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The Limits of Law

The Limits of Law

by Austin Sarat
     
 

This collection brings together well-established scholars to examine the limits of law, a topic that has been of broad interest since the events of 9/11 and the responses of U.S. law and policy to those events. The limiting conditions explored in this volume include marking law’s relationship to acts of terror, states of emergency, gestures of surrender,

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This collection brings together well-established scholars to examine the limits of law, a topic that has been of broad interest since the events of 9/11 and the responses of U.S. law and policy to those events. The limiting conditions explored in this volume include marking law’s relationship to acts of terror, states of emergency, gestures of surrender, payments of reparations, offers of amnesty, and invocations of retroactivity. These essays explore how law is challenged, frayed, and constituted out of contact with conditions that lie at the farthest reaches of its empirical and normative force.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"T]he essays collected in The Limits of Law, and the editors' well-crafted introductory essay, present 'law' in all of its richness and complexity."—Law and Politics Book Review

"These essays collectively give weight to the editors' claim, put forward in the introduction, that the study of law's limits has always, perhaps paradoxically, been central to the study of law's core, as well as to their deeper jurisprudential argument that law's normative, descriptive, and constitutive limits define law and its relation to power. An important collection for everyone interested in contemporary debates in jurisprudence, socio-cultural studies, and political theory, regarding law's reach, coherence, and desirability." —Robin West, Georgetown University Law Center

"The idea of the 'limits of law' is taken from the margins to the center of legal theory in this provocative collection. In the hands of these writers, even the submission to law is reimagined as a choice to invoke law's limits, and therefore an act not itself bound by law. Ultimately, limits are not the ends of law, or a place where law runs out, but where law is generated and constituted. At a time when many argue that post-9/11 exigencies require governments to act outside lawís limits, this collection is an elegant and essential rejoinder." —Mary L. Dudziak, University of Southern California Law School

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804752350
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
07/12/2005
Series:
The Amherst Series in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College. Lawrence Douglas is Professor of Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought, Amherst College. Martha Merrill Umphrey is Associate Professor of Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought, Amherst College. Together, they are also the editors of Law on the Screen (Stanford University Press, 2005).

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