Human Rights and Religion: The Islamic Headscarf Debate in Europe

By Dominic McGoldrick
Oxford and Portland, OR: Hart Publishing, 2006
KJC5144.M56M38 2006


From the Publisher
The debate on multiculturalism and human rights in Europe was reignited in 2004 by the Islamic headscarf ban in France. The place of religion in schools in general, and wearing of religious dress in State schools in particular, has become an issue across Europe. Supporters of the right to wear the Islamic headscarf argue that the ban and similar prohibitions infringe a number of human rights. This book examines the issues by considering questions of language, meaning and symbolism. Detailed consideration is given to the headscarf debate in France. Comparative practice in a number of European states—Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Turkey—is examined. The book also outlines the role and function of an international human rights law approach to the Islamic headscarf. It concludes with some wider reflections on the broader political and cultural struggles that lie behind the Islamic headscarf debate.

About the Author
Dominic McGoldrick is Professor of Public International Law and Director of the International and European Law Unit, Liverpool Law School, University of Liverpool.

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No Seat at the Table: How Corporate Governance and Law Keep Women Out of the Boardroom

By Douglas M. Branson
New York, NY: New York University Press, 2007
HD6054.4U6B73 2007

From the Publisher
Women are completing MBA and law degrees in record high numbers, but their struggle to attain director positions in corporate America continues. Mining corporate governance models applied at Fortune 500 companies, hundreds of Title VII discrimination cases, and proxy statements, Douglas M. Branson suggests that women have been ill-advised by experts, who tend to teach females how to act like their male, executive counterparts. Instead, women who aspire to the boardroom should focus on the decision-making processes nominating committees—usually dominated by white men—employ when voting on membership.

Filled with real-life cases, No Seat at the Table opens the closed doors of the boardroom and reveals the dynamics of the corporate governance process and the double standards that often characterize it. Based on empirical evidence, Branson concludes that women have to follow different paths than men in order to gain CEO status, and as such, encourages women to make flexible, conscious, and often frequent shifts in their professional behaviors and work ethics as they climb the corporate ladder.

About the Author
Douglas M. Branson is W. Edward Sell Chair in Business Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a former Professor of Law at Seattle University Law School. His publications include Questions and Answers: Business Associations, Understanding Corporate Law, and Corporate Governance.

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The American Judicial Tradition: Profiles of Leading American Judges

By G. Edward White
London, New York: Oxford University Press, 2007
KF8744.W5 2007

From the Publisher
In this revised third edition of a classic in American jurisprudence, G. Edward White updates his series of portraits of the most famous appellate judges in American history from John Marshall to Oliver W. Holmes to Warren E. Burger, with a new chapter on the Rehnquist Court. White traces the development of the American judicial tradition through biographical sketches of the careers and contributions of these renowned judges. In this updated edition, he argues that the Rehnquist Court's approach to constitutional interpretation may have ushered in a new stage in the American judicial tradition. The update also includes a new preface and revised bibliographic note.

About the Author
G. Edward White is University Professor and David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia. He is author of several works of biography and law that include the award-winning Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., and most recently, Alger Hiss's Looking Glass Wars.


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