Parution : 12/2023
Editeur : University Of Chicago Press
ISBN : 978-9-8132-5244-8
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Colonial Law Making

Cambodia under the French

Sally Frances Low

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Covering a previously neglected area of Cambodian history, Colonial Law Making explores the structural forces and contingent exchanges that shaped colonial law in Cambodia and examines its post-independence colonial legacy. The court of King Norodom and the temples of Angkor Wat became orientalist icons in the French colonial imagination, perpetuating an image of the Protectorate (1863–1953) as special and worthy of preservation. This contributed to exceptionalism in the way the Kingdom was colonized, including through law. Drawing on previously unexamined archival material, Sally Low presents a comparative case study of French approaches to colonial law, jurisdiction, and protection. Although the voices of non-elite Cambodians are largely absent from the archives, their influence on colonial law is evident as they resisted efforts to regulate their lives and their land. Low argues that the result was a set of state legal institutions and an indigenous jurisdiction that blended Cambodian and French notions of patronage and royal power as the source and authority for law. This work is a case study of colonial law as an instrument of control and administration in an indirectly ruled colony. It adds depth to our understanding of the impact of European colonial law and the significance of different forms of colonial rule—direct, indirect, and unofficial. It is easily accessible for non-lawyers and is a must-read for those interested in the recent past of Southeast Asia and the countries that were previously colonized as French Indochina.



Glossary of Khmer Transliterations
Chapter 1: Colonial narratives of protection and civilisation
Chapter 2: Fonctionnaires, mandarins and cosmologies of law
Chapter 3: The jurisdictional dispossession of King Norodom
Chapter 4: Cambodian codes and court reform begins
Chapter 5: Rural jurisdictions and the 1916 Affair
Chapter 6: The Cambodian courts after 1922
Chapter 7: Lawyers and other critics
Chapter 8: Constitutions and independence
Chapter 9: Making law in colonial protectorates

Southeast Asia Publications Series , 288 pages.  $36.00