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Eve Darian-Smith, "Rabies Rides the Fast Train: Transnational Interactions in PostColonial Times," Law and Critique 6/1 (1995), 75-94: This essay examines English reactions to the building of the Channel Tunnel between England and France as a means of exploring how law features in redefining relations of identity in the New Europe. The Tunnel materially and symbolically undermines the "natural" coastal borders of the British island state, at the same time physically joining it to the European mainland. I argue that the resulting shifts in spatial, political and jurisdictional relations are creating a sense of unease amongst many English people. This is expressed through public exaggerations of the threat of rabies that supposedly will ride the fast train under the sea and infiltrate the "clean" British state. In connecting images of foreigners and disease with England's imperialist history of railway technology, l conclude by highlighting some of the legal intersections between postcolonial rhetoric and transnational activities.
Eve Darian-Smith is Assistant Professor Department of Anthropology University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 93106 fax: (805) 893 8707; tel: (805) 893 8180; e-mail: darian@sscf.ucsb.edu

Margaret Davies, "The Proper: Discourses of Purity", Law and Critique IX/2 (1998), 147-173: As Derrida has indicated, Western Philosophy is a 'metaphysics of the proper'. The 'proper' can be described as a configuration of conceptually-related characteristics, such as self-possession, presence, purity, singularity, and propriety, many of these terms surfacing at critical points in Derrida's work. This article elaborates on the notion of the proper with particular reference to law, legal positivism, and the legal concepts of property and personality. In addition to the work of Derrida, a variety of sources are drawn upon, including several literary works (by Suniti Namjoshi and Kate Grenville), to illustrate the ways in which the proper structures thinking around the person, law and ownership. In doing so, the article draws connections between the different dimensions of the proper, and concludes by considering some of the implications of Derrida's deconstruction of the proper for legal thinking, especially in relation to property. e-mail: margaret.davies@flinders.edu.au

Monica den Boer, "Changing Rooms: Deictic References to Space and Time in Criminal Evidence", Abstract of paper presented at 1994 Bordeaux IASL conference (unpublished): Space and time function as indispensable semiotic indicators in the narrative construction of crimes, as they enable legal-institutional agents to orientate themselves on interrelationships between actors, goals and actions, and to make judgements about the internal coherence of the narrative. The paper starts with a definition of deixis, which is succeeded by an analysis of the ways in which deixis is employed for the (re-) construction of space and time in criminal evidence. The assumption is that deictic references in criminal evidence are "boxed in" due to a parallel process of narrative concatenation and embedding. The second part deals with contrasting deictic references by defendants and witnesses. This is followed by an analysis of the ways in which prosecutor and judge impose spatial and temporal uniformity on the narrative. The final part of the paper returns to the "boxing-in" of deixis, and deals with some complex, multi-levelled references to space and time. (Dr Monica den Boer is Senior Lecturer Justice and Home Affairs at the European Institute of Public Administration, O.L. Vrouweplein 22, P.O. Box 1229, NL - 6201 BE Maastricht, The Netherlands; Tel: 00-31-43-329 6260; Fax: 00-3143-329 6296; e-mail: MDB@EIPA.NL]

Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, "Psychoanalysis, Speech Acts and the Language of "Free Speech"", Res Publica IV/1 (1998), 29-50: This article attacks the approach taken by liberals such as Dworkin to freedom of expression, arguing that the liberal approach has too long dominated the field of debate over speech and restrictions on speech. Rather than seeking a detailed rebuttal of liberal arguments in favour of free speech, this article explores alternative approaches to speech and language, focussing in particular on the work of Lacan and JL Austin. Thus, it is argued that when the role of speech is investigated in this way, it is less seen as a means to truth, personal autonomy and direct democracy and rather as a symbolic order which obscures and confuses, as well as performing direct actions on the subject. e-mail:sionaidh.douglas-scott@kcl.ac.uk

Ian Duncanson, "Unchartered Lands in an Age of "Accountability", Res Publica lll/1 (1997) 3-34: Analyses which portray the state and citizenship as existing to protect the more natural life of the individual/consumer, along with the policies justified in terms of these analyses, have been subverted by a corporate politics deploying an economic "logic" which substitutes the relationship of private business and the customer for that of the state and the citizen. Conservative governments in thrall to corporate politics are recreating the symptoms which were a prelude to fascism. To go beyond an insufficient liberalism in Anglophone societies might involve examining 17th century English radicalism, the Marx of On the Jewish Question and some aspects of Chartism. It will certainly require the public sponsorship of and wide access to independent agencies of knowledge: education, publishing, adjudication. It will require the repoliticisation - the recognition that these are political goods - of goals like the disinterested adjudicationof personal quarrels and the reinstallation of political disputes: the recognition that the latter have not been overtaken by a metapolitical logic. fax: +61 3 9882 9527; e-mail: i.duncanson@latrobe.edu.au

Baudouin Dupret, "La Typification des Atteintes aux Bonnes Moeurs: Approache Praxeologique d'une affaire égyptienne", International Journal for the Semiotics of Law / Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique Vol. XI no.33 (1998), 275-301: Cet article se situe dans le cadre plus large d'une recherche sur les figurations de la moralité dans le contexte judiciaire égyptien. Dans un premier temps, il entend revenir sur les développements de la psychologie cognitive en matière de catégorisation et sur ceux de la théorie juridique de la qualification. Dans un deuxième temps, il vise à démontrer qu'il n'y a pas lieu de déduire l'existence d'une dichotomie radicale entre sens commun du droit et savoir technique juridique, leur différenciation tenant davantage à la question de leur pragmatique qu'à celle de leur sémantique. Le propos est illustré à l'aide d'un matériau tiré d'une affaire de viol collectif survenue en janvier 1985, au Caire.

Baudouin Dupret, "La Définition Juridique des Appartenances. La typification narrative de l'action identitaire devant les juridictions suprêmes d'Egypte et d'Israël", International Journal for the Semiotics of Law / Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique Vol. X no.30 (1997), 261-291: Visions of the other are implicitely embedded in the identity constructs which interaction leads many actors to mobilize. Illustrated by two cases decided by the Supreme Court of Israel and the Cairo Court of Appeal, this article attempts to examine how judicial institutions are induced to pronounce on questions dealing with the definition of membership, its modalities and its legal consequences. The analysis of such narrative typifications of actions asserting identity is conducted by drawing upon two theoretical materials: on the one hand, the notion of legal repertoire and the game of occasional substantialisation of preexisting normative forms; on the other hand, works in legal semiotics dealing with legal narrativity. Two types of conclusion emerge, the one focusing on the narrative modes of legal construction, their constitution, their coherence, and their conflictuality, the other turning on the functionality and modalities of the mobilisation of law in interactive processes of identity construction.

Des visions de l'altérité se retrouvent implicitement dans les constructions identitaires que l'interaction conduit des acteurs à mobiliser. Prenant l'exemple de jurisprudences de la Cour suprême d'Israël et de la Cour d'appel du Caire, cet article tente d'examiner comment des institutions judiciaires sont amenées à se prononcer sur des questions touchant à la définition de l'appartenance, à ses modalités et à ses conséquences juridiques. L'analyse de cette typification narrative de l'action identitaire est menée à l'aide de deux matériaux théoriques: d'une part, la notion de répertoire juridique, avec ce qu'elle suppose comme jeu de substantialisations ponctuelles de formes normatives préexistantes; d'autre part, des travaux de sémiotique juridique touchant à la narrativité du droit. Des conclusions de deux types en ressortent: les unes portent sur les modes narratifs de construction juridique, leur constitution, leur cohérence et leur conflictualité, tandis que les autres touchent davantage à la fonctionnalité et aux modalités de mobilisation du droit dans les processus interactionnels de construction identitaire. e-mail: dupas@dvlp.ucl.ac.be

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