Advanced Introduction to US First Amendment Law

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Advanced Introduction to US First Amendment Law

9781803927183 Edward Elgar Publishing
Helen Norton, University Distinguished Professor and Rothgerber Chair in Constitutional Law, University of Colorado School of Law, US
Publication Date: July 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80392 718 3 Extent: c 180 pp
This Advanced Introduction discusses the scope of US First Amendment law, considering the available tools and approaches for thinking about constitutional problems involving the government’s regulation of speech, religion, and more. Focusing specifically on the First Amendment as interpreted by the US Supreme Court, it explores the evolution and implementation of the doctrine regarding the freedoms of speech, press, petition, assembly, association, and religion.

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Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences, business and law, expertly written by the world’s leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas.

This Advanced Introduction discusses the scope of US First Amendment law, considering the available tools and approaches for thinking about constitutional problems involving the government’s regulation of speech, religion, and more. Focusing specifically on the First Amendment as interpreted by the US Supreme Court, it explores the evolution and implementation of the doctrine regarding the freedoms of speech, press, petition, assembly, association, and religion.

Key Features:
• Examines the strengths and weaknesses of various methods used to interpret the First Amendment
• Identifies key concepts and principles for understanding the protections provided by the First Amendment
• Explores the ways in which First Amendment law has developed over time, particularly in relation to changes in technology, politics, and the Supreme Court’s membership
• Illustrates the development of the Supreme Court’s thinking about First Amendment issues from the 18th into the 21st centuries

Providing an accessible and informative overview of the First Amendment, this Advanced Introduction is an essential resource for undergraduate and graduate students in constitutional and administrative law. It is also a helpful guide to First Amendment law for legal practitioners and professionals, and for those generally curious about this critically important set of constitutional protections.
Critical Acclaim
‘An excellent and accessible introduction to the First Amendment by an eminent legal scholar.’
– Caroline Mala Corbin, University of Miami School of Law, US

‘Professor Norton deftly breaks down complex constitutional issues in a way that is exceptionally clear and thought-provoking. This book is a terrific resource for anyone who is interested in gaining a fuller understanding of modern First Amendment law.’
– Sonja R. West, University of Georgia, US

‘Helen Norton''s preeminence as a First Amendment scholar and teacher is on full display in this book. Throughout, she describes not only what the doctrine is but why it is. The “why” couldn''t be more vital now, when the First Amendment is perhaps more contested (and less understood) than ever.’
– Erin C. Carroll, Georgetown Law, US

‘Norton offers a comprehensive and cogent overview of an area of law that can easily be muddled. Straightforward and accessible while simultaneously offering sophisticated insight into the doctrine’s development and operation, this book is an invaluable tool for anyone seeking an understanding of the First Amendment and its impact.’
– RonNell Andersen Jones, The University of Utah, US
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