‘The law commonly drifts between an obligation to forget and a duty to remember, vigorously endorsed and imposed through the policing of legal truths. The editors of this book offer a spectacular walk down memory lane and a unique must-have to anyone interested in how law shapes historical imagination, populated with selected victims and imposed heroes of the past.'
Dimitry Kochenov - Chair in EU Constitutional Law at the University of Groningen, Faculty of Law
'There is no shortage of academic works on ‘collective memory’ and on legal instruments to deal with the past. Strangely enough, there has been precious little serious academic literature combining these two themes. The editors of this ambitious, path-breaking volume have done precisely that. By lining up an impressive group of scholars from a large number of countries, they succeeded in painting a rich, interdisciplinary landscape of laws shaping collective memory, and of collective memory shaping the law, in Europe and elsewhere. By producing such a formidable volume they have opened a new stream in the academic thinking about the intersections between law and social memory, and from now on, no scholar tackling these issues will be able to afford to ignore this book.'
Wojciech Sadurski, - Challis Professor of Jurisprudence, The University of Sydney and Professor at the Centre for Europe, The University of Warsaw
'The greatest virtue of this book is that while providing a comparative perspective on various memory laws, it does not attempt to generalize them but rather acknowledges that they remain deeply embedded within national contexts. The collection of the case studies proves that a state’s attitude towards public discussion of history reflects its attitude towards the rights of its citizens, and it also shapes the public understandings of the past.'
Gábor Halmai - Professor and Chair of Comparative Constitutional Law, European University Institute, Florence
'Law and Memory: Towards Legal Governance of History is … a timely contribution that expands the field of conventional memory studies by investigating legal norms that are to shape memories. Highly topical, the volume also speaks to political developments presently unfolding.'
Félix Krawatzek - Journal of Law and Society
'… this book provides thorough analyses of a topic relevant for both Law and Memory Studies. Rich in case studies, the essays give the reader a deeper understanding of aspects most vital to the discussion of memory laws. The book … provides important emphasis and an overdue acknowledgment of the relevance of disciplinary cooperation engendering conversation between the two fields of Law and Memory.'
Source: Review Journal for the Study of Culture
'[T]he dangers of the mediation of history through political idolatry or reactionary memory laws … render the edited volume on Law and Memory: Towards Legal Governance of History essential. … [M]emory laws seem antithetical to the liberal spirit of allowing people the freedom to come to terms with the past, but they also provide an opportunity for the State to effectively sort people into good and bad citizens, based on how much they have internalized a State-sponsored collective discourse.'
Source: The Journal of Comparative Law