chapter  4
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Jurisdiction of the dead

This chapter concerns jurisdictional difficulties governing the dead in Antarctica. It notices movements of different forms of common law as they seek out a chthonic place in attempts to dwell in or beneath the surface of the earth in order to govern the dead in Antarctica. The chapter introduces movements in the polar South and provides the necessary context by addressing movements in history, law and architecture in Antarctica. It concerns the death, burial and reburial of Rodney Marks, who died at the South Pole in 2000. The chapter includes the movements of Anglo-Australian common law and its struggle to come into relation with the dead in the polar South. It addresses the office of the coroner and the more successful movements of a New Zealand coronial jurisdiction that instituted lawful relations in the polar South, as well as the office of friend that buried; instituting burial.