Plunder: When the Rule of Law is Illegal

Plunder: When the Rule of Law is Illegal

Author(s): Ugo Mattei, Laura Nader

Published Online: 16 APR 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405178952

Online ISBN: 9780470696552

DOI: 10.1002/9780470696552

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?

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