Theatre of the Rule of Law: Transnational Legal Intervention in Theory and Practice

Theatre of the Rule of Law: Transnational Legal Intervention in Theory and Practice

by Stephen Humphreys
     
 

ISBN-10: 1107000785

ISBN-13: 9781107000780

Pub. Date: 12/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Theatre of the Rule of Law presents the first sustained critique of global rule of law promotion - an expansive industry at the heart of international development, post-conflict reconstruction and security policy today. While successful in articulating and disseminating an effective global public policy, rule of law promotion has largely failed in its stated…  See more details below

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Theatre of the Rule of Law presents the first sustained critique of global rule of law promotion - an expansive industry at the heart of international development, post-conflict reconstruction and security policy today. While successful in articulating and disseminating an effective global public policy, rule of law promotion has largely failed in its stated objectives of raising countries out of poverty and taming violent conflict. Furthermore, in its execution, this work deviates sharply from 'the rule of law' as commonly conceived. To explain this, Stephen Humphreys draws on the history of the rule of law as a concept, examples of legal export during colonial times, and a spectrum of contemporary interventions by development agencies and international organisations. Rule of law promotion is shown to be a kind of theatre, the staging of a morality tale about the good life, intended for edification and emulation, but blind to its own internal contradictions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107000780
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2010
Series:
Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law Series, #73
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction;
Part I. Parameters: 'Rule of Law' as a Term of Art: 1. Society;
2. Economy;
3. Polity;
Interlude. Precursors: colonial legal intervention;
Part II. Theatre of the Rule of Law: 4. Market;
5. State;
6. Public;
Conclusion.

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