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Thursday, 15 September 2022

A selection of law ebook titles purchased in August, in association with the ebooks@cambridge team. These are all available through iDiscover, and include:

All for Civil Rights: African American Lawyers in South Carolina, 1868-1968by W. Lewis Burke (The University of Georgia Press, 2017)

Beginning in Reconstruction and continuing to the modern civil rights era, 168 black lawyers were admitted to the South Carolina bar. All for Civil Rights is the first book-length study devoted to those lawyers' struggles and achievements in the state that had the largest black population in the country, by percentage, until 1930-and that was a majority black state through 1920. Examining court processes, trials, and life stories of the lawyers, Burke offers a comprehensive analysis of black lawyers' engagement with the legal system. Some of that study is set in the courts and legislative halls, for the South Carolina bar once had the highest percentage of black lawyers of any southern state, and South Carolina was one of only two states to ever have a black majority legislature. However, Burke also tells who these lawyers were (some were former slaves, while others had backgrounds in the church, the military, or journalism); where they came from (nonnatives came from as close as Georgia and as far away as Barbados); and how they were educated, largely through apprenticeship.

Allegiance, Citizenship and the Law: the Enigma of Belonging, by Helen Iriving (Edward Elgar, 2022)

Weaving together theoretical, historical, and legal approaches, this book offers a fresh perspective on the concept of allegiance and its revival in recent times, identifying and contextualising its evolving association with theories of citizenship. The book explores how allegiance was historically owed in return for the sovereign’s protection but has been redeployed by modern governments to justify the withdrawal of protection. It examines allegiance from multiple perspectives, including laws for the revocation of citizenship, new ideas of citizenship education, the doctrine of treason, oaths of allegiance, naturalisation tests, and theories of belonging. This thought-provoking book ultimately finds allegiance to be a feudal concept that is inappropriate in the liberal democratic state, and is misplaced, even dangerous, in its association with modern citizenship. Rejecting allegiance, but reaching a constructive resolution, it explores modern alternatives to describe the bond between citizens, advancing a new perspective on the ‘enigma’ of belonging.

Cases and Materials on International Law (9th edition), by David Harris and Sandesh Sivakumaran (Sweet & Maxwell, 2020)

Students of Public International Law require access to an overwhelming variety of materials which are not always easy to obtain. Cases and Materials on International Law draws together in one volume an exhaustive selection of cases, materials and background information on the subject, which is supplemented by authoritative commentary and expert analysis. 

Comparative Criminology in Asia, edited by Jianhong Liu, Max Travers and Lennon Y.C. Chang (Springer International Publishing, 2017)

Comparative Criminology in Asia explores the issue of comparison, drawing on theories from Western and Asian perspectives. It compares and contrasts theoretical traditions in quantitative and qualitative research and provides research data and cases from a wide range of Asian countries, not often published in English.

Competition Law in China: a Law and Economics Perspective, by Jingyuan Ma (Springer, 2020)

Competition Law in China examines competition law and policy in China by adopting a law and economics perspective. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to and detailed analysis of competition law cases in China involving monopolistic agreements, abuse of dominant position, and concentration. This book also discusses how China’s competition law and policy are distinct from competition regulations in the US and EU, when economic analysis and economic theory are taken as the benchmark for comparison.

Corporate Governance: Law, Regulation and Theory, by Marc Moore and Martin Petrin (Hart Publishing, 2017)

This textbook on corporate governance is written for advanced undergraduate and graduate law students, as well as scholars working in the field. It offers clear insight into this fascinating area of financial law, from the analysis of the legal and regulatory framework of corporate governance in the UK to the core laws and regulatory principles that determine the allocation of decision-making power in UK public companies. This book also highlights how prevailing corporate governance norms operate within their broader market and societal context. In doing so, it seeks to encourage readers to develop their own critical opinions on the topic by reference to leading strands of theoretical and inter-disciplinary literature, along with relevant comparative and historical insights.

Protection of Foreign Investments in an Intra-EU Context: Not One BIT?, by Dominik Moskvan (Edward Elgar, 2022)

The Achmea judgment revolutionised intra-EU investment protection by declaring intra-EU bilateral investment treaties (intra-EU BITs) incompatible with EU law. This incisive book investigates whether intra-EU foreign investments benefit from this alteration, which discontinued the parallel applicability of intra-EU BITs and EU law in the EU internal market. In addition to comparative legal analysis from an investor perspective, Dominik Moskvan puts forward a proposal for a creation of a permanent intra-EU foreign investment court to ensure a balanced economic development of the EU internal market.

The Sources of WTO Law and their Interpretation: Is the New OK, OK?, by Petros Mavroidis (Edward Elgar, 2022)

In this incisive book, Petros C. Mavroidis examines the complex practice of interpreting the various sources of World Trade Organization (WTO) law. Written by a leading expert in WTO scholarship, the book serves as a broad grounding in the legal theory of the WTO contract and its sources, as well as its application in practice.

The Crusade for Equality in the Workplace: the Griggs v. Duke Power Story, by Robert Belton; edited by Stephen L. Wasby (University Press of Kansas, 2014)

On March 8, 1971, the Supreme Court of the United States decided a case, Griggs v. Duke Power Co., brought by thirteen African American employees who worked as common laborers and janitors at one of Duke Powers facilities. The decision, in plaintiffs favor, marked a profound and enduring challenge to the dominance of white males in the workplace. In this book, Robert Belton, who represented the plaintiffs for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and argued the case in the lower courts, gives a firsthand account of legal history in the making—and a behind-the-scenes look at the highly complex process of putting civil rights law to work.

All of these ebooks are available to current University of Cambridge staff and students with a Raven password. A full list of ebook platforms can be viewed via the ebooks@cambridge LibGuide.