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CONFERENCE AND CFP: "Concilium Lateranense IV. Commemorating the Octocentenary of the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215" (Rome, 25-29 November 2015)

Deadline November 1, 2014
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WHAT:"Concilium Lateranense IV. Commemorating the Octocentenary of the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215", Conference and Call for Papers
WHERE: RomeThe conference will move to different locations on different days, in part as a tribute to the movement of clerics around Rome as part of the many events surrounding the council.On Wednesday 25 and Friday 27 November, it’ll be based in Trastevere, whose winding streets sit directly south of the Vatican, nestled beneath the Janiculum hill and home to the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, consecrated by Innocent as part of the conciliar celebrations. Our hosts, the American Academy in Rome (Wednesday 25) and John Cabot University, Rome (Friday 27) are both based in this area: the American Academy in Rome sits on atop the Janiculum but on the city-side of the hill, and John Cabot University is in the centre of Trastevere, by the Villa Farnesina.On Thursday – Thanksgiving in the United States – it’ll be in the Pontifical Gregorian University, in central Rome near to the Trevi fountain and the Quirinal Palace.On Saturday 28 and Sunday 29, the conference will gather in the Rome campus of the University of Notre Dame. The campus, near to the Colosseum, is only a few hundred metres from the Lateran basilica and also from the churches of Santi Quattro Coronati and S. Clemente, both of which are of interest in their own right.
WHEN: 25-29 November 2015
Committee: Peter Clarke, (Southampton) Chair; Danica Summerlin (München) Secretary;Brenda Bolton (London); Barbara Bombi (Kent); Maureen Boulton (Notre Dame);Christoph Egger (Wien); Damian Smith (Saint Louis); Lila Yawn (Rome)

On Monday 30 November 1215 in the Basilica of St John Lateran, Innocent III brought the first assembly of the whole Church since the Council of Chalcedon (451) to a rousing finale by summoning all the delegates to unite in faith and by issuing Ad Liberandam, an encyclical calling for a crusade to liberate the Holy Land. This Council, fourth in the Lateran series but the twelfth ecumenical gathering of the Church in the Western tradition, included the five patriarchs or their representatives, together with more than one thousand bishops, abbots and other dignitaries, both ecclesiastical and secular. At each of the three plenary sessions held on 11, 20 and 30 November respectively, Innocent preached a set-piece sermon whilst, behind the scenes, delegates debated such major issues as who was more worthy to lead the Empire and how to contain the Albigensian heresy.The accounts of eyewitnesses reveal that Innocent’s consecration of Santa Maria in Trastevere and celebrations for the anniversary of the dedication of the Vatican Basilica served not only to emphasize the history, majesty and ritual of the Church but also offered a welcome respite from the intensive discussions in the Lateran Palace. The Fathers of the Council promulgated seventy decrees, covering topics as diverse as heresy, Jewish-Christian relations, pastoral care and Trinitarian theology as well as ecclesiastical governance. Monks and secular clergy were to be reformed, the nascent mendicant orders welcomed to the Church and diocesan bishops instructed to implement far-reaching conciliar decisions across Christendom.Eight hundred years on, Lateran IV still stands as the high-water mark of the medieval papacy, its political and ecclesiastical decisions enduring down to the Council of Trent whilst modern historiography has deemed it the most significant papal assembly of the Later Middle Ages. In November 2015, we have a unique opportunity to re-evaluate the role of this Council in the reform of the universal Church. Taking an inter-disciplinary approach, we shall investigate how its decisions affected the intellectual, cultural, social and religious life of the medieval world. We particularly encourage individual papers from disciplines such as art history, theology, canon law, crusade studies, literature and from those who work on relations between Jews and Christians, which we hope will broaden current interpretations of the events of the Council, their subsequent importance and long-term impact. Alternatively, three-paper session proposals on a common theme will also be most welcome.Papers may be delivered in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish but must be limited to 30 minutes. Abstracts of no more than 200 words with all the necessary contact details should be sent no later than 1 November 2014.Please direct any questions to fourthlateranat800@gmail.com.
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NOTICE: "the Richard & Diane Cummins Legal History Research Grant for 2015"

The Richard & Diane Cummins Legal History Research Grant for 2015

Deadline October 15, 2014

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 The 2014 Cummins Grant Scholar is Professor Aniceto Masferrer (Valencia), President of the ESCLH.GW Law is pleased to invite applications for the Richard & Diane Cummins Legal History Research Grant for 2015.The Cummins Grant provides a stipend of $10,000 to support short-term historical research using  Special Collections at GW's Jacob Burns Law Library, which is noted for its continental historical legal collections, especially its French collection.  Special Collections also is distinguished by its holdings in Roman and canon law, church-state relations, international law, and its many incunabula.The grant is awarded to one doctoral, LL.M., or S.J.D. candidate; postdoctoral researcher; faculty member; or independent scholar. The successful candidate may come from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, law, history, religion, philosophy, or bibliography.Potential grant candidates residing more than 100 miles from Washington, DC, whose projects require onsite consultation of materials in Special Collections, are eligible. Applicants must submit the following:
  • a cover letter, not to exceed 600 words, which includes the project title, a brief summary of proposed research, and estimated dates of onsite research;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a research proposal, not to exceed 1000 words, outlining the scope of the project, and specifying those materials from Special Collections that are relevant to the proposed research;
  • two letters of support, preferably from academic colleagues; for student applicants, one of the letters must be from a dissertation or thesis advisor.
These documents may be submitted electronically or in hard copy via mail.During his or her visit, the grant recipient will deliver a presentation to interested faculty of the research completed at GW, and at the conclusion of the visit will submit a summary of research conducted during the visit.

Grant applicationAll applications and supporting materials, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, research proposal, and letters of support, must be submitted on or before October 15, 2014. Inquiries and application materials should be sent to:Dean Scott B. PagelDirector, Jacob Burns Law LibraryThe George Washington University716 20th Street, NWWashington, DC  20052

About Special CollectionsSpecial Collections at the Jacob Burns Law Library preserves more than 35,000 important legal works from the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries. Its French Collection is one of the largest assemblages of early French law in the United States. The Incunabula Collection comprises more than 140 law-related titles. Other significant areas of the collection include church-state relations, Roman and canon law, international law, and early American statutes and practitioner guides. Additional information regarding the collection is available from the Special Collections Department.  For information regarding the scope of the collection and its potential pertinence to individual research needs, please contact:Jennie C. MeadeDirector of Special CollectionsJacob Burns Law Libraryjmeade@law.gwu.edu

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ARTICLES ANNOUNCEMENT: Philosophy of Law eJournal

Juris Diversitas - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:26
From the new issue of Philosophy of Law eJournal, we suggest the following articles:

"Juries, Social Norms, and Civil Justice" 
Alabama Law Review, Vol. 65, No. 5, 2014
William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-282JASON M. SOLOMON, Stanford Law School
Email: jsolomon@law.stanford.edu
At the root of many contemporary debates and landmark cases in the civil justice system are underlying questions about the role of the civil jury. In prior work, I examined the justifications for the civil jury as a political institution, and found them wanting in our contemporary legal system.

This Article looks closely and critically at the justification for the civil jury as an adjudicative institution and questions the conventional wisdom behind it. The focus is on tort law because the jury has more power to decide questions of law in tort than any other area of law. The Article makes three original contributions.

First, I undermine the claim that the breach question in negligence is inevitably one for the jury by revisiting a famous debate between Cardozo and Holmes about the possibility of judge-made rules around breach in tort. Second, I draw on social and cognitive psychology to question the conventional wisdom that juries applying general standards are ideally suited to identify and apply social norms. And third, I sketch a middle-ground approach on breach, which involves presumptive rules that defer to indicia of social norms such as statutes and regulations, custom, and the market. 
"Human Rights Through the ATS after Kiobel: Partial Extraterritoriality, Misconceptions, and Elusive and Problematic Judicially-Created Criteria" 
6 Duke Forum for Law & Social Change 31 (2014)
U of Houston Law Center No. 2014-A-75JORDAN J. PAUST, University of Houston Law Center
Email: jpaust@central.uh.edu The evident split in Kiobel has, in the words of Justice Kennedy, left open a number of significant questions regarding proper elaboration and explanation of the extraterritorial reach of the Alien Tort Statute. Among these are whether a presumption against extraterritoriality should apply and, if it is used, whether inconsistent and ambiguous criteria are preferable in deciding when it is displaced. Extraterritoriality of some sort has been affirmed, but there is an evident lack of consensus on rationales, doctrines, and criteria.

For this reason, its is important to reconsider what the full set of early cases and opinions of Attorneys General add for proper decisionmaking regarding the statute’s evident reach; what is compelled by adequate awareness of the nature of the law that is expressly incorporated by reference and its jurisdictional attributes and substantive grasp; how congressional endorsement of the Filartiga line of cases should displace a judicially-created presumption as well as supposed “foreign relations” concerns and provide needed guidance; how the Charming Betsy rule supplements the need to interpret the statute consistently with universal jurisdiction and responsibility as well as human rights of access to courts and to an effective remedy under international law; and how the rationale in the Bowman exception to a presumption of non-extraterritoriality supports that requirement. This article provides a basis for such an inquiry. Part III identifies evident misconceptions in some of the opinions and is organized into eight areas.
"War for the Wrong Reasons: Lessons from Law" 
11 Journal of Moral Philosophy 454 (2014)GABRIELLA BLUM, Harvard Law School
Email: gblum@law.harvard.edu
JOHN C. P. GOLDBERG, Harvard Law School
Email: jgoldberg@law.harvard.edu In Ethics for Enemies, Frances Kamm argues that, under certain conditions, it is morally permissible for a state to launch a war for opportunistic reasons. We consider how law might shed light on Kamm’s argument. Part I addresses the application of criminal and tort law to individual acts of violence analogous to the acts of war analyzed by Kamm. It primarily argues that these bodies of law rely on a framework for determining legal permissibility that runs counter to, and perhaps demonstrates weaknesses in, Kamm’s framework for assessing moral permissibility. Part II considers the law of war. It maintains that, although modern law permits certain opportunistic acts of war, the law does so on terms that cut against Kamm’s claim as to their moral permissibility.

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Juris Diversitas - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:01
We suggest two interesting articles from the new issue of Legal History eJournal

"Historicism and Materiality in Legal Theory" 
Forthcoming in Maksimilian Del Mar and Michael Lobban, editors, Law, Theory and History: New Essays on a Neglected Dialogue (Oxford: Hart Publishing)CHRISTOPHER TOMLINS, University of California, Berkeley - Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program
Email: ctomlins@law.berkeley.edu
Current interest in a rapprochement between legal theory and legal history rests on a transformation of legal theory into a species of historicism, a mode of inquiry that emphasizes the tempero-spatial locatedness of its objects of attention, and examines the multiplicity of relations existing between object and context. Contemporary paradigms in historicism further contend that whatever the context in relationship to which the object of inquiry is situated, the outcome is indeterminacy – the irreducible contingency of alternative possibilities, paths taken and not taken. Given the stranglehold that historicism has achieved in legal history, it is not surprising that its core contentions should be the drivers of revisionism in legal theory. However, alternatives should be considered. This paper undertakes a critique of historicism, and examines a rival philosophy of history that I will call “materiality.” A less developed, more eclectic, standpoint, materiality stresses the impact upon the formation of law of technologies, artifacts, and material practices. Rather than collapse law into its context, it seeks to examine the fabrication of law’s differentiation. Its potential is exemplified in work as varied as Cornelia Vismann’s Files: Law and Media Technology (2000; trans. 2008) and Bruno Latour’s The Making of Law (2002; trans. 2010). My main emphasis, however, will be on the species of historical materialism developed in the work of Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), where one finds both an intense stress on the materiality of an object of attention, and an understanding of historical perspective to entail much more than the derivation of the object’s meaning from the circumstances in which it is located. If history promises to enliven our understanding of an object, we must recognize the object is not enlivened by the relationalities of its time, within which it allegedly belongs, but by the fold of time that creates it in constellation with the present, the moment of its recognition.
"The Future as a Concept in National Security Law" 
Pepperdine Law Review, ForthcomingMARY L. DUDZIAK, Emory University School of Law, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
Email: mary.l.dudziak@emory.edu With their focus on the future of national security law, the essays in this issue share a common premise: that the future matters to legal policy, and that law must take the future into account. But what is this future? And what conception of the future do national security lawyers have in mind? The future is, in an absolute sense, unknowable. Absent a time machine, we cannot directly experience it. Yet human action is premised on ideas about the future, political scientist Harold Lasswell wrote in his classic work The Garrison State. The ideas about the future that guide social scientific work are rational predictions, he suggested.

If law is premised on ideas about something unknowable, something that can, at best, be a prediction, then it seems important to examine what those ideas, assumptions and predictions are. This essay examines future-thinking in prominent works related to national security, including the ideas that the future is peacetime, a long war, a "next attack," and the future as a postwar. Drawing from scholarship on historical memory and conceptions of temporality, this essay argues that understandings of the future depend on more than the rational empirical predictions that Lasswell had in mind. The future is a cultural construct that depends in part on the way we remember the past. It does not exist apart from the politics and values that inform our perceptions. The future does not unfold on its own. We produce our future through both our acts and our imaginations. Culture matters deeply in this context, for the future we imagine is a well-spring of law.
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CLEA ANNOUNCEMENTS: CLEA Call for Conference Papers 2015 and Essay Competition 2014

Juris Diversitas - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 05:33

Essay Competition

This year will see the launch of our 5th Essay Competition. The competition is open to all students registered on an undergraduate law degree course within a Higher Education Institution in a Commonwealth Nations (see website<http://www.clea-web.com/essay-competition/> for the full competition rules).  The competition closes on 31 October 2014.

The title for this year is:

"Can the Commonwealth (Latimer House) Principles on Three Branches of Government 2003 serve as an effective framework for safeguarding democracy and the rule of law in Commonwealth Countries?"

£1000 of cash prizes will be awarded to the winners of first, second and third places as follows: 1st Prize: £500  2nd Prize: £300 3rd Prize £200.  The winning entry will also be published in the Newsletter of the Commonwealth Legal Education and may also be published in the journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education. Further details are available from: the Essay Co-ordinators: clea.essaycompetition@gmail.com<mailto:clea.essaycompetition@gmail.com>.

2015 Biennial Conference in Glasgow

CLEA are pleased to announce that their 2015 conference<http://www.clea-web.com/events-conferences/glasgow-2015/> will take place in Glasgow, Scotland in April 2015.  The conference will run from Thursday 9th until Friday 10th April 2015 at Glasgow Caledonian University.  Preceding the conference, there will be a seminar on interactive teaching methods, organised by David McQuoid-Mason, the President of CLEA.  After the conference, there will be an optional organised tour arranged for Saturday 11th April to visit some of Scotland's landmarks. The Commonwealth Moot will then take place from Sunday 12th until Wednesday 15th April.  Please contact Michael Bromby<mailto:m.bromby@gcu.ac.uk> for any conference enquiries.

Call for Papers

The conference theme is "Transnational Legal Education: Commonwealth Perspectives" and the call for papers<http://www.clea-web.com/events-conferences/glasgow-2015/2015-call/> sets out the thematic areas and instructions for submitting an abstract.  The current deadline is 28 November 2014, with a further and final call for papers in early 2015.

Keynote Speakers

A keynote speech will be delivered by Prof. Justice Date-Bah<http://www.clea-web.com/events-conferences/glasgow-2015/keynote-date-bah/>, who is the Chairman of the University of Ghana Council. He was also a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Gambia from 2008-2013. He is currently the Chairman, Ghana Law Reform Commission and Chairman, Council of the University of Ghana, Legon.

Prof. Justice Date-Bah has held academic positions at the University of Ghana, University of Nairobi, University of Calabar as well as visiting positions at Lincoln College, Oxford University, Yale Law School and at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Seminar on Interactive Teaching Methods
A 1-day pre-conference seminar<http://www.clea-web.com/events-conferences/glasgow-2015/teaching-workshop/> will take place on Wednesday 8th April 2014, led by David McQuoid-Mason, University of KwaZulu-Natal; Patricia McKellar, University of London; and Lindi Coetzee, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

2015 Moot
The fourteenth Commonwealth Moot<http://www.clea-web.com/events-conferences/glasgow-2015/2015-moot/> will be held in conjunction with the 19th Commonwealth Law Conference also being held in Glasgow.

The Commonwealth Moot is an initiative of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA) and the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA). It is an 'invitation-only' Moot, being limited to representative teams from regions of the Commonwealth only. The regions, for the this purpose, are; North America, United Kingdom, the Caribbean, South Asia (India), South Asia (Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka), South East Asia, Western Africa , Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, Australasia (Australia and New Zealand send separate teams), and the South Pacific.

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Juris Diversitas - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 05:13
A new article from Legal History eJournal (click here to browse all abstracts of the Journal)

"Civil Law"
Centre for the Study of European Contract Law Working Paper Series No. 2014-06
Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2014-43
MARTIJN W. HESSELINK, University of Amsterdam - Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL)
Email: m.w.hesselink@uva.nl
The concept of civil law has two distinct meanings. First, civil law may refer to the branch of the law that deals with civil disputes, ie disputes between private parties (individuals, corporations), as opposed to other branches of the law, such as administrative law or criminal law, which relate to disputes between individuals and the state. Secondly, the term civil law is often employed to indicate a legal "tradition" or a "family" of legal systems, this time in contrast with other legal traditions or families, in particular the common law. This is the sense in which we say, for example, that France and Germany are civil law countries while the United States and Australia are common law countries. This forthcoming contribution to The Encyclopedia of Political Thought (M. Gibbons ed.) is concerned exclusively with the civil law in the latter sense.

The entry concludes that the number of contexts in which the concept of "civil law" today can be employed unproblematically, ie without running the risk of reductionism, anachronism, oversimplification or indeed caricature, seems rather limited. The similarities, differences and interconnections between the various jurisdictions in the world seem almost invariably to be far too complex to be capable of being usefully captured in the general concept of "the civil law" and its contrast with "the common law". In any case, the concept and its use is hardly ever neutral. Therefore, at best it can provide a convenient starting point for further critical analysis and discussion.
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SSRN ARTICLE:Towards a Comparative and Localized Study of Brazilian Law and Literature

Juris Diversitas - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 05:08

A new article from: Philosophy of Law eJournal

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"Towards a Comparative and Localized Study of Brazilian Law and Literature" (Free Download)
Direito e Literatura na Virada do Milênio/Law and Literature at the Turn of the Millennium. Ed. Sonja Arnold and Michael Korfmann. Porto Alegre: Editora Dublinense, 2014. 15-38.
GRETA OLSON, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen
Email: Greta.Olson@anglistik.uni-giessen.de
I am grateful to the editors of this volume for allowing me to contribute in the atypical form of a comment on the subject of the volume rather than with a scholarly essay. Composing an essay that might have made manifest in print what the title of my talk at the conference Literatura e Direito na virada do milênio/Law and Literature at the Turn of the Millennium had promised turned out to be an impossibility. In entitling my talk “Law and Literature in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany (and Brazil): Comparing Legal Systems, Literatures, and Cultural Preoccupations,” I discovered that I had promised too much. As an expatriate US American living in Germany and teaching British and American studies, I could not match the knowing I have of German, British, and American legal systems, literatures,and social issues with enough information about Brazil in a short time and without facility in Brazilian Portuguese. Thus the following has the character of a programmatic sketch rather than an analytic description.
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CONFERENCE: "Scriptoria e biblioteche nel basso medioevo (secoli XII-XV)", (Todi, 12-15 October 2014)

WHAT: "Scriptoria e biblioteche nel basso medioevo (secoli XII-XV)", LI Convegno storico internazionale CISBaM-Accademia Tudertina 
WHERE: Todi (Perugia), Italy
WHEN: 12-15 October 2014
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CONFERENCE: "The role of conscience for the religious peace of Augsburg" (Zurich, 2 December 2014)

WHAT:  Die Bedeutung des Gewissens für den Augsburger Religionsfrieden, "The role of conscience for the religious peace of Augsburg", Conference
WHERE: University of Zurich, Senatszimmer KOL-E-13
WHEN: 2 December 2014, 18.15
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Heinrich De Wall, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
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CONFERENCE: "The Codex Gregorianus: the life of a legal compilation from Diocletian to Justinian" (Zurich, 4 November 2014)

WHAT: "The Codex Gregorianus: the life of a legal compilation from Diocletian to Justinian", Conference
WHERE: University of Zurich, Senatszimmer KOL-E-13
WHEN: 4 November 2014, 18.15
Speaker: Dr. Simon Corcoran , University College London
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CONFERENCE: "The reign of law and the magistrates: a problem for historians and legal historians" (Zurich, 7 October 2014)

WHAT: "Die Herrschaft des Rechts’ und ihre Magistrate: Ein Problem der Neueren Geschichte für Historiker und Rechtshistoriker", "The reign of law and the magistrates: a problem for historians and legal historians", Conference
WHERE: University of Zurich, Senatszimmer KOL-E-13
WHEN: 7 October 2014, 18.15
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Robert von Friedeburg, Erasmus Center for Early Modern Studies, Rotterdam
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CFP: "Special Issue of Gender & History: Marriage’s Global Past"

Call for PapersSpecial Issue of "Gender & History": Marriage’s Global Past
Deadline: 15 January 2015
Editors:Sara McDougall, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)Sarah Pearsall, Cambridge University
This special issue of Gender & History explores marriage's global past from the medieval to the modern era. They solicit contributions that examine aspects of the history of marriage in societies and cultures throughout the world, with special attention to ideas and practices of monogamy and polygamy. Of particular interest is the role of gender in the construction and reconstruction of marriage. They also solicit papers that interrogate the relationship of marriage to various forms of power, including those of state, religious, and colonial institutions as well as the complicated dynamics of authority within households. They welcome both broad, comparative studies and more narrowly-focused ones.Many imagine marriage as a timeless institution. In fact, as William Alexander wrote in 1779, in his History of Women, From the Earliest Antiquity, to the Present Time, “Marriage is so far from having been an institution, fixed by permanent and unalterable laws, that it has been continually varying in every period, and in every country.” This historian thus acknowledged both the shifting nature of marriage as an institution in a global context, as well as the ways that marriage profoundly shapes, and is shaped by, the role and status of women and men. This special issue similarly assumes varieties of marriages, in terms of both chronology and geography.This special issue will also interrogate the profound interconnection of gender and marriage, especially with reference to issues of rank, race, age, nationality, culture, religion, and sexuality. Indeed, what might constitute “traditional” marriage in one context might appear radical in another. Indeed, while many contemporary scholars and advocates have called for a redefinition of what is termed “traditional marriage,” recent scholarship has also emphasized how very little is traditional about what is currently described in the Oxford English Dictionary as: “the formal union of a man and a woman, typically as recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife.”One of the goals of this special issue is to explore how the idea of so-called “traditional marriage” took root and spread in many cultures. Often, of course, it did so even as local social practices deviated, sometimes notably, from this norm. Christian teachings beginning in the first millennium endorsed a particular model of marriage that became not only a centerpiece of Christian faith but also a potent political and social force across the world. In this model, marriage had to be exclusive and indissoluble, a monogamous and enduring commitment between one man and one woman. At that time and in subsequent centuries, as Christian teachings spread throughout the world, this model of marriage came into contact with cultures that had a variety of different ideas about the best ways to marry, and the purpose of marriage. Clashes between different practices of marriage lay at the heart of many early modern and modern encounters. This special issue of Gender & History hopes to offer new interpretations of this complex and fascinating history.The volume will begin with a colloquium to be held 18-20 March 2016 at Cambridge University. Paper proposals (750 words maximum) are to be submitted by 15 January 2015. Invitations to present at the colloquium will be issued in February 2015. All those presenting must submit articles for pre-circulation by 15 January 2016. Participants will also be expected to read all the other articles and to participate fully in the two-day colloquium. This participation will include commenting on the paper of another participant, as well as more general discussions. After the colloquium, participants will be invited to submit their revised papers for publication. Those accepted by the editors for publication will be expected to submit their manuscripts by 1 September 2016. This timeframe will allow the editors to work with authors to produce the final text of the issue for publication in 2017.Please send paper proposals to smcdougall@jjay.cuny.edu andsmsp100@cam.ac.uk by 15 January 2015, with "Marriage’s Global Past” in the subject heading.
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Juris Diversitas - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:23
Nir Kedar, Stathis Banakas & Serban Vacarelu discussing Legal Traditions, History & Culture
Duncan Fairgrieve & François Lichère debating on Comparative Law and the Forensic Process
Alexis Albarian and Sean Donlan on Cours Mirabeau
Juris Diversitas President & Vice President
The two principal organizers, Olivier Moréteau & Alexis Albarian
Les Deux Garçons, Cours Mirabeau, venue of the conference banquet
Lunch break: moment de détente et de socialisation
Harith Al-Dabbagh presenting on Droit comparé et ... droit musulman
Sébastien Cacioppo & Candice Caligaris assisted Dr. Alexis Albarian, welcoming and assisting participants and tending to all important details. Lydie Benaroche and many others worked behind the stage, making this great event possible.
Merci à tous nos amis Aixois!
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE, AIX 2014, First Plenary Session

Juris Diversitas - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:00
Comparative Law and ... / Le droit comparé et ... 

More than 100 participants from all continents attended this two-day-and-a-half event, with three plenary sessions, 75 presentations (mostly in parallel sessions), organized with the support and sponsorship of the Faculté de droit, Aix-Marseille University, and several of its prominent research centers.

First plenary Session
Le Doyen Philippe Bonfils accueille les participants

Jan Smits, Philippe Bonfils, Olivier Moréteau & Sean Donlan

Prof. Jan Smits delivering the keynote speech

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Post-Doc Opportunities in Social Law at Aix-Marseille University

Juris Diversitas - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 18:04
Prof. Alexis Bugada, Vice-Dean of the Aix-Marseille University Faculty of Law and Director of the Centre de droit social, sponsor and co-organizer of the 2014 Juris Diversitas Annual Meeting, announces that the Centre de droit social offers three post-doc 6-month contracts on the following themes: (1) Economics of the French social protection to the test migration (Economic perspectives on international social security policy) (post-doctorant économie), (2) Analysis of the political discourse on the French social protection linked to the Mediterranean (post-doctorant science politique), and (3) Measuring social inclusion of French social protection system in the migration perspective (Euro-Mediterranean area, or Anglo-american world) (post-doctorant sociologie). All interested should email centrededroitsocial@univ-amu.frnoting the theme they are interested in so that they may receive the appel d'offre/tender. 

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Le juriste français entre ethnocentrisme et mondialisation

Juris Diversitas - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 17:34
Olivier Moréteau published Le juriste français entre ethnocentrisme et mondialisation (Dalloz, L'esprit du droit, 338 p., 2014).
The back cover reads:
Le juriste français se connait de l’intérieur, et se reconnait dans le rayonnement mondial de sa tradition juridique, qui garde valeur de modèle en Europe et sur d’autres continents. Il se sent à la fois supérieur et menacé par la domination du modèle de common law qu’il juge conquérant.Dans ces essais qui touchent aux modes de production du droit, à la formation des juristes, à l’importance de la langue et de la culture dans la connaissance et le fonctionnement du phénomène juridique, Olivier Moréteau montre comment seule la connaissance du droit de l’autre peut faire sortir le juriste français de son ethnocentrisme et lui permettre d’aborder avec confiance les changements générés par la mondialisation.L’auteur encourage le juriste universitaire à rejoindre le praticien dans l’ouverture sur les réalités du monde et les autres systèmes juridiques. Il dénonce le repli identitaire sur l’exception française et invite à un raffermissement de l’identité française dans une vision pluraliste, sortant du messianisme étatique et révolutionnaire. Il invite le juriste français à sortir d’une attitude défensive, à s’armer de la connaissance des autres pour porter plus haut les valeurs et principes humanistes auxquels il est attaché, notamment sa capacité à centrer la règle de droit sur le citoyen et à la rendre accessible dans des codes.
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CFP: "Law, Religion and Disability", special issue of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies

Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Disability StudiesThe relationship of law, religion and disability is complex, emerging and still in development as a research area.  Scholarship on religion and disability has included feminist reflections regarding religion and disability (e.g. Minister 2013) and analysis of the physical isolation that can result in congregations where accommodations are made but without reflection on the communal aspects of integration (Eiesland 1994).  Further, health care providers working with disabled individuals negotiate and navigate their own religious identities in their professional sphere (Bray, Egan and Beagan 2012).  Legal advancement within the disability movement has produced results such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.  Public and policy challenges remain highly contested and disability advocates reflect on the limitations of existing policy as well as the challenge of the application of these policies (e.g. Prince 2012; Johner 2013).  We are seeking articles that articulate the diverse perspectives of disability studies as it relates both to law and religion.  There are multiple ways the religion, law and disability intersect with one another.  The special issue intends to explore overlapping themes in dialogue to reflect on the current discourse about disability, disabled identities and its interconnections with law and religion.Possible topics can include, but are not limited to:What social, cultural or religious norms have created exclusive or inclusive environments?  E.g. What constraints might the Quebec Charter of Values have created for individuals at the intersection of religion and disabled identities?Religious individuals and organizations face challenges regarding the theological debates regarding inclusivity versus exclusivity in the accommodation of disabled individuals.  What are some of the challenges of negotiating theological doctrine and what are the nuances made possible through theology regarding disability?How is disability taught or not taught, in schools or within religious institutions?  What are the policies in the education system regarding disability and what challenges are ongoing regarding education and disability?How do religious organizations and law respond to disability within a health framework?  What challenges are faced by healthcare workers who are religiously identified or disabled?  In what ways are religion, law and disability or disabled identities negotiated?

We welcome submissions from across the disciplines of law, religious studies and disability studies, as well as submissions from outside those fields.  Proposals should be no more than 2 pages in length (single spaced) and should include: theoretical and methodological approach; central thesis or argument; and data used within article (i.e. legislation, doctrine).  Proposals must be submitted to Ravi Malhotra (Ravi.Malhotra@uottawa.ca) and Heather Shipley (hshipley@uottawa.ca) by September 30, 2014.   Notifications will be sent out by November 15, 2014 and final submissions will be due January 30, 2015.  Full articles should be between 6,000-7,000 words, using the Turabian style guide (16th Edition) or another recognized citation style.  All final articles will be subject to the peer-review process. Publication is conditional on reviewer reports. As per Canadian Journal of Disability Studies policies, all methods and methodologies and disciplines are welcome, as are submissions in French or English.  This CFP additionally invites perspectives on religion from across traditions, and legal perspectives from outside of Canada or North America. 
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JOURNAL: "A Special Issue of Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies: The ERA in the 21st Century"

Guest Editor: Laura Mattoon D’Amore
Due date for receipt of papers is October 1, 2014
The failure of the Equal Rights Amendment links generations of feminists across nearly a century of activism.  In 1923, Alice Paul introduced the Equal Rights Amendment to Congress for the first time, demanding equality of rights under the law, regardless of sex. The amendment was introduced unsuccessfully to every Congress since 1923. Though it became a central rallying point for Second Wave feminism, passing both houses of Congress in 1972, it ultimately failed to receive enough state ratifications before its deadline in 1982. Despite its repeated failure the ERA has served as a symbolic torch carried by generations of feminists fighting for women’s rights.The ERA serves as a conduit for critical dialogues about equal rights, because while the cultural, legal, political, and intellectual heritage of the United States is rooted in the “self-evident” precept of equality, it has prevented the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment for 90 years.  Furthermore, the topic of the ERA sometimes alienates supporters of equal rights who criticize its complicity in marginalizing race, class, gender, and sexuality through its heteronormative focus on women’s rights. The subject of the ERA has also caused some intergenerational conflict. Some activist feminists who have been working on the ERA for decades—who were in the trenches when it failed in 1982—believe that they have a more true idea of the significance of the loss.  Other activist feminists see the amendment as less relevant today than ever before, and are ready to rally efforts in other spaces.  Academics are highly critical of the political, economic, and legal shortcomings of the past, of the failure to unite in the present, and of the ways that the rhetoric of women’s equality that is so tightly intertwined with the ERA is, in turn, marginalizing others (particularly in terms of its lack of connection to intersections of race, class, gender identity, and sexuality).This Special Issue about The ERA in the 21st Century seeks to bring together an interdisciplinary array of scholars from such academic disciplines as women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, American studies, history, law, literature, and political science with practitioners from the legal and political professions and activists from grassroots organizations to discuss the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  

Proposals may explore past, present, and future implications of the fact that the ERA is still not in the Constitution, 90 years after it was first proposed in 1923, and consider how the ERA’s legacy in the 20th century positions the amendment in the popular, social, political, and legal consciousness of the 21st century. Using the ERA as a frame for dialogues across academic, legal, political, and public spheres, this call for papers especially encourages perspectives that engage with theories of, and/or experiences with intersectionality.Some questions for consideration might include: How has the ERA served to bond feminists in a common struggle? Divide them? Why should the United States add an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution?  Is it needed to achieve equal rights without regard to sex?  Would it have any demonstrable negative cultural/legal impact?    What does the failure thus far to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment indicate about the relative cultural/political status and valuation of females in the U.S. since 1923? How have cultural and/or political relationships evolved since 1923 regarding the Equal Rights Amendment and feminism?  Men, both as individuals and as a class?  ERA supporters and opponents, past and present? How has the Equal Rights Amendment been related legally and politically to reproductive rights?  LGBTQ issues?  Trans issues? Racial equality? Economic policies?  Employment rights?  Traditional gender roles and conservative “family values”? What comparisons and contrasts can be drawn between the social and political movement for the Equal Rights Amendment and the movement for racial justice/civil rights?  For reproductive rights?  For LGBTQ rights?  What do these movements have to learn from each other?   In what ways do people continue to engage with the Equal Rights Amendment in academia?  Legal and political practice?  Grassroots advocacy?  What models exist or can be formulated for bridging these categories of engagement?An inter- and multidisciplinary journal, Frontiers welcomes submissions of scholarly papers, activist essays as well as creative works such as artwork, fiction, and poetry.  Works must be original and not published or under consideration for publication elsewhere.  All special issue submissions and questions should be directed to frontiers@osu.edu.  For submission guidelines, please consult the Ohio State University Frontiers websites: http://frontiers.osu.edu/submissionsFrontiers: A Journal of Women’s StudiesDepartment of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesThe Ohio State University286 University Hall230 North Oval MallColumbus, OH 43210-1367frontiers@osu.edu
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CONFERENCE: "16th Annual Graduate Student Conference in African-American History" (Memphis, 11-13 February 2015)

WHAT: the 16th Annual Graduate Student Conference in African-American History, Conference and Call for papers
WHERE: University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee
WHEN: 11-13 February 2015
Deadline for proposals is December 1, 2014
The Graduate Association for African-American History (GAAAH) at The University of Memphis invites graduate students at all levels to submit proposals for its 16th Annual Graduate Student Conference in African-American History, to be held February 11-13, 2015, in Memphis, Tennessee. They welcome the submission of individual papers, complete sessions, workshops, and roundtables on all topics relating to the scholarship and teaching of the history of African Americans and blacks throughout the Diaspora. They hope to represent a broad range of disciplinary and methodological approaches.For graduate students individual paper proposals should include a 300-word abstract, including a paper title; author contact information; postal address and e-mail address; and brief curriculum vitae. The organizers of complete sessions should send, in a single submission, abstracts and cvs for each of the paper presenters; 200-word description of the session; and contact information for all participants. Please list audio-visual requirements, if any.This year’s conference will feature a keynote address from Dr. Eddie S. Glaude.  Dr. Glaude is a William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies, Department of Religion, and Chair, Center for African American Studies, at Princeton University.  Dr. Glaude’s books include In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America and Exodus!: Religion, Race, and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America.The submission deadline for proposals is December 1, 2014. A committee of University of Memphis professors will consider all papers for the “Memphis State Eight Paper Prize” which is awarded to the conference’s best paper. The first place prize includes a monetary award. Second and third place papers will also receive recognition.

Participants will be notified of acceptance by December 10, 2014, and completed 10-12 page papers must be received no later than February 1, 2015.Please submit all proposals by e-mail to GAAAH President Jeffery Jones:gaaah.memphis@gmail.com or jljones@memphis.edu For questions please call Jeff Jones at (901) 678-2515 [Email:jljones@memphis.edu] or contact GAAAH faculty adviser Dr. Aram Goudsouzian at (901) 678-2516 [Email: agoudszn@memphis.edu].
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CFA: "Journal of Civil and Human Rights"

The Journal of Civil and Human Rights is seeking authors of articles and reviews to submit their work. The deadline is rolling. We put articles into the peer review process in the order they arrive.More information about the journal, including the mission statement, submission guidelines, and editorial board, is available here:http://www.press.uillinois.edu/journals/jchr.html.The Journal of Civil and Human Rights is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, academic journal dedicated to studying modern U.S.-based  social justice movements and freedom struggles, including transnational ones, and their antecedents, influence, and legacies. The journal features  research-based articles, interviews, editorials, and reviews of books, films, museum exhibits, and Web sites.Please direct all submission inquiries to Michael Ezra, editor, ezra@sonoma.edu
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