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Publications and media

Books and collections

  • (2018) Archiving Sovereignty: Law, History, Violence, (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press)
  • (2016) (with Honni van Rijswijk), Law, Memory Violence: Uncovering the Counter-Archive (Abinghust: Routledge).
  • (2014) Genres of Critique: Aesthetics and Liminality in Post-Apartheid Jurisprudence, (with van Marle, K), Stellenbosch University Press and STIAS.
  • (2012) (with R. Buchanan and S. Pahuja) Reading Modern Law: Critical Methodologies and Sovereign Formations (Routledge)
  • (2011) (with S. Rentea, and A. Zevnik) ‘Politics of The Encounter: Between Immanence and Transcendent’ Vol 21:2 Law and Critique
  • (2007) “Democracy’s Empire: Sovereignty, Law and Violence” Special Issue of the Journal of Law and Society, and published by Blackwell as an edited book.
  • S. Motha (ed.) (2002) (with Colin Perrin), “Deposing Sovereignty after Mabo”, Special Issue of the Journal Law and Critique, Vol: 13(3). pp. 231-338.

Chapters in edited collections

  • (2016) with Van Rijswijk, H. ‘Introduction: Developing a Counter-archival Sense' in van Rijswijk, H. & Motha, S. (eds.) "Law, Violence, Memory: Uncovering the Counter-Archive", Routledge
  • (2016) “Mistaken Judgments” in Sarat, A., Douglas, L. & Umphrey, M (eds.) Law’s Mistakes. (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press).
  • (2014) 'As If: Constitutional Narratives and Forms of Life’ in Motha, S & van Marle, K (eds.), Genres of Critique: Aesthetics and Liminality in Post-Apartheid Jurisprudence, Stellenbosch University Press and STIAS
  • (2014) 'Introduction' (with van Marle, K) in Motha, S & van Marle, K (eds.) Genres of Critique: Aesthetics and Liminality in Post-Apartheid Jurisprudence Stellenbosch University Press and STIAS
  • S. Motha (2012) ‘Colonial Sovereignty, Forms of Life, and Liminal Beings in South Africa’ in Marcello Svirsky and Simone Bignall (eds.) Agamben and Colonialism (Edinburgh University Press).
  • S. Motha (2008), “Spectres of Communism in Post-apartheid South Africa” in K. van Marle and W. le Roux (eds) Post-apartheid Fragments (Pretoria: UNISA Press).
  • S. Motha (2007), “Soberanía ‘Postcolonial’ y el Evento de la Pluralidad” [Spanish Translation of “‘Postcolonial’ Sovereignty and the Event of Plurality”] in Correas, Oscar (coordinator) Pluralismo Jurídico. Nuevos Horizontes, en coedicióne entre la Editorial Coyoacan de la Ciudad de México y la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México.
  • S. Motha, (2007) “Reconciliation as Domination” in Emilios Christodoulidis and Scott Veitch (eds.) Law and the Politics of Reconciliation (Ashgate)
  • S. Motha, (2007) “Guantanamo Bay, ‘Abandoned Being’, and the Constitution of Jurisdiction” in Shaun McVeigh (ed.) Jurisprudence of Jurisdiction (UCL Press/Routledge, London).


  • (2015) “As If – Law, History, Ontology” Vol: 5(2) UC Irvine Law Review 327-348 ISSN: 2327-4514
  • (2015) (with Stephanie Jones), “A New Nomos Offshore and Bodies as Their Own Signs”, Vol: 27: 2 Law and Literature 253-278. ISSN 1535-685X
  • (2012), 'The Debt Crisis as Crisis of Democracy',  in Law, Culture and the Humanities 8: 390-397 DOI: 10.1177/1743872112438033
  • (2011) Rationality, the rule of law, and the sovereign return. Constitutional Court Review (4), pp. 113-136. ISSN 2073-6215.
  • (2010) ‘Begging to be Black’: Liminality and Critique in Post-Apartheid South Africa, in Theory, Culture, and Society 27 (7/8): 285-305 ISSN: 0263-2764
  • (2009) “Liberal Cults, Suicide Bombers, and other Theological Dilemmas” in Journal of Law, Culture, and Humanities, 5 (2) 228-246.
  • (2009) “Archiving Colonial Sovereignty: From Ubuntu to a Jurisprudence of Sacrifice” in Vol: 24 South African Public Law 297-327.
  • (2007) “Veiled Women and the Affect of Religion in Democracy” Vol: 34 (1) in Journal of Law and Society 139-162.
  • (2005) “The Failure of Postcolonial Sovereignty in Australia” Vol: 22 in Australian Feminist Law Journal 107 – 125.
  • (2003) (with Thanos Zartaloudis), “Law, Ethics and the Utopian End of Human Rights” 12(2) in Social and Legal Studies. (Article length review of C. Douzinas, The End of Human Rights. 2000, Hart Publishing). pp. 243-68.
  • (2002) “The Sovereign Event in a Nation’s Law” 13 in Law and Critique 311-338.
  • (1998) “Mabo: Encountering the Epistemic Limit of the Recognition ‘Difference’” 7 in Griffith Law Review 79–96.

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