The law and courts section of the American Political Science Association and the University of Chicago Press have launched a new journal. The first issue is available for free (temporarily) here. The first issue looks terrific. There is an article by Gillian Hadfield and Barry Weingast on “law without the state,” a piece by Ryan Owens, Justin Wedeking and Patrick Wohlfart showing how the U.S. Supreme Court obfuscates opinion language in order to escape Congressional review, an article by Thomas Brunell and Alec Stone Sweet on “trustee courts,” Larry Baum’s examination how Supreme Court votes on the takings clause have moved from non-ideological to ideological, an article by Ward Farnsworth, Dustin Guzior, and Anup Malani on how individuals use policy preferences in legal interpretation, and an extremely ambitious data collection effort by Peter F. Nardulli, Buddy Peyton, and Joseph Bajjalieh to construct rule of law measures across countries from 1850 to the present. Enjoy!