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When Blood Has Spilled: Gender, Honor, and Compensation in Iranian Criminal Sanctioning

This article explores the gender implications of retributive punishment in Iran’s criminal justice system with specific attention to the Islamic mandate of forgiveness. Iranian penal codes allow victims’ families to forgive an offender through forbearance of their right of retribution.… Continue reading

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Unmaking the State in “Occupied” Haiti

The democratic transition in Haiti (1986–present) has been forged alongside the proliferation of global governance interventions, from a series of UN peacekeeping missions to countless NGOs. Much of this activity has been pursued in the name of building state capacity.… Continue reading

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Transparency Short-Circuited: Laughter and Numbers in Costa Rican Water Politics

Between 2006 and 2009, a group of Costa Rican NGOs, a Spanish aid agency, and local residents were entangled in the pursuit of transparency as a means to allocate funding for their “human right to water” project initiatives. Designed as… Continue reading

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The Tengiz Oil Enclave: Labor, Business, and The State

This study focuses on Tengiz, a multinational oil project situated on the northeastern coast of the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan, operated by Chevron since 1993. The first large international business partnership in the post-Soviet space, TengizChevroil was celebrated as a… Continue reading

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Call for Nominations: New Editor of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review

The Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) Board of Directors seeks nominations for the next editor(s) of the Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR).  Ideally, the appointment is for 3-4 years; after working in tandem with the current co-editors… Continue reading

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Human Rights Law and Military Aid Delivery: A Case Study of the Leahy Law

Explicitly prohibiting US military counternarcotics assistance to foreign military units facing credible allegations of abuses, Leahy Law creation and implementation illuminates the epistemological challenges of knowledge production about violence in the policy process. First passed in 1997, the law emerged… Continue reading

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Native American Tribal Gaming as Crime against Nature

This essay proposes that the legal form of Native American tribal sovereignty lately deployed in the establishment of casinos and other risky enterprises is not simply an atavistic political-legal curiosity. Rather, it is exemplary of contemporary forms of spatial governmentality… Continue reading

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The New Bureaucracies of Virtue or When Form Fails to Follow Function

As the prospective review of research protocols has expanded to include ethnography, researchers have responded with a mixture of bewilderment, irritation, and formal complaint. These responses typically center on how poorly a process modeled on the randomized clinical trial fits… Continue reading

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