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March 2001

 

Religion and International Law, edited by Mark W. Janis & Carolyn Evans. The Hague; Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. BL65.L33 R45 1999

From the publisher: This new book builds on the eleven essays edited by Mark Janis in 1991 in The Influence of Religion and the Development of International Law, more than doubling its authors and essays and covering more religious traditions. Now included are studies of the interface between international law and ancient religions, Confucianism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as essays addressing the impact of religious thought on the literature and sources of international law, international courts, and human rights law.

Read a review at 94 Am. J. Int'l L. 800 (available on Westlaw and Lexis, passwords required)

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The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Age. Committee on Intellectual Property Rights in the Emerging Information Infrastructure, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council. Washington, DC: National Academy Press. KF2979.N37 2000

Includes:

  • The Emergence of the Digital Dilemma
  • Music: Intellectual Property's Canary in the Digital Coal Mine
  • Public Access to the Intellectual, Cultural, and Social Record
  • Individual Behavior, Private Use and Fair Use, and the System for Copyright
  • Protecting Digital Intellectual Property: Means and Measurements
  • Conclusions and Recommendations
  • Bibliography
  • Networks: How the Internet Works
  • Information Economics: A Primer
  • Technologies for Intellectual Property Protection
  • Copyright Education
  • The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 and Circumvention of Technological Protection Measures

Consult the expandable table of contents or an HTML version of the book

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An Affair of State: The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton. Richard A. Posner. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. KF5076.C57 P67 1999.

From the publisher: President Bill Clinton's year of crisis, which began when his affair with Monica Lewinsky hit the front pages in January 1998, engendered a host of important questions of criminal and constitutional law, public and private morality, and political and cultural conflict.

In a book written while the events of the year were unfolding, Richard Posner presents a balanced and scholarly understanding of the crisis that also has the freshness and immediacy of journalism. Posner clarifies the issues and eliminates misunderstandings concerning facts and the law that were relevant to the investigation by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and to the impeachment proceeding itself. He explains the legal definitions of obstruction of justice and perjury, which even many lawyers are unfamiliar with. He carefully assesses the conduct of Starr and his prosecutors, including their contacts with the lawyers for Paula Jones and their hardball tactics with Monica Lewinsky and her mother. He compares and contrasts the Clinton affair with Watergate, Iran-Contra, and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, exploring the subtle relationship between public and private morality. And he examines the place of impeachment in the American constitutional scheme, the pros and cons of impeaching President Clinton, and the major procedural issues raised by both the impeachment in the House and the trial in the Senate. This book, reflecting the breadth of Posner's experience and expertise, will be the essential foundation for anyone who wants to understand President Clinton's impeachment ordeal.

Richard A. Posner is Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School.

Read a review in The New York Times (Lexis password required)

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Restoring and Maintaining Order in Complex Peace Operations: The Search for a Legal Framework. Michael J. Kelly. The Hague; Boston: Kluwer Law International. KZ6374.K45 1999

From the publisher: This volume contains a detailed study of the applicable international law relevant to peace operations in the context of collapsed states, in the establishment of safe havens or in a general enforcement role.

It discusses the interaction and the often complex legal relationships between non-government humanitarian actors, relevant UN agencies, the warring parties and international peace forces under international law and practice.

In particular, the book deals with issues concerning the implications of contemporary peace operations for military forces in terms of force structure, operating procedures and training. The book focuses on the often overlooked but critical issues of the interim administration of law and order in complex operations and on the reconstruction of a local capability in this regard. Many contemporary operational challenges are analysed, including the Balkans and the Middle East. In particular, the book includes a detailed case study of Somalia based on the author's personal knowledge, experience and access to information on the ground in his capacity as military legal adviser to the Australian Defence Force Contingent in Somalia.

Contents:

  • Part I: The Problem.
    • 1. The US led UNITAF Intervention – Into the Breach.
    • 2. The Australian Experience in Somalia.
    • 3. UNOSOM II – The Mission Derailed.
    • 4. The Legal Framework Alternatives for Dealing with Collapsed State Emergencies.
  • Part II: A Solution.
    • 5. The Historical Development of the Laws of Occupation.
    • 6. The Current State of the Laws of Occupation and Their Application to Peace Operations.
    • 7. Obligation Meets Utility – The Provisions of the Laws of Occupation.
  • Part III: Conclusion.
    • 8. The Challenge of Intervention and the Laws of Occupation.
    • 9. The Practical Implications for Military Forces – Meeting the Challenge. Annexes.

Lt. Col. Michael J. Kelly AM currently serves in the Directorate of Operations and International Law of the Defence Legal Office of the Department of Defence of Australia.

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The Second Constitutional Convention: How the American People Can Take Back Their Government. Richard Labunski. Versailles, Ky.: Marley and Beck Press.
KF4555.L33 2000

From the jacket: People are fed up with politics in this country and with good reason. Under our Constitution, we are supposed to be able to throw out elected officials who care more about contributors and lobbyists than the citizens they represent. Yet incumbents are able to raise so much campaign money it is almost impossible to defeat them.

The American people appear to have nowhere to turn. The politicians who benefit from the system have the power to change it, but they will not do anything that makes elections more competitive and fair. Not surprisingly, people have become deeply cynical about politics and government. Many can't name their elected officials, don't understand the issues, and don't vote.

But the Constitution provides its own solution. A little-known section - no more than a few words in Article V - authorizes the calling of a constitutional convention. Americans must hold such a convention, the first since 1787, to change the Constitution.

In this compelling and thoroughly researched book, Professor Richard Labunski convincingly argues that a second convention is necessary and explains how to use the Internet to organize it.

Never before have so many people been able to communicate with so many others so quickly. By using Web sites, e-mail, chat rooms and newsgroups, citizens will be able to find others around the country who want to participate in this effort.

Among the most controversial sections of the book are the 10 amendments Labunski offers for a convention to consider. His proposals include a campaign finance reform amendment to reduce the influence of money on politics; an amendment to protect the rights of victims of crime; an equal rights amendment; congressional term limits; and direct election of the president. Labunski also explains why a convention should repeal the Second Amendment, which many people believe gives them the constitutional right to own guns.

Some will say the idea of a second convention is naïve and dangerous. Even those who support reform may worry about what a convention might do. But Labunski answers those concerns by arguing that the Constitution belongs to the American people, and they are entitled to use the process that the Constitution provides to reclaim their government.

Richard Labunski is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications at the University of Kentucky where he teaches media law, the First Amendment and new technology, and broadcast journalism. He has a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His J.D. is from Seattle University School of Law.

Read a review in Booklist (Westlaw password required)

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