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BOOK: Sara MCDOUGALL, Royal Bastards: the Birth of Illegitimacy, 800-1230 [Studies in Medieval History]. Oxford: OUP, 2017, 320 p. ISBN 9781098785828

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Sara McDougall (CUNY) has published a study on medieval bastardy in OUP's Studies in Medieval History series.

Book abstract:
The stigmatization as ‘bastards’ of children born outside of wedlock is commonly thought to have emerged early in Medieval European history. Christian ideas about legitimate marriage, it is assumed, set the standard for legitimate birth. Children born to anything other than marriage had fewer rights or opportunities. They certainly could not become king or queen. As this volume demonstrates, however, well into the late twelfth century, ideas of what made a child a legitimate heir had little to do with the validity of his or her parents’ union according to the dictates of Christian marriage law. Instead a child’s prospects depended upon the social status, and above all the lineage, of both parents. To inherit a royal or noble title, being born to the right father mattered immensely, but also being born to the right kind of mother. Such parents could provide the most promising futures for their children, even if doubt was cast on the validity of the parents’ marriage. Only in the late twelfth century did children born to illegal marriages begin to suffer the same disadvantages as the children born to parents of mixed social status. Even once this change took place we cannot point to ‘the Church’ as instigator. Instead, exclusion of illegitimate children from inheritance and succession was the work of individual litigants who made strategic use of Christian marriage law. This new history of illegitimacy rethinks many long-held notions of medieval social, political, and legal history.Table of contents:
1. The Language of Illegitimacy
2. The Carolingian Example: The Sons of Concubines
3. Illegitimacy and the Making of Medieval Dynasties 900-1050
4. Maternal Lineage and Anglo-Norman Succession 950-1150
5. Canon Law, Canonists, and Bastards in the World of Ivo of Chartres
6. Redefining Marriage and Legitimacy (1140-1200): Ideas and Practices
7. Royal Bastards of the Twelfth Century: The Monk-King of Aragon's Daughter, the Abbess-Countess of Boulogne's Daughter, and Tancred of Lecce
8. Illegitimacy and Legitimation in the Thirteenth Century: Pope Innocent III, King Philip II, and Emperor Frederick II
9. Scandal in Jerusalem: Royal Succession and Illegitimacy
10. Saint Fernando III, The Bastard King of Leon
More information with OUP.

(source: Legal History Blog)
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FORUM: "History of Law and other Humanities: views of the legal culture across the time" (Naples, May 30 - June 1 2017)

WHAT History of Law and other Humanities: views of the legal culture across the time, XXIIIrd Annual Forum of Young Legal Historians
WHEN May 30 - June 1 2017
WHERE Naples, Università degli studi di Napoli Federico II, Law Faculty

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NOTICE: up to two Doctoral Students (Max Planck Institut, Frankfurt, July 2017)

WHAT up to two Doctoral Students, Call for doctoral position
WHEN from 1 July 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter
WHERE Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt
deadline January 15 2017all information here
The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt is a world leader in researching the history of law in Europe and beyond. Its two research departments with more than 60 scholars, the unrivalled collections of its specialized library and its numerous national and international co-operations make it the central research hub for a global scientific community investigating the past, present and future of legal regimes.

The Institute belongs to the Max Planck Society, Germany’s most successful research organization. Since its establishment in 1948, no fewer than 18 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its researchers, putting it on a par with the most prestigious research institutions worldwide. The mission of the Max Planck Society is to conduct fundamental (i.e., non-applied) research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and the humanities at the highest possible level. Its 83 Institutes are scattered across Germany and beyond, and they focus on research fields that are particularly innovative and require unusually extensive resources.

We are now looking to recruit

up to two Doctoral Studentsfrom 1 July 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter

for the following research fields in the Department I of Professor Stefan Vogenauer:

(1) Legal Transfer in the Common Law World;
Legal History of the European Union
Your tasks
You will develop, co-ordinate and pursue a doctoral project in one of the two research fields. Your doctoral thesis will turn on
(1) the development of rules, principles, doctrines and institutions of English law outside England, for example in selected jurisdictions of the British Empire; or
(2) the legal history of selected areas of EU law, particularly in their interaction with the legal systems of the member states.You will publish your findings and actively participate in the research activities of the Institute under the guidance of Professor Vogenauer.
Your profile
You hold a first class or high upper second class degree, preferably in law, alternatively in a different branch of the humanities or social sciences. You work independently, are fully proficient in the English language and willing to learn German if necessary.

Our offer
We offer an attractive and international work environment with an unparalleled research infrastructure and a good working atmosphere. Payment and social benefits are based on the German Civil Service Collective Agreement (TVÖD). The annual salary before tax will amount to EUR 29,950 (EG13 band 1, 65%). The job is a full time position (currently 39 hours per week). The position is a fixed-term appointment for three years, with the possibility of renewal for a further year in exceptional circumstances.

We are located on one of the most beautiful university campuses in Europe, right at the heart of the thriving and cosmopolitan city of Frankfurt, the centre of finance, banking and the legal professions of Europe’s biggest economy.

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

Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Application procedureYour application should be written in either English or German and contain the following documents:
Personal Statement:
Cover letter with reference to your research proposal and an explanation as to how your profile matches the selection criteria
Names and addresses (postal and electronic) of two scholars who have agreed to provide a reference for you
Detailed CV
List of publications
Other Documents:Research proposal (up to five pages)
A sample of writing of some 20 pages length (seminar paper, journal article, book chapter etc)
Please provide your referees with all the documents that you submit for your application and ask them to send their references direct to by the closing date of 15 January 2017. References may only be submitted by email. They do not have to be signed as long as they are emailed from the official mail address of the referee. Strong applicants will be invited for an interview.
Informal enquiries as to the substance of the research fields may be directed to Professor Stefan Vogenauer (

Questions as to the terms and conditions of employment may be directed to Ms Anna Heym (

Your application must be submitted online via the followed link by the closing date of 15 January 2017:Online application 

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BOOK: Heikki PIHLAJAMÄKI, Conquest and the Law in Swedish Livonia (ca. 1630–1710). A Case of Legal Pluralism in Early Modern Europe [The Northen World]. Leiden/New York: Martinus Njihoff/Brill, 2017, viii + 299 p. ISBN 9789004331532, € 115.

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Prof. Heikki Pihlajamäki (Helsinki), editor-in-chief of Comparative Legal History, our Society's organ, has published the book Conquest and the Law in Swedish Livonia (ca. 1630–1710) A Case of Legal Pluralism in Early Modern Europe with Martinus Nijhoff/Brill publishers.

Book abstract:
In Conquest and the Law in Swedish Livonia (ca. 1630-1710), Heikki Pihlajamäki offers an exciting account of the law in seventeenth-century Livonia, conquered by Sweden. The volume demonstrates how the differences in legal cultures affected the Livonian judiciary and legal procedure in the region.Table of contents:
Preliminary Material
pp.: i–viii Introduction
pp.: 1–20 (20) The Outset: The Livonian and Swedish Legal Orders at the Time of the Swedish Conquest
pp.: 21–84 (64) The Reorganisation of the Livonian Judiciary under the Swedish Rule
pp.: 85–150 (66) The Procedure in the Livonian Courts of the Swedish Era
pp.: 151–237 (87) Transplanting Swedish Law? The Legal Sources at the Livonian Courts
pp.: 238–255 (18) Conclusions
pp.: 256–263 (8) Sources and Bibliography
pp.: 265–290 (26) Index
pp.: 291–299 (9) The book is available as an e-book on Brills Books and Journal Online website.
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New from Oxford University Press

Juris Diversitas - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 12:10
Separation of Powers in African ConstitutionalismEdited by Charles M. FombadStellenbosch Handbooks in African Constitutional Law
  • The first book addressing all the constitutional traditions of the African continent
  • Permits the reader to compare constitutional developments across African nations and worldwide
  • Written from a range of African perspectives, offering expert knowledge of African constitutional law
  • Choice of LawDean Symeon C. SymeonidesOxford Commentaries on American Law
    • Provides in-depth, sophisticated coverage of the choice-of-law part of Conflicts Law (or Private International Law) as practiced in the U.S., with necessary comparisons with foreign laws
    • Explains the doctrinal and methodological foundations of choice of law and then focuses on its actual practice, examining not only what courts say but also what they do
    • Identifies the emerging decisional patterns and formulates predictions about likely outcomes
    • Written by an award winning author and renowned expert in conflicts law
    • The Purse and the SwordThe Trials of Israel's Legal RevolutionDaniel Friedmann
      • Presents a critical analysis of Israel's legal system in the context of its politics, history, and society
      • Examines the extensive powers that Israel's Supreme Court arrogated to itself since the 1980s
      • Traces the historic transformation of Israel's legal system and the shifts in the balance of power between the branches of government
      • Developments are detailed in the context of major issues faced by a modern Israel
      • Analyzes the causes of public distrust of the Court and the rebalancing of power towards the political branches
      • Parliaments and the European Court of Human RightsAlice Donald and Philip Leach
        • Provides an authoritative exploration of democratic legitimacy in human rights interpretation, adjudication, and implemetation; combining new empirical data with theoretical insights
        • Offers a detailed investigation of five European states with differing records of compliance with ECtHR decisions
        • Analyses parliamentary actors in terms of their own actions, and their relationship with other domestic and supranational actors
        • Islamic Legal RevivalReception of European Law and Transformations in Islamic Legal Thought in Egypt, 1875DS1952Leonard WoodOxford Islamic Legal Studies
          • A timely examination of the movement to revive Islamic law
          • Presents for the first time unknown aspects of the legal and intellectual history of the Islamic world and Islamic political movements.
          • Accessible to a wide audience, both specialist and non-specialist alike
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VIDEOCAST: Michael STOLLEIS at the Collège de France (Nov-Dec 2016)

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The Collège de France, founded by Francis I in 1529, invited prof. em. dr. dr. h.c. mult. Michael Stolleis for a series of lectures on legal history. Conformably to the tradition of the institution, all lectures can be consulted online.

"Écrire l'histoire du droit : reconstruction, narration, fiction ?" (25 Nov 2016)
"L'état interventionniste" (2 Dec 2016)
"Droit et nazisme" (9 Dec 2016)
"Image et réalité de l'état en Allemagne de l'Ouest (1945-1960)" (16 Dec 2016)

More information on the Collège de France's website.
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JOURNAL: Grotiana XXXVII (2016), No. 1

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Grotiana (Brill) published the first issue of its 37th volume.

Table of contents:
The Restless Mind and the Living Text (Douglas J. Osler)
Grotius and English Charters (James Muldoon)
Grotius, Informal Empire and the Conclusion of Unequal Treaties (Inge Van Hulle)
Hugo Grotius’s Hermeneutics of Natural and Divine Law (Stefanie Ertz)
Roman Law in the State of Nature (Jacob Giltaij)
More information on the publisher's website.
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JOURNAL: Comparative Legal History IV (2016), No. 2

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The society's journal Comparative Legal History (Routledge/Taylor & Francis) published its second issue.

Our members receive a copy as part of their annual membership fee.

Table of contents:
Editorial (Heikki Pihlajamäkki & Aniceto Masferrer)

Codification as nationalisation or denationalisation of law: the Spanish case in comparative perspective (Aniceto Masferrer)

The United Kingdom and Imperial federation, 1900 to 1939: a precedent for British legal relations with the European Union? (Thomas Mohr)

Forced money: legal development of a criminal economic rule (Dror Goldberg)

Orientalist reflections in early Israeli law: (new) perspectives on the issue of polygamy (Omer Aloni)
Book reviews:

The shape of the state in Medieval Scotland, 1124–1290 (Andrew RC Simpson)

The right to wage war (jus ad bellum): the German reception of Grotius 50 years after De iure belli ac pacis (Sören Koch)

Vangnet of springplank? Het buitencontractuele aansprakelijkheidsrecht in een moderne samenleving (1804-heden) (Lotte Meurkens)

Magna Carta (Anthony Musson)

The Trial and crucifixion of Jesus: texts and commentary (Wim Decock)

Le Code Noir: Idées reçues sur un texte symbolique (Adriana Chira)

The method and culture of comparative law: essays in honour of Marc Van Hoecke (Jöorg Fedtke)

 Political imprisonment and the Irish, 1912-1921 (Richard McMahon)
More information with T&F online.
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BOOK: Nicolas LAURENT-BONNE and Xavier PREVOST (eds.), Penser l'ordre juridique médiéval et moderne. Regards croisés sur les méthodes des juristes (I) [Contextes. Culture du droit]. Paris: Lextenso/LGDJ, 2016, 238 p. ISBN 9782275046822, € 38

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Lextenso published the first volume of the research project Penser l'ordre juridique médiéval et moderne. Regards croisés sur les méthodes des juristes, edited by Nicolas Laurent-Bonne (Université d'Auvergne) and Xavier Prévost (Université de Bordeaux).

This volume collects papers of a conference held at the Université d'Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand on 21 and 22 January 2016. The follow-up conference will take place in Bordeaux on 9 and 10 March 2017
Book abstract:
L'ordre juridique qui se met en place, en France, aux derniers siècles du Moyen Âge a encore tout récemment été l'objet de riches débats : l'auto-développement des coutumes, l'autorité des droits savants et l'interventionnisme du roi de France ont notamment été au coeur de vives controverses historiographiques. La lecture des sources est à l'origine de querelles interprétatives, auxquelles s'ajoutent des difficultés méthodologiques que rencontrent les historiens du droit. Tandis que l'historien n'a accès qu'à une proportion infime du concret, celui-ci s'efforce de combler ces lacunes, parfois même à l'aide d'une projection des catégories juridiques contemporaines. Cet anachronisme des concepts - parfois couplé à un anachronisme des faits - ne constitue-t-il pas l'un des vices rédhibitoires de la discipline ? Cette méthode ne présente-t-elle pas, à l'inverse, une indéniable vertu heuristique et disciplinaire ? Certains estiment alors que la théorie du droit est anhistorique, quand d'autres critiquent l'emploi par les historiens des concepts contemporains, comme la hiérarchie des normes, la souveraineté ou encore l'État. Outre de telles projections, c'est le sens donné à certains signifiants médiévaux ou modernes qui peut être relativisé, comme c'est le cas notamment pour les notions de droit positif, de droit commun ou encore de loi. Ces difficultés révèlent aussi à certains égards l'ambivalence de l'histoire du droit, écartelée entre science historique et dogmatique juridique. Ce livre propose alors une réflexion épistémologique sur l'un des grands enjeux de l'historiographie juridique contemporaine : peut-on penser l'ordre juridique médiéval et moderne à partir des catégories juridiques contemporaines ?On the editors:
 Nicolas Laurent-Bonne est agrégé des facultés de droit et professeur d'histoire du droit à l'Université d'Auvergne. Xavier Prévost, agrégé des facultés de droit, agrégé d'économie et gestion, archiviste paléographe (diplômé de l'École des chartes), ancien élève de l'École normale supérieure de Cachan, est professeur d'histoire du droit à l'Université de Bordeaux.
Table of contents:
  • "Observations sur l'anachronisme des concepts" (Nicolas Laurent-Bonne/Xavier Prévost)
  • "La temporalité multiple des formes juridiques" (Pierre Thévenin)

I. La notion d'ordre juridique
  • "Peut-on parler d'ordre juridique médiéval ?" (Nicolas Warembourg)
  • "L'ordre juridique: un concept historiquement situé" (Benoît Frydman)

II. L'ordre juridique international
  • "Penser l'ordre juridique ecclésiastique" (Cyrille Dounot)
  • "La société des princes et le droit des gens. Réflexions sur la hiérarchie des normes et les lois fondamentales du royaume autour des renonciations de Philippe V d'Espagne (1712-1713)" (Frederik Dhondt)

III. La normativité
  • "Épreuves d'histoire. La normativité, la juridicité et la lente construction du droit moderne" (Frédéric F. Martin)
  • "Comprendre le fait coutumier" (Jean Hilaire)

IV. Les métaconcepts
  • "Le métaconcept de hiérarchie des normes et son utilité pour l'histoire du droit" (Michel Troper)
  • "La distinction théorique entre règles constitutives et règles contingentes est-elle opératoire en histoire du droit ?" (Jean-Louis Halpérin)

V. Les controverses
  • "La controverse entre Michel Troper et François Furet ou de l'anachronisme nécessaire des concepts" (Julien Boudon)
  • "Apostille: brève réponse à Julien Boudon" (Michel Troper)
  • "La controverse Villey-Tierney sur la naissance du droit subjectif au XIIe siècle: difficultés et valeur heuristique d'un anachronisme conceptuel" (Thierry Sol)
More information can be found on the publisher's website.
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JOB: Research Assistant /PhD Candidate/Post-Doc in Research Training Group "Metropolität in der Vormoderne" (University of Regensburg, Germany, 2017)

The DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) Research Training Group 2337/1 "Metropolität in der Vormoderne" (University of Regensburg, Germany) offers  10 x 0,65 Research Assistant / PhD Candidate and 1 x Post-Doc position.
all information here (only in German)

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Juris Diversitas, 5th Annual Conference, Lyon, July 10-12, 2017

Juris Diversitas - Mon, 12/19/2016 - 16:15

July 10-12, 2017
Lyon, France

In partnership withEM Lyon & Université Jean Moulin
Law & FoodLa cuisine juridique
The Theme:For its 5th Annual Conference, Juris Diversitas revisits its culinary origins, expressed in the logo. The links between law and food are as old as the concept of law. Babylon, Egypt, Greece, and Rome cared about access to water resources and food, whether it came to trade or protection. Since times immemorial, Bhutan makes sure every citizen has access to a minimal acreage of land to secure food for the family. Whilst religions multiplied food prohibitions and prescriptions, customs redistributed land, shared its occupancy in creative ways, or favored communal property so that everyone had access to food. Laws have multiplied to facilitate food trade, security, safety, traceability, and also to promote and protect food and wine production, using trademarks and geographical denominations. In addition, the language of food and cooking offers legal thinkers and teachers mouth-watering metaphors, comparing rules to recipes, and their combination to culinary processes.
All law related food topics, whether liquid or solid, vegetal or animal, real or symbolic, tasty or toxic, old or new, home-made or industrial, fast or simmering, whether connected or not to the environment, sustainable development, climate change, literature, art, science, faith, beliefs, or any dimension of human experience may be revisited in an interdisciplinary perspective from the moment they intersect with rules, norms, or prescriptions of all kinds. You are invited to cook and share food for thought at every possible level, past, present, and future, local, regional, and global, topical and utopic, and feed at a two-day and a half worldwide intellectual banquet in a truly unique culinary capital of Europe.
Submissions:Panel proposals and interdisciplinary presentations are strongly encouraged, as is the participation of doctoral students and scholars from outside of the discipline of law. While parallel sessions featuring three presentations of twenty-minute each will be the pattern, more creative arrangements are encouraged.
Proposals should be in English or in French. Proposals of circa 250 words (or 1000 words for panel proposals with three or more speakers) should be submitted to Professor Salvatore Mancuso at : jdlyon2017@yahoo.comby January 31, 2017, with a short biography paragraph listing major or relevant publications. Make this a single Word document with minimal formatting, so that proposal and biography can be copied easily into the conference program.
Registration Fees:€200 or €125 for Juris Diversitas members paid up for 2017. Membership and fee payment information is available on the Juris Diversitas Blog ( Note that fees do not cover travel, accommodation, or the conference dinner (€50).
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Juris Diversitas, 5e Congrès annuel, Lyon 10-12 juillet 2017

Juris Diversitas - Mon, 12/19/2016 - 16:11

10-12 juillet 2017
Lyon, France

En partenariat avecEM Lyon & Université Jean Moulin
Law & Food La cuisine juridique
Le thème:Pour son 5eCongrès annuel, Juris Diversitas revient sur ses origines culinaires qui apparaissent sur le logo. Les liens entre droit et nourriture sont aussi anciens que le phénomène juridique. Babylone, l’Égypte, la Grèce et Rome s’intéressèrent à l’accès à l’eau et aux ressources alimentaires. Le Bhoutan a de tous temps assuré à ses citoyens l’accès à une superficie minimale pour garantir l’alimentation de la famille. Alors que les religions multipliaient les interdits et les prescriptions alimentaires, la coutume redistribuait les terres, en partageait l’occupation de manière créative ou favorisait la propriété communale afin que chacun ait accès à la nourriture. Le droit s’est intensifié pour faciliter le commerce de la nourriture, la sécurité alimentaire, les normes sanitaires et de traçabilité, ainsi que pour promouvoir et protéger la production agricole et vinicole, par l’utilisation des marques et des appellations d’origine. De plus, l’activité alimentaire et culinaire offre aux penseurs et aux enseignants du droit de savoureuses métaphores, faisant des règles des recettes et de leur combinaison une cuisine juridique.
Tout thème juridique lié à la nourriture, qu’elle soit liquide ou solide, réelle ou symbolique, savoureuse ou toxique, ancienne ou nouvelle, domestique ou industrielle, instantanée ou élaborée, qu’il soit ou non lié à l’environnement, au développement durable, au changement climatique, à la littérature, l’art, la science, la foi, les croyances, ou toute dimension de l’expérience humaine peut être reconsidéré dans une perspective interdisciplinaire du moment qu’il entre en relation avec règles, normes ou prescriptions de toutes sortes. Vous êtes invités à cuisiner et nourrir la pensée sous toutes ses formes, au passé au présent ou au futur, sur le plan local, régional ou mondial, de manière topique ou utopique, et à partager pendant deux jours et demi un banquet intellectuel mondial dans une grande capitale gastronomique européenne.
Communications:Les propositions de tables rondes et présentations interdisciplinaires sont encouragées, de même que la participation de doctorants et d’universitaires non juristes. En plus des sessions parallèles avec trois orateurs parlant chacun vingt minutes, les organisateurs invitent à une organisation plus originale.
Les propositions, en anglais ou en français, de 250 mots environ (ou 1.000 pour une table ronde de trois présentateurs ou plus) sont à adresser au PrSalvatore Mancuso à avant le 31 janvier 2017 avec une brève notice biographique donnant la liste des principales publications. Merci de composer la proposition et la notice biographique dans un seul document Word, avec le minimum de mise en forme, pour faciliter la composition du programme.
Droits d’inscription: €200 ou €125 pour les membres de Juris Diversitas à jour de leur cotisation pour 2017. Les informations relatives à l’adhésion et l’inscription sont disponibles sur Les droits ne couvrent pas les frais de voyage et de logement, ni le banquet du congrès (€50).
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JOURNAL: GLOSSAE (n. 13, 2016)

Glossae 13, 2016
all information here

next submission's deadline May, 31 2017 (here the rules of publication)

  • Ius Comune e Historia del Derecho, pp 1-4
  • Ius Comune and Legal History
  • Wim Decock, Aniceto Masferrer, Juan A. Obarrio Moreno

  • Il diritto canonico nella prima teologia pratica protestante: La formazione dei ministri ecclesiastici secondo Hyperius, Zepper e Voetius, pp 5-29
  • Canon law in early Protestant practical theology: The formation of ecclesiastical ministers according to Hyperius, Zepper and Voetius
  • Paolo Astorri

  • Reflexiones doctrinales en torno a las Clementinas Dispendiosam y Saepe contingit: El proceso sumario a la luz del utriusque iuris, pp 30-70
  • Doctrinal Reflections on the Clementines’ Dispendiosam & Saepe contingit: The Summary Process in the Utriusque Iuris
  • Javier Belda Iniesta

  • Crimini enormi e tortura ex processu informativo: una violazione dei diritto di difesa dell’imputato?, pp 71-107
  • ‘Enormous’ crimes and torture ‘ex processu informativo’: A violation of the defendants’ rights?
  • Giovanni Chiodi

  • Alfonso Díaz de Montalvo: Juez y Jurisprudente en Castilla durante el siglo XV, pp 108-164
  • Alfonso Díaz de Montalvo: Judge and Jurisprudent in the 15th-century Castile
  • Salustiano de Dios

  • The “Appropriateness” of Dowry: Women and Inheritance in the Papal States in the Early Nineteenth Century, pp 165-181
  • Sara Delmedico

  • Il diritto penale del Regnum Siciliae in una raccolta di decisiones della seconda metà del seicento, pp 182-206
  • The criminal law of the Kingdom of Sicily in a collection of Decisiones from the second half of the 17th century
  • Francesco Di Chiara

  • Um fragmento em português do Ordo iudiciarius de Tancredo, pp 207-242
  • A Portuguese Fragment of the Tancredus’ Ordo iudiciarius
  • José Domingues

  • Transitional Justice in Consultations of Hendrik van Kinschot (1541–1608) Learned Legal Practice on Wars, Loans and Credit, pp 243-274
  • Wouter Druwé

  • Ciencia jurídica europea y Derecho comunitario: Ius romanum. Ius commune. Common law. Civil law, pp 275-306
  • European Legal Science and Community Law Ius romanum. Ius commune. Common law. Civil law
  • Antonio Fernández de Buján

  • Ius Commune in Portuguese America: Criminal Issues on Local Canon Law in the ‘First Constitutions of the Diocese of Bahia’ (1707), pp 307-327
  • Ius Commune en la América portuguesa: Cuestiones criminales de Derecho canónico local en las ‘Primeras Constituciones del Arzobispado de Bahia’ (1707)
  • Gustavo Cabral Machado Cabral

  • ILos remedios de ‘amende honorable’ y ‘amende profitable’ ¡Seguramente recibidos en nuestras costumbres! ‒ ¿pero de dónde?, pp 328-341
  • The remedies of ‘amende honorable’ and ‘amende profitable’ Surely received in our customs! – but from where?
  • Jan Hallebeek

  • Die Zuständigkeiten der kirchlichen Gerichte im Spiegel der Legistik, pp 342-370
  • The competences of the ecclesiastical courts according to the medieval specialists of Roman law
  • Maximiliane Kriechbaum

  • Ius commune, Utrumque ius: Tiempos de Derecho único, tiempos de juristas, pp 371-423
  • Ius commune, Utrumque ius: Time of Unique Law, Time of Lawyers
  • Faustino Martínez Martínez

  • El arrendamiento valenciano en el Derecho foral, pp 424-441
  • The Valencian Leasing in the Foral Law
  • Pascual Marzal

  • La cessio bonorum en la tradición jurídica medieval, pp 442-484
  • The cessio bonorum in the Medieval Legal Tradition
  • Juan Alfredo Obarrio Moreno

  • El defensor civitatis en el Código teodosiano y la Lex romana burgundionum, pp 535-560 
  • The defensor civitatis In the Theodosian Code and in the Lex romana burgundionum
  • José Miguel Piquer Marí

  • La recepción del ius commune en el Reino de Mallorca, pp 561-589
  • The Reception of ius commune in the Kingdom of Majorca
  • Antonio Planas Rosselló

  • Paroemia et regulae iuris romanorum: Desde el ius commune a la jurisprudencia de la Unión Europea, pp 590-625
  • Paroemia et regulae iuris romanorum: The transit from ius commune to the European Union jurisprudence
  • Fernando Reinoso-Barbero

  • Continental Jurists and English Common Law, pp 626-635
  • Thomas Rüfner

  • L’exteriorite du for interieur dans le ius commune des temps modernes, pp 636-653
  • The External Character of the Internal Forum (forum internum) in the Early Modern Ius Commune
  • Laurent Waelkens

  • La Lectura Institutionum de Johannes Bassianus, pp 654-669
  • The Lectura Institutionum by Johannes Bassianus
  • Tammo Wallinga

  • La notion de ‘droit commun’ dans l’Ancienne France coutumière: Point d’étape, pp 670-684
  • The concept of ‘common law’ in the tradition of Ancient French customary law: An update
  • Nicolas Warembourg

  • MARCIN BUKAŁA, RISK AND MEDIEVAL NEGOTIUM, Studies of the Attitude towards Entrepreneurship: from Peter the Chanter to Clarus Florentinus, Spoleto: Fondazione Centro italiano di studi sull’alto medioevo, 2014, 263 pp. [ISBN: 9788868090364], p 685
  • Sebastian Krafzik

  • Beatriz García Fueyo, Recepción de las instituciones romanas en la biografía de Alonso Antonio de San Martín, Hijo de Felipe IV, Santiago de Compostela, 2015, 1147 páginas. Recensión de Juan Alfredo Obarrio Moreno. Universidad de Valencia, pp 686-691
  • Juan Alfredo Obarrio Moreno

  • Honos alit artes. Studi per il settantesimo compleanno di Mario Ascheri, a cura di Paola MAFFEI e Gian Maria VARANINI, Firenze University Press, 2014, 4 voll., pp 692-710
  • VV.AA

  • Mª Eugenia Ortuño Pérez, Contribuciones al Derecho Romano de sucesiones y donaciones, Dykinson, Monografías de Derecho Romano y Cultura Clásica, 2016, 163 págs., pp 711-713
  • Juan Alfredo Obarrio Moreno

  • José Luis Zamora Manzano, La administración penitenciaria en el derecho romano. Gestión, tratamiento de los reclusos y mejora de la custodia carcelaria. Madrid, Colección “Monografías de Derecho Romano y Cultura Clásica”, bajo la dirección del Prof. Dr. D. Antonio Fernández de Buján, Dykinson, 2015, 198 págs.pp 714-717
  • Juan Alfredo Obarrio Moreno

  • La Influencia del Code pénal (1810) en la Codificación europea y latinoamericana Tradición e influencias extranjeras en el movimiento codificador, pp 718-724
  • The Influence of the Code pénal (1810) over the Codification in Europe and Latin America Tradition and Foreign Influences in the Codification Movement
  • Fernando Hernández Fradejas

  • La Codificación penal española decimonónica: Tradición e influencias extranjeras en la Parte General, pp 725-731
  • Julia Ropero Carrasco

  • IV Congreso Internacional de la European Society for Comparative Legal History ESCLH Fourth Biennial Conference: “Culture, Identity and Legal Instrumentalism” Universidad de Gdansk (Polonia), 29 de junio-1 de julio de 2016, pp 732-734
  • Juan B. Cañizares-Navarro

  • CRÓNICA DEL VIII CONVEGNO INTERNAZIONALE RAVENNA CAPITALE Ravenna, 21-22 de octubre de 2016, pp 735-737
  • José Miguel Piquer Marí

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CALL FOR PAPERS: "Family in the Premodern World": A Comparative Approach A Workshop at Princeton University, April 7-8, 2017 Organized by Lee Mordechai and Sara McDougall (DEADLINE 15 JAN 2017)

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“The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society…”The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 16.3
The family is perhaps the most basic, common and important social institution across the world in recorded history. The single word in English, however, is used in a surprising number of ways to describe how to organize an individual and those close to them by birth, marriage or co-residence within a more-or-less coherent group. Indeed families, just as other cultural institutions, have long been defined by cultural norms and practices.

While the modern definition of the family is becoming ever more fluid and ‘new’ types of families appear in greater frequency, even a superficial survey of historical human cultures shows that there is no such thing as a ‘natural’ form of family, and that the concept has been constantly changing throughout history. The family could be an inclusive or exclusive institution within a society, while its size would vary between a handful to a few dozen individuals; the interpersonal ties between family members could withstand enormous social pressures or disintegrate almost immediately. A culture might impinge on the relationships within families or ignore them completely. We believe that a comparative approach would be the best way to emphasize these contrasts and the connection between them and the basic norms that govern a given society.

We invite papers that emphasize the themes of family and society and investigate the historical premodern family (up to the sixteenth century in Europe, but later suggestions for other areas would be welcome). Geographical areas and chronological periods are open and we aim for a wide comparative perspective of the workshop as a whole.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:
•       A case study of a specific family or group of families within a society
•       Structures of kinship and the forms of ties they create within a kin group
•       Strategies of inclusion/exclusion within a family or between families
•       A chronological approach to family development in a certain society
•       Connections between family values and broader cultural dispositions
•       Conflicts within or between families and acceptable ways to resolve them
•       Marriage, divorce and family planning as family-construction strategies
•       Social values, norms or taboos related to families within a given society
•       Alternative or deviant family models

The workshop will take place on April 7-8, 2017 at Princeton University. Travel and accommodation funding is available for presenters from beyond the NJ/NY area. After the workshop, participants will be invited to submit their revised papers for publication in a special journal issue that will showcase the variety of premodern families and serve as a stepping stone for further comparative research on families in such societies in history. Please send abstracts of up to 500 words to before 15 January 2017. For queries, please email Lee Mordechai ( and Sara McDougall ( 
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JOURNAL: Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis/Revue d'Histoire du Droit/The Legal History Review LXXXIV (2016), No. 3-4

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The Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis (Martinus Nijhoff/Brill) published its latest issue.
Table of contents:"Der Sklave als Zwangs-Erbe, Ulpian/Julian 4 ad Sab. (D. 28,5,6,4)" (Berthold Kupisch)
"Le Miroir des Saxons : un texte remarquable, mais presque inconnu dans l’historiographie française (Dirk Heirbaut)
"The benefit to Romanists of using the Basilica" (Hylkje de Jong)
"Num praescriptione omnia iura tolluntur?" (Harry Dondorp)
"Enemies of the Count and of the City" (Jan Dumolyn & Milan Pajic)
"How well do constitutions travel across time and space?" (Jean F. Crombois)
Book reviewsLa grâce des juges, L’institution judiciaire et le sacré en Occident, écrit par R. Jacob, 2014
 (Laurent Waelkens)
La riflessione medievale sulla persona giuridica: la causa pia, écrit par M.G. Fantini, 2010
 (Laurent Waelkens)
Magistri Honorii Summa ‘De iure canonico tractaturus’, tom. II, In memoriam Rudolf Weigand †, et tom. III, adlaborantibus S. Haering, H. Hallermann, Karin Miethaner-Vent [et] M. Petzholt, édité par P. Landau et W. Kozur, 2010
 (Laurent Waelkens)
‘Omnis qui iuste iudicat’ sive lipsiensis, tom. III, In memoriam Rudolf Weigand †, adlaborantibus S. Haering, H. Hallermann, M. Petzholt [et] I.K. Grossmann, édité par P. Landau, W. Kozur [et] K. Miethaner-Vent, 2014
 (Laurent Waelkens)
Pierre Grégoire tra leges e mores, Ricerche sulla pubblicistica francese del tardo Cinquecento, écrit par Ch. Zendri, 2007
 (Laurent Waelkens)
Los bandos de buen gobierno del Río de la Plata, Tucumán y Cuyo (época hispánica), Edición y estudio, écrit par V. Tau Anzoátegui, 2004
  (Laurent Waelkens)
The Great Council of Malines in the 18th century, An aging court in a changing world?, written by An Verscuren, 2015
 (Alain Wijffels)
Developing a legal paradigm for patents: the attitude of judges to patents during the early phase of the Industrial Revolution in England (1750s – 1830s), geschreven door Helen Gubby, 2012
 (T. Cohen Jehoram)All texts can be consulted online.

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SSRN PAPER: Rebeca FERNANDES DIAS, "Brazilian Criminological Thinking During the First Republic (1889-1930)" [MPI for European Legal History, Research Paper Series 2016-13]

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Wouter Druwé (KULeuven-Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) posted "Dignity and Cessio Bonorum in Early-Modern Dutch Learned Legal Literature" on the MPI for European Legal History's Research Paper Series on SSRN.

Imprisonment for debt was a common sanction in the early modern period. Through the learned legal institute of the cessio bonorum, or its customary legal alternatives, insolvent debtors could avoid the shame of prison. Nevertheless, in order to discourage irresponsible administration of one's patrimony, local customs and princely ordinances often added shaming sanctions to the ius commune institute. This contribution first presents the legal framework of the cessio bonorum, as well as some shaming practices, especially in the Low Countries. In its main part, this article analyses early modern Netherlandish learned legal literature on the cessio bonorum and outlines ten different arguments related to honour and dignity. Authors discussed which goods the ceding debtors were allowed to retain both at the moment of the cession and thereafter. On the one hand, fraudulent debtors did not deserve any humane treatment and, thus, neither the benefice of cession. For other classes of debtors on the other hand, like clerics, noblemen or members of the military, the obligations going along with the cession of goods were less severe. The arguments outlined in this paper also illustrate the entanglement of humanitarian and instrumental reasoning.Fulltext here.
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BOOK: Doglas HOWLAND, International Law and Japanese Sovereignty. The Emerging Global Order in the 19th Century. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, XI +232 p. ISBN 978-1-137-57108-3

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Book abstract:
How does a nation become a great power? A global order was emerging in the nineteenth century, one in which all nations were included. This book explores the multiple legal grounds of Meiji Japan's assertion of sovereign statehood within that order: natural law, treaty law, international administrative law, and the laws of war. Contrary to arguments that Japan was victimized by 'unequal' treaties, or that Japan was required to meet a 'standard of civilization' before it could participate in international society, Howland argues that the Westernizing Japanese state was a player from the start. In the midst of contradictions between law and imperialism, Japan expressed state will and legal acumen as an equal of the Western powers – international incidents in Japanese waters, disputes with foreign powers on Japanese territory, and the prosecution of interstate war. As a member of international administrative unions, Japan worked with fellow members to manage technical systems such as the telegraph and the post. As a member of organizations such as the International Law Association and as a leader at the Hague Peace Conferences, Japan helped to expand international law. By 1907, Japan was the first non-western state to join the ranks of the great powers.On the author:
Douglas Howland is the Buck Professor of Chinese History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA. He is the author of four books and co-editor (with Luise White) of The State of Sovereignty: Territories, Laws, Populations (2009).
Table of contents:
International Legal Grounds for State Sovereignty
The Family of Nations and Conflict of Laws
Territorial Sovereignty and Extraterritorial Privilege
The Alternative Order of International Administration
Mastering the International Laws of War
Japan Among the Great Powers
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CONFERENCE: ‘A Violent World? Changes and Limits to Large-Scale Violence in Early Modernity’ (Oxford, 29 June-1 July 2017) DEADLINE 31 DEC 2016

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The University of Oxford's Centre for Global History organizes a conference on violence in early modernity.

Conference description:
This conference brings global approaches to the history of violence, reassessing the nature of violence during the early modern period. Using violence and the restraint of violence as a unifying theme, participants are encouraged to make trans-national comparisons and connections across the early modern world. An abstract of 400 words, accompanied by a short (two-page) CV, should be submitted to by 31 December 2016. 
The history of violence and its restraint has been crucial to definitions of ‘Western civilization’ and the modern world, often by contrasting them with barbaric predecessors and the cultures that they claim to have tamed. Yet, evidence for the restraint of violence varies according to one’s viewpoint: the sharp decline of homicide in seventeenth-century Europe, for example, diverges from the simultaneous rise in violence of Atlantic colonial societies. As histories of violence and restraint are usually written from national and nationalist perspectives, this conference brings global approaches to the study of violence in order to probe historical assumptions about the limits of violence and its decline during the early modern period. It thereby also questions narratives of the inexorable rise of the nation-state alongside historical periodization of the ‘early modern’ and ‘modern.’ 
Recent historical approaches to violence, shaped by the cultural turn, have tended to focus on inter-personal violence and its patterns in civil society. This conference will integrate warfare and other crucial forms of large-scale violence with recent scholarship on the history of collective and inter-individual violence. By examining large-scale, organized violence alongside broader social and cultural patterns, this conference will explore the boundaries between ‘war’ and ‘violence’, as well as how they relate to ideas of morality, social order, law, and political legitimacy in the early modern world. We encourage scholars to address contemporary perceptions of violence and its restraint, framing analysis through thematic, rather than geographic, approaches. 
Given that we are encouraging scholars to probe assumptions about historical periods, our definition of ‘early modern’ is purposefully flexible.
Confirmed speakers include: Wayne Lee, Alan McFarlane, Stuart Carroll, Pratyay Nath, Brian Sandberg, Cecile Vidal, Lauren Benton, Adam Clulow, Simon Layton, Richard Reid, and James Belich.
We welcome papers that address:
- Global comparisons and indicators of violence
- Definitions of organized violence and crime, such as banditry and piracy
- Linkages between organized, collective and interpersonal violence
- Law’s penetration into oceanic, battlefield, domestic, and/or other novel arenas
- The nature of extra-territorial violence
- Actual practices of violence
- Toleration and restraint of violence
- Methods of measurement, used by contemporaries and/or historians, in assessing what is or was appropriate
We particularly welcome papers on violence in regions not covered by confirmed speakers, such as China, Russia, the Ottoman Empire, and Africa.Organisation:
Peter H. Wilson, Chichele Professor of the History of War, University of Oxford
Marie Houllemare, Institut Universitaire de France, Université d’Amiens (CHSSC)
Erica Charters, Oxford Centre for Global History Centre, University of Oxford
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BOOK: Rafe BLAUFARB, The Great Demarcation. The French Revolution and the Invention of Modern Property. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2016, 304 p. ISBN 9780199778799, £47,99

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Professor Rafe Blaufarb (Florida State University) published a new work on the history of property and the French Revolution's impact.

Book abstract:

The Great Demarcation explores how the French Revolution transformed the system of property-holding that had existed in France before 1789, thus creating the framework for modern definitions of property and political forms. This book examines the Revolution not from an economic or social perspective, but through the lens of the laws and institutions of property. The Revolution's dramatic legal restructuring aimed at two fundamental goals: removing formal public power from the sphere of private property, and excising property rights from the realm of the new sovereign, the nation. The revolutionaries accomplished these two aims by abolishing privately-owned forms of public power—such as jurisdictional lordship and venal public office—and by dismantling the Crown domain to construct a purely sovereign State.
These efforts brought about a Great Demarcation: a radical distinction between property and power from which flowed critical distinctions between the political and the social, state and society, sovereignty and ownership, the public and private. These distinctions destroyed the conceptual basis of the Old Regime, laid the foundation of France's new constitutional order, and crystallized modern ways of thinking about polities and societies. This, Blaufarb claims, was the Revolution's fundamental act, the stake in the Old Regime's heart, and the basis of all of its other reforms.

Tracing how the French Revolution sought to remake the country's legal and institutional reality, The Great Demarcation shows how the revolutionary transformation of Old Regime property helped to inaugurate political modernity. Table of contents:
Note on the Use of French Technical Vocabulary
Chapter 1 Talking Property before 1789
Chapter 2 Loyseau's Legacy: The Night of August 4th and the First Abolition of Feudalism
Chapter 3 The Death and Rebirth of the Direct Domain: The Second Feudal Abolition
Chapter 4 The Invention of the National Domain
Chapter 5 Emptying the Domain: The Problem of Engagements
Chapter 6 When the Nation Became a Lord: Feudal Dues as Biens Nationaux
IndexOn the author:
Rafe Blaufarb is the Ben Weider Eminent Scholar Chair and Director of the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution at Florida State University. He is the author of The French Army, 1750-1820: Careers, Talent, Merit, Bonapartists in the Borderlands: French Refugees and Exiles on the Gulf Coast, 1815-1835, and Inhuman TraffickThe International Struggle against the Transatlantic Slave Trade: A Graphic History, among other titles.More information with Oxford University Press.
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JOB OFFER: Research Assistant/PhD Candidate, Graduate Institute Geneva (DEADLINE 15 JAN 2017)

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The Graduate Institute (Geneva) offers a fully funded position as Resarch Assistant in the framework of a project on The Myth of Homogeneity: Minority Protection and Assimilation in Western Europe, 1919-1939 (Prof. dr. D. Rodogno/Dr. E. Dalle Mulle).

The ‘Myth of Homogeneity: Minority Protection and Assimilation in Western Europe, 1919- 1939’ is a research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and managed by Professor Davide Rodogno and post-doctoral researcher Emmanuel Dalle Mulle that will be pursued at the Graduate Institute between September 2017 and August 2020. Its main objective is to acquire an in-depth picture of the history of the relationships between national minorities and majorities in Western Europe during the interwar years through the analysis of patterns of minority protection and/or assimilation in three case-study countries: Belgium, Italy and Spain. The project will be based on a multi-layered and multi-archival inquiry. The selected applicant will work in a small and dynamic team, under the direct supervision of the project coordinatorResponsibilities:
Carry out substantive research on at least one of the case studies foreseen in the project, including visits to relevant archives;  Write a dissertation in International History at the Graduate Institute on a subject to be formulated by the applicant in accordance with Professor Davide Rodogno (ideally on a subject compatible with that explored by the project);  Present intermediary and final results at international scientific conferences; Contribute to the further conceptualisation and operationalisation of the project, as well as to the identification of areas of possible improvement; • Help to organise public events relating to the project; • Provide general administrative and communication support, including possible web and/or social media initiatives; • Publish at least one paper in an international peer-reviewed journal during the duration of the project (ideal, not a requirement).Profile:
MA in history, sociology or political sciences, familiarity with nationalism studies and minority issues a plus; • Fluent written and spoken English; intermediate (or higher) proficiency in German; any of the following (French, Spanish, Dutch, Slovenian, Italian) a plus; • Excellent analytical, research and communication skills; • Ability to work in team as well as independently; • Good organisational skills and flexibility, notably ability to manage sudden peaks of workload and multiple tasks, as well as to plan ahead and meet deadlines; • Familiarity with content management systems and social media a plus
Candidates should apply by 15 January 2017.

Interested candidates should submit their application consisting of a motivation letter, CV and 3-page research proposal detailing the subject of their prospective PhD in English.

We look forward to receiving your online application: 

Please be aware that, in order to be selected, the candidate must be regularly registered as a PhD student in International History at the Graduate Institute by September 2017.

You can find more information about the admission process at: For any question on the position, the project and the recruitment process please write at:
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