NYU Law bookshelf: Faculty books of 2022 covered pressing topics such as human rights, climate change, and artificial intelligence

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This year, NYU Law professors published books addressing significant and groundbreaking issues such as artificial intelligence, climate change, and new developments in human rights advocacy. Several faculty members also authored or co-authored widely used casebooks, including several works on civil procedure, and three Law School professors published updated editions of their open-source casebooks on trademark and copyright.

A roundup of books that full-time faculty members published in 2022 follows. Descriptions are excerpted from publishers’ websites. (Please note: we have included only works in English. Those who read German may be interested in a book to which Inge Rennert Professor of Law Mattias Kumm has contributed, Perspektiven nach dem Ukrainekrieg: Europa auf dem weg zu einer neuen Friedensordnung? Published by Verlag Herder, it focuses on a security framework for Europe in the wake of the war in Ukraine.)

General and Academic Titles

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Gráinne de Búrca ed., Legal Mobilization for Human Rights (Oxford University Press)

“The traditionally top-down focus in human rights scholarship on laws, institutions, and courts has begun to turn towards a bottom-up focus on activists, advocacy groups, affected communities, and social movements. The essays collected in Legal Mobilization for Human Rights examine a range of issues including which groups claim rights, what they are mobilizing to protect, the goals they pursue, the forums they use, the obstacles they encounter, and the extent of their success or failure.”

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Mark A. Geistfeld, Ernst Karner, Bernhard A. Koch, and Christiane Wendehorst eds., Civil Liability for Artificial Intelligence and Software, (Vol. 37 of Tort and Insurance Law)(De Gruyter)

“Initiated by the European Commission, the first study published in this volume analyzes the largely unresolved question as to how damage caused by artificial intelligence (AI) systems is allocated by the rules of tortious liability currently in force in the member states of the European Union and in the United States. … The second study offers guiding principles for safety and liability with regard to software, testing how the existing [body of law] needs to be adjusted in order to adequately cope with the risks posed by software and AI. The annex contains the final report of the New Technologies Formation of the Expert Group on Liability and New Technologies.”

Litigating the Climate Emergency: How Human Rights, Courts, and Legal Mobilization Can Bolster Climate Action book cover

César Rodríguez-Garavito ed., Litigating the Climate Emergency: How Human Rights, Courts, and Legal Mobilization Can Bolster Climate Action (Cambridge University Press)

“As the climate emergency intensifies, rights-based climate cases—litigation that is based on human rights law—are becoming an increasingly important tool for securing more ambitious climate action. This book is the first to offer a systematic analysis of the universe of these cases known as human rights and climate change (HRCC) cases. By combining theory, empirical documentation, and strategic debate among preeminent scholars and practitioners from around the world, the book captures the roots, legal innovations, empirical richness, impact, and challenges of this dynamic field of sociolegal practice.”

Bonfires of the American Dream in American Rhetoric, Literature, and Film book cover

Daniel Shaviro, Bonfires of the American Dream in American Rhetoric, Literature, and Film (Anthem Press)

“How could American social solidarity have so collapsed that we cannot even cooperate in fighting a pandemic? One problem lies in how our values mutate and intersect in an era of runaway high-end inequality and evaporating upward mobility. Under such conditions, tensions rise between our egalitarian and democratic traditions on the one hand, and what we often call the “American Dream” of self-advancement and due reward on the other. … In [this book], Daniel Shaviro develops these themes through close studies, in social context, of such classic novels and films as Atlas Shrugged, The Great Gatsby, It’s a Wonderful Life, and The Wolf of Wall Street. He thereby helps to provide a better understanding of what, apart from racism, has in recent years caused things to go so wrong culturally in America.”

Casebook, Textbooks, Supplements, Study Aids and Reference Works

Barton Beebe, Trademark Law: An Open-Source Casebook (Version 9)

Stephen G. Breyer, Richard B. Stewart, Cass R. Sunstein, Adrian Vermeule, and Michael E. Hertz, Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy: Problems, Text, and Cases (Aspen Publishing 9th ed.)

Stephen J. Choi and A.C. Pritchard, Securities Regulation: Statutory Supplement (Foundation Press 2022 ed.)

Samuel Estreicher, Michael C. Harper, and Zachary D. Fasman, Cases and Materials on Employment Discrimination and Employment Law, the Field as Practiced (West Academic Publishing 6th ed.)

Samuel Estreicher, Michael C. Harper, and Zachary D. Fasman, Statutory Supplement to Employment Discrimination and Employment Law (West Academic Publishing 6th ed.)

Samuel Estreicher and David L. Noll, Legislation and the Regulatory State (Carolina Press 3d ed.)

Franco Ferrari and Friedrich Rosenfeld eds., Handbook of Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration: Key Issues and Concepts (Wolters Kluwer)

Franco Ferrari and Marco Torsello, International Sales Law–CISG–in a Nutshell (West Academic 3d ed.)

Jack H. Friedenthal, Arthur R. Miller, John E. Sexton, Helen Hershkoff, Adam N. Steinman, and Troy A. McKenzie, Civil Procedure: Cases and Materials (West Academic Publishing 13th ed.)

Jack H. Friedenthal, Arthur R. Miller, John E. Sexton, Helen Hershkoff, Adam N. Steinmen, and Troy A. McKenzie, 2022-2023 Civil Procedure Supplement for Use with All Pleading and Procedure Casebooks (West Academic Publishing)

Jeanne C. Fromer and Christopher Jon Sprigman, Copyright Law: Cases and Materials (Open source, Version 4.0)

Samuel Issacharoff, Civil Procedure (Foundation Press 5th ed.)

Samuel Issacharoff, Pamela S. Karlan, Richard H. Pildes, Nathaniel Persily, Franita Tolson, The Law of Democracy: Legal Structure of the Political Process (Foundation Press 6th ed.)

Sanford H. Kadish, Stephen J. Schulhofer, Carol S. Steiker, and Rachel E. Barkow, Criminal Law and Its Processes: Cases and Materials (Aspen Publishing 11th ed.)

Mary Kay Kane, Arthur R. Miller, and Adam N. Steinman, Civil Procedure in a Nutshell (West Academic Publishing 9th ed. 2022)

Abner J. Mikva, Eric Lane, Michael J. Gerhardt, and Daniel Hemel, Legislative Process (Aspen Publishing 5th ed.)

Melissa Murray and Kristin Luker, Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice (West Academic 2d ed.)

Linda J. Silberman, Allan R. Stein, Tobias Barrington Wolff, and Aaron Simowitz, Civil Procedure: Theory and Practice (Aspen Publishing 6th ed.)

Posted December 16, 2022