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date: 21 November 2019

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This chapter considers how a focus on the relationship between narratives of law, geography and human rights can help make sense of the complex genealogy of such contemporary forms of violent colonial sovereignty as the United States’ military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Israel’s siege of Gaza in 2008-9. In face of such new formations of lawful colonial violence, the chapter suggests, it is imperative that postcolonial studies attend to the narratives of voices of the oppressed, for it is precisely such narratives that allow us to imagine the conditions of possibility for justice, however difficult such a task might appear.

Keywords: Colonial present, law, state of exception, human rights, sovereignty

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