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Law Shifters

Art Assassins and Stine Marie Jacobsen

Art Assassins re-judge a real court case involving the UK’s stop and search laws, in particular Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 which allows a police officer to stop and search a person without suspicion.

Art Assassins worked with Danish artist Stine Marie Jacobsen to propose an amendment to the UK’s stop and search laws.

Law Shifters is an ongoing project by Danish artist Stine Marie Jacobson, working with young people to discuss their political opinions, ethical views and sense of justice as they re-judge real court cases and write new law proposals that reflect the reality that they are part of today. The Art Assassins, Jacobsen, and lawyer Sarah Andrew, worked to apply this methodology to UK criminal law, the stop and search law (Sus Law) and racial profiling.

In May 2018 the project was exhibited at Flat Time House. More information about the exhibition can be found here.



Law Shifters is curated in collaboration with Flat Time House, independent curator Lotte Juul Petersen, working with artist and Lawyer Sarah Andrew and Art Assassins, the South London Gallery’s young people’s programme.

Law Shifters is the main cultural project during the Danish chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe November 2017 to May 2018.


Art Assassins are a group of young beings aged between 14-21 years old who meet every Tuesday at the South London Gallery. To find out more about the Art Assassins click here.

Stine Marie Jacobsen is a conceptual artist working to decode violence and law both individually and collectively through participatory means. She lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin, graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts with an MFA in 2009 and a BFA from CalArts, the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, USA in 2007.

Sarah Andrew is a lawyer and artist. John Latham became a significant influence on her developement of an incidental approach to law, policy and art making, whilst she worked as both as a founder member of activist arts groups Random Artists and Space Hijackers and as Head of Compliance at the BBC and Channel 5. She carried on this work as a policy maker at Ofcom and was advisor to the Arts Council Interdisciplinary Art Department whilst showing nationally and internationally as an artist.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.