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Tim Stephens and Ed CouzensArticlesEnhancing Chinese law and practice to combat illegal unreported
and unregulated fishing and trade
Juan HeThe role of public and private insurance in reducing losses from extreme weather events and disasters
Howard Kunreuther and Rosemary LysterExploring new research directions for achieving a sustainable future: what can be learned from the biofuel weed risk case study?
Elodie Le GalThe relevance of the no-harm principle to climate change law and politics
Benoît MayerBiological diversity conservation laws in South East Asia and Singapore: a regional approach in pursuit of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals?
Burton Ong, Lye Lin-Heng and Joseph ChunCountry Report‘Walking a tightrope’: India’s challenges in meeting the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda with specific reference to climate change
Bill PritchardBook ReviewsS Jayakumar, Tommy Koh, Robert Beckman and Hao Duy Phan (eds),Transboundary Pollution: Evolving Issues of International Law and Policy (Edward Elgar, Cheltenham 2015) 456 pp.
Reviewed by Adam ByrneJoshua Bishop and Chloe Hill (eds), Global Biodiversity Finance:
The Case for International Payments for Ecosystem Services

(Edward Elgar, Cheltenham 2014) 208 pp.
Reviewed by Evan HammanSimon Marsden and Elizabeth Brandon, Transboundary Environmental Governance in Asia: Practice and Prospects with the UNECE Agreements (Edward Elgar, Cheltenham 2015) 360 pp.
Reviewed by Michelle LimRosemary Lyster, Climate Justice and Disaster Law (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2016) 436 pp.
Reviewed by Jeffrey McGee
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BOOK: Jakob ZOLLMANN, Naulila 1914. World War I in Angola and International Law: A Study in (Post-)Colonial Border Regimes and Interstate Arbitration [Studien zur Geschichte des Völkerrechts; 35]. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, 2016, 516 p. ISBN 978-3-8487...

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 Jakob Zollmann published Naulila 1914. World War I in Angola and International Law: A Study in (Post-)Colonial Border Regimes and Interstate Arbitration in Nomos' collection Studien zur Geschichte des Völkerrechts.

In 1885, Germany and Portugal became neighbours in Africa. The newly founded colony of German Southwest Africa prevented the southwards expansion of the ancient colony of Angola. The border along the Cunene and Kavango Rivers remained under dispute. After the outbreak of World War I in Europe, Portugal’s neutrality was questioned in German Southwest Africa, and when a group of German officials waiting near the border of Angola for food transports were shot in the Angolan fortress Naulila, a state of war between both colonies seemed inevitable. German troops launched several military reprisals against fortresses in southern Angola, most significantly against Naulila in December 1914. After their victory at Naulila, the Germans retreated to GSWA. However, African powers, most notably Kwanyama forces led by King Mandume, used the weakness of the defeated Portuguese army to expel the colonial troops from southern Angola. In 1915, a counter-offensive was launched with troops from Portugal that ended with the complete occupation of Kwanyama territories. After the war, a Luso-German arbitration procedure according to the Treaty of Versailles (1919) assessed the damages in Angola and Germany’s responsibility to pay reparations. The arbitration award of 1928 that established Germany’s responsibility for the violation of international law when attacking Naulila became a landmark case. It still holds relevance for modern international law. The final part of this book analyses the memorial culture that developed in Angola, Namibia, Germany and Portugal around the war in 1914/15.More information here.
Source: International Law Reporter.
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JOURNAL: Revue Historique de Droit Français et Étranger 2015/4

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The Revue Historique de droit français et étranger (Dalloz) published its fourth issue of 2015.

Table of contents:
Luigi-Alberto Sanchi. – Guillaume Budé et la langue juridique (487-501)
Enrique Álvarez Cora. – La clasificación de los delitos en el siglo XVI (503-527)
Xavier Martin. – Vie et destinée des coutumes françaises. 1454-1804. Essai de synthèse (529-557)
Francesca Barone. – La peine dans l’Église orientale du IVe siècle (559-567)
William Goetzmann. – La traduction américaine de la thèse de G. Sicard, Aux origines des sociétés anonymes. Les moulins de Toulouse au Moyen Âge... (569-572)

In memoriam Fritz Sturm (Jean-François Gerkens) (573)
In memoriam Germain Sicard (Philippe Nélidoff) (575)

Book reviews
Frédéric Audren et Jean-Louis Halpérin. – La culture juridique française.
Entre mythes et réalités. XIXe-XXe siècles (Jean-Paul Andrieux) (579-584) Pierre-Louis Boyer. – Un cercle intellectuel au coeur de l’évolution de la doctrine juridique. L’Académie de législation de Toulouse (1851-1958) (André Cabanis) (586)
Robert Chanaud (dir.). – Une histoire des circulations en Limousin. Hommes, idées et marchandises en mouvement de la Préhistoire à nos jours (André Cabanis) (587)
Bernard Durand, Mamadou Badji, Samba Thiam et Sandra Gérard-Loiseau (dir.) – Le juge et l’outre-mer, tome 7 : Le retour d’Orphée ; Martine Fabre et Dominique Mouret (dir.), tome 8 : Décolonisations : le repli de l’Etat. La mort d’Eurydice ; Martine Fabre (dir.), tome 9 : Décolonisations : le juge et les rapatriés. Revenir en Thessalie (André Cabanis) (588)
Jean-Marie Carbasse. – Histoire du droit pénal et de la justice criminelle (Marie-Yvonne Crepin) (589)
Sergio Castagnetti. – Le leges libitinariae flegree : edizione e commento (Françoise Van Haeperen) (592)
Sébastien Évrard. – Réformer l’administration et réformer l’État : jalons historiques et juridiques (Norbert Olszak) (593)
Michele Faraguna (éd). – Archives and archival documents in ancient societies, Trieste, 30 sept.-1er oct. 2011 (Lorenzo Gagliardi) (595)
Antoine Astaing, François Lormant (éds.). – Le juriste et la coutume du Moyen Âge au Code civil (Jean Hilaire) (601)
Arrigo D. Manfredini. – Rimetti a noi i nostri debiti. Forma delle remissione del debito dall’antichità all’esperienza europea contemporanea (Jean Andreau)  (603)
Mathieu Altbuch. – Le divin, l’État et le droit international. Essai sur l’apport de la pensée biblique et du religieux dans la construction du droit international contemporain (Brigitte Basdevant-Gaudemet) (605)
Claude Andrault-Schmitt et Philippe Depreux. – Les chapitres séculiers et leur culture ; vie canoniale, art et musique à Saint Yrieix (VIe-XIIIe s.) (Brigitte Basdevant-Gaudemet) (606)
Marie Bassano, Esther Dehoux, Catherine Vincent (éds), Le Pèlerinage de l’âme de Guillaume de Digulleville (1355-1358). Regards croisés (Brigitte Basdevant-Gaudemet) (608)
Xavier Prévost. – Jacques Cujas (1522-1590). Jurisconsulte humaniste (Brigitte Basdevant-Gaudemet) (610)More information on the Dalloz website.

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JOB: Ph.D.-Fellowship on Banking History after 1945 (University of Luxemburg); DEADLINE 1 SEP 2016

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The University of Luxembourg invites applications for its Interdisciplinary Centre of Contemporary, European and Digital History (CCDH).

Doctoral candidate (PhD student) in History
  • Ref:I3-50010433
  • 14 months fixed-term contract, renewable up to 3 years, full-time (40h/week)
  • Student status (36 months studies programme)

Area: Financial and Banking History History, Contemporary Luxemburgish and European History

Your Role
  • Prepare a doctoral thesis in financial or/and banking history after 1945 in Europe (project partially or totally related to Luxembourg will be considered as an advantage).
  • Assist the professor in his teaching activities, one to three hours per week.
  • Participate in the FLSHASE Doctoral School and the skills trainings of the Doctoral Training Unit on “Digital History and Hermeneutics”.
Contact :
Ass-Prof. Dr. Benoît Majerus: +352-466644-6744 Profile
  • Master Degree in History, preferably with a specialization in economic history
  • Good digital literacy
  • Language skills: French, English, German would be an asset
We offer
  • We offer a creative and innovative working environment within the Centre of Contemporary, European and Digital History (CCDH) with great opportunities for training in new digital research tools and methodologies.
  • An attractive salary
  • A multilingual, international and interdisciplinary working environment
Further InformationInterested candidates are invited to send their complete application including CV, motivation letter and copies of diploma ON LINE until 1.09.2016

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PAPER on SSRN: Maurizio CAU, The Heritage of Corporatism in Second Post-war Legal and Political Italian Culture [MPI for European Legal History Working Series]

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Maurizio Cau (Istituto italo-germanico) posted Das Erbe des Korporativismus in der politisch-rechtlichen Kultur der italienischen Nachkriegszeit (The Heritage of Corporatism in Second Post-war Legal and Political Italian Culture), part of the MPI for European Legal History's SSRN Working Paper Series (2016-06).

German Abstract: In den letzten Jahren ist das korporativistische Phänomen Objekt eines wiedererwachten historiographischen Interesses gewesen. Für lange Zeit ist er als ideologisches Produkt der autoritären Regime betrachtet worden; erst neulich hat man angefangen, der historischen und theoretischen Erfahrung des Korporativismus größere Aufmerksamkeit zu widmen.Nach dem Zusammenbruch des faschistischen Regimes schien dieses theoretische Erbgut aufgrund der Verdrängung der politischen und intellektuellen Geschichte des “Ventennio” zukunftslos: das Projekt einer auf der korporativistischen Lehre gestützten Rechtsordnung wurde rasch aufgegeben. In Namen der Neuregelung des Verhältnisses zwischen Staat und Gesellschaft wurden die korporativistischen Thesen und Produkte missbilligt. Was von der Erfahrung der “Corporazioni” geblieben war, wurde verdrängt, aber trozt dieses feindlichen Klimas erlosch das Echo der korporativistischen Theorie nicht gänzlich.In Italien hat sich der Übergang von der totalitären zur demokratischen Verfassungskultur auch durch die Neubearbeitung des korporativistischen Diskurses vollzogen. Nicht alle haben in der zweiten Nachkriegszeit die Verdrängung der korporativistischen Paradigmen als befreiend erlebt. Einige Intellektuelle haben in jener Zeit versucht, die Reaktivierung des korporativistischen Gedankens im Rahmen einer demokratischen Perspektive zu fördern.Die Analyse der von der Gesetzgebung definierten institutionellen Landschaft und einiger Orientierungen der juristischen und politischen Kultur jener Zeit zeigt, wenn auch in einem Kontext allgemeiner Diskontinuität, dass die Überwindung und die Distanzierung des Korporativismus nicht so plötzlich geschahen, wie es der öffentliche Diskurs im Nachkriegsitalien darstellen möchte. Die Reflexion über den asynchronen Charakter der historischen Transitionen und die Osmose-Phänomene, die (jenseits jeglicher Rhetorik der Diskontinuität) die Übergänge von einer Epoche zur anderen kennzeichnen, ist das interessanteste Element einer Forschung, die anhand des Studiums des “Korporativismus nach dem Korporativismus” die gleitende Art der institutionellen, politischen und kulturellen Veränderungen in den Übergangsepochen aufzeigen will.

English Abstract: The day after the fascist regime’s breakdown, the corporatism’s doctrinal heritage was overcome by the “clearing the past” politics carried out by the Italian political and intellectual world, looking for a cultural and institutional breaking with authoritarianism.Nevertheless, thought on corporatism influenced the public discourse in the newborn republic. In Italy the process of transition between totalitarian and democratic constitutional culture went also through the critical elaboration of corporatism.In the immediate second post-war not everyone looked at the abandonment of corporatism with relief. Among that season’s protagonists there was also who deplored the treason of original ideals, trying to rebuild those doctrines in a democratic frame.The research will focus on the permanency of corporative issues during the very first years of the republican experience. The deliberations of the Constituent Assembly themselves show how vivid suggestions on corporative social framework and political obligation still were.A particularly interesting topic is the reflection that took shape within the catholic political and legal culture, that in late 19th century produced the corporative reflection and during the Fascist period expressed – in its less compromised with fascism components – its discomfort for a statist and not authentically organicist corporatism.The abandon of the corporative theoretical horizon was a quick but hard experience, that deserves deeper attention by historical research. Fulltext here.
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BOOK REVIEW: Peter OESTMANN on Arno BUSCHMANN, With Letter and Seal. A Brief Cultural History of Private Law, ZHF XLII (2015), Nr. 4, pp. 678-680

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Peter Oestmann reviewed Arno Buschmann's Mit Brief und Siegel. Kleine Kulturgeschichte des Privatrechts (München: Beck, 2014, ISBN 978-3-406-64443-6) for the Zeitschrift für Historische Forschung XLII (2015), Nr. 4. The text is published on pages 678-680 and can be consulted in open access on

More information here.
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NEW BLOG on Legal History: Legal History Miscellany

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The Law&Humanities Blog announces the start of a new blog, devoted to legal history: Legal History Miscellany, run by Sara M. Butler (King George III Professor of British History, Ohio State), Krista Kesselring (Professor of British History, Dalhousie University) and Katherine D. Watson (Senior Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University).

More information here.
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CONFERENCE: Colloquium of the 2014 Class of the "Agrégation" in Public Law.: Neutrality. Tours: François Rabelais University Tours, 13-14 Oct 2016

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The 2014 class of the "agrégation" (a select competition between Law PhD-holders) for public law in France organises a colloquium on "neutrality" on 13 and 14 October in Tours.

 Le colloque de la promotion 2014 de l’agrégation de droit public, organisé par le major du concours François Brunet, professeur à l’université de Tours, réunira la plupart des membres du jury et des lauréats du concours, autour du thème La neutralité. Ces deux journées d’études seront l’occasion de débats et d’échanges croisés sur une notion aussi centrale que problématique.
Jeudi 13 octobre 2016 après-midi14h Accueil par Nathalie Albert-Moretti, doyen de la Faculté de droit de ToursIntroduction, François Brunet14h30-15h30 La neutralité du juriste
  • La neutralité comme idéologie - Xavier Souvignet
  • Neutralité et science du droit - Nicolas Chifflot
  • Neutralité et analyse critique du droit - Isabelle Boucobza
  • La lutte contre le syncrétisme méthodologique : Kelsen au XXIème siècle, Jean-François Lafaix
15h30-16h Débat (animé par Thomas Hochmann)16h15-17h30 La neutralité de la justice
  • La neutralité du jury constitutionnaire de Sieyès - Arnaud Le Pillouer
  • La neutralité dans le procès administratif - Alexandre Ciaudo
  • La neutralité dans le procès constitutionnel - Mathieu Disant
  • La neutralité du juge constitutionnel à l’épreuve des portes étroites - Thomas Perroud
  • La neutralité de la Cour de Justice de l’Union européenne - Gaëlle Marti
17h30-18h DébatVendredi 14 octobre 2016 matin9h30-10h45 La neutralité à l'international
  • Neutralité, guerre et paix - Muriel Ubeda-Saillard
  • La neutralité du Net et le droit international - Géraldine Giraudeau
Débat11h-12h15 La neutralité du politique
  • La neutralité de l’impôt - Emmanuel de Crouy-Chanel
  • La neutralité de la commande publique - Etienne Muller
  • La neutralité du droit de l’Union européenne vis-à-vis du régime de la propriété dans les Etats membres - Vincent Correia
  • La neutralité politique en droit des collectivités territoriales - Julien Martin
DébatVendredi 14 octobre 2016 après-midi14h-16h La neutralité en société
  • Sport et neutralité - Sylvain Niquege
  • La neutralité de l’État en matière religieuse selon la Convention européenne des droits de l’homme - Patrick Wachsmann
  • La neutralité de l’espace public - Arnaud Sée
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PAPER on SSRN: Annamaria MONTI, 'Interdisciplinary' Legal Studies and the Emergence of New Academic Teachings: A Research Project on Law Courses in 19th-20th Century Italy

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Annamaria Monti (Bocconi University, Milan) posted 'Interdisciplinary' Legal Studies and the Emergence of New Academic Teachings: A Research Project on Law Courses in 19th-20th Century Italy on SSRN.

English Abstract: The profound change in thinking about the law experienced by European jurists at the turning of the 20th century is well known: they renewed their methods, also through the influence of German legal thought and the impact of new social sciences. Focusing on the Italian experience, the research intends to investigate how this innovative change was linked to the teaching of law. Most certainly, new courses were introduced. Concerning the contents of the teachings, another point to investigate are the connections with the legal thought circulating at a transnational level in those times.

Spanish Abstract: El cambio profundo en la manera en la que se pensaba el derecho que experimentaron los juristas europeos a principios del siglo XX es bien conocido: renovaron sus métodos, en parte bajo la influencia del pensamiento jurídico alemán y el impacto de nuevas ciencias sociales. Nuestra investigación, que se centra en la experiencia italiana busca determinar el modo en que aquella innovación estuvo vinculada a la enseñanza del derecho. Seguramente se introdujeron nuevas asignaturas. En cuanto al contenido de aquella enseñanza, otro aspecto a investigar consiste en su conexión con el pensamiento jurídico que circulaba en aquel entonces a nivel transnacional.See fulltext here.
(source: Legal History Blog)
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BOOK: Wilfrid PREST (ed.), The Oxford Edition of Blackstone: Commentaries on the Laws of England. Book I, II, III, and IV. Oxford/New York: OUP, 2016, 1784 p. ISBN 9780199601035, £ 125

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The Legal History Blog reported the publication of the Oxford Edition of Blackstone (4 volumes, 1784 pages).

Book description:
Oxford's variorum edition of William Blackstone's seminal treatise on the common law of England and Wales offers the definitive account of the Commentaries' development in a modern format. For the first time it is possible to trace the evolution of English law and Blackstone's thought through the eight editions of Blackstone's lifetime, and the authorial corrections of the posthumous ninth edition. Introductions by the general editor and the volume editors set the Commentaries in their historical context, examining Blackstone's distinctive view of the common law, and editorial notes throughout the four volumes assist the modern reader in understanding this key text in the Anglo-American common law tradition.

Book I: Of the Rights of PeopleVolume Editor: David Lemmings

Book II: Of the Rights of ThingsVolume Editor: Simon Stern

Book III: Of Private WrongsVolume Editor: Thomas P. Gallanis

Book IV: Of Public WrongsVolume Editor: Ruth PaleyOn the editor:
Edited by Wilfrid Prest, University of Adelaide
Sir William Blackstone (1723-1780) was a prominent public figure in the eighteenth century. Judge and jurist, barrister and politician, his work has had a profound influence on the Anglo-American legal tradition. The first Vinerian Professor of English Law, Blackstone was a Justice of the Court of Common Pleas at the time of his death. The Commentaries published in eight editions in his lifetime, and a posthumous ninth edition in 1783.
Contributors:Wilfrid Prest is Professor Emeritus of Law and History at the University of Adelaide. He is the author of William Blackstone: Law and Letters in the Eighteenth Century (OUP 2012) as well as many other works of legal history. More information here.
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PAPER on SSRN: Alfons ARAGONESES, "Convivencia and Filosefardismo in Spanish Nation-building" [ Max Planck Institute for European Legal History Research Paper Series No. 2016-05]

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Alfons Aragoneses (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona) posted Convivencia and Filosefardismo in Spanish Nation-building, as part of the MPI for European Legal History Research Paper Series (2016-05) on SSRN.

The paper describes the historical trajectory of filosefardismo and references to convivencia in Spain and its reflection in the legal and political culture and the Nation-building process. It considers not the presence of Judaism in contemporary Spanish law and society but, following the suggestions of David Nirenberg, how the references to Jews and to Judaism affected Spanish society, how the “Spanish Jewish question” influenced legal and political thought and the nation-building process in Spain.

To trace this reinvention of the medieval Sephardim, the paper analyzes legal and political texts (laws, administrative texts and parliamentary debates) whose discourse about interpretation and/or legitimacy fulfilled important social and political functions in 19th century deliberations.Download text here.
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