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The Geography of Justice Wormholes: Dilemmas from Property and Criminal Law

Hari M. Osofsky

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Law

Villanova Law Review, Vol. 53, 2008

This Article provides a law and geography analysis of the ways in which our legal structures constrain the possibilities for justice for categories of people. It explores "wormholes" in the U.S. legal system that transport people pursuing claims under multiple theories of law into another timespace in which basic protections are absent. In particular, the Article compares the barriers faced by post-9-11 "enemy combatants" and the indigenous peoples who were this country's original inhabitants. Through an analysis of two representative case examples - José Padilla's enemy combatant designation and the taking of Mary and Carrie Dann's land - the Article considers: (1) the way in which place, space, and time structure procedural and substantive injustice; (2) how different conceptions of United States spaces impact the possibilities for remapping these wormholes; and (3) the implications of this analysis for limiting and preventing wormholes.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 56

Keywords: enemy combatant, Padilla, Dann, indigenous peoples, civil rights, human rights, war on terror, justice, geography, interdisciplinary

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Date posted: August 2, 2007 ; Last revised: March 31, 2008

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Osofsky, Hari M., The Geography of Justice Wormholes: Dilemmas from Property and Criminal Law. Villanova Law Review, Vol. 53, 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1004377

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Hari M. Osofsky (Contact Author)
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Law ( email )
229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

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