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Is Burmese Law Burmese? John Jardine, Em Forchhammer and Legal Orientalism

Huxley, Andrew (2008) 'Is Burmese Law Burmese? John Jardine, Em Forchhammer and Legal Orientalism.' Australian Journal of Asian Law, 10 (2). pp. 184-201.

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Abstract

During December 1882 and January 1883 the Judicial Commissioner and the Government Archaeologist of British Burma wrote six papers on Burmese law. This article examines the context in which they were written, the claims they made, and the evidence on which those claims rested. Drawing on Kelsen, this article argues that the version of Burmese legal history developed by British colonial authorities during the 1880s was an exercise in legal Orientalism, and was both inaccurate and dishonest.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
ISSN: 14430738
Depositing User: Huei-Lan Liu
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2010 12:26
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/8353

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