Anver Emon, Professor of Law and History at the UofT, discussed his latest book Jurisdictional Exceptionalisms: Islamic Law, International Law and Parental Child Abduction, co-written with Urfan Khaliq.
The 1980 Hague Abduction Convention was intended to create international consensus over how to handle cases in which one parent absconded with their child over an international border, effectively leaving the other parent without clear legal recourse. Dr. Emon sheds light on the historical ideas and assumptions that have made it difficult for the Hague Convention to gain acceptance among Muslim majority countries. On the one hand, Emon explains the Euro-centric elements of the Hague Convention. On the other, he traces historical Islamic legal norms around jurisdiction, which he terms “cadastral jihad”, to highlight its intimate links to notions of empire.