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Re-Interpreting Blackstone's Commentaries,: A Seminal Text in National and International Contexts

by Wilfrid Prest

This collection explores the remarkable impact and continuing influence of William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England, from the work's original publication in the 1760s down to the present.


The Duty to ACT: Tort Law, Power, and Public Policy

by Marshall S. Shapo

A woman terrified by the threats of a jilted suitor is denied police protection. A workman collapses on the job and the employer is slow to help him. A bully in a bar begins to carry out threats of serious injury...


The History of Indiana Law

The Little Red Book of Wine Law: A Case of Legal Issues

by Carol Robertson

Following on the success of The Little Green Book of Golf Law, this fascinating book takes a look at how the world of wine, vineyards and wine drinking has intersected with the law. Modeled after a case of wine,...


Lawyers and Savages: Ancient History and Legal Realism in the Making of Legal Anthropology

by Kaius Tuori

Legal primitivism was a complex phenomenon that combined the study of early European legal traditions with studies of the legal customs of indigenous peoples. Lawyers and Savages: Ancient History and Legal...


The Spanish Element in Texas Water Law

by Betty Eakle Dobkins

The Spanish element in Texas water law is a matter of utmost importance to many landholders whose livelihood is dependent on securing water for irrigation and to many communities particularly concerned about...


The Mother Court: Tales of Cases that Mattered in America's Greatest Trial Court

by James D. Zirin & Robert M. Morgenthau

A fascinating chronicle of the history of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York—the most influential District court in the United States. It features the most famous trials of the period...


Women in Law and Lawmaking in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Europe

by Eva Schandevyl

Exploring the relationship between gender and law in Europe from the nineteenth century to the present, this collection examines the feminisation of justice, its historical beginnings, and the impact of gendered...


The Emergency Sasquatch Ordinance: And Other Real Laws that Human Beings Actually Dreamed Up

by Kevin Underhill

Here's a collection of wacky written laws where each one was actually thought up by real human beings who then decided after writing it down and upon further reflection that yes, this would be a good rule that...


The Doctrine of Judicial Review: Its Legal and Historical Basis and Other Essays

by Edward S. Corwin & Matthew J. Franck

This work famously discusses how the concept of judicial review evolved and how it was applied in several famous cases. When first published, it gave wide currency to Corwin’s ideas about...


The Ashgate Research Companion to Islamic Law

by Rudolph Peters & Peri Bearman

This Companion provides a comprehensive and authoritative guide to current research in the thriving area of Islamic law. The book presents classical Islamic law through a historiographical introduction to and...


Approaching the U.S. Constitution: Sacred Covenant or Plaything for Lawyers and Judges

by Kerry L. Hunter

This book argues that, given the political power the Supreme Court enjoys today, the answer to preserving the separation of powers, democracy, and the American commitment to unalienable human rights is to encourage...


Crime, Desire and Law's Unconscious: Law, Literature and Culture

by David Gurnham

Sexual desire, and the possible dangers associated with its more extreme manifestations, provokes strong, albeit often contradictory reactions. Such reactions are a well-known stimulant of creative, juridical...


The Law of the Constitution

by A. V. Dicey

A year after the publication of Dicey's Law of the Constitution, William Gladstone was reading it aloud in the House of Commons, citing it as authority. It remains, to this day, a starting point for the study...


The Second Amendment: A Biography

by Michael Waldman

By the president of the prestigious Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, the life story of the most controversial, volatile, misunderstood provision of the Bill of Rights.

At a time of renewed debate...


Shaping US Military Law: Governing a Constitutional Military

by Joshua E. Kastenberg

Since the United States' entry into World War II, the federal judiciary has taken a prominent role in the shaping of the nation's military laws. Yet, a majority of the academic legal community studying the relationship...


The Origins of Modern Financial Crime: Historical foundations and current problems in Britain

by Sarah Wilson

The recent global financial crisis has been characterised as a turning point in the way we respond to financial crime. Focusing on this change and 'crime in the commercial sphere', this text considers the legal...


The Law and Politics of Memory Concerning Past Injustices: Confronting the Past

by Stiina Loytomaki

Law and the Politics of Memory: Confronting the Past examines law's role as a tool of memory politics in the efforts of contemporary societies to work through the traumas of their past.  Using the examples...


Custom: An Essay on Social Codes

by Ferdinand Tonnies & Mathieu Deflem

In Custom, Ferdinand Tönnies illustrates the relationship of custom to various aspects of culture, such as religion, gender, and family. Tönnies argues that all social norms are evolved from a basic...


Law and Society in Classical Athens

by Richard Garner

Law and Society in Classical Athens, first published in 1987, traces the development of legal thought and its relation to Athenian values. Previously Athens' courts have been regarded as chaotic, isolated from...