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JOURNAL: Journal of the History of International Law/Revue d'histoire du droit international XIX (2017), No. 3

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The Journal of the History of International Law/Revue d'histoire du droit international published its third issue.

Table of contents:
Emily Crawford, "Tracing the Historical and Legal Development of the Levée en Masse in the Law of Armed Conflict" (329-361)

Steven Harris, "Taming Arbitration: States’ Men, Lawyers, and Peace Advocates from the Hague to the War" (362-396)

Leonardo Valladares Pecheco de Oliveira, "Overcoming the Challenges in Establishing Arbitration in Brazil: A Historical Perspective" (397-421)

Book reviews:
"The Right to Wage War (jus ad bellum). The German Reception of Grotius 50 Years after De iure belli ac pacis , written by Harald H. Aure" (Frederik Dhondt) (423-428)
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JOURNAL: Giornale di Storia costituzionale n° 33 (2017/1): On Russia and around: visions and ideologies between past and present

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The Giornale di Storia costituzionale published its 33th issue (2017, first Semester), featuring a theme issue "On Russia and around: visions and ideologies between past and present".

Table of contents:
Sommario / Contents:
Luigi Lacchè, Sulla Russia e dintorni / On Russia and aroundFONDAMENTI
Roberto Valle, Genealogie del costituzionalismo in Russia dal XVIII al XX secolo / The Genealogies of Russian constitutionalism from the 18th to the 20th centuriesRenata Gravina, Teorie e prassi delle costituzioni sovietiche e della costituzione post-sovietica del 1993: dall’URSS alla Federazione Russa / Theories and Practices of Soviet Constitutions and of the 1993’s Post-Soviet Constitution: from the USSR to the Russian FederationEvgeniy M. Kozhokin, Olga N. Zherelina, The nation at the change of epochs. Russian state and society at the turn of the XX century / La nazione nel mutamento di epoche. Lo Stato russo e la società al volgere del XX secoloTatyana Yu. Ampleeva, Julia A. Karaulova, Constitutional Control in Russia: issues of evolvement, theory and practice / Controllo costituzionale in Russia: elementi di evoluzione, teoria e prassiInna Vladimirovna Logvinova, Constitutional bases of the Russian Federation subjects’ international activity: historical context / Basi costituzionali dell’attività internazionale degli Stati federali della Federazione russa: il contesto storicoOlga Grigorieva, Constitutional basis for international cooperation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics / Basi costituzionali per la cooperazione internazionale dell’Unione delle Repubbliche Socialiste SovieticheElena V. Voevoda, Anatoliy Yu. Belogurov, Lidiya P. Kostikova, Nadezhda M. Romanenko, Margarita V. Silantyeva, Language policy in the Russian Empire: legal and constitutional aspect / Politica della lingua nell’Impero russo: aspetti legali e costituzionaliStanislav Surovtcev, Historical aspects and the meaning of lobbying from a legal perspective / Aspetti storici e significato del lobbismo da una prospettiva giuridicaITINERARI
Genri T. Sardaryan, Dzerassa Eleeva , Post-revolutionary catholic social teaching: Risorgimento, Syllabus and the failed liberalization / L’insegnamento sociale cattolico post-rivoluzionario: Risorgimento, Sillabo e la liberalizzazione fallitaIgor Okunev, Capitals and capitalness: institutional and symbolic dimensions (comparative analysis of Russian and Italian cases) / Capitali e “capitalità”: dimensioni istituzionali e simboliche (analisi comparativa di casi russi e italiani)Igor Levakin, Juridification of freedom in Europe: legal history / Giuridicizzazione della libertà in Europa: storia legaleRobert Yengibaryan, The Institution of Presidency in the USA / L’istituzione della Presidenza negli USASergey G. Kamolov, Digital public governance: trends and risks / Governo pubblico digitale: tendenze e rischiMarina M. Lebedeva, Maxim V. Kharkevich, Elena S. Zinovieva, Ekaterina N. Koposova, The impact of information technologies on development of archaic state structures / L'impatto delle tecnologie dell’informazione sullo sviluppo di strutture statali arcaicheRICERCHE
Cristina BonImmaginare una nazione. Origini e contraddizioni del nation-building americano/ Imagining a nation. Origins and contradictions of the American nation-buildingMatteo Frau, L’equilibrio originario dei poteri di guerra nella Costituzione americana / The original balance of war powers in the US ConstitutionAlessandra Petrone, Carré de Malberg e l’eredità della Rivoluzione: sovranità nazionale versus sovranità del popolo / Carré de Malberg and the heritage of the Revolution: national sovereignty versus sovereignty of the people
Primo piano / In the foregroundGiuseppe Mecca legge / reads Romano Ferrari Zumbini, Tra norma e vita. Il mosaico costituzionale a Torino 1846-1849Venti proposte di lettura / Twenty reading proposalsMore information on the journal's website, where certain articles are available in open access (cf. green links above).
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ESCLH POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE: Call for Papers, Augsburg University (22-24 Feb 2018); DEADLINE 31 OCT 2017

Postgraduate Conference in Comparative Legal History22–24 February 2018, Augsburg University, Germany
Call for Papers
The European Society for Comparative Legal History (ESCLH) is pleased to announce its first Postgraduate Conference. The ESCLH invites PhD-students (beyond their first year) and post-doctoral-researchers who work in the field of comparative legal history to participate in the conference. The conference will be held from 22 to 24 February 2018 at Augsburg University, Germany.The ESCLH wants to overcome the narrow nationalism and geographical segregation of legal history in contemporary European scholarship and professional organisations. The society, thus, aims to promote comparative legal history, the explicit comparison of legal ideas and institutions in two or more legal traditions.The first Graduate Conference of the ESCLH will give advanced PhD-students and post-doctoral-researchers the opportunity to present their research in the field of comparative legal history to a panel of six leading experts. Furthermore, the conference will give all participants the opportunity to build academic networks. The experts on the panel cover a broad range of subjects: Ulrike Babusiaux (Zürich), Mia Korpiola (Turku), Wim Decock (Leuven), Jan Hallebeek (Amsterdam), Aniceto Masferrer (Valencia), Stephen Skinner (Exeter).The ESCLH invites advanced doctoral candidates and post-doctoral researchers to submit abstracts for presentation. The abstract should be of no more than 300 words and give the title of your research project, your field of research, and your personal data (full name, email address, affiliated university, CV)
The conference language is English and abstracts must be submitted in English. The closing date for receipt of abstracts is 31 October 2017. 12 applicants will be selected and invited to participate in the conference. Successful applicants will be informed by 15 December 2017. Participants are expected to cover their own travel expenses. Accommodation and catering will be provided without charge.
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BOOK: Jean-Louis HALPÉRIN, Introduction au droit en 10 thèmes [Séquences] (Paris: Dalloz, 2017), 300 p. ISBN 9782247169474, € 14,9

Jean-Louis Halpérin (ENS) published a new Introduction au droit.

Le présent ouvrage réinvente au travers de 10 séquences les grands thèmes abordés dans l'enseignement de l'introduction au droit. Liant histoire et sources du droit, hiérarchie des normes et droit européen, ces 10 séquences permettent d'aborder différemment la matière juridique en revenant sur les grandes notions qui la constituent mais également en proposant des situations qui montrent leur mise en application.Table of contents:
 1 Le droit créé par les lois
2 Le droit créé par les jugements
3 L'État créé par le droit
4 La constitution au sommet de chaque ordre juridique national
5 Le droit international et européen en surplomb
6 La défense des intérêts juridiquement protégés
7 Doctrines et sciences du droit
8 Unité et diversité du droit
9 Le travail des juristes et les cultures juridiques
10 Les pratiques des non-juristes et les représentations du droitMore information here.
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JOURNAL: Revue historique de droit français et étranger 2017/1

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The Institut d'histoire du droit (Paris II Panthéon-Assas) announced the new issue of the Revue historique de droit français et étranger:

- Anne Lefebvre-Teillard, 'Un précieux témoin de l'École de droit canonique parisienne à l'aube du XIIIe siècle: le manuscrit 649 de la bibliothèque municipale de Douai' (1-58)
- Julien Broch, 'L'intérêt général avant 1789. Regard historique sur une notion capitale du droit public français' (59-86)
- Mathilde Lemée, 'La "doctrine gouvernementale" de la justice administrative: l'exemple des projets de loi d'organisation du Conseil d'État (1833-1845) (87-104)

Comptes rendus (pp. 105-124)
Full list here.
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BOOK: Dave DE RUYSSCHER, Albrecht CORDES, Serge DAUCHY & Heikki PIHLAJAMÄKKI (eds.), The Company in Law and Practice: Did Size Matter? (Middle Ages-Nineteenth Century) [Legal History Library; Studies in the History of Private Law, ed. C.H. van RHEE,...

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Book abstract:This volume brings together nine chapters by specialist legal historians that address the topic of the scale and size of companies, in both legal and economic history. The bundled texts cover different periods, from the Middle Ages, the Early Modern Period, to the nineteenth century. They analyse the historical development of basic features of present-day corporations and of other company types, among them the general and limited partnership. These features include limited liability and legal personality. A detailed overview is offered of how legal concepts and mercantile practice interacted, leading up to the corporate characteristics that are so important today.
Contributors are: Anja Amend-Traut, Luisa Brunori, Dave De ruysscher, Stefania Gialdroni, Ulla Kypta, Bart Lambert, Annamaria Monti, Carlos Petit, and Bram Van Hofstraeten.Table of contents:
AcknowledgmentsList of Figures and Tables
IntroductionDave De ruysscher, Albrecht Cordes, Serge Dauchy and Heikki Pihlajamäki
1 What is a Small Firm? Some Indications from the Business Organization of Late Medieval German MerchantsUlla Kypta
2 Making Size Matter Less: Italian Firms and Merchant Guilds in Late Medieval BrugesBart Lambert
3 Late Scholasticism and Commercial Partnership: Persons and Capitals in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth CenturiesLuisa Brunori
4 Legal Structure of Early Enterprises—from Commenda-like Arrangements to Chartered Joint-Stock Companies (Early Modern Period)Anja Amend-Traut
5 Delving for Diversity in Early Modern Company Law: Mining Companies in Seventeenth-Century LiègeBram Van Hofstraeten
6 Incorporation and Limited Liability in Seventeenth-Century England: The Case of the East India CompanyStefania Gialdroni
7 From Commercial Guilds to Commercial Law: Spanish Company Regulations (1737–1848)Carlos Petit
8 Partnerships as Flexible and Open-Purpose Entities: Legal and Commercial Practice in Nineteenth-Century Antwerp (c. 1830–c. 1850)Dave De ruysscher
9 Form, Size, “Governance”: Remarks on Italian Late Nineteenth-Century CompaniesAnnamaria Monti
On the editors:
Dave De ruysscher, Ph.D. (2009), is Associate Professor at Tilburg University and at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Being legal historian and lawyer, he specializes in the history of commercial and private law of the early modern period and the nineteenth century.

Albrecht Cordes is Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Legal History and Civil Law at the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main. His research is especially focused on the history of commercial law, Hanseatic legal history and the history of conflict resolution.
Serge Dauchy is Research Director at the CNRS (Lille-France) and Professor of Legal History at the University Saint-Louis of Brussels. His main research topics are the history of civil procedure, comparative history of central courts and the history of Québec.
Heikki Pihlajamäki is Professor of Comparative Legal History at the University of Helsinki. He has published extensively on the legal history of Scandinavia, Europe and America, including Conquest and the Law in Swedish Livonia (ca. 1630 – 1710): A Case of Legal Pluralism in Early Modern Europe (Brill, 2017).
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BOOK: Ignacio DE LA RASILLA Y DEL MORAL, In the Shadow of Vitoria: A History of International Law in Spain (1770-1953) [Legal History Library; Studies in the History of International Law, 22/9] (Leiden/Boston: Martinus Njihoff/Brill, Nov 2017), ISBN...

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Brill announced the forthcoming publication of In the Shadow of Vitoria: A History of International Law in Spain (1770-1953), written by Prof. dr. Ignacio de la Rasilla y del Moral (Brunel University, London).


In the Shadow of Vitoria: A History of International Law in Spain (1770-1953) offers the first comprehensive treatment of the intellectual evolution of international law in Spain from the late 18th century to the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. Ignacio de la Rasilla del Moral recounts the history of the two ‘renaissances’ of Francisco de Vitoria and the Spanish Classics of International Law and contextualizes the ideological glorification of the Salamanca School by Franco’s international lawyers. Historical excursuses on the intellectual evolution of international law in the US and the UK complement the neglected history of international law in Spain from the first empire in history on which the sun never set to a diminished and fascistized national-Catholicist state.On the author:
Ignacio de la Rasilla del Moral, Ph.D. (2011) The Graduate Institute, Geneva, is Senior Lecturer in Law at Brunel University London. He has published and edited extensively in the fields of public international law and its history including Historia del Pensamiento Internacionalista Español del siglo XX (Thompson Reuters, 2012).  Table of contents:

Chapter I - The Study of International Law in the Spanish Nineteenth Century
The Academic Study of International Law - An Early Spanish Awakening
Enlightened Despotism and the Study of the Law of Peoples in Spain
The Law of Peoples in Spain from the 1812 Constitution of Cadiz to the aftermath of the Independence of the Latin-American Republics
The First Professorships in International Law in Spain
Revolution in Spain and ‘Conscience Juridique de Monde Civilisée
The First ‘Professional’ Generation in Spain
The First ‘Renaissance’ of Francisco Vitoria

Chapter II – A Point of Inflection for International Law in Spain and the United States

The Spanish-American War – A Point of Inflection for International Law.
The Legacy of the Nineteenth Century in the U.S.’ International Legal Academia
The Insular Cases. The Standard of Civilization and Universal Particularism
Education and Spanish International Lawyers - The ‘Institutionist’ Creed
Revista de Derecho Internacional y Política Exterior
International Codification and The Hague Conferences
Colonial Policy of Substitution - The Moroccan Question.
The Founding of the American Society of International Law
James Brown Scott - the Omnipresent ‘amigo americano
Chapter III - The Silver Age of International Law in Spain
‘The Strongest Breakthrough for the World at Large’
The League - A Fundamental Transformation
The Spanish Policy of Prestige and Revisionism at the League and the Second ‘Professional‘ Generation of Spanish International Law Scholars
The Re-Awakening of the ‘International Community’ in the Interwar doctrine
The Founding of the Association Francisco de Vitoria
The Second Spanish Republic and International Law - A Principled Engagement with Internationalism
Chapter IV - The Spanish Civil War - Inter Armas Pugnant Leges
Non-Intervention in the ‘Last Great Cause’
Setting the Stage for the Localization of the Spanish Civil War and the League of Nations
International Legal Aspects of the Spanish Civil War
H. Lauterpacht and the Practitioner’s Approach to the Spanish Civil War
Francisco de Vitoria and the Spanish Civil War
Chapter V - Noli Foras Ire. In interiore Hispaniae Habitat Veritas
Unity of Fate in the Universal
The Fascist Mimesis of International Law in Spain and the Axis Temptation
The Vitorian Aftermath and Autarchic Ostracism
Hispanidad, International Law and International Re-Alignment

IndexMore information here.
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6th Annual Conference in South Africa: Mark your Calendar

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

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

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

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

More information:
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