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How Law Thinks of Disobedience: Perceiving and Addressing Desertion and Conscientious Objection in Israeli Military Courts

29 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2008  

Hadar Aviram

University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Abstract

The study transcends the dichotomy law in the books/law in action by taking law's knowledge-production mechanisms seriously. It examines how the Israeli military justice system perceives and addresses disobedience toward the mandatory military service duty by deserters and conscientious objectors. Both groups resist the military service ethos but differ in the offenders demographics and motivations. The findings show how law co-opts the socio-political problems, assimilates them, and transforms them to narrow its framework. The legal system can be cognitively open to external frameworks introduced by powerful and resourceful defendants; it remains, however, normatively closed to alternative rules and perspectives.

Suggested Citation

Aviram, Hadar, How Law Thinks of Disobedience: Perceiving and Addressing Desertion and Conscientious Objection in Israeli Military Courts. Law & Policy, Vol. 30, Issue 3, pp. 277-305, July 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1158766 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9930.2008.00280.x

Hadar Aviram (Contact Author)

University of California, Hastings College of the Law ( email )

200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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