Teaching AIDS pp 113-147 | Cite as

AIDS and the Enigma of Law

  • Dilip K. Das


A distinctive feature of the AIDS epidemic is the way it has been problematized in law. On the one hand, law seeks to counter social stigma and discrimination and to restore to diseased individuals their rights as subjects. On the other, it has tended to exclude them as sources of risk and a danger to public health. This chapter explores the enigma that the diseased body presents before law, by analysing a number of court judgments regarding the rights of persons with disease.


Structure/process Biopolitics Legal normativity Judicial interpretation and indeterminacy Anomaly Medico-legal regime 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dilip K. Das
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  1. 1.Department of Cultural StudiesEnglish and Foreign Languages UniversityHyderabadIndia

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