About the Event
Join Ayelet Shachar, author of The shifting border, for a discussion of legal cartographies of migration and mobility. Shachar proposes a new, functional approach to human mobility and access to membership in a world where borders, like people, have the capacity to move.
The border is one of the most urgent issues of our times. We tend to think of a border as a static line, but recent bordering techniques have broken away from the map, as governments have developed legal tools to limit the rights of migrants before and after they enter a country's territory. The consequent detachment of state power from any fixed geographical marker has created a new paradigm: the shifting border, an adjustable legal construct untethered in space.
This transformation upsets our assumptions about waning sovereignty, while also revealing the limits of the populist push toward border-fortification. At the same time, it presents a tremendous opportunity to rethink states' responsibilities to migrants. This book is a systematic and sweeping discussion of a phenomenon that has been much noted in migration studies, but has received scant attention among political and legal theorists.
Ayelet Shachar is Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Toronto. Shachar is the recipient of the 2019 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize for Law and Political Science, the most prestigious award in Germany. She is a prodigious scholar with a reputation for taking on urgent subjects and advancing our theoretical understanding.
About the Book
Publisher:Manchester University Press
Publication date:28 Feb 2020
A critical assessment from the perspective of political and legal theory of how shifting borders impact on migration, mobility and the protection of displaced persons -- .