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September 2019

Harvard Law School Library Book Talk: Transparency in Health and Health Care in the United States: Law and Ethics

September 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
WCC 2019 Milstein West A

Transparency in Health and Health Care in the United States: Law and Ethics (Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, Carmel Shachar & Barbara J. Evans, eds., (Cambridge Univ. Press, Apr. 30, 2019). “Transparency is a concept that is becoming increasingly lauded as a solution to a host of problems in the American health care system. Transparency initiatives show great promise, including empowering patients and other stakeholders to make more efficient decisions, improve resource allocation, and better regulate the health care…

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Harvard Law School Library Book Talk: Lawrence Lessig, Fidelity & Constraint: How the Supreme Court Has Read the American Constitution

September 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WCC 2036 Milstein East BC

Fidelity & Constraint: How the Supreme Court Has Read the American Constitution by Lawrence Lessig (Oxford Univ. Press May 1, 2019). “The fundamental fact about our Constitution is that it is old -- the oldest written constitution in the world. The fundamental challenge for interpreters of the Constitution is how to read that old document over time. In Fidelity & Constraint, legal scholar Lawrence Lessig explains that one of the most basic approaches to interpreting the constitution is the process…

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October 2019

Harvard Law School Library Book Talk: Sanford Levinson and Jack Balkin, Democracy and Dysfunction

October 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WCC 2036 Milstein East B

“It is no longer controversial that the American political system has become deeply dysfunctional. Today, only slightly more than a quarter of Americans believe the country is heading in the right direction, while sixty-three percent believe we are on a downward slope. The top twenty words used to describe the past year include “chaotic,” “turbulent,” and “disastrous.” Donald Trump’s improbable rise to power and his 2016 Electoral College victory placed America’s political dysfunction in an especially troubling light, but given…

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Harvard Law School Library Book Talk: Taiwan and International Human Rights: A Story of Transformation (Jerome A. Cohen, William P. Alford & Chang-Fa Lo eds., Springer 2019)

October 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WCC 2036 Milstein East AB

Taiwan and International Human Rights: A Story of Transformation (Jerome A. Cohen, William P. Alford & Chang-Fa Lo eds., Springer June 8, 2019). “This book tells a story of Taiwan’s transformation from an authoritarian regime to a democratic system where human rights are protected as required by international human rights treaties. There were difficult times for human rights protection during the martial law era; however, there has also been remarkable transformation progress in human rights protection thereafter. The book reflects…

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Harvard Law School Library Book Talk: Martha Minow, When Should Law Forgive?

October 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WCC 2036 Milstein East AB

“What can forgiveness achieve in this age of resentment? Harvard Law School professor and former dean Martha Minow explores the complicated intersection between law, justice, and forgiveness, asking whether law should encourage individuals to forgive and when should the courts, public officials, and specific laws forgive? Minow examines these questions through sometimes- troubling cases— comparing the legal treatment of juvenile offenses in the US with international responses to child soldiers, for example, and the legal forgiveness of corporate debt with…

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November 2019

Harvard Law School Library Book Talk: Equity and Law: Fusion and Fission with John C.P. Goldberg and Henry E. Smith, Editors

November 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WCC 2019 Milstein West AB

Equity and Law: Fusion and Fission (John C.P. Goldberg, Henry E. Smith & P.G. Turner eds., Cambridge Univ. Press, Nov. 2019). “The fusion of law and equity in common law systems was a crucial moment in the development of the modern law. Common law and equity were historically the two principal sources of rules and remedies in the judge-made law of England, and this bifurcated system travelled to other countries whose legal systems were derived from the English legal system.…

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Harvard Law School Library Book Talk: Felony and the Guilty Mind in Medieval England by Elizabeth Papp Kamali

November 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WCC 2019 Milstein West AB

Elizabeth Papp Kamali, Felony and the Guilty Mind in Medieval England (Cambridge Univ. Press, Oct. 31, 2019). This book explores the role of mens rea, broadly defined as a factor in jury assessments of guilt and innocence from the early thirteenth through the fourteenth century - the first two centuries of the English criminal trial jury. Drawing upon evidence from the plea rolls, but also relying heavily upon non-legal textual sources such as popular literature and guides for confessors, Elizabeth…

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