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Plausible Legality: Legal Culture and Political Imperative in the Global War on Terror

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
12:15pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Oak 438

Plausible Legality: Legal Culture and Political Imperative in the Global War on Terror

Rebecca Sanders University of Cincinnati

Wednesday, February 20th 12:15pm Oak Hall 438

In Plausible Legality, Rebecca Sanders examines how the US government interpreted, reinterpreted, and manipulated legal norms and what these justificatory practices imply about the capacity of law to constrain state violence. Through case studies on the use of torture, detention, targeted killing, and surveillance, Sanders provides a detailed analysis of how policymakers use law to achieve their political objectives and situates these patterns within a broader theoretical understanding of how law operates in contemporary politics. She argues that legal culture--defined as collectively shared understandings of legal legitimacy and appropriate forms of legal practice in particular contexts--plays a significant role in shaping state practice. In the global war on terror, a national security culture of legal rationalization encouraged authorities to seek legal cover-to construct the plausible legality of human rights violations-in order to ensure impunity for wrongdoing.

Contact:

Prof. Matthew Singer (matthew.m.singer@uconn.edu)

Political Science (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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