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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Koh on Othering Across Borders

Steven Arrigg Koh (Boston College Law School) has posted Othering Across Borders (70 Duke L.J. Online 161 (2021)) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Our contemporary moment of reckoning presents an opportunity to evaluate racial subordination and structural inequality throughout our three-tiered domestic, transnational, and international criminal law system. In particular, this Essay exposes a pernicious racial dynamic in contemporary U.S. global criminal justice policy, which I call othering across borders. First, this othering may occur when race emboldens political and prosecutorial actors to prosecute foreign defendants. Second, racial animus may undermine U.S. engagement with international criminal legal institutions, specifically the International Criminal Court. This Essay concludes with measures to mitigate such othering.

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