AAG 2014: B/ordering Canada

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Presentation at the Association of American Geographers 2014 Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida

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AAG 2014: B/ordering Canada

  1. 1. B/orderingCanada Legal and spatial performativities of the US/Canada border Josh Labove @jlabove
  2. 2. Work in progress that aims to: call attention to the messiness of making legal space
  3. 3. Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Customs Act Jay Treaty Treaty Rights Security Certificates Ministerial Directions A Canadian Legal Geographic Toolkit Provincial & territorial case law
  4. 4. A theory of ‘brackets’ and ‘frames’
  5. 5. Framing the law •The language and technical nature of the judiciary •Appellate law as arbitrator/ problem-solver •Jurisdiction and scale as performing ‘order’
  6. 6. Seeing the Supreme Court as a border agency How do decisions at the border demonstrate and (re)produce the legal conceptions of borders?
  7. 7. The Charter as a ‘frame’ • Reading border disputes as rights claims demands identifying the architecture of rights. • Seeing the mechanics of rights means we see the right impinged/violated as well as that which is bracketed off or out.
  8. 8. Three ways of seeing bordering
  9. 9. Security certificates and the mobile border
  10. 10. Search and seizure at the border
  11. 11. First Nations mobility and Jay Treaty passage rights
  12. 12. Why does this all matter? Defamiliarizing banal politics and calling attention to the performativity of legal spaces
  13. 13. Keep in touch: jlabove@sfu.ca @jlabove www.sfu.ca/~jlabove

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