B Arts, LLB (Hons), PhD (Griffith)
Chris researches in the areas of law and social theory, urban governance and critical approaches to state power. His book Henri Lefebvre: Spatial Politics, Everyday Life and the Right to the City has been recently published by Routledge. Chris is particularly interested in the politics of space and time, and the historical relationship between technological modernism and everyday life in Australian cities.
- Law and geography
- Public law
- Critical social theory (particularly the work of Henri Lefebvre, Ernst Bloch and Theodor Adorno)
- Critical approaches to public law and theories of state power
- Urban citizenship and the politics of space
- Urban governance and the politics of scale
- Landscape and the aesthetics of the built environment
Current teaching areas
- Administrative Law
- Introduction to Public Law
- Theories of Law and the Environment
- Henri Lefebvre: Spatial Politics, Everyday Life and the Right to the City, Routledge, United Kingdom, 2012.
- 'Géographie du droit critique et production de l’espace: théorie et méthode selon l’oeuvre d’Henri Lefebvre’, in P. Forest (ed.), Geographie du Droit: Epistemologie, Developpement et Perspectives, Presses de l'Universite Laval, Quebec, 2009.
- 'Sydney: aspiration, asylum and the denial of the right to the city', in A. Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (ed.), Law and the City, Routledge-Cavendish, London, 2007.
- 'Law and order under a resurgent right', (2013) 72 Australian Options, 12-13.
- 'Critical legal studies and the politics of space', (2009) 18(3) Social and Legal Studies, 313-332.
- 'Slicing through space: mobility, rhythm and the abstraction of modernist transport planning', (2008) 17(2) Griffith Law Review, 470-88.
- 'Denying administrative justice to prisoners in Queensland', (2007) 32(2) Alternative Law Journal, 101-6, (with P. Dupuy).
- 'Reading the production of suburbia in post war Australia', (2005) 9 Law/Text/Culture, 12-33.
- ‘DNA, human rights and the criminal justice system', (1997) 3(2) Australian Journal of Human Rights, 208-37, (with B. Hocking, H McCallum, and A. Smith).
- 'Roberto Unger, anti-necessitarian social theory and the rule of law', (1996) 5 Griffith Law Review, 145-76.
- 'Beyond hospitality: constructing spatial citizenship in the shadow of temporary protection', (2005) Sites of Cosmopolitanism Conference Papers, Centre for Public Culture and Ideas, Griffith University, Brisbane.
- 'Social relations and legal structures: law, space and critical realism', in A. Greenhill, G. Fletcher and E. de la Fuente (eds.) (1998) Rethinking the Social - Conference Proceedings, Graduate Studies Centre, Faculty of Arts, Griffith University, 193-8.
Reviews and other articles
- 'Is judicial review unsafe?' (2006) Inside Out, 51: 36 (with P. Dupuy).
- 'Book review: Urban Excess and the Law by Christopher Stanley', (1997) 6 Griffith Law Review, 221-5.