Revisiting Local Hero

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Book Chapter

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Chalmers, S., & Pahuja, S. (Eds.). (2021). Routledge Handbook of International Law and the Humanities (1st ed.). Routledge.


This chapter offers a decidedly subjective account of law and film scholarship, filtered through a personal history of engagement with the 1993 Scottish film Local Hero, which draws together some themes that have run through the author’s previous work in this field, including affective encounters with strangeness and the uncanny, and the productive liminality of frontiers, telephones and beaches. It posits that Local Hero is a suitable text for consideration in the context of international law and humanities because it is a film about place, about nation and about the international that provokes reconsideration of the complex and layered way in which we make sense of the relations among these in our lived experience as well as in legal scholarship.

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