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Amongst the last generation of continental philosophers Derrida stands out as the most jurisprudential of thinkers. His early work on literary texts was already focused on laws of genre, on being before the law, and upon the legality of speech acts. His later work on the violent foundations of authority and on the force of law further propelled deconstruction into legal studies. This volume traces the path of Derrida's original and provocative legal insights and also maps the geographical and jurisdictional passages of his ideas.


Description

Amongst the last generation of continental philosophers Derrida stands out as the most jurisprudential of thinkers. His early work on literary texts was already focused on laws of genre, on being before the law, and upon the legality of speech acts. His later work on the violent foundations of authority and on the force of law further propelled deconstruction into legal studies. This volume traces the path of Derrida's original and provocative legal insights and also maps the geographical and jurisdictional passages of his ideas.


Contents

Preface
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: A Philosophy of Legal Enigmas; P.Goodrich, F.Hoffman, M.Rosenfeld& C.Vismann
PART I: THEORIES The Reader: Derrida Among the Philosophers; S.Critchley
European introduction: Four Objections; D.Kennedy
The Archive and the Beginning of Law; C.Vismann
The Jurisprudence of the 'Force of Law'; P.Gehring
Derrida's Ethical Turn: The Case of Terrorism; M.Rosenfeld
Derrida and Foucault on Sovereignty; F.Balke
PART II: DISCIPLINES Critical Intimacies: International Law; A.Orford
'Il n'y a pas de hors-texte': Intimations of Jacques Derrida as Comparatist-at-Law; P.Legrand
Specters and Scholars: Derrida and the Tragedy of Political Thought; A.Thurschwell
Between Forgiveness and Forgetting; P.Krapp
Phantom and Justice; E.Weber
Deadlines: Derrida and Critical Legal Scholarship; F.Hoffman
Literature, Poetics, Law; A.Geary
PART III: ENVOI
Un Cygne Noir; P.Goodrich
Saying Good-Bye; A.Ronell
Index


Authors

PETER GOODRICH is Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Law and Humanities at Cardozo School of Law, New York USA. He was the founding dean of the Department of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, where he was also the Corporation of London Professor of Law. He is Editor of Law and Literature and on the Editorial Committee of Law and Critique. His most recent book is The Laws of Love: A Brief Historical and Practical Manual (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
 

FLORIAN HOFFMANN is a Lecturer in International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also a Visiting Professor of Law at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), where he taught full-time in the Law Department from 2003 to 2008. During this period, he also co-directed that department's human rights center (the Núcleo de Direitos Humanos). His theoretical interests include the foundations of human rights and human rights activism as well as inernational legal theory and critical legal thought. 


MICHEL ROSENFELD is Justice Sydney L. Robins Professor of Human Rights and Director, Security, Democracy, and the Rule of Law at Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, New York, USA. He is currently working on Law, Justice, Democracy and the Clash of Cultures (forthcoming in 2009).
 

CORNELIA VISMANN is Research Fellow in legal history at the Max Planck Institute, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Her best selling study Atken, is forthcoming as Files: Law and Media Technology.