Bloomsbury History: Theory and Method (2022)
31 Pages Posted: 27 May 2022
Date Written: May 9, 2022
This entry provides an ample and detailed analysis on the emerging phenomenon of memory laws. It outlines how these legal measures, the symbols of interaction between history and law, have developed in the last two centuries and how their scope have drastically expanded. It further reflects of the consequences of states’ growing reliance on the legal governance of historical memory. First, by tying memory laws to their impact on different fundamental rights, then by demonstrating how the increasing breadth and potential misuse of these provisions appears in debates around constitutionalism, citizenship and the rule of law. Finally, the contribution highlights how this initially European phenomenon have captured increasing attention around the world and what its future may hold.
Keywords: memory laws, history, memory, law, constitutionalism, populism, democracy
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