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  • An introduction to Islamic law / Wael B. Hallaq
    KBP 144 H3562 2009
    The study of Islamic law can be a forbidding prospect for those entering the field for the first time. Wael Hallaq, a leading scholar and practitioner of Islamic law, guides students through the intricacies of the subject in this absorbing introduction. The first half of the book is devoted to a discussion of Islamic law in its pre-modern natural habitat. The second part explains how the law was transformed and ultimately dismantled during the colonial period. In the final chapters, the author charts recent developments and the struggles of the Islamists to negotiate changes which have seen the law emerge as a primarily textual entity focused on fixed punishments and ritual requirements. The book, which includes a chronology, a glossary of key terms, and lists of further reading, will be the first stop for those who wish to understand the fundamentals of Islamic law, its practices and history.

  • Propaganda, war crimes trials, and international law : from speakers' corner to war crimes / edited by Predrag Dojcinovic
    KZ 1168.5 D65 2012
    Propaganda, War Crimes Trials and International Law addresses the emerging jurisprudence and international law concerning propaganda in war crimes investigations and trials. The role of propaganda in the perpetration of atrocities has emerged as a central theme in the war crimes trials in the past century. The Nuremburg trials initially, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda currently, have all substantially contributed to the development of international law in this respect. Investigating and exploring the areas between lawful and unlawful propaganda, they have dealt with specific mechanisms and consequences of the phenomenon within the perspective and framework of their international legal mandates. But the cultural codes and argots through which propaganda operates have vexed international courts struggling to assign responsibility to the instigators of mass crimes, as subtle, but potentially fatal, communications often remain undetected, misinterpreted or even dismissed as entirely irrelevant. With contributions from leading international scholars and legal practioners, Propaganda, War Crimes Trials and International Law pursues a comparative approach to this problem: providing an overview of the current state of the theory of propaganda in the social sciences; exploring this theory in the legal analysis of war crimes and related proceedings; and, finally, offering a study of the prosecution of propaganda-related crimes in international law, and the newly emerging jurisprudence of war crimes propaganda cases.

  • Globalization and Africa's transition to constitutional rule : socio-political developments in Nigeria / Mohammed Nurudeen Akinwunmi-Othman
    KTA1760

  • European citizenship after Brexit : freedom of movement and rights of residence / Patricia Mindus
    KJE 5124 M56 2017eb

  • Civil war and narrative : testimony, historiography, memory / Karine Deslandes, Fabrice Mourlon, Bruno Tribout, editors
    KZ6397

  • Insurance regulation in the European Union Solvency II and beyond / Pierpaolo Marano, Michele Siri, editors
    KD1859

  • Legal traditions, legal reforms and economic performance : theory and evidence / Daniel Oto-Peralías, Diego Romero-Ávila
    K1005

  • The end of ownership : personal property in the digital economy / Aaron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz
    K 783 P47 2016eb

  • From England to France : felony and exile in the High Middle Ages / William Chester Jordan
    KD 7885 E95 J67 2015

    At the height of the Middle Ages, a peculiar system of perpetual exile--or abjuration--flourished in western Europe. It was a judicial form of exile, not political or religious, and it was meted out to felons for crimes deserving of severe corporal punishment or death. From England to France explores the lives of these men and women who were condemned to abjure the English realm, and draws on their unique experiences to shed light on a medieval legal tradition until now very poorly understood.

    William Chester Jordan weaves a breathtaking historical tapestry, examining the judicial and administrative processes that led to the abjuration of more than seventy-five thousand English subjects, and recounting the astonishing journeys of the exiles themselves. Some were innocents caught up in tragic circumstances, but many were hardened criminals. Almost every English exile departed from the port of Dover, many bound for the same French village, a place called Wissant. Jordan vividly describes what happened when the felons got there, and tells the stories of the few who managed to return to England, either illegally or through pardons.

    From England to France provides new insights into a fundamental pillar of medieval English law and shows how it collapsed amid the bloodshed of the Hundred Years' War.


  • Domestic counter-terrorism in a global world : post-9/11 institutional structures and cultures in Canada and the United Kingdom / Daniel Alati
    K 5256 A93 2018

    Although both Canada and the United Kingdom had experienced terrorism prior to the attacks of 9/11 and already had in place extensive provisions to deal with terrorism, the events of that day led to the enactment of new and expansive counter-terrorism legislation being enacted in both jurisdictions. This book explores these changes to counter-terrorism laws and policies in the United Kingdom and Canada in order to demonstrate that despite the force of international legal instruments, including the heavily scrutinized UN Security Council Resolution 1373, the evolution of counter-terrorism policies in different jurisdictions is best analysed and understood as a product of local institutional structures and cultures.

    The book compares legal and political structures and cultures within Canada and the United Kingdom. It analyses variations in the evolution of post-9/11 counter-terrorism measures in the two jurisdictions and explores the domestic reasons for them. While focus is primarily geared towards security certificates and bail with recognizance/investigative hearings in Canada, and detention without trial, control orders and TPIMs in the United Kingdom , the use of secret evidence in the wider national security context (terrorist listing, civil litigation, criminal prosecutions, etc.) is also discussed. The book reveals how domestic structures and cultures, including the legal system, the relative stability of government, local human rights culture and geopolitical relationships all influence how counter-terrorism measures evolve. In this sense, the book utilizes a methodology that is both comparative and interdisciplinary by engaging in legal, political, historical and cultural analyses.

    This book will be particularly useful for target audiences in the fields of comparative law and criminal justice, counter-terrorism law, human rights law and international relations and politics.


  • Stalinist perpetrators on trial : scenes from the Great Terror in Soviet Ukraine / Lynne Viola
    KKY 40 P64 V56 2017
    Between the summer of 1937 and November 1938, the Stalinist regime arrested over 1.5 million people for "counterrevolutionary" and "anti-Soviet" activity and either summarily executed or exiled them to the Gulag. While we now know a great deal about the experience of victims of the GreatTerror, we know almost nothing about the lower- and middle-level Narodnyi Komissariat Vnutrennikh Del (NKVD), or secret police, cadres who carried out Stalin's murderous policies. Unlike the postwar, public trials of Nazi war criminals, NKVD operatives were tried secretly. And what exactly happenedin those courtrooms was unknown until now.In what has been dubbed "the purge of the purgers," almost one thousand NKVD officers were prosecuted by Soviet military courts. Scapegoated for violating Soviet law, they were charged with multiple counts of fabrication of evidence, falsification of interrogation protocols, use of torture to secure"confessions," and murder during pre-trial detention of "suspects" - and many were sentenced to execution themselves. The documentation generated by these trials, including verbatim interrogation records and written confessions signed by perpetrators; testimony by victims, witnesses, and experts;and transcripts of court sessions, provides a glimpse behind the curtains of the terror. It depicts how the terror was implemented, what happened, and who was responsible, demonstrating that orders from above worked in conjunction with a series of situational factors to shape the contours of stateviolence.Based on chilling and revelatory new archival documents from the Ukrainian secret police archives, Stalinist Perpetrators on Trial illuminates the darkest recesses of Soviet repression - the interrogation room, the prison cell, and the place of execution - and sheds new light on those who carriedout the Great Terror.

  • Human rights futures / edited by Stephen Hopgood (SOAS, University of London), Jack Snyder (Columbia University, New York), Leslie Vinjamuri (SOAS, University of London)
    K 3240 H85715 2017
    For the first time in one collected volume, mainstream and critical human rights scholars together examine the empirical and normative debates around the future of human rights. They ask what makes human rights effective, what strategies will enhance the chances of compliance, what blocks progress, and whether the hope for human rights is entirely misplaced in a rapidly transforming world. Human Rights Futures sees the world as at a crucial juncture. The project for globalizing rights will either continue to be embedded or will fall backward into a maelstrom of nationalist backlash, religious resurgence and faltering Western power. Each chapter talks directly to the others in an interactive dialogue, providing a theoretical and methodological framework for a clear research agenda for the next decade. Scholars, graduate students and practitioners of political science, history, sociology, law and development will find much to both challenge and provoke them in this innovative book.

  • The politics of legality in a neoliberal age / edited by Ben Golder and Daniel McLoughlin
    K 487 P65 P645 2018

    This volume addresses the relationship between law and neoliberalism. Assembling work from established and emerging legal scholars, political theorists, philosophers, historians and sociologists from around the world, including the Americas, Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom, it addresses the conceptual, legal, and political relationships between liberal legality and neoliberal economics. More specifically, the book analyses the role that legality plays in the dominant economic force of our time: offering both a legal corrective to scholarship in economics and political economy that has paid insufficient attention to legal ideas and, at the same time, a political economic corrective to legal scholarship which has only recently turned to theorizing neoliberalism. It will be of enormous interest to those working at the intersection of law and politics in our neoliberal age.


  • The federal idea : public law between governance and political life / edited by Amnon Lev
    K 3185 F427 2017
    A significant part of the world's population lives under some sort of federal arrangement. And yet, the concepts of federalism and federation remain under-theorised. Federalist theorists have, for the most part, defined their object by opposition to the unitary state. As a result, they have not developed public law theories that capture the specificity of this type of polity. Bringing together contributions from leading public law theorists and intellectual historians, this volume explores the foundations of federalism. It develops novel perspectives on the core problems of traditional federalist theory and charts new departures in federalist theory and federal power-sharing. At a time when we look for more inclusive ways of ordering public life, the volume fills an urgent theoretical and political need.

  • Hitler's American model : the United States and the making of Nazi race law / James Q. Whitman
    KK 4743 W55 2017

    How American race law provided a blueprint for Nazi Germany

    Nazism triumphed in Germany during the high era of Jim Crow laws in the United States. Did the American regime of racial oppression in any way inspire the Nazis? The unsettling answer is yes. In Hitler's American Model , James Whitman presents a detailed investigation of the American impact on the notorious Nuremberg Laws, the centerpiece anti-Jewish legislation of the Nazi regime. Contrary to those who have insisted that there was no meaningful connection between American and German racial repression, Whitman demonstrates that the Nazis took a real, sustained, significant, and revealing interest in American race policies.

    As Whitman shows, the Nuremberg Laws were crafted in an atmosphere of considerable attention to the precedents American race laws had to offer. German praise for American practices, already found in Hitler's Mein Kampf , was continuous throughout the early 1930s, and the most radical Nazi lawyers were eager advocates of the use of American models. But while Jim Crow segregation was one aspect of American law that appealed to Nazi radicals, it was not the most consequential one. Rather, both American citizenship and antimiscegenation laws proved directly relevant to the two principal Nuremberg Laws--the Citizenship Law and the Blood Law. Whitman looks at the ultimate, ugly irony that when Nazis rejected American practices, it was sometimes not because they found them too enlightened, but too harsh.

    Indelibly linking American race laws to the shaping of Nazi policies in Germany, Hitler's American Model upends understandings of America's influence on racist practices in the wider world.


  • Humanitarian intervention as an exception to the prohibition on the use of force / Petra Zvržina
    KZ 6369 Z87 2017
    "If humanitarian intervention is indeed an unacceptable assault on sovereignty, how should we respond to a Rwanda, to a Srebrenica - to gross and systematic violations of human rights that offend every precept of our common humanity?"--Kofi Annan, Millennium Report of Secretary-General of the United Nations, 2000 *** The core objective of the United Nations is to strive towards peace and security in international community. The recent flow of refugees to Europe has led to questions regarding whether the international community could help both people facing abuses of their fundamental rights, as well as the European countries to which they are immigrating. Since 1945, the use of force has been prohibited with no mention of interventions for humanitarian purposes. The question remains: when can unauthorised humanitarian intervention as a last resort measure be justified in a world of jus cogens prohibition of the use of force? In public international law, new rules of customary law emerge through sufficient State practice and opinio juris. Due to this, humanitarian interventions could be justified under customary international law. Always, when concerned with the protection of human rights, specific criteria should be created in order to prevent abuses. This book is a master thesis that aims to answer the question of whether the use of force is justifiable for humanitarian purposes without the United Nations Security Council approval. The author draws examples from Iraq and Kosovo cases, and the evolving customary international law. [Subject: Human Rights Law, United Nations, Public International Law]

  • Direct international human rights obligations of non-state actors : a legal and ethical necessity / Nicolás Carrillo Santarelli
    KZ 6405 N66 C37 2017
    Addressing the reality that non-state actors do violate human rights in practice, which cannot be overlooked, author Nicol#65533;s Carrillo-Santarelli argues that the foundations and main principles of international human rights law call for the regulation of direct non-state obligations and responsibilities, given the potential failure of domestic actions and the limits of voluntary strategies. In part I, the author presents his ideas on why non-state abuses should be regarded as human rights violations and wrongful acts. Part II studies why direct protection from non-state violations is possible, and what legal mechanisms and institutions permit to make it effective. The final Chapter turns to the examination of the mechanisms that can be used to respond to or prevent non-state violations of human rights law. This book is based on the idea that the protagonists of human rights law are individuals, who deserve protection from all abusers, be them States, armed groups, international organizations, or other actors. Revised Dissertation. [Subject: Human Rights Law, International Law]

  • Compilation of the official records of the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (volumes 1-17) and a volume consolidating the several negotiating texts and including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, its final act and related resolutions
    KZA 1047 U55 2004 CD-ROM
    The 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea is generally considered by the international community as the accepted legal norm for maritime conduct, what has been described as a "constitution for the oceans" governing all ocean uses, exploitation of ocean resources and the protection of the marine environment. This CD-ROM contains a compilation of the official records relating to the Conference, comprising volumes 1 to 17 including all negotiating texts, the Convention, the Final Act and related resolutions.

  • Proposals for a new not-for-profit corporations law for Canada / by Peter A. Cumming ..
    KE 1373 C86 1974
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