Legal Theory

Chicago – Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, John L. Comaroff discusses his hope for a renewed public discourse in an Obama administration with Chris Lydon on Radio Open Source. The discussion took place in The Watson Institute’s Jukowsky Forum on Friday the 7th, 2008. The radio show is titled ‘The Pariah-to-Messiah-Moment: John Comaroff’ and you can listen to the entire piece at www.radioopensource.org

Cambridge – John Comaroff explains lawfare or how authoritarian regimes around the world weaponize the legal system to de-legitimize their opponents. The term lawfare was used in Brazil by the defense of former President Lula to describe the violations of legal procedures by the Brazilian courts, as he was a victim of a collective act to discredit him and remove him from public life. Preventing Lula’s election is the struggle of some judges, public prosecutors and most part of the press in Brazil.