Collection : Corpus Juris: The Humanities in Politics and Law

CORPUS JURIS is a book series for scholarship that explores the relevance of the humanities (history, literary criticism, anthropology, philosophy, religious studies, and political theory) to the study of politics and law, focusing on historical as well as contemporary issues.

Series Editor: Elizabeth S. Anker, Cornell University

Please direct inquiries to:

Diane Berrett Brown, Managing Editor (​

Editorial Board: 

Jason Frank, Department of Government, Cornell University
Aziz Rana, Cornell Law School
Camille Robcis, Department of History, Columbia University
Nelson Tebbe, Cornell Law School


Sex, Law, and Sovereignty in French Algeria, 1830–1930
Judith Surkis
During more than a century of colonial rule over Algeria, the French state shaped and reshaped the meaning and practice of Muslim law by regulating it and circumscribing it to the domain of family law, while applying the French Civil Code to appropriate the property of Algerians. In Sex, Law, and Sovereignty in French Algeria, 1830–1930, Judith...

Theaters of Pardoning
Bernadette Meyler
From Gerald Ford's preemptive pardon of Richard Nixon and Donald Trump's claims that as president he could pardon himself to the posthumous royal pardon of Alan Turing, the power of the pardon has a powerful hold on the political and cultural imagination. In Theaters of Pardoning, Bernadette Meyler traces the roots of contemporary...

The Moral Witness
Trials and Testimony after Genocide
Carolyn J. Dean
The Moral Witness is the first cultural history of the "witness to genocide" in the West. Carolyn J. Dean shows how the witness became a protagonist of twentieth-century moral culture by tracing the emergence of this figure in courtroom battles from the 1920s to the 1960s—covering the Armenian genocide, the Ukrainian pogroms, the Soviet Gulag...

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