Comparative Law News

6th Annual Conference in South Africa: Mark your Calendar

Juris Diversitas - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 19:34
Juris Diversitas will hold its 6th Annual Conference during the last week of June 2018 (25-29 June). 

Faculty of LawNorth-West University Potchefstroom
South Africa
Topic: Law, Roots & Space
Call for Papers to be sent shortly.
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BOOK: Assaf LIKHOVSKI, Tax Law and Social Norms in Mandatory Palestine and Israel (New York: Cambridge University Press), 352 p. ISBN 9781107176294, £ 90

Assaf Likhovski (Tel Aviv University) published Tax Law and Social Norms in Mandatory Palestine and Israel in the “Studies in Legal History” series (Cambridge University Press).
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About the Book:This book describes how a social-norms model of taxation rose and fell in British-ruled Palestine and the State of Israel in the mid-twentieth century. Such a model, in which non-legal means were used to foster compliance, appeared in the tax system created by the Jewish community in 1940s Palestine and was later adopted by the new Israeli state in the 1950s. It gradually disappeared in subsequent decades as law and its agents, lawyers and accountants, came to play a larger role in the process of taxation. By describing the historical interplay between formal and informal tools for creating compliance, Tax Law and Social Norms in Mandatory Palestine and Israel sheds new light on our understanding of the relationship between law and other methods of social control, and reveals the complex links between taxation and citizenship.
About the author:Assaf Likhovski is a professor of law and legal history at Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law. He is the author of Law and Identity in Mandate Palestine (2006), which was awarded the Yonathan Shapiro Best Book Award in Israel Studies.

Table of contents:Introduction: the intimate fiscal state
Part I. The Rise of Income Taxation:
1. Before the income tax: Jewish Ottoman, and early mandatory taxation
2. The introduction of income taxation in mandatory Palestine
Part II. The Ascendancy of Social Norms:
3. Taxation without law: the Jewish voluntary tax system
4. Law and social norms in early Israeli taxation
Part III. The Transformation of Israeli Taxation and its Law:
5. The rise of tax experts: accountants, lawyers, and economists
6. The transformation of tax law: doctrinal and legislative changes

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SCHOLARSHIP: Lourdes Lascurain de Doucet & Gaston Ducet Library (DEADLINE 15 SEP 2017)

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The MPI for European Legal History has a scholarship available to work on the library of Lourdes Lascurain de Doucet and Gaston Doucet. The scholarship supports a stay in Frankfurt for scientific research related to the library collection, starting between January and March 2018, for maximum 90 days (lump sum of € 44/day). Travel costs will be reimbursed. An appartment at the Institute can be rented at about € 650/month.

The scholarship is specifically directed at scholars who do not reside in Frankfurt, or come from Latin America.

Information concerning the application (in Spanish):
Para facilitar el acceso a la colección a jóvenes investigadoras e investigadores no residentes en Frankfurt, especialmente provenientes de América Latina, interesados en hacer uso de este importante fondo, el Instituto Max Planck para la Historia del Derecho Europeo otorga anualmente un subsidio para una estancia de investigación durante un periodo de 3 meses en el Instituto. La primera convocatoria de la “Beca Doucet” se encuentra abierta y el plazo para el envío de las aplicaciones es el día Viernes 15 de Septiembre de 2017, para una estancia de Enero a Marzo de 2018 (02.01-30.03.18). Concretamente, el apoyo consta de: 44 € diarios, por un máximo de 90 días; reembolso del tiquete aéreo (hasta 1000 € para vuelos trasatlánticos, 500 € para vuelos desde Europa). Además existe la posibilidad de alquilar una habitación en las residencias del Instituto (disponible para meses completos y costos approx. 650 € por mes). Pueden presentarse jóvenes investigadores que presenten propuestas sobre la historia del derecho colonial, directamente relacionados con las monografías y ediciones de fuentes que conforman el Fondo Doucet. Para consultar los títulos que conforman el Fondo, puede acceder al catálogo de la biblioteca del instituto e ingresar “Provenienz Doucet” en el campo de búsqueda básica del Opac: Las aplicaciones (CV, descripción del proyecto y carta de motivación en relación al uso del Fondo Doucet) se recibirán hasta el 15 de Septiembre 2017, dirigidas al Prof. Thomas Duve, al correo electrónico: information here.
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ARTICLE: Anne HOLTHOEFER, Construction International Crime: Lawyers, States, and the Origin of International Criminal Prosecution in the Interwar Period (Law & Social Inquiry XLII (2017), No. 3, 711-743)

Anne Holthoefer (Saint Anselm College) published an article on the "construction of international crime" and the interbellum.

This article explains the development of international crime as a legal category. I argue that states’ pursuit of political rights claims empowers international lawyers to develop new legal categories to grant states new tools to pursue their interests. At the same time, lawyers have a stake in defending the autonomy of law from politics, thus pushing for the development of legal norms and institutions that go beyond the original state intent. States’ turn to law thus begets more law, expanding the legal and institutional tools to solve international problems while simultaneously enforcing a commitment to principles of legality. To demonstrate the plausibility of the theory, the article studies the construction of the concept of an international crime in the interwar period (1919–1939). In response to the Allies’ attempt to prosecute the German Emperor, international lawyers sought the codification of international criminal law and drafted enforcement mechanisms. The interwar legal debate not only introduced international crime into the legal and political vocabulary, it also legitimized a new set of institutional responses to violations of international law, namely, international criminal prosecution.Source: International Law Reporter.
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CONFERENCE: Humanitarianism and the Remaking of International Law: History, Ideology, Practice, Technology (Melbourne, 31 May-1 June 2018)

(image source: BloggerConference Humanitarianism and the Remaking of International Law: History, Ideology, Practice, Technology
Call for Papers: Deadline 1 September 2017
The language and logic of humanitarianism occupy an increasingly central place in international law. Humanitarian reason has shaped the ideology, practice, and technologies of international law over the past century, including through the redescription of the laws of war as international humanitarian law, the framing of mass displacement and armed conflict as ‘humanitarian’ crises, the use of humanitarian justifications for intervention, occupation, and detention, and the representation of international law as an expression of the conscience of humanity.
For some, this trend is clearly positive – international law is reimagined as humanity’s law, humanity as the alpha and omega of international law. Yet critics have pointed to the dark side of these developments and of the humanitarian logic operating within international law, arguing that consolidation of the laws of war has served the interests of powerful groups and states at key moments of potential challenge to existing systems of rule, humanitarianism has been taken up as a language to rationalise the violence of certain forms of occupation, intervention, and warfare, international humanitarian law has displaced other more constraining forms of law as the world becomes imagined as a global battlefield, humanitarian NGOs have served as a fifth column that has enabled particular forms of social transformation and constrained others, and a supposedly impartial humanitarianism has displaced politics.
This conference will bring together scholars working in law, history, international relations, and political theory to think critically about the ideology, institutions, practices, and technologies that condition modern humanitarianism and its relation to international law. Confirmed speakers include Amanda Alexander, Leila Brännström, Markus Gunneflo, Helen Kinsella, Martti Koskenniemi, Dino Kritsiotis, Frédéric Mégret, Naz Modirzadeh, Gregor Noll, Rose Parfitt, Hani Sayed, Ntina Tzouvala, Boyd van Dijk, and Fabia Veçoso. Selected papers will be published in an edited collection by a leading publisher.
Paper proposals related to the conference theme are now invited. Possible topics for papers include:
  • laws of war and the social question
  • international humanitarian law and revolution
  • decolonisation and the remaking of international humanitarian law
  • humanitarian intervention and occupation in international law and history
  • humanitarian and securitisation responses to dispossession, displacement, and refugees
  • international humanitarian law and the framing of civil war
  • international humanitarian law and national liberation movements
  • incidents and events in the history of international humanitarian law-making
  • humanitarian law and human rights law in the 'global' battle space
  • humanitarian organisations and the politics of intervention
  • the relation of humanitarianism and counter-terrorism in international law
  • knowledge production and international humanitarian law
  • humanitarian law and visual culture 
  • international humanitarian law and practices of distinction
  • the technologies of humanitarian law and war
  • humanitarian law and algorithmic warfare
  • humanitarianism and the penal turn in international law
  • the meanings of humanitarian law across time and space
  • the political economy of international humanitarianism
  • critical geographies of international humanitarian law
  • international law after humanity
Those proposing papers for presentation at the Conference should submit a one page abstract and brief bio by email to Professor Anne Orford at by 1 September 2017. 
(source: International Law Reporter)
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BIBLIOGRAPHY: David Berg Foundation for Law and History, Tel Aviv University (bibliography on Israeli legal history)

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David Schorr reports on H-Law that a new bibliography of Israeli legal history has been published by the David Berg Foundation Institute for Law and History at Tel Aviv University.

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CONFERENCE: Great Christian Jurists (Maria Laach, 28-29 Sep 2017)

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Prof. Mathias Schmoeckel (Universität Bonn) organises a conference on Great Christian Jurists.

Programme:September 28, 2017
Welcome Reception / Registration / Coffee
17:00 – 18:00
Eike von Repgow (Tilman Repgen, University of Hamburg)
18:00 – 19:00
Johann von Buch (Mathias Schmoeckel, University of Bonn)
19:00 – 20:00
Andreas Gaill (Wolfgang Forster, University of Tübingen)
September 29, 2017
08:30 – 09:30
Samuel von Pufendorf (Robert von Friedeburg, Erasmus University Rotterdam)
09:30 – 10:30
Christian Thomasius (Christoph Strohm, University of Heidelberg)
10:30 – 11:30
Carl Gottlieb Svarez (Sebastian Michels, University of Bonn)
11:30 – 12:30
Friedrich Carl von Savigny (Joachim Rückert, University of Frankfurt)
12:30 – 13:30
Friedrich Julius Stahl (Heinrich de Wall, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)
13:30 – 14:30
14:30 – 15:30
Karl Friedrich Eichhorn (Steffen Schlinker, University of Greifswald)
15:30 – 16:30
Sylvester Jordan (Hans-Georg Hermann, University of Munich)
16:30 – 17:30
Moritz August von Bethmann-Hollweg (Hans-Peter Haferkamp, University of Cologne
17:30 – 18:30
Maximilian Anton von Seydel (Malte Becker, University of Bonn)
18:30 – 19:30
Rudolf Sohm (Andreas Thier, University of Zurich)
Source: HSozKult
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BOOK REVIEW: Hans-Jürgen BECKER reviews Franck ROUMY, Mathias SCHMOECKEL & Orazio CONDORELLI (eds.), Der Einfluss der Kanonistik auf die europäische Rechtskultur published a review by Hans-Jürgen Becker of Franck Roumy, Mathias Schmoeckel and Orazio Condorelli's collective work on the influence of canon law on European legal culture, published originally in the Zeitschrift für Historische Forschung 2016/4.

Fulltext here (public law) and here (penal law and penal procedure).
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Fifth International Conference of the History of Political Thought, "Crisis and Renewal in the History of Political Thought" (Heidelberg, 11-13 Oct 2018); DEADLINE 30 Sep 2017

The European Society for the History of Political Thought (ESHPT, ) invites proposals for individual papers and panels for its next international conference. In view of the contiguous research areas with (comparative) legal history, we reproduce the call:

Amongst the keywords that have shaped the language of media, public conversation, politico-economic discourse and academic debate in the last few years, ‘crisis’ holds a prominent place. The term is applied to a huge variety of domains: from the never-ending cries of a ‘global economic crisis’ to descriptions of war zones as ‘crisis-torn’, on to characterisations of professionals as ‘crisis-experts’ as well as references to governmental ‘crisis-management’ teams. The frequency with which the word is utilised though does not signify clarity of meaning, nor does it denote historical and theoretical accuracy with regard to its origins and usages. In fact, the wide range of uses makes it for much uncertainty: from indicating stark alternatives and non-negotiable decisions, it has assumed vague connotations, which might be seen as a sign that the current historical era is deeply marked by instability and lack of clear direction(s).
If the Oxford English Dictionary stresses that ‘crisis’ pointed, first and foremost, to the medical sense of ‘the turning-point of a disease for better or worse’, before the connotations closer to those normally referred to nowadays, that is of ‘times of difficulty, insecurity, and suspense in politics or commerce’, it is important to underline that plenty of historians have reflected on crisis from different angles. Economic and social historians (Eric Hobsbawm, Hugh Trevor-Roper, Roland Mousnier, Geoffrey Parker and others) have addressed the ‘general crisis of the seventeenth century’ as a series of calamities in Europe inaugurating the dynamic development of capitalism and the emergence of modern states. In a similar vein, Paul Hazard described the late seventeenth-century ‘crisis of the European mind’ as leading to the Enlightenment, while according to Reinhart Koselleck enlightened ‘critique’ represented a challenge (i.e. of the political by the social, ethical and cultural), and ‘crisis’ the moment of subversion. In each of these approaches the idea of ‘crisis’ comes across as a kind of ‘testing time’ that might give rise to new experimentation. As a matter of fact, this throws interesting light on the current, apparently ‘critical’ predicament of liberal democracy and the agenda this might prescribe for political theorizing.
Whilst taking into consideration these approaches (which are just a sample), our conference at Heidelberg University, where Koselleck was a student and wrote Kritik und Krise, is shaped by the thematic and methodological preoccupations of the history of political thought. Our aim is to broaden some of these themes in new directions and investigate the notion of ‘crisis and renewal’ (also as a mirror image of work on ‘decline and fall’). We ask papers to focus on the ways in which the self-reflection of innovative thinkers in critical times moulded their vocabularies and the modalities in which the ‘critical’ element of their contributions was articulated. We invite proposals that address, but are not confined to, the following questions:
- How does political thought react to critical moments in history?
- Does political thought produce ‘crisis/es’?
- Are moments of ‘crisis’ also moments of creativity for the history of political thought and political theory?
- Are existing concepts at a given time suited to face crises or are established principles employed in different ways to respond and make sense of them?
- How can we theorise, indeed reflect both theoretically and historically, vis-à-vis (notions of) ‘crisis’?
- How do we account for the complex changes and developments occurred in the meanings of ‘crisis’ from ancient Greece (where the word was coined) up to the last few decades?
- What trajectory/ies did ideas of crisis take in different contexts at different historical junctures?
- What are the relations between political ideas and material factors such as famine, war, weather etc. in conjunction with ‘crisis’?
These questions need to be addressed by embracing the full geographical and chronological spectrum of ‘European political thought’ from antiquity to the present. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the ESHPT and of the discipline of the history of political thought, we welcome papers and panels seeking to cover some of the questions above from multiple methodological and historiographical perspectives (e.g., political thought, political theory, history, philosophy, law).
Keynote speakers: Erica Benner (Berlin)
Paschalis Kitromilides (Athens)
Proposals for individual 20 minute papers should be no longer than 250 words, and proposals for panels should not exceed 500 words. Short CVs of the speakers should be added (name, institutional affiliations, major publications – no more than five). Panels at the conference will normally last 90 minutes, with 3 papers each. (Exceptionally, panel proposals consisting of more than 3 papers can be accommodated.)
Please send your proposals by 30 September 2017 to László Kontler,, cc to Gregor Stiebert,
Authors will be notified of paper acceptance or non-acceptance by 15 December 2017.
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Call for Papers : Law’s Porosities

Juris Diversitas - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 19:01
Call for Papers : Law’s Porosities
The North-American section of the Société de législation comparée is organizing a bilingual conference (French-English) on “Law’s Porosities” on October 26, 2017 in Washington, D.C. at the American University Washington College of Law, in conjunction with the American Society of Comparative Law’s annual meeting, which will be held on October 27 and 28, 2017. Presentations in English or French are welcome.The Keynote lecture will be delivered by Mireille Delmas-Marty, Professor Emerita, Collège de France.There is no cost to attend either or both meetings, and reduced hotel costs will be available to anyone registered for either or both meetings.Please send a short abstract of your proposed presentation before August 31 to for registration will be posted soon on the site of the American Society of Comparative Law: are hoping to see many of you in Washington!-Vivian Curran, President, North-American Section, Société de législation comparée and            President, American Society of Comparative Law-George Bermann, Vice-President, North-American Section, Société de législation comparéeAppel à communications : Porosités du droit
La Section nord-américaine de la Société de législation comparée organise une conférence bilingue (français-anglais) sur les « Porosités du droit » le 26 octobre 2017 à Washington, D.C. à l’American University Washington College of Law, en conjonction avec la conférence annuelle de l’American Society of Comparative Law qui aura lieu le 27 et 28 octobre 2017.  Les interventions en langue française ou anglaise seront bienvenues.Discours d’ouverture par Madame le Professeur Mireille Delmas-Marty, Pr. émérite, Collège de FranceEntrée gratuite aux deux conférences et tarifs réduits pour le logement avec inscription à l’une ou aux deux conférences.Prière d’envoyer un court résumé de votre intervention proposée avant le 31 août à Précisions pour inscriptions se trouveront bientôt sur le site de l’American Society of Comparative Law :érant vous voir nombreux àWashington !-Viviane Curran, Présidente de la Section nord-américaine de la SLC etPrésidente de l’American Society of Comparative Law
-George Bermann, Vice-Président de la Section nord-américaine de la SLC
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New from Hart

Juris Diversitas - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 17:56
New from Hart PublishingI am pleased to announce the publication of the title(s) shown below. If you would like to order with your 10% discount you can do so through our US distributor’s website (please quote the reference HART EMAIL in the voucher code field and click ‘apply’).Alternatively please contact ISBS directly to place your order (details below).

Criminal Sentencing as Practical WisdomGraeme Brown
How do judges sentence? In particular, how important is judicial discretion in sentencing? Sentencing guidelines are often said to promote consistency, but is consistency in sentencing achievable or even desirable? Whilst the passing of a sentence is arguably the most public stage of the criminal justice process, there have been few attempts to examine judicial perceptions of, and attitudes towards, the sentencing process.Through interviews with Scottish judges and by presenting a comprehensive review and analysis of recent scholarship on sentencing – including a comparative study of UK, Irish and Commonwealth sentencing jurisprudence – this book explores these issues to present a systematic theory of sentencing. Through an integration of the concept of equity as particularised justice, the Aristotelian concept of phronesis (or ‘practical wisdom’), the concept of value pluralism, and the focus of appellate courts throughout the Commonwealth on sentencing by way of ‘instinctive synthesis’, it is argued that judicial sentencing methodology is best viewed in terms of a phronetic synthesis of the relevant facts and circumstances of the particular case. The author concludes that sentencing is best conceptualised as a form of case-orientated, concrete and intuitive decision making; one that seeks individualisation through judicial recognition of the profoundly contextualised nature of the process.
Graeme Brown LLB (Hons), LLM, MSc, MJur (Dunelm), PhD (Edin), Dip LP is a solicitor and Honorary Fellow in the School of Law, University of Edinburgh.
June 2017     9781509902613     304pp     Hardback     RSP: $108
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Human Rights and Judicial Review in Australia and CanadaThe Newest Despotism?Janina Boughey
It is commonly asserted that bills of rights have had a ‘righting’ effect on the principles of judicial review of administrative action and have been a key driver of the modern expansion in judicial oversight of the executive arm of government. A number of commentators have pointed to Australian administrative law as evidence for this ‘righting’ hypothesis. They have suggested that the fact that Australia is an outlier among common law jurisdictions in having neither a statutory nor a constitutional framework to expressly protect human rights explains why Australia alone continues to take an apparently ‘formalist’, ‘legalist’ and ‘conservative’ approach to administrative law. Other commentators and judges, including a number in Canada, have argued the opposite: that bills of rights have the effect of stifling the development of the common law. However, for the most part, all these claims remain just that – there has been limited detailed analysis of the issue, and no detailed comparative analysis of the veracity of the claims. This book analyses in detail the interaction between administrative and human rights law in Australia and Canada, arguing that both jurisdictions have reached remarkably similar positions regarding the balance between judicial and executive power, and between broader fundamental principles including the rule of law, parliamentary sovereignty and the separation of powers. It will provide valuable reading for all those researching judicial review and human rights.
Janina Boughey is a Lecturer in Public Law at Monash University.
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June 2017     9781509907861     320pp     Hardback     RSP: $108
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General Principles of LawEuropean and Comparative PerspectivesEdited by Stefan Vogenauer and Stephen Weatherill
Examining general principles of law provides one of the most instructive examples of the intersection between EU law and comparative law. This collection draws on the expertise of high-profile and distinguished scholars to provide a critical examination of this interaction. It shows how general principles of EU law need to be responsive to national laws. In addition, it is clear that the laws of the Member States have no choice but to be responsive to the general principles which are developed through EU law. Viewed through the perspective of proportionality, legal certainty, and fundamental rights, the dynamic relationship between the ingenuity of the Court of Justice, the legislative process and the process of Treaty revision is comprehensively illustrated.
Stefan Vogenauer is Director of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt.Stephen Weatherill is Jacques Delors Professor of European Law, University of Oxford.
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June 2017     9781509910717     432pp     Hardback     RSP: $114
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Gender Equality in LawUncovering the Legacies of Czech State SocialismBarbara Havelková
Praise For The Book‘In ‘Gender Equality in Law: Uncovering the Legacies of Czech State Socialism’, Barbara Havelková offers a sober and sophisticated socio-legal account of gender equality law in Czechia. Tracing gender equality norms from their origins under state socialism, Havelková shows how the dominant understanding of the differences between women and men as natural and innate combined with a post-socialist understanding of rights as freedom to shape the views of key Czech legal actors and to thwart the transformative potential of EU sex discrimination law. Havelková’s compelling feminist legal genealogy of gender equality in Czechia illuminates the path dependency of gender norms and the antipathy to substantive gender equality that is common among the formerly state-socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Her deft analysis of the relationship between gender and legal norms is especially relevant today as the legitimacy of gender equality laws is increasingly precarious.’Professor Judy  Fudge, Kent Law School
Gender equality law in Czechia, as in other parts of post-socialist Central and Eastern Europe, is facing serious challenges. When obliged to adopt, interpret and apply anti-discrimination law as a condition of membership of the EU, Czech legislators and judges have repeatedly expressed hostility and demonstrated a fundamental lack of understanding of key ideas underpinning it. This important new study explores this scepticism to gender equality law, examining it with reference to legal and socio-legal developments that started in the state-socialist past and that remain relevant today. The book examines legal developments in gender-relevant areas, most importantly in equality and anti-discrimination law. But it goes further, shedding light on the underlying understandings of key concepts such as women, gender, equality, discrimination and rights. In so doing, it shows the fundamental intellectual and conceptual difficulties faced by gender equality law in Czechia. These include an essentialist understanding of differences between men and women, a notion that equality and anti-discrimination law is incompatible with freedom, and a perception that existing laws are objective and neutral, while any new gender-progressive regulation of social relations is an unacceptable interference with the ‘natural social order’. Timely and provocative, this book will be required reading for all scholars of equality and gender and the law.
Barbara Havelková is the Shaw Foundation Fellow in Law at the University of Oxford.
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June 2017     9781509905867     368pp     Hardback     RSP: $94
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The Fundamental Right to Data ProtectionNormative Value in the Context of Counter-Terrorism SurveillanceMaria Tzanou
Since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, data protection has been elevated to the status of a fundamental right in the European Union and is now enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights alongside the right to privacy. This timely book investigates the normative significance of data protection as a fundamental right in the EU. The first part of the book examines the scope, the content and the capabilities of data protection as a fundamental right to resolve problems and to provide for an effective protection. It discusses the current approaches to this right in the legal scholarship and the case-law and identifies the limitations that prevent it from having an added value of its own. It suggests a theory of data protection that reconstructs the understanding of this right and could guide courts and legislators on data protection issues. The second part of the book goes on to empirically test the reconstructed right to data protection in four case-studies of counter-terrorism surveillance: communications metadata, travel data, financial data and Internet data surveillance. The book will be of interest to academics, students, policy-makers and practitioners in EU law, privacy, data protection, counter-terrorism and human rights law.
Maria Tzanou is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Keele.
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June 2017     9781509901678     320pp     Hardback     RSP: $94
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Religion, Equality and Employment in EuropeThe Case for Reasonable AccommodationKatayoun Alidadi
Praise For The Book'This book offers a comprehensive exploration of a traditionally neglected theme which is of great practical significance for the prosperous development of multi-religious societies. Alidadi presents an innovative combination of findings from different normative and empirical disciplines, particularly law and sociology, and offers critical contributions to central debates within legal theory, including on the meaning of State neutrality vis-à-vis religion, secularity, formal and substantive equality, diversity and multiculturalism …a 'must' for everyone in the future dealing with issues of religious freedom, tolerance or discrimination in the workplace.'Heiner Bielefeldt, Professor of Human Rights and Human Rights Policy at the University of Erlangen and Former UN Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
'…a timely, expansive, and tremendously important book which offers a smart, sophisticated examination of divisive issues. Alidadi presents her thought-provoking argument in a balanced and compelling fashion.... The case for reasonable accommodation may very well provoke opposition in the current socio-political European context. But there can be no doubt that this rich study will have an impact on any future academic discussion on the accommodation of religious diversity in the workplace.'Rik Torfs, Professor of Canon Law and University Chancellor Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
'Alidadi’s work will rapidly emerge as the premier study of religion in the workplace.  Drawing on extensive empirical and legal research, she provides a powerful analysis pointing to the crucial importance of reasonable accommodation as a vital solution not only in employment settings, but in the larger context of our increasingly diverse societies.'W. Cole Durham, Jr., Founding Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University Law School
The management of religious and ideological diversity remains a key challenge of our time – deeply entangled with debates about the nature of liberal democracy, equality, social cohesion, minorities and nationalism, security and foreign policy. This book explores this challenge at the level of the workplace in Europe. People do not surrender their religion of belief at the gates of their workplace, nor should they be required to do so. But what are the limits of accommodating religious belief in the workplace, particularly when it clashes with other fundamental rights and freedoms?Using a comparative and socio-legal approach that emphasises the practical role of human rights, anti-discrimination law and employment protection, this book argues for an enforceable right to reasonable accommodation on the grounds of religion and belief in the workplace in Europe. In so doing, it draws on the case law of Europe’s two supranational courts, three country studies –Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK – as well as developments in the US and Canada. By offering the first book-length treatment of the issue, it will be of significance to academics, students, policy-makers, business leaders and anyone interested in a deeper understanding of the potentials and limits of European and Western inclusion, freedom and equality in a multicultural context.
Katayoun Alidadi is an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at Bryant University (Smithfield, RI, USA) and a Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle, Germany). Her work focuses on human rights, conflict of laws, employment law and the intersections of law and religion. She was awarded the 2013 Ius Commune Prize for her research on reasonable accommodation for religion and belief. Katayoun holds a PhD in law from the KULeuven (Leuven, Belgium) and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA, USA).
June 2017     9781509911370     320pp     Hardback     RSP: $108

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Movable Goods and Immovable Property. Gender, Law and Material Culture in Early Modern Europe (1450‒1850) [9th Conference of the European network “Gender Differences in the History of European Legal Cultures”] (London: GHI); DEADLINE 1...

Movable Goods and Immovable Property. Gender, Law and Material Culture in Early Modern Europe (1450‒1850)9th Conference of the European network “Gender Differences in the History of European Legal Cultures”
German Historical Institute London, 19-21 July 2018Conveners: Annette Cremer (Gießen), Hannes Ziegler (London)
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The history of material cultures offers important new ways of studying the significance of gender differences in the history of legal cultures by exploring new relationships between gender, law and material culture. Material and immaterial possession informs the self-image of individuals and societies, dynasties and families. A threefold scheme of legal distinction differentiates between usufruct (1), possession (2), and property (3). Yet these relationships between individuals and objects are not only relevant to civil law, but correspond to political regimes. While usufruct, possession and property thus correspond to different forms of authority and society, they also have a bearing on gender relations on different levels of society. Usually, these gendered aspects of material culture are the products of traditional proximities between certain areas of activity and related groups of objects. Communities in early modern Europe can thus be said to have a gendered and often legally sanctioned relationship to the material world and the world of objects.
Our assumption is that this situation led to social rivalries and gender-informed conflicts between individual members of societies regarding usufruct, possession, and property. The action of taking possession of something is thus more than just a way of achieving material security, but a form of social practice and a way of self-assertion: in order to gain social status, as a way of accumulating social capital or broadening one’s personal or dynastic room for manoeuvre. In this respect, the single most important event is the distribution of goods in generational succession. Despite their chronologically wide applicability, we would like to explore these questions with respect to early modern history.
The starting point for our conference is objects and groups of objects, that is to say, mobile and immobile resources, and their relationships with gender, structures of power, estate orders, customs and legal norms. Perspectives from social and legal sciences will thus be combined with approaches from material culture studies. Our basic assumption is that ways and forms of usufruct, possession and property regarding certain objects inform the self-image and the prospects of individuals and families. What changes and dynamics can be observed in relation to the correlations between gender and objects? What differences occur between different forms of societies?
The network „Gender Differences in the History of European Legal Cultures“ operates in a diachronic and comparative way. We are therefore looking for papers engaging with the relationships between objects, gendered self-images and rights of ownership on the basis of textual, pictorial and material sources in Europe between 1450 and 1850. Despite this emphasis on early modern history, we also encourage proposals that highlight transitions from the Middle Ages. Papers should engage with one or more of the following themes and questions:
1.      How can the distinction between movables and immovables be explained? On what experiences and everyday considerations is it based?2.      When does the category of movables become relevant? Is the understanding of the house as immovable based on its material aspects, e.g. fabrics?3.      Does the gendered coding of movables and immovables exist in different legal areas? How is the attribution of gendered codes argued for?4.      What are the consequences of gendered attributions of objects and resources? Does the distribution of resources lead to specific hazards or profits?5.      What objects are especially disputed? We are looking for examples of individuals trying to take possession of mobile and immobile, material and immaterial resources.6.      Can tensions be discerned between the aims and interests of households and family units and the superior interests of the manorial system, the economies of cities and states, or the public weal?7.      Does the distinction between mobiles and immobiles extend beyond legal norms? How is it handled in Common or Roman Law? 8.      What are the strategies of testators for distributing their property? How binding were marriage contracts and last wills in the case of succession?9.      What institutions are resorted to in case of conflicts?10.  How is the value of mobiles and immobiles assessed? How relevant are market values, auctions and valuers?11.  What is the role of gender, marital status, age, social standing, and religious confession for pursuing one’s interest and the chances of success in the case of judicial conflicts?12.  What is the influence of the distribution of wealth on power relations within the family?13.  And finally: what is the shape of households that have been reorganised by gavelkind, single heir rule and other mechanisms of distribution? In other words: how is the redistribution of goods handled within households?
Keynotes will be presented by:
Amy Erickson (Cambridge) and Margareth Lanzinger (Wien)
Please send your proposals for papers (appr. 1 page/300 words) together with a short academic CV by 15 October 2017

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BOOK: Elisabeth LUSSET, Crime, châtiment et grâce dans les monastères au Moyen Âge (XIIe-XVe siècle) (Turnhout: Brepols, 2017), 406 p. ISBN 97892503567655, € 120

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Elisbeth Lusset (CNRS) published Crime, châtiment et grâce dans les monastères au Moyen Âge with Brepols Publishers.
Book abstract:Ce livre analyse les crimes commis à l’intérieur des monastères médiévaux (violences, homicides ou encore vols) et la manière dont les religieux criminels étaient corrigés tant par les abbés, les évêques, les chapitres généraux des ordres religieux que par les organes de la curie romaine. Il compare, à l’échelle de l’Europe, les établissements de moines, chanoines réguliers et moniales, qu’ils appartiennent à un ordre (Cluny, Cîteaux, Prémontré, Grande Chartreuse) ou à une nébuleuse moins définie sur le plan juridique (abbayes et prieurés de moines bénédictins ou de chanoines réguliers). En explorant le fonctionnement de la justice claustrale, les peines prescrites ainsi que les mécanismes de réconciliation des criminels, l’ouvrage éclaire sous un angle nouveau les processus de construction institutionnelle et de réforme des ordres religieux entre les XIIe et XVe siècles.On the author:
Ancienne élève de l’École normale supérieure de Lyon, ancienne pensionnaire de la Fondation Thiers, agrégée d’histoire et docteur en histoire médiévale, Élisabeth Lusset est chargée de recheche au CNRS. Elle travaille sur l’histoire comparée des ordres religieux et sur le gouvernement de l’Église médiévale.
Table of contents:
 Chapitre premier - Secreta ou detecta ?  Instances de correction des religieux criminels et production documentaireA. La correction au sein du cloître
1. Chapitre des coulpes et correction secrète des crimes
2. Les instances en charge de la correction au sein du monastère
B. La correction des criminels au sein des ordres religieux
1. Exemption et souveraineté en matière disciplinaire
2. Le chapitre général : instance législative et judiciaire suprême
C. La correction des criminels par les évêques et les archevêques normands et anglais
1. Les registres épiscopaux
2. Le contrôle disciplinaire des monastères non exempts
3. Le contrôle disciplinaire des monastères exempts
D. La correction des religieux par le pape
1. Le droit pontifical
2. Les registres de la chancellerie et de la pénitencerie apostolique
E. Pouvoirs laïques et discipline claustrale
1. La collaboration des pouvoirs ecclésiastiques et laïques
2. Une intervention croissante des juges laïques: les cas français et anglais
Chapitre II - Procédures : dénoncer, enquêter et gracierA. Dénoncer les crimes au chapitre des coulpes
B. Procédure lors des visites
1. Enquête générale
2. Enquêtes criminelles
3. Abandon des charges, sentence ou purgation canonique
C. Pétitionner le pape
1. À quel organe pontifical recourir ?
2. Le parcours des clercs réguliers et de leurs suppliques
Chapitre III – Typologie des crimes et circonstancesA. Typologie des crimes
1. Les violences physiques et verbales
2. Les homicides
3. Le vol
4. Les crimes de faux, d’incendie et de sorcellerie
B. Lieux du crime
1. Infra ou extra septa2. Les espaces sacrés : l’église et le cimetière
3. La salle capitulaire
4. Le dortoir et les chambres
5. Le cloître et le réfectoire
C. L'heure du crime
D. Crimes individuels ou collectif ?
E. Les armes du crime
1. Armes offensives
2. Crimes de poison
Chapitre IV – Mobiles du crimeA. Des crimes sous influence : colère, vin et haine
1. Ira et furore commotus2. Inebriatus et potu repletus3. Per odium et rancorem motumB. L'accès aux charges claustrales
C. Gestion et partage des biens
D. Le gouvernement de la communauté monastique
1. Les conflits entre « nations »
2. Iuniores contre seniores3. Le convers pervers
4. Le refus de l’autorité des supérieurs
5. Correction et abus
6. L’exercice trop autoritaire du pouvoir
7. Régime de faveur
E. Réformes
1. Le topos du réformateur persécuté
2. Les conflits de réforme au prisme des actes de la pratique
F. La persistance du vieil homme
1. Rhétorique de l’excuse
2. Fama et vindicta3. A verbis ad verbera. Des insultes aux coups
4. Maniement des armes
5. Poids des solidarités familiales
6. Une conversio morum en actes
Chapitre V – L’eau de tristesse et le pain de douleur - Pénitences et peinesA. Expulsion et/ou livraison au pouvoir séculier
B. Excommunications
1. Excommunicatio regularis et pénitences
2. Excommunication canonique
C. Transfert pro culpa1. Les buts du transfert pro culpa2. Les modalités du transfert pro culpa3. Résistances
4. L’encadrement de l’usage du transfert pro culpaD. L’enfermement punitif
1. Types d’enfermement
2. Généralisation de la peine de prison au XIIIe siècle
3. Conditions d’incarcération et perception de la peine
E. Scandale et sévérité des peines
Chapitre VI - Mélanger l’huile de miséricorde et le vin de la correctionA. Mitigation les peines et réconciliation des criminels
1. Des peines modulables
2. La réconciliation des criminels apostats ou expulsés
3. Réhabilitation
B. Répartition et hiérarchisation des compétences en matière d’absolution et de dispense
1. Le canon Si quis suadente et les modalités d’application de la réserve pontificale
2. La potestas absolvendi et dispensandi épiscopale
3. La potestas absolvendi et dispensandi au sein des monastères
C. L’exercice de la miséricorde pontificale
1. Crimes énormes ou ordinaires ?
2. Pourquoi s’adresser à la pénitencerie apostolique ?
D. Concilier rigueur et miséricorde
1. Résistances des prélats aux injonctions de miséricorde
2. Défense des prérogatives disciplinaires des chapitres généraux
Abréviations utilisées
Sources manuscrites et imprimées
Bibliographie sélective
Table des matières
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CALL FOR PAPERS: ESCLH Biennal Conference 2018 - Laws Across Codes and Laws Decoded Paris (École Normale Supérieure, 28-30 Jun 2018); DEADLINE 15 NOVEMBER 2017

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The European Society for Comparative Legal History's fifth Biennal Conference (2010 Valencia - 2012 Amsterdam - 2014 Macerata - 2016 Gdansk) will take place in Paris next year.

The call for papers can be found below:

Laws Across Codes and Laws Decoded28 June – 30 June 2018 at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris)
The Organising Committee of the 5thBiennal Conference and the Executive Council of the European Society for Comparative Legal History are pleased to call for papers for the upcoming conference to be held. The main theme picks up threads of thought from the earlier ESCLH conferences in Valencia (2010), Amsterdam (2012), Macerata (2014) and Gdansk (2016) to explore what codes and codification have meant and continue to mean for legal systems with codes, and for those without. Papers should be submitted, as set out below, by 15 November 2017.
The conference will focus on the issue of codes or alternatives to codes as instruments of transforming laws in Europe and in the world. While codes, and the process of codification, are at least familiar if not always completely understood, this conference challenges us to look deeper at what a code meant for the legal systems affected by it. The conference seeks to understand the whole process of codification, from political aspects to its conception, agreement and roll-out, through to technical matters of drafting and implementation and even to linguistic matters of expression and deeper meanings. Challenging the importance for legal rules to be inserted within or outside a code, the conference proposes to examine all sorts of codes, and not only the most known civil codes: general codes as special (such as penal, commercial, labour, family, military) codes, officious codes as official codes. The conference seeks also to study the effects the codified structure of the norms could have on their content and on the way law functions, notably through case law and law writing. All the historical situations in which law reform took place outside of codification and outside of codes can be questioned could be relevant in helping us to understand law reform through codes or its alternatives.
Papers should be novel, properly researched and referenced. They should address the conference theme, exploring doctrinal, theoretical, cultural or methodological aspects of comparative legal history. They must also be comparative, addressing more than one system of laws. The organisers particularly welcome addressing multiple legal systems or cultures. This includes where a similar legal system functions in different cultural circles.Practical details: 1. To offer a paper, please send the title of their paper, a short abstract (of 200-400 word, absolutely no more and a short CV (no more than 1 page) by 15 November 2017 to the organizing committee, c/o The presentations should be in English.3. It is also possible to submit a complete proposal for one or more panels (3 papers normally).4. The list of accepted papers will be announced by 8 December 2017.
Shortly, a conference website will be launched with fuller details of the conference. For the moment, some transport and accommodation information follows.
Paris offers many accommodation possibilities ranging from five-star hotels, through smaller hotels in the Quartier latin and private rooms to beds in youth and student hostels. For some postgraduates the Ecole Normale Supérieurecould offer cheaper accommodation in student dormitories.

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BOOK REVIEW: Kaius TUORI, The Emperor of Law. The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication by Ulrike BARBUDIAUX, Sehepunkte, 17 (2017), 06

Sehepunkte published the fulltext of a book review by Ulrike Barbusiaux of Kaius Tuori's The Emperor of Law (Oxford: OUP, 2016).

First paragraph:
Die konstitutive Bedeutung der kaiserlichen Rechtsprechung für Machtbegründung und -erhalt des princeps ist unumstritten. Stark divergierend sind aber die Deutungen ihrer Grundlagen und Begründungen, wobei sich vor allem die stärker machtpolitischen althistorischen und eher legalistischen rechtshistorischen Rekonstruktionen kaum auf einen Nenner bringen lassen. Kaius Tuori hinterfragt die bisherigen Erklärungsmodelle und präsentiert einen Neuansatz zur kaiserlichen adjudication . Die Originalität dieses Ansatzes liegt darin, dass er nicht nach rechtlichen Regeln oder gar Ermächtigungen sucht, und auch die tatsächlichen Grundlagen der kaiserlichen Machtentfaltung nicht näher beleuchtet. Vielmehr fragt er nach Narrativen ( narratives ), welche die Selbstdarstellung und Außenwahrnehmung der kaiserlichen Rechtsprechung bestimmen und verändern. Auf diese Weise gewinnt er Einblick in den Dialog zwischen Herrscher und Beherrschten sowie in die Mechanismen, durch welche Veränderungen legitimiert und Anpassungen erklärt werden können. Die moderne Konzeption der narratives hat dabei - wie er zutreffend hervorhebt - ihre Entsprechung in der antiken Kultur der exempla . (5ff.).More information here.
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BOOK: Markus D. DUBBER & Christopher TOMLINS (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of European Legal History (Oxford: OUP, forthcoming)

The Legal History Blog signalled a chapter by Markus D. Dubber on "Colonial Criminal Law and Other Modernities: European Criminal Law in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century", to be published in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of European Legal History (edited by the author with Christopher Tomlins).

This paper has two parts. The first part reflects on various traditional approaches to the historical study of European criminal law in the nineteenth and twentieth century. The second part lays out an alternative, two-track, conception of "modern" European criminal legal history. It does this by taking an upside-down - or outside-in - view of the subject, by focusing on an understudied, but fascinating, project of European criminal law: the invention, implementation, and evolution of colonial criminal law.  More information on SSRN.
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BOOK: George DUKE & Robert P. GEORGE (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Natural Law Jurisprudence (Cambridge: CUP, 2017), 468 p. ISBN 9781107546462

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George Duke & Robert P. George edited a Cambridge Companion to Natural Law Jurisprudence.

This collection provides an intellectually rigorous and accessible overview of key topics in contemporary natural law jurisprudence, an influential yet frequently misunderstood branch of legal philosophy. It fills a gap in the existing literature by bringing together leading international experts on natural law theory to provide perspectives on some of the most pressing issues pertaining to the nature and moral foundations of law. Themes covered include the history of the natural law tradition, the natural law account of practical reason, normativity and ethics, natural law approaches to legal obligation and authority and constitutional law. Creating a dialogue between leading figures in natural law thought, the Companion is an ideal introduction to the main commitments of natural law jurisprudence, whilst also offering a concise summary of developments in current scholarship for more advanced readers.
• Brings together leading international experts in the field • Provides a comprehensive overview of cutting edge scholarship in the area • Can serve as an introduction to the central area of legal theory, or the first port of call for scholars and students of natural lawTable of contents:
 1. Introduction George Duke and Robert P. George; Part I. Foundations: 2. Aquinas and natural law jurisprudence John Finnis; 3. Natural law, God and human dignity Robert P. George; 4. Early modern natural law theories Knud Haakonssen; 5. Metaphysical foundations of natural law theories Jonathan Crowe; Part II. Practical Reason, Normativity and Ethics: 6. Natural law, basic goods, and practical reason Christopher Tollefsen; 7. Practical reason in the context of law Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco; 8. Hume, virtue and natural law Thomas Pink; 9. Natural law reasoning in applied ethics Jacqueline Laing; Part III. Law and Politics: 10. Law as an idea we live by N. E. Simmonds; 11. The moral impact theory, the dependence view, and natural law Mark Greenberg; 12. The ideal dimension of law Robert Alexy; 13. Two unhappy dilemmas for natural law jurisprudence Mark C. Murphy; 14. The common good George Duke; 15. Natural law theory and constitutionalism Gerard V. Bradley; 16. Opening the doors of inquiry: Lon Fuller and the natural law tradition Kristen Rundle.More information with CUP.
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NEWS: Comparative Legal History (ISSN 2049-6788) recognised as international peer reviewed journal by the VABB (Flemish Community)

The authoritative panel of the VABB (Vlaams Academisch Bibliografisch Bestand), an organ of the Flemish universities, has recognised our society's organ, Comparative Legal History (Routledge - Law, ISSN 2049-6788), as a peer reviewed journal.

This recognition was given earlier to other journals in the field, such as the Legal History Review (Brill), The Journal of Legal History (Routledge), de Revue historique de droit français et étranger (Dalloz), Forum Historiae Iuris (MPIER) the Journal of the History of International Law (Brill), Rechtskultur (Regensburg), Pro Memorie (Verloren) or Fundaminia (Sabinet).

The VABB list (used as a quantitative basis for university funding) can be consulted here.
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