International Human Rights Law and Time-Space at Sea: A Rhythmanalysis of Prosecuting Search and Rescue

Dakka, Fadia and Davitti, D. (2022) International Human Rights Law and Time-Space at Sea: A Rhythmanalysis of Prosecuting Search and Rescue. In: The Times and Temporality of International Human Rights Law. Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781509949908

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The chapter draws on Lefebvre’s Rhythmanalysis and Production of Space as conceptual, political and metaphorical reservoirs to examine the way in which international protection provisions, as enshrined in international human rights law, are challenged and undermined by current EU migration policies of migration deterrence and containment. In the context of socio-spatial practice, Rhythmanalysis focuses on bodies in space and on their patterns of activities and movements, emphasising the co-existence and co-production of the spatial and the social, of time and space and of place and space in the analysis of the everyday. Within this framework, we examine the political nature of the rhythmic entanglements that connect ‘bodies at sea’ with ‘juridical bodies’, represented by EU institutions and policies, and the human rights legal measures, limitations and loopholes that they exploit and reproduce. In particular, we highlight the discrepancy between the stated aims of international human rights law (in our case, the protection of lives at sea and the prohibition against refoulement) and the lived experiences of the people targeted by its provisions, as well as the dislocation between the notion of jurisdiction and the abstracted lives of refugees.

Item Type: Book Section
24 February 2022Published
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-03 - politics > CAH15-03-01 - politics
CAH16 - law > CAH16-01 - law > CAH16-01-01 - law
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE)
Depositing User: Fadia Dakka
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2022 13:53
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2022 13:53

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