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Friday, 17 November 2023

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

Anti-Racist Ally: An Introduction to Action and Activism, by Sophie Williams (Amistad, an imprint of Harper Collins, 2020)

This pocket-sized guide is filled with practical insights from one of the leading voices of the movement for equality and founder of the @officialmillennialblack Instagram. While the book's focus is on race, it also touches on sexism, classism, ableism, oppression, and white supremacy. Written in her iconic Instagram style, this pocket-sized guide is a crucial starting point for every anti-racist ally covering complex topics at the heart of anti-racist principles. Whether you are just finding your voice, have made a start but aren't sure what to do next, or want a fresh viewpoint, Anti-Racist Ally introduces and explains the language of change and shows you how to challenge the system, beginning with yourself.

Crimes of Mobility: Criminal Law and the Regulation of Immigration, Ana Aliverti (Routledge, 2013)

This book examines the role of criminal law in the enforcement of immigration controls over the last two decades in Britain. The criminalization of immigration status has historically served functions of exclusion and control against those who defy the state’s powers over its territory and population. In the last two decades, the powers to exclude and punish have been enhanced by the expansion of the catalogue of immigration offences and their more systematic enforcement. Crimes of Mobility critically analyses the criminalization of immigration status and, more generally, the functions of the criminal law in immigration enforcement, from a legal and normative perspective.

Great Debates in Tort Law, by Jonathan Morgan (Hart Publishing, 2022)

Exploring the key discussions and arguments in tort law, this book enables students to get a deeper and more rounded understanding of the subject. Part of the Great Debates series, it is an engaging introduction to the more advanced legal concepts, such as negligent breach of duty and vicarious liability. Each chapter is structured around questions and debates that provoke deeper thought. It features summaries of the views of notable experts on key topics and each chapter ends with a list of further reading.

Principles of Corporate Finance Law (3rd edition)by Eilís Ferran, Elisabeth Howell and Felix Steffek (Oxford University Press, 2023)

This book combines company law, capital markets law, and aspects of commercial and insolvency law to give readers a detailed understanding of the legal and regulatory issues relating to corporate finance. Informed by insights from theoretical and empirical work, the book examines from a legal perspective the key elements of corporate financing structures and capital markets in the UK. The authors' practical experience of transactions and regulatory issues ensures that thorough scholarly inquiry and critical reflection are complemented by an assured understanding of the interface between legal principles and rules as they are documented and in their actual operation. Key developments covered in this third edition include the post-Brexit adaptation of UK company law and capital market regulation, important new cases on parent company liability in tort, creditor-facing duties of directors, issuer and director liability for misleading statements to the market, alternatives to public market financing, and recent changes in the practice of debt finance such as the emergence of non-bank lenders.

Private Debt: Yield, Safety and the Emergence of Alternative Lending (2nd edition), by Stephen L. Nesbitt (John Wiley & Sons, 2023)

In this  second edition of Private Debt: Yield, Safety and the Emergence of Alternative Lending, celebrated investment advisor and industry leader Stephen Nesbitt delivers the latest installment in an essential resource for investors looking to acquire private debt options in the investment market. Corporate direct lending, asset-backed lending, mezzanine lending, royalties, venture debt, structured credit (CLOs), specialty finance, and structured equity are all covered in the text. In this fully revised and updated book, you’ll find explorations of the opportunities, risks, and historical yield offered by private debt investing and discussions of a variety of loan investment vehicles including the Business Development Company structure. 

Researching Public Law in Common Law Systems, edited by Paul Daly and Joe Tomlinson (Edward Elgar, 2023)

This original book fills a significant gap in legal literature by providing an exploration of research methodologies in public law, a field of research in which research methods are becoming increasingly prominent and sophisticated. Featuring thoughtful chapters written by leading scholars in the field, this book provides a thorough explanation of the key features, characteristics, and challenges of distinct methodological approaches to public law research. Divided into four broad categories; traditional, institutional, technical and critical, chapters cover a wide range of approaches, from doctrinal and interpretive methods to empirical, socio-legal, and Marxist approaches. The book promotes critical reflection on many of the most common methodological approaches and aims to demystify research methodologies in public law for new scholars and interdisciplinary researchers alike.

The Concept of Race in International Criminal Law, by Carola Lingaas (Routledge, 2020)

This book is the first comprehensive study of the concept of race in international criminal law. It explores the theoretical underpinnings for the crimes of genocide, apartheid, and persecution, and analyses all the relevant legal instruments, case law, and scholarship. It exposes how the international criminal tribunals have largely circumvented the topic of race, and how incoherent jurisprudence has resulted in inconsistent protection. The Concept of Race in International Criminal Law provides important new interpretations of a problematic concept by subjecting it to a multifaceted and interdisciplinary analysis. The study argues that race in international criminal law should be constructed according to the perpetrator's perception of the victims’ ostensible racial otherness. The perpetrator’s imagination as manifested through his behaviour defines the victims’ racial group membership. 

The Justice Laboratory: International Law in Africa, by Kerstin Bree Carlson (Brookings Institution Press, 2021)

This book reviews five examples of international criminal justice as they have been applied across Africa, where brutal civil conflicts in recent decades resulted in varying degrees of global attention and action. The first three chapters examine key international mechanisms: the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and the hybrid tribunal established in Senegal to try state crimes committed in Chad. These chapters illustrate how the design and practice of the institutions led to similarly unexpected and unsatisfying outcomes. The final two chapters examine emerging and proposed international criminal justice mechanisms. One is a tribunal intended to facilitate peace in the new but war-torn country of South Sudan, not yet operational and unlikely to perform better than its predecessors. Finally, the book considers the developing human rights practice of the little-studied East African Court, a regional commercial court in Arusha, Tanzania, to show how local judicial creativity can win a role for courts in facilitating good governance.

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.