Source: (2012) Journal of Law and Religion. 27:213-218.

Debates surrounding the International Criminal Court (ICC), regardless of one's own particular perspective on the scope and function of such a court, command attention because they generate fundamental legal, philosophical and ethical questions surrounding state sovereignty, theories of justice, international law and diplomacy, and human rights. Kamari Maxine Clarke's Fictions of Justice makes important contributions through its ambitious, thorough, and “intellectually radical” (xviii) examination of the dialectical and, frequently, polemical relationship between these questions. The work is grounded in Clarke's own extensive anthropological fieldwork in Africa, the critical theory approaches of Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida and Giorgio Agamben, and a firm commitment to legal pluralism against universalism. It provides subtle analysis of the normative and political dimensions of legal frameworks and castigates hegemonic assumptions about theories of justice and human rights. (excerpt)