New Books Network

Andrew L. Russell, “Open Standards in the Digital Age” (Cambridge UP, 2014)
We tend to take for granted that much of the innovation in the technology that we use today, in particular the communication technology, is made possible because of standards. In his book Open Standards and the Digital Age: History, Ideology, and Networks (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Dr. Andrew L. Russell examines... Read More
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 racial divide that the Civil Rights movement has never eroded. Virginia’s... 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 the people; and not for their benefit. This doctrine has... 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 at some point? Has such a “fatigue” already taken place? If... 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 its position as a net importer of published work and 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 there is such a right, we may ask the decidedly... Read More
Patrick Weil, “The Sovereign Citizen: Denaturalization and the Origins of the American Republic” (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013)
Patrick Weil is the author of The Sovereign Citizen: Denaturalization and the Origins of the American Republic (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013). He is a visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School and a senior research fellow at the French National Research Center in the University of Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne. The Sovereign... Read More
Jay Wexler, “The Odd Clauses: Understanding the Constitution Through Ten of Its Most Curious Provisions (Beacon, 2012)
Boston University School of Law Professor Jay Wexler offers readers an entertaining and enlightening tour through a “constitutional zoo” of ten strange-yet-important provisions of the Constitution of the United States in The Odd Clauses: Understanding the Constitution Through Ten of Its Most Curious Provisions (Beacon, 2012). As the nation’s foremost... Read More
Samuel Moyn, “The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History” (Harvard UP, 2010)
The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (Harvard University Press 2010) takes the reader on a sweeping journey through the history of international law from the ancient world to the present in search for an answer to the question: where did human rights come from? The book’s author, Columbia University... Read More