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Invitation: guest lecture by Prof. Teemu Ruskola “Legal Orientalism: China, the United States, and Modern Law
October 7, 2013 - 10:15-12:00
Since the Cold War ended, China has become a global symbol of disregard for human rights, while the United States has positioned itself as the world’s chief exporter of the rule of law. How did lawlessness become an axiom about ‘Chineseness’, rather than a fact needing to be verified empirically? And how did the United States assume the mantle of law’s universal appeal? In this lecture, Professor Ruskola will draw on his new book Legal Orientalism: China, the United States, and Modern Law (Harvard University Press, 2013) to discuss how a European tradition of philosophical prejudices about Chinese law developed into a distinctively American ideology of empire. That ideology continues to shape modern subjectivities, institutions, and geopolitics in powerful and unacknowledged ways—in China, the United States, and elsewhere.
Location: Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3), 5th floor, room P545
Organized by the Finnish Center of Chinese Law and Chinese Legal Culture.
No registration needed.