Title Pakistan's Experience with Formal Law: An Alien Justice (Cambridge Studies in Law and Society)
Book Condition New
Publisher New Delhi, India Cambridge University Press 2013
1107636272 / 9781107636279
Seller ID 101462
Law reform in Pakistan attracts such disparate champions as the Chief Justice of Pakistan the USAID and the Taliban. Common to their equally obsessive pursuit of 'speedy justice' is a remarkable obliviousness to the historical institutional and sociological factors that alienate Pakistanis from their formal legal system. This pioneering book highlights vital and widely neglected linkages between the 'narratives of colonial displacement' resonant in the literature on South Asia's encounter with colonial law and the region's postcolonial official law reform discourses. Against this backdrop it presents a typology of Pakistani approaches to law reform and critically evaluates the IFI-funded single-minded pursuit of 'efficiency' during the last decade. Employing diverse methodologies it proceeds to provide empirical support for a widening chasm between popular at times violently expressed aspirations for justice and democratically deficient reform designed in distant IFI headquarters that is entrusted to the exclusive and unaccountable Pakistani 'reform club'.Printed Pages: 485 with 22 b/w illustrations.
Pakistan's Experience with Formal Law: An Alien Justice (Cambridge Studies in Law and Society)