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The Secrets of Law

Austin Sarat, Lawence Douglas, and Martha Merrill Umphrey


This book explores the ways law both traffics in and regulates secrecy. Taking a close look at the opacity built into legal and governance processes, it explores the ways law produces zones of secrecy, the relation between secrecy and justice, and how we understand the inscrutability of law's processes. The first half of the work examines the role of secrecy in contemporary political and legal practices—including the question of transparency in democratic processes during the Bush Administration, the principle of public justice in England's response to the war on terror, and the evidentiary la ... More

Keywords: secrecy, law, justice, legal processes, transparency, Bush Administration, public justice, war on terror, spousal privilege, evidentiary law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804782593
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804782593.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Austin Sarat, editor

Lawence Douglas, editor

Martha Merrill Umphrey, editor