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Reynolds J.
2016
November
Third World Quarterly
Disrupting civility: amateur intellectuals, international lawyers and TWAIL as praxis
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academic freedom civility colonialism Edward Said international law Israel Palestine praxis Steven Salaita TWAIL
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2098
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© 2016 Southseries Inc., www.thirdworldquarterly.com. This paper is a reflection on the role of intellectuals in engaging with Palestinian solidarity movements and liberation discourses, and on the place of international lawyers specifically within that context. The paper considers ‘the question of Palestine’ as a rigorous test for intellectuals in the Global North today, and examines particular debates over free speech, civility and balance that unfolded in the wake of Israel’s 2014 war on Gaza. It considers the interventions of international lawyers in these debates with reference to Edward Said’s ‘amateur’ and ‘professional’ intellectuals, and explores ways in which anti-colonial international lawyers (as amateur intellectuals) can transcend prevailing professional orthodoxies to deploy language, arguments or tactics that rupture liberal legal processes and narratives on Palestine.
0143-6597
10.1080/01436597.2016.1197038
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