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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3205: Law, Testimony and Trauma

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.


Michel Foucault and François Ewald, “Society Must Be Defended”: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1975-1976 (St Martins Press, 2003).

 Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror (Hachette UK, 2015).


Shoshana Felman and Dori Laub, Testimony: Crises of Witnessing in Literature, Psychoanalysis and History (Routledge, 2013).

Shoshana Felman, The Juridical Unconscious (Harvard University Press, 2002). JMonica Casper and Eric Wertheimer, Critical Trauma Studies: Understanding Violence, Conflict and Memory in Everyday Life (NYU Press, 2016).

 Didier Fassin “The Humanitarian Politics of Testimony: Subjectification through Trauma in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” Cultural Anthropology 23, no. 3 (2008): 531-558

 Natalie Ohana The Politics of the Production of Knowledge on Trauma: The Grenfell Tower Inquiry, Journal of Law and Society, Vol 48(4) 495-729.

Natalie Ohana “The Archaeology of the Courts’ Domestic Violence Discourse: Discourse as a Knowledge-Sustaining System,” Feminists@Law no. 9(2) 2019

 Natalie Ohana  Beyond Words: Breaking the Boundaries of Legal Language TEDx Talks,TedX GoodenoughCollege 2016,