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JOURNAL: PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review (May 2015, Volume 38, Issue 1)

VOLUME 38, ISSUE 1Editors’ Introduction (pages 1–2)John Conley and Justin B. Richland
"This is our final issue as co-editors. We will be succeeded in the summer by Heath Cabot and Will Garriott. As we leave, we want to emphasize how much we’ve enjoyed editing your journal. We want to express our gratitude to the many people who make PoLAR possible. A few words about the current issue: it features a Symposium organized by Melissa Demian, entitled ‘Internationalizing Custom and Localizing Law.’ As Demian writes in her Introduction, it is ‘an endeavor to re-evaluate and update what may at first blush appear to be a thoroughly old-fashioned or folkloristic set of ideas for anthropologists: the concept of custom, particularly as it is deployed in relation to the concept of law.’ As Demian explains in that Introduction, the articles explore the complexities and ironies suggested by the Symposium title."


SYMPOSIUM ON INTERNATIONALIZING CUSTOM AND LOCALIZING LAWIntroduction: Internationalizing Custom and Localizing Law (pages 3–8)Melissa Demian
When the State Tries to See Like a Family: Cultural Pluralism and the Family Group Conference in New Zealand (pages 9–29)Amy J. Cohen and Ilana Gershon
Ordering Legal Plurality: Allocating Jurisdiction in State and Tribal Courts in Wisconsin (pages 30–52)Larry Nesper
Customizations of Law: Courts of Elders (Aksakal Courts) in Rural and Urban Kyrgyzstan (pages 53–71)Judith Beyer
Refracting Custom in Western Sahara’s Quest for Statehood (pages 72–90)Alice Wilson
Dislocating Custom (pages 91–107)Melissa Demian
ARTICLES
“A Logic of Camps”: French Antiracism as Competitive Nationalism (pages 108–128)Riaz Tejani
Toward an Anthropology of War Propaganda (pages 129–146)Jordan Kiper
The Land Question in Amazonia: Cadastral Knowledge and Ignorance in Brazil’s Tenure Regularization Program (pages 147–167)Jeremy M. Campbell
REVIEW ESSAYPartial Wars (pages 168–178)
Keith Brown
BOOK REVIEWSWhere the River Ends: Contested Indigeneity in the Mexican Colorado Delta by Shaylih Muehlmann (Durham, NC: Duke University Press 2013) (pages 179–181)Stephanie C. Kane
The Make-Believe Space: Affective Geography in a Postwar Polity by Yael Navaro-Yashin (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012) (pages 181–183)Kabir Tambar
The State and the Social: State Formation in Botswana and its Precolonial and Colonial Genealogies by Ørnulf Gulbrandsen (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2012) (pages 183–185)Blair Rutherford
Building Fortress Europe: The Polish-Ukrainian Frontier by Karolina S. Follis (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) (pages 185–187)Madeleine Reeves
Balkan Smoke: Tobacco and the Making of Modern Bulgaria by Mary C. Neuburger (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2012) (pages 187–189)Peter Benson
Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina by Vincanne Adams (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013) (pages 189–190)Greg Beckett
Barrio Libre: Criminalizing States and Delinquent Refusals by Gilberto Rosas (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012) (pages 191–192)Connie McGuire
Resources for Reform: Oil and Neoliberalism in Argentina by Elana Shever (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012) (pages 192–195)Omolade Adunbi
Categories: Comparative Law News

POSITION: Two PhD / Post-doctoral Positions in the field of late medieval/early modern history, legal history or ecclesiastical history at Max Planck Institute (Frankfurt, July 1, 2015, or later)


WHAT Two PhD / Post-doctoral Positions in the field of late medieval/early modern history, legal history or ecclesiastical history, 3-year contracts, call for positions
WHEN starting July 1, 2015, or later 
WHERE Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt
all information heredeadline May 15 2015
Research project
A Collaborative Research Centre / CRC (‘Sonderforschungsbereich’ / ‘SFB’ in German) is an institution established at German universities for a period of up to twelve years that enables researchers to pursue an outstanding research programme, crossing the boundaries of disciplines, institutes and faculties. Financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), it facilitates scientifically ambitious, complex, long-term research by concentrating and coordinating the resources available at a university.

The CRC 1095 ‘Discourses of Weakness and Resource Regimes’ at the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, employs a transepochal and comparative approach in order to deal with the question of how discourses of weakness had an impact on the use of resources. These discourses can be observed in the history of all cultures at all times. Changes in the use of both material and immaterial resources constitute a special and important aspect of processes of historical transformation which will be addressed by historians, historians of science, anthropologists, philosophers, sinologists and legal historians within the framework of the new CRC 1095.

CRC sub-project C 01 ‘Knowledge of the pragmatici. Presence and significance of pragmatic normative literature in Ibero-America in the late 16th and early 17th century’, led by Prof. Dr. Thomas Duve, reflects upon the significance of normative texts which addressed themselves primarily to practitioners – especially those who would nowadays be seen as part of moral theology or confessional literature. The respective texts were ‘weak’ insofar as they lacked theoretical complexity compared to erudite treatises; they were ‘strong’, however, in terms of pragmatic usefulness because they offered the reader adaptable bases of normative knowledge. There are some indications that these resources helped to establish, even minimally, conceptions of normative order in early modern empires such as the Spanish one. It is the objective of the sub-project to bring to light not only the practical significance but also the intellectual weight of a literary genre which has received little attention for a long time. Characteristic of this genre are condensation processes which might constitute a considerable achievement in abstraction.
Job description
In this context, the position holders are expected to research on one of the two following subjects: 

I. Martín de Azpilcueta’s Manual for Confessors and the phenomenon of epitomization
The subject of the first research project are processes of condensation and, possibly, abstraction of canonistic or moral theological knowledge, which was already available in copious works. These processes of epitomization are to be analyzed with regard to a confession manual written by Martín de Azpilcueta (1492-1586), an important canon lawyer and moral theologian. His manual was published in 1552 in Portuguese, 1553 in Spanish and received, in a brief period, multiple editions and translations (1573 into Latin). It was one of the most influential works of moral theology in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, a ‘bestseller’ in the book trade with the New World – and itself subject to various processes of adaptation. The research project on Azpilcueta’s Manual for Confessors, in sum, should focus on the question how learned knowledge was condensed and transformed into a work of pragmatic literature.

II. The Third Provincial Council of Mexico (1585) and the elaboration of a Manual for Confessors
In a second study, a researcher is to investigate how the need for normative action which arose from a concrete historical situation found expression in a Mexican confession manual of the late 16th century. The research will be based on the recent edition of the Directorio de confesores y penitentes elaborated at the Third Provincial Council of Mexico (1585). The conciliar decrees which have also been published, show that the council fathers regarded the confession manual as an essential medium for translating their discussions. In brief, the research project will focus on the question how reflections on moral theology and canon law discussed during the provincial council were incorporated into such a pragmatic work. – In exceptional cases it is possible to answer the questions outlined above on the basis of the Third Provincial Council of Lima (1582-83) and its catechetic literature.

Qualification 
The applicants must hold a university degree, preferably in one of the following disciplines: law, canon law, theology, history or philology. Language skills must include English as well as Latin (project I) or Spanish (project II). Moreover, researchers who do not speak German, are expected to learn it during their stay in Frankfurt. Furthermore, participation in the collective activities of the CRC is mandatory.

Both doctoral and post-doctoral researchers can apply for the above mentioned positions. As regards doctoral students the PhD can be granted by the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, if the applicants fulfill the necessary requirements. However, candidates who wish to obtain their PhD from another university will also be admitted. Doctoral students will be given the opportunity to familiarize with their research topic.

The selected candidates will be working at the Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt am Main and will be integrated into the respective research fields of the Institute.
Application Process
Applications should contain a CV, copies of the relevant university certificates, a letter of motivation, the copy of a short research text written by the candidate (e.g. a seminar paper or a published article), and, if applicable, a list of publications and letters of recommendation.

Candidates who would like to apply for a post-doctoral position, are additionally invited to submit a five-page outline of their research design for project I or project II, respectively (including a short bibliography).

The applicants must clearly indicate whether the application is for a PhD position or a post-doctoral position, and whether (or not) – in the case of doctoral students – the candidate is already participating in a PhD program.

The postgraduate remuneration is governed by the German Collective Agreement for the Public Sector (TVöD) EG 13 (65 %) and currently amounts to 2,268.25 Euro gross. In case of a postdoc-contract, the remuneration (E13) will be increased to 100% and currently amounts to 3.489,62 Euro gross. In both cases, the working time consists of 39 hours per week.

The Max-Planck Society is committed to increase the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from these persons.

The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
Kontakt
Inquiries about the research program ‘Knowledge of the pragmatici’ can be directed to
Otto Danwerth (danwerth@rg.mpg.de).

More information about the research project:
Knowledge of the pragmatici ( http://www.rg.mpg.de/research/knowledge_of_the_pragmatici )
Schwächediskurse und Ressourcenregime ( http://www.geschichte.uni-frankfurt.de/53831812 )

We look forward to receiving your comprehensive online application by 15.05.2015 following the below mentioned link:

Online application

You may print the job advert using this link. 
Categories: Comparative Law News

POSITION: Six Doctoral Students at Max Planck Institute (Frankfurt, October 1 2015)


WHAT Six doctoral students, call for positions
WHEN from October 1 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter 
WHERE Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt
all information heredeadline June 12 2015
for the following research fields in the department of Professor Stefan Vogenauer:
(1) Legal Transfer in the Common Law World;
(2) Legal History of the European Union
 
Your tasks
You will develop, co-ordinate and pursue a doctoral project in one of the two research fields. Your doctoral thesis will turn on
(1) the development of rules, principles, doctrines and institutions of English law outside England, for example in selected jurisdictions of the British Empire; or
(2) the legal history of selected areas of EU law, particularly in their interaction with the legal sys-tems of the member states.
You will publish your findings and actively participate in the research activities of the Institute under the guidance of Professor Vogenauer.
Your profile
You hold a first class degree in law, the humanities or the social sciences. You work independently, are fully proficient in the English language and willing to learn German if necessary.
Our offer
We offer an attractive and international work environment with an unparalleled research infrastructure and a good working atmosphere. Payment and social benefits are based on the German Civil Service Collective Agreement (TVÖD). Depending on your qualification, the annual salary before tax will amount to EUR 28,470 (EG13 band 1, 65%). The job is a full time position (currently 39 hours per week). The position is a fixed-term appointment for three years, with the possibility of renewal for a further year in exceptional circumstances.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with severe disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such persons.

The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are un-derrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Application procedure
You will be asked to submit the following documents:
1. Personal Statement:
- Cover letter with reference to your research proposal and an explanation as to how your profile matches the selection criteria
- Names and addresses (postal and electronic) of two scholars who have agreed to pro-vide a reference for you
2. CV: 
- Detailed CV
- List of publications
3. Other Documents:
- Research proposal (up to five pages)
- Transcripts
- A sample of writing of some 20 pages length (seminar paper, journal article, book chap-ters etc)

Please provide your referees with all the documents that you submit for your application and ask them to send their references direct to jobs@rg.mpg.de by the closing date of 12 June 2015. References may only be submitted by email. They do not have to be signed as long as they are emailed from the official mail address of the referee. Strong applicants will be invited for an interview.
Contact
Informal enquiries as to the substance of the research fields may be directed to Professor Stefan Vogenauer (vogenauer@rg.mpg.de).

Questions as to the terms and conditions of employment may be directed to Ms Sabrina Penczynski (jobs@rg.mpg.de).

Your application must be submitted online via the followed link by the closing date of 12 June 2015:
Categories: Comparative Law News

POSITION: Five Postdoctoral Research Associates at Max Planck Institute (Frankfurt, October 1 2015)


WHAT Five Postdoctoral Research Associates, call for positions
WHEN from October 1 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter 
WHERE Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt
all information here
deadline June 12 2015
for the following research fields in the department of Professor Stefan Vogenauer:
(1) Legal Transfer in the Common Law World;
(2) Legal History of the European Union
 
Your tasksYou will develop, co-ordinate and pursue an independent project in one of the two research fields. Your research will turn on
(1) the development of rules, principles, doctrines and institutions of English law outside England, for example in selected jurisdictions of the British Empire; or
(2) the legal history of selected areas of EU law, particularly in their interaction with the legal sys-tems of the member states.
You will publish your findings and actively participate in the research activities of the Institute under the guidance of Professor Vogenauer.

Your profileYou hold a first class degree in law, the humanities or the social sciences and you produced an outstanding doctoral thesis or an equivalent portfolio of publications in a similar subject. Your CV shows the potential to produce outstanding research at an internationally advanced level. You work independently, are fully proficient in the English language and willing to learn German if necessary.Our offer

Activities in the position are varied and challenging. We offer an attractive and international work environment with an unparalleled research infrastructure and a good working atmosphere. The job is a full time position (currently 39 hours per week). As a general rule, it may be shared. Payment and social benefits are based on the German Civil Service Collective Agreement (TVÖD). Depending on your qualification, the annual salary before tax will be on a scale from EUR 43,000 (E 13 band 1) to EUR 55,900 (E14 band 3). The position is a fixed-term appointment for three years in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal for a further fixed-term period subject to satisfactory performance and the requirements of the 2007 Act on Academic Fixed-term Contracts (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz).

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with severe disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such persons.

The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are un-derrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Application procedure
You will be asked to submit the following documents: 
1. Personal Statement:
- Cover letter with reference to your research proposal and an explanation as to how your profile matches the selection criteria
- Names and addresses (postal and electronic) of three scholars who have agreed to pro-vide a reference for you
2. CV: 
- Detailed CV
- List of publications
3. Other Documents:
- Research proposal (up to five pages)
- Transcripts
- Two of your publications of some 20 pages length each (journal articles, book chapters etc)
Please provide your referees with all the documents that you submit for your application and ask them to send their references direct to jobs@rg.mpg.de by the closing date of 12 June 2015. References may only be submitted by email. They do not have to be signed as long as they are emailed from the official mail address of the referee. Strong applicants will be invited for an interview.Contact
Informal enquiries as to the substance of the research fields may be directed to Professor Stefan Vogenauer (vogenauer@rg.mpg.de). 
Categories: Comparative Law News

SEMINAR: "Remarques sur les fondements d’une histoire normative de l’intériorité et de la subjectivité" (Paris, May 6 2015)

 
WHAT Remarques sur les fondements  d’une histoire normative de l’intériorité et de la subjectivité, Seminar Droit, conscience, subjectivité : approches casuistiques
WHEN May, 6 2015 h 11:00-13:00
WHERE Cenj- Centre d'Etudes des Normes Juridiques Jan Thomas, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, salle 10, 105 bd. Raspail, Paris
Speakers
Arnaud FOSSIER, maître de conférences à l'Université de BourgogneClément LENOBLE, chargé de recherche au CNRSPaolo NAPOLI, directeur d'études à l'EHESSJulien THERY, professeur à l'Université Paul-Valéry (Montpellier-III)
Categories: Comparative Law News

POSITION: Part Time Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology (Claremont, Fall 2015-2016)


WHAT Part Time Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology, Position
WHEN fall semester 2015, spring semester 2016
WHERE Scripps University, Claremont, California, USA
all information heredeadline May 18, 2015

Scripps College, a women’s liberal arts college with a strong interdisciplinary tradition, invites applications for a part-time position as Visiting Lecturer to teach Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology during Fall Semester 2015 and two elective anthropology courses during Spring Semester 2016. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience and whose teaching foci complement the anthropology curricula at the Claremont Colleges. Ph.D. preferred, ABD considered. This position is contingent on approval.
Applicants should email a cover letter, CV, and the names/contact information for two referees to:
Lara Deeb, ChairDepartment of AnthropologyScripps CollegeClaremont, CA. 91711ldeeb@scrippscollege.edu
Scripps College is one of seven members of The Claremont Colleges Consortium located 35 miles east of Los Angeles. In a continuing effort to build a diverse academic community and to provide equal educational and employment opportunities, Scripps College actively encourages applications from women and members of historically under-represented groups.
Categories: Comparative Law News

POSITION: One-year Lecturer in Gender, Race, and Identity (Reno,Nevada, fall 2015)


WHAT one-year Lecturer in Gender, Race, and Identity, position
WHEN fall 2015 (with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years)
WHERE University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89503, USA

The Gender, Race, and Identity (GRI) Program at the University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for a one-year lecturer position to begin Fall 2015 with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years. The GRI program offers a major in Women’s Studies, minors in Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, Religious Studies, and Holocaust, Genocide, and Peace Studies, and a graduate certificate in Gender, Race and Identity Studies. Area of study and discipline are open, but the successful candidate will have a background in feminist approaches and teaching interests in intersections of gender, race, class, ethnicity, and/or sexuality. The position includes a teaching load of 4-4 and some service commitments. The successful candidate should expect to teach introductory and advanced undergraduate courses, such as introduction to women’s/gender studies and courses in feminist theory and methods. The lecturer will also have the opportunity to develop courses in an area of expertise. Ability to teach courses in Ethnic Studies or other GRI programs is highly desirable. Applicants must have completed the Ph.D. and be eligible to work in the United States prior to the start of appointment on July 1, 2015.

The University of Nevada, Reno, requires that applications be submitted athttps://www.unrsearch.com/postings/17565. To apply, complete the brief form and submit a letter of application that outlines teaching excellence, CV with reference contact information, and two sample syllabi. All applications must be submitted electronically no later than May 18, 2015. Additional materials such as letters of recommendation may be requested later.


AA/EEO Women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. The University of Nevada is the state’s historic land-grant institution; it serves approximately 20,000 students. The university is ranked as a Tier 1 institution by “U.S. News and World Report” and offers an array of degree programs at all levels. Reno is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, a 30-minute drive from Lake Tahoe. Reno/Tahoe is recognized as a world-class outdoor recreation area. Additional areas of interest in the proximity include: The Black Rock Desert, Sacramento, Yosemite National Park, Napa/Sonoma, the Bay Area, and San Francisco. University of Nevada homepage: http://www.unr.edu 
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CFP: American Society for Legal History Student Research Colloquium (Washington, DC, October 28-29 2015)


WHAT American Society for Legal History Student Research Colloquium, Call for papers
WHEN October 28-29 2015
WHERE Washington, DC
all information heredeadline June 1, 2015

The American Society for Legal History (ASLH) will host a Student Research Colloquium (SRC) on Wednesday, October 28, and Thursday, October 29, 2015, immediately preceding the ASLH's annual meeting in Washington, DC.  The SRC will offer a small group of graduate and law students an opportunity to work intensively on in-progress dissertations and law review articles with distinguished ASLH-affiliated scholars. 
The target audience for the SRC includes early post-coursework graduate students and law students interested in legal history.  Each participating student will pre-circulate a twenty-page, double-spaced paper to the entire group.  These papers will provide the foundation for discussion at the colloquium.  Stipends will either partially or completely cover the travel, hotel, and registration costs of attending the annual meeting.  Students working in all chronological and geographical fields, including non-U.S. history, are encouraged to apply.  Students who have not received any formal training in legal history, but whose projects engage legal-historical themes, also are encouraged to apply, as are students who have not previously participated in the Society's activities.  A student may be on the annual program and participate in the SRC in the same year.  
To apply to the ASLH's Student Research Colloquium, please submit: 
a cover letter;a CV;a letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor/advisor;a two-page, single-spaced "research statement," describing an in-progress dissertation or law review article.
The application deadline is June 1, 2015.  Organizers will notify all applicants of their decisions by July 15, 2015.  Please direct questions and applications to John Wertheimer at the following e-mail address:  srcproposals@aslh.net.
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CPF: "NGO-graphies” – the Second NGOs and Nonprofits Conference (Denver, November 17-18 2015)



WHAT NGO-graphies” – the Second NGOs and Nonprofits Conference, Call for Proposals
WHEN November 17-18 2015
WHERE Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado
all information here
deadline May, 15 2015
As non-governmental organizations (NGOs) take on roles and responsibilities that were traditionally in the hands of national governments, power has become increasingly denationalized and embedded in new configurations. While the scales of these mediations, service provisions, and representations have typically been categorized as local-regional-national-international, networks of NGOs now connect organizations at the grassroots directly to large-scale, transnational systems. The term “NGO-graphy” (Sampson and Hemment 2001) calls for a critical ethnographic approach to understanding non-governmental organizations and nonprofits. It also suggests a topographic image of NGO networks that both interact with and create human landscapes.

The purpose of this second NGOs and Nonprofits conference is to engage one another in thinking broadly about the patterns of NGO practices as they point to the role of coordination within networks and the factors that direct global flows of resources and knowledge. Together, we will examine how these networks are constituted through the personal interactions, cultural practices, and shifting discourses that give them meaning. Considering the power relations that shape and create NGO-graphies also allows us to problematize the ever-present methodological question of how researchers and practitioners can and should interact with NGOs, which become sources of information about local communities, points of entry, sources of income, and fieldsites themselves. We invite proposals for panels from anthropologists, related interdisciplinary scholars, and practitioners on topics including but not limited to the following questions:
·       How do we think beyond a “case-based” approach to conceive of broader geographies of NGO intervention?

·       How do NGOs’ particular requirements in providing services create landscapes of sociopolitical need, human rights, and value?

·       Where are the “centers” of international NGOs and how do they interact with the “peripheries”?

·       How do “NGO cultures” draw from or feed back into the ethnic, national, and social mechanisms traditionally observed in anthropological research?

·       How are the forms of knowledge valued by NGOs (technical knowledge, local knowledge, cultural knowledge, linguistic knowledge) linked to or detached from geographic contexts, and how do they travel?

·       How do NGO practitioners position themselves as experts with useful knowledge and relationships within organizations?

·       What perspectives can practitioners and activists bring to academic theorizing regarding how NGO networks operate?

·       How can deeper understandings of non-governmental organizational structures aid in developing effective NGO practice?

Sampson, Steven and Julie Hemment (2001) “NGO-graphy: the critical anthropology of NGOs and civil society.” Double panel, organized for the 100th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington DC, November 2001.

LOCATION & COST 

The conference will take place in Denver on the day before and the first day of the 2015 AAA meeting: from 8am on Tuesday, November 17th until 4pm on Wednesday, November 18th. We will primarily be located across the road from the AAA convention center on the campus of Metropolitan State University. We aim to make “NGO-graphies” as accessible and affordable as possible and are pursuing sponsorship and in-kind support to keep costs low. We will finalize our fee structure within the coming months, but right now we can guarantee that registration costs will not exceed $75. Accommodation is available at the Springhill Suites Marriott, an affordable option that is part of the MSU campus.

SESSION PROPOSALS

At this time, we are soliciting session proposals that speak to the above outlined themes and questions directly or indirectly. Both traditional paper sessions and alternative format sessions are welcome. 

The deadline to submit session proposals is May 15th. Please note that sessions do not need to be completely filled with participants by this date. After the session review process (as outlined below), sessions with open slots will be asked to recruit further participants from our wider membership. 

Anyone with an interest in the ethnographic study of NGOs (broadly including nonprofits, third sectors, voluntary organizations, etc.) may submit a session proposal. Session organizers will work with the conference planning committee to develop lines of discussion connected to our NGO-graphies theme. Session activities should offer a variety of forums that stimulate discussion, including but not limited to panel sessions, workshops, and roundtables. Each organizer will design a 1.75 hour session with themes broad enough to intrigue a diversity of people working in NGO studies or the NGO sector, yet specific enough for both scholars and practitioners to engage one another concerning their specializations. 

Proposals should include:

Theme Definition (200 words): The proposal should explain why the chosen theme is timely and relevant to NGO-graphies and NGO studies. This information will appear in the general CFP and should describe the issues that will focus presentations and discussions in the session.

Structure / Format (100 words): We aim to facilitate conversations and collaborative analyses, so we strongly encourage proposals that employ innovative presentation formats, such as roundtables, break-out sessions and informal lunchtime conversations, in addition to traditional panels and paper presentations. See http://www.aaanet.org/sections/ngo/2015-conference/session-formats/ for ideas on how you can structure your session, or work with the planning committee to design an effective format.

Prospective Participants (150 words): Session organizers may recruit participants from their own networks and/or fill slots with submissions solicited through our forthcoming Call for Papers. Please provide names and planned contributions of potential/confirmed participants (be as specific as possible).

Proposals should be submitted as .doc attachments to ngoanthro@gmail.com. Questions may also be directed to this email address. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For a full version of this announcement—including further details of our theoretical approach, aims, and innovative format ideas—please visit: http://www.aaanet.org/sections/ngo/2015-conference/
Categories: Comparative Law News

ARTICLE: "Black City and White Country. Immigration and Identity in the History of British Decolonization", by Benedikt Stuchtey


Black City and White Country. Immigration and Identity in the History of British Decolonization, by Benedikt Stuchtey
Black City and White Country. Immigration and Identity in the History of British Decolonization" is the title of a new publication by Benedikt Stuchtey. The article has been published in the e-journal "Global Europe - Basel Papers on Europe in a Global Perspective".In his article, the author looks at the question of integrative and disintegrative elements of imperial rule in multiethnic societies and identifies lines of continuity between the imperial past and post-imperial realities: What influence did immigration have on the construction of self-image in Britain after the Second World War, and what historical continuities existed, particularly with respect to ethnic policies?Benedikt Stuchtey holds the Chair of Modern History at the University of Marburg. His special field of interest is the history of colonialism and imperialism from the late eighteenth to the late twentieth centuries. In 2012/13, he held a Visiting Professorship at the University of Basel."Global Europe – Basel Papers on Europe in a Global Perspective" is an academic e-journal. It provides insights into the excellent research of graduates, as well as other young and senior scientists who analyze the global implications of Europe and the European Union. The journal is published in four issues per year by the Institute for European Global Studies at the University of Basel. Readers can subscribe to it by sending an e-mail to europa@unibas.ch. In addition, the publication is available on the website https://europa.unibas.ch/forschung/basler-schriften/ .
Categories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: the 69th session de la Société Internationale Fernand de Visscher pour l’Histoire des Droits de l’Antiquité (SIHDA) (Istanbul, 7-12 September 2015)



WHAT  the 69th session de la Société Internationale Fernand de Visscher pour l’Histoire des Droits de l’Antiquité (SIHDA), Legal education in Antiquity and Law of Antiquity in Today's legal curricola, Conference

WHEN September 2015, 7-12

WHERE MEF University, Istanbul, Turkey
all information here

The conference will be held at MEF University in Maslak. The University is within walking distance of the ITU Ayazaga station on the M2 Metro Line (passing from Taksim).
On Monday, September 7, registration and welcome cocktail will take place at the University between 16.00-18.00. On Tuesday, September 8, following the opening conferences in the morning, conferences in parallel sessions will begin. The theme ofthe opening conferences will be "Legal Education in Antiquity and Law ofAntiquity in Today's Legal Curricula". The conference will end on Friday September Il with the general assembly in the afternoon and the gala dinner in the evening. The opening conferences and general assembly will take place at another campus of MEF University. We will give more detailed information regarding shuttles and transportation in August.
Online Registration

Online registration for participants (including accompanying persons) and speakers, submission of the abstracts, and choice of excursions should be made through "www.sihdaistanbu12015.com" until June 20th. Speakers should fill in both the participant and speaker registration forms.We would like to remind you that French is the official language of SIHDA but papers may also be presented in English, German, Italian, or Spanish. The speakers are kindly requested to mention the language they will speak while submitting the abstract.


Payment

Please remember that you need to complete both the payment and the online registration. The registration fees for SIHDA 2015 is as follows:€ 300 if you pay by June 20.€ 350 if you pay after June 20 until August 20.€ 250 for participants under 30 and for accompanying persons.Payment should be made by bank transfer to the following account: The recipient: HAVVA KARAGÖZ.IBAN: TR24 0006 7010 0000 0043 5506 29SWIFT: YAPITRISBANK: Yap KrediPlease do not forget to include the name of participant(s) and accompanying person(s) in the payment. We will match these names with the online registration forms. If you do not mention your name, we will not be able to know whether you have completed the payment.
Excursions

The optional excursions will take place on Saturday, September 12th 2015. We arranged several options including both day and night tours. A list of these options and detailed descriptions are both attached and available on "www.sihdaistanbu12015.com'under "Istanbul". You may join a single tour or combine day and night tours. For each excursion, there is a minimum and a maximum number of participants. Thus, we urgeyou to choose two options and we will assign you to one of them on a first come first served basis.We have also arranged several excursions for accompanying persons. These excursions are scheduled during the weekdays (September 8-10), while the conferences are takingplace.Choice of excursions is included in the online registration form, and should be completed until June 20th . If you have already filled in the online registration form before this choice was available, you may either e-mail us your choice, or fill in the online registration form again. You do not need to submit the speaker registration form again.The participation fee for each excursion is € 50. If you wish to join two tours, the fee is€ 100. The accompanying persons should also pay € 50 for each weekday excursion that they would like to join. Payment of this fee should be made together with the participation fee until August 20. Please do not forget to indicate the total number of excursions you are paying for along with your name in the payment so that we can figure out what the payment includes.If you wish to extend your stay and enjoy Istanbul or other parts of Turkey, you may contact Prometheus Tours to help you arrange your stay or additional excursions. A list2of various alternatives is available attached and on www.sihdaistanbu12015.com under"Istanbul". You may contact Prometheus Tours from booking@prometheustour.com, +90 212 250 16 02 or +90 533 962 74 33 (mobile). Please mention that you are a participant of MEF University SIHDA Organization. Mr. Gokhan Topuz will be handling requests from our group.
Accomodation


MEF University is located in the Maslak district, very close to the ITU Ayazaga station of the M2 Metro Line (passing from Taksim). We recommend you to chose a hotel inMaslak or close to other metro stations on the Taksim Metro Line (In increasing order of distance from the ITU Maslak station: Levent / Gayrettepe Zincirlikuyu/ $i'li Mecidiyeköy / Osmanbey / Taksim / $i'hane). This way you can avoid the traffic jam and arrive at the campus relatively quickly.A couple of 4+ and 5 star hotels accepted to give SIHDA participants discount prices.You can find a list of these hotels and information on reservation attached. If you wish to consider other and cheaper alternatives, you may book yourself from the Internet or contact Prometheus Tours from booking@prometheustour.com, +90 212 250 16 02 or +90 533 962 74 33 (mobile). They are ready to answer your accommodation and excursion related questions. Please mention that you are a participant of MEF University SIHDA Organization.In August, you will receive a third circular including the detailed academic schedule.We will also provide you detailed practical information regarding shuttles andtransportation within Istanbul.Should you have any further questions regarding the organization, please feel free to contact us at "sihdaistanbu12015@gmaiI.com". 


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BOOK: Richard HELMHOLZ, Natural Law in Court (Harvard UP, 2015, May 2015), 288 p. ISBN 9780674504585, € 40,50

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Prof. dr. dr. h.c. Richard Helmholz (Chicago), member of this Society's Board of Advisors since 2011, publishes a new work over at Harvard University Press, next month.
Abstract:The theory of natural law grounds human laws in the universal truths of God’s creation. Until very recently, lawyers in the Western tradition studied natural law as part of their training, and the task of the judicial system was to put its tenets into concrete form, building an edifice of positive law on natural law’s foundations. Although much has been written about natural law in theory, surprisingly little has been said about how it has shaped legal practice. Natural Law in Court asks how lawyers and judges made and interpreted natural law arguments in England, Europe, and the United States, from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the American Civil War.

R. H. Helmholz sees a remarkable consistency in how English, Continental, and early American jurisprudence understood and applied natural law in cases ranging from family law and inheritance to criminal and commercial law. Despite differences in their judicial systems, natural law was treated across the board as the source of positive law, not its rival. The idea that no person should be condemned without a day in court, or that penalties should be proportional to the crime committed, or that self-preservation confers the right to protect oneself against attacks are valuable legal rules that originate in natural law. From a historical perspective, Helmholz concludes, natural law has advanced the cause of justice.Table of contents:
Introduction
1. Legal Education in Continental Europe
2. The Law of Nature in European Courts
3. Legal Education in England
4. The Law of Nature in English Courts
5. Legal Education in the United States
6. The Law of Nature in American Courts
Conclusion(source: Legal History Blog)
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BOOK: Benjamin STRAUMANN, Roman Law in the State of Nature. The Classical Foundations of Hugo Grotius' Natural Law [Ideas in Context] (Cambridge: CUP, 2015), 283 p. ISBN 9781107092907, £ 65

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Benjamin Straumann (NYU) published a new work on roman law and eary modern law of nature at Cambridge University Press.

Abstract:
Roman Law in the State of Nature offers a new interpretation of the foundations of Hugo Grotius' natural law theory. Surveying the significance of texts from classical antiquity, Benjamin Straumann argues that certain classical texts, namely Roman law and a specifically Ciceronian brand of Stoicism, were particularly influential for Grotius in the construction of his theory of natural law. The book asserts that Grotius, a humanist steeped in Roman law, had many reasons to employ Roman tradition and explains how Cicero's ethics and Roman law – secular and offering a doctrine of the freedom of the high seas – were ideally suited to provide the rules for Grotius' state of nature. This fascinating new study offers historians, classicists and political theorists a fresh account of the historical background of the development of natural rights, natural law and of international legal norms as they emerged in seventeenth-century early modern Europe.Table of Contents:
Introduction
1. Natural law in historical context
2. A novel doctrine of the sources of law: nature and the classics
3. Proving natural law: the influence of classical rhetoric on Grotius' method
4. Social instinct or self-preservation?
5. Justice for the state of nature: from Aristotle to the Corpus Iuris
6. Grotius' concept of the state of nature
7. Natural rights: Roman remedies in the state of nature
8. Natural rights and just wars
9. Enforcing natural law: the right to punish
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index.  Free marketing excerpt here.
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COLLOQUIUM: "Critique sociale et critique sociologique du droit en Europe et aux Etats-Unis: le "Moment 1900" (Paris 29-30 May 2015)


WHAT Critique sociale et critique sociologique du droit en Europe et aux Etats-Unis: le "Moment 1900", colloquium
WHEN 29-30 May 2015

WHERE Paris, Université Paris 2 - Panthéon-Assas, Centre de Droit public comparé (CDPC EA n°7320)all information herePrésentation«Autour de 1900, la 'méthode juridique' a fait l'objet de vives controverses dans le monde occidental. De nombreuses approches critiques du droit ont dénoncé la cécité du formalisme juridique à l'égard des réalités individuelles et sociales. Elles furent entendues, elles ont changé nos méthodes de penser le droit et, aujourd'hui encore, elles interrogent nos théories et nos pratiques, nos doctrines et nos jurisprudences».


Programme
Vendredi 29 mai (matin) sous la présidence de Dominique Schnapper (membre honoraire du Conseil constitutionnel) 
8h45. - Accueil des participants 
  • 9h. - Allocutions de bienvenue par Guillaume Leyte(Président de l’Université Panthéon-Assas).
  • 9h10. - Propos introductifs par Olivier Jouanjan, (Responsable scientifique du colloque) 
1. Fondations 
  • 9h30-10h. - Bruno Karsenti (EHESS, Paris), La naissance de la sociologie et ses effets dans la pensée du droit. 
  • 10h-10h30. - Werner Gephart (Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities Law as Culture, Bonn), La naissance de la sociologie allemande de «l’esprit du droit». Éloges et critiques du formalisme dans une discipline émergente
  • 10h30-11h. - Carol Greenhouse (Princeton University), The Role of Law in Durkheim’s Critical Sociology. 
11h-11h20. Discussion générale 
11h20-11h40. Pause. 
2. - Le «moment 1900» des doctrines et pratiques juridiques 
  • 11h40-12h10. - Frédéric Audren (CNRS – Sciences Po Paris), Comment sortir, en France, du moment 1900 de la science juridique? 
  • 12h10-12h40. - Geneviève Koubi (Université Paris 8),L’excès de pouvoir entre situation et circonstances. 
12 h 40 – 13 h. Discussion générale 
Vendredi 29 mai (après-midi) sous la présidence de Pascale Gonod (École de droit de la Sorbonne - Paris I) 
2. - Le «moment 1900» des doctrines et pratiques juridiques(suite) 
  • 15h-15h30. - David Rabban (University of Texas at Austin),Formalism, History and Sociology: the Transformation of American Legal Thought at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century
  • 15h30-16h. - Aurélie Duffy-Meunier (Université Panthéon-Assas), Un programme de la London School of Economics: la critique du droit constitutionnel de Dicey. 

16 h – 16 h 20. Discussion générale 
16h20-16h40. - Pause. 
  • 16h40-17h10. - Aurore Gaillet (Université Toulouse 1 Capitole), Contre le formalisme de la «jurisprudence des concepts»: Philipp Heck et la «jurisprudence des intérêts» en Allemagne. 
  • 17h10-17h40. - Olivier Jouanjan (Université Panthéon-Assas/Université de Fribourg-en-Brisgau), Pourquoi des juristes en temps de détresse? La «querelle des approches et des méthodes» dans la doctrine publiciste de la République de Weimar. 
17h40-18h. Discussion générale 
Samedi 30 mai (matin) sous la présidence de Constance Grewe (Juge à la Cour constitutionnelle de Bosnie-Herzégovine) 
3. - Que reste-t-il du moment 1900? 
  • 9h-9h30. - Wanda Mastor (Université Toulouse 1 Capitole),Que reste-t-il, aujourd’hui, de la Sociological Jurisprudence dans la jurisprudence de la Cour suprême des Etats-Unis? 
  • 9h30-10h. - Yannick Ganne (Université de Strasbourg), La question sociologique dans les doctrines contemporaines du droit américain
10h-10h20. - Discussion. 10h20-10h40. - Pause. 
  • 10h40-11h10. - Christoph Schönberger (Université de Constance), Que reste-t-il de la «Théorie générale de l’État» en Allemagne? 
  • 11h10-11h40. - Hugues Rabault (Université de Lorraine),Nécessité épistémologique de la sociologie juridique chez Niklas Luhmann
11h40-12h. - Discussion 
  • 12h-12h30. - Élisabeth Zoller (Université Panthéon-Assas),Conclusions générales
Lieu
  • Salle des Conseils, Escalier M – 2e ét., 12, place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris 
Les actes seront publiés par les Editions Panthéon-Assas (parution prévue: octobre 2015).
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BOOK: "L’État du droit administratif" byJacques Caillosse


L’État du droit administratif, byJacques Caillosse 
Paris, LGDJ (Droit et société, t. 56), 2015, 346 p.
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Présentation éditeurIl est ici question de l’État du droit administratif, parce que la matière juridique de ce droit trouve dans l’État sa raison d’être.L’État n’est-il pas origine et finalité d’un droit administratif tout entier tendu vers ces objectifs d’intérêt général hors desquels l’action publique serait sans justifications ?Avec le droit administratif, l’État dessine sa cartographie. Il y construit son histoire en donnant à ses choix leur expression juridique : jusqu'où serait-il pensable, sans ce travail d’écriture juridique ? Il s’agit de rechercher, depuis le droit administratif, les empreintes de cette entreprise.S’il faut se garder de penser que l’État ne serait qu’une production du droit administratif, force est d’admettre que les réalisations de ce dernier appartiennent à l’histoire de l’État. Ainsi sont ici entendus les « récits » du droit administratif : avec eux l’État se rend plus intelligible. On y trouve les traces de sa continuité par-delà ses transformations.Le droit administratif participe des mutations d’un État voué à changer ses façons d’être et d’agir. Qu’il s’agisse pour lui de questionner ses performances, de repenser ses rapports avec le(s) territoire(s), ou encore de chambouler le modèle de contrôle de l’administration.Ce programme exige que soient sollicités avec la même attention les figures centrales du droit administratif – service public, puissance publique, justice administrative – et tout un outillage juridique dont l’usage semble éloigné des dispositifs grâce auxquels l’État se reproduit : de la création du déféré préfectoral, à l’expérimentation de formes nouvelles de démocratie locale, en passant par le traitement non juridictionnel des conflits internes à l’administration. Si l’analyse de l’État du droit administratif est inconcevable hors des élaborations politiques de ce droit, elle n’est crédible qu’à la condition qu’en soient reconnus et décrits les supports techniques. L’État se fabrique jusque dans les « détails » du droit administratif.
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BOOK: "L'imaginaire de la Commune", by Kristin Ross



L'imaginaire de la Commune, by Kristin Ross

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Présentation éditeurWilliam Morris, Élisée Reclus, Pierre Kropotkine : ce ne sont pas les premiers noms qui viennent à l’esprit s’agissant de la Commune de Paris. S’ils tiennent dans ce livre un rôle important, c’est que pour Kristin Ross, la Commune déborde l’espace-temps qui lui est habituellement attribué, les 72 jours écoulés et les fortifications sur lesquelles elle a combattu. L’Imaginaire signifie que cet événement révolutionnaire n’est pas seulement international mais qu’il s’étend bien au-delà du domaine de la politique, vers l’art, la littérature, l’éducation, la relation au travail. Ce n’est pas un hasard si les trois personnages principaux du livre sont un poète-artiste, un géographe et un scientifique-anarchiste russe: la Commune n’est pas un simple épisode de la grande fable républicaine, c’est un monde nouveau qui s’invente pendant ces brèves semaines, un monde qui n’a pas fini de hanter les uns et d’inspirer les autres.
Auteure
  • Kristin Ross est professeur de littérature comparée à la New York University. Ses livres publiés en français: Mai 68 et ses vies ultérieures (Complexe, 2005) et Rouler plus vite, laver plus blanc (Flammarion, 2006). A paraître prochainement:Rimbaud et la Commune (Textuel).
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BOOK: "Mentir à Rome:"mentiri" ou "mendacium dicere"? L'inhospitalité des sources juridiques" by Patrick Vassart



Mentir à Rome: "mentiri" ou "mendacium dicere"? L'inhospitalité des sources juridiques" by Patrick Vassart
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Présentation éditeurPourquoi la prohibition du mensonge résulte-t-elle d’une norme éthique et sociale qui ne fait l’objet que d’un nombre restreint de transpositions? Peut-on retrouver l’origine de ce paradoxe à la lumière des sources romaines du droit contemporain?
  • Patrick Vassart: Docteur en Sciences juridiques, chargé de cours à l’Université de Mons, maître de conférences à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles, avocat au barreau de Bruxelles.
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BOOK: "Manuel de droit romain" by Patrick Vassart


Manuel de droit romain, by Patrick Vassart
Bruylant, 2015, 424 p.
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Présentation éditeurCe Manuel se propose d'initier des étudiants en droit aux notions remémorées de la jeunesse de notre droit: le Droit romain, en particulier les normes dont il a irrigué le droit privé depuis plus de vingt-cinq siècles. Avec un seul parti-pris de méthode: envisager la découverte comme une promenade de prospection archéologique à travers le fécond champ gallo-romain du Code civil.
Auteur
  • Patrick Vassart: Docteur en Sciences juridiques, chargé de cours à l’Université de Mons, maître de conférences à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles, avocat au barreau de Bruxelles.


SommaireAvant-propos
IntroductionSect° 1 – Le droit romain – droits objectif, subjectif ou positifSect° 2 – Le droit romain et son histoireSect° 3 – Distinction fondamentale : le droit public et le droit privé
Partie I – Les personnesSect° 1 – NotionSect° 2 – Capacité de jouissance et capacité d’exerciceSect° 3 – La personnalité en droit romainSect° 4 – Début et fin de la personnalité en droit romainSect° 5 – Capitis deminutio ou réduction de personnalitéSect° 6 – Capacité d’exerciceSect° 7 – Capacité des personnes moralesSect° 8 – Les droits subjectifs
Part. II – Les biensSect° 1 – NotionSect° 2 – Le patrimoineSect° 3 – Classifications des biens
Part. III – Les droits réelsSect° 1 – IntroductionSect° 2 – La possession et la détentionSect° 3 – Le droit de propriétéSect° 4 – L’usufruit, l’usage, l’habitationSect° 5 – Les servitudes prédialesSect° 6 – L’emphytéose et la superficieSect° 7 – Le gage et l’hypothèque
Part. IV – Les droits de créance (les obligations)Sect° 1 – IntroductionSect° 2 – Les sources des obligationsSect° 3 – La théorie générale des obligationsSect° 4 – Les principaux contrats
Index thématiqueIndex des adages
Documents à consulter (site de Bruylant):
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BOOK: "Richelieu et l'écriture du pouvoir. Autour de la journée des Dupes" by Christian Jouhaud


Richelieu et l'écriture du pouvoir. Autour de la journée des Dupes, by Christian Jouhaud

Paris, Gallimard (L'Esprit de la cité), 2015, 352 p.

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Présentation éditeurOn a beaucoup écrit sur la journée des Dupes, souvent la même chose : un jour Richelieu est congédié, le lendemain il triomphe, élimine ses ennemis et poursuit son éclatante carrière au cœur des rouages du pouvoir monarchique. Mais cet épisode ne se réduit pas à la narration qui prétend le restituer. Il s'insère dans une suite d'événements, qui le produit et lui donne sens. Christian Jouhaud reconstitue cette crise politique dans sa longue durée. Il en retrouve les protagonistes célèbres ou moins connus, scrute les décors et les lieux, met au jour les enjeux visibles, les passions dissimulées, les non-dits et les arrière-pensées. Défilent ainsi sous un éclairage parfois surprenant les figures attendues de Louis XIII, roi de cérémonie et de violence, de la reine mère, d'un Richelieu tacticien de sa propre histoire autant que de la puissance de l'État ; mais encore les vaincus de la crise, un Marillac, un Bassompierre, qui en portent témoignage du fond de leur défaite. L'histoire du pouvoir politique n'a de meilleure voie d'accès que de disséquer l'Événement, comme dans une autopsie, pour en explorer les ramifications et les replis. Mais cette histoire n'est intelligible que dans les traces écrites qui disent les actions du pouvoir et dans le travail d'écriture conçu par le pouvoir pour s'inscrire dans le temps.

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DEBATE: "Il ruolo delle Costituzioni tra storia e diritto" (Rome, 23 April 2015)


WHAT Il ruolo delle Costituzioni tra storia e diritto, debate within the project I confini del diritto
WHEN 23 April 2015, 17:30
WHERE Università la Sapienza, Law Faculty, piazzale Aldo Moro, Rome
All information herespeakers
Maria Rosaria Ferrarese
Luigi Lacchè
Gunther Teubner
Le costituzioni negli ultimi duecento anni sono state il prodotto più “alto” di quelle formazioni sociali chiamate Stati. Abbandonato l’universalismo che si propugnava alle origini del costituzionalismo moderno, la dimensione statale ha rappresentato il perimetro entro cui si sono pensate e, poi, fatte valere le garanzie dei diritti costituzionali. La concreta macchina costituzionale entra in gioco, da un lato, per assorbire il potere costituente, potere “terribile”, posto alla base dell’ordinamento ma sempre eccedente i suoi confini istituzionali; dall’altro, per sostituire alla processualità aperta dal momento costituente uno stabile quadro di tutele e di garanzie. Guardando al presente, si potrebbe ipotizzare che i processi di globalizzazione abbiano ormai privato le costituzioni del loro presupposto: lo Stato. Nei tempi recenti prevalgono, in effetti, i discorsi sul dominio, non più delle costituzioni intese come “leggi supreme”, bensì dei mercati globali, dei gruppi sociali diffusi entro l’intero pianeta. In molti si dedicano alla ricerca di una nuova dimensione − non più statale, ma sociale − delle costituzioni. A essere messa in discussione non è una delle particolari declinazioni del concetto moderno di costituzione − intesa, alternativamente, come grande decisione, complesso di principi e valori sovraordinati o norma fondamentale − ma la costituzione sans phrase. Tuttavia, una costituzione senza Stato, forse anche senza politica, rimessa esclusivamente alle determinazioni della società nei suoi diversi segmenti (s’è parlato di costituzioni settoriali) quale ruolo svolge? Può porsi ancora come limite ai poteri e garanzia dei diritti ovvero si deve limitare a descrivere le emergenze spontanee dei diversi segmenti che vanno a comporre le nostre società globali?
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