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Yale Law Library Series in Legal History and Reference


Representing Justice

Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms

  • Judith Resnik and Dennis E. Curtis
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Winner of the 2011 PROSE Award for Excellence in the Social Sciences, as given by the Association of American Publishers

Winner of the 2011 PROSE Award for Law and Legal Studies, as given by the Association of American Publishers

Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2011 in the U.S. Politics category.

Winner of the 2012 Scribes Book Award, as given by Scribes, The American Society of Legal Writers

The 2014 Coif Book Award given by the National Order of the Coif.

Read the New York Times interview with the authors

See the New York Times slideshow

By mapping the remarkable run of the icon of Justice, a woman with scales and sword, and by tracing the development of public spaces dedicated to justice—courthouses—the authors explore the evolution of adjudication into its modern form as well as the intimate relationship between the courts and democracy. The authors analyze how Renaissance “rites” of judgment turned into democratic “rights,” requiring governments to respect judicial independence, provide open and public hearings, and accord access and dignity to “every person.” With over 220 images, readers can see both the longevity of aspirations for justice and the transformation of courts, as well as understand that, while venerable, courts are also vulnerable institutions that should not be taken for granted.

Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis are law professors at Yale Law School.

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