Lawyers in Conflict and Transition
We are delighted to announce the release of the new book by Theme Leads, Prof Kieran McEvoy and Prof Louise Mallinder, and Institute Fellow, Dr Anna Bryson.
Countries undergoing or recovering from conflict and authoritarianism often face profound rule of law challenges. The law on the statute books may be repressive, judicial independence may be compromised, and criminal justice agencies may be captured by powerful interests.
The authors explore the following questions:
- How do lawyers working within such settings imagine the law?
- How do they understand their ethical obligations towards their clients and the rule of law?
- What factors motivate them to use their legal practice and social capital to challenge repressive power?
- What challenges and risks can they face if they do so?
- And when do lawyers facilitate or acquiesce to illegality and injustice?
Drawing on over 130 interviews from Cambodia, Chile, Israel, Palestine, South Africa, and Tunisia, this book explores the extent to which theoretical understandings within law and society research on the motivations, strategies, tactics, and experiences of lawyers within democratic states apply to these more challenging environments.
Purchase the book here.