FindLaw book reviewer and journalist Anthony Dworkin reviews human rights
writer Michael Ignatieff's recent book. As Dworkin explains, Ignatieff's
book advocates a political conception of human rights -- and criticizes those
who see human rights as a "secular religion" to be imposed on others.
Nevertheless, Ignatieff advocates that, despite cultural differences, an
"irreducible minimum" of freedoms must be honored by all cultures.
Friday, Oct. 19, 2001
FindLaw book reviewer and editor of The Green Bag: An Entertaining Journal of
Law Ross Davies assesses a recently published collection of Thurgood
Marshall's collected writings, edited by Mark Tushnet. Davies finds
important wisdom, in particular, in Marshall's reminiscences -- and notes
that the book is instructive in explaining, among other things, why Marshall
thought his greatest victory was not Brown v. Board of Education, but rather
a lesser known civil rights case.
Friday, Oct. 12, 2001
FindLaw book reviewer and attorney Trevor Morrison discusses Michael Hardt
and Antonio Negri's claims, in their recent book Empire, that a new world
order of global markets and international institutions is emerging, and that
those oppressed by the order must find ways to overcome it. Morrison is
skeptical of both the authors' account of American constitutionalism, and
their apparent endorsement of Islamic fundamentalism as a revolutionary way
to resist the new global Empire.
Friday, Oct. 05, 2001
FindLaw book reviewer, University of Tulsa law professor, and author Paul
Finkelman reviews an important recent book on Roe v. Wade. Finkelman
discusses the book's surprising factual material on abortion throughout
history and the genesis of abortion bans, and comments on the evolution of
the case law that resulted in Roe.
Friday, Sept. 28, 2001
FindLaw guest columnist and attorney David Lundsgaard weighs in on judge and
author Richard Posner's book on the Bush/Gore election and its legal
aftermath. A self-described Posner fan, Lundsgaard offers both criticism and
praise for the judge's latest.
Friday, Sept. 14, 2001
FindLaw book reviewer and attorney Russell Covey discusses ethics professor
Peter French's recent work "The Virtues of Vengeance." In the course of
examining French's views on vigilanteism, Covey also comments on related
issues raised by Supreme Court death penalty cases, past and future.
Friday, Sept. 7, 2001
Human rights advocate and attorney Joanne Mariner reviews Steven Ratner and
Jason Abrams's recent book "Accountability for Human Rights Atrocities in
International Law: Beyond The Nuremberg Legacy," which touches on issues
ranging from the trend towards accountability rather than impunity for human
to the incoherence of the international legal regime for accountability when
as a whole; to the various different mechanisms, both civil and criminal,
punishing human rights violations.
Friday, Aug. 31, 2001
FindLaw book reviewer Seth Bloom assesses former prosecutor Nancy Geary's
new murder mystery, Misfortune -- a novel about the killing of a prominent
socialite and member of the Hamptons elite, as investigated by her Assistant
Friday, Aug. 24, 2001
Law clerk and former Marine Sam Williamson weighs in on the merits and flaws
of D.D. Guttenplan's "The Holocaust on Trial." Guttenplan's book chronicles
the courtroom battle that arose when historian David Irving sued Professor
Deborah Lipstadt for labelling him a Holocaust denier. Guttenplan also
the larger political and historical backdrop that gave the trial a broader
Friday, Aug. 17, 2001
Attorney Laura Hodes weighs in on Vincent Bugliosi's recent election book, The Betrayal of America. In the book, the well-known trial lawyer slams the five majority justices in Bush v. Gore, and critiques the performance of David Boies and the rest of the Gore legal team, suggesting alternative tactics that should have been used.
Friday, Aug. 10, 2001