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Lawyers against the Law

The Challenge of Turkish Lawyering Associations

Joakim Parslow

Despite increasing subordination of the judiciary to executive authorities, Turkish cause lawyering associations are more assertive than ever in their defiance of forced closures and legal persecution. Why would activist lawyers ‘play the game’ of law when the legal system is being undermined? Focusing on the historical genesis of Turkey’s oldest activist lawyering association, the Çağdaş Hukukçular Derneği (ÇHD), I argue that Turkish legal activism results from not just clashing political causes but also the strategies attorneys are forced to adopt to effect change within an authoritarian-corporatist structure designed to constrict their activities. The ÇHD and similar groups are not merely extensions of the formal juridical order; they also constitute a grassroots engagement with the law that refuses to conform to the categories, narratives, procedures and ends of the state’s legal institutions.

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Leyla Neyzi, Nida Alahmad, Nina Gren, Martha Lagace, Chelsey Ancliffe, and Susanne Bregnbæk

understood by many (Iraqis) as political trials, and indeed the Iraqi government under Nouri al-Maliki regarded them as such: they had little interest in “fair trials” or “international legality,” much to the chagrin of the IHT's American legal advisers

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Sentimentalising Persons and Things

Creating Normative Arrangements of Bodies through Courtroom Talk

Jonas Bens

dynamics that influence these judgements. The political trial is a performance ( Cole 2009 ; Diehl et al. 2006 ; Ertur 2015; Reinelt 2006 ; Vismann 2011 ) in which sentiment is produced, mobilised, challenged and potentially transformed. Courtroom

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Class versus Nation

A History of Richard Turner’s Eclipse and Resurgence

Ian Macqueen

National Congress (ANC) and its breakaway, the Pan-Africanist Congress (PAC), seemed a thing of the past, a defeated giant, crushed by the post-Sharpeville political trials and imprisoning of the ANC and PAC leadership. The armed struggle had symbolic

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Michael B. Loughlin

an influential minority. In December 1906 Hervé founded a weekly newspaper, La Guerre sociale , as a rallying point for his ideas. Over the next five years press campaigns, political trials, posters, publications, images d’Epinal , demonstrations

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‘The Inexhaustible Surface of Things’

Stefano Tamburini's Comic Book Work

Simone Castaldi

witch hunts that extended well into the 1980s, culminating in hundreds of political trials, incarcerations, and the forced exile of many intellectual protagonists of those days. 17 With Frigidaire , Tamburini's aim was that of registering the import of