The Care of Strangers

(2001) 10(2) Res Publica 1-4

Posted: 2 Aug 2012

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Desmond Manderson

ANU College of Law; ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences; McGill University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2001

Abstract

Using the story of Antigone as a foil, this essay attempts to reframe questions of legal responsibility in the case of asylum and refugee law through the lens of Emmanuel Levinas. Using this framework, the article argues that questions of sovereignty must be recast as questions of hospitality. The fundamental test of justice is one of hospitality to the stranger. Too bad for us, but we do not have a say in the matter. In this, we are already the chosen people.

Keywords: asylum, refugee law, hospitality, sovereignty, migration law, Antigone, Levinas

Suggested Citation

Manderson, Desmond, The Care of Strangers (2001). (2001) 10(2) Res Publica 1-4. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1515424

Desmond Manderson (Contact Author)

ANU College of Law; ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/manderson-dra

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Canada

HOME PAGE: http://https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/manderson-dra

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