Monday, June 21, 2010

ad hoc legal pluralism a.k.a. World Cup Courts

The Guardian has an interesting article on the establishment of fifty-six World Cup Courts by FIFA, with the permission of the government of South Africa. First, security goes on strike. Second, this - apparently South Africa was keen to get rid of the crime-infested image prior to the start of the matches. The Guardian calls this as "justice branding" and worries that the International Olympic Committee might do the same for London in 2012.

Even if these courts only prosecute petty crimes to say the least, this poses a question as to what is unquestionably a delegation of sovereignty by South Africa. Who do the FIFA prosecutors officially work for? Or would these World Cup courts take jurisdiction, if say, God forbid, there is a terrorist attempt in the event?

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