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Friday, February 24, 2017

Wednesday, March 1: Rare Books Open House

All are invited to the Riesenfeld Center's second rare books open house this semester, next Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.! Come out to enjoy free snacks and drinks, and see more treasures from the Library's rare books and special collections!

Rare Books Open House

When: Wednesday, March 1, 12 p.m - 3 p.m.
Where: Riesenfeld Rare Books Center (N30, on the sub-plaza past Sullivan Cafe).
What: Treasures from the rare books and special collections, and free snacks and drinks.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Wednesday, February 8: Spring Exhibits Open House

All are invited to an open house this Wednesday, February 8, for the Law Library's 2017 spring exhibits:

"Rights Writ Large: Between the State and the Individual in International Law" and "Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective"

Open House:    Wednesday, February 8, 2017
                         12 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
                         Riesenfeld Rare Books Center (N30, Sub-plaza)

                         Snacks and refreshments will be served.

 “Rights Writ Large: Between the State and the Individual in International Law,” explores the rich history of rights discourse in international law, from early modern treatises on the laws of war and peace, to contemporary international humanitarian law, to highlight interrelated origins and important contemporary questions.   

Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective,” consider a question as enduring as conflict itself - by what means, and how far, are deep violations of law and justice to be redressed in the wake of conflict - with reference to interesting examples and practices of transitional justice in history. 

For more information about the exhibits, please see the links above.  The exhibits will be open from February 8 through June 2, 2017, in the Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center.  For more information or directions, please contact Ryan Greenwood (rgreenwo@umn.edu; 612-625-7323).





New 2017 Spring Exhibit: "Rights Writ Large"

Hugo Grotius, Mare liberum (1633)
The University of Minnesota Law Library and Riesenfeld Rare Books Center are pleased to announce the 2017 spring exhibits:

“Rights Writ Large: Between the State and the Individual in International Law” together with “Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective”

“Rights Writ Large: Between the State and the Individual in International Law,” highlights the rich history of rights discourse in international law.  The rights of nations – primarily the right of war to maintain territory – were framed as the basis of their relations by Hugo Grotius and others in the early modern period.  At the same time, and drawing on the same sources, the rights of individuals began to play a larger role in national political movements, as the foundation of legitimate government.  In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the rights of individuals took on increasing importance in international law, first in the context of war, and finally as universal human rights defined by international conventions and protocols.


Sir Hersh Lauterpacht (1897-1960)
This exhibit, drawn from the rich Arthur C. Pulling Rare Books Collection, considers the historical “dialogue of rights” between states and individuals in international law, and sources that have influenced that dialogue, to highlight interrelated origins that still inform important questions in contemporary international law.

Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective,” is also on display through the spring.  This exhibit explores a question as enduring as conflict itself: by what means, and how far, are deep violations of law and justice to be redressed in the wake of conflict?  The exhibit showcases volumes that touch on theories and moments of transitional justice and post-conflict reconciliation: from the first legal commentary on a peace treaty, to the trial of Charles I of England, and the notebook of a Dachau war crimes prosecutor, the exhibit invites visitors to consider transitional justice from its foundations in history and comparative practice. 

“Rights Writ Large: Between the State and the Individual in International Law,” and “Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective,” are on display from February 8 through June 2, 2017, in the Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center.  For more information or directions, please contact Ryan Greenwood (rgreenwo@umn.edu; 612-625-7323).

The exhibits were designed and curated by Ryan Greenwood, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections, Pat Graybill, Digital Technology Specialist, and Ian Moret, Special Collections Assistant. 

   - Ryan Greenwood, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Thursday, February 2: Rare Books Open House

All are invited to the Riesenfeld Center's first rare books open house of the semester, next Thursday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.! Come out to enjoy free snacks and drinks, and see more treasures from the Library's rare books collection!

Rare Books Open House

When: Thursday, February 2, 12 p.m - 3 p.m.
Where: Riesenfeld Rare Books Center (N30, on the sub-plaza past Sullivan Cafe)
What: Treasures from the rare books collection, and free snacks and drinks! 







Friday, December 16, 2016

New Digital Exhibit: "Equal Caricature Under Law"

The Riesenfeld Center and Law Library have released a new digital exhibit:

"Equal Caricature Under Law: Supreme Court Bobbleheads by The Green Bag"

"Equal Caricature Under Law: Supreme Court Bobbleheads by The Green Bag," showcases a complete collection of Supreme Court bobbleheads, produced by The Green Bag and its editor, Ross Davies. Artful, whimsical, and informative, the Supreme Court bobbleheads depict the "Supremes" in miniature bobbling form, with witty (and annotated) references to their notable opinions. The Law Library's online exhibit also features over 40 volumes drawn from the Riesenfeld Rare Book Center's Arthur C. Pulling Rare Books Collection. From John Jay to John Roberts, Jr., and from the Federalist Papers to Brandeis's dissent in Olmstead v. United States, the exhibit highlights the justices' careers and their contributions to American law.

The new digital exhibit memorializes the Law Library's popular 2016 exhibition of bobbleheads, which was on display in the Riesenfeld Center's gallery.   

   - Ryan Greenwood, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections 



Friday, December 9, 2016

Finals Study Break: Wednesday, Dec. 14

Come out next Wednesday for a study break during finals!  Grab coffee and fresh-baked donuts outside the Riesenfeld Rare Books Center.

When: Wednesday, December 14, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Outside the Riesenfeld Rare Books Center (N30 - on the sub-plaza past Sullivan Cafe)
What: Coffee and donuts!

Good luck on finals, and best wishes for the holidays from the Law Library!





Thursday, November 17, 2016

New Exhibit: "Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective"

A new exhibit, "Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective," is open at the Riesenfeld Center.

Trial of Charles I of England,
tried and executed for treason 
in 1649.
War and conflict are often witness to deep violations of law and justice. When armed conflict subsides, and after the fall of oppressive regimes, important questions arise as to which punitive measures and reparations can bring guilty parties to justice, and rehabilitate those subject to crime and loss. Transitional justice seeks to address these issues, and to understand how to achieve a just and stable society in the wake of conflict.

By what means, how far, and through whose agency, deep violations of law and justice are to be redressed in the wake of conflict, are not only contemporary questions but are as old as conflict itself. Historical governments at various moments have relied on markedly procedural measures against defeated political and military leaders, focusing on the punishment of offenders, the restitution of property and other rights, and the re-establishment of civil society.


St. Paul attorney and Dachau war crimes
prosecutor Horace Hansen's copy of
administrative manual for post-Nazi
Germany
"Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective," in the Library's Riesenfeld Rare Books Center, highlights volumes that touch on theories and moments of transitional justice and post-conflict reconciliation, from high medieval Europe through the war crimes trials following WWII. From the first academic commentary on a peace treaty, to the trial of Charles I, to the notebook of a Dachau war crimes prosecutor, the exhibit invites visitors to consider transitional justice from its foundations in history and comparative practice.

"Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective" was created as part of the Law School Human Rights Center's Transitional Justice Week and is open through the spring.

For more information or directions, please contact Ryan Greenwood, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections (612-625-7323; rgreenwo@umn.edu).