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A Political Geography of Law and Conflict

Lisa Hajjar

in Courting Conflict

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780520241930
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937987 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520241930.003.0002
A Political Geography of Law and Conflict

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This chapter addresses the history, politics, and contours of law and conflict, including a general discussion of the identities and ideologies of populations in Israel/Palestine. It is also interested in law's paradoxical capacity to serve and secure the authority of the state while also enabling means of resisting that authority. Nationalism and national differences are undeniably important for understanding the conflict between Jews and Palestinians in terms of their respective political institutions and the differing interests to which they lay claim as “peoples.” The sociology of law attends to the mutually constitutive relationship among law, society, and the state. In Israel/Palestine, the rights of sovereignty and self-determination are at the heart of the conflict, so this context illuminates the paradox. The military court system provides an important institutional setting for mapping the history and development of human rights in Israel/Palestine.

Keywords: politics; law; conflict; Israel; Palestine; sociology of law; military court system; human rights

Chapter.  10290 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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