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Justice in a New World: Negotiating Legal Intelligibility in British, Iberian, and Indigenous America

Brian P. Owensby and Richard J. Ross


The wide-ranging chapters of this ambitious volume advance our understanding of how Natives and settlers in both the British and Iberian New World empires strained to use the other’s law as a political, strategic, and moral resource.  Europeans and Natives appealed to imperfect understandings of their interlocutors’ notions of justice and advanced their own conceptions during workaday negotiations, disputes, and assertions of right. Settlers’ and indigenous peoples’ legal presuppositions shaped and sometimes misdirected their resort to each other’s law. Each misconstrued the other’s legal comm ... More

Keywords: Iberian New World, empire, justice, indigenous peoples

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781479850129
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479850129.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian P. Owensby, editor
University of Virginia

Richard J. Ross, editor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Front Matter

1 Making Law Intelligible in Comparative Context

Brian P. Owensby and Richard J. Ross

Part I Mis-Dialogues, Code Switching, and Mixing Languages of Law

Part II At the Boundaries of Differing Conceptions of Justice

7 Covering Blood and Graves

Nancy O. Gallman and Alan Taylor

Part III Concluding Perspectives