Dr Claire Loughnan - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Claire Loughnan

Dr Claire Loughnan is Lecturer in Criminology, School of Social Sciences, University of Melbourne. Claire researches the impact of externalisation policies upon refugees with a particular focus on immigration detention and offshore processing. Her work also explores the possibility of justice which comes from love. 

On law as a source of love: being in relation 

In responding to Agozino’s call to dispense with law, I turn instead to the possibilities of law as a source of love. In doing so, I shift my focus from imperial, western law, to develop an appreciation of those laws which might offer a way of thinking about law as a foundation for love and for being in relation. Of course to begin, it is crucial, as Giannacopoulos has asserted, to acknowledge the ways that colonial law is nomocidal: it does not nourish life, even while it claims to do so. Through practices of denial (Loughnan, 2020), refusal and erasure, colonial law functions to inscribe the boundaries of possibility for what and who lives, for what can be spoken about, and what must be silenced, indeed even for the place of love in law. Our capacity to imagine a kind of law which is a source of love is circumscribed by this particular enunciation of law. Turning instead to Mary Graham’s articulation as ethics informed by love, of land and of each other, I reflect on what justice, which comes from love, might look like.