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Political Trials in Theory and History

edited by Jens Meierhenrich, Devin O. Pendas
Format
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Published
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Language
English
ISBN
9781107079465, 1107079462
Summary
"From the trial of Socrates to the post-9/11 military commissions, trials have always been useful instruments of politics. Yet there is still much that we do not understand about them. Why do governments use trials to pursue political objectives, and when? What differentiates political trials from ordinary ones? Contrary to conventional wisdom, not all political trials are show trials or contrive to set up scapegoats. This volume offers a novel account of political trials that is empirically rigorous and theoretically sophisticated, linking state-of-the-art research on telling cases to a broad argument about political trials as a socio-legal phenomenon. All the contributors analyse the logic of the political in the courtroom. From archival research to participant observation, and from linguistic anthropology to game theory, the volume offers a genuinely interdisciplinary set of approaches that substantially advance existing knowledge about what political trials are, how they work, and why they matter"--
Contents
  • "The Justice of my cause is clear, but there's politics to fear": Political trials in theory and history / Jens Meierhenrich and Devin O. Pendas
  • The trial of Socrates as a political trial : explaining 399 BCE / Josiah Ober
  • The trial and crucifixion of Jesus : a formal model / Ron E. Hassner and Kenneth Sexauer
  • Jan Hus in the medieval ecclesiastical courts / Thomas A. Fudge
  • The French Revolutionary trials / Laurence H. Winnie
  • The Soviet Union, the Nuremberg Trials, and the politics of the postwar moment / Francine Hirsch
  • Brown v. Board of Education : private civil litigation as a political trial / Mark V. Tushnet
  • The Eichmann trial in law and memory / Devin O. Pendas
  • In the theater of the rule of law : performing the Rivonia trial in South Africa, 1963-1964 / Jens Meierhenrich and Catherine M. Cole
  • China's Gang of Four trial : the law v. the laws of history / Alexander C. Cook
  • Anger, honor, and truth : the political prosecution of Neapolitan organized crime / Marco Jacquemet
  • "This following orders thing is very relative": ascriptions and assumptions of responsibility in the Causa ESMA, 1983-1987 / Christiane Wilke
  • The Microsoft case as a political trial / William H. Page and John E. Lopatka
  • The trials of Khodorkovsky in Russia / Richard Sakwa
  • Nashiri in Gitmo : the wages of legitimacy in trials before the Guantanamo Military Commissions / Lawrence Douglas.
Description
x, 439 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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