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The Oxford Edition of Blackstone. Commentaries on the Laws of England: Book II: Of the Rights of Things

Simon Stern, editor

Oxford University Press, 2016
ISBN: 9780199601004

This definitive version of this classic text of Anglo-American law
traces the evolution of Blackstone's thought through the first nine editions. The editorial introduction by Simon Stern details the historical and political context of Blackstone's views on the laws of property.

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Islamic and Jewish Legal Reasoning

Islamic and Jewish Legal Reasoning:
Encountering Our Legal Other

Anver Emon, editor

Oneworld, 2016
ISBN: 9781780748801

By pairing a scholar of Islamic law with a scholar of Jewish law, a unique dynamic is created. This new perspective not only provides a deeper understanding of the other’s legal tradition, but it also reveals new insights into the one’s own legal tradition, shedding light on what we had previously been too close to observe.

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Private Wrongs

Private Wrongs

Arthur Ripstein

Harvard University Press, 2016
ISBN 9780674659803

Tort law can seem puzzling: sometimes people are made to pay damages when they are barely or not at fault, while at other times serious losses go uncompensated. In this pioneering book, Arthur Ripstein brings coherence and unity to the baffling diversity of tort law in an original theory that is philosophically grounded and analytically powerful.

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From Recognition to Reconciliation

From Recognition to Reconciliation

Patrick Macklem and Douglas Sanderson, editors

University of Toronto Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781442628854

More than thirty years ago, section 35 of the Constitution Act recognized and affirmed “the existing aboriginal and treaty rights of the aboriginal peoples of Canada.” In From Recognition to Reconciliation, twenty leading scholars reflect on the continuing transformation of the constitutional relationship between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian state.

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Philosophical Foundations of Constitutional Law

Philosophical Foundations of Constitutional Law

David Dyzenhaus and Malcolm Thorburn, editors

Oxford University Press, 2016
ISBN: 9780198754527

In a collection of essays bringing together scholars from several constitutional systems and disciplines, Philosophical Foundations of Constitutional Law unites the debate in a study of the philosophical issues at the very foundations of the idea of a constitution.

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Exporting Freedom

Exporting Freedom: Religious Liberty and American Power

Anna Su

Harvard University Press, 2016
ISBN 9780674286023

Religious freedom is widely recognized today as a basic human right, guaranteed by nearly all national constitutions. Exporting Freedom charts the rise of religious freedom as an ideal firmly enshrined in international law and shows how America’s promotion of the cause of individuals worldwide to freely practice their faith advanced its ascent as a global power.

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Red, White, and Kind of Blue?

Red, White, and Kind of Blue?: The Conservatives and the Americanization of Canadian Constitutional Culture

David Schneiderman

University of Toronto Press, 2015
ISBN: 9781442629479

In recent years it seems that Canadian constitutional culture has been moving increasingly in an American direction. Red, White, and Kind of Blue? is a comparative legal analysis of this creeping Americanization, as well as a probing examination of the costs and benefits that come with it.

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False Security, by Prof. Kent Roach and Craig Forcese

False Security: The Radicalization of Canadian Anti-Terrorism

Kent Roach and Craig Forcese

Irwin Law, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-55221-410-7

In this book, Kent Roach and Craig Forcese show that our terror laws now make a false promise of security even as they present a radical challenge to rights and liberties. They trace how our laws repeat past mistakes of institutionalized illegality while failing to address problems that weaken the accountability of security agencies and impair Canada’s ability to defend against terrorism.

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The Dignity of Law

The Dignity of Law: The Legacy of Justice Louis LeBel

Malcolm Thorburn and Dwight Newman, editors

LexisNexis Canada, 2015
ISBN: 9780433487098

This volume of essays examines Justice LeBel's legacy both as a man and as a civilian judge operating in a bijural country. With contributions from some of Canada's most eminent legal scholars, this book provides valuable insight into the considerable impact Justice LeBel's judicial approach and decisions have had on the Canadian legal landscape.

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The Sovereignty of Human Rights

The Sovereignty of Human Rights

Patrick Macklem

Oxford University Press, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-19-026731-5

The Sovereignty of Human Rights advances a legal theory of international human rights that defines their nature and purpose in relation to the structure and operation of international law.

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After the Paris Attacks: Responses in Canada, Europe, and Around the Globe

Edward Iacobucci and Stephen J. Toope, editors

University of Toronto Press, 2015
ISBN: 9781442630000

The violent attacks on journalists at Charlie Hebdo and shoppers in a Jewish supermarket in Paris in January 2015 left seventeen dead and shocked the world. After the Paris Attacks brings together leading scholars and journalists to respond to this tragedy and to debate how we can reach a safer and saner future.

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Advanced Introduction To International Trade Law

Advanced Introduction To International Trade Law

Michael Trebilcock

Edward Elgar, 2015
ISBN: 978 1 78347 159 1

This book presents an accessible yet nuanced introduction to the basic structure and principles of international trade law. It explores the development of the international trade law regime, principally GATT and WTO law, and through clear and concise discussion of the many developments that have arisen, gives a streamlined overview of this notoriously complex area of legal study.

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Abraham Drassinower - What's Wrong with Copying?

What's Wrong with Copying?

Abraham Drassinower

Harvard University Press, 2015
ISBN: 9780674743977

Challenging this widely accepted view, What’s Wrong with Copying? disentangles copyright theory from its focus on the economic value of an authored work as a commodity or piece of property. In his analysis of copyright doctrine, Abraham Drassinower frames an author’s work as a communicative act and asserts that copyright infringement is best understood as an unauthorized appropriation of another person’s speech.

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The Politics of Citizenship in Immigrant Democracies: The Experience of the United States, Canada and Australia

The Politics of Citizenship in Immigrant Democracies: The Experience of the United States, Canada and Australia

Ayelet Shachar and Geoffrey Brahm Levey, editors

Routledge, 2015
ISBN:  9781138886247

This book brings together scholars from various disciplines to explore current issues and trends in the rethinking of migration and citizenship from the perspective of three major immigrant democracies – Australia, Canada, and the United States.

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Advanced Introduction To Law And Development

Advanced Introduction To Law And Development

Michael Trebilcock and Mariana Mota Prado

Edward Elgar, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-78347-338-0

This book offers a concise and accessible introduction to the main themes and debates in the field of law and development. It unpacks the role of legal systems and institutions, and investigates what kinds of law and legal arrangements are perceived (correctly or not) to encourage and facilitate development.

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The Oxford Handbook of Criminal Law

The Oxford Handbook of Criminal Law

Markus D Dubber and Tatjana Hörnle, editors

Oxford University Press, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-19-967359-9

The Oxford Handbook of Criminal Law reflects the continued transformation of criminal law into a global discipline, providing scholars with a comprehensive international resource, a common point of entry into cutting edge contemporary research and a snapshot of the state and scope of the field.

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Private Law and the Rule of Law

Private Law and the Rule of Law

Lisa Austin and Dennis Klimchuk, editors

Oxford University Press, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-19-872932-7

The rule of law is widely perceived to be a public law doctrine, concerned with the way in which governmental authority conforms to the dictates of law. The goal of this book is to challenge this presumption. The chapters in this volume all consider the idea that the rule of law concerns the nature of law generally and the conditions under which any relationship - that among citizens as well as that between citizens and the state - becomes subject to law.

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Comparative Matters: The Renaissance of Comparative Constitutional Law

Comparative Matters: The Renaissance of Comparative Constitutional Law

Ran Hirschl

Oxford University Press, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-19-871451-4

This book charts the intellectual history and analytical underpinnings of comparative constitutional inquiry, probing the various types, aims, and methodologies of engagement with the constitutive laws of others through the ages, and explores how and why comparative constitutional inquiry has been and ought to be pursued by academics and jurists worldwide.

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Foundational Texts in Modern Criminal Law

Foundational Texts in Modern Criminal Law

Edited by Markus D Dubber

Oxford University Press, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-19-967361-2

Foundational Texts in Modern Criminal Law presents essays in which scholars from various countries and legal systems engage critically with formative texts in criminal legal thought since Hobbes.

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Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective

Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective: Cases and Controversies

Edited by Rebecca J. Cook, Joanna N. Erdman, and Bernard M. Dickens

University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014
ISBN 978-0-8122-4627-8

This book offers a fresh look at significant transnational legal developments in recent years, examining key judicial decisions, constitutional texts, and regulatory reforms of abortion law in order to envision ways ahead.

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Natural Law A Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Trialogue

Natural Law: A Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Trialogue

Anver Emon

Oxford University Press, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-19-870660-1

This book is an examination of natural law doctrine, rooted in the classical writings of our respective three traditions: Jewish, Christian, and Islamic. Each of the authors provides an extensive essay reflecting on natural law doctrine in his tradition.

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Book: The Governance Gap

The Governance Gap: Extractive Industries, Human Rights, and the Home State Advantage

Audrey Macklin and Penelope Simons

Routledge, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-415-33470-9

This book explores the persistence of the governance gap with respect to the human rights-impacting conduct of transnational extractive corporations operating in zones of weak governance.

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Michael Trebilcock: Dealing with Losers

Dealing with Losers: The Political Economy of Policy Transitions

Michael Trebilcock

Oxford University Press, 2014
ISBN: 9780199370658

Whenever governments change policies, there will typically be losers. Dealing with Losers: The Political Economy of Policy Transitions explores both normative and political rationales for transition cost mitigation strategies and explains which strategies might create an aggregate, overall enhancement in societal welfare beyond mere compensation.

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Markus Dubber - Criminal Law: A Comparative Approach

Criminal Law: A Comparative Approach

Markus Dubber and Tatjana Hörnle

Oxford University Press, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-19-958960-9

Criminal Law: A Comparative Approach presents a systematic and comprehensive comparative analysis of the substantive criminal law of two major jurisdictions: the United States and Germany. Presupposing no familiarity with either U.S. or German criminal law, the book will provide criminal law scholars and students with a rich comparative understanding of criminal law's foundations and central doctrines.

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Philosophical Foundations of Discrimination Law

Philosophical Foundations of Discrimination Law

Edited by Sophia Moreau and Deborah Hellman

Oxford University Press, 2014
ISBN: 9780199664313

This volume takes a fresh look at the philosophy of discrimination law, identifying points of discussion in need of further study. It addresses how we are to understand and justify laws prohibiting discrimination.

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The Unity of the Common Law, 2nd edition

The Unity of the Common Law

Second edition

Alan Brudner

Oxford University Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780199592807

This thoroughly revised and rewritten edition of Alan Brudner's classic contribution to the theory of private law develops an account of private law that overturns the traditional divide between functionalism and formalism in explaining and justifying the law. 

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Resisting Economic Globalization

Resisting Economic Globalization: Critical Theory and International Investment Law

David Schneiderman

Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-137-00405-5

Is economic globalization irresistible? One of its main effects has been to shield financiers and investors from democratic processes deemed out-of-sync with powerful economic interests. This book is an inquiry into the ways by which citizens and states may be able to undo some of these constraints imposed by transnational legality.

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Anver Emon, "Religious Pluralism and Islamic Law"

Religious Pluralism and Islamic Law

Anver Emon

Oxford University Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-19-966163-3

This book addresses the problem of the concept of 'tolerance' for understanding the significance of the dhimmi rules that governed and regulated non-Muslim permanent residents in Islamic lands. In doing so, it suggests that the Islamic legal treatment of non-Muslims is symptomatic of the more general challenge of governing a diverse polity.

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Middle Income Access to Justice

Middle Income Access to Justice

Edited by Michael Trebilcock, Anthony Duggan, and Lorne Sossin

University of Toronto Press,  2012
ISBN 9781442612686

This book focuses on the problem of civil access to justice for middle income earners – those whose household income is high enough to disqualify them from legal aid but not high enough to cover the costs of litigation. Featuring contributions by leading Canadian and international scholars, practitioners, and members of the judiciary, this multidisciplinary collection draws on scholarship in the fields of law, social science, and public policy.

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Fundamental Justice: Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Fundamental Justice: Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Hamish Stewart

Irwin Law, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-55221-225-7

This book outlines the place of section 7 in the constitutional order; how courts decide whether a particular legal principle is so fundamental that it merits recognition under section 7; the conditions under which section 7 will apply to a legal dispute; the legal norms that have been recognized, or rejected, as principles of fundamental justice under section 7; and the very limited circumstances in which an infringement of section 7 will be justified under section 1.

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Corrective Justice

Corrective Justice

Ernest J. Weinrib

Oxford University Press, 2012
ISBN: 9780199660643

This work from one of the world's pre-eminent legal philosophers presents a major development of his central ideas. It develops a unifying account of the foundations of private law grounded in the major doctrines of tort, contract, property, unjust enrichment, and remedies - deepening the understanding of the law.

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Law Books in Action: Essays on the Anglo-American Legal Treatise

Law Books in Action: Essays on the Anglo-American Legal Treatise

Edited by Angela Fernandez and Markus Dubber

Hart Publishing, 2012
ISBN: 9781849461412

Law Books in Action: Essays on the Anglo-American Legal Treatise explores the history of the legal treatise in the common law world. Rather than looking at treatises as shortcuts from 'law in books' to 'law in action', the essays in this collection ask what treatises can tell us about what troubled legal professionals at a given time, what motivated them to write what they did, and what they hoped to achieve.

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Law's Relations: A Relational Theory of Self, Autonomy, and Law

Law's Relations:
A Relational Theory of Self, Autonomy, and Law

Jennifer Nedelsky

Oxford University Press, 2011
ISBN: 0195147960

Autonomy is one of the core concepts of legal and political thought, yet also one of the least understood. The prevailing theory of liberal individualism characterizes autonomy as independence, yet from a social perspective, this conception is glaringly inadequate. In this brilliantly innovative work, Jennifer Nedelsky claims that we must rethink our notion of autonomy, rejecting the usual vocabulary of control, boundaries, and individual rights.

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What Makes Poor Countries Poor? Institutional Determinants of Development

What Makes Poor Countries Poor? Institutional Determinants of Development

Michael J. Trebilcock and Mariana Mota Prado

Edward Elgar, 2011
ISBN: 9780857938862

This book focuses on the idea that institutions matter for development, asking what lessons we have learned from past reform efforts, and what role lawyers can play in this field.

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Kent Roach - The 9/11 Effect

The 9/11 Effect: Comparative Counter-Terrorism

Kent Roach

Cambridge University Press, 2011
ISBN: 9780521185059

This book critically and comparatively examines the responses of the United Nations and a range of countries to the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. It assesses the convergence between the responses of western democracies including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada with countries with more experience with terrorism including Egypt, Syria, Israel, Singapore, and Indonesia.

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Prof. Jutta Brunnee, "Legitimacy and Legality in International Law"

Legitimacy and Legality in International Law

Jutta Brunnée and Stephen J. Toope, UBC, Vancouver

Cambridge University Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780521706834

It has never been more important to understand how international law enables and constrains international politics. By drawing together the legal theory of Lon Fuller and the insights of constructivist international relations scholars, this book articulates a pragmatic view of how international obligation is created and maintained.

Winner, 2011 Certificate of Merit for a Preeminent Contribution to Creative Scholarship, American Society of International Law

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Constitutional Theocracy

Constitutional Theocracy

Ran Hirschl

Harvard University Press, 2010
ISBN 9780674048195

At the intersection of two sweeping global trends - the rise of popular support for principles of theocratic governance, and the spread of constitutionalism and judicial review - a new legal order has emerged: constitutional theocracy. It enshrines religion and its interlocutors as "a" or "the" source of legislation, and at the same time adheres to core ideals and practices of modern constitutionalism. Read more.

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Prof. Anver Emon: Islamic Natural Law Theories

Islamic Natural Law Theories

Anver M. Emon

Oxford University Press, 2010
ISBN 978-0-19-957900-6

Prof. Anver Emon's book offers the first sustained jurisprudential inquiry into Islamic natural law theory. By recasting the Islamic legal tradition in terms of legal philosophy, the book sheds substantial light on an uncharted tradition of natural law theory and offers critical insights into contemporary global debates about Islamic law and reform. Read more.

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Gender Stereotyping: Transnational Legal Perspectives

Gender Stereotyping: Transnational Legal Perspectives

Rebecca J. Cook and Simone Cusack

University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009
ISBN 978-0-8122-4214-0

Drawing on domestic and international law, as well as on judgments given by courts and human rights treaty bodies, Gender Stereotyping offers perspectives on ways gender stereotypes might be eliminated through the transnational legal process in order to ensure women's equality and the full exercise of their human rights.

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Punishment and Freedom

Punishment and Freedom

Alan Brudner

Oxford University Press, 2009
ISBN 978-0-19-920725-1

Punishment and Freedom sets out a new understanding of the penal law of a liberal legal order. It argues that the penal law is best understood by a political and constitutional theory about when it is permissible for the state to restrain and confine a free agent. Offering a major reassessment of the nature and role of the harm principle in criminal law, this book will be of interest to liberal political philosophers as well as criminal law theorists

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Ayelet Shachar: The Birthright Lottery

The Birthright Lottery: Citizenship and Global Inequality

Ayelet Shachar

Harvard University Press, 2009
ISBN 9780674032712

The vast majority of the global population acquires citizenship purely by accidental circumstances of birth. In The Birthright Lottery, Ayelet Shachar argues that birthright citizenship in an affluent society can be thought of as a form of property inheritance: that is, a valuable entitlement transmitted by law to a restricted group of recipients under conditions that perpetuate the transfer of this prerogative to their heirs. Read more.

See the profile in Nexus magazine.

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Parliamentary Democracy in Crisis

Parliamentary Democracy in Crisis

Edited by Peter H. Russell and Lorne Sossin
Foreword by The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson

University of Toronto Press, 2009
ISBN 9781442640764

Democracy in Crisis brings together journalists, political scientists, and leading constitutional experts to analyse Canada's parliamentary crisis of November 2008 and to discuss the nature of Canada's democracy.

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Watch the panel discussion at the book launch held on April 21, 2009 by the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights.