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Law and Justice around the World

A Comparative Approach

Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur


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Law and Justice around the World is designed to introduce students to comparative law and justice, including cross-national variations in legal and justice systems as well as global and international justice. The book draws students into critical discussions of justice around the world today by: 
  • taking a broad perspective on law and justice rather than limiting its focus to criminal justice systems
  • examining topics of global concern, including governance, elections, environmental regulations, migration and refugee status, family law, and others 
  • focusing on a diverse set of global examples, from Europe, North America, East Asia, and especially the global south, and comparing the United States law and justice system to these other nations 
  • continuing to cover core topics such as crime, law enforcement, criminal courts, and punishment
  • including chapter goals to define learning outcomes
  • sharing case studies to help students apply concepts to real life issues
Instructor resources include discussion questions; suggested readings, films, and web resources; a test bank; and chapter-by-chapter PowerPoint slides with full-color maps and graphics.

By widening the comparative lens to include nations that are often completely ignored in research and teaching, the book paints a more realistic portrait of the different ways in which countries define and pursue justice in a globalized, interconnected world.

Praise For Law and Justice around the World: A Comparative Approach

" . . . an excellent addition to the textbooks of comparative justice education. . . . Arthur’s book can be great learning material for those who are not only interested in legal comparison but also interested in their historical, theoretical, political, and sociological roots. Other than students of criminal justice, the book can also be a great fit for students of pre-law, political sciences, international business, and sociology."

— Journal of Criminal Justice Education

University of California Press, 9780520300019, 368pp.

Publication Date: February 25, 2020

About the Author

Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur is Professor of Sociology at Rhode Island College. She is the author of Student Activism and Curricular Change in Higher Education and Social Change, a volume in Student Handbook to Sociology