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CHOICE Reviewed Routledge Law Books

Cover image expansionRoutledge Law is proud to produce some of the most highly acclaimed and well received scholarship in the area of Law. CHOICE has reviewed some of our books, which we have highlighted below. Scroll down to see what CHOICE has to say about our books. We are currently offering 20% off these titles, with the discount code CHO15, which is valid until January 31st 2016.

Assessing the Long-Term Impact of Truth Commissions

The Chilean Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Historical Perspective

By Anita Ferrara

This book examines whether and how the work of the Chilean TRC contributed to the transition to democracy in Chile and to subsequent developments in accountability and transformation in that country. The book takes a long term view on the Chilean TRC asking to what extent and how the truth commission contributed to the development of the transitional justice measures that ensued, and how the relationship with those subsequent developments was established over time.It argues that, contrary to the views and expectations of those who considered that the Chilean TRC was of limited success, that the Chilean TRC has, in fact, over the longer term, played a key role as an enabler of justice and a means by which ethical and institutional transformation has occurred within Chile. With the benefit of this historical perspective, the book concludes that the impact of truth commissions in general needs to be carefully reviewed in light of the Chilean experience.

 Hardback | ISBN: 9780415729529

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Puerto Rico and the Origins of U.S. Global Empire

The Disembodied Shade

By Charles R. Venator-Santiago

Drawing on a postcolonial legal history of the United States’ territorial expansionism, this book provides an analysis of the foundations of its global empire. Charles R. Venator-Santiago argues that the United States has developed three traditions of territorial expansionism with corresponding constitutional interpretations, namely colonialist, imperialist, and global expansionist. This book offers an alternative interpretation of the origins of US global expansion, suggesting it began with the tradition of territorial expansionism following the 1898 Spanish–American War to legitimate the annexation of Puerto Rico and other non-contiguous territories. The relating constitutional interpretation grew out of the 1901 Insular Cases in which the Supreme Court coined the notion of an unincorporated territory to describe the 1900 Foraker Act’s normalization of the prevailing military territorial policies. Since then the United States has invoked the ensuing precedents to legitimate a wide array of global policies, including the ‘war on terror’.

Hardback | ISBN:9780415662307

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What CHOICE has to say about 'Assessing the Long-Term Impact of Truth Commissions'

"When it was constituted in 1990 by the first democratically elected government of Chile, the Chilean Truth and Reconciliation Commission was regarded as the only possible means of dealing with the legacy of the human rights abuses perpetrated by the Augusto Pinochet regime. In this new book, based on her doctoral thesis—defended at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London—Ferrara argues that the Commission produced far more progressive effects than initially predicted by setting the stage for the implementation of a host of other important transitional justice policies. The Commission therefore represents a landmark initiative embedded in a larger process that includes a series of later transitional justice policies. Whereas the first three chapters provide the necessary background on the composition and activity of the Commission, as well as the political context in which it operated, the last five chapters link its work to domestic prosecutions, the subsequent Rettig and Valech commissions, and memorialization projects. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections."

--L. Stan, St. Francis Xavier University

  • Copyright 2015 American Library Association

What CHOICE has to say about 'Puerto Rico and the Origins of U.S. Global Empire'

"Drawing on legal precedents from after the 1898 Spanish-American War that set new territorial acquisitions "outside" the US for constitutional purposes, Venator-Santiago (Univ. of Connecticut) develops a rich argument that those legal cases provide the rationales and justifications for administrative and judicial actions in the post-9/11 era. He argues that what he calls the US global empire began with the annexation of Puerto Rico. Drawing heavily on Puerto Rican cases and experiences, he provides careful legal analysis done through the lens of post-colonial legal history; this book is part of the "Law and the Postcolonial: Ethics, Politics, & Economy" series from Routledge. The book is carefully argued and supported by extensive legal references and an extensive bibliography. It offers a unique perspective and belongs in large academic libraries. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections."

--J. A. Rhodes, emeritus, Luther College

  • Copyright 2015 American Library Association