Trends in Law
Here I was, looking for any way to procrastinate and not grade more exams. Problem solved. You can now search 10% of the books ever published through google, looking at trends over time. Here, for example, is an argument for, and against, Grant Gilmore’s the Death of Contract.
“Promissory estoppel” over time:
But now, let’s mix in “contract”.
Yup, promissory estoppel hasn’t been talked about even one hundredth as often as contracts are. You can see a similar dominance in the cultural life of tort law:
I’ve got to say, this is an incredibly cool toy. Some more flashes in the pan follow, after the jump.
This one looks bad for a certain kind of state-centered view of international law:
And, finally, here’s my old property professor’s view of the world, in one pretty picture:
I’m guessing that there are going to be tons of articles written in the near future, using tools like this to study how people thought about legal concepts over time. Why don’t we use the comment thread to preempt all those articles with some placeholder ideas?