The Others

Immigration as a Dilemma to Duff ’s Theoryon the Justification of Punishment

Authors

  • Delfina Beguerie Yale Law School

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5347/isonomia.v0i56.469

Keywords:

crimigration, legitimacy, authority, punishment, immigration, republicanism, Duff, citizenship

Abstract

In the classic debate over the justification of punishment, some avant-garde theories suggest that we must seek such a foundation in a relationship that precedes the criminal offense: a political relationship. Some versions of this in-vogue republicanism argue that we can call into account and punish others for their crimes because we all belong to the same political community as fellow citizens. However, such theories render the punishment of foreigners illegitimate. Drawing on socio-legal references to the Argentine case study, this essay discusses Duff’s theory and its critiques articulated by Zedner, Yaffe, and Chehtman. This debate reflects a dilemma for Duff caught between (a) justifying punishment on citizenship (but leaving punishment of foreigners without any normative orientation) and (b) renouncing a relational justification of punishment altogether. This essay argues that those who understand that the legitimacy of punishment relies on a pre-existing political relationship should redefine that relationship to account for the different bonds between people inhabiting the same political territory. Political membership may be a good reason to call into account fellow citizens for their crimes, but it may not be the only reason. After all, cohabitation admits many forms of political relationships.

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Published

2022-06-08

How to Cite

Beguerie, D. (2022). The Others: Immigration as a Dilemma to Duff ’s Theoryon the Justification of Punishment. Isonomía - Revista De teoría Y filosofía Del Derecho, (56), 101–135. https://doi.org/10.5347/isonomia.v0i56.469

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