Law round-up

November 3, 2011

Essential Mental Health Law: A Guide to the Revised Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act 2005

Authors: Anthony Maden and Tim Spencer-Lane

Edition: First

Publisher: Hammersmith Press

Pages: 224

Price: £24.99

ISBN 9781905140299

The revised Mental Health Act and the new Mental Capacity Act in the UK represent major (and controversial) changes in how mental health professionals should care for their patients, reflecting the shift in recent decades from institutional to community care. The authors aim to provide a practical, neutral guide to what these changes mean for practitioners making decisions about the care of patients. It addresses the day-to-day application of the law in clinical practice and is intended for psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, mental health nurses, social workers and non-specialist lawyers.

Understanding European Union Law

Author: Karen Davies

Edition: Fourth

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis

Pages: 216

Price: £70.00 and £19.99

ISBN 9780415582452 and 82346

This book is intended to serve as an introduction for students new to EU law, as revision for the more accomplished and as a crucial supplement for students in business studies. Fully revised and updated in the light of the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, the text examines the main themes of EU law in a logical, progressive manner. Karen Davies focuses on how and why the law has developed as it has, and touches on issues presently facing the EU including fundamental rights and citizenship.

Family Law

Author: Jonathan Herring

Edition: Fifth

Publisher: Pearson Education

Pages: 904

Price: £34.99

ISBN 9781408255520

An update of a best-selling work, Jonathan Herring's text offers analysis of the theories, policies and societal influences underpinning the legal principles of family law, with new reader-friendly study features. Subjects addressed include marriage, civil partnership and cohabitation; divorce and mediation; property on separation; domestic violence; parents' and children's rights; child protection; and families and older people.

Rehumanizing Law: A Theory of Law and Democracy

Author: Randy D. Gordon

Edition: First

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

Pages: 240

Price: £40.00

ISBN 9781442642294

Randy Gordon adopts an original and creative approach to this discussion of the practice and making of law and its ties to other systems of knowledge. In examining the law in relation to narrative, he considers whether literature can prompt legislation, citing as examples Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. From a focus on Herman Melville's Billy Budd to the trial of O.J. Simpson, the book looks to reconnect law-making to its roots by showing how and why stories become laws.

Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property: Creative Production in Legal and Cultural Perspective

Editors: Mario Biagioli, Peter Jaszi and Martha Woodmansee

Edition: First

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Pages: 472

Price: £74.50 and £26.00

ISBN 9780226907086 and 07093

Rules regulating access to knowledge are no longer the exclusive province of lawyers and policymakers as the growing interdisciplinary interest in "intellectual property" has expanded beyond the conventional categories of patent, copyright and trademark to encompass diverse topics ranging from traditional knowledge to international trade. In a wide-ranging introduction to the subject, this text probes fundamental concepts to present diverse and even conflicting contemporary perspectives on intellectual property rights and the contested sources of authority associated with them.

What About Law? Studying Law at University

Authors: Catherine Barnard, Janet O'Sullivan and Graham Virgo

Edition: Second

Publisher: Hart

Pages: 250

Price: £10.99

ISBN 9781849460859

A new edition of a successful 2007 work, this text offers a "taster" for the study of law through a short, accessible presentation of it as an academic subject. Aiming to counter the perception that law is dry and dull, and using a case-study approach, it sets out to show how the study of law can be intellectually stimulating, challenging and of direct relevance to students' lives. The authors, all of whom have long experience in teaching law, introduce the legal system, legal reasoning, critical thinking and argument.

Housing Law and Policy

Author: David Cowan

Edition: First

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Pages: 508

Price: £70.00 and £29.99

ISBN 9780521199971 and 137195

David Cowan aims to integrate the disciplines of law and public policy to allow undergraduate readers to see how the subjects fit together, in both the letter of the law and the way it is practised. A three-part structure covers all the topics of a typical housing law module, drawing on a wide range of source material to show how the law is created, interpreted and used in real life. Where relevant, chapters end with a section discussing proposed changes to the law and their potential impact. Cowan also probes the conceptual issues raised by the Human Rights Act.

International Dispute Settlement

Author: J.G. Merrills

Edition: Fifth

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Pages: 386

Price: £75.00 and 38.00

ISBN 9780521199094 and 153393

A guide to the techniques and institutions involved in solving international disputes, with a look at diplomatic (negotiation, mediation, inquiry and conciliation) and legal methods (arbitration, judicial settlement). It uses topical examples of each method in practice to place the theory of how things should work in the context of real-life situations and aid the reader to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each method. It also considers organisations such as the International Criminal Court and the United Nations, and has been fully updated to include the most recent arbitrations, developments in the World Trade Organization and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, as well as case law from the International Court of Justice.


Authors: Alastair Mullis and Ken Oliphant

Edition: Fourth

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Pages: 432

Price: £21.99

ISBN 9780230576759

Part of the publisher's long-running Law Masters series, this text has been extensively revised for the fourth edition, with the addition of a new chapter on privacy, end-of-chapter summaries, self-test exercises and an extensive bibliography. Subjects covered include the tort of negligence; interference with the person and personal property; interference with land and interference with reputation. The book concludes with a look at the general principles of tortious liability.

Gender, Law and Justice in a Global Market

Author: Ann Stewart

Edition: First

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Pages: 376

Price: £60.00 and £23.99

ISBN 9780521763110 and 746533

Using concepts from economic analysis associated with global commodity chains and feminist ethics of care, Ann Stewart considers the way in which "gender contracts" relating to work and care contribute to gender inequalities worldwide.

Unlocking EU Law

Authors: Tony Storey and Chris Turner

Edition: Third

Publisher: Hachette/Hodder Education

Pages: 512

Price: £26.99

ISBN 9781444109146

This foundation text for law undergraduates is intended to clarify key concepts and recent developments. It also covers the Lisbon Treaty. Chapters open with aims and objectives and include quizzes, self-test questions and key facts. Online resources are available at

Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms

Authors: Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis

Edition: First

Publisher: Yale University Press

Pages: 740

Price: £50.00

ISBN 9780300110968

Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis trace the development of public spaces dedicated to justice in a bid to explore the evolution of adjudication into its modern form as well as the intimate relationship between the courts and democracy. They consider how Renaissance "rites" of judgment turned into democratic "rights", requiring governments to respect judicial independence, offer open and public hearings and accord access and dignity to everyone.

Great Debates: Employment Law

Author: Simon Honeyball

Edition: First

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Pages: 240

Price: £19.99

ISBN 97802308400

This book is part of a series by acclaimed scholars introducing advanced concepts and aiming to offer cutting-edge content for students seeking to excel. Here, Simon Honeyball, a senior teaching Fellow at the University of Exeter, considers legal meanings of employment, the employment contract and theory, the employment contract and practice, and discrimination at work, among other topics.

Medical Law

Authors: Jo Samanta and Ash Samanta

Edition: First

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Pages: 496

Price: £23.99

ISBN 9780230235328

Written from the dual perspectives of a law lecturer and a healthcare practitioner, this text looks to provide a thorough exploration of medical law and ethics. A companion website offers additional resources.

Media and Entertainment Law

Author: Ursula Smartt

Edition: First

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis

Pages: 544

Price: £85.00 and £29.99

ISBN 9780415665155 and 5577564

Drawing on principles from public law, tort, contract law and human rights, this text seeks to present a contemporary analysis of the law relating to the media and entertainment industries in terms of both practical application and theory.

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