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Rule of Law Discourses

Author: Jothie Rajah

‘Rule of law’ is a concept and category that is incessantly invoked in the international public domain. At different times and in different hands, a range of different meanings has attached to ‘rule of law’. In response to the impact of the post-9/11 rule of law, this project includes both doctrinal and non-doctrinal articulations of meanings, values, and relations for rule of law. Rajah is working on a forthcoming monograph, Reading for Law in a Post-9/11 World, which is driven by a protective and passionate concern for rule of law as a legal, social, and political ideal. Reading for Law examines both standard legal text — legislation — as well as nondoctrinal texts to illuminate legal meanings, relations, and values that are being constructed and disseminated in ways that tend to evade critical attention. In particular, it is motivated by the striking contrast in visibility that marks the events of 9/11 and the visible legal response.

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