Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Crime, Desire, and Law's Unconciousness

David Gurnham (Southampton Law School), Crime, Desire and Law's Unconscious: Law, Literature and Culture (Wildy & Sons

"By way of a novel application of theory that draws from psychoanalysis, post-colonialism and feminism, the book examines ways in which the creation of danger and the infliction of harm through sexual behavior are responded to in the criminal courts, in literature and in the wider culture. Presenting analysis of legal judgments in England, Australia, Canada and the United States, and literary texts by Shakespeare, the Marquis de Sade, J.G. Ballard and Susanna Moore, the book argues that punitive and condemnatory reactions to illegal and dangerous sexual practices repress conflicting and troubling unconscious desires."
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Settlement of International Cultural Heritage Disputes

Alessandro Chechi (University of Geneva). The Settlement of International Cultural Heritage Disputes (Oxford University Press, 2014).

"This book offers a comprehensive and innovative analysis of the settlement of cultural heritage disputes. This examination is two-fold. First, it assesses the existing legal framework and the available dispute settlement means. Second, it explores the feasibility of two solutions for overcoming the lack of a specialized forum. The first is the establishment of a new international court. The second concerns existing judicial and extra-judicial fora and their interaction through the practice of 'cross-fertilization'. The book focuses on the substance of such interaction, and identifies a number of culturally-sensitive parameters (the 'common rules of adjudication'). It argues that existing judicial and non-judicial fora should adopt a cross-fertilizing perspective to use and disseminate jurisprudence containing these common rules of adjudication."

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Friday, January 22, 2016

The Sovereignty of Human Rights

Patrick Macklem (University of Toronto), The Sovereignty of Human Rights (Oxford Univ. Press, 2015).

"The Sovereignty of Human Rights advances a legal theory of international human rights that defines their nature and purpose in relation to the structure and operation of international law. Professor Macklem argues that the mission of international human rights law is to mitigate adverse consequences produced by the international legal deployment of sovereignty to structure global politics into an international legal order. The book contrasts this legal conception of international human rights with moral conceptions that conceive of human rights as instruments that protect universal features of what it means to be a human being."

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

Ari Berman, Give us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015).

"Berman brings the struggle over voting rights to life through meticulous archival research, in-depth interviews with major figures in the debate, and incisive on-the-ground reporting. In vivid prose, he takes the reader from the demonstrations of the civil rights era to the halls of Congress to the chambers of the Supreme Court. At this important moment in history, Give Us the Ballot provides new insight into one of the most vital political and civil rights issues of our time.
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Monday, January 18, 2016

Benevolent Experiment: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide, and Redress in Canada and the United States

Andrew Woolford (Univ. of Manitoba), Benevolent Experiment: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide, and Redress in Canada and the United States (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2015).

"At the end of the nineteenth century, Indigenous boarding schools were touted as the means for solving the 'Indian problem' in both the United States and Canada. With the goal of permanently transforming Indigenous young people into Europeanized colonial subjects, the schools were ultimately a means for eliminating Indigenous communities as obstacles to land acquisition, resource extraction, and nation-building. Andrew Woolford analyzes the formulation of the 'Indian problem' as a policy concern in the United States and Canada and examines how the 'solution' of Indigenous boarding schools was implemented in Manitoba and New Mexico through complex chains that included multiple government offices with a variety of staffs, Indigenous peoples, and even nonhuman actors such as poverty, disease, and space. The genocidal project inherent in these boarding schools, however, did not unfold in either nation without diversion, resistance, and unintended consequences."

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