Strategic Indeterminacy in the Law by David Lanius (2019)


  • Hesam Mohamadi Simon Fraser University



Book review


Strategic Indeterminacy in the Law
David Lanius (2019)
Oxford University Press. 331 pp


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Cited cases

White City Shopping Center, L.P. v. P.R. Restaurants, LLC, 21 Mass. L.Rptr. 565 (2006)

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 349 U.S. 294 (1955)




How to Cite

Mohamadi, H. (2021). Strategic Indeterminacy in the Law by David Lanius (2019). International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law, 27(2), 255–260.



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