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The Expanding Spaces of LawA Timely Legal Geography$
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Irus Braverman, Nicholas Blomley, and David Delaney

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804787185

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804787185.001.0001

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States that Come and Go

States that Come and Go

Mapping the Geolegalities of the Afghanistan Intervention

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The Expanding Spaces of Law

Michael D. Smith

Stanford University Press

This chapter explores the relationship between war, law, and space in the context of contemporary Western interventionism, in particular the war in Afghanistan, to open up new avenues of inquiry for a renewed project of critical legal geography. It asks: what spatializations of law underpin and enable multinational interventions, and which legal geographies do they produce? Analyzing intervention in terms of four different but overlapping moments—invasion, occupation, pacification, and autonomization—the chapter argues that the spatiotemporalities of law are crucial to the oscillating sovereignties and violent passages of “states that come and go.” The overarching claim is that legal geography should attend more to the international and transnational, to the ongoing rescaling of the state and the transformations of state sovereignty, and to the hybrid—and often violent—legal geographies associated with political and economic globalization.

Keywords:   Afghanistan, geolegality, geopolitics, hybrid, intervention, legal pluralism, military law, operational law, sovereignty, territory

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