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

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Part of Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law

  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107000780

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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.

    • Helps to delineate the emergent field of rule of law promotion, moving beyond the 'law and development' paradigm
    • Unites critical/theoretical appraisal with empirical knowledge and informed analysis, helping reader to understand the claims and failures of this area of activity
    • Traverses a range of historical and conceptual bases and provides a coherent narrative that explains larger contemporary trends
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107000780
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • availability: In stock
  • 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.

  • Author

    Stephen Humphreys, London School of Economics and Political Science

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