Decoding International Law: Semiotics and the Humanities

Hardcover | April 28, 2010

bySusan Tiefenbrun

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Violations of international law and human rights laws are the plague of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. People's inhumanity to people escalates as wars proliferate and respect for human rights and the laws of war diminish. In Decoding International Law: Semiotics and the Humanities,Professor Susan Tiefenbrun analyzes international law as represented artfully in the humanities.Mass violence and flagrant violations of human rights have a dramatic effect that naturally appeals to writers, film makers, artists, philosophers, historians, and legal scholars who represent these horrors indirectly through various media and in coded language. This reader-friendly book enables usto comprehend and decode international law and human rights laws by interpreting meanings concealed in great works of art, literature, film and the humanities. Here, the author adopts an interdisciplinary method of interpretation based on the science of signs, linguistics, stylistics, and anin-depth analysis of the work's cultural context. This book unravels the complexities of such controversial issues as terrorism, civil disobedience, women's and children's human rights, and the piracy of intellectual property. It provides in-depth analyses of diverse literary works: Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent and the movie Hotel Rwanda(both representing terrorism); Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail; two documentary films about women and family law in Iran, Divorce Iranian Style and Two Women; Lisa See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (women's human rights and human trafficking in China); Uzodinma Iweala's Beasts ofNo Nation (shedding light on child soldiering and trafficking in Africa), and much more.

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Violations of international law and human rights laws are the plague of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. People's inhumanity to people escalates as wars proliferate and respect for human rights and the laws of war diminish. In Decoding International Law: Semiotics and the Humanities,Professor Susan Tiefenbrun analyzes interna...

Susan Tiefenbrun received her J.D. from New York University Law School, a Ph.D in French literature with distinction from Columbia University, an M.A. in French and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin where she was Phi Beta Kappa as a junior and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Professor Tiefenbrun is Director of the Center of Global Le...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:588 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 28, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsPart A: Introduction to Semiotics and the LawIntroduction1. Legal SemioticsPart B: Terrorism2. A Semiotic Approach to a Legal Definition of Terrorism3. State-Sponsored Terrorism, the Laws of War, and the Role of Story-Telling as a Self-Help Remedy: Law, Literature and SemioticsPart C: Civil Disobedience4. Deconstructing "Civil Disobedience": A Semiotic Definition5. Semiotics and Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail"6. On Civil Disobedience, Jurisprudence, Feminism and the Law in the Antigones of Sophocles and AnouilhPart D: Women's Human Rights7. The Semiotics of Women's Human Rights in Iran8. Gendercide and the Cultural Context of Sex Trafficking in ChinaPart E: Children's Human Rights9. The Culture of Violence: Child Soldiers, Slavery and the Trafficking of ChildrenPart F: Culture and Semiotics10. The Japanese Culture and Copyright Infringement, Defamation, and Sex Trafficking: A Study of the Fictional Life of a Geisha11. The Impact of Culture on the Semiotics of Treaty Interpretation: How Pirates Read and Misread the Berne ConventionPart G: Conclusion