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November 2008

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Reparations for Indigenous Peoples: International and Comparative Perspectives

By Frederico Lenzerini

Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2008

K3247.R47 2008

From the Publisher

The volume brings together a group of renowned legal experts and activists from different parts of the world who, from international and comparative perspectives, consider the right of indigenous peoples to reparations for breaches of their individual and collective rights.

The first part of the book is devoted to general aspects of this important question, providing a comprehensive assessment of the relevant international legal framework and including overviews of the topic of reparations for human rights violations, the status of indigenous peoples in international law and the vision of reparations as conceived by the peoples concerned. The second part embraces a comprehensive investigation of the relevant practice at the international, regional, and national level, including some pertinent, in-depth case-studies, offering a comparative perspective on the ways in which the right of indigenous peoples to reparation is realized worldwide. The contributions forming the second part also examine the best practices for granting effective reparations, according to the ideologies and expectations of the communities concerned. The final chapter prescribes the best practices and strategies to be adopted in order to maximize concrete opportunities for indigenous peoples to obtain effective redress.

About the Author

Federico Lenzerini holds a doctorate in international law from the University of Siena. He is a lecturer of European Union law and research fellow in international law at the University of Siena. He has been a member of the Italian delegation in international negotiations concerning the protection of cultural heritage carried out under the auspices of UNESCO. In addition to international protection of cultural heritage, his main areas of concern are international human rights, asylum law, rights of indigenous peoples, international environmental law and international trade.

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Demystifying Legal Reasoning

By Larry Alexander and Emily Sherwin

New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008

K213.A425 2008

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Demystifying Legal Reasoning defends the proposition that there are no special forms of reasoning peculiar to law. Legal decision makers engage in the same modes of reasoning that all actors use in deciding what to do: open-ended moral reasoning, empirical reasoning, and deduction from authoritative rules. This book addresses common law reasoning when prior judicial decisions determine the law, and interpretation of texts. In both areas, the popular view that legal decision makers practice special forms of reasoning is false.

About the Authors

Professor Lawrence Alexander is the Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, criminal law and jurisprudence. The author of over 150 scholarly articles, Alexander is also the author of Is There a Right of Freedom of Expression? (Cambridge University Press) and co-author (with Professor Paul Horton) of Whom Does the Constitution Command? (Greenwood Press). Alexander serves on the editorial boards of the journals Ethics and Law & Philosophy, and he is co-editor of the international quarterly Legal Theory.

Emily Sherwin is professor of law at Cornell University School of Law. Professor Sherwin specializes in jurisprudence, property, and remedies. She is the author (with Larry Alexander) of The Rule of Rules: Morality, Rules, and the Dilemmas of Law (Duke University Press 2001). She has published numerous book chapters, articles, and reviews in her subjects of specialty. She is a member of the advisory committee for the ALI's Restatement (Third) of Restitution and Unjust Enrichment.

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Justice Across Borders: The Struggle for Human Rights in U.S. Courts

By Jeffrey Davis

Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008

KF1309.5.D38 2008

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Justice Across Borders studies the struggle to enforce international human rights law in federal courts. It examines attempts by human rights groups to use the law to enforce human rights norms and explains the separation of powers issues arising when victims sue the United States or when the United States intervenes to urge dismissal of a claim. The author also analyzes the controversies arising from attempts to hold foreign nations, foreign officials, and corporations liable under international human rights law. While Davis’s analysis is driven by social science methods, its foundation is the dramatic human story from which these cases arise.

About the Author

Jeffrey Davis, J.D., Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore

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