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Research Week–part 2!

Don’t forget–this week is Research Week! The HLS librarians are offering a week of classes on different research topics. Click through for descriptions for this week’s offerings and to sign up–or feel free to just show up. All include snacks or lunch.

But this isn’t the only chance–we’ll be offering a second round of classes in November! Sign up for any and all sessions that interest you at the links below–or feel free to just show up. Again, we’ll be offering snacks or lunch at all sessions.

Criminal Justice Research
Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Location: Library conference room 524
Taught by: Michelle Pearse, Senior Research Librarian
Interested in Criminal Justice? Attend a training designed to help you find relevant books, articles, videos and other materials.
Register now

Finding Data
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 4:00pm – 4:30pm
Location: Library conference room 524
Taught by: Michelle Pearse, Senior Research Librarian
Often find yourself looking for data but don’t know where to start? Join us for a review of strategies and some of the best free and Harvard-licensed sources to get you started.
Register now

International Human Rights Research
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 12:00pm – 12:45pm
Location: Library conference room 524
Taught by: Aslihan Bulut, Librarian For International, Foreign And Comparative Law
Starting your research on international human rights? Come and learn about the top resources to help you get started.
Register now

California Legal Research
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Location: Library conference room 524
Taught by: Jennifer Allison, Librarian For International, Foreign And Comparative Law
Headed west this summer or after graduation? Learn about California-specific legal research resources in Westlaw, Lexis, and beyond.
Register now

Faculty Book Talk: Dean Martha Minow and Alex Whiting: The First Global Prosecutor: Promise and Constraints, Wed., Nov. 4 at noon.

The Harvard Law School Library staff invites you to attend a book talk and panel discussion in celebration of Dean Martha Minow and Professor Alex Whiting’s new book, with co-editor C. Cora True-Frost, The First Global Prosecutor: Promise and Constraints (University of Michigan Press).

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 12:00 noon.
Harvard Law School Room WCC Milstein East B/C (Directions)
Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library.
Lunch will be served.

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Martha Minow, the Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law, has taught at Harvard Law School since 1981, where her courses include civil procedure, constitutional law, family law, international criminal justice, jurisprudence, law and education, nonprofit organizations, and the public law workshop. An expert in human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children, and persons with disabilities, she also writes and teaches about privatization, military justice, and ethnic and religious conflict.

Professor True-Frost is Assistant Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law. She joins SUCOL from Harvard Law School, where she was a Climenko Fellow. Her scholarship draws from the areas of international relations theory, administrative law, and public international law. She teaches classes in international and domestic criminal law, international human rights law, and regulatory law and policy.

Professor True-Frost earned an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and a J.D./M.P.A. magna cum laude as one of two Law Fellows at SUCOL and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has worked in East Timor and Sierra Leone and led the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security at UN headquarters. She was also a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP. Prior to law school, she taught middle school in Baltimore and Harlem with the Teach for America program.

Alex Whiting is a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School where he teaches, writes and consults on domestic and international criminal prosecution issues. From 2010 until 2013, he was in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague where he served first as the Investigations Coordinator, overseeing all of the investigations in the office, and then as Prosecutions Coordinator, overseeing all of the office’s ongoing prosecutions. Before going to the ICC, Whiting taught for more than three years as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, again with a focus on prosecution subjects. From 2002-2007, he was a Trial Attorney and then a Senior Trial Attorney with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. He was lead prosecution counsel in Prosecutor v. Fatmir Limaj, Isak Musliu, and Haradin Bala; Prosecutor v. Milan Martic; and Prosecutor v. Dragomir Miloševic. Before going to the ICTY, he was a U.S. federal prosecutor for ten years, first with the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C., and then with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston where he focused on organized crime and corruption cases. Whiting attended Yale College and Yale Law School, and clerked for Judge Eugene H. Nickerson of the Eastern District of New York. His publications include Dynamic Investigative Practice at the International Criminal Court, 76 Law and Contemporary Problems 163 (2014), International Criminal Law: Cases and Commentary (2011), co-authored with Antonio Cassese and two other authors, and In International Criminal Prosecutions, Justice Delayed Can Be Justice Delivered, 50 Harv. Int’l L. J. 323 (2009). ”

About The First Global Prosecutor: Promise and Constraints

“The establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) gave rise to the first permanent Office of the Prosecutor (OTP), with independent powers of investigation and prosecution. Elected in 2003 for a nine-year term as the ICC’s first Prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo established policies and practices for when and how to investigate, when to pursue prosecution, and how to obtain the cooperation of sovereign nations. He laid a foundation for the OTP’s involvement with the United Nations Security Council, state parties, nongovernmental organizations, victims, the accused, witnesses, and the media.

This volume of essays presents the first sustained examination of this unique office and offers a rare look into international justice. The contributors, ranging from legal scholars to practitioners of international law, explore the spectrum of options available to the OTP, the particular choices Moreno Ocampo made, and issues ripe for consideration as his successor, Fatou B. Bensouda, assumes her duties. The beginning of Bensouda’s term thus offers the perfect opportunity to examine the first Prosecutor’s singular efforts to strengthen international justice, in all its facets.” — University of Michigan Press

Recent Reviews:

“This book . . . offers a unique perspective on one of the most innovative international endeavors to end impunity for and prevent massive atrocities.”
—  Luis Moreno Ocampo (from the Prologue)

“The First Global Prosecutor admirably and distinctively fills a gap in the existing literature on the International Criminal Court. In bringing together essays by both leading scholars and prominent jurists in the field, Minow delivers a volume that is compendious in scope, rich with insight, and judicious in its conclusions. At once timely and important, The First Global Prosecutor offers a vital contribution to ongoing debates about the structure, function and practice of the world’s first truly global prosecutor.”
—  Lawrence Douglas, Amherst College

“There are only few works that deal in-depth with the legacy of the first years of the ICC. This volume combines ‘insider’ and ‘external’ perspectives on the first years of the Office of the Prosecutor. It captures major themes that have become relevant during Moreno Ocampo’s tenure and helps us understand the ‘light’ and ‘shadow’ of international criminal justice in situations of conflict.”
—  Carsten Stahn, Leiden University

852 RARE: MASS(achusetts) Incarceration During the Nineteenth Century

Recently, an intriguing folder containing six broadsides came to light in Historical & Special Collections. These are very different from our largest collection of broadsides, which are English trial and execution broadsides (sometimes referred to as “dying speeches”) printed for popular consumption.

1827 & 1828

These are single sheet Annual report[s] of the convicts in the Massachusetts State Prison their employment, &c., with a correct view of the expenses and income of the Institution … for the years 1823-1828 and it turns out they’re very rare. According to WorldCat only the American Antiquarian Society and the Massachusetts Historical Society have some of the issues. For those whose libraries subscribe to Readex’s “America’s Historical Imprints”, five of the reports are available digitally as part of “American Broadsides and Ephemera, Series 1”.

The state prison, located in the Charlestown section of Boston was built in 1805. With the completion of the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Concord, in 1878, the prison population of the Charlestown prison declined. Among its later and better known inmates were Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, executed there in August 1927.

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Detail of the 1825 report

The reports, signed by wardens Gamaliel Bradford (1823) and Thomas Harris (1824-1828), are statistical in nature and models of succinctness. While at first glance they may seem a bit dry, one can glean a great deal of information from them, including all of the prison’s expenses and income; the crimes for which inmates were imprisoned, ages, and lengths of sentences; and their prison employment. During this many period prisoners were engaged in cutting and transporting stone, working in the prison hospital, and picking oakum. Others were let out to contractors as cabinet and brush makers, as well as other skilled labor. The north wing built in 1828, was probably the “new prison” referred to in the reports starting in 1826 when 26 of the 313 current prisoners were working on its construction.

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Detail of the 1827 report

Penciled notes on the Library’s copies of these broadsides provide some evidence of their provenance, and the piecemeal fashion in which they were acquired. The 1823 issue was a gift to the Harvard College Library from “Arthur G. Sedgwick of Cambridge” in November 1875–most likely the lawyer and writer who graduated Harvard College in 1864 and earned his LL.B. at the Law School in 1866. Sedgwick moved to New York City in 1875 to continue practicing law after several years in Boston. Perhaps his donation to the College was the result of office-cleaning in preparation for his move?

The back of the 1824 issue bears the signature of “Hon. Levi Thaxter.”

This may be lawyer Levi Lincoln Thaxter (Harvard College 1843, Harvard Law School 1845) who was married to poet and writer Celia Thaxter. “Gratis” is penciled on the front, so it was evidently a gift, but it is unclear from whom.

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Harvard University – Harvard University Archives / Class Album. Class of 1855. HUD 255.704.1, Harvard University Archives

The 1825 and 1826 annual reports were also gifts, in 1865, of Frank B. Sanborn, Harvard College 1855. Here he is pictured in his Class album (HOLLIS 7505074).

The source of the 1827 and 1828 issues remains a mystery. A penciled note reads simply “no date of reception.” All six were transferred from the College Library to the Law School Library in June 1924, possibly in a batch described in the Law Library’s accession book as merely “Miscellaneous material”. These broadsides and their miscellaneous collection of facts and figures offer an intriguing glimpse into the state of Massachusetts prisons in the early nineteenth century. We are thankful to the Harvard College alumni who thought to give these interesting documents to their alma mater and to the library professionals who over the years have sought to preserve them. And given recent interest and concern about prisons and mass incarceration, both nationally and locally, these nearly 200 year old reports are an especially timely find.

Faculty Book Talk: I. Glenn Cohen and Holly Fernandez Lynch: FDA in the 21st Century: The Challenges of Regulating Drugs and New Technologies, Wednesday, October 28 at noon.

The Harvard Law School Library staff invites you to attend a book talk and panel discussion in celebration of Professor I. Glenn Cohen and Holly Fernandez Lynch’s recently published book, FDA in the 21st Century: The Challenges of Regulating Drugs and New Technologies (Columbia University Press).

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 12:00 noon.
Harvard Law School Room WCC 2036 Milstein East C (Directions)
Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library.
Lunch will be served.

FDA in the 21st Century


Ameet Sarpatwari

The talk will be moderated by Ameet Sarpatwari, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Associate Epidemiologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


Book talk panelists include:

Aaron Seth Kesselheim

Aaron Seth Kesselheim, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Program On Regulation Therapeutic And the Law (PORTAL), Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


Daniel Carpenter

Daniel Carpenter, Allie S. Freed Professor of Government, Harvard University, and Director of the Social Sciences program, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.


I. Glenn Cohen is Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology & Bioethics. He is one of the world’s leading experts on the intersection of bioethics (sometimes also called “medical ethics”) and the law, as well as health law. He also teaches civil procedure. Prof. Cohen’s current projects relate to health information technologies, mobile health, reproduction/reproductive technology, research ethics, rationing in law and medicine, health policy, FDA law and to medical tourism – the travel of patients who are residents of one country, the “home country,” to another country, the “destination country,” for medical treatment. His past work has included projects on end of life decision-making, FDA regulation and commodification.

He is the author of more than 70 articles and chapters and his award-winning work has appeared in leading legal (including the Stanford, Cornell, and Southern California Law Reviews), medical (including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA), bioethics (including the American Journal of Bioethics, the Hastings Center Report) and public health (the American Journal of Public Health) journals, as well as Op-Eds in the New York Times and Washington Post. Cohen is the editor of The Globalization of Health Care: Legal and Ethical Issues (Oxford University Press, 2013), the co-editor of Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future (MIT Press, 2014, co-edited with Holly Lynch, introduction available here), and the author of Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Cohen was selected as a Radcliffe Institute Fellow for the 2012-2013 year and by the Greenwall Foundation to receive a Faculty Scholar Award in Bioethics. He is currently one of the key co-investigators on a multi-million Football Players Health Study at Harvard which is committed to improving the health of NFL players. He leads the Ethics and Law initiative as part of the multi-million dollar NIH funded Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center program. He is also one of three editors-in-chief of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, a peer-reviewed journal published by Oxford University Press.

Holly Fernandez Lynch is Executive Director of the Petrie-Flom Center. As Executive Director, Holly is responsible for oversight of the Center’s sponsored research portfolio, event programming, fellowships, student engagement, and a range of other projects and collaborations. She is Co-Lead of the Law and Ethics Initiative of the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University, as well as Co-Lead of the Center’s Involvement with the Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and Law Program of Harvard Catalyst, Harvard’s Clinical and Translational Science Center. In addition, she is Co-Editor of the Center’s collaborative health policy blog, Bill of Health.

Holly’s scholarship focuses on law, bioethics, and health policy, in particular the regulation and ethical conduct of research with human subjects domestically and internationally, pharmaceutical development and regulatory policy, conflicts of conscience in health care, medical professionalism, conflicts of interest, and religion in health care. She published Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care: An Institutional Compromise in 2008 (MIT Press), and released a co-edited volume from MIT Press in 2014 called Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future. She has served as Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, teaching a course on “Bioethics in the Courts,” as well as lecturer for Harvard Catalyst courses on “Introduction to Translational Medicine” and “Fundamentals of Clinical and Translational Research.” In 2014, Holly was appointed as a member of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.



“In its decades-long effort to assure the safety, efficacy, and security of medicines and other products, the Food and Drug Administration has struggled with issues of funding, proper associations with industry, and the balance between consumer choice and consumer protection. Today, these challenges are compounded by the pressures of globalization, the introduction of novel technologies, and fast-evolving threats to public health. With essays by leading scholars and government and private industry experts, FDA in the Twenty-First Century addresses perennial and new problems and the improvements the agency can make to better serve the public good.

The collection features essays on effective regulation in an era of globalization, consumer empowerment, and comparative effectiveness, as well as questions of data transparency, conflicts of interest, industry responsibility, and innovation policy, all with an emphasis on pharmaceuticals. The book also intervenes in the debate over off-label drug marketing and the proper role of the FDA before and after a drug goes on the market. Dealing honestly and thoroughly with the FDA’s successes and failures, contributors rethink the structure, function, and future of the agency and the effect policy innovations may have on regulatory institutions in other countries.” — Columbia University Press

Recent Reviews:

“The book contains a concise historical account of FDA regulation and insightful analyses of the major challenges the FDA will face over the next quarter century. The contributors, drawn from a variety of fields, are all authorities on the issues at hand. Although they certainly do not share the same opinions, their disagreements make the book remarkably balanced. Essential reading.” — Anup Malani, University of Chicago

“A truly magisterial collection, FDA in the 21st Century is a must-read for academics, practitioners, and social scientists interested in the future of drug and device regulation. The contributors offer thoughtful and well-researched policy approaches on conundrums facing the FDA itself, and similar agencies around the world. Bravo!” — Frank Pasquale, University of Maryland, Carey School of Law

“This insightful and informative book draws on a variety of perspectives to chart a course for FDA — and society — as we confront the challenges of medical product regulation in the 21st Century. It should be read by regulators and the regulated alike, as well as by patients, policymakers, payers, physicians, pharmacists — indeed, by anyone interested in human health.” — Daniel Troy, General Counsel, GlaxoSmithKline PLC; Chief Counsel, FDA, 2001-2004

“FDA in the 21st Century lives up to its title. Drawing on the historical evolution of the FDA, this book lays out, in a clear and thoughtful manner, the key questions for the future. At a time when scientific opportunities are presenting at lightning speed, and the expectations of the public for transparency, personalized medicine, and safety have never been greater, this is an important book.” — Amy Rick, Food & Drug Law Institute

New e-resources

The Harvard Library has an astounding number of resources, with new titles coming in every day! For help efficiently navigating it all, make an appointment to meet with a librarian or contact the Reference Desk.

Among our newest e-resources:

Note: “about” descriptions are taken from the resources themselves.

ACADIA (Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture)

Publications from The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, an international network of digital design researchers and professionals that facilitates critical investigations into the role of computation in architecture, planning, and building science, encouraging innovation in design creativity, sustainability, and education.    

Apabi Chinese Art Museum Picture Database

Chinese E-book Treasure House is a professional Chinese E-content integrated service platform launched by Beijing Founder Apabi Technology Limited. With a formidable collection of E-content, ranging from the majority of books published since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, various newspapers of all levels in China, yearbooks, reference books, pictures and other characteristic resource products, made available to readers, Chinese E-book Treasure House is dedicated to provide prime online reading, full article search, offline borrowing, mobile reading, download, printing and other convenient e-services to an array of clients like libraries, enterprises, governments, common readers, etc.

Atlanta Constitution 1946-1984

Archives from Atlanta’s metropolitan daily newspaper.


View top journals from your field in the BrowZine Scholarly Journal Room. BrowZine is a browsable newsstand of the library’s top journals. Easily discover, read, and monitor the key journals in your field.

Chinese Genealogy Zhongguo pu die ku 中国谱牒库

Chinese Philosophy & Religion Classics Zhongguo jing dian ku  中国经典库

CNKI. China Monographic Series Full-text Database 中国学术辑刊

Monographic Series is a complete set of proceedings published irregularly by academic institutions. CCJD is the sole academic monographic series full-text database in China. It has collected 588 titles and189011 full-text articles by now. Most of the publishers of the journals included in CCJD are higher education colleges, universities and academic institutions, which have high academic qualities and publish excellent papers, with strong expert knowledge and academic leading characters in each area.

CNKI. China Yearbooks Full-text Database 中国年鉴全文数据库

CYFD is the largest and continuously updated yearbooks full-text database in China. It covers various fields, including basic national conditions, geography, history, politics, military, diplomacy, law, economy, science technology, education, culture, sports, medical health, social life, figures, statistical material, documentary standard and regulations, etc. It has collected 2,828 titles and 22,756 volumes of yearbooks by now.

CuminCAD (Cumulative Index of Computer Aided Architectural Design) 

CumInCAD is a cumulative index of publications about computer aided architectural design. It includes bibliographic information about over 12,300 records from journals and conferences such as ACADIA, ASCAAD, CAADRIA, eCAADe, SiGraDi, CAAD futures, DDSS and others. All papers include full abstracts. Full texts, in PDF, of some 9,600 papers are also available.

Doing Bayesian Data Analysis, Second Edition: A Tutorial with R, JAGS, and Stan

There is an explosion of interest in Bayesian statistics, primarily because recently created computational methods have finally made Bayesian analysis obtainable to a wide audience. Doing Bayesian Data Analysis: A Tutorial with R, JAGS, and Stan provides an accessible approach to Bayesian data analysis, as material is explained clearly with concrete examples. The book begins with the basics, including essential concepts of probability and random sampling, and gradually progresses to advanced hierarchical modeling methods for realistic data. Included are step-by-step instructions on how to conduct Bayesian data analyses in the popular and free software R and WinBugs. This book is intended for first-year graduate students or advanced undergraduates. It provides a bridge between undergraduate training and modern Bayesian methods for data analysis, which is becoming the accepted research standard. Knowledge of algebra and basic calculus is a prerequisite.

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition)

Latin America in Video

Latin America in Video offers quality original language documentaries from some of the most important producers and independent filmmakers in Latin America. The films were produced in Latin America, by Latin Americans, about Latin American issues, such as cultural identity, political history, human rights, popular culture, agribusiness, education, religion, and much more. It brings a comprehensive, exclusive and unique perspective on the region to any library.

Newsday 1940-1986 

This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.

Online Music Anthology

A-R Editions’ Online Music Anthology is an extensive collection of examples designed expressly for music history courses. A-R’s Online Music Anthology contains many more pieces than print anthologies, all newly engraved and available online by subscription. (A-R offers complimentary access to instructors, pending approval of their requests.) Instructors can adapt the contents of the Online Music Anthology for use in a variety of courses, like any print anthology, but as an online resource, it is more powerful.

Révolution et l’Empire = Revolution and the Empire

This collection contains the complete works of the greatest historians of the nineteenth century, or 155 works, 1789-1815. Among the authors in this collection include: Aulard, Barante, Louis Blanc, Buchez, Jaures, Lamartine, Michelet, Quinet, Thiers or Tocqueville.

Scotsman 1817-1950

This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.

SBRnet: Sports Business Research Network

SBRnet’s unique approach to research allows its users to focus on any one aspect of the market or on all segments, depending on a specific assignment or project. These aspects include but aren’t limited to current and historic TV viewership; social media usage; mobile device viewership; sport participation trends; apparel, footwear and equipment purchasing, gender issues in sport, financial trends, and youth sports, to name the most frequently used portions of SBRnet’s database. The more a sport business solution is based on current market data, the more likely it is to succeed.

tralac Trade Law Centre 

tralac engages in applied trade law and policy analysis, with the aim of addressing the most pressing trade matters for countries in the region. Our research is presented in different formats: news articles, electronic newsletters, trade briefs, working papers, and monographs.

You can also view our list of recently activated e-journals

Faculty Book Talk: Charles J. Ogletree Jr.’s The Enduring Legacy of Rodriguez: Creating New Pathways to Equal Educational Opportunity, Wed., Oct. 14 at noon.

The Harvard Law School Library staff invites you to attend a book talk and discussion by Professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr. with co-editor, Professor Kimberly Jenkins Robinson in celebration of their recently published book, The Enduring Legacy of Rodriguez: Creating New Pathways to Equal Educational Opportunity (Harvard Education Press).

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 12:00 noon.
Harvard Law School Room WCC 2036 Milstein East C (Directions)
Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library.
Lunch will be served.

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“In this ambitious volume, leading legal and educational scholars examine San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez (1973), the landmark US Supreme Court decision that held that the Constitution does not guarantee equality of educational opportunity. Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., and Kimberly Jenkins Robinson have brought together a host of experts in their field to examine the road that led up to the Rodriguez decision, assess the successes and failures of the reforms that followed in its wake, and lay out an array of creative strategies for addressing the ongoing inequality of resources and socioeconomic segregation that perpetuate the inequity of opportunity in education.

Successive waves of school reform efforts have failed to counteract the pernicious effects of inequality on student learning and achievement. The widely perceived exhaustion of these conventional approaches has led to a renewed interest in the Rodriguez decision and its impact on efforts to improve educational opportunity and outcomes for all students. A timely volume, The Enduring Legacy of Rodriguez makes a comprehensive statement that will inform research and reform for the next generation of scholars, educators, lawyers, and policy makers.” — Harvard Education Press

Charles Ogletree, the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, and Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, is a prominent legal theorist who has made an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law. Professor Ogletree opened the offices of The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice ( in September 2005 as a tribute to the legendary civil rights lawyer and mentor and teacher of such great civil rights lawyers as Thurgood Marshall and Oliver Hill. The Institute has engaged in a wide range of important educational, legal, and policy issues over the past 6 years.

Professor Ogletree is the author of several important books on race and justice. One of his most recent publication is a book co-edited with Professor Austin Sarat of Amherst College entitled Life without Parole: America’s New Death Penalty? (NYU Press, 2012). Other publications include The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class, and Crime in America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). In November 2009, NYU Press published Professor Ogletree’s book, co-edited with Professor Austin Sarat, The Road to Abolition: The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States. Also edited with Austin Sarat, When Law Fails: Making Sense of Miscarriages of Justice and From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America were published by NYU Press in January of 2009 and May of 2006 respectively. His historical memoir, All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education, was published by W.W. Norton & Company in April 2004. Professor Ogletree also co-authored Beyond the Rodney King Story: An Investigation of Police Conduct in Minority Communities (Northeastern University Press 1995).

Professor Kimberly Jenkins Robinson is a national expert on the federal role in education and equal educational opportunity and teaches and writes in the area of education law and policy. Professor Robinson is a researcher at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School. Her most recent article entitled Disrupting Education Federalism argues that the United States should reconstruct its understanding of education federalism to support a national effort to ensure equal access to an excellent education. This article is forthcoming in the Washington University Law Review in 2015. Her scholarship has appeared in the University of Chicago Law Review, Boston College Law Review, William and Mary Law Review, and UC Davis Law Review, among other venues. Prior to joining the Richmond Law faculty in 2010, Professor Robinson was an Associate Professor at Emory University School of Law and a visiting fellow at George Washington University Law School. She also served in the General Counsel’s Office of the United States Department of Education, where she helped draft federal policy on issues of race, sex, and disability discrimination. In addition, Professor Robinson represented school districts in school finance and constitutional law litigation as an associate with Hogan & Hartson, LLP (now Hogan Lovells). Professor Robinson is a frequent lecturer on education law and policy issues, including serving as the keynote speaker at the Is Education a Civil Right? conference at Harvard Law School in April 2013 and as the Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in March 2014.

Recent reviews:

“Ogletree, Robinson, and their expert cowriters offer hope that this decision can be reversed or that other ways can be found to counter its ill effects. This book is a thoughtful and overdue contribution to improving schools.”  — Jack Jennings, author, Presidents, Congress, and the Public Schools

“There is an enduring tradition in this nation of relentless legal scholars who stand as champions for educational equity. This important volume follows in that tradition, deftly charting the future of educational opportunity.”  — Ronald F. Ferguson, faculty cochair and director, The Achievement Gap Initiative, Harvard University

“Ogletree and Robinson remind us that equalizing educational opportunity in the United States is going to require fundamental changes in law and policy from many directions, from how we allocate our financial resources to rethinking our housing policies. Their book makes a very important contribution toward broadening the conversation we’re having around reforming education.”  — Wendy Kopp, cofounder and CEO, Teach For All

“The Supreme Court’s effective abdication of any role in securing equal educational opportunity requires us to continue to grapple with the past, present, and future effects of the Rodriguez decision, and the essays here make essential contributions to that endeavor.”
Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Faculty Book Talk: Joseph W. Singer’s No Freedom without Regulation: The Hidden Lesson of the Subprime Crisis, Wed., Oct. 7 at noon.

The Harvard Law School Library staff invites you to attend a book talk and panel discussion in celebration of Professor Joseph W. Singer’s recently published book, No Freedom without Regulation: The Hidden Lesson of the Subprime Crisis (Yale University Press).

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 12:00 noon.
Harvard Law School Room WCC 2019 Milstein West A (Directions)
Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library.
Lunch will be served.

Professor Joseph William Singer is the Bussey Professor of Law. He has been teaching at Harvard Law School since 1992. He was appointed Bussey Professor of Law in 2006. He began teaching at Boston University School of Law in 1984. Singer received a B.A. from Williams College in 1976, an A.M. in political science from Harvard in 1978, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1981. He clerked for Justice Morris Pashman on the Supreme Court of New Jersey from 1981 to 1982 and was an associate at the law firm of Palmer & Dodge in Boston, focusing on municipal law, from 1982 to 1984. He teaches and writes about property law, conflict of laws, federal Indian law. He also writes about legal theory with an emphasis on moral and political philosophy.

He has published more than 70 law review articles. He is one of the executive editors of the 2012 edition of Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law (with 2015 Supplement). He has written a casebook and a treatise on property law, as well as No Freedom Without Regulation: The Hidden Lesson of the Subprime Crisis (2015), Entitlement: The Paradoxes of Property (2000), and The Edges of the Field: Lessons on the Obligations of Ownership (2000).

Singer book talk poster

“Almost everyone who follows politics or economics agrees on one thing: more regulation means less freedom. Joseph William Singer, one of the world’s most respected experts on property law, explains why this understanding of regulation is simply wrong. While analysts as ideologically divided as Alan Greenspan and Joseph Stiglitz have framed regulatory questions as a matter of governments versus markets, Singer reminds us of what we’ve willfully forgotten: government is not inherently opposed to free markets or private property, but is, in fact, necessary to their very existence. Singer uses the recent subprime crisis to demonstrate:

Regulation’s essential importance for freedom and democracy
Why consumer protection laws are a basic pillar of economic freedom
How private property rests on a regulatory infrastructure
Why liberals and conservatives actually agree on these relationships far more than they disagree

This concise volume is essential reading for policy makers, philosophers, political theorists, economists, and financial professionals on both sides of the aisle.” — Yale University Press

Book talk panelists include Harvard Law School Professors:

Christine Desan



Christine A. Desan, Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law.


John C.P. Goldberg



John C.P. Goldberg, Eli Goldston Professor of Law.


Ken Mack



Kenneth W. Mack, Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law.


Todd Rakoff




Todd D. Rakoff, Byrne Professor of Administrative Law.


Henry Smith



Henry E. Smith, Fessenden Professor of Law & Director, Project on the Foundations of Private Law.

In Ruhleben Camp: “Home Rule” for Ruhlebenites

In Ruhleben Camp follows the production schedule of the magazine created by prisoners at Ruhleben, an internment camp for British civilians in Germany during WWI. On the day that an issue of the magazine was released a hundred years ago, Marissa Grunes will post highlights from that number and tell part of its story. 

Pondside Stores. In Ruhleben Camp, No. 3, July 1915. p. 5. Masterman Coll., Box 2 Seq. 246

Pondside Stores. In Ruhleben Camp, No. 3, July 1915, p. 5. Masterman, Box 2 Seq. 246

The story of the magazine In Ruhleben Camp begins in March 1915, when James Gerard, the American Ambassador in Berlin, first visited Ruhleben as a neutral observer. His appalled response prompted quick action by the German military authorities, who prepared to build new barracks to ease crowding, and immediately fired the corrupt kitchen manager. Food preparation was placed under prisoner control, and by the time General von Kessel, supreme commander in the marches, visited two weeks later, Ruhlebenites were running an efficient and clean kitchen.

During the bustling summer of 1915, the prisoners established a post service, police force, and financial chain of command, building an autonomous civil administration alongside the cultural institutions (including a school, theatre, orchestra, and debating league) that sprang up in the camp. In September of 1915, Ruhlebenites were granted “Home Rule,” and became responsible for virtually every aspect of camp business save guarding the barbed wire itself.

Three significant changes in 1915 made “Home Rule” successful: 1) a Relief Fund provided by Great Britain; 2) a Camp Fund to pay internees employed in the camp, also underwritten by the British government; and 3) lowered restrictions on parcel deliveries to internees.

Parliament and the folks back home were initially suspicious of these supposed expatriates fiddling while the Western Front burned. When the government relented and set up a Relief Fund for civilian prisoners, the disbursements were limited to 5 Marks per week and were given on loan, to be paid back when the war ended. This amount was a pittance, but it enabled the poorest recipients to purchase basic foodstuffs at the Camp Canteen (also run by Ruhlebenites).

The Canteen, in turn, was internally subsidized by the Captains’ Committee, the central administrative body of the camp. Subsidies were financed by profits from less essential services such as the boiler house (which dispensed hot water for tea) and were put towards items like milk or margarine, according to public statements by the Captains (Masterman Coll., Box 2 Seq. 416-7). The profits were available because the Camp didn’t pay its employees: Gerard had also arranged a Camp Fund, underwritten by the British government, to pay the wages of critical workers, including kitchen employees and those on fatigue duty. All of these employees were prisoners.

Finally, the spring of 1915 saw a surge in private relief flowing into the camp, as German authorities lifted restrictions on parcel deliveries. Here, negotiating pressure played a larger role. The sinking of the Lusitania in May 1915 provoked the large-scale internment of German citizens resident in Britain. These changed stakes made “both governments more willing to reach an agreement on a system of camp inspections and on the delivery of relief parcels from home,” which transformed conditions in Ruhleben, as historian Matthew Stibbe remarks (Stibbe, p. 111).

Ambassador Gerard also kicked off the keenest source of pride and internal organization in the camp, as we shall see: football.

Bibliography & Further Reading

John Masterman collection of Ruhleben British Civilian internment camp documents, 1914-1919, Harvard Law School Library, Box 2, sequence 246

John Masterman collection of Ruhleben British Civilian internment camp documents, 1914-1919, Harvard Law School Library, Box 2, sequence 416-417

Stibbe, Matthew. British civilian internees in Germany. The Ruhleben camp, 1914-18. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2008.

Marissa Grunes is a PhD candidate in English Literature at Harvard University, focusing on transatlantic literature of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her dissertation project explores frontier architecture in 19th century poetry, fiction, and non-fiction of the United States.

Faculty Book Talk: J. Mark Ramseyer’s Second Best Justice: The Virtues of Japanese Private Law, Wednesday, September 30 at noon.

The Harvard Law School Library staff invites you to attend a book talk and panel discussion in celebration of Professor J. Mark Ramseyer’s recently published book, Second Best Justice: The Virtues of Japanese Private Law (University of Chicago Press).

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 12:00 noon.
Harvard Law School Room WCC 2036 Milstein East C (Directions)
Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library.
Lunch will be served.
Mark Ramseyer is the Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies. He spent most of his childhood in provincial towns and cities in southern Japan, attending Japanese schools for K-6. He returned to the U.S. for college. Before attending law school, he studied Japanese history in graduate school. Ramseyer graduated from HLS in 1982. He clerked for the Hon. Stephen Breyer (then on the First Circuit), worked for two years at Sidley & Austin (in corporate tax), and studied as a Fulbright student at the University of Tokyo. After teaching at UCLA and the University of Chicago, he came to Harvard in 1998. He has also taught or co-taught courses at several Japanese universities (in Japanese). In his research, Ramseyer primarily studies Japanese law, and primarily from a law & economics perspective. In addition to a variety of Japanese law courses, he teaches the basic Corporations course. With Professors Klein and Bainbridge, he co-edits a Foundation Press casebook in the field.

Ramseyer poster

“It’s long been known that Japanese file fewer lawsuits per capita than Americans do. Yet explanations for the difference have tended to be partial and unconvincing, ranging from circular arguments about Japanese culture to suggestions that the slow-moving Japanese court system acts as a deterrent.

With Second-Best Justice, J. Mark Ramseyer offers a more compelling, better-grounded explanation: the low rate of lawsuits in Japan results not from distrust of a dysfunctional system but from trust in a system that works—that sorts and resolves disputes in such an overwhelmingly predictable pattern that opposing parties rarely find it worthwhile to push their dispute to trial. Using evidence from tort claims across many domains, Ramseyer reveals a court system designed not to find perfect justice, but to “make do” — to adopt strategies that are mostly right and that thereby resolve disputes quickly and economically.

An eye-opening study of comparative law, Second-Best Justice will force a wholesale rethinking of the differences among alternative legal systems and their broader consequences for social welfare.” — University of Chicago Press

Book talk panelists include:

Theodore Gilman



Theodore Gilman, Executive Director, Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.


Richard Samuels


Richard J. Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Founding Director of the MIT Japan Program.


Allen Ferrell



Allen Ferrell, Harvey Greenfield Professor of Securities Law, Harvard Law School.


Recent Reviews:

“Ramseyer—often unorthodox, rebellious, paradigm-subverting—has occasionally found himself cast as the enfant terrible of Japanese law, economics, and politics. With this marvelous book, Second-Best Justice, he again takes aim at conventional wisdom with a brilliant, measured, and highly contextualized takedown of the common belief that low litigation rates in Japan indicate that the Japanese legal system is fundamentally flawed. Ramseyer offers an alternative, ingeniously nuanced explanation for why Japanese don’t sue: The system aims for good, not perfection. Ramseyer’s argument is so compelling that it’s difficult to imagine his ideas won’t form the next conventional wisdom. With a cavalcade of evidence that powerfully challenges dominant counterarguments, Second-Best Justice is essential reading that is sure to spark controversy, as well as change minds.” — Mark D. West, University of Michigan Law School

“This well-written book offers a wealth of fascinating information about Japan’s health care and legal systems. Ramseyer provides very concise and fascinating accounts of the labor practice and policy, landlord tenant law, consumer finance law, and more, which are set in historical context and both amusing and informative.” — Lewis A. Kornhauser, New York University School of Law

“In predictably insightful and lucid fashion, Ramseyer shows how the Japanese legal system ‘makes do’ with relatively simple, predictable rules to resolve a variety of common disputes. The result, it turns out, is a legal system that functions just fine—perhaps much better than one aspiring to perfect, individualized justice. Second-Best Justice is an astute commentary on the Japanese legal system, and by implication, the US system to which it is often compared.” — Curtis J. Milhaupt, Columbia Law School

“Replete with facts, figures, and statistical analyses, Second-Best Justice is a richly detailed examination of Japan’s ‘second-best’ system for handling personal injury cases—a system that, Ramseyer argues, puts the United States to shame.” — Daniel H. Foote, University of Washington and University of Tokyo

852 RARE – New Exhibit! One Text, Sixteen Manuscripts: Magna Carta at the Harvard Law School Library

Magna Carta posterFirst written in 1215, the ideas of liberty and human rights contained in and derived from England’s Magna Carta (the Great Charter) have persisted for 800 years. They have provided inspiration for developments in law now enshrined in constitutions and treaties across the world. The survival and resonance of those ideas is reflected in the manuscripts in this exhibit.

The Harvard Law School Library owns close to 30 manuscript copies of Magna Carta; a few of our favorites are presented here. Tangible items like these connect us with the past and allow us to approach the people who created, used and treasured these documents. Each manuscript tells a different story and raises many questions.

This exhibit was curated by Karen Beck and Mindy Kent, HLS Library. It is on view daily 9 to 5 in the Caspersen Room through March 11, 2016. An online companion to the exhibit is available. All our manuscript Magna Cartas have been digitized and may be viewed online.