|Trauma and Memory: Reading, Healing, and Making Law (Cultural Sitings)
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Trauma and Memory explores different dimensions of trauma, both its relationship to the social sphere and to group identity, in order to open up new approaches to trauma from a healing perspective. The book's specific focus is doubly unique: first, because of its interest in the tension between collective and individual trauma (in trauma as socially constructed and related to identities of ethnicity, nationality, gender, and class); and second, because of its interest in the legal and medical professions (in their construction of trauma, their ways of treating it, their failures, and even their production of trauma). Trauma and Memory reflects the ways in which, over the last several decades, a growing interest in the social and cultural contexts of law and medicine has transformed the study of both these professions. The authors provide new readings of social and political phenomena—such as immigration, public health, gender discrimination, and transitional justice—in terms of trauma. Finally, they address the therapeutic dimensions of trauma and their relationship to reconciliation via alternative processes such as mediation, truth committees, and other new forms of justice.
|Truth Commissions and Procedural Fairness
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Author: Mark Freeman
This is the first law book devoted entirely to the subject of truth commissions. The book sets forth standards of procedural fairness aimed at protecting the rights of those who come into contact with truth commissions - primarily victims and their families, witnesses, and perpetrators. The aim of the book is to provide recommended criteria of procedural fairness for five possible components of a truth commission's mandate: the taking of statements, the use of subpoenas, the exercise of powers of search and seizure, the holding of victim-centered public hearings, and the publication of findings of individual responsibility in a final report (sometimes called the issue of 'naming names'). The book draws on the experience of past and present truth commissions, analogous national and multilateral investigative bodies, and international and comparative standards of procedural fairness.
|Fictions of Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Challenge of Legal Pluralism in Sub-Saharan Africa (Cambridge Studies in Law and Society)
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Author: Kamari Maxine Clarke
By taking up the challenge of documenting how human rights values are embedded in rule of law movements to produce a new language of international justice that competes with a range of other formations, this book explores how notions of justice are negotiated through everyday micropractices and grassroots contestations of those practices. These micropractices include speech acts that revere the protection of international rights, citation references to treaty documents, the brokering of human rights agendas, the rewriting of national constitutions, demonstrations of religiosity that make explicit the piety of religious subjects, and ritual practices of forgiveness that involve the invocation of ancestral religious cosmologies - all practices that detail the ways that justice, as a social fiction, is made real within particular relations of power.
|Human Rights Matters: Local Politics and National Human Rights Institutions (Stanford Studies in Human Rights)
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Author: Julie Mertus
Among human rights advocates, dominant wisdom holds that the promotion and protection of human rights relies not on international efforts, but on domestic action. International institutions may capture news headlines, but it is national groups that effectively shape local expectations and ultimately make human rights matter.
Through a series of case studies and an extensive range of interviews with the administrators and constituencies of national human rights institutions, Julie Mertus offers a close look at the day-to-day workings of these groups. She presents an unusual and lively set of European cases—examining Bosnia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, and Northern Ireland—to illustrate how local culture matters in promoting human rights.
But even with the obvious successes of these institutions, Mertus offers a cautionary tale. National institutions are incredibly difficult to design and operate, and they are only as good as the domestic political and economic factors will allow. It is too frequently seen that the countries most supportive of human rights on the world stage may prove to be highly disappointing back home.
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Author: William Wade
Wade & Forsyth's Administrative Law provides a comprehensive and perceptive account of the principles of judicial review and a sketch of the administrative arrangements of the United Kingdom. Since publication of the first edition in 1961, Administrative Law has established itself amongst the foremost rank of legal textbooks, and is frequently cited with approval in the higher courts.
In the tenth edition, Christopher Forsyth has brought this classic account of administrative law fully up to date in light of recent case law and legislation, especially regarding the continuing transformation of this branch of the law by the Human Rights Act 1998.
The book's clarity of exposition makes it accessible to the student approaching the subject for the first time, while its breadth of coverage and perceptive insight ensure its value to all interested in this field, academics and practitioners alike.
|International Law from Below: Development, Social Movements and Third World Resistance
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Author: Balakrishnan Rajagopal
Balakrishnan Rajagopal's fundamental critique of modern international law draws attention to traditional Third World engagements. Rajagopal challenges current approaches to international law and politics either through states or through individuals. With transnational and local social movement action now becoming increasingly visible and important--as witnessed in Seattle in 1999, he demonstrates that a new global order must consider seriously the resistance of social movements in the development of international law.
|Civil Liberties (Opposing Viewpoints)
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Author: Roman Espejo
|Landmark Decisions of the United States Supreme Court VI
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Author: Maureen Harrison
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Volume VI of "Landmark Decisions of the United States Supreme Court" covers ten cases on the Aaron Burr conspiracy, Dartmouth College, women's work, the right to bear arms, the "sick chicken" case, the law of war, un-American activities, "one person, one vote," the Presidential line item veto, and the right to die.
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|Justice Across Borders: The Struggle for Human Rights in U.S. Courts
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Author: Jeffrey Davis
This book studies the struggle to enforce international human rights law in federal courts. In 1980, a federal appeals court ruled that a Paraguayan family could sue a Paraguayan official under the Alien Tort Statute - a dormant provision of the 1789 Judiciary Act - for torture committed in Paraguay. Since then, courts have been wrestling with this step toward a universal approach to human rights law. The book examines attempts by human rights groups to use the law to enforce human rights norms. It explains the separation of powers issues arising when victims sue the United States or when the United States intervenes to urge dismissal of a claim. Moreover, it analyzes the controversies arising from attempts to hold foreign nations, foreign officials, and corporations liable under international human rights law. While Davis's analysis is driven by social science methods, its foundation is the dramatic human story from which these cases arise.
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Author: James D. Sanders
How the Justice Department Framed a Journalist & His Wife.