9781139199247 (ebook) 9781107026070 (hardback) 9781107440050 (paperback)
Cambridge studies in law and society.
How do a legal order and the rule of law develop in a war-torn state? Using his field research in Sudan, the author uncovers how colonial administrators, postcolonial governments and international aid agencies have used legal tools and resources to promote stability and their own visions of the rule of law amid political violence and war in Sudan. Tracing the dramatic development of three forms of legal politics - colonial, authoritarian and humanitarian - this book contributes to a growing body of scholarship on law in authoritarian regimes and on human rights and legal empowerment programs in the Global South. Refuting the conventional wisdom of a legal vacuum in failed states, this book reveals how law matters deeply even in the most extreme cases of states still fighting for political stability.
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Formatted Contents Note
Lawfare and warfare in Sudan The colonial path to the rule of law, 1898-1956 Law in a State of Crisis, 1956-1989 Authoritarian legal politics and Islamic law, 1989-2011 Law and civil society, 1956-2011 Humanitarian legal politics in an authoritarian state, 2005-2011 Reflections on legal politics.