After the cold war how did china become a global symbol of disregard for human rights while the us positioned itself as the chief exporter of the rule of law teemu ruskola investigates globally circulating narratives about what law is and who has it and shows how legal orientalism developed into a distinctly american ideology of empire. The articles ultimate goal is to understand how history has shaped the field of knowledge in which the comparative study of chinese law unfolds today after delineating a preliminary history of legal orientalism the article considers also the contemporary ethics of comparison in light of that history. Teemu ruskola is professor of law at emory university school of law ruskola is the author of legal orientalism china the united states and modern law harvard university press 2013 and co editor of schlesingers comparative law foundation press 2009. In this new book teemu ruskola undertakes a series of wide ranging investigations in order to analyze the history of legal orientalism a set of globally circulating narratives about what law is and who has it. Teemu ruskola legal orientalism china the united states and modern law 62 2013 while a more detailed history of such claims remains desirable one of the chief burdens of the book is to explore some of the epistemological and material consequences of that history
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