Arica L. Coleman, “That the Blood Stay Pure” (Indiana UP, 2014)
Arica Coleman did not start out to write a legal history of “the one-drop rule,” but as she began exploring the relationship between African American and Native peoples of Virginia, she unraveled the story of how the law created a… Read More
Odette Lienau, “Rethinking Sovereign Debt” (Harvard UP, 2014)
In 1927 Russian-American legal theorist Alexander Sack introduced the doctrine of “odious debt.” Sack argued that a state’s debt is “odious” and should not be transferable to successor governments after a revolution, if it was incurred without the consent of… Read More
Ahmad Atif Ahmad, “The Fatigue of the SharÄ«’a” (Palgrave, 2012)
In the book, The Fatigue of the SharÄ«’a (Palgrave, 2012), Ahmad Atif Ahmad explores a centuries-old debate about the permanence, or impermanence, of God’s law, and guidance, in the lives of Muslims. Could God’s guidance simply cease to be accessible… Read More
Sara Bannerman, “The Struggle for Canadian Copyright: Imperialism to Internationalism, 1842-1971”
In The Struggle for Canadian Copyright: Imperialism to Internationalism, 1842-1971, Sara Bannerman narrates the complex story of Canada’s copyright policy since the mid-19th century. The book details the country’s halting attempts to craft a copyright regime responsive both to… Read More
Joseph Carens, “The Ethics of Immigration” (Oxford UP, 2013)
It is commonly assumed that states have a right to broad discretionary control over immigration, and that they may decide almost in any way they choose, who may stay within the territory and who must leave.  But even supposing that… Read More
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