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Berman reviews books for 'American Journal of Comparative Law'

March 10, 2009

Paul Schiff Berman, Dean of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, has recently published a review essay of two books on law and culture (Lawrence Rosen's Law as Culture and Oscar Chase's Law, Culture, and Ritual ) in the latest edition of the American Journal of Comparative Law.

In his review, Berman includes a summary of the books, offers a working definition of "culture," and argues for its continued relevance in the face of, among other things, legal reformists and economic globalization.

He applauds the authors for their understanding of the deep ties between law and culture and notes that their work will have increasing relevance in "an era in which both law and culture are likely to become increasingly polyglot."

Berman's scholarship focuses on the intersection of international law, conflict of laws, cyberspace law, and the cultural analysis of law. Before becoming dean, Berman was the Jesse Root Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Judy Nichols,
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Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law