members Saul Newman and Ruth Kinna

Anarchism & Law

See also Anarchism & Criminology

Amster, Randall (2004) "Breaking the Law: Anti-authoritarian Visions of Crime and Justice"in The New Formulation, 2(2).

- - - (2003) “Restoring (Dis)order: Sanctions, Resolutions, and ‘Social Control’ in Anarchist Communities,” in Contemporary Justice Review 6.

Bakan, Joel The Corporation

Chambost, Sophie (2004) Proudhon et la Norm: Pensé Juridique d'un Anarchiste. Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes -->trans: Proudhon and the norm: the juridical thought of an anarchist

Ferrell, Jeff (1998) “Against the Law: Anarchist Criminology,” Social Anarchism 25.

Fox, Dennis 2011. "Anarchism, Psychology, and Law". On-site class through Free School University at Occupy Boston. Part I: Park II: & Park III:

- - - and Arrigo, Bruce (2009) "Psychology and the Law: The Crime of Policy and the Search for Justice" in Critical Psychology: An Introduction- 2nd edition.

- - - (2006) "Law, Justice, and Reconciliation in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Comments and Questions from a Visiting Critical Psychologist" in Birzeit Legal Encounter, Ramallah.

- - - (2004) "Interview: Antiauthoritarianism, Critical Psychology, Law, and More". Babylonia.

- - - (2001) "A Critical-Psychology Approach to Law's Legitimacy" in Legal Studies Forum, 25, 519-538.

- - - (1999) Psycholegal Scholarship's Contribution to False Consciousness About Injustice. Law and Human Behavior 23:9-30.

- - - (1993) "The Autonomy-Community Balance and the Equity-Law Distinction: Anarchy's Task for Psychological Jurisprudence" in Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 11, 97-109.

- - - (1993) "Where's the Proof that Law is a Good Thing?" in Law and Human Behavior 17:257-258.

Baars, Grietje (2011) "'Reform or Revolution?' Polanyian Versus Marxian Perspectives on the Regulation of the Economic" in Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 62(4):415-431. Available at SSRN: -->Rosa Luxembourg’s 1900 pamphlet “Reform or revolution,” which critiqued reformist political strategy, has relevance to, and finds echoes in today’s debates on the possibility and desirability of using law to protect society from the market’s negative effects. It also summed up the nineteenth-century “Polanyian” reformist and Marxist “revolutionary” perspectives. Polanyi argued that “the economic” must be “embedded” in the social by means of legal regulation, an argument he illustrates with the help of the “Speenhamland” example. Marx, while acknowledging the role of the legal struggle as part of class struggle, concludes that ultimately “right can never be higher than the economic structure of society”. Marxist legal theorist Pashukanis developed this position in his “commodity form theory of law” which points to the structural impossibility of law’s regulation of capitalism. While contemporary “Polanyist” Ruggie again asserts that legal and soft law “global governance” regimes can control capitalism’s main instrument, the corporation, Shamir contra Ruggie argues that the “moralisation of markets” through corporate social responsibility (CSR) leads to the “marketisation of morality” or a change in what we perceive law to be (and who has legitimate authority to regulate) rather than a “taming” of markets. Following Shamir, I add that this corporate-led global governance hastens the collapse of capitalism, and confirms the inevitability of revolution and the subsequent creation of a law-free society.

Godwin's Enquiry Concerning Political Justice

Halling, Matt (2009) "A Law of No Gods, No Masters – Developing and Defending a Participatory Legal System" Hastings Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 32: 237-269.

Heckert, Jamie (2011) "On Anarchism: An Interview with Judith Butler" in Heckert, J and Cleminson, R (eds) Anarchism & Sexuality: Ethics, Relationships and Power. Abingdon: Routldge

Holterman, Thom & van Maarseveen, Henc (eds) (1980). Law in Anarchism. Rotterdam: Erasmus University. --> Conference proceedings including 9 papers and introduction. --> Reprinted (1984). Law and Anarchism. Montréal: Black Rose Books

Johnson, Charles (2007). "A Place for Positive Law A Contribution to Anarchist Legal Theory"


Mieville, China (2004) "The Commodity-Form Theory of International Law: An Introduction" in Leiden Journal of International Law 17:271-302. -->Marxist legal theory with anarchist applications?

Pepinsky, Harold E. (1978) “Communist Anarchism as an Alternative to the Rule of Criminal Law” in Contemporary Crises 2.

Smith, Andrea (2011) "Against the Law: Indigenous Feminism and the Nation-State" in Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, Culture, and Action, 5(1).

Springer, Simon (forthcoming) ""Violent accumulation: a postanarchist critique of property, dispossession, and the state of exception in neoliberalizing Cambodia"". Annals of the Association of American Geographers.

Tifft, Larry and Sullivan, Dennis (1980) The Struggle to be Human: Crime, Criminology, and Anarchism Orkney, UK: Cienfuegos Press.