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Secrecy, National Security and the Vindication of Constitutional LawSecrecy, National Security and the Vindication of Constitutional Law
Editors: David Cole, Federico Fabbrini, and Arianna Vedaschi
Publisher: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK; Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2013. 358 p.
Reviewer: John T. Parry | May 2014

How do governments balance security, secrecy, and privacy? What role should constitutional law play in limiting governmental access and use of personal data? Those questions become increasingly complex as the terrorism threat does not abate and as technology permits ever greater collection of data and meta-data. Secrecy, National Security and the Vindication of Constitutional Law provides a much needed comparative perspective on the detailed questions that have arisen about the collection, maintenance, and use of information by governments – and the impact of these practices on constitutional structure and constitutional rights. The analysis provided by the authors, legal and otherwise, provides tools for superior – perhaps even optimal – approaches to national security and secrecy issues. Read On »

Maritime Piracy and the Construction of Global Governance Maritime Piracy and the Construction of Global Governance
Editors: Michael J. Struett, Jon D. Carlson, and Mark T. Nance
Publisher: New York, NY; London: Routledge, 2013. 226p.
Reviewer: Francis A. Galgano | May 2014

The film Captain Phillips, an Oscar nominee, tells the fascinating story of the highjacking of the MV Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates in 2009. The prevalence and contemporary character of maritime piracy and its enormous global economic impact are the subjects of Maritime Piracy and the Construction of Global Governance, edited by Michael J. Struett, Jon D. Carlson, and Mark T. Nance. In a very detailed and insightful review, Francis Galgano reflects the book’s message that the international community has been unable to come to grips with maritime piracy, despite a global consensus that it is important to eliminate this growing threat. Read On »

George Fletcher's Essays on Criminal LawGeorge Fletcher's Essays on Criminal Law
Editor: Russell Christopher
Publisher: Oxford, UK; New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. 352p.
Reviewer: Samuel H. Pillsbury | May 2014

As readers know, George P. Fletcher is one of the preeminent Anglo-American criminal law theorists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Fletcher’s Essays on Criminal Law is a very big book in terms of the depth, breadth, and variety of ideas presented. It pairs each Fletcher essay with a comment by a leading criminal law scholar. The book's editor, Russell Christopher, supplies an introduction that provides a useful overview and considers Fletcher's contribution to the field. The book closes with Fletcher reflecting on his own essays and responding to the commentators. Fletcher is first and foremost a brilliant reader and writer of law. He brings to the discussion almost unique qualities of confidence, clarity, quickness and fluency. This book is a major contribution to legal theory. Read On »

Economics and Youth Violence: Crime, Disadvantage, and Community Economics and Youth Violence: Crime, Disadvantage, and Community
Editors: Richard Rosenfeld, Mark Edberg, Xiangming Fang, and Curtis S. Florence
Publisher: New York: New York University Press, 2013. 334p.
Reviewer: Matt DeLisi | May 2014

Economics and Youth Violence: Crime, Disadvantage, and Community by Richard Rosenfeld, Mark Edberg, Xiangming Fang, and Curtis S. Florence revisits the many ways that poverty can affect all social institutions and all aspects of human development, including especially criminal and delinquent behavior. Reviewer Matt DeLisi says the book “reveals both the greatest failure and the greatest insight about the role of economic factors on the etiology of antisocial behavior.” Read On »

Beyond Explicit: Pornography and the Displacement of Sex Beyond Explicit: Pornography and the Displacement of Sex
Author: Helen Hester
Publisher: New York: State University of New York Press, 2014. 242p.
Reviewer: Melissa Hamilton | May 2014

Porn Studies has apparently emerged as one of the newest additions to the menu of academic genres. Lest one thinks, paraphrasing former Justice Potter Stewart, that one will know pornography when one sees it, Beyond Explicit: Pornography and the Displacement of Sex by Helen Hester, and the review here by Melissa Hamilton, will undoubtedly prove eye opening. Read On »

Probation and Social Work on Trial: Violent Offenders and Child Abusers Probation and Social Work on Trial: Violent Offenders and Child Abusers
Author: Wendy Fitzgibbon
Publisher: Houndsmill, Basington, UK; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 216p.
Reviewer: Jill Annison | May 2014

The theme of Probation and Social Work on Trial: Violent Offenders and Child Abusers by Wendy Fitzgibbon is captured as follows: “when murder occurs by someone already known to, and under the legal surveillance of, probation officers or when a vulnerable child already under the supervision of child protection social workers becomes a victim at the hands, not of strangers but of family members already known to those same social workers, then the sense of frustration will be all the more acute because the murder will be seen to have been preventable.” Reviewer Jill Annison calls this book an important, timely and thought-provoking account. Read On »

Understanding the Modern Russian Police Understanding the Modern Russian Police
Authors: Olga B. Semukhina and K. Michael Reynolds.
Publisher: Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2013. 337p.
Reviewer: Bohdan Harasymiw | May 2014

According to our reviewer, Bohdan Harasymiw, the authors of Understanding the Modern Russian Police, Olga B. Semukhina and K. Michael Reynolds, make clear that the modern Russian police—who are inheritors of a two-hundred-year-old authoritarian tradition—face a considerable challenge in adapting to a democratic model of policing. Harasymiw says that “two decades of democratic development during which other trappings of democracy have been acquired have yet to yield the expected transformation [in the Russian police].” Harasymiw criticizes the book for its lack of theoretical grounding, but praises its prescriptions as being eminently practical. Read On »

The Concept of Mens Rea in International Criminal Law: The Case for a Unified ApproachThe Concept of Mens Rea in International Criminal Law: The Case for a Unified Approach
Author: Mohamed Elewa Badar
Publisher: Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing 2013. 540p.
Reviewer: Margaret M. deGuzman | May 2014

Badar makes an important contribution to the literature through his comprehensive review of mens rea law in many of the world’s national legal systems and at international criminal courts and tribunals. Read On »

Among Murderers: Life after Prison Among Murderers: Life after Prison
Author: Sabine Heinlein
Publisher: Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2013. 256p.
Reviewer: Richard Tewksbury | May 2014

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Animal Cruelty: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Understanding Animal Cruelty: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Understanding
Editors: Mary P. Brewster and Cassandra L. Reyes
Publisher: Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2013. 436p.
Reviewer: Leslie Irvine | May 2014

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Corporate Manslaughter and Regulatory ReformCorporate Manslaughter and Regulatory Reform
Author: Paul Almond
Publisher: New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 224p.
Reviewer: Elyshia Aseltine | May 2014

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Crime Prevention through Housing Design: Policy and Practice Crime Prevention through Housing Design: Policy and Practice
Author: Rachel Armitage
Publisher: Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 248p.
Reviewer: Vania Ceccato | May 2014

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Deviant and Criminal Behavior in the Workplace Deviant and Criminal Behavior in the Workplace
Edited by: Steven M. Elias
Publisher: New York: New York University Press, 2013. 270p.
Reviewer: Stéphane Lefebvre | May 2014

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Plea Bargaining in National and International LawPlea Bargaining in National and International Law
Author: Regina Rauxloh
Publisher: Routledge, London, 2012. Pp. 285
Reviewer: Yue Ma | May 2014

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