Igor Stramignoni

Email: i.stramignoni@lse.ac.uk
Administrative support: Lewina Coote
Room: New Academic Building 7.34
Tel. 020-7955-6424

Dr Igor Stramignoni is a full-time member of the Law Department. He practiced law for high profile law firms in Rome and undertook advanced legal studies at Cornell Law School and at Oxford University before moving on to academia. His research interests combine insights from history, anthropology, literature, and contemporary philosophical thought, to expose key aspects of Western legal knowledge across the world. He is the author of numerous publications in major law journals, including The Journal of Legal History, Law and Critique, Rivista Critica di Diritto Privato, Utah Law Review, and Cardozo Law Review. At LSE, Dr Stramignoni has been a member of the Management Committee of the Gender Institute (from 1997 to 1999), and the Director and Admission Tutor of the LLF Programme (until 2008). Beside teaching at the LSE, Dr Stramignoni has lectured at the University of Rome I “La Sapienza”, at Oxford University, and at Nanzan University in Japan. In 2008-9 he was Visiting Professor at the University of Paris I “Pantheon-Sorbonne”.

see also Igor Stramignoni's LSE Experts page

Research Interests

I am interested in social and cultural narratives of the present and in the way they highlight the limits of language in bringing about the legal-institutional arrangements that we have in Western Europe and beyond. In my work I am sceptical of many all too common conceptual understandings of the legal subject and of the legally “other”, and call for a poetics of comparison capable of being responsive to the ever increasing difficulty of being-in-the-world.

External Activities

Dr Igor Stramignoni is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Law in Context.

Selected articles
and chapters in books

Book review: Anti-Nietzsche. LSE Review of Books (12 Nov 2012) Blog Entry

'Seizing Truths: Art, Politics, Law', in O. Ben-Dor (ed.), Law and Art: Justice, Ethics and Aesthetics (Routledge, 2011), pp. 73 - 92

'The Gaze of Comparison' ('Le regard de la comparaison'), in P. Legrand (ed.) Comparer les droits, résolument (Paris: PUF, 2009), pp. 147 - 178

'Badiou's Nocturnal Jurisprudence', 29 Cardozo Law Review 2361-2393 (2008)

How, in the philosophy of Alain Badiou, is the relation between thought and language, the true and the legal, between philosophy itself and the impersonal transcendental field made possible through the occurrence of unexpected events? With and against Badiou, I argue that such a relation is one of subtraction and so similar to that which from time immemorial has permitted the somewhat enigmatic dominion of night and day in nature and culture alike. What then might be at stake in Badiou’s nocturnal jurisprudence, in his subtractive discourse of the truth of the legal?

'Categories and Concepts: Mapping Maps in Western Legal Thought', 1 International Journal of Law in Context 411–426 (2005)

'Francesco’s Devilish Venus: Notations on Legal Space',  41 California Western Law Review 147–240 (2004)

‘At the Margins of the History of English Law: The Institutional, the Political and the “Blotted Out”’, 22 Legal Studies 420-447 (2002)

So much of what, so far, has constituted the grammar of mainstream historical discourse on English law can be broadly characterized as being primarily concerned with either formal legal institutions or their socio-political context. While such histories are generally useful, they fail to see what other-histories - what radically different stories - could be told instead. Such a web of other-histories, it is here suggested, require both time and imagination. By temporarily leaving mainstream historical accounts and entering into the time of legal history, the centrality of so many institutional and socio-political histories of English law may have to be reconsidered. In particular, what would become clear is that one type of legal history needs urgently to be told - a history of the 'blotted-out'. Neither included in mainstream legal history, nor excluded from it - neither visible nor memorable - the history of the blotted-out is the history of what can be found, so commonly and ordinarily, in everyday life. Mainstream legal history is either unaware of, or uninterested in, the blotted-out. Yet, it is precisely a history of the blotted-out which, importantly, would guard, in history, the possibility of law's most original imagination.

'At the Dawn of Part Performance : a Hypothesis', 18 The Journal of Legal History 32-46 (1997)