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The Sources of Anti-Slavery Constitutionalism in America, 1760-1848

by William M. Wiecek Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

This ambitious book examines the constitutional and legal doctrines of the antislavery movement from the eve of the American Revolution to the Wilmot Proviso and the 1848 national elections. Relating political...


History and Power in the Study of Law

by June Starr & Jane F. Collier Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Building on earlier work in the anthropology of law and taking a critical stance toward it, June Starr and Jane F. Collier ask, "Should social anthropologists continue to isolate the ‘legal’ as a separate...


Equality under the Constitution

by Judith A. Baer Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

The principle of equality embedded in the Declaration of Independence and reaffirmed in the Constitution does not distinguish between individuals according to their capacities or merits. It is written into these...


Madame Bovary on Trial

by Dominick LaCapra Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

In 1857, following the publication of Madame Bovary, Flaubert was charged with having committed an "outrage to public morality and religion." Dominick LaCapra, an intellectual historian with wide-ranging literary...


The Poison Plot

by Elaine Forman Crane Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

An accusation of attempted murder rudely interrupted Mary Arnold’s dalliances with working men and her extensive shopping sprees. When her husband Benedict fell deathly ill and then asserted she had tried...


Wars of Law

by Tanisha M. Fazal Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

In Wars of Law, Tanisha M. Fazal assesses the unintended consequences of the proliferation of the laws of war for the commencement, conduct, and conclusion of wars over the course of the past one hundred fifty...


The Myth of Voter Fraud

by Lorraine C. Minnite Cornell University Press (June 01, 2017)

Allegations that widespread voter fraud is threatening to the integrity of American elections and American democracy itself have intensified since the disputed 2000 presidential election. The claim that elections...


The Criminalization of Abortion in the West

by Wolfgang P. Müller Cornell University Press (May 22, 2012)

Anyone who wants to understand how abortion has been treated historically in the western legal tradition must first come to terms with two quite different but interrelated historical trajectories. On one hand,...


Power and Principle

by Christopher Rudolph Cornell University Press (April 01, 2017)

On August 21, 2013, chemical weapons were unleashed on the civilian population in Syria, killing another 1,400 people in a civil war that had already claimed the lives of more than 140,000. As is all too often...


The End of the West

by Jeffrey J. Anderson, G. John Ikenberry & Thomas Risse Cornell University Press (May 26, 2015)

The past several years have seen strong disagreements between the U.S. government and many of its European allies. News accounts of these challenges focus on isolated incidents and points of contention. The...


Making All the Difference

by Martha Minow Cornell University Press (October 01, 2016)

Should a court order medical treatment for a severely disabled newborn in the face of the parents' refusal to authorize it? How does the law apply to a neighborhood that objects to a group home for developmentally...


Outsourcing War

by Amy E. Eckert Cornell University Press (January 05, 2016)

Recent decades have seen an increasing reliance on private military contractors (PMCs) to provide logistical services, training, maintenance, and combat troops. In Outsourcing War, Amy E. Eckert examines the...


Legal Naturalism

by Olúfémi Táíwò Cornell University Press (November 12, 2015)

Legal Naturalism advances a clear and convincing case that Marx's theory of law is a form of natural law jurisprudence. It explicates both Marx's writings and the idea of natural law, and makes a forceful contribution...


Hear My Sad Story

by Richard Polenberg Cornell University Press (October 27, 2015)

In 2015, Bob Dylan said, "I learned lyrics and how to write them from listening to folk songs. And I played them, and I met other people that played them, back when nobody was doing it. Sang nothing but these...


Trafficking Justice

by Lauren A. McCarthy Cornell University Press (September 30, 2015)

In response to a growing human trafficking problem and domestic and international pressure, human trafficking and the use of slave labor were first criminalized in Russia in 2003. In Trafficking Justice, Lauren...


Lovesick Japan

by Mark D. West Cornell University Press (March 03, 2011)

In Lovesick Japan, Mark D. West explores an official vision of love, sex, and marriage in contemporary Japan. A comprehensive body of evidence-2,700 court opinions-describes a society characterized by a presupposed...


The Ethics of Destruction

by Ward Thomas Cornell University Press (June 13, 2014)

Many assume that in international politics, and especially in war, "anything goes." Sherman famously declared war "is all hell." The implication behind the maxim is that in war there is no order, only chaos;...


Empire of Water

by David Soll Cornell University Press (March 26, 2013)

Supplying water to millions is not simply an engineering and logistical challenge. As David Soll shows in his finely observed history of the nation's largest municipal water system, the task of providing water...


Brabbling Women

by Terri L. Snyder Cornell University Press (August 09, 2013)

Brabbling Women takes its title from a 1662 law enacted by Virginia's burgesses, which was intended to offer relief to the "poore husbands" forced into defamation suits because their "brabling" wives had slandered...


The Consumption of Justice

by Daniel Lord Smail Cornell University Press (April 15, 2013)

In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the ideas and practices of justice in Europe underwent significant change as procedures were transformed and criminal and civil caseloads grew apace. Drawing on the...


Corporate Warriors

by P. W. Singer Cornell University Press (November 29, 2007)

Some have claimed that "War is too important to be left to the generals," but P. W. Singer asks "What about the business executives?" Breaking out of the guns-for-hire mold of traditional mercenaries, corporations...


The money laundry

by J. C. Sharman Cornell University Press (September 22, 2011)

A generation ago not a single country had laws to counter money laundering; now, more countries have standardized anti-money laundering (AML) policies than have armed forces. In The Money Laundry, J. C. Sharman...


Tax Havens

by Ronen Palan, Richard Murphy & Christian Chavagneux Cornell University Press (February 01, 2013)

From the Cayman Islands and the Isle of Man to the Principality of Liechtenstein and the state of Delaware, tax havens offer lower tax rates, less stringent regulations and enforcement, and promises of strict...


Subsidizing Democracy

by Michael G. Miller Cornell University Press (November 22, 2013)

In the wake of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010), the case that allowed corporate and union spending in elections, many Americans despaired over the corrosive influence that private and often...


China's Water Warriors

by Andrew C. Mertha Cornell University Press (October 03, 2014)

Today opponents of large-scale dam projects in China, rather than being greeted with indifference or repression, are part of the hydropower policymaking process itself. What accounts for this dramatic change...


Dirt for Art's Sake

by Elisabeth Ladenson Cornell University Press (September 24, 2012)

In Dirt for Art's Sake, Elisabeth Ladenson recounts the most visible of modern obscenity trials involving scandalous books and their authors. What, she asks, do these often-colorful legal histories have to tell...


The image before the weapon

by Helen M. Kinsella Cornell University Press (March 31, 2011)

Since at least the Middle Ages, the laws of war have distinguished between combatants and civilians under an injunction now formally known as the principle of distinction. The principle of distinction is invoked...


A Scrap of Paper

by Isabel V. Hull Cornell University Press (April 16, 2014)

A century after the outbreak of the Great War, we have forgotten the central role that international law and the dramatically different interpretations of it played in the conflict’s origins and conduct. In...


The Endtimes of Human Rights

by Stephen Hopgood Cornell University Press (November 18, 2013)

"We are living through the endtimes of the civilizing mission. The ineffectual International Criminal Court and its disastrous first prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, along with the failure in Syria of the Responsibility...


Zoned in the USA

by Sonia A. Hirt Cornell University Press (January 26, 2015)

Why are American cities, suburbs, and towns so distinct? Compared to European cities, those in the United States are characterized by lower densities and greater distances; neat, geometric layouts; an abundance...


City Bound

by Gerald E. Frug & David J. Barron Cornell University Press (July 02, 2013)

Many major American cities are defying the conventional wisdom that suburbs are the communities of the future. But as these urban centers prosper, they increasingly confront significant constraints. In City...


The American Way of Bombing

by Matthew Evangelista & Henry Shue Cornell University Press (July 11, 2014)

Aerial bombardment remains important to military strategy, but the norms governing bombing and the harm it imposes on civilians have evolved. The past century has seen everything from deliberate attacks against...


The River Runs Black, Second Edition

by Elizabeth C. Economy Cornell University Press (July 15, 2010)

China's spectacular economic growth over the past two decades has dramatically depleted the country's natural resources and produced skyrocketing rates of pollution. Environmental degradation in China has also...


Withces, Wife Beaters, and Whores

by Elaine Forman Crane Cornell University Press (September 15, 2011)

The early American legal system permeated the lives of colonists and reflected their sense of what was right and wrong, honorable and dishonorable, moral and immoral. In a compelling book full of the extraordinary...


"Lost" Causes

by Charli Carpenter Cornell University Press (May 29, 2014)

Why do some issues and threats—diseases, weapons, human rights abuses, vulnerable populations—get more global policy attention than others? How do global activist networks decide the particular causes for...


Fighting Westway

by William W. Buzbee Cornell University Press (April 03, 2014)

From 1971 to 1985, battles raged over Westway, a multibillion-dollar highway, development, and park project slated for placement in New York City. It would have projected far into the Hudson River, including...


Constitutional Originalism

by Robert W. Bennett & Lawrence B. Solum Cornell University Press (May 13, 2011)

Problems of constitutional interpretation have many faces, but much of the contemporary discussion has focused on what has come to be called "originalism." The core of originalism is the belief that fidelity...


Rules for the World

by Michael Barnett & Martha Finnemore Cornell University Press (October 20, 2004)

Rules for the World provides an innovative perspective on the behavior of international organizations and their effects on global politics. Arguing against the conventional wisdom that these bodies are little...


Privatizing Water

by Karen Bakker Cornell University Press (January 14, 2013)

Water supply privatization was emblematic of the neoliberal turn in development policy in the 1990s. Proponents argued that the private sector could provide better services at lower costs than governments; opponents...


The Morning Breaks

by Bettina Aptheker Cornell University Press (January 21, 2014)

On August 7, 1970, a revolt by Black prisoners in a Marin County courthouse stunned the nation. In its aftermath, Angela Davis, an African American activist-scholar who had campaigned vigorously for prisoners'...


The Despot's Guide to Wealth Management

by J. C. Sharman Cornell University Press (March 01, 2017)

An unprecedented new international moral and legal rule forbids one state from hosting money stolen by the leaders of another state. The aim is to counter grand corruption or kleptocracy ("rule by thieves"),...


Everyday Law in Russia

by Kathryn Hendley Cornell University Press (February 01, 2017)

Everyday Law in Russia challenges the prevailing common wisdom that Russians cannot rely on their law and that Russian courts are hopelessly politicized and corrupt. While acknowledging the persistence of verdicts...