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Mr. Mothercountry: The Man Who Made the Rule of Law

Keally McBride


European colonial powers delivered a system of law to their possessions; this book examines the legal legacies from this practice that remain intact today. Despite the claims that the white man’s burden included transfer of the rule of law to less-enlightened countries, the number of people who were involved in legal administration for the British Empire was small. In fact, the legal footprint of the British Empire was primarily made by one family. Sir James Stephen, known as Mr. Mothercountry, oversaw the British Empire’s colonial laws for thirty years. A committed abolitionist who believed t ... More

Keywords: rule of law, colonialism, codification, colonial legality, postcolonial law, James Stephen, British Empire, Mr. Mothercountry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190252977
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190252977.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keally McBride, author
Associate Professor of Politics, University of San Francisco