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Vol 22 No 5 May/June 2017

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Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt

Edited by: Patricia Londono, David Eady, A.T.H. Smith, Rt. Hon Lord Eassie
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Queering International Law: Possibilities, Alliances, Complicities, Risks

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ISBN13: 9781138289918
To be Published: July 2017
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £105.00

This ground-breaking collection reflects the growing momentum of interest in the international legal community in meshing the insights of queer legal theory with those critical theories that have a much longer genealogy - notably postcolonial and feminist analyses. Beyond the push in the human rights field to ensure respect for the rights of people with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, queer legal theory provides a means to examine the structural assumptions and conceptual architecture that underpin the normative framework and operation of international law, highlighting bias and blind spots and offering fresh perspectives and practical innovations.

The contributors to the book use queer legal theory to critically analyse the basic tenets and operations of international law, with many surprising, thought-provoking and instructive results. The volume will be of interest to many scholars, students and researchers in international law, international relations, cultural studies, gender studies, queer studies and postcolonial studies.

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Public International Law
1. Introduction: Embracing Queer Curiosity, Dianne Otto

Part 1: Complicities: Sexuality, Coloniality and Governance
2. Atonement, Rahul Rao
3. African Sexual Wrongs and the Rationalities of Transnational Governance: From Criminalization to Market Regulation, Doris Buss
4. Gay Governance: A Queer Critique, Aeyal Gross

Part 2: Possibilities: Rethinking Statehood, Violence, War and Law
5. Rethinking Kinship: The Dangerousness of the Heteronormative Nation State, Dianne Otto
6. International Law as Violence: Competing Absences of the Other, Vanja Hamzic
7. The UN Security Council, Sexual Violence as a Tactic of War and its Relationship to 'threat to the peace', and Heteronormativity, Tamsin Phillipa Paige

Part 3: Alliances: Making Queer Lives Matter
8. The Im/possibility of Queering Human Rights, Ratna Kapur
9. How does the Heteronormativity of International Law affect the Breastfeeding Legal Man in Norway?, Anniken Sorlie
10. Women That Matter: Comments on Article 14 of the Maputo Protocol, Neo Sinoxolo Musangi

Part 4: Risks: Troubling Sovereignty and its Borders
11. Queer Border Crossers: Pragmatic Complicities, Indiscretions and Subversions, Bina Fernandez
12. Queering (Extra)Territoriality, Ralph Wilde
13. Queering International Law's Stories of Origin and Queer Asylum Seekers, Nan Seuffert