Thursday, March 5, 2015

Tyrannicide: Forging an American Law of Slavery in Revolutionary South Carolina and Massachusetts

Emily Blanck (Rowan University). Tyrannicide (University of Georgia Press, 2014).

"Tyrannicide uses a captivating narrative to unpack the experiences of slavery and slave law in South Carolina and Massachusetts during the Revolutionary Era. In 1779, during the midst of the American Revolution, thirty-four South Carolina slaves escaped aboard a British privateer and survived several naval battles until the Massachusetts brig Tyrannicide led them to Massachusetts. Over the next four years, the slaves became the center of a legal dispute between the two states. The case affected slave law and highlighted the profound differences between how the 'terrible institution' was practiced in the North and the South, in ways that would foreground issues eventually leading to the Civil War."

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Monday, March 2, 2015

The Challenge of Safeguards in the WTO

Fernando Pierola (University of Berne). The Challenge of Safeguards in the WTO (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

"The Challenge of Safeguards in the WTO provides a comprehensive overview of the safeguard mechanism in the multilateral trading system. It explains at length its historical and conceptual foundations and elaborates on the various requirements for the imposition of safeguards and the conduct of safeguard investigations. The author draws on his practical experience in order to analyse WTO case law as developed by WTO panels and the Appellate Body and to provide practical suggestions for the resolution of various complex issues which have arisen in practice. He also considers the challenges faced by companies involved in this type of case."

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Friday, February 27, 2015

The Best Interests of the Child: The Least Detrimental Alternative

Joseph Goldstein, Albert J. Solnit, Sonja Goldstein & Anna Freud (Yale University). The Best Interests of the Child (Free Press, 1996 edition).

"The authors speak in one voice in concluding that the continuity of care--continuity of a child's relationship with his or her adult caregiver--is a universal essential to the child's well-being. To this end, they stress that minimizing intrusions by the law is paramount to safeguarding the child's growth and development. 'The least detrimental alternative'--the authors' overarching guideline for assuring the continuity of the psychological parent-child relationship--has been cited in more than a thousand child custody cases since 1973."
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