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The Edge of Law

The Edge of Law
Legal Geographies of a War Crimes Court


Part of Cambridge Studies in Law and Society

  • Publication planned for: December 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107199842

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  • The Edge of Law explores the spatial implications of establishing a new legal institution in the wake of violent conflict. Using the example of the establishment of the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Alex Jeffrey argues that legal processes constantly demarcate a line of inclusion and exclusion: materially, territorially and corporally. In contrast to accounts that have focused on the judicial outcomes of these transitional justice efforts, The Edge of Law draws on long-term fieldwork in Bosnia and Herzegovina to focus on the social and political consequences of the trials, tracing the fraught mechanisms that have been used by international and local political elites to convey their legitimacy. This book will be of interest to socio-legal and geographical scholars working in the fields of transitional justice, legal systems, critical geopolitics and criminology.

    • Presents the first major study of the establishment and operation of the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s
    • Advances understandings of the contribution of geography and spatial theory to scholarship on war crimes courts
    • Explores in empirical detail the consequences of using legal institutions and innovations to consolidate a post-conflict state
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: December 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107199842
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. The edge of law
    Part I. Producing the Edge of Law:
    2. Making a court
    3. Court materiality
    Part II. Politics at the Edge of Law:
    4. Public outreach
    5. Law and citizenship
    Part III. Contesting the Edge of Law:
    6. Rules of law
    7. Entrance strategies
    8. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Alex Jeffrey, University of Cambridge
    Alex Jeffrey is a Reader in Human Geography at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Emmanuel College. Following work for a youth NGO in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Alex Jeffrey's scholarly work has examined the politics of state formation after violent conflict. He is author of over forty papers and chapters on the political and legal geographies of the state and published The Improvised State: Sovereignty, Performance and Agency in Dayton Bosnia (2013). He sits on the Editorial Board of Political Geography and the RGS-IBG Book Series.

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