The Incommensurability of law to justice

refugees and Australia's Temporary Protection Visa

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In this article, the author examines the effects of Australia's Temporary Protection Visa regime on the lives of refugees and asylum seekers. In the process, he stages a Levinasian reading on the ethical question of justice in the context of law and politics. This question of justice, he argues, is predicated on the relation with the Other and what Levinas terms a "non-transferable responsibility" to address the call of the Other in their moment of need.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-311
Number of pages27
JournalLaw and Literature
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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Published as Law & Literature, Vol. 16, Issue 3, pp. 285-311. © 2005 by the Regents of the University of California/The Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University. Copying and permissions notice: Authorization to copy this content beyond fair use (as specified in Sections 107 and 108 of the U. S. Copyright Law) for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by the Regents of the University of California/on behalf of The Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University for libraries and other users, provided that they are registered with and pay the specified fee via Rightslink® on Caliber ( or directly with the Copyright Clearance Center,

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