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This Just In: Conflicts in Space and the Rule of Law

Conflicts in Space and the Rule of Law is not about Han Solo or any other part of the Star Wars franchise. It does, however, cover the military and non-military use of space and how any conflicts that arise should be governed. The book contains chapters that were papers submitted to the 4th Annual International Conference on Conflicts in Space and the Rule of Law.

While most people don’t think about space much, perhaps they should since our phones, GPS, and other communication and entertainment systems have a satellite or satellites in space as a key component of their system. Conflict in space can take on forms other than the obvious violent clash of forces: frequency jamming or other interference, frequency misuse, and corporate espionage are just a few issues that the book covers. Other interesting sections address the use of space by non-state actors, specifically multi-national corporations. The book concludes with a chapter on the way forward—five different and specific models for future global space governance.

Conflicts in Space and the Rule of Law is available in our New Arrivals section on the first floor of the library (near the circulation desk).

This Just In: Eisenhower vs. Warren

Dwight Eisenhower and Earl Warren are two titans of 20th century American history. Eisenhower was a five-star Army general who commanded Allied Forces in the west during World War II and two-term United States President. Warren was a three-term Governor of California, California Attorney General, candidate for Vice President in 1948, and then Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, appointed by Eisenhower.

The Warren Court, as the Supreme Court came to be known during his tenure, was known for progressive decisions including the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision. Eisenhower was known for a middle of the road policy toward race and segregation and favored building consensus to eventually overturn segregation via legislation rather than court decisions. Thus, the Brown decision was unpopular in Eisenhower’s White House because it deviated from the President’s strategy. The tensions between the two titans were so bad that Eisenhower said his greatest mistake as President was appointing Warren.

This book is a fascinating look at Supreme Court and American history in the mid 20th century. Eisenhower vs. Warren is available in our New Releases section on the first floor near the circulation desk.

This Just In: Blockchain and the Law: The Rule of Code

You may have heard of Bitcoin and possibly some other digital crypto-currencies, including the concept of “mining” for coinsbut how do you “mine” money from ones and zeros? The answer is blockchain, which is a tool for creating secure, decentralized, peer-to-peer applications.

Blockchains are being used to create autonomous computer programs known as “smart contracts” to expedite payments and create financial instruments. The technology could affect governance itself by supporting new organizational structures that promote more democratic and participatory decision-making. The authors of Blockchain and the Law: The Rule of Code (found in the New Arrivals section near the library’s front entrance), Primavera De Filippi and Aaron Wright, acknowledge this potential and urge the law to catch up. Disintermediation, a blockchain’s greatest asset, cuts out middlemenincluding online and other large corporationsand thus can get around governmental regulation. Blockchains can stop or subvert the ability of governments to supervise banking, commerce, law, and other areas. The authors argue that blockchain cannot be harnessed productively without new rules and new approaches to legal thinking.

This Just In: The Zoning and Land Use Handbook

Zoning law has a major impact on the development of our cities and villages, and where we live and work; it also plays a major role in numerous business and real estate transactions. The Zoning and Land Use Handbook by Ronald S. Cope is a handy reference guide for zoning and related land use issues for practitioners, students, and non-lawyers alike.

The book starts with a history of zoning then dives into definitions and types of zoning.  Zoning dealing with dwellings and commercial property is covered in depth on local, state, and federal levels. Special topics covered include wind, fracking, and affordable housing zoning. What makes this book a true handbook for a practitioner or law student are the sections on challenging and litigating zoning issues. Thus, a reader will have the background information needed on the issues of zoning law and can also see what this area of law looks like in courtroom practice.

This Just In: Dred Scott v. Sandford

Dred Scott v. Sandford contains the full text of every opinion of the infamous 1857 U.S. Supreme Court case that ruled that African-Americans could not be citizens and therefore lacked standing to sue in federal court. The decision helped to fan the flames of the march toward the United States Civil War.

The book also contains early legal analyses of the decisions, along with contemporary newspaper and opinion pieces, which help to fill a scholarly void in legal history. Additionally, editor Douglas Lind includes his own bibliographic essay on the aforementioned information.