“Jurisdictional Politics” in the Occupied West Bank: Territory, Community, and Economic Dependency in the Formation of Legal Subjects

  title={“Jurisdictional Politics” in the Occupied West Bank: Territory, Community, and Economic Dependency in the Formation of Legal Subjects},
  author={Tobias Kelly},
  journal={Law \&\#x0026; Social Inquiry},
  pages={39 - 74}
  • T. Kelly
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • Law
  • Law & Social Inquiry
This article examines the distribution of legal rights in the Israeli occupied West Bank. It argues that legal rights are distributed through a “jurisdictional politics” that tries to stabilize the contingent relationship between political community, territory, and legal subjects. In particular, this jurisdictional politics seeks to delimit the contradictory boundaries of the Israeli state by creating distinct categories of person out of the populations that live and work in the region. These… 
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