Book Talk: Law’s Trials and Law’s Wars

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October 17, 2018

Please join the Yale Law National Security Group (NSG) and the Lillian Goldman Law Library for a book talk with Professor Richard Abel of UCLA Law. He will discuss his two new books, Law’s Trials and Law’s Wars, part of a cohesive project evaluating national security and the rule of law.

The event will take place on Monday, October 22 at 12:10pm in SLB 120.

Law’s Trials offers the first comprehensive account of judicial performance during the “war on terror” under both the Bush and Obama administrations. In this book, Prof. Abel offers both a qualitative and quantitative analysis of judicial behavior to identify successful defenses of the rule of law during this period. In Law’s Wars, he lays out the first comprehensive account of efforts to correct and resist violations of the rule of law during the U.S. “war on terror,” examining the responses from victims, whistle-blowers, NGOs and others to abuses in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, as well as to government surveillance and targeted killings. 


Richard Abel teaches Torts, Legal Profession, and Law and Social Change. Over the years, he has been president of the Law and Society Association, editor of African Law Studies and of the Law & Society Review, and member of the editorial boards of other journals in the law and society field in the United States, Europe, and Australia. He participated in the founding of the Conference on Critical Legal Studies in 1977 and helped organize the meeting on “Law and Racism: The Sounds of Silence.” At UCLA, he has been faculty coordinator for the Public Interest Law Program. 

Professor Abel spent two years after law school reading African law and legal anthropology in London, and then a year of field work in Kenya studying the ways in which primary courts staffed by and serving the African population had preserved indigenous notions of law and procedure within European institutions. He began teaching at Yale in 1969 and spent the 1971-72 year practicing with the New Haven Legal Assistance Association.

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