New PDF release: Law, Memory, Violence: Uncovering the Counter-Archive

By Stewart Motha,Honni van Rijswijk

The call for for popularity, accountability, and reparations is frequently invoked within the wake of colonialism, genocide, and mass violence: there should be no sufferers with out attractiveness, no perpetrators with out accountability, and no justice with out reparations. Or so it kind of feels from law’s restricted repertoire for assembling the archive after ‘the disaster’. Archival and memorial practices are vital to contexts the place transitional justice, addressing old wrongs, or reparations are at stake. The archive serves as a repository or ‘storehouse’ of what should be accumulated and regarded in order that it may be left in the back of to be able to inaugurate the longer term. The archive manifests law’s authority and its stricken judgment of right and wrong. it truly is an quintessential a part of the liberal criminal reaction to biopolitical violence.


This assortment demanding situations demonstrated ways to transitional justice by means of establishing up new dialogues in regards to the challenge of assembling law’s archive. the amount offers learn drawn from a number of jurisdictions that tackle the next questions. What resists being archived? What areas and practices of reminiscence - wide awake and subconscious - undo criminal and sovereign alibis and confessions? And what narrative types divulge the bounds of accountability, reputation, and reparations? by means of treating the legislation as an ‘archive’, this ebook lines the failure of universalised different types resembling 'perpetrator', 'victim', 'responsibility', and 'innocence,' posited by means of the liberal felony nation. It thereby uncovers law’s counter-archive as a problem to proven varieties of representing and responding to violence.

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