Hot off the Press: NYU Law faculty books of 2017

A row of books

One way to get a sense of the breadth of scholarship at NYU Law is to look at the assortment of books faculty members have written and edited in a given year. In 2017, topics addressed included workers’ right in China, policing in the US, international sales law, and more. A round-up is below. (Book descriptions are excerpted from publishers' websites.)

José E. Alvarez, ed., American Classics in International Law : International Investment Law (Brill Nijhoff 2017) 

"International Investment Law" book cover

“Edited by Professor José E. Alvarez, [this book] contains a selection of the best scholarship on the subject produced by those with a connection to the United States. … The volume also contains selections of U.S. treaties that have influenced the over 3,400 international investment agreements (IIAs) now in existence, [as well as] a selection of significant addresses by prominent U.S. policy-makers. … A comprehensive introduction by the Editor … puts the various elements—the contributions made by U.S. academics, treaty-negotiators, and policy-makers—in a broader context.”

Kwame Anthony Appiah, As If: Idealization and Ideals (Harvard University Press 2017)

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“Idealization is a fundamental feature of human thought. We build simplified models in our scientific research and utopias in our political imaginations. Concepts like belief, desire, reason, and justice are bound up with idealizations and ideals. Life is a constant adjustment between the models we make and the realities we encounter. In idealizing, we proceed “as if” our representations were true, while knowing they are not. … As If explores how strategic untruth plays a critical role in far-flung areas of inquiry: decision theory, psychology, natural science, and political philosophy.”

Cynthia Estlund, A New Deal for China’s Workers? (Harvard University Press 2017)

"A New Deal for China's Workers?" book cover

“Once-silent, [Chinese] workers have found their voice, organizing momentous protests, such as the 2010 Honda strikes, and demanding a better deal. China’s leaders have responded not only with repression but with reforms… Cynthia Estlund views this changing landscape through the comparative lens of America’s twentieth-century experience with industrial unrest… Estlund argues that the specter of an independent labor movement, seen as an existential threat to China’s one-party regime, is both driving and constraining every facet of its response to restless workers. … Estlund’s sharp observations and crisp comparative analysis make China’s labor unrest and reform legible to Western readers." 

Jürgen Basedow, Giesela Rühl, Franco Ferrari & Pedro de Miguel Asensio eds., Encyclopedia of Private International Law (Edward Elgar 2017)  

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“Bringing together 195 authors from 57 countries the Encyclopedia sheds light on the current state of Private International Law … providing unique insights into the discipline and how it is affected by globalization and increased regional integration. …The first two volumes provide comprehensive coverage of topical aspects of Private International Law in the form of 247 alphabetically arranged entries. The third volume provides insightful detail on the national Private International Law regimes of 80 different countries. The fourth volume presents ... English language translations of the national codifications and provisions of Private International Law in those countries."

Franco Ferrari ed., The Impact  of  EU Law on International Commercial Arbitration (Juris 2017) 

"The Impact of EU Law on International Commercial Arbitration" book cover

“For many years, it seemed almost a truism to state that EU law and the law of international arbitration were two very distinct areas of law that did not intersect… The chapters in The Impact of EU Law, which were initially presented at a conference hosted by NYU’s Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration and Commercial Law, show that these areas of law are becoming ever more interconnected and that the impact of EU law on the law of international arbitration can be felt over the course of all stages of an international arbitration.”

Franco Ferrari & Clayton P. Gillette eds., International Sales Law (Edward Elgar 2017) 

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“This authoritative collection presents carefully selected scholarly articles that describe and examine the principles of international sales law, as set forth in the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). These seminal pieces reflect various viewpoints of authors from different countries and legal systems, and offer a range of distinct methodological approaches to legal analysis. Together with an original introduction by the editors, these volumes provide the reader with both an international and an interdisciplinary perspective on the CISG and its application.”

Barry Friedman, Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux 2017) 

"Unwarranted" book cover

“In June 2013, documents leaked by Edward Snowden sparked widespread debate about secret government surveillance of Americans. Just over a year later, the shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, set off protests and triggered concern about militarization of law enforcement and discriminatory policing. In Unwarranted, Barry Friedman argues that these two seemingly disparate events are connected—and that the problem is not so much the policing agencies as it is the rest of us. We allow these agencies to operate in secret and to decide how to police us, rather than calling the shots ourselves. And the courts, which we depended upon to supervise policing, have let us down entirely.”

Moshe Halbertal & Stephen Holmes, The Beginning of Politics: Power in the Biblical Book of Samuel (Princeton University Press 2017) 

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The Beginning of Politics mines the story of Israel's first two kings to unearth a natural history of power, providing a forceful new reading of what is arguably the first and greatest work of Western political thought: The Book of Samuel. Moshe Halbertal and Stephen Holmes show how the beautifully crafted narratives of Saul and David cut to the core of politics, exploring themes that resonate wherever political power is at stake.”


David D. Cole, Federico Fabbrini & Stephen Schulhofer eds., Surveillance, Privacy and Trans-Atlantic Relations (Hart Publishing 2017) 

"Surveillance, Privacy and Trans-Atlantic Relations" book cover

“This book brings together some of the leading experts in the fields of constitutional law, criminal law and human rights from the US and the EU to examine the protection of privacy in the digital era, as well as the challenges that counter-terrorism cooperation between governments pose to human rights. … As technology enables governments to know more and more about their citizens, and about the citizens of other nations, this volume offers critical perspectives on how best to respond to one of the most challenging developments of the twenty-first century.”

Katherine J. Strandburg, Brett M. Frischmann & Michael J. Madison eds., Governing Medical Knowledge Commons (Cambridge University Press 2017) 

"Governing Medical Knowledge Commons" book cover

“This work makes three claims: first, evidence matters to innovation policymaking; second, evidence shows that self-governing knowledge commons support effective innovation without prioritizing traditional intellectual property rights; and third, knowledge commons can succeed in the critical fields of medicine and health. [The book] provides fifteen new case studies of knowledge commons in which researchers, medical professionals, and patients generate, improve, and share innovations.”


Jeremy Waldron, One Another’s Equals: The Basis of Human Equality (Harvard University Press 2017)


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“Jeremy Waldron argues that there is no single characteristic that serves as the basis of equality. He says the case for moral equality rests on four capacities that all humans have the potential to possess in some degree: reason, autonomy, moral agency, and the ability to love. But how should we regard the differences that people display on these various dimensions? And what are we to say about those who suffer from profound disability—people whose claim to humanity seems to outstrip any particular capacities they have along these lines? Waldron, who has worked on the nature of equality for many years, confronts these questions and others fully and unflinchingly.”

Lina Papadopoulou, Ingolf Pernice & Joseph H.H. Weiler eds., Legitimacy Issues of the European Union in the Face of Crisis: Dimitris Tsatsos in Memoriam (Nomos 2017) 

"Legitimacy Issues of the European Union in the Face of Crisis" book cover

“The EU is now facing serious questions of its own legitimacy. This collection looks at this basic question of EU legitimacy. It examines questions of democracy theory, examines why these crises have emerged, and explores the judicial response to them. … It goes on to suggest possible treatments in the form of reform proposals. Closing with a dialogical epilogue by Joseph Weiler, the book opens up a debate which will engage European lawyers for some time to come.


Casebooks and Supplements from Law School faculty:

Anthony G. Amsterdam & Randy Hertz, Trial Manual 6 for the Defense of Criminal Cases (6th ed., ALI  2017)

Stephen J. Choi & A.C. Pritchard, Securities Regulation: Statutory Supplement (2017 ed., Foundation Press 2017)

Laura E. Cunningham & Noël B. Cunningham, The Logic of Subchapter K: A Conceptual Guide to the Taxation of Partnerships (5th ed., West Academic 2017)

Samuel Estreicher & David L. Noll, Legislation and the Regulatory State (2d ed., Carolina Academic Press 2017) (also document supplement)

Stephen Gillers, Regulation of Lawyers: Problems of Law and Ethics, (11th ed., Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2017)

Samuel Issacharoff, Civil Procedure (4th ed., Foundation Press 2017)

Sanford H. Kadish, Stephen J. Schulhofer & Rachel E. Barkow, Criminal Law and Its Processes: Cases and Materials (10th ed., Wolters Kluwer 2017)

Stephen G. Breyer, Richard B. Stewart, Cass R. Sunstein, Adrian Vermeule & Michael Herz, Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy: Problems, Text, and Cases (Wolters Kluwer 8th ed. 2017)

Geoffrey P. Miller, The Law of Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (Wolters Kluwer 2d ed. 2017)

Richard Scott Carnell, Jonathan R. Macey & Geoffrey P. Miller, The Law of Financial Institutions (Wolters Kluwer 6th ed. 2017)

Edward Rock, co-author, The Anatomy of Corporate Law: A Comparative and Functional Approach (Oxford University Press 3d ed. 2017)

Linda J. Silberman, Allan R. Stein & Tobias Barrington Wolff, Civil Procedure: Theory & Practice (Wolters Kluwer 5th ed. 2017)

Oscar G. Chase, Helen Hershkoff, Linda J. Silberman, John Sorabji, Rolf Stürner, Yasuhei Taniguchi & Vincenzo Varano, Civil Litigation in Comparative Context (2d ed., West 2017)

Jack H. Friedenthal, Arthur R. Miller, John E. Sexton & Helen Hershkoff, 2017-2018 Civil Procedure Supplement for Use with All Pleading and Procedure Casebooks (West 2017)