Friday, November 4, 2016

Miller on Fugitives

Out with University of Toronto Press is BorderlineCrime: Fugitive Criminals and the Challenge of the Border, 1819-1914 by Bradley Miller, University of British Columbia. From the publisher:
Borderline Crime: Fugitive Criminals and the Challenge of the Border, 1819-1914From 1819 to 1914, governments in northern North America struggled to deal with crime and criminals migrating across the Canadian-American border. Limited by the power of territorial sovereignty, officials were unable to simply retrieve fugitives and refugees from foreign territory. 
Borderline Crime examines how law reacted to the challenge of the border in British North America and post-Confederation Canada. For nearly a century, officials ranging from high court judges to local police officers embraced the ethos of transnational enforcement of criminal law. By focusing on common criminals, escaped slaves, and political refugees, Miller reveals a period of legal genesis where both formal and informal legal regimes were established across northern North America and around the world to extradite and abduct fugitives. Miller also reveals how the law remained confused, amorphous, and often ineffectual at confronting the threat of the border to the rule of law. This engrossing history will be of interest to legal, political, and intellectual historians alike.
Praise for the book:

"Professor Miller’s fascinating book makes a valuable contribution to international legal history and to our understanding of the relationships between international, British imperial and Canadian law at the high and low levels – which turn out to look remarkably different from one another – and of circuits of law within the British Empire." -Karen Knop

"Miller is not only intimately familiar with but also extensively and very appropriately uses the internal literature on extradition, asylum, and related issues as the foundation of his study. Borderline Crime is an intriguing and illuminating study." -Jane Errington

More information is available here.

1 comment:

Shag from Brookline said...

Query: Back in the timeframe of 1819-1914, were their thoughts in America (or Canada) of a Trump-style great wall at the northern border to thwart this problem?

By the way, some of us are old enough to remember the more recent Vietnam "fugitives" crossing the border.