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The Truth Machines

Policing, Violence, and Scientific Interrogations in India

Interrogation as a site of state sanctioned torture and violence

Keeping Hold of Justice

Encounters between Law and Colonialism

Colonialism is a structural injustice embedded in law; what possibilities for justice remain?

Stringfellow Acid Pits

The Toxic and Legal Legacy

Before Erin Brockovich, there was Penny Newman and the fight for the biggest toxic waste lawsuit in California history

The Jurisprudence of Emergency

Colonialism and the Rule of Law

With a new Foreword by Antony Anghie and Preface by Austin Sarat

The tension between the ideology of liberty and government by law in British India shaped the development of colonial rule, and thus, Western legality

Punishment and Political Order

An incisive, eminently readable study of the evolving relationship between punishment and social order

Judging Justice

How Victim Witnesses Evaluate International Courts

Shows how witness experiences of testimony give credence to perceptions of justice in international courts

Archiving Sovereignty

Law, History, Violence

An account of how courts repeat historical fictions that maintain sources of sovereign power.

Guns, Democracy, and the Insurrectionist Idea

Does the gun lobby threaten the democratic institutions safeguarding individual liberty in America?

Mountains Without Handrails

Reflections on the National Parks

With a New Foreword by Holly Doremus

A controversial, informed, and important look at the protection and management of America’s national parks

Selma and the Liuzzo Murder Trials

The First Modern Civil Rights Convictions

A fascinating examination of the Viola Liuzzo trials, with a foreword by Ari Berman

The Holocaust, Corporations, and the Law

Unfinished Business

An important examination of multinational corporations’ accountability in the era of globalization and the long shadow of the Holocaust

Ancient Law, Ancient Society

An engaging look at how ancient Greeks and Romans crafted laws that fit—and, in turn, changed—their worlds


Curating Community

Museums, Constitutionalism, and the Taming of the Political

Reconsiders complex questions about how we imagine ourselves and our political communities


The Chief Justice

Appointment and Influence

Scholars use the most advanced methods in judicial studies to examine the role of Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Common Law Judging

Subjectivity, Impartiality, and the Making of Law

Moving beyond the subjectivity-objectivity debate, Edlin presents a case for intersubjectivity

The Poverty Law Canon

Exploring the Major Cases

Engaging narratives that move beyond the final opinions of the Supreme Court to reveal the people and stories behind key poverty-law cases of the last 50 years

Refining Child Pornography Law

Crime, Language, and Social Consequences

Legal experts, sociologists, and social workers debate the definition of child pornography, the punishment of offenders, and the protection of victims

The Impossible Machine

A Genealogy of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

A fresh, though counterintuitive, understanding of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s legal, political, and cultural heritage

Law and Transaction Costs in the Ancient Economy

A critical element of economic performance from antiquity to the present

The First Global Prosecutor

Promise and Constraints

Legal scholars and practitioners examine the role of the ICC’s first prosecutor

The One and Only Law

Walter Benjamin and the Second Commandment

A radical critique of contemporary legal practices and understandings based on a new consideration of Walter Benjamin’s “Critique of Violence”

Law, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Terrorism

In democratic states, the courts can help safeguard civil liberties against excessive legislative and executive efforts to combat terrorism

Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings in the U.S. Senate

Reconsidering the Charade

How much do Supreme Court nominees reveal at their confirmation hearings, and how do their answers affect senators' votes?