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Police Matters

by Radha Kumar

Police Matters moves beyond the city to examine the intertwined nature of police and caste in the Tamil countryside. Radha Kumar argues that the colonial police deployed rigid notions of caste in their everyday...


Legal Entanglements

by Sebastian Gehrig

During the division of Germany, law became the object of ideological conflicts and the means by which the two national governments conducted their battle over political legitimacy. Legal Entanglements explores...


Sensing Injustice

by Michael E. Tigar

The remarkable life of a lawyer at the forefront of civil and human rights since the 1960s

By the time he was 26, Michael Tigar was a legend in legal circles well before he would take on some of the highest-profile...


The Biblical Roots of American Constitutionalism

by Joseph Livni

According to the conventional wisdom American constitutional democracy stemmed from Athenian democracy, Roman Law, English legal practices, and the Magna Carta. This book agrees that democracy was born in Athens....


Discussions in Dispute Resolution

by Art Hinshaw, Andrea Kupfer Schneider & Sarah Rudolph Cole

While arbitration was robust in colonial and early America, dispute resolution lost its footing to the court system as the United States grew into a bustling and burgeoning country. And while dispute resolution...


The Neoliberal Republic

by Pierre France, Antoine Vauchez, Meg Morley & Samuel Moyn

The Neoliberal Republic traces the corrosive effects of the revolving door between public service and private enrichment on the French state and its ability to govern and regulate the private sector. Casting...


The Business of Conquest

by Nicole D. Legnani

The Spanish conquest has long been a source of polemic, ever since the early sixteenth century when Spanish jurists began theorizing the legal merits behind native dispossession in the Americas. But in The Business...


Free Speech and the Suppression of Dissent During World War I

by Eric Thomas Chester

A comprehensive history of the National Civil Liberties Bureau's role in the anti-war movement during the First World War

World War I, given all the rousing “Over-There” songs and in-the-trenches films it...


Democracy, If We Can Keep It

by Ellis Cose

Published to coincide with the ACLU's centennial, a major new book by the nationally celebrated journalist and bestselling author

For a century, the American Civil Liberties Union has fought to keep Americans...


A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law

by Jeffrey Love, Inger Larsson, Ulrika Djärv & Christine Peel et al.

This volume is an indispensable resource for scholars and students of medieval Scandinavia. This polyglot dictionary draws on the vast and vibrant range of vernacular legal terminology found in medieval Scandinavian...


Perchance to DREAM

by Michael A. Olivas & Bill Richardson

The first comprehensive history of the DREAM Act and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

In 1982, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Plyler v. Doe that undocumented children had the right...


The Other Side of Empire

by Andrew W. Devereux

Via rigorous study of the legal arguments Spain developed to justify its acts of war and conquest, The Other Side of Empire illuminates Spain's expansionary ventures in the Mediterranean in the late fifteenth...


Why We Must Defend the Electoral College

by Trent England

Is the Electoral College ?racist? and a ?scam? as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims? Or was Alexander Hamilton right when he declared that ?if it be not perfect, it is at least excellent?? In this Broadside,...


Institutes of Roman Law

by Gaius, Edward Poste & A. H. J. Greenidge

The Institutes are a complete exposition of the elements of Roman law and are divided into four books?the first treating of persons and the differences of the status they may occupy in the eye of the law; the...


Drunk Japan

by Mark D. West

Each society that consumes alcohol has its own unique drinking culture, and each society deals with the drunken products of that culture in particular ways. As Mark D. West shows in Drunk Japan, the distinctive...


The Invention of Jewish Theocracy

by Alexander Kaye

The tension between secular politics and religious fundamentalism is a problem shared by many modern states. This is certainly true of the State of Israel, where the religious-secular schism provokes conflict...


When Protest Becomes Crime

by Carolijn Terwindt

How does protest become criminalised? Applying an anthropological perspective to political and legal conflicts, Carolijn Terwindt urges us to critically question the underlying interests and logic of prosecuting...


Fixing Law Schools

by Benjamin H. Barton

An urgent plea for much needed reforms to legal education

The period from 2008 to 2018 was a lost decade for American law schools. Employment results were terrible. Applications and enrollment cratered. Revenue...


Fixing Law Schools

by Benjamin H. Barton

An urgent plea for much needed reforms to legal education

The period from 2008 to 2018 was a lost decade for American law schools. Employment results were terrible. Applications and enrollment cratered. Revenue...


Priests of the Law

by Thomas J. McSweeney

Priests of the Law tells the story of the first people in the history of the common law to think of themselves as legal professionals. In the middle decades of the thirteenth century, a group of justices working...