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New Biddle Acquisitions

June 29, 2015

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

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


Research Handbook on Cross-Border Enforcement of Intellectual Property.
Paul Torremans, ed.
Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Pub., [2014]. 
K1401 .R467 2014. 

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“The Research Handbook on Cross-border Enforcement of Intellectual Property systematically analyses the unique difficulties posed by cross-border intellectual property disputes in the modern world. 

The contributions to this book focus on the enforcement of intellectual property primarily from a cross-border perspective. Infringement remains a problematic issue for emerging economies and so the book assesses some of the enforcement structures in a selection of these countries, as well as cross-border enforcement from a private international law perspective. Finally, the book offers a unique insight into the roles played by judges and arbitrators involved in cross-border intellectual property dispute resolution.”

International Law in the U.S. Legal System.
Curtis A. Bradley. 
New York, NY: Oxford University Press, [2015]. 
KF4581 .B73 2015. 

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“International Law in the U.S. Legal System decodes the often complicated ways that international law operates within the United States legal system and sheds light on unresolved issues and areas of controversy.

The book covers all of the principal forms of international law including treaties, decisions and orders of international institutions, customary international law, jus cogens norms, and general principles.”


Mixed Legal Systems, East and West [electronic resource].
Vernon Valentine Palmer, Mohamed Y. Mattar and Anna Koppel. 
Farnham, Surrey, UK England; Burlington, VT, USA: Ashgate, 2014. 

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“Advancing legal scholarship in the area of mixed legal systems, as well as comparative law more generally, this book expands the comparative study of the world’s legal families to those of jurisdictions containing not only mixtures of common and civil law, but also to those mixing Islamic and/or traditional legal systems with those derived from common and/or civil law traditions.

With contributions from leading experts in their fields, the book takes us far beyond the usual focus of comparative law with analysis of a broad range of countries, including relatively neglected and under-researched areas. The discussion is situated within the broader context of the ongoing development and evolution of mixed legal systems against the continuing tides of globalization on the one hand, and on the other hand the emergence of Islamic governments in some parts of the Middle East, the calls for a legal status for Islamic law in some European countries, and the increasing focus on traditional and customary norms of governance in post-colonial contexts.” 

Disease Diplomacy: International Norms and Global Health Security.
Sara E. Davies, Adam Kamradt-Scott, and Simon Rushton. 
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, [2015]. 
RA441 .D38 2015. 

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“In the age of air travel and globalized trade, pathogens that once took months or even years to spread beyond their regions of origin can now circumnavigate the globe in a matter of hours. Amid growing concerns about such epidemics as Ebola, SARS, MERS, and H1N1, disease diplomacy has emerged as a key foreign and security policy concern as countries work to collectively strengthen the global systems of disease surveillance and control.

The revision of the International Health Regulations (IHR), eventually adopted by the World Health Organization’s member states in 2005, was the foremost manifestation of this novel diplomacy. Drawing on Martha Finnemore and Kathryn Sikkink’s “norm life cycle” framework and based on extensive documentary analysis and key informant interviews, Disease Diplomacy traces the emergence of these new norms of global health security, the extent to which they have been internalized by states, and the political and technical constraints governments confront in attempting to comply with their new international obligations.”


The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice.

Dr. Artika R. Tyner; foreword by Marian Wright. Edelman. Chicago, Illinois: American Bar Association, [2014]. 

KF311 .T96 2014.

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“The Lawyer as Leader is an inspiring roadmap designed to help lawyers become effective agents for social change.

Based on author Dr. Artika R. Tyner’s leadership development and community engagement work, Planting People, Growing Justice™, the book shows how attorneys can use their legal skills to work for social change, contribute to communities that foster social justice, and empower and develop new leaders.

Planting people is an organic process, which starts from the ground up. By empowering people within social change collectives so that they can develop into future leaders, growing justice is the materialization of planting people. Like a Banyan tree which has a unique ability to grow upwards from new roots that are formed in branches, the collective grows when new community members utilize their voices to advocate for social change.

The Lawyer as Leader is beacon call for lawyers who wish to harness their skills and training to become leaders in the struggle for social and economic justice.”


Independent Agencies in the United States: Law, Structure, and Politics.
Marshall J. Breger, Gary J. Edles.

New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. 
KF5407 .B725 2015.

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“It is essential for anyone involved in law, politics, and government to comprehend the workings of the federal independent regulatory agencies of the United States. Occasionally referred to as the “headless fourth branch of government,” these agencies do not fit neatly within any of the three constitutional branches. Their members are appointed for terms that typically exceed those of the President, and cannot be removed from office in the absence of some sort of malfeasance or misconduct. They wield enormous power over the private sector.

Independent Agencies in the United States provides a full-length study of the structure and workings of federal independent regulatory agencies in the US, focusing on traditional multi-member agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Federal Trade Commission. It recognizes that the changing kaleidoscope of modern life has led Congress to create innovative and idiosyncratic administrative structures including government corporations, government sponsored enterprises governance, public-private partnerships, systems for “contracting out,” self-regulation and incorporation by reference of private standards.”


Defending the Jury: Crime, Community, and the Constitution.
Laura I.  Appleman. 

New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

 KF8972 .A76 2015.

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“This book sets forth a new approach to twenty-first-century criminal justice and punishment, one that fully involves the community, providing a better way to make our criminal process more transparent and inclusive. Using the prism of the Sixth Amendment community jury trial, this book offers fresh and much-needed ways to incorporate the citizenry into the procedures of criminal justice, thereby resulting in greater investment and satisfaction in the system. It exposes the various challenges the American criminal justice system faces because of its ongoing failure to integrate the community’s voice. Ultimately, the people’s right to participate in the criminal justice system through the criminal jury – a right that is all too often overlooked – is essential to truly legitimizing the criminal process and ensuring its democratic nature.


  • Discusses how best to integrate the community back into the criminal justice process
  • Addresses the many abuses rife in criminal sentencing and incarceration
  • Gives a theoretical, constitutional basis for expanding the Sixth Amendment jury trial right”


The Trouble with Lawyers [electronic resource].

Deborah L. Rhode.

New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2015.


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“By any measure, the law as a profession is in serious trouble. Americans’ trust in lawyers is at a low, and many members of the profession wish they had chosen a different path. Law schools, with their endlessly rising tuitions, are churning out too many graduates for the jobs available. Yet despite the glut of lawyers, the United States ranks 67th (tied with Uganda) of 97 countries in access to justice and affordability of legal services.  The upper echelons of the legal establishment remain heavily white and male. Most problematic of all, the professional organizations that could help remedy these concerns instead jealously protect their prerogatives, stifling necessary innovation and failing to hold practitioners accountable.

Deborah Rhode’s The Trouble with Lawyers is a comprehensive account of the challenges facing the American bar. She examines how the problems have affected (and originated within) law schools, firms, and governance institutions like bar associations; the impact on the justice system and access to lawyers for the poor; and the profession’s underlying difficulties with diversity. She uncovers the structural problems, from the tyranny of law school rankings and billable hours to the lack of accountability and innovation built into legal governance-all of which do a disservice to lawyers, their clients, and the public.”