New Books - Spring 2006, List 3
Core Questions of Comparative Law
K559.G75813 2005 BasementShelved in New Books first, then at call number location
From Carolina Academic Press:This book is the English translation of one of the most important works of recent years in the field of comparative law, by the eminent German legal scholar, Bernhard Grossfeld, translated by Vivian Grosswald Curran. It deals with theoretical aspects of comparative law, including references to poetry, physics, number theory, semiotics, western and eastern religious heritages, geography, languages, and history. Grossfeld claims such works of theory are necessary in order to formulate adequate practical applications and implementations of comparative law. This book opens the door to understanding the increasing challenges comparative law faces in a rapidly changing legal world of unexpected connections. The book's suggestions allow readers to engage in their own process of digestion and formulation. Grossfeld brings an impressive breadth of knowledge to insightfully propose new conceptions of comparative law and how we may conduct it with efficacy, curiosity, dedication, and with humanity.
Bernhard Grossfeld is a professor at the University of Munster, Germany.
Culture to Culture: A Guide to U.S. Legal Writing
KF250.R354 2005 Third FloorShelved in New Books first, then at call number location
From Carolina Academic Press:Culture to Culture is a text for lawyers from other countries. Taking a contrastive approach, the text explains the U.S. legal system’s rhetorical preferences, linguistic specializations, and current conventions. Readers will be able to learn comfortably and quickly what U.S. audiences expect. Careful not to judge the quality of this or other systems, the text describes how U.S. lawyers analyze problems and explain solutions. By studying this contrastive text, international lawyers can perform well as researchers and writers no matter what the context: law school or law practice in the U.S. For those studying in or returning to their own countries, the text opens a comparative analytical window on how U.S. lawyers research, analyze, negotiate, and write. These comparisons offer students tools for reading U.S. texts, analyzing U.S. problems with a special emphasis on issue formulation, researching U.S. sources, organizing U.S. analytical patterns, and writing in acceptable U.S. legal styles.
The book also introduces current conventions through U.S. legal texts, including letters, memos, transactional documents, briefs, exams, and scholarly papers. Indispensable to foreign students studying U.S. law, the text covers a broad range of topics and questions studied by author Jill Ramsfield, who has worked with international lawyers for nearly two decades.
Jill J. Ramsfield is a professor of law and Director of Legal Research and Writing at Georgetown University Law Center.
Arguing Marbury v. Madisonedited by Mark TushnetStanford, Calif.: Stanford Law and Politics, 2005
KF4575.A965 2005 Third FloorShelved in New Books first, then at call number location
From Stanford University Press:Marbury v. Madison, decided in 1803, is the foundation stone of the American doctrine of judicial review. Remarkably, the case was decided without the parties having presented an oral argument to the Supreme Court. This book begins with a unique transcript of an oral argument in the case, conducted before a bench of four distinguished federal judges. The transcript is followed by essays on Marbury’s intellectual background, its significance in U.S. constitutional history, and the way in which we might think of constitutional theory and judicial review in terms sensitive to the historical and political contexts in which the practice persists. Distinguished commentators question some of the claims made in the essays, and offer their own perspectives on Marbury’s importance.
Mark Tushnet is Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University.