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Iran's Nuclear Program and International Law
Call Number: KZ5770.J698 2016
Publication Date: 2016-09-29
This book provides an international legal analysis of the most important questions regarding Iran's nuclear program since 2002. Setting these legal questions in their historical and diplomatic context, this book aims to clarify how the relevant sources of international law - includingprimarily the 1968 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and IAEA treaty law - should be properly applied in the context of the Iran case. It provides an instructional case study of the application of these sources of international law, the lessons which can be applied to inform both the on-going legaland diplomatic dynamics surrounding the Iran nuclear dispute itself, as well as similar future cases. Some questions raised regard the watershed diplomatic accord reached between Iran and Western states in July, 2015, known as the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action. The answers will be ofinterests to diplomats and academics, as well as to anyone who is interested in understanding international law's application to this sensitive dispute in international relations.
The Role of the State in Migration Control
Call Number: K3275.M36 2016
Publication Date: 2016-12-01
This research questions the seemingly ossified premise that states have an absolute discretion to control international migration. Applying Max Weber s theories of legitimacy, it determines that while states have certain traditionally legitimate functions, migration control, as distinct from the determination of citizenship, is not one such function. Measures of migration control must thus be justified on a rational-legal basis, that is, on a minimal evidential basis. Acknowledging the many obstacles states face in carrying out this legitimising exercise, it is suggested that a supranational approach at the regional level is the most sustainable long-term model, with an ultimate aim of achieving inter-regional cooperation on migration management on the basis of equality between regions."
Uses of Values in Legal Education
Call Number: KF272.F47 2015
Publication Date: 2015-07-30
Values are a vital source of meaning in human life. They both constrain and enable behavior. They may be unconsciously inherited or consciously reflected upon. The challenge is to take the greatest advantage of value-informed teaching and learning in the context of a pluralist education and society. The values that legal education imparts or generates can impact the character of legal professionals. The work of jurists impacts the quality of public discourse. Legal education has been under severe threat after a period of tremendous growth across the common law world. Legal markets are unstable. Information technology drives the specialization of labor to new levels. The rising costs for students and falling returns to the human capital generated by legal education make the prospect of a legal education less enticing. Enhanced engagement with values offers the best hope for a positive and coherent response to these pressures by legal educators. This book discusses the necessary application of values in legal education. The incorporation of values into legal teaching - and a reflection upon values as an integral part of the student learning experience - can facilitate the formation of robust and effective individual student identities. When this leads to an alignment of student values with life plans, it can generate a sense of whole-heartedness in activity that enriches life. Students with clear and considered ethical ideas can become effective ethical agents beyond the educational setting. *** "...makes a significant contribution to the growing "balance in legal education" movement and is as relevant to contemporary debates about the future of legal education in the United States as it is to the reimagining of law school curricula in the United Kingdom." -- Adrian J. Walters, Ralph L. Brill Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law [Subject: Legal Education, Ethics]
Legal Insanity: Explorations in Psychiatry, Law, and Ethics
Call Number: KF9242.M49 2016
Publication Date: 2016-11-17
This book examines core issues related to legal insanity, integrating perspectives from psychiatry, law, and ethics. Various criteria for insanity are analyzed and recommendations for forensic psychiatric and legal practice are offered. Many legal systems have an insanity defense, in one form or another. Still, it remains unclear exactly when and why mental disorders affect a person's moral or criminal responsibility. Questions addressed in this book include: Why should insanity be a component of our legal system? What should be the criteria for an insanity defense? What would be the reasons for abolishing it? Who should bear the burden of proof? Furthermore, the book discusses the impact neurosciences may have on psychiatric and psychological evaluations of defendants as well as on legal decisions about insanity.
Inventing American Exceptionalism
Call Number: KF366.A75K488 2017
Publication Date: 2017-01-10
A highly engaging account of the developments--not only legal, but also socioeconomic, political, and cultural--that gave rise to Americans' distinctively lawyer-driven legal culture When Americans imagine their legal system, it is the adversarial trial--dominated by dueling larger-than-life lawyers undertaking grand public performances--that first comes to mind. But as award-winning author Amalia Kessler reveals in this engrossing history, it was only in the turbulent decades before the Civil War that adversarialism became a defining American practice and ideology, displacing alternative, more judge-driven approaches to procedure. By drawing on a broad range of methods and sources--and by recovering neglected influences (including from Europe)--the author shows how the emergence of the American adversarial legal culture was a product not only of developments internal to law, but also of wider socioeconomic, political, and cultural debates over whether and how to undertake market regulation and pursue racial equality. As a result, adversarialism came to play a key role in defining American legal institutions and practices, as well as national identity.