They Hear You When You Cry
Fauziya A. Kassindja and Layli Miller Bashir
New York: Delta Books, 1999
In 1994, Fauziya Kassindja, an extraordinary teenager from
a wealthy, prominent family in Kpalime, Africa, fled from
her home to escape tribal ritual female genital mutilation.
She sought political asylum in the United States, but was
instead incarcerated for 16 months in various Immigration
and Naturalization Service detention facilities. Housed in
maximum security, Kassindja was denied legal representation,
medical care, and religious freedom. The story of her persecution
and detention reveals the harsh side of U.S. immigration policy
and provides powerful testimony in favor of reform. Her book
records a recent but historic civil and human rights battle
with repercussions that continue to be felt throughout the
Fauziya Kassindja was born in 1977 in Kpalimé,
Togo, Africa, and now resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
Layli Miller Bashir, a graduate of American University Washington
College of Law, is now an attorney practicing in Washington,
D.C. She is also the founder of the Tahirih Justice Center,
which assists women facing international human rights abuses.
She lives in Virginia with her husband.
Edward W. Said
New York: Vintage Books, c1994. 25th Anniversary Edition.
Twenty-five years after its first publication, Edward Said’s
groundbreaking critique of the West’s historical, cultural,
and political perceptions of the East has become a modern
classic. In this wide-ranging, intellectually vigorous study,
Said traces the origins of “orientalism” to the
centuries-long period during which Europe dominated the Middle
and Near East and, from its position of power, defined “the
orient” simply as “other than” the occident.
This entrenched view continues to dominate western ideas and,
because it does not allow the East to represent itself, prevents
true understanding. Essential and still eye-opening, Orientalism
remains one of the most important books written about our
Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem, raised in Jerusalem
and Cairo, and educated in the United States, where he attended
Princeton (B.A. 1957) and Harvard (M.A. 1960; Ph.D. 1964).
In 1963, he began teaching at Columbia University, where he
was University Professor of English and Comparative Literature.
He is the author of twenty-two books which have been translated
into 35 languages, including Beginnings: Intention and
Method (1975); Orientalism (1978); The Question
of Palestine (1979); Covering Islam (1980);
The World, the Text, and the Critic (1983); After
the Last Sky (1986); Musical Elaborations (1991);
Culture and Imperialism (1993); Representations
of the Intellectual: The Reith Lectures (1994); Peace
and Its Discontents: Essays on Palestine and the Middle East
Peace Process (1996); Entre Guerre et Paix (1997);
and Out of Place: A Memoir (1999). Besides his academic
work, he wrote a twice-monthly column for Al-Hayat and
Al-Ahram; was a regular contributor to newspapers in
Europe, Asia, and the Middle East; and was the music critic
for The Nation.
Assisted Suicide: Nine Issues to Consider
John B. Mitchell
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2008
The question of assisted suicide retains a powerful grip on
our minds and our imaginations as one of the most emotionally
charged and controversial topics of our time. It is the border
beyond which most of us fear to tread. Even so, the issue isn't
going away soon: as the baby boomer generation ages, many of
us will watch ourselves and our parents grow older, and wonder
at the decisions that lie ahead.
Understanding Assisted Suicide provides both a fresh
take on this important topic and the context for intelligent
participation in the discussion. Uniquely, John Mitchell frames
the issue using his own experience of watching both his parents
die, which led him to ask fundamental questions about death,
dying, religion, and the role of medicine and technology in
alleviating human suffering.
Understanding Assisted Suicide offers a clear, navigable
landscape over which those who seek their own answers can travel.
The "nine-issue structure" allows both careful exploration
of separate issues and a view of the full spectrum of ideas
John B. Mitchell is Professor of Law at Seattle University
School of Law. He is the coauthor of Pretrial Advocacy:
Planning, Analysis, and Strategy and Trial Advocacy: Planning,
Analysis, and Strategy.
Buying Social Justice: Equality, Government Procurement,
and Legal Change
Christopher McCrudden Oxford, New York : Oxford University Press,
From the Publisher
Governments spend huge amounts of money buying goods and services
from the private sector. How far should their spending power be
affected by social policy? Arguments against the practice are
often made by economists - on the grounds of inefficiency - and
lawyers - on the grounds of free competition and international
economic law. Buying Social Justice analyzes how governments
in developed and developing countries use their contracting power
in order to advance social equality and reduce discrimination,
and argues that this approach is an entirely legitimate and efficient
means of achieving social justice. The book looks at the different
experiences of a range of countries, including the USA, the UK,
and South Africa. The role of EC and WTO law in mediating the
tensions between the economic function of procurement and the
social uses of procurement is discussed, and the outcomes of controversies
concerning the legitimacy of the integration of social values
into procurement are analyzed.
Christopher McCrudden received his legal education in Belfast
(LL.B.), Yale University (LL.M.), and Oxford (D.Phil.). He has
been a fellow of Lincoln College since 1980. He is currently also
a Professor in Human Rights Law in the University and a (non-practicing)
barrister (Gray's Inn ).
The New Corporate Accountability: Corporate Social Responsibility
and the Law
Edited by Doreen
McBarnet, Aurora Voiculescu, Tom Campbell Cambridge [ Eng.
], New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007 HD60.N49
From the Publisher
The adoption by companies of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
policies is routinely characterized as voluntary. But if CSR is
self-governance by business, it is self-governance that has received
a firm push from external social and market forces, from forces
of social accountability. Law is also playing a more significant
role than the image of CSR suggests, and this legal accountability
- the focus of the book - is set to increase. Legal intervention
should not, however, be seen as making social accountability redundant.
Wider ethical standards and social and market forces are also
necessary to make legal regulation effective. Law is being brought
into play in innovative and indirect ways. The initiative lies
as much with private organizations as with the state. At the same
time governments are using social and market forces to foster
CSR. In the context of corporate social responsibility, a new,
multi-faceted, corporate accountability is emerging.
The New Corporate Accountability is unique in making
the relationship between law and CSR its chief focus. The book
will serve to improve the quality of dialogue between business,
politicians, civil society and academics on CSR by getting away
from simplistic arguments for and against making CSR a voluntary
Doreen McBarnet is Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University.
Her main research interests are in the area of business finance
and the law, corporate regulation and corporate responsibility,
and the role of law and lawyers, and she is currently engaged
on ESRC funded research on 'Regulation, responsibility and the
rule of the law'. She is a graduate of Glasgow University, where
she studied for her MA and Ph.D, and is a fellow of Wolfson College
Dr. Aurora Voiculescu has received her PhD in Law in June 1999
from London School of Economics and was a British Academy Post-doctoral
Fellow in Law at Lincoln College, Oxford University, from 1999
until April 2003 when she joined the OU Law Programme. She is
an associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies,
Oxford University since 2000.
Professor Tom Campbell, is the Professorial Fellow at the Centre
for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University
(CSU), Bathurst, New South Wales
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