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Trusting evidence: credibility, truth claims and (non)citizens’ quests for rights [LawNet/AnthroState] 
Flávio Eiró (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Sophie Andreetta (University of Liège)
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Wednesday 24 July, -Thursday 25 July, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

This panel explores citizens' and migrants' state encounters. It investigates source credibility, evidence weight, moralities, and responses to uncertainty in legal and bureaucratic contexts. Looking at trust in the state reveals the politics of law and its interpretation across scales and contexts.

Long Abstract:

This panel aims to explore citizens' and migrants' experiences in claiming rights and services from the state. It integrates theoretical and empirical insights from sociolegal studies (Good, Berti & Tarabout 2015; Dupret 2008) and the anthropology of the state (Fassin & D’Halluin 2005), examining the establishment of both administrative and judicial 'truths'. Key questions include: What sources are considered credible/legitimate by judges and bureaucrats? How is the weight of various document/voice categories supporting (non)citizens’ claims assessed? What moralities legitimize their assessments? How are situations of factual uncertainty navigated in decision-making? Focusing on citizens' and migrants' claims, papers will explore how evidence is constructed and assessed before different institutions and how 'truths' travel, transform, and are questioned. The role of trust in encounters with state professionals/institutions will also be examined. In a context where evidentiary regimes for citizens and noncitizens differ, this panel compares how legal and bureaucratic concepts are interpreted by applicants and professionals. This focus deciphers the politics of law and its interpretation across scales and contexts.

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Session 1 Wednesday 24 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Thursday 25 July, 2024, -