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Ugo Mattei and Laura Nader

"Plunder: When the Rule of Law Is Illegal"

Monday, March 31, 2008, 5:30 pm

New York, NY-- March 10, 2008-- On March 31, the Italian Academy for
Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University presents Plunder, the
new book by two leading international voices on the social, political,
and economic aspects of the law, Ugo Mattei and Laura Nader. The book
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. This wide-ranging volume...

- challenges traditionally held beliefs in the sanctity of the
Rule of Law

- examines the Rule of Law's relationship with "plunder" in the
service of Western cultural and economic domination

- draws on comparative and historical data to provide global
examples of plunder, and

- brings the extensive legal advocacy and views of social justice
of the authors to bear on the question: When is the Rule of Law illegal?

Ugo Mattei is Distinguished Professor of International and Comparative
Law at University of California, Hastings and at the University of
Turin, Italy. He is a widely published scholar in economic and political
aspects of law and his work has been translated into many languages. His
professional activities have included substantive periods of teaching
and research in Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

Laura Nader is Professor of Anthropology at the University of
California, Berkeley and is a world authority in the Anthropology of
Law. She has conducted fieldwork in Lebanon, Mexico, and the US, and her
groundbreaking work on harmony ideology and access to law and her
unmatchable publication list make Nader one of the most interesting
voices in the current academic scene.

Free and open to the public.
RSVP: [email protected]

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