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Neither Angels nor Wolves

Evolving Principles of Social Responsibility in Israeli Private Law

Eli Bukspan

This article describes an emerging trend in Israeli private law that strives to incorporate a culture of social responsibility into everyday life. Implemented through the legal principles of 'good faith' and 'public policy' in contracts, this applies mainly to the social responsibility of corporations. The adoption of such concepts in interpersonal relationships emphasizes that this approach aims to include all components of the legal system. The basic Israeli social and constitutional principles are analyzed, along with the role that individuals and business participants, not only government authorities, play in the structuring of a freedom-seeking society. The article concludes that this new trend also corresponds to the social discontent that was evident in Israel during the summer of 2011, as well as to a new way of thinking about the concept of capitalism in the business literature.

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‘Turning Human Beings into Lawyers’

Why Anthropology Matters So Little to the Legal Curriculum

Insa Koch

Does anthropology matter to law? At first sight, this question might seem redundant: of course, anthropology matters to law, and it does so a great deal. Anthropologists have made important contributions to legal debates. Legal anthropology is a thriving sub-discipline, encompassing an ever-increasing range of topics, from long-standing concerns with customary law and legal culture to areas that have historically been left to lawyers, including corporate law and financial regulation. Anthropology’s relevance to law is also reflected in the world of legal practice. Some anthropologists act as cultural experts in, while others have challenged the workings of, particular legal regimes, including with respect to immigration law and social welfare.

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Julia Eckert and Laura Knöpfel


Responsibility and accountability in entangled global relations are negotiated across jurisdictional boundaries, localities and scales of legality. In this special issue, we trace struggles for corporate accountability from extraction sites in Ecuador, Colombia and Peru to an abandoned asbestos factory in Italy. We enquire into the gap between the legal institutions which govern attributions of responsibility in procedural, tort and corporate laws, lived experiences of harm connected to transnational business activities and moral expectations of responsibility in global relations. In the struggles for justice discussed in this special issue, we detect potential ways of rethinking ascriptions of responsibility to reflect the deep entanglements of our economies.

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Anna Beckers

constraints can be imposed. As corporations, they are entities created by the legal system. The history of corporate law has shown a remarkable transformation of the corporate image, that is, its nature and purpose, that range from an equalizing with state

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“Exfoliation, Cheese Courses, Emotional Honesty, and Paxil”

Masculinity, Neoliberalism, and Postfeminism in the US Hangout Sitcom

Greg Wolfman

sensibility or even an at-times ambiguous sexuality. Marshall in HIMYM exemplifies the househusband's romance in an episode entitled “Life Among the Gorillas,” where he begins a job in corporate law he does not really want in order to get closer to his

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God's Voice in a Secular Society

A Christian Perspective

Trevor Wedman

corporate law, especially since the Second World War. We see the absence of value very strongly in corporate culture. Corporations are required to seek profit above anything else. While this has been the case for many centuries, the development over the

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Looking Outward from/with IGSA@ND

Angeletta KM Gourdine, Mary Celeste Kearney, and Shauna Pomerantz

politics. In the wake of a South Korean Court ordering Japan to pay reparations to the so-called comfort women who were forcibly conscripted into sexual servitude during World War II, J. Mark Ramseyer, a corporate-law specialist in Japanese legal studies