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The Jurisprudence of Sport: Sports and Games as Legal Systems book cover

The Jurisprudence of Sport: Sports and Games as Legal Systems

1st Edition
Mitchell N. Berman (Penn Law Leon Meltzer Professor of Law & Professor of Philosophy) and Richard D. Friedman
West Academic Publishing

Professor Mitchell Berman, who coined the phrase the “Jurisprudence of Sport” and is the leading figure in this developing field of academic study, has co-authored a first-of-its-kind textbook on the subject.

The book treats sports as worthy of legal theoretical study not only for law students but also for undergraduates, offering an introduction to legal thinking that does not require a background in legal doctrine.

The text covers everything from baseball, football, soccer and boxing to eating competitions and cornhole in chapters on scoring systems, penalties, league structure, player eligibility, officiating, replay review, and cheating.

The book, which raises questions and contains a full range of exercises, is meant as a roadmap for professors on how to teach the jurisprudence of sports in a way that is both fun and rigorous, focusing on fundamental concepts and more technical areas of the law such as rules versus standards and prices versus sanctions. Students are also introduced to topics in more cognate disciplines. These include agency costs, the Coase Theorem and psychological biases and heuristics.

Berman has been investigating sports as legal systems for a decade.

After Engagement: Dilemmas in U.S.–China Security Relations book cover

After Engagement: Dilemmas in U.S.–China Security Relations

Edited by Jacques deLisle (Penn Law Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law & Professor of Political Science; Director, Center for East Asian Studies) and Avery Goldstein
Brookings Institution Press

US policy toward China is at an inflection point. For more than a generation, since the 1970s, a near-consensus view in the United States supported engagement with China, with the aim of integrating China into the US-led international order. By the latter part of the 2010s, that consensus had collapsed as a much more powerful and increasingly assertive China was seen as a strategic rival to the United States. How the two countries tackle issues affecting the most important bilateral relationship in the world will significantly shape overall international relations for years to come.

In this timely book, leading scholars of US–China relations and China’s foreign policy address recent changes in American assessments of China’s capabilities and intentions and consider potential risks to international security, the significance of a shifting international distribution of power, problems of misperception, and the risk of conflicts. China’s military modernization, its advancing technology, and its Belt and Road Initiative, as well as regional concerns, such as the South China Sea disputes, relations with Japan, and tensions on the Korean Peninsula, receive special focus.

Taiwan in the Era of Tsai Ing-wen: Changes and Challenges book cover

Taiwan in the Era of Tsai Ing-wen: Changes and Challenges

Edited by June Tuefel Dreyer and Jacques deLisle (Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science at Penn Law School, Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Institute in Philadelphia).

This book assesses the forces that led to the election of Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2016 and re-election in 2020,and provides the first comprehensive treatment of this pivotal period in Taiwan’s politics, policy, and international relations.

The Democratic Progressive Party’s victory in Taiwan’s 2016 presidential and legislative elections marked the third peaceful transition of power between political parties during Taiwan’s democratic era and heralded further consolidation of Taiwan’s democracy. Tsai’s administration has pursued an ambitious agenda of domestic and foreign policy reforms and has faced challenges that include steering through economic transitions, addressing contentious issues of social justice, national identity and cultural change, and navigating an external environment defined by an increasingly powerful and hostile China, and a more supportive but less predictable United States. In Taiwan in the Era of Tsai Ing-wen, leading experts from the US and Taiwan chart the progress and problems of Tsai’s first term and the prospects for Taiwan during her second term and beyond.