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quote of the quarter

 

 

'judicial power is an integral part and an important manifestation of the concrete social, political, and economic struggles that shape a given political system and cannot be understood in isolation from them' 

 

R. Hirschl (2009), Towards Juristocracy: The Origins and Consequences of the New Constitutionalism 
(Cambridge University Press), p.11

 

 

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The artwork in the banner is part of the painting 'Mina Mina Jukurrpa' (Woman's Dreaming), by © Judy Watson Napangardi, 2004 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; reproduced with permission c/o Pictoright Amsterdam 2014).

 

Mina Mina is an ancestral place in central Australia near the Tanami and Gibson desert, of great importance to Napangardi and Napanangka women who are the custodians of the Dreaming that created the area. As an example of Aboriginal Art the painting represents a different perspective on space, boundaries and knowledge and the relationship between identity and territory than standard accounts in international politics and international law.