Patricia Cochran (University of Victoria, Faculty of Law) has posted Review of Authorities: Conflicts Cooperation and Transnational Legal Theory by Nicole Roughan (29:1 Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 211-215) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This review reflects on Nicole Roughan's 2013 book developing a pluralist conception of legal authority.
And from the introduction:
In Authorities, Nicole Roughan develops a theory of relational authority to account for the legitimate authority of legal systems in circumstances of plurality. Roughan argues not only that it is possible for more than one legal authority to legitimately bind subjects in the same time and place, but that the legitimacy of public authorities is measured in part by the way they relate to each other. According to the relational authority account, legal authorities create and sustain their legitimacy by cultivating certain kinds of relationships with other authorities. Roughan develops this thesis through an interdisciplinary engagement with analytical jurisprudence and legal pluralism. The book is a rigorous attempt to bring different literatures into meaningful dialogue with each other, demonstrating in practice some of the dialogical demands of the relative approach that Roughan advocates. For feminist legal scholars, Authorities offers substantive resources for assessing the legitimacy of claims to legal authority, and methodological inspiration for allowing conventional and critical approaches to benefit from the insights offered by each. These resources are of particular value in the wake of the Calls to Action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the attendant need for more adequate dialogue and critique in the service of building just relationships between Indigenous and settler communities and legal orders in Canada.
And here is a link to Authorities, a former selection of the Legal Theory Bookworm.