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Discourses of Law

Series Editor: Peter Goodrich, Arthur Jacobson, Michel Rosenfeld

This successful and exciting series seeks to publish the most innovative scholarship at the intersection of law, philosophy and social theory. The books published in the series are distinctive by virtue of exploring the boundaries of legal thought. The work that this series seeks to promote is marked most strongly by the drive to open up new perspectives on the relation between law and other disciplines. The series has also been unique in its commitment to international and comparative perspectives upon an increasingly global legal order. Of particular interest in a contemporary context, the series has concentrated upon the introduction and translation of continental traditions of theory and law.

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1-10 of 12 results in Discourses of Law
  1. Shakespeare's Curse

    The Aporias of Ritual Exclusion in Early Modern Royal Drama

    By Björn Quiring

    Series: Discourses of Law

    Conceptualizing the curse as the representation of a foundational, mythical violence that is embedded within juridical discourse, Shakespeare’s Curse:The Aporias of Ritual Exclusion in Early Modern Royal Drama pursues a reading of Richard III, King John, and King Lear in order to analyse the...

    Published October 29th 2013 by Routledge

  2. Wickedness and Crime

    Laws of Homicide and Malice

    By Penny Crofts

    Series: Discourses of Law

    The criminal legal system defines and authoritatively enacts the boundaries of permissible and impermissible behaviour, with a focus on that which is prohibited or transgressive. Wickedness and Crime: Laws of Homicide and Malice seeks to expose the ways in which criminal law communicates and...

    Published August 14th 2013 by Routledge

  3. The Scene of the Mass Crime

    History, Film, and International Tribunals

    Edited by Christian Delage, Peter Goodrich

    Series: Discourses of Law

    The Scene of the Mass Crime takes up the unwritten history of the peculiar yet highly visible form of war crimes trials. These trials are the first and continuing site of the interface of law, history and film. From Nuremberg to the contemporary trials in Cambodia, film, in particular, has been...

    Published November 11th 2012 by Routledge

  4. Sex, Culpability and the Defence of Provocation

    By Danielle Tyson

    Series: Discourses of Law

    The partial defence of provocation is one of the most controversial doctrines within the criminal law. It has now been abolished in a number of international jurisdictions. Addressing the trajectory of debates about reform of the provocation defence across different jurisdictions, Sex, Culpability...

    Published July 11th 2012 by Routledge-Cavendish

  5. Novel Judgements

    Legal Theory as Fiction

    By William P. MacNeil

    Series: Discourses of Law

    Novel Judgements is a book about nineteenth century Anglo-American law and literature. But by redefining law as legal theory, Novel judgements departs from ‘socio-legal’ studies of law and literature, often dated in their focus on past lawyering and court processes. This texts ‘theoretical turn’...

    Published September 6th 2011 by Routledge-Cavendish

  6. Visualizing Law in the Age of the Digital Baroque

    Arabesques & Entanglements

    By Richard K Sherwin

    Series: Discourses of Law

    Visualizing Law in the Age of the Digital Baroque explores the profound impact that visual digital technologies are having on the practice and theory of law. Today, lawyers, judges, and lay jurors face a vast array of visual evidence and visual argument. From videos documenting crimes and accidents...

    Published June 16th 2011 by Routledge

  7. Shakespearean Genealogies of Power

    A Whispering of Nothing in Hamlet, Richard II, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, and The Winter’s Tale

    By Anselm Haverkamp

    Series: Discourses of Law

    Shakespearean Genealogies of Power proposes a new view on Shakespeare’s involvement with the legal sphere: as a visible space between the spheres of politics and law and well able to negotiate legal and political, even constitutional concerns, Shakespeare’s theatre opened up a new perspective on...

    Published October 7th 2010 by Routledge

  8. The Land is the Source of the Law

    A Dialogic Encounter with Indigenous Jurisprudence

    By C.F. Black

    Series: Discourses of Law

    The Land is the Source of Law brings an inter-jurisdictional dimension to the field of indigenous jurisprudence: comparing Indigenous legal regimes in New Zealand, the USA and Australia, it offers a ‘dialogical encounter with an Indigenous jurisprudence’ in which individuals are ...

    Published September 29th 2010 by Routledge-Cavendish

  9. The Identity of the Constitutional Subject

    Selfhood, Citizenship, Culture, and Community

    By Michel Rosenfeld

    Series: Discourses of Law

    The last fifty years has seen a worldwide trend toward constitutional democracy. But can constitutionalism become truly global? Relying on historical examples of successfully implanted constitutional regimes, ranging from the older experiences in the United States and France to the relatively...

    Published October 12th 2009 by Routledge

  10. Law, Orientalism and Postcolonialism

    The Jurisdiction of the Lotus-Eaters

    By Piyel Haldar

    Series: Discourses of Law

    Focusing on the ‘problem’ of pleasure Law, Orientalism and Postcolonialism uncovers the organizing principles by which the legal subject was colonized. That occidental law was complicit in colonial expansion is obvious. What remains to be addressed, however, is the manner in which law and...

    Published December 12th 2007 by Routledge-Cavendish

Forthcoming Books

  1. Genealogies of Legal Vision
    Edited by Peter Goodrich, Valérie Hayaert
    To Be Published December 14th 2014
  2. The Rule of Reason in European Constitutionalism and Citizenship
    By Yuri Borgmann-Prebil
    To Be Published December 29th 2014
  3. Between Exemplarity and Singularity: Literature, Philosophy, Law
    Edited by Michele Lowrie, Susanne Lüdemann
    To Be Published February 17th 2015
  4. Law and Enjoyment: Power, Pleasure and Psychoanalysis
    By Daniel Hourigan
    To Be Published February 28th 2015
  5. Crime Scenes: Forensics and Aesthetics
    By Rebecca Scott Bray
    To Be Published April 29th 2015

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