A Jurisprudence of Nonviolence
Yxta Maya Murray
Loyola Law School Los Angeles
June 7, 2010
Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal, Vol. 9, p. 65, 2009
Loyola-LA Legal Studies Paper No. 2010-27
In "A Jurisprudence of Nonviolence," Loyola Law School Professor Yxta Maya Murray develops a legal theory of nonviolence, using the work of cultural feminists, Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, critical race theorists, and queer legal theorists. Professor Murray essays a definition of “violence” and posits standards for determining when violence is “avoidable,” and thus wrong. Upon merging this theory with a constitutional due process analysis, Professor Murray then proposes a constitutional right of nonviolence. Thereafter, she uses Gonzales v. Carhart, the 2007 Supreme Court “partial-birth” abortion opinion, as a case study. Professor Murray determines that the decision was wrongly decided under a jurisprudence of nonviolence, and concludes by sketching out the difficult issues that arise when considering nonviolence politics and jurisprudence in connection with the abortion right.
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Date posted: June 8, 2010
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