[Journals]: Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Courts Publishes First Issue

The University of Chicago Press / Journal of Law and Courts

Contact: Kelley Heider / kheider@press.uchicago.edu

Source Contact: David E. Klein, University of Virginia / jlawcourts@virginia.edu



The University of Chicago Press is pleased to announce the publication of the inaugural issue of the Journal of Law and Courts. Sponsored by the Law and Courts Organized Section of the American Political Science Association, JLC aims to be the premier journal for members of the law and courts intellectual community.



The peer-reviewed journal publishes scholarship that examines legal institutions, actors, processes, and policy. As an interdisciplinary journal, JLC is dedicated to combating intellectual fragmentation by promoting communication and fertilization across traditional boundaries.



Initially, the journal will publish biannually, with the March issue available free to everyone for a limited time on JSTOR. “Here and in all the issues to follow, we hope you will find article after article that broadens your knowledge, deepens your understanding, and raises exciting new questions as to law and legal actors across vast geographic, temporal, and theoretical range,” writes David E. Klein, editor of JLC, in his introductory essay.



In addition to Klein’s thoughtful introduction, the first issue of the journal includes the following articles:


  • Gillian K. Hadfield and Barry R. Weingast, “Law without the State: Legal Attributes and the Coordination of Decentralized Collective Punishment” 
  • Ryan J. Owens, Justin Wedeking, and Patrick C. Wohlfarth, “How the Supreme Court Alters Opinion Language to Evade Congressional Review”
  • Alec Stone Sweet and Thomas L. Brunell, “Trustee Courts and the Judicialization of  International Regimes: The Politics of Majoritarian Activism in the European Convention on Human Rights, the European Union, and the World Trade Organization”
  • Lawrence Baum, “Linking Issues to Ideology in the Supreme Court: The Takings Clause”
  • Ward Farnsworth, Dustin Guzior, and Anup Malani, “Policy Preferences and Legal Interpretation”
  • Peter F. Nardulli, Buddy Peyton, and Joseph Bajjalieh, “Conceptualizing and Measuring Rule of Law Constructs, 1850-2010”



“At a time when most of us too often read and write for scholars whose work looks like our own and find ourselves unable to keep up with the ideas and findings of scholars who share important concerns with us but come from different perspectives, it is essential that we have a single forum where readers know they can find articles that range across the entire intellectual spectrum of law and courts scholarship,” writes Klein. “JLC intends to be that forum.”



Enjoy the first issue of the Journal of Law and Courts at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/667954




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