Author Archives: Benjamin Authers

About Benjamin Authers

Benjamin Authers is lecturer in law at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, and a visiting fellow at the Australian National University's School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) in Canberra, Australia. His research focuses on law and literature, with a particular interest in literature's intersections with Canadian and international human rights. His book A Culture of Rights: Law, Literature, and Canada was published by University of Toronto Press in 2016.

Introduction to Dossier on Human Rights Rituals

Abstract: In this special issue, four essays draw on distinct traditions in law, literary studies, history, and anthropology to explore international human rights law through a lens rarely used in this domain—that of ritual. This introductory essay explains the significance of collective rituals as socially structuring events that embody power relations. It considers the role of ritual in instigating or strengthening community, and as a mode of governance that may circumvent the emergence of more violent regimes. It discusses how law generally is authorized and Continue reading → Continue reading →