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Top Twenty Spookiest Law Review Articles Ever Written

Amy Burchfield, Access & Faculty Services Librarian amy.burchfield@law.csuohio.edu | October 29, 2008 - 08:15

Who knew reading law review articles could be so spine tingling? Based on title alone, here are my picks for the twenty spookiest law review articles ever penned.

Research tip: Find these and other chilling law review articles by using “title” section searching (also called segment searching) in Lexis or Westlaw and typing in the spooky word like “ghost” “witch” or “mummy” in the title field.

1. Caveat Spiritus: A Jurisprudential Reflection Upon the Law of Haunted Houses and Ghosts 28 Val. U.L. Rev. 207 (1993).

2. An Infamous Legal Treatise: An Examination of the Malleus Maleficarum and Its Effect on the Prosecution of Witches in Europe 14 Digest 1 (2006).

3. Possession, Witchcraft, and the Law in Jacobean England 52 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1613 (1996).

4. Harry Potter and the Unforgivable Curses: Norm-formation, Inconsistency, and the Rule of Law in the Wizarding World 11 Roger Williams U. L. Rev. 309 (2006).

5. Ghosts from the Grave--Inheriting Through the Predeceased under Ohio Law 50 Clev. St. L. Rev. 189 (2002-2003).

6. The Standing of the Dead: Solving the Problem of Abandoned Graveyards 32 Cap. U.L. Rev. 479 (2003).

7. Grave Matters: The Ancient Rights of the Graveyard 2006 B.Y.U.L. Rev. 1469 (2006).

8. Clones, Bones and Twilight Zones: Protecting the Digital Persona of the Quick, the Dead and the Imaginary 16 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 1165 (2001).

9. Like a Ghoul in a Late Night Horror Movie 41 Brandeis L.J. 587 (2003).

10. Of Constitutional Séances and Color-Blind Ghosts 72 N.C.L. Rev. 401 (1994).

11. Presidents and Mummies and Patents, Oh My: Why Patenting Special Effects Technology is Like a Box of Chocolates, You Never Know What You’re Going to Get 7 Vill. Sports & Ent. L.J. 237 (2000).

12. Distilling the Witches' Brew of Fair Use in Copyright Law 43 U. Miami L. Rev. 233 (1988).

13. Disestablishmentarianism Collides with the First Amendment: The Ghost of Thomas Jefferson Still Haunts Churches 33 Cumb. L. Rev. 43 (2002-2003).

14. Inside: “Trick or Treat”: The Not-So-Funny Reality of American Jurisprudence Unfolds in Tragic Tort Claims Against Ford Motors 21 Montana Lawyer 3 (1996).

15. Hodel v. Irving: The Supreme Court’s Emerging Takings Analysis – A Question of How Many Pumpkin Seeds Per Acre 18 Envtl. L. 597 (1988).

16. The Witch Camps in Northern Ghana 7 Cardozo J. Int’l & Comp. L. 211 (1999).

17. Exorcizing Wechsler's Ghost: The Influence of the Model Penal Code on Death Penalty Sentencing Jurisprudence 31 Hastings Const. L.Q. 189 (2004).

18. Ghost Mothers: Human Egg Donation and the Legacy of the Past 57 Alb. L. Rev. 733 (1994).

19. McKevitt v. Pallasch: How the Ghosts of the Branzburg Decision Are Haunting Journalists in the Seventh Circuit 14 DePaul-LCA J. Art. & Ent. L. 363 (2004).

20. Use of Legislative History: Willow Witching for Legislative Intent 43 Idaho L. Rev. 585 (2007).


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