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Experimental Norms: Power–Knowledge, Bare Life and Medical Trials


Humans experimenting on other humans sits precisely at the junction of law, technology and the humanities, synthesising descriptive, normative and creative elements in relation to reality. Experiments describe reality, normalise shared conceptions of reality as well as create their own reality. Human experiments consequently inflect both ‘norm’ and ‘humanity’ as a pattern or as a model, or even a standard to be met or fulfilled. Experiments abound in Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben’s body of work, including where he engages with the capacity for development of Michel Foucault’s opus. This is particularly so when Agamben explicitly addresses questions and criticisms surrounding his own methodology.

Published: 2020-11-21
Pages:42 to 52
Section: Symposium: What is Real about Law and Technology?
How to Cite
Bikundo, Edwin. 2020. “Experimental Norms: Power–Knowledge, Bare Life and Medical Trials”. Law, Technology and Humans 2 (2):42-52.

Author Biography

Griffith University
Australia Australia

Dr. Edwin Bikundo is a Senior Lecturer at the Griffith Law School, Griffith University, Australia. He is a Co-Managing Editor of the Griffith Law Review and Co- Editor of the Routledge Law Book Series: TechNomos: Law, Technology, Culture.

His work has appeared in The Netherlands Yearbook of International Law, the Asia Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and PolicyLaw Culture and the HumanitiesThe International Criminal Law ReviewLaw and LiteratureThe Oxford Journal of Legal StudiesLaw and Critique, the Journal of the Philosophy of International Law, The Oxford Handbook of International Criminal Law, and elsewhere. 

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