The bounds of law 1 – ‘Law’ is not omnipotent within the social field and everything happens, according to societies and times, in the infinite variety of inclusion and exclusion relationships with other normative systems. Next, the issue of the so called ‘science of Law’ appears in the current epistemological range that must combine with other sciences: this shows that Law does not have a position overlooking all other disciplines, but has relations of cooperation, competition and hostility, according to the disciplines and the moments, creating questionable bounds. The only possible posture might be that of a certain epistemology like Michel Foucault when trying to think of the emergence of human sciences in Western history. Continue reading

La posta in gioco dei diritti delle donne migranti nell’Unione europea. Schiavitù, prostituzione e traffico di donne. (Ing. & Fr.)

The Challenges of Framing Women Migrants’ Rights in the European Union

In all countries of the European Union domestic work performed by migrant women, often in an irregular legal status, is increasing. Many workers face poor living and exploitative working conditions. Over the last decades, migrant domestic workers and advocacy organizations have developed multi-level strategies to improve those living and working conditions. In the contribution different and sometimes contradicting strategies of how a European network of migrant domestic workers and other actors mobilize will be identified and analyzed. It will be argued that the resonance the network achieved in the European Union was ambivalent and encompassed unintended consequences : On the one hand it allowed structural access to EU policy makers but on the other hand it narrowed down the political opportunities due to a fusion of migration policies and security policies. Continue reading

ONU : Monitorare il rispetto dei diritti umani associato agli acquisti fondiari su vasta scala. (Ing. & Fr.) Monitoring Human Rights Violations Associated with Large-Scale Land Acquisitions.

This chapter aims to contribute to the debate on contemporary ‘land grabbing’ and its impact on human rights. It describes the role played by United Nations (UN) human rights mechanisms in monitoring violations associated with large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs), with a focus on UN treaty bodies. A typology of human rights violations associated with LSLAs is presented, on the basis of the assessment that UN treaty bodies have made in examining the impact of LSLAs in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, and Vietnam. Christophe Golay Continue reading

Donne spiriti, cristianesimo e cambiamento culturale in Melanesia – Spirit women and cultural change in Melanesia (ing. & fr.)

As anthropologists increasingly study Christianity in Melanesia, data has become available which allow us to address comparative questions about its differential impact in various societies of the region. In this article, the author looks at how conversion to Christianity has transformed women’s roles in one society in Papua New Guinea and one in Vanuatu. In particular, he examines what Christian values have meant for the construction of new gender roles. Continue reading

Gli scritti di Joyce Lussu sulla resistenza italiana. (Ing. & Fr.)


Joyce Lussu Rai 5

From 1940 to 1943, she participated in the organization of the Italian Resistance in France and worked alongside Emilio Lussu in hiding, in Paris at first, and then, among others, in Marseille where he is responsible for organizing the illegal exit of the wanted persons. She makes false papers for GL members.

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Ripensare l’impatto di sorveglianza: la sicurezza nazionale, diritti umani, soggetività e obbedienza.


Rethinking the Impact of Surveillance: National Security, Human Rights, Democracy, Subjectivity, and Obedience-“… for one suspect with hundred first degree relations, the NSA surveillance official or a subcontractor can, without any specific warrant, monitor the 2 669 556 potential third degree connections. According to the tremendous amount of thus gathered data, analysts don’t read the entire content but visualize the identified relations graphic focusing mainly on most important sections where specific nods of network appear. […[ some services ask other security services to take over some of their tasks and thus ‘work around’ the imposed confines of foreign intelligence developing a ‘private life shopping’ based on the exchange of their own citizen surveillance with other services considered as foreigners.” Continue reading

Eredi cosmopoliti, mercenari dell’imperialismo, missionari dell’internazionalizzazione (Ing. & Fr.)


Kris Kuksi

Sociology has little presence in the discourse on globalisation.]…] However, even if becoming diversified, essential arguments continue to be formulated in the areas of economy, law and political sciences, thus leaving little room for sociology but to witness the reality of epistemic communities engaged in advocacy and issue networks often presented as the embryo of an international civil society.]…] Internationalisation strategies are distinction strategies for a small privileged class that can use little discretion on the foundation of their privileges in order to continue applying the double standards, national and international: investment on international level in order to consolidate its power on a national level and, simultaneously, to ensure their national notoriety to making its voice heard on the international scene.” Yves Dezalay, EHESS, Directeur de recherche émérite CNRS. / Translated by myself Continue reading