Stewart Motha: Archiving Sovereignty: Law, History, Violence

University of Michigan Press, USA, 2018, 224 pp, £19.95 (pbk), ISBN: 978-0472053865
  • Susanna MenisEmail author
Book Review


This is a review of the book Archiving Sovereignty by Stewart Motha. Typical of critical legal writing, the monograph challenges our conditioned perception about the sovereign State. As such, it provides us with access to an archive of sovereign violence created by the law. It is argued that judicial decisions sustain and recreate sovereign power by way of destruction of facts. The focus here is on states with imperial histories, taking as case studies several islands in the Indian ocean region.


State sovereignty Law History Violence Indian ocean region 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Law, BirkbeckUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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