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Law in Times of Crisis
Emergency Powers in Theory and Practice

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Part of Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law

  • Date Published: October 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521541237

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  • The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the ensuing 'war on terror' have focused attention on issues that have previously lurked in a dark corner at the edge of the legal universe. This book presents a systematic and comprehensive attempt by legal scholars to conceptualize the theory of emergency powers, combining post-September 11 developments with more general theoretical, historical and comparative perspectives. The authors examine the interface between law and violent crises through history and across jurisdictions, bringing together insights gleaned from the Roman republic and Jewish law through to the initial responses to the July 2005 attacks in London. Three models of emergency powers are used to offer a conceptualization of emergency regimes, giving a coherent insight into law's interface with and regulation of crisis and a distinctive means to evaluate the legal options open to states for dealing with crises.

    • Presents three key conceptual models within which emergency powers can be classified and understood, which allows for a complex and diverse legal field to be more readily understood by lawyers and non-lawyers alike
    • Provides a combination of both domestic and international law analysis concerning emergency powers, making it of great usefulness to academics, policy makers and teachers
    • Examines highly contentious legal and policy issues in a systematic and novel way. By setting out a structured conceptual framework within which these issues can be addressed, readers are given an invaluable tool for evaluating legal and political debates about crisis
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    • Winner of the ASIL Book Prize.

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    "This book rightfully takes its place as an important and novel addition to discussions regarding law's response to crisis."
    -- Therese O'Donnel, Strathclyde University, The Law and Politics Book Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521541237
    • length: 516 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.82kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Table of cases
    Table of treaties
    Table of legislation
    Table of international materials
    Part I:
    1. Models of accommodation
    2. Law for all seasons
    3. Models of extra-legality
    4. Five degrees of separation
    Part II:
    5. International human rights and emergencies
    6. Emergencies and humanitarian law
    7. Terrorism, emergencies and international responses to contemporary threats

  • Authors

    Oren Gross, University of Minnesota Law School
    Irving Younger Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Legal Studies at the University of Minnesota Law School.

    Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, University of Ulster
    Professor of Law and Director of the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster.


    • Winner of the ASIL Book Prize.

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