Across Oceans of Law: The Komagata Maru and Jurisdiction in the Time of Empire

Duke University Press
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In 1914 the British-built and Japanese-owned steamship Komagata Maru left Hong Kong for Vancouver carrying 376 Punjabi migrants. Chartered by railway contractor and purported rubber planter Gurdit Singh, the ship and its passengers were denied entry into Canada and two months later were deported to Calcutta. In Across Oceans of Law Renisa Mawani retells this well-known story of the Komagata Maru. Drawing on "oceans as method"—a mode of thinking and writing that repositions land and sea—Mawani examines the historical and conceptual stakes of situating histories of Indian migration within maritime worlds. Through close readings of the ship, the manifest, the trial, and the anticolonial writings of Singh and others, Mawani argues that the Komagata Maru's landing raised urgent questions regarding the jurisdictional tensions between the common law and admiralty law, and, ultimately, the legal status of the sea. By following the movements of a single ship and bringing oceans into sharper view, Mawani traces British imperial power through racial, temporal, and legal contests and offers a novel method of writing colonial legal history.
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About the author

Renisa Mawani is Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia and author of Colonial Proximities: Crossracial Encounters and Juridical Truths in British Columbia, 1871–1921.
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Duke University Press
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Published on
Aug 9, 2018
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9780822372127
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Language
English
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Genres
Law / Emigration & Immigration
Law / Legal History
Social Science / Sociology / General
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International Convention relating to the Arrest of Sea-Going Ships, 1952

International Convention on Arrest of Ships, 1999

International Convention Relating to the Limitation of Liability of Owners of Sea-Going Ships, 1957 and Protocol of 21 December 1979

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This book is an indispensable reference for maritime lawyers, academics and students of maritime law worldwide.

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International Convention relating to Intervention on the High Seas in Cases of Oil Pollution Casualties, 1969 and Protocol of 1973

International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation, 1990 (OPRC Convention) with its Protocol of 2000 (OPRC-HNS Protocol)

International Convention for the prevention of pollution from ships (MARPOL) and protocol of 1978

International Convention for the Safety of life at sea, 1974 (SOLAS)

Convention on the prevention of marine pollution by dumping of wastes and other matters, 1972 as amended by the protocol of 1996

International Convention for the control and management of ship’s ballast water and sediments, 2004

International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978

Nairobi International Convention on removal of wrecks 18 may 2007

Port state control: the Paris Memorandum of Understanding and the European Directive 2009/16 EC

European Traffic Monitoring and Information System

International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, 1992 (CLC 1992)

International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage, 1992, as amended by its Protocol of 2000 and its Supplementary Protocol of 2003 (the Fund Convention)

International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001

International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea, 1996

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