Peter Goodrich

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Peter Goodrich is a Professor of Law and Director of Law and Humanities at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is the managing editor of Law and Literature and serves on the editorial board of Law and Critique. Peter Goodrich was one of the founding academic staff in the Birkbeck Law School.[1]

Goodrich has been at Cardozo since 2000 and teaches courses in Contracts, Jurisprudence, Film and Law and Gender and Law. He obtained his LL.B. in 1975 from the University of Sheffield and his Ph.D. in 1984 from the University of Edinburgh. His scholarly work explores issues of the law in literature and semiotics.

Goodrich's favorite case involves carrying a wife across the threshold into their newly purchased house. However, the house was not constructed to their liking and the husband correspondingly dropped the wife. They successfully sued for emotional damages.


  • (with Costas Douzinas and Yifat Hachamovitch) Politics, Postmodernity and Critical Legal Studies: The Legality of the Contingent, Routledge, 1994, ISBN 978-0-415-08651-6.
  • Law in the Courts of Love: Literature and Other Minor Jurisprudences, Routledge, 1996, ISBN 978-0-415-06165-0.
  • (with Mariana Valverde) Nietzsche and Legal Theory: Half-Written Laws, Routledge, 2005, ISBN 978-0415950794.
  • (with Lior Barshack) Law Text Terror, Routledge-Cavendish, 2006, ISBN 978-1845680619.
    • Note: a paperback edition followed six months later, with Anton Schutz as a third editor. ISBN 978-1904385257
  • The Laws of Love: A Brief Historical and Practical Manual (Language, Discourse, Society), Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, ISBN 978-0230007185.

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