CONTEXTUAL-CONFIGURATIVE JURISPRUDENCE: THE LAW, SCIENCE AND POLICIES OF HUMAN DIGNITY
By Winston P. Nagan
This book about the Configurative, Law, Science and Policy Theories looks at law in a more futuristic manner. It involves examining the idea of law in terms of decision and policy rather than simply as rules and principles. The reader will be introduced to a technique known as "contextual mapping" which helps in understanding legal problems in context and in identifying which problems require authoritative and controlling solutions. The book undertakes a careful analysis of modern theories of justice and their relevance to the practice and operation of the law. Although directly relevant to law, this approach to law has broader implications for management, leadership, and decision making as well.
Winston P. Nagan is Sam T. Dell Research Scholar and Professor of Law at the University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law. In addition, Professor Nagan holds degrees from the University of Oxford, Duke University and his doctorate (JSD) from Yale Law School. He is also an Affiliate Professor of Anthropology, African and Latin American Studies and Director of the Institute for Human Rights, Peace & Development at the University of Florida. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Former Chair of the Board of Amnesty International (USA), and Former President of the Policy Sciences Institute in New Haven, CT. He is a Fellow and Trustee on the Board of the World Academy of Art and Science and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA); the University of Florida gave him the Distinguished International Educator award in 2005. Professor Nagan's articles span four decades and cover various topics including international law, national security law, weapons of mass destruction, human rights, transitional justice, and international development. His most recent writings have focused on the Holocaust and Genocide, the nature of sovereignty, peace in the Middle East. He has also written on professionalism in an age of globalization and the impact of modern communications theory on Human Rights and World Order.