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  • Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justiceby Joan Biskupic

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 26.99

    "I knew she?d be trouble." So quipped Antonin Scalia about Sonia Sotomayor at the Supreme Court?s annual end-of-term party in 2010. It?s usually the sort of event one would expect from such a grand institution, with gentle parodies of the justices performed by their law clerks, but this year Sotomayor decided to shake it up?flooding the room with... more...

  • A Muted Furyby William G. Ross

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 44.00

    For half a century before 1937, populists, progressives, and labor leaders complained bitterly that a "judicial oligarchy" impeded social and economic reform by imposing crippling restraints on trade unions and nullifying legislation that regulated business corporations. A Muted Fury , the first study of this neglected chapter in American political... more...

  • Schwabenspiegel-Forschung im Donaugebietby Elemér Balogh

    De Gruyter 2015; US$ 140.00

    The volume includes contributions presented at two academic conferences organized by the Department of European Legal History at the University of Szeged in Hungary. The principal subjects are medieval German books of law and their impact on legal life in Hungary. The specific impetus for the conferences was the publication in Hungarian translation... more...

  • Fremde Traditionen des römischen Rechtsby Martin Avenarius

    Wallstein Verlag 2014; US$ 82.93

    Die grundlegende Untersuchung zur Rezeption des römischen Rechts im zaristischen Russland. Die Geschichte von Wirkung und Wahrnehmung des römischen Rechts in Russland ist noch wenig bekannt. Mit ihrer Untersuchung, deren Schwerpunkte auf Gesetzgebung, Rechtsprechung und Wissenschaft liegen, schließt das Buch eine Lücke in der Erforschung der jüngeren... more...

  • »sie könten klagen, wo sie wollten«by Monika Preuß

    Wallstein Verlag 2014; US$ 21.26

    Wie verändert sich unser Blick auf jüdische Gerichtsbarkeit, wenn wir sie als selbstverständlichen Teil vormoderner Gerichtsbarkeit betrachten? Gerichtsbarkeit war bis weit ins 19. Jahrhundert in den deutschen Staaten ein komplexes System. Eine Vielzahl unterschiedlicher Rechte und zum Richten befugter Amtsträger existierten nebeneinander. Monika Preuß... more...

  • Making Race in the Courtroomby Kenneth R. Aslakson

    NYU Press 2014; US$ 42.00

    No American city?s history better illustrates both the possibilities for alternative racial models and the role of the law in shaping racial identity than New Orleans, Louisiana, which prior to the Civil War was home to America?s most privileged community of people of African descent. In the eyes of the law, New Orleans?s free people of color did... more...

  • The East German Social Courtsby Peter W. Sperlich

    Greenwood Publishing Group 2007; US$ 170.00

    This book provides a record of the structures, functions, interactions, decisions, and personnel of the East German Social Courts. more...

  • The Trialby Sadakat Kadri

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 15.95

    For as long as accuser and accused have faced each other in public, criminal trials have been establishing far more than who did what to whom?and in this fascinating book, Sadakat Kadri surveys four thousand years of courtroom drama. A brilliantly engaging writer, Kadri journeys from the silence of ancient Egypt?s Hall of the Dead to the clamor of... more...

  • Black Trialsby Mark S. Weiner

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 18.95

       From a brilliant young legal scholar comes this sweeping history of American ideas of belonging and citizenship, told through the stories of fourteen legal cases that helped to shape our nation.    Spanning three centuries, Black Trials details the legal challenges and struggles that helped define the ever-shifting identity of blacks in America.... more...

  • All the Laws but Oneby William H. Rehnquist

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 15.95

    In All the Laws but One , William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States, provides an insightful and fascinating account of the history of civil liberties during wartime and illuminates the cases where presidents have suspended the law in the name of national security. Abraham Lincoln, champion of freedom and the rights of man, suspended... more...