Empire, Emergency and International Law

Empire, Emergency and International Law

by John Reynolds

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What does it mean to say we live in a permanent state of emergency? What are the juridical, political and social underpinnings of that framing? Has international law played a role in producing or challenging the paradigm of normalised emergency? How should we understand the relationship between imperialism, race and emergency legal regimes? In addressing such questions, this book situates emergency doctrine in historical context. It illustrates some of the particular colonial lineages that have shaped the state of emergency, and emphasises that contemporary formations of emergency governance are often better understood not as new or exceptional, but as part of an ongoing historical constellation of racialised emergency politics. The book highlights the connections between emergency law and violence, and encourages alternative approaches to security discourse. It will appeal to scholars and students of international law, colonial history, postcolonialism and human rights, as well as policymakers and social justice advocates.

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ISBN-13: 9781316780411
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/10/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

John Reynolds is a Lecturer in International Law at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. His work focuses on the operation of law in contexts of conflict, crisis and coloniality. He teaches and writes on international law, social justice and critical legal theory with particular emphasis on race, imperialism and global North/South dynamics.

Table of Contents

Foreword; Prologue; Part I. Traditions of the Oppressed: 1. Emergency, colonialism and third world approaches to international law; 2. Racialisation and states of emergency; 3. Emergency doctrine: a colonial account; Part II. Empire's Law: 4. Emergency derogations and the international human rights project; 5. Kenya: a 'purely political' state of emergency; 6. The margin of appreciation doctrine: colonial origins; Part III. The Colonial Present: 7. Palestine: a 'scattered, shattered space of exception'?; 8. Australia: racialised emergency intervention; 9. International law, resistance and 'Real' states of emergency; Bibliography.

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