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  • 22 Sep 2023
    Brian H. Bix

    Agreements in Our Family Lives

                Many of our interactions with other people are structured by formal or informal agreements:  we agree to work for a company for a set wage, we pay other people to fix our car or to dry-clean our clothes, we agree to meet a friend for lunch, and spouses and neighbors may take turns picking […]

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  • 7 Sep 2023
    Limor Yehuda

    Enhancing International Human Rights Law’s Role in Promoting Peace

    Human rights law particularly the right to equality and non-discrimination, seem to come in tension with the use of democratic power-sharing, a pivotal tool for achieving peace in regions plagued by ethnonational conflicts. However this prevailing interpretation of human rights law is unhelpful and unnecessary, and a more comprehensive approach is needed to support the […]

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  • 1 Sep 2023
    Catherine Gascoigne

    The Cement of the Universe

    David Hume famously called causation ‘the cement of the universe’. Indeed, causation is central to many disciplines, not least, the law. Like all legal disciplines, the Law of the World Trade Organization (WTO) requires that a determination of causation be made at several points. The book, Causation in the Law of the World Trade Organization: An […]

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  • 30 Aug 2023
    Julia Duffy

    Mental Capacity, Dignity and the Power of International Human Rights

    This book investigates the complex relationships in law and philosophy between mental capacity, personhood and human rights. The case of people with cognitive disability has been of particular interest to human rights theorists and practitioners, because dominant liberal philosophical and legal traditions ground personhood in recognition of autonomy and the ability to reason. For this […]

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  • 24 Aug 2023
    Jacob Eisler

    Balancing Justice and Autonomy in Democratic Design

    As democracy across the globe faces new stresses and dramatic challenges, the power of the judiciary to reshape electoral procedure is increasingly important. Yet underlying any judicial intervention – for good or for ill – in how people rule themselves is a threshold question: why does the judiciary have authority over the essence of democracy […]

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  • 10 Aug 2023
    Christoph Müller

    Swiss Law as One of the Most Popular Laws Governing International Commercial Contracts

    Despite the existence of soft law instruments specifically created for international commercial contracts, most notably the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts 2016, national laws continue to dominate cross-border transactions. In this regard, international commercial contracts are frequently governed by Swiss law, which is considered to be the most appealing law after English law. In […]

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  • 14 Jul 2023
    Matthew Titolo

    Privatization and Its Discontents

    Infrastructure and privatization are enduring topics in modern political discourse. Privatization and Its Discontents: Infrastructure, Law, and American History places these contemporary hot topics in perspective, identifying today’s debates as deeper problems within liberal statecraft that are of long historical vintage. In the American context, infrastructure has been created through models of public-private governance, and […]

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  • 3 Jul 2023
    Clare Frances Moran

    ‘Formal and Circumscribed in Time and Space’?The Authority of International Criminal Law

    In April 2018, while undertaking a brutal ‘war on drugs,’ former President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines rejected the idea that he or his officials could be held to account by the International Criminal Court. He railed, in comments aimed at the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, ‘Where is your authority now? If we […]

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