Guest edited by Norman Spaulding (Stanford, Law) the special issue on Regime Change: Orders of Law in Transition explores how and on what terms legal systems and regimes of legal thought and regulation change. How are the uncertainties and contingencies of these changes experienced both by legal authorities and legal subjects? What ultimately secures or undermines the legitimacy of these changes? And how are these changes shaped and sometimes undone by the various forms of resistance they provoke? The purpose of the issue is to feature interdisciplinary scholarship (with and emphasis on legal and political theory, and/or legal history) that critically examines a specific moment of constitutive legal change. The change may be revolutionary, constitutional, or a more narrow but fundamental transition within a specific legal order or domain of legal regulation or jurisprudence.
Issue 2:2 includes two forums, and four guest editors. The first forum, on Alon Harel's Why Law Matters (OUP 2014), is guest edited by Vera Bergelson and is based on a 2014 book workshop at Rutgers School of Law-Newark. The second forum, on "Arts and the Aesthetic in Legal History," is guest edited by Roy Kreitner, Anat Rosenberg, and Christopher Tomlins, and originated in a conference at Tel Aviv University in 2014.
The New Historical Jurisprudence issue highlights and encourages a trend in recent legal scholarship, or rather scholarship on law, that--like the original historical jurisprudence--pursues a historical analysis of law, as a form of critical analysis of law, rather than legal history, as applied historiography. Generated by theorists with a historical sensibility, and historians with theoretical curiosity, this emerging body of work exploits and challenges the intersection of history and jurisprudence in innovative and exciting ways.
CAL's second issue features three forums: two book forums and one article forum. The book forums are inspired by Alan Brudner's The Unity of the Common Law (rev. ed. 2013) and Hanoch Dagan's Reconstructing American Legal Realism & Rethinking Private Law Theory (2013). The article forum features James Q. Whitman's paper "The Case for Penal Modernism: Beyond Utility and Desert," along with comments by Darryl Brown and Lindsay Farmer, as well as a reply by Whitman.
The journal's inaugural issue is devoted to the topic Critical Analysis of Law and the New Interdisciplinarity. The issue features papers from an international group of contributors not only from law, but also from other disciplines. It aims to capture some of the diversity of approaches to engaging with law as a discipline, and to locate within these projects the conception of bilateral interdisciplinarity in and on law that drives CAL.