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Robert Barsky’s Undocumented Immigrants in an Era of Arbitrary Law has been shortlisted for the Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize

Posted by on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 in News.

Undocumented Immigrants in an Era of Arbitrary Law; The Flight and the Plight of People Deemed Illegal by Robert F. Barsky has been shortlisted for the Socio-Legal Studies Association’s Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize for 2016

This book describes the experiences of undocumented migrants, all around the world, bringing to life the challenges they face from the moment they consider leaving their country of origin, until the time they are deported back to it. Drawing on a broad array of academic studies, including law, interpretation and translation studies, border studies, human rights, communication, critical discourse analysis and sociology, Robert Barsky argues that the arrays of actions that are taken against undocumented migrants are often arbitrary, and exercised by an array of officials who can and do exercise considerable discretion, both positive and negative.

One of SLSA’s aims is to advance the dissemination of knowledge in the field of socio-legal studies.  The Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize is awarded for the most outstanding piece of socio-legal scholarship published within the year.

Robert F. Barsky is a Professor of English and French Literatures, and he is a Professor of Law at the Vanderbilt Law School. He also holds appointments in Jewish Studies, European Studies, and American studies.