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Wednesday, 16 November 2022

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

Asian Yearbook of International Economic Law 2022, edited by Manjiao Chi, Marc Bungenberg and Andrea K. Bjorklund (Springer, 2022)

The Asian Yearbook of International Economic Law (AYIEL) is dedicated to the rapidly developing legal field of International Economic Law (IEL) with a focus on Asia and the Pacific region. This region has been and still is one of the engines of world economy, and hosts a large number of economies of varying developmental levels, economic policies and legal jurisdictions. The AYIEL aims to publish top quality research outcomes in all areas of IEL, such as trade/WTO law, investment law, financial law, tax law, competition law, intellectual property law, dispute settlement, economic regulation and cooperation, regional economic integration, as well as other legal development of the Asian countries.

China's State-Directed Economy and the International Order,  by Luyao Che (Springer, 2019)

China's State-Directed Economy and the International Order explores the legal underpinnings of the ‘state-directed’ economic model. It synthesises various legal instruments of international economic law that concern the involvement of the state in the market and explores the feasibility of implementing them to regulate contemporary state-led economies. This title provides readers with numerous recently updated sources, including legal instruments, governmental orders, as well as academic commentaries, translated directly from Chinese by the author, which supplement the existing Western literature.

Grundsatz und Norm in der richterlichen Fortbildung des Privatrechts (4th edition), by Josef Esser (Mohr Siebeck, 2022)

"Principles of law", "general legal principles", "guiding ideas" and so-called "general legal ideas" are among those words with which teaching and practice constantly argue, without accounting for their diverse meaning or attempting to clarify their origin and function. In the absence of such control, such elementary terms are usually used for a wide variety of tasks, are therefore judged in a contradictory way. Josef Esser discusses this using a range of examples.

International Humanitarian Law and Justice: Historical and Sociological Perspectives, edited by Mats Deland, Mark Klamberg, and Pål Wrange (Routledge, 2018)

In the last decade, there has been a turn to history in international humanitarian law and its accompanying fields. To examine this historization and to expand the current scope of scholarship, this book brings together scholars from various fields, including law, history, sociology, and international relations. Human rights law, international criminal law, and the law on the use of force are all explored across the text’s four main themes: historiographies of selected fields of international law; evolution of specific international humanitarian law rules in the context of legal gaps and fault lines; emotions as a factor in international law; and how actors can influence history. This work will enhance and broaden readers’ knowledge of the field and serve as an excellent starting point for further research.

International Law in Europe, 700-1200, by Jenny Benham (Manchester University Press, 2022)

Was there international law in the Middle Ages? Using treaties as its main source, this book examines the extent to which such a system of rules was known and followed in the period 700 to 1200. It considers how consistently international legal rules were obeyed, whether there was a reliance on justification of action and whether the system had the capacity to resolve disputed questions of fact and law. The book further sheds light on issues such as compliance, enforcement, deterrence, authority and jurisdiction, challenging traditional ideas over their role and function in the history of international law.

Victim Advocacy before the International Criminal Court, edited by Elizabeth King, Rianne Letschert, Sam Garkawe and Erin Pobjie (Springer, 2022)

This book is a practical guide for advocates interested in the representation of victims before the International Criminal Court (ICC). It has been developed by experts responsible for the advocacy training of the International Criminal Court's List of Counsel members. Written in a readily accessible style, this guide provides a firm grounding in relevant legal doctrine, essential advocacy techniques and valuable multidisciplinary perspectives. Drawing upon global expertise from legal practitioners, specialist advocacy trainers and multi-disciplinary writers, this book addresses both practical considerations and key challenges faced by ICC victim advocates. These include issues such as gender, child victims, victims of sexual violence, special need victims and victims who are themselves implicated in international crimes. Through its practical focus on advocacy techniques, hypothetical case studies, checklists, interviews from the field and lists of further resources, this manual equips readers with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in sophisticated ICC victim advocacy. 

When Professionals Have to Lead: a New Model for High Performance, by Thomas J. DeLong, John J. Gabarro and Robert J. Lees (Harvard Business School Press, 2007)

For too long, professional services firms (PSFs) have relied on the "producer-manager" model, which works well in uncomplicated business environments. However, today's managing directors must balance conflicting roles, more demanding clients, tougher competitors, and associates with higher expectations of partners at all levels. "Leadership in Professional Services Firms" presents an overarching framework better suited to such complexity. It identifies the four critical activities for effective PSF leadership: setting strategic direction, securing commitment to this direction, facilitating execution, and setting a personal example. Through examples from consulting practices, accounting firms, investment banks, and other professional service organizations, industry veterans DeLong, Gabarro, and Lees show how this model works to: align your firm's culture and key organizational components; satisfy your clients' needs without sacrificing essential managerial responsibilities; and address matters of size, scale, and complexity while maintaining the qualities that make professional services firms unique.

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.