From Ancilla Iuris, Gerhard Struck (Hamburg): Law as “Tohu-Bohu” and as a Dream of Humankind, Or: Is There a Concept of Law? Mary Ziegler (Yale): The Framing of a Right to Choose: Roe v. Wade and the Changing Debate on Abortion Law. From the Department of State's eJournal USA, a special issue on the U.S. Supreme Court: Equal justice under law (and more on jury trials). A review of In Defense of Judicial Elections by Chris Bonneau and Melinda Gann Hall. A review of Circle of Greed: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of America’s Most Feared and Loathed Lawyer by Patrick Dillon and Carl M. Canno (and more). A review of A Time to Speak: Selected Writings and Arguments by Robert H. Bork. Dahlia Lithwick reviews Habeas Corpus: From England to Empire by Paul D. Halliday (and more). Our Fill-in-the-Blank Constitution: Constitutional law is not a mechanical exercise of just “applying the law”. When the law is an ass: A review of Life Without Lawyers: Liberating Americans from Too Much Law by Philip K. Howard. Gun Points: History reveals a long-standing local authority to regulate guns — shouldn't that matter? So Many Origins: Sanford Levinson reviews The Citizen's Constitution by Seth Lipsky (and more) and The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence by Jack Rakove. From The Jury Expert, Jessica M. Salerno and Bette L. Bottoms (UIC): Unintended Consequences of Toying with Jurors' Emotions: The Impact of Disturbing Emotional Evidence on Jurors' Verdicts; and the rules don't apply to me: Why do some apologies work and some fail, or even backfire? Hawaii's Probation Experiment: Maverick judge Steven Alm stresses mild but immediate punishment. Truth and consequences: In the Whitewater investigation, the biggest loser was the legal profession.

From Ethic@, Emilie Dardenne (Rennes): The reception of Peter Singer’s theories in France. From National Review, goodbye supply-side: An elegy for economic happy talk. A statistical-physics-based model may shed light on the age-old question, "how can morality take root in a world where everyone is out for themselves?" A review of A Good Talk: The Story and Skill of Conversation by Daniel Menaker. People don’t disappear nearly as often in real life as they do in fiction — we’re fascinated, as a culture, by the idea of vanishing. Megan Doll reviews Beauty Salon by Mario Bellatin. A review of Escape Routes: Control and Subversion in the 21st Century by Dimitris Papadopoulos, Niamh Stephenson and Vassilis Tsianos. Here are 20 things you didn't know about light. From City Limits, how to survive in New York on $0 a day: Amid crisis-level black unemployment, government benefits, family support and off-the-books labor help make ends meet. Thomas Fleming on a few plain truths that should be obvious, whether the subject is welfare, foreign policy, criminal justice, or education. Daniele Archibugi reviews Peter Leeson's The Hidden Economics of Pirates. A review of Fat: A Cultural History of Obesity by Sander Gilman. Philanthropy is my co-pilot: Pete Peterson, Michelle Rhee, and the dilemma of private foundations setting the public agenda. A new book by Osama’s former bodyguard has just come out in France, filled with revelations — what is Osama Bin Laden’s worst nightmare? The Dasam Granth is all rhymed poetry but in the controversy about it there is growing vitriolic diatribe. A review of The Rule of Law and the European Union by Erik Wennerstrom and The Sovereignty of Law by Francis Jacobs. The question is as simple as it is hard to answer: Why do Catholic priests molest kids?

A new issue of Earth Island Journal is out. From Human Ecology Review, a special section on Human/Environment Relationships; and Adam Douglas Henry (Harvard): The Challenge of Learning for Sustainability: A Prolegomenon to Theory; and a review of The Jevons Paradox and the Myth of Resource Efficiency Improvements by John M. Polimeni, Kozo Mayumi, Mario Giampietro, and Blake Alcott. Depending on who’s talking, oil shale is either the answer to our prayers or an environmental disaster in the making (and more). From Earth First! Journal, an interview with KKKanadian urban guerilla Juliet Belmas; and an article on the outcome of organizing with too large of a heart. Recycling is leveling off, trash is piling up and cities are broke; in a throwaway society, who should pay for waste disposal? Camilla Flodin explains how Adorno offers an alternative, non-coercive understanding of nature. Greg Unruh, the "cheap Al Gore", on the real significance of the UN Global Compact. A review of Earth, Inc.: Using Nature's Rules to Build Sustainable Profits by Gregory Unruh (and the introduction). After years of being told that products are eco-sensitive, author Daniel Goleman says consumers are finally getting a better sense of which ones really are. From The Atlantic Monthly, a large chunk of Kansas City’s real estate lies 100 feet below ground, and offers a creative solution to global warming; and runoff from old mines poisons Colorado’s rivers — why are enviro groups trying to stop locals from cleaning them up? From the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, a series of book reviews. The natural world vanishes: How species cease to matter. The rise of transition culture: A movement aimed at tackling the energy crisis with aplomb has been stepping on the gas since its formation.

From New Internationalist, a special issue on globalization. Slavoj Zizek on Joe Public v the volcano: We are living in an age when we are both able to change nature and more at its mercy than ever — as the Icelandic volcano has proved. From Electronic Book Review, Roderick Coover, Larry McCaffery, Lance Newman and Hikmet Loe explore the question of how desert ecologies are shaped through creative expression and actions; and through a close formal analysis of two new critical collections, Paul Benzon ponders the state of media studies as field. Conceding to our human weakness, we should pursue all that psychology has to offer in the understanding of the human condition; but, at the same time, we should be the last to blur the distinctiveness of the Christian gospel. Each year, half a million students visit Panama City Beach for a week of partying; there to meet them are Christian groups intent on talking about sin and salvation. From The Awl, Abe Sauer on Real America: Go on, move here then. A look at the 7 most disastrous typos of all time. Living architecture: A review of Design Energetics: The Ancient Pulse of Feng Shui in the Modern World by Michael Warden. Bill McKibben on why future prosperity means socializing with your neighbors. It’s time to add a new phrase to our vocabulary: “Pulling a Goldman”, which would describe any plan designed in advance to fail. Justin Taylor reviews Under the Dome by Stephen King. Time in the Age of Immediacy: Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, Gawker, Politico, these are our Newsweek, our Time, our Life — for better and worse. Queens of darkness: The deluge of books on the Tudors continues as publishers happily respond to an apparently insatiable market. The Reverse Katrina: If this disaster-filled week tells us anything, it’s that government works.

The inaugural issue of LeaderLab Quarterly is out. Brad DeLong (UC-Berkeley): “Malefactors of Great Wealth”: The Modern Corporation, Private Property, and Public Politics. Simon Johnson on Jamie Dimon, the most dangerous man in America. The celebrity effect: The magical effect of putting a famous face on a company's board. A review of Money for Nothing: How the Failure of Corporate Boards Is Ruining American Business and Costing Us Trillions by John Gillespie and David Zweig. When the state cracks the glass ceiling: Norway's novel approach to bringing equality to the board room. Abolish caveat emptor: Why should the buyer beware? It's up to companies to be honest and transparent about the products they are selling. Roger Bybee on Corporate America’s counter-stimulus strategy: Firms decide to shut profitable plants while spurning buyers. The economic crisis has revived the old debate about whether firms should focus most on their shareholders, their customers or their workers. Replacing the "dumbest idea in the world": In the search for a way forward, business leaders are upending the nostrums of 30 years — particularly the relentless focus on shareholder return. Dan Ariely on why businesses don’t experiment. For all the talk about economic stimulus and the real estate crisis, many small businesses will rise or fall this year based on something far more quotidian: the weather. What Blockbuster Video can teach us about economics: Sometimes companies need to go bankrupt. In search of high CQ: A trendy management idea for the age of globalisation. A review of Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism That Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs by Muhammad Yunus. A look at how that firms in the rich world have not fully digested the rise of the emerging markets.