‘Guilty Pigs: The Weird and Wonderful History of Animal Law’ – An interview

Forum Editor Isobelle Wainwright sits down with Professor Katy Barnett and Professor Jeremy Gans to talk about their new book ‘Guilty Pigs: The Weird and Wonderful History of Animal Law’.

In ‘Guilty Pigs’, animal law experts Katy Barnett and Jeremy Gans guide readers through the philosophy and practice of animal-related law, from the very earliest cases to the issues we are debating today, including the responsibilities of pet owners and the application of human rights to animals. Filled with lively and sometimes bizarre case studies, this is a fascinating and entertaining read – for all lovers of misbehaving creatures

Review: Nine-Tenths of the Law?

Review of An Expressive Theory of Possession (Michael JR Crawford, Hart Publishing, 2020, ISBN 978-1-50992-992-4).

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Book Review: Property in the Empirical World

Review of Property Theory: Legal and Political Perspectives (James Penner and Michael Otsuka (eds), Cambridge University Press, 2018, ISBN 978-11-08500-04-3).

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Review of ‘The Campaign Against The Courts: A History Of The Judicial Activism Debate’ (Tanya Josev, Federation Press, 2017, ISBN 9781760021436)

Tanya Josev’s monograph, The Campaign against the Courts, is a rich historical examination of the social meaning of the term ‘judicial activism’ within the United States and Australia. It is a new comparative study of the many actors and contingencies that shaped public perceptions of the constitutional role of courts in these democracies over the last century. And it is a timely reminder of the symbolic and political significance of courts to a nation. In earlier ages governments and rulers used the composition, practices and even costume of the judiciary to signal a country’s growing independence, strength and breaks with religious ties.[1] In contrast Josev documents how politicians and the media invoked ‘judicial activism’ as a derogatory label in their conservative campaigns. Rather than lauding the judiciary as bastions of the rule of law, these critiques condemned ‘activist’ judges for their alleged elitism and for threatening the democratic fabric of a nation. In essence Josev’s work is a fascinating comparative account of the judiciary’s complex role in the culture and history wars.

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  1. Rob McQueen, ‘Of Wigs and Gowns: A Short History of Legal and Judicial Dress in Australia’ (1999) 16(1) Law in Context 31, 31–44.