Fiona Shen-Bayh is a WCED Postdoctoral Fellow (2018-20). Her current research looks at the role judicial and extrajudicial strategies of repression play in autocratic survival. She specifically examines how autocrats weaponize courts to eliminate political rivals and the effects of such practices on post-autocratic rule of law. Drawing on the experiences of sub-Saharan African countries in the postcolonial period, her findings show that repression methods often vary according to the source of the threat, which has important ramifications for how arbitrary rule is legitimized. By highlighting the repressive character of courts, this research deepens our understanding of how autocrats establish law and order and defuse threats to power.
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|Event Type:||Lecture / Discussion|
|Tags:||Africa, Authoritarianism, Democracy, International, Law, Politics|
|Source:||Happening @ Michigan from Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, International Institute, African Studies Center|
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