Law schools today give the impression they are thriving. Many have magnificent
facilities with state-of-the-art technology. Their resources are the
envy of every department in the university. Law professors are among the
best paid in the academy, with sparkling credentials, and are sought after
not just as leading academic and legal figures but also as public intellectuals,
as consultants, and for important state and federal government positions.
The first decade of the twenty-first century has been a golden age of
plenty for law schools....
LEGAL CULTURE VERSUS Legal Tradition? The dichotomy is
unreal in most circumstances. But not in all.
Legal culture is legal tradition, and legal tradition is legal culture. But with
an exception. Those living the culture, namely lawyers including judges and
law professors, are usually unaware of the tradition. They are often unaware
of, and indifferent to, history. (I would like readers to know that I am dealing
only with private law. Constitutional law is beyond my expertise).
International Law Dictionary: An axcellent resource that's much more than a dictionary. This work, by a professor of international business law, is full of hypertext links throughout the dictionary to international legal material on the topic on the internet.
A reduction in some amount that is owed, usually granted by the person to whom the debt is owed. For example, a landlord might grant an abatement in rent. In estate law, the word may refer more specifically to a situation where property identified in a will cannot be given to the beneficiary because it had to be sold to pay off...
When I began writing The Law (In Plain English)
® series more than a quarter
of a century ago, I was a full-time law professor and practicing lawyer. As an
academic, I felt that my mission included providing educational tools for my
students. In my role as a practicing attorney, I realized the importance of hav-
ing material available for nonlawyers to help them understand the complex
legal rules they are required to follow. It was my belief that The Law (In Plain
English)® series would serve these goals, and over the years, my expectations
Senator Edwards is not alone in observing a lack of accountability in America’s
democracy. Indeed, both popular and academic media offer considerable support for
this sentiment. The popular Cable News Network (CNN) criticized “government, big
business, and special interest groups” for enriching themselves at the expense of the
common electorate and characterized elected offices as “accountability free zones”
while arguing that “our government no longer works for us.”2 Important scholars
like John Matsusaka have added weight to this type of argument.
This book is based on a doctoral thesis completed at the Faculty of Law,
University of Cambridge. It benefited from research funding provided
by Gonville and Caius College and the Faculty of Law in Cambridge,
and from the hospitality and generous assistance of Professors Jürgen
Basedow and Reinhard Zimmermann during a period at the Max
Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in
Hamburg, and of Professor George Bermann during a period as a
Visiting Scholar at Columbia University....
This book was written as a thesis for the Doctorate of Laws, Leiden University.
I am most grateful, first of all, to my supervisor, Professor Peter Kooijmans.
Throughout my working at this study he allowed me to make use of his
wisdom while at the same time affording inspiration and freedom. He never
permitted his demanding task as a Judge at the International Court of Justice
to stand in the way of discussing my thesis with me for many hours. I also wish
to express my profound gratitude to Professor John Dugard, who acted as
The papers in this collection were presented at a conference held in
Saskatoon, Canada, on 17-19 October 1996 under the auspices of the College
of Law, University of Saskatchewan. There are many people and several institutions
to thank for making that conference, and this collection of essays,
The organisation of the conference was one of the pleasurable duties I
undertook in 1996 as the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Visiting Professor
at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan.
This text will strengthen a student's ability to apply the laws of physics to practical situations and problems that yield more easily to intuitive insight than to complex mathematics. These problems, chosen almost exclusively from classical (non-quantum) physics, are posed in accessible nontechnical language and require the student to select the right framework in which to analyze the situation. The book will be invaluable to undergraduates preparing for "general physics" papers. Some physics professors will even find the more difficult questions challenging.
FOR OVER 35 years Mirjan Damaška’s work has shone like a
beacon over those who try to make sense of the similarities and
differences between national legal systems. As someone who was a
professor of law at the University of Zagreb Law School before coming to
the United States to teach at the University of Pennsylvania and then at
Yale, his work reflects an unparalleled range of erudition and a deep
understanding of the common law and civil law traditions born of personal
Family law is of fairly recent invention, especially as an academic subject, credit for this
achievement usually going to Professor Peter Bromley, who published the first edition of
his now well known textbook in 1957. In the same decade, a practical text on ‘Divorce’, as
the general subject of family law was then called, was published by Dmitri Tolstoy.
Dr Roberto Andorno is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics
at the University of Zurich. He received his doctorates in law from the Universities
of Buenos Aires and Paris XII, both on topics related to the legal aspects of assisted
procreation. Between 1994 and 1998 he taught Civil Law as an Adjunct Professor
at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Between 2001 and 2005 Dr. Andorno
conducted research on various subjects related to global bioethics and human rights
at the Universities of Göttingen and Tübingen, in Germany.
The Law of Healthcare Administration is intended to give readers some
appreciation of the role law plays in the everyday operation of our healthcare
system. The book was first published in 1988, when the late Arthur
F. Southwick was a guiding light in our field. It was the first to capture the
essence of health law from management’s perspective. I have been privileged
to carry Professor Southwick’s legacy through the third and fourth
editions, and now it is time for the fifth.
This study traces the history of the law of bills and notes in England
from medieval times to the period in the late eighteenth and early
nineteenth centuries when bills played a central role in the domestic
and international financial system. It challenges the traditional
theory that English commercial law developed by incorporation of
the concept of negotiability and other rules from an ancient body of
customary law known as the law merchant.
The preface of this book enables me to depict briefly how the thesis came into being
and, more importantly, to thank the people who helped me accomplish the project.
When I was reading law at Maastricht University Professor Wolfgang Mincke and
Professor Caroline Forder gave me the opportunity to study German and English
property law. In her tutorials on property law Caroline Forder excited my interest
in English property law. In a very stimulating way she supervised a paper I wrote
about land registration in Dutch and English law. Her dedication and zeal
impressed me very much....
h is book was accepted by the Faculty of Law of the University of Hamburg as
the dissertation for my doctorate in law in the spring of 2008. It was updated
to its current form for publication.
I owe special thanks to Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Rüdiger Wolfrum, professor of
international law at the University of Heidelberg, director of the Max Planck
Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and judge at the
International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, for his supervision and timely
review of my submissions and his support when I was a senior research...
A Modern Introduction to International Law by the late Professor
Michael Akehurst was first published in 1970. Passing through six
editions, it became a classic among student textbooks within
departments of law and political science alike and it has been translated
into Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese.
“I did not know that it was so dangerous to drink a beer with you. You
write a book with those you drink a beer with,” said Professor Willem Van
Zwet, referring to the preface of the book Csorgo and I wrote (1981) where
it was told that the idea of that book was born in an inn in London over
a beer. In spite of this danger Willem was brave enough to invite me to
Leiden in 1984 for a semester and to drink quite a few beers with me there.
In fact I gave a seminar in Leiden, and the handout of that seminar...
'Treason', wrote Maitland,
'has a history all of its own.' Never-
theless that history has not previously received connected and
comprehensive study in the literature of legal history, and it is
therefore with the greatest pleasure that my first duty as general
editor of this series of studies is to commend to all those interested
Professor Bellamy's survey of the subject at large over the span
of the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.