We are pleased to announce the launch of the redesigned Global Law Books and European Law Books book review websites. The Global Law Books and European Law Books sites represent a partnership of the World Trade Review, the Hauser Global Law School Program and the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice. These sites provide permanent coverage of the literature on European Union law and integration, and international trade law, regional integration and questions of global governance (global law), through the online presentation of book reviews and review essays. These dynamic sites provide a common platform for the many scholars, students and practitioners interested in these two areas of the law in part based on our belief that these two areas of the law share some of the same issues and normative dilemmas, though the answer to be given may differ greatly, and in part because this synergy will facilitate more efficient research across legal fields for global scholars. There will be two distinct interfaces, both accessible through the Hauser Global Law School Program and Jean Monnet Center web pages: one addressing books on European Union law and integration (www.europeanlawbooks.org), and another for books considering topics of global law and economics (www.globallawbooks.org). Though the central review database will be common to both sites, the highlights posted on each site will be different, making it easier for the reader to focus on his or her particular area of interest.
In these web sites you will find three types of reviews: the first type is the review essay, which serves to analyze the text in the context of the greater field of law addressed by the author; the second type is the short review, which solely addresses the content, purpose and effectiveness of an individual text; and the third type includes brief capsules and notes presented by review program editors. We also rely on your help to extend our coverage of the literature (particularly regarding non-English language books). The two sites will display a list of books that we have received from publishers and other sources, and qualified individuals are invited to send short review and review essay proposals for books on this list. Each selected reviewer will receive a complimentary copy of the text to be reviewed. We will carefully consider any proposal for a specific book review or suggestions of books you feel should be reviewed, and we will also consider for review any books sent to us. Please read the criteria posted on the websites for reviewer selection and for procedures for proposing reviews, responding to reviews, or requesting that a specific book be reviewed. We hope that these sites will facilitate your efforts to remain current on the state of the literature on the European Union, Global Law and international trade. We also hope that it will help identify, clarify and shape some of the current debates in this area of the law. One of the advantages of a web site format is that it can provide a much higher degree of interaction than a law journal can aspire to. But that is only the case if you do take seriously this invitation to engage.
The launch of the redesigned sites and expanded review program took place on October 31st, 2005 and served to demonstrate our heightened commitment to the promotion of scholarship in these fields. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this project, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org