Plunder: When the Rule of Law is Illegal
Copyright © 2008 Ugo Mattei and Laura Nader
Author(s): Ugo Mattei, Laura Nader
Published Online: 16 APR 2008
Print ISBN: 9781405178952
Online ISBN: 9780470696552
About this Book
Plunder examines the dark side of the Rule of Law and explores how it has been used as a powerful political weapon by Western countries in order to legitimize plunder - the practice of violent extraction by stronger political actors victimizing weaker ones.
- Challenges traditionally held beliefs in the sanctity of the Rule of Law by exposing its dark side
- Examines the Rule of Law's relationship with 'plunder' - the practice of violent extraction by stronger political actors victimizing weaker ones - in the service of Western cultural and economic domination
- Provides global examples of plunder: of oil in Iraq; of ideas in the form of Western patents and intellectual property rights imposed on weaker peoples; and of liberty in the United States
- Dares to ask the paradoxical question - is the Rule of Law itself illegal?