The Jurisprudence of Emergency

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-09-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr
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Hussain analyses the uses and the history of a range of emergency powers, such as the suspension of habeas corpus and the use of military tribunals. His study focuses on British colonialism in India from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century to demonstrate how questions of law and emergency shaped colonial rule, which in turn affected the place of colonialism in modern law, depicting the colonies not as passive recipients but as agents in the interpretation and delineation of Western ideas and practices.Nasser Hussain is Professor of History at Amherst College.

Author Biography

Nassar Hussain is Assistant Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: The Historical and Theoretical Backgroundp. 1
The Colonial Concept of Lawp. 35
The "Writ of Liberty" in a Regime of Conquest: Habeas Corpus and the Colonial Judiciaryp. 69
Martial Law and Massacre: Violence and the Limitp. 99
Conclusion: A Postcolonial Postscriptp. 133
The Administrative Structure of Justice in British Indiap. 145
The History of Nineteenth-Century Legal Codification in British Indiap. 149
Notesp. 153
Bibliographyp. 175
Indexp. 185
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