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New Library Acquisitions: August 2014

September 23, 2014

New titles acquired by Biddle Law Library in August 2014.

Biddle acquired a number of interesting and informative titles in August 2014, including the following. For a complete list of new acquisitions, see here.


Ahjond S. Garmestani and Craig R. Allen, editors. Social-ecological resilience and law. (Columbia University Press, 2014.)

“Environmental law envisions ecological systems as existing in an equilibrium state, reinforcing a rigid legal framework unable to absorb rapid environmental changes and innovations in sustainability. For the past four decades, “resilience theory,” which embraces uncertainty and nonlinear dynamics in complex adaptive systems, has provided a robust, invaluable foundation for sound environmental management. Reforming American law to incorporate this knowledge is the key to sustainability. This volume features top legal and resilience scholars speaking on resilience theory and its legal applications to climate change, biodiversity, national parks, and water law.”


Chad J. McGuire. Environmental law from the policy perspective understanding how legal frameworks influence environmental problem solving. (CRC Press, 2014).

Most books on environment law focus on the law first, and then look at how environmental problems are dealt with in relation to the law. Taking a fresh approach, Environmental Law from the Policy Perspective: Understanding How Legal Frameworks Influence Environmental Problem Solving examines environmental problems first, followed by an examination of legal frameworks and how they impact environmental issues. This approach provides a clearer understanding of the relationship between the law and environment by examining environmental issues from an applied perspective.

By first focusing on environmental problems without constraining the analysis to a particular legal framework, this book fosters a more holistic discussion of environmental issues that include scientific, social, economic, and political contexts. It examines how laws affect the adaptation of policy, how policy is legitimized into statutory law, and how the law is impacted in practice. The text then underscores how interpretation of the law affects its application to different factual settings.”


Amy L. Fairchild, Ronald Bayer, James Colgrove; with Daniel Wolfe. Searching eyes: privacy, the state, and disease surveillance in America. (University of California Press, 2007). Electronic resource.


“This is the first history of public health surveillance in the United States to span more than a century of conflict and controversy. The practice of reporting the names of those with disease to health authorities inevitably poses questions about the interplay between the imperative to control threats to the public’s health and legal and ethical concerns about privacy. Authors Amy L. Fairchild, Ronald Bayer, and James Colgrove situate the tension inherent in public health surveillance in a broad social and political context and show how the changing meaning and significance of privacy have marked the politics and practice of surveillance since the end of the nineteenth century.”


Thomas Keijser, editor. Transnational securities law. (Oxford University Press, 2014.)


“Bringing together a team of globally renowned academics and expert practitioners in the field, this new work presents the first comprehensive analysis of the Geneva and Hague Securities Conventions and related initiatives including those of UNCITRAL and regulatory authorities. It explores the international harmonization of the law relating to securities, and identifies issues that have not yet been harmonized.

The book explains the current international law on intermediated and non-intermediated securities and suggests solutions to problems where there are gaps in the legislation or where the current framework could be improved.”


Wojciech Sadurski. Rights before courts: a study of constitutional courts in postcommunist states of Central and Eastern Europe. (Springer, 2014.)


“This book carefully examines the most recent wave of the emergence and case law of activist constitutional courts: those that were set up after the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe. In contrast to most other analysts and scholars, the study does not take for granted that they are a ‘force for good’ but rather subjects them to critical scrutiny against a background of wide-ranging comparative and theoretical analysis of constitutional judicial review in the modern world. The new edition takes in new case law and constitutional developments in the decade since the first edition, including considering the recent disturbing disempowerment of the Hungarian Constitutional Court (which previously was probably the most powerful constitutional court in the world) resulting from the fundamental constitutional changes brought about by the Fidesz government.”


James A.R. Nafziger, Robert Kirkwood Paterson, editors. Handbook on the law of cultural heritage and international trade. (Edgar Elgar, 2014.) Electronic resource.


“This Handbook offers a collection of original writings by leading scholars and practitioners in the exciting, rapidly developing field of cultural heritage law. The detailed essays are the product of a multi-year project of the Committee on Cultural Heritage Law of the International Law Association.”