“Law (and rights) links language with things and beings; it nominates what exists and condemns the rest to invisibility and marginal existence. As the formal and dominant decision about existence, law carries huge ontological power.”
– C. Douzinas, 2009.
Terrorism and Criminal Justice: Moving Towards Contradiction as Truth takes moments – frozen in time – whether trials or legislative events to explore the underbelly of the criminal justice process. The principle aim of this books is to start a process of questioning: to develop a contrast, a counter-veiling wariness of assumptions and certainty, and a sensitivity to the ‘other’ point of view.
Caroline Fennel covers many topical issues concerning contradiction central to law, language and perspective:
- Influence operating in law (power)
- The role of the media
- The appropriation of the ‘public views’
- Limits of tolerance i.e. belief in rights
- Contradiction as truth
Terrorism and Criminal Justice ultimately concentrates on legal deafness, or the blindness of perspective, as manifest in the legal system, the training of lawyers, and the education of law students.