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With 100th anniversary at hand, body of law that arose during World War I endures


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With 100th anniversary at hand, body of law that arose during World War I endures

By John Glynn

CHICAGO, March 6, 2014 — World War I began 100 years ago and the five-year conflict marked a turning point in the use of technology and resources for war. Now, a new book from the American Bar Association captures how this first global war also shaped the laws and set the legal foundation for all succeeding conflicts in the 20th and 21st centuries.

World War I Law and Lawyers: Issues, Cases, and Characters,” written by attorney Thomas J. Shaw, captures 80 legal issues punctuating this war, including the ancient rights of kings, deployment of modern technology such as airplanes and poison gases, efforts to suppress dissent and starving and deporting civilians. The book brings to life nearly 300 lawyers and judges from dozens of countries and diverse backgrounds, providing a compelling human backdrop to understanding the legal underpinning of the world’s first global conflict.

“World War I Law and Lawyers” ties together these issues of a century ago and offers practical advice for the modern-day lawyer dealing with current wartime issues, such as the use of poison gas. By melding history and the law, the book should be of interest to a range of readers — from lawyers, judges and law students to fans of history and readers of war stories.

The author, also a certified public accountant, has written four legal books in the past few years on privacy, information security, cloud computing and children’s safety on the Internet. He also penned the first book in this series, “World War II Law and Lawyers: Issues, Cases, and Characters,” and plans a third book on the legal history of pre-global war.

Title:                           “World War I Law and Lawyers: Issues, Cases, and Characters”
Publisher:                   ABA Publishing
Pages:                         560
Product Code:             1620594
ISBN:                          978-1-62722-431-4
Size:                            6x9
Binding:                      Hardcover
Price:                          $49.95
Orders:                       Order the book at or call 800-285-2221.

Editor’s note: Author interviews and review copies are available by sending an email to Neal Cox at If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Neal Cox. c/o ABA Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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