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Imperial Justice offers interesting and engaging insights into the workings of the British imperial legal system. The legal case histories presented in the book are compelling.
They tell the story of colonial law and justice from the perspectives of both the colonizer and colonized. This is framed in terms of the tension between what Ibhawoh calls "imperial legal universalism" promoted by the Privy Council and the construction of local difference by native tribunals in colonial outposts. The boo Imperial Justice offers interesting and engaging insights into the workings of the British imperial legal system.
The book argues that the workings of imperial justice required both the accommodation and containment of native difference.
Imperial Justice: Africans in Empire's Court by Bonny Ibhawoh
Ibhawoh links this historical paradox with present-day tension in the making of global legal culture and the work of supranational human rights courts such as the International Criminal Court, the African Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights. The key shortcoming of the book, however, is that it does not go far enough with this comparative analysis between imperial legal universalism and contemporary globalization of legal culture.
This potentially interesting issue is confined to only a few pages in the concluding chapter. Some of the arguments the book makes about the connections between historical and present-day global legal culture also seem far-fetched. Nonetheless, scholars and students of legal history, imperial studies and international law will find this book useful and refreshing in its scope and approach.
May 07, Josh rated it it was ok. No strong argument though.
Jcpc is an interesting court I definitely learned that. Interesting though unconvinced about connection to international law. Michelle marked it as to-read Mar 30, Mwanafunzi marked it as to-read Sep 06, Lucy marked it as to-read Jan 13, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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