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Professor Eric Heinze writes on Law and historical memory for Verfassungsblog


Writing for Verfassungsblog, Eric Heinze, Professor of Law and Humanities at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), discusses Western history, arguing that it is “largely a history of writing its own history”. He explains that “most of what we call ‘History’ consists of ‘histories’ – events situated in time and place to instruct contemporaries and posterity.” Professor Heinze draws on the Enlightenment and post-colonial theory before moving on to the post-Cold War world, which has witnessed a “flurry of scholarship about law and historical memory”. He concludes that once we assign legal standing to public discourse as a condition for both democracy and human rights, the field of law and historical memory can come to assume a premier place among the objects of legal analysis. Read the full blog.



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