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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Megan Wachspress Publishes Article in the International Journal of Law in Context

JSP doctoral student Megan Wachspress has published her article,"Rethinking sovereignty with reference to history and anthropology", in Volume 5, Issue 3 (September 2009), pp. 315-330 of the International Journal of Law in Context
. The volume was a special issue on socio-legal studies and the humanities.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Jamie Rowen Defends Court Trials for 9/11 Suspects in SF Chron Op-Ed

JSP student Jamie Rowen published an opinion column in the San Francisco Chronicle responding to critics of the Obama Administration's decision to try at least some of the 9/11 terror suspects in federal court (rather than military tribunals).

Why do lawmakers question law in 9/11 trial?

I just returned from Sarajevo where there were daily updates on the trial of Radovan Karadzic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Shauhin Talesh Publishes article in the Law & Society Review

JSP student Shauhin Talesh published his article, "The Privatization of Public Legal Rights: How Manufacturers Construct the Meaning of Consumer Law," in Volume 43, Issue 3, of the Law & Society Review, 527-62. An earlier version won the 2008, Sociology of Law (ASA), best graduate student paper prize. Congratulations Shauhin!

Abstract: This article demonstrates how the content and meaning of California's consumer protection laws were shaped by automobile manufacturers, the very group these laws were designed to regulate. My analysis draws on and links two literatures that examine the relationship between law and organizations but often overlook one another: political science studies of how businesses influence public legal institutions, and neo-institutional sociology studies of how organizations shape law within their organizational field. By integrating these literatures, I develop an "institutional-political" theory that demonstrates how organizations' construction of law and compliance within an organizational field shapes the meaning of law among legislators and judges. This study examines case law and more than 35 years of California legislative history concerning its consumer warranty laws. Using institutional and political analysis, I show how auto manufacturers, who were initially subject to powerful consumer protection laws, weakened the impact of these laws by creating dispute resolution venues. The legislature and courts subsequently incorporated private dispute resolution venues into statutes and court decisions and made consumer rights and remedies largely contingent on consumers first using manufacturer-sponsored venues. Organizational venue creation resulted in public legal rights being redefined and controlled by private organizations.