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The Enduring Logic of Mercy and its Discontents
Drawing from research on the Iranian criminal justice system as well as international laws of war and peace, this talk explores the tensions between humanitarianism and human rights, examining how discourses of care mask, seep into, and overtake endeavors that seek justice through human rights. In doing so, this talk demonstrates that logics of mercy pervade and cross nations, cultures, and legal systems even as they offer wholly different notions of citizenship, belonging, and democracy. Ultimately, this talk seeks to investigate the effects of the logics of mercy on the meanings and qualities of justice.