December 21, 2005
New Titles from Cambridge UP
Law and Internet Cultures
by Kathy Bowrey
Paperback (ISBN-10: 0521600480 | ISBN-13: 9780521600484)
Published July 2005 | 250 pages | $21.99
Book Description: This book is about the Internet and the technological and cultural baggage that accompanies it and affects its regulation. It considers the ways decisions about Internet technologies are made; ideas behind global trade and innovation; power of engineers and programmers; influence of multinationals; and questions about global marketing and consumer choice. Although the volume draws upon current debates from globalization, communications and socio-legal theory, it will be comprehensible to a general audience interested in issues associated with technology and innovation. Reviewed by Matthew Rimmer, Faculty of Law, Australian National University for First Monday.
The Torture Debate in America
Edited by Karen J. Greenberg
Paperback (ISBN-10: 0521674611 | ISBN-13: 9780521674614)
Published November 2005 | 300 pages | $18.99
Book Description: Widely acclaimed as a publishing milestone, The Torture Papers (Cambridge, 2005) constitutes the definitive book of public record detailing the Bush Administration's policies on torture and political prisoners. In the process of assembling the documents, memoranda, and reports that comprise the material in The Torture Papers, a vital question arose: What was the rationale behind the Bush Administration's decision to condone the use of coercive techniques in the interrogation of detainees suspected of terrorist connections? The use of these techniques at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo has sparked an intense debate in America. The Torture Debate in America captures the arguments on torture that have been put forth by legislators, human rights activists, and others. It raises the key moral, legal, and historical questions that have led to current considerations on the use of torture. Divided into three sections, the contributions cover all sides of the debate, from absolute prohibition of torture to its use as a viable option in the War on Terror.
Al Qaeda Now: Understanding Today's Terrorists
Edited by Karen J. Greenberg
Hardback (ISBN-10: 0521859115 | ISBN-13: 9780521859110)
Published September 2005 | 300 pages | $60.00
Book Description: This volume of presentations by a group of authorities on international terrorism and Al Qaeda constitute a valuable synopsis of current knowledge on this terrorist group and the policies in place to counter threats of future attacks. The articles contribute to understanding how Al Qaeda has evolved from a movement to an ideology, what influence it has on Middle East stability and what continued threat it is to the United States, Europe, and other areas of the world. The contributors, from academia, research centers, government agencies and the media, represent a cross section of recognized experts on Al Qaeda and international terrorism.
Hardback (ISBN-10: 0521838509 | ISBN-13: 9780521838504)
Published September 2005 | 540 pages | $110.00
Book Description: The acts of lawlessness committed on September 11, 2001 have been followed by a 'war on terror'. This textbook considers the law relevant to assessing how such terrorist acts should be understood in legal terms, which responses to them are permissible and how those responses are to be pursued. It considers some of the actions that have unfolded since 9/11 (military intervention, law enforcement initiatives, human rights restrictions and abuse) prompting questions as to the 'war on terror's lawfulness. The volume clearly designates areas of international law where interest has escalated beyond traditional academic legal circles.
Illegal Beings: Human Clones and the Law
Kerry Lynn Macintosh
Hardback (ISBN-10: 0521853281 | ISBN-13: 9780521853286)
Published August 2005 | 288 pages | $28.00
Book Description: Many people think human reproductive cloning should be a crime-some states have even outlawed it and Congress is working to enact a national ban. However, if reproductive cloning soon becomes a reality, it will be impossible to prevent infertile couples and others from choosing the technology, even if they have to break the law. While most books on cloning cover the advantages and disadvantages of cloning technology, Illegal Beings describes the pros and cons of laws against human reproductive cloning. Kerry Lynn Macintosh, an attorney with expertise in the area of law and technology, argues that the most common objections to cloning are false or exaggerated, inspiring laws that stigmatize human clones as subhuman and unworthy of existence. She applies the same reasoning that was used to invalidate racial segregation to show how anti-cloning laws, by reinforcing negative stereotypes, deprive human clones of their equal protection rights under the law. Her book creates a new topic within constitutional law: existential segregation, or the practice of discriminating by preventing the existence of a disfavored group or class. This comprehensive and novel work looks at how anti-cloning laws will hurt human clones in a fresh perspective on this controversial subject. Kerry Lynn Macintosh is a member of the Law and Technology faculty at Santa Clara University School of Law. She is the author of papers, articles, and book chapters on the law and technology and has contributed to the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Boston University Journal of Science and Technology Law, and Berkeley Technology Law Journal.
Abortion and the Law: From International Comparison to Legal Policy
Albin Eser and Hans-Georg Koch
Translated by Emily Silverman
Hardback (ISBN-10: 9067041971 | ISBN-13: 9789067041973)
Published September 2005 | 450 pages | $95.00
Book Description: This volume presents a compact summary of the results of a world-wide survey on abortion law and practice in a total of 64 countries, carried out by the Max-Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiberg, Germany. The work provides a summary of social conditions and historical developments, followed by a detailed comparison of legal regulations, and is supplemented by statistics on the termination of pregnancy. The final chapter contains reflections from a legal policy perspective. Important findings, insights and trends are summarized and guidelines for reform are provided. The book concludes with a proposal for a law to regulate the termination of pregnancy, and although this proposal was intended primarily as a contribution to the legal political debate in Germany, it could also be used as the catalyst for debate on reform in other countries.
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