Theatre of the Rule of Law by Stephen Humphreys
Transnational Legal Intervention in Theory and Practice (Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law)

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Theatre of the Rule of Law presents the first sustained critique of global rule of law promotion - an expansive industry at the heart of international development, post-conflict reconstruction and security policy today. While successful in articulating and disseminating an effective global public policy, rule of law promotion has largely failed in its stated objectives of raising countries out of poverty and taming violent conflict. Furthermore, in its execution, this work deviates sharply from 'the rule of law' as commonly conceived. To explain this, Stephen Humphreys draws on the history of the rule of law as a concept, examples of legal export during colonial times, and a spectrum of contemporary interventions by development agencies and international organisations. Rule of law promotion is shown to be a kind of theatre, the staging of a morality tale about the good life, intended for edification and emulation, but blind to its own internal contradictions.
 

About Stephen Humphreys

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Stephen Humphreys is Lecturer in Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He previously worked at the International Council on Human Rights Policy in Geneva, as Research Director, and before that at the Open Society Institute in New York and Budapest. He writes regularly on international law, in both academic and policy contexts, and is the editor of Human Rights and Climate Change (Cambridge University Press, 2009).
 
Published February 1, 2011 by Cambridge University Press. 333 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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