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Mirrors of Justice: Law and Power in the Post–Cold War Era

ISBN13: 9781107415201
Published: June 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2010)
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Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780521195379

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Mirrors of Justice is a groundbreaking study of the meanings of and possibilities for justice in the contemporary world. The book brings together a group of both prominent and emerging scholars to reconsider the relationships between justice, international law, culture, power, and history through case studies of a wide range of justice processes. The book’s eighteen authors examine the ambiguities of justice in Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and Melanesia through critical empirical and historical chapters. The introduction makes an important contribution to our understanding of the multiplicity of justice in the twenty-first century by providing an interdisciplinary theoretical framework that synthesizes the book’s chapters with leading-edge literatures on human rights, legal pluralism, and international law.

Public International Law
Understanding the multiplicity of justice Mark Goodale and Kamari Maxine Clarke
1. Beyond compliance: toward an anthropological understanding of international justice Sally Engle Merry

Part I. Justice and the Geographies of International Law: 2. Postcolonial denial: why the European Court of Human Rights finds it so difficult to acknowledge racism Marie-Benedicte Dembour
3. Proleptic justice: the threat of investigation as a deterrent to human rights abuses in Cote d'Ivoire Michael McGovern
4. Global governmentality: the case of transnational adoption Signe Howell
5. Implementing the International Criminal Court Treaty in Africa: the role of NGOs and government agencies in constitutional reform Benson Chinedu Olugbuo
6. Measuring justice: internal conflict over the World Bank's empirical approach to human rights Galit A. Sarfaty

Part II. Justice, Power, and Narratives of Everyday Life:
7. The victim deserving of global justice: power, caution, and recovering individuals Susan F. Hirsch
8. Recognition, reciprocity, and justice: Melanesian reflections on the rights of relationships Joel Robbins
9. Irreconcilable differences? Shari'ah, human rights, and family code reform in contemporary Morocco Amy Elizabeth Young
10. The production of 'forgiveness': God, justice, and state failure in postwar Sierra Leone Rosalind Shaw

Part III. Justice, Memory, and the Politics of History:
11. Impunity and paranoia: writing histories of Indonesian violence Elizabeth Drexler
12. National security, WMD, and the selective pursuit of justice at the Tokyo War Crimes Trial, 1946-8 Jeanne Guillemin
13. Justice and the League of Nations minority regime Jane K. Cowan
14. Commissioning truth, constructing silences: the Peruvian TRC and the other truths of 'terrorists' Lisa J. Laplante and Kimberly Theidon

Epilogue. The words we use: justice, human rights, and the sense of injustice Laura Nader.