Ann Lucas Lecture Series in Law and Justice

In 2009 the Justice Studies Department at San José State University established the “Ann Lucas Lecture Series in Law and Justice” to honor the memory of Dr. Ann Lucas (1962-2009).

A distinguished scholar, experienced teacher, inspiring mentor, and dedicated friend, Ann Lucas gave an invaluable contribution to the growth of the Justice Studies Department as a vibrant and diverse academic community, and served as department’s chair during the academic year 2008/2009. Ann passed away on October 22, 2009 after a brief battle with cancer.

The Ann Lucas Lecture Series consists of four annual symposia (two in the Fall and two in the Spring of each academic year) featuring internationally renowned scholars whose recent books offer outstanding contributions to the advancement of critical perspectives in the fields of law, social theory, and the humanities. All the symposia are held at San José State University and are open to students, faculty, and the broader community. For further information on the Ann Lucas Lecture Series, please contact the Justice Studies Department at San Jose State University:

Justice Studies Department
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0050
Mac Quarrie Hall 508
408.924.2940 Main
408.924.2953 Fax


About Jeff Handmaker

I teach law, human rights, law and development and social justice and conduct research on legal mobilization as a tenured faculty member at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, part of Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2017 I was a visiting research fellow in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. My long-time association with South Africa and Southern Africa continues as a visiting fellow in the Faculty of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and as an Editor of the South African Journal on Human Rights. I hold various ancillary positions, including as a project board member of the Public Interest Litigation Project and regularly give public lectures in the Netherlands, Europe and elsewhere in the world. My current research applies legal mobilization as an analytical lens to evaluate the legitimacy, capacity, structural limitations and transformative potential – including the symbolic value – for strategic legal mobilization to hold governments, individuals and corporations accountable, particularly when they are involved in serious human rights violations. Recent publications include: with Karin Arts (co-editor) (2018) Mobilizing International Law for ‘Global Justice’ (Cambridge University Press) and (2018) and ‘The Legitimacy Crisis Within International Criminal Justice and the Importance of Critical, Reflexive Learning’ in B Jessop & K Knio (Eds.), pp. 189-206, The Pedagogy of Economic, Political and Social Crises: Dynamics, Construals and Lessons (Routledge).
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