Palestinian Lawyers and Israeli Rule: Law and Disorder in the West Bank by George Emile Bisharat

Palestinian Lawyers and Israeli Rule: Law and Disorder in the West Bank

byGeorge Emile Bisharat

Paperback | February 1, 2012

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As frequent intermediaries between Israeli military authorities and Palestinian citizens, Palestinian lawyers stand close to the fault line dividing Israeli and Palestinian societies. The conflicts and tensions they experience in their profession mirror the larger conflicts between the two societies. Thus, as George Bisharat reveals in Palestinian Lawyers and Israeli Rule, a careful study of the work and lives of Palestinian lawyers ultimately helps to illuminate the causes of the intifada, or uprising, that began in December 1987.

The study revolves around the central question of why the Palestinian legal profession declined during twenty years of Israeli occupation when, in other Third World countries, the legal profession has often reached its peak during a period of Western colonization. Bisharat answers this question with a wide-ranging inquiry into the historical origins of the legal profession and court system in Palestine, the tenuous grounding of these institutions in Palestinian society and culture, and the structure, style, and policies of the late-twentieth-century Israeli military government in the West Bank.

For general readers interested in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as well as specialists in such fields as legal anthropology, sociology of the professions, Third World law and development, and Middle Eastern studies, Palestinian Lawyers and Israeli Rule will be required reading.

About The Author

George Emile Bisharat is Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.

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Title:Palestinian Lawyers and Israeli Rule: Law and Disorder in the West BankFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292739842

ISBN - 13:9780292739840

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments1. Introduction2. Imposition of the Modern Legal Profession3. The Social and Cultural Context4. Orientalist Despotism5. The Social Composition of and Entry into the Profession6. The Organization of the Legal Profession7. The Content of Legal Practice8. Deterioration of the Formal Court System9. Disintegration of the Profession10. ConclusionsAppendixNotesGlossaryBibliographyIndex