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JOURNAL: "The Journal of American History" (vol. 101, n. 2, 2014-2015)


The Journal of American History, vol. 101, n. 2, 2014-2015


The Journal of American History is the leading scholarly publication and the journal of record in the field of American history. Published quarterly in March, June, September, and December, the Journalcontinues its nine-decades-long career presenting original articles on American history. Each volume features pieces that deal with a wide range of American history topics and fields, including state-of-the-field essays, broadly inclusive book reviews, and reviews of films, museum exhibitions, and Web sites
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ARTICLE: "Justice George Sutherland and the Business of Expression", by Samuel R. Olken


Samuel R. Olken, John Marshall Law School, on  Justice George Sutherland and the Business of Expression, forthcoming in Judging Free Speech: First Amendment Jurisprudence of U.S. Supreme Court Justices.  
Abstract
In 1936-1937, Justice George Sutherland wrote his only two United States Supreme Court opinions about freedom of expression. Sutherland’s majority opinion in Grosjean v. American Press Co. (1936) and his dissent inAssociated Press v. NLRB (1937) set forth a novel and hybrid constitutional concept, the business of expression, which melded economic liberty and freedom of expression and reflected Sutherland’s aversion towards political factions and solicitude for private economic rights. In both cases Sutherland assessed economic regulations of the press through the prism of economic liberty and suggested that through partial laws – what Sutherland considered illegitimate class legislation – political factions sought to impede the business of expression. Sutherland’s analysis underscored the interplay between economic liberty and freedom of expression.
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ARTICLE: "History in Law, Mythmaking, and Constitutional Legitimacy", by Patrick J. Charles (62, 2014)


History in Law, Mythmaking, and Constitutional Legitimacy, by Patrick J. Charles, forthcoming on the Cleveland State Law Review 62 (2014)
The article is “part of last spring's mini-symposium, ‘History and the Meaning of the Constitution,’ and that readers may respond to the article through Cleveland State Law Review's website, Et Cetera.  
Abstract
Defining what constitutes myth and history has been an ongoing debate among historians for over a century. The debate centers as to whether there can truly ever be such a thing as an objective historical account. Given that all historical inquiries grow out of the respective historian’s ideological mind, it is argued the writing of history is not so much about truth-seeking as it is about the ideological leanings of the respective historian. In other words, critics of objective history frequently claim that one historian’s truth is another’s falsity.In any case there is an argument to be made that all history is myth and all myth is history. No matter how much of the evidentiary record is uncovered, no historian can ever fully reconstruct the past as it was. In their totality, those moments in history are lost forever. The best any historian can do is build upon those evidentiary remnants which remain. Still, at one level or another, historians will have to make a number of assumptions about the past. In some instances the assumptions will be small or minute because the evidentiary record is rich with information about the past, allowing the respective historian to recreate an event or time period in excruciating detail. In other instances the assumptions can be substantial, especially when the evidentiary record is barren, requiring the respective historian to fill the evidentiary gaps. But whenever historians make any assumptions about the past—whether they be minor or substantial—they are perpetuating myth in some form or another.

Given these problems, this article builds upon a previous work--"Historicism, Originalism and the Constitution"--and argues that history is much better suited as a philosophical and moral guide towards understanding the law’s development. This in turn minimizes mythmaking and the creation of poor constitutional constructs. This does not mean, however, that to legally reason from subjective historical accounts or myth can never be a legitimate enterprise. As this article outlines, there is at least two scenarios (and perhaps others) where the acceptance of myth is constitutionally legitimate.
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BOOK: "Making Race in the Courtroom: The Legal Construction of Three Races in Early New Orleans", by Kenneth R. Aslakson (2014)


 Making Race in the Courtroom: The Legal Construction of Three Races in Early New Orleans (Sept. 2014), by Kenneth R. Aslakson (Union College)
All information herePress:No American city’s history better illustrates both the possibilities for alternative racial models and the role of the law in shaping racial identity than New Orleans, Louisiana, which prior to the Civil War was home to America’s most privileged community of people of African descent. In the eyes of the law, New Orleans’s free people of color did not belong to the same race as enslaved Africans and African-Americans. While slaves were “negroes,” free people of color were gens de couleur libre, creoles of color, or simply creoles. New Orleans’s creoles of color remained legally and culturally distinct from “negroes” throughout most of the nineteenth century until state mandated segregation lumped together descendants of slaves with descendants of free people of color.



 Much of the recent scholarship on New Orleans examines what race relations in the antebellum period looked as well as why antebellum Louisiana’s gens de couleur enjoyed rights and privileges denied to free blacks throughout most of the United States. This book, however, is less concerned with the what and why questions than with how people of color, acting within institutions of power, shaped those institutions in ways beyond their control. As its title suggests, Making Race in the Courtroomargues that race is best understood not as a category, but as a process. It seeks to demonstrate the role of free people of African-descent, interacting within the courts, in this process.

A few blurbs:"Historians are fond of spotlighting the role of 'human agency' in making history. Kenneth Aslakson is one of those rare scholars who actually map out its modus operandi—in this case, in the courtrooms of New Orleans, where free people of color used jurisprudence to defend their rights and, unwittingly, erect a tripartite racial order that was Caribbean before it was American.  Aslakson’s research is superb, his writing unfailingly clear, his arguments smart and crisp. Making Race in the Courtroom joins a lengthening bookshelf that is changing how we think about race in America."—Lawrence N. Powell, Tulane University"Between 1791 and 1812, as New Orleans was transformed by the consequences of the Haitian Revolution and the Louisiana Purchase, the city's free people of color fought to establish and defend their freedoms and to protect their property rights. Despite facing a legal, political, and social system that was increasingly hostile to their interests, this book demonstrates how they successfully utilized the court system to carve out a space for themselves within New Orleans' racial hierarchy. Most importantly, Aslakson's exhaustive examination of the records of the New Orleans City Court reveals the ways in which free people of color participated in the continuous project that was race making in the early republic."—Jennifer M. Spear, Simon Fraser University
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JOURNAL: "Law's Dominion in the Middle Ages: Essays for Paul Hyams" (Special issue, XXX, 2014)


Special issue - Law's  Dominion in the Middle Ages: Essays for Paul HyamsReading Medieval Studies, an annual published by the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies of the University of Reading, has recently released a special issue, Law's  Dominion in the Middle Ages: Essays for Paul Hyams.  Here is its contents:Professor Danuta R Shanzer (University of Vienna) Augustine's EPP. 77-78 (A Scandal in Hippo): Microhistory and Ordeal-by-OathProfessor Thomas D Hill (Cornell University)The Weight of Love and the Anglo-Saxon Cold Water OrdealsProfessor Richard Abels (US Naval Academy)'The crimes by which Wulfbald ruined himself with his lord': The Limits of State Action in Late Anglo-Saxon EnglandProfessor Stephen D White (Emory University)Hic Est Wadard: Vassal of Odo of Bayeaux or Miles and Frater of St Augustine's, CanterburyProfessor Ruth Mazo Karras (University of Minnisota)Telling the Truth about Sex in Late Medieval ParisAssistant Professor Eliza Buhrer (Seton Hall University)Law and Mental Competency in Late Medieval EnglandProfessor Paul Brand (All Souls, Oxford)New Light on the Expulsion of the Jewish Community from England in 1290Dr Chris Briggs (University of Cambridge) and Professor Phillipp Schofield (Aberystwyeth University)Understanding Edwardian Villagers' Use of Law: Some Manor Court Litigation Evidence



Assistant Professor Ada Maria Kuskowski (Southern Methodist University)Lingua Franca Legalis? A French Vernacular Legal Culture form England to the LevantAssistant Professor Thomas J McSweeney (William and Mary Law School)The King's Courts and the King's Soul: Pardoning as Almsgiving in Medieval EnglandProfessor Richard W Kaeuper (University of Rochester)John Ruskin, the Medieval Ordines, and Meritorious SufferingProfessor Peter Coss (Cardiff University)Neifs and Villeins in Later Medieval EnglandDr Dave Postles (University of Hertfordshire)Bibliography of the Writings of Paul Hyams
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SEMINAR: "Public-privé : une frontière floue entre la force de l'état et l'autonomie des individus" (Paris, 14 October 2014)


WHAT: Public-privé : une frontière floue entre la force de l'état et l'autonomie des individus, 1st meeting of the séminaire de droit et sciences humaines et sociales - CENJorganized by Emanuele Conte
WHERE:  École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Centre d'études des norme juridiques Yan Thomas (CENJ), Salle D & M Lombard, 96 boulevard Raspail, 75006, Paris
WHEN: 14 October 2014, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Speakers:

Desmond Manderson, Université d'Australie – Canberra, Spécialiste du rapport entre le droit et les arts du visuel, Not Waving, Drowning: Bodies in the Water in Law and Art
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LECTIO MAGISTRALIS: "Il diritto come scienza alle origini del diritto comune" (Taranto, 27 October 2014)


WHAT: Il diritto come scienza alle origini del diritto comune, Lectio magistralis 
WHERE: Taranto, Convento di S. Francesco, Via Duomo 259, sala convegni - piano terra
WHEN: 27 October 2014, 11:30
Prof. Emanuele Conte, Roma Tre University
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CONFERENCE: History and Histories of International Law (Helsinki, 27-28 October 2014)

(image: helsinki.fi)

The Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights at Helsinki University organizes a two-day conference on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 October.

Program:
Runeberg Hall, University Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33 , 2nd floor
Programme
Monday 27 October
9:15
Opening
Martti Koskenniemi, University of Helsinki
9:30
Keynote address Anthony Anghie, University of Utah
10:30 – 11:00
Coffee
11:00– 12:30

Panel I:
Methods of International (Global) Legal History
Anne Orford, University of Melbourne
Thomas Duve, MPI Frankfurt
Chair: Martti Koskenniemi, University of Helsinki

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 – 15:00
Panel II: Transformations of Empire in the 20 - 21 st Century
Nathaniel Berman, Brown University
Matthias Zachmann, University of Edinburgh
Chair: Walter Rech, University of Helsinki

15:00 – 15:30
Coffee

15:30 - 17:00

Panel III: Histories of Human Rights
Lena Halldenius, Lund University
Vasuki Nesiah, New York University
Chair: Paolo Amorosa, University of Helsinki

Tuesday 28 October
9:00 – 10:30

Panel IV:
Non - European Histories of International Law
Lauri Mälksoo, University of Tartu
Kofi Quashigah, University of Ghana
Chair: Manuel Jiménez Fonseca, University of Helsinki

10:30 - 11:00
Coffee

11:00 – 12:30

Panel V: Histories of International Institutions
Doreen Lustig, Tel Aviv University
Jan Klabbers, University of Helsinki
Chair: Mónica García - Salmones, University of Helsinki


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CONFERENCE: Treaties of Commerce. Balance of Power, Balance of Trade and the European Order of States (Pisa, 26-27 November 2014)



(image: the harbour of Leghorn, Wikimedia Commons)

The University of Pisa organises a very promising conference on the history of international law and trade on 26-27 November, at the palazzo Manfreducci. 
Program:
Wednesday 26 November9:00-9:15, Antonella Alimento, Università di Pisa, Introduction: The PRIN Project on ‘The Liberty of the Moderns’ and Commercial TreatiesFirst Session 
Chair: Antonella Alimento, Università di Pisa9:15-9:30, Koen Stapelbroek, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Commercial Treaties and the Historiography of Eighteenth-Century Politics and Trade: Preliminary Considerations9:30-10:00, Eric Schnakenbourg, Université de Nantes, Les conditions de l’échange marchand: traités de commerce et droit maritime au XVIIIe siècleCoffee break10:30-11:00, Guillaume Calafat, Université de Paris I, Faut-il traiter avec les «Barbaresques»? Commerce, compétition et pouvoir au XVIIIe siècle 11:00-12:00, DiscussionLunchSecond Session 
Chair : John Shovlin, New York University14:30-15:00, José Luís Cardoso, Institute of Social Sciences Lisbon, The Anglo-Portuguese Treaties of Commerce of 1703 and 1810: Opportunities and Constraints of Economic Development15:00-15:30, Maria Virginia León, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, El Tratado hispano-británico del asiento durante la primera mitad del siglo XVIIICoffee break16:00-16:30, Doohwan Ahn, Seoul National University, The Treaty of Utrecht Revisited: The Balance of Trade or the Balance of Power?16:30-17:00, Koen Stapelbroek, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Global Trade and the Commercial Treaties of the Dutch Republic17:00-18:00, DiscussionThursday 27 NovemberThird Session 
Chair: Koen Stapelbroek, Erasmus University Rotterdam9:00-9:30, Antonella Alimento, Università di Pisa, From the Balance of Power to the Balance of Commerce Strategy: the French Rejection of the Treaties of Commerce Policy (1713-1763) 9:30-10:00, John Shovlin, New York University, Remaking the Franco-British Rivalry in India: The Godeheu–Saunders Treaty and the Political Economy of Peaceful CompetitionCoffee Break10:30-11:00, Pascal Dupuy, Université de Rouen, Jeux et enjeux autour du traité de commerce franco-britanique de 1786: les représentations françaises11:00-11:30, Marc Belissa, Université de Paris 10, Quel commerce pour un peuple républicain? Les débats révolutionnaires sur les traités de commerce de la République française (1792-1799)11:30-12:30, DiscussionLunchFourth Session 
Chair: José Luís Cardoso, Institute of Social Sciences Lisbon14,30-15,00 Marco Cavarzere, Ludwig-Maximilian Universität (Munich), The ‘Convention préliminaire de commerce’ between France and Prussia (1753) and the Rise of a New Commercial Nation15:00-15:30, Christine Lebeau, Université de Paris I, Négocier un traité de commerce en contexte impérial. L’exemple de la Monarchie des Habsbourg dans la deuxième moitié du XVIIIe siècleCoffee break16:00-16:30, Biagio Salvemini, Università di Bari, Dans le silence des traités: l’interventionnisme institutionnel dans le commerce entre le Royaume de France et le Royaume de Naples au XVIIIe siècle 16:30-18:00, Final Discussion More information here: http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/termine/id=26048.
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CFA: "Rechtskultur - European Journal of Legal History - Journal européene d'histoire du droit"


Redaktion der Zeitschrift Rechtskultur: Prof. Dr. Ignacio Czeguhn (FU Berlin) Prof. Dr. Lukas Gschwend (St. Gallen/Zürich) Prof. Dr. Dirk Heirbaut (Gent) Prof. Dr. Martin Löhnig (Regensburg) Prof. Dr. Antonio Sánchez Aranda (Granada)



Deadline: 31.07.2015


2015 wird der vierte Band der Zeitschrift "Rechtskultur - European Journal of Legal History - Journal européene d'histoire du droit" erscheinen. Themenschwerpunkt ist die Wirtschaftsrechtsgeschichte. Die Herausgeber laden Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aller einschlägigen Fachdisziplinen zur Einreichung von Beiträgen für Rechtskultur 4 (2015) ein. Die Beiträge sollen einen Umfang von 85.000 Zeichen nicht überschreiten und bis zum 31. Juli 2015 bei der Redaktion eingehen, die unter rechtskultur@ur.de erreichbar ist. "Rechtskultur" steht Autoren aller einschlägigen Wissenschaftsdisziplinen ohne Ansehen des universitären Status offen. Kriterien sind allein Themenbezug und Qualität eines Aufsatzes. Alle eingehenden Aufsätze werden einer beiderseits anonymen Begutachtung unterzogen. 1) Rechtskultur ist eine Zeitschrift mit europäischem Charakter. Das wird bereits durch die Dreisprachigkeit des Blattes deutlich. Die Zeitschrift bietet also ein Forum
für eine wirklich europäisch verstandene Rechtsgeschichte genauso wie für die Vergleichende Rechtsgeschichte. Sie möchte die nationalen Wissenschaften weiter
aus ihrer Beschränkung herausführen und dabei helfen, Anknüpfungspunkte für grenzüberschreitende Zusammenarbeit auszuloten.2) Rechtskultur ist strikt themenbezogen. Jedes Heft ist einem Oberthema gewidmet und gibt auf diese Weise die Möglichkeit, verschiedene Forschungsansätze auf einem Feld kennenzulernen. Jedes Heft wird am Ende einen rapport de synthèse enthalten, den ein ausgewiesener Wissenschaftler liefern wird und der die Verbindungslinien zwischen den einzelnen Beiträgen herstellt.3) Rechtskultur ist transdisziplinär ausgerichtet; sucht also bewusst den Kontakt zu Nachbarwissenschaften, die sich mit verwandten Fragestellungen befassen oder identischen Quellenbeständen arbeiten. Jedes Themenheft enthält deshalb Beiträge von Wissenschaftlern verschiedener Disziplinen.1) “Rechtskultur” is a journal with a definite European character. It is multilingual and features the three major European languages. The journal offers a platform for
European legal history in the true sense of the word from a shared as well as from a comparative perspective. Bringing together the various national disciplines and finding more ways of working together transnationally is the mission of this journal.2) “Rechtskultur” is strictly by theme. Each issue is devoted to a single topic, providing the opportunity to get to know the various research methods in one specific field. At the end of each issue, there will be a summary by an expert on the topic, highlighting connections between the individual contributions.3) “Rechtskultur” is a transdisciplinary endeavour. It is geared towards providing a forum for researchers from related areas of study trying to find answers to similar questions and working with the same sources. Each of the theme-oriented journals therefore features contributions by researchers from a variety of disciplines.

1) Rechtskultur est une revue à caractère européen ; la parution de la revue en trois langues en est un signe évident. La revue est en réalité un forum, pour une histoire du droit qui sera vraiment comprise au niveau européen ainsi que pour l’histoire comparée du droit. Elle cherche à faire sortir les disciplines nationales de leurs limites et, par là, à contribuer à identifier les facteurs de rattachement d’une collaboration transfrontalière.2) Rechtskultur est une revue thématisée de manière stricte. Chaque cahier est dédié à un thème général et offre ainsi la possibilité de découvrir différentes approches de recherche dans un domaine donné. Chaque cahier se terminera par un rapport de synthèse, qui sera rédigé par un expert scientifique reconnu et qui établira le fil conducteur entre les différentes contributions.3) Rechtskultur est une revue axée sur une approche interdisciplinaire, qui cherche sciemment à établir un contact entre les disciplines connexes qui se penchent sur des questions similaires ou traitent de sources documentaires identiques. C’est pourquoi chaque cahier thématique rassemble des contributions d’universitaires spécialisés dans des disciplines différentes.

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SEMINAR: "La schiavitù dei moderni. Diritto, natura, cultura" (Rome, 16 October 2014)


WHAT: La schiavitù dei moderni. Diritto, natura, cultura
WHERE: Roma Tre University, Law Department, room 278
WHEN: 16 October 2014, 5:00 pm
Speakers
Stefania Gialdroni, Università degli Studi Roma TreDario Ippolito, Università degli Studi Roma TreGiuseppe Marcocci, Università degli Studi della TusciaChiara Lucrezio Monticelli, Deutches Historisches Institut in Rom - Università Tor VergataPaolo Napoli, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, EHESS - Paris
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INAUGURAL LECTURE: "The Pirate and the Admiral" by Prof. dr. L. Sicking (VU Amsterdam) (Amsterdam, 14 November 2014)



Prof. dr. F.A. van der Duyn Schouten (rector magnificus) and Prof. mr. E. van Sliedregt (dean) invite all persons interested to the inaugural lecture on 14 november 2014 by Prof. dr. L Sicking as Aemilius Papinianus-Professor of the History of Public International Law at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The lecture ("De piraat en de admiraal", "The Pirate and the Admiral") will be held in Dutch.

The event, followed by a reception, will take place in the Vrije Universiteit's Aula, at 15:45. Togati are kindly invited to present themselves in formal dress.

Address: De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam.
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CALL FOR TEXTS (Italian, English, French or Spanish): Rivista delle Successioni e della Famiglia

Juris Diversitas - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:31
The Board of Editors of RIVISTA DELLE SUCCESSIONI E DELLA FAMIGLIA (Succession and family law review) is pleased to invite original, unpublished manuscripts on succession and family law for publication in the Review, in the form of Article, Notes and Comments.
The manuscripts have to discuss issues of succession and family law on foreign legal system or offering a comparative perspective or overview.
Contributions may be written in Italian, English, French or Spanish (with an abstract in English) and ideally should not exceed 10,000 words in length, footnotes included.
The manuscripts should include a 100 word informative abstract in Italian or in English. The abstract must appear at the end of the contribution, and will be published together with it.
After a pre-selection by Editor-in-Chief, articles are peer-reviewed anonymously by two member of our Board of Editors.
Submissions should be made electronically to pasqualelaghi1@virgilio.it or pasquale.laghi@unical.it Postal submission are not accepted.
The deadline is December 31st of 2014.
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BOOK: Jewish Law and its Interaction with Other Legal Systems.

Juris Diversitas - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:28
The Jewish Law Association has published Christine Hayes and Amos Israel-Vleeschhouwer (eds), Jewish Law and its Interaction with Other Legal Systems.
It includes:
1:  Amos ISRAEL-VLEESCHHOUWER, Systemic, Dynamic and Complex analyses of the Interaction of Jewish and Other Legal Systems (1-29)2:  Leah BORNSTEIN-MAKOVETSKY, Adultery and Punishment among Jews in the Ottoman Empire (30-50)3:  Lea JACOBSEN, A Mother's Legal Authority over her Offspring's Marriage in the Ancient Near East and the Bible (51-104)4:  Ruth LAMDAN, Jewish Encounters in Muslim Courts: The Ottoman Empire, 16th-17th Centuries (105-119)5:  Donna LITMAN, Rules of Statutory Construction for Biblical and American Laws – A Comparative Analysis (120-175)6:  Avinoam ROSENAK, Jewish law as Staging Directions (176-224)7:  Chaim SAIMAN, Talmudic Analytics and Ethical Thought: A study of the Jewish law of the Worker's Wages as an argument for Neo-Lamdanut (225-261)8:  Shana Strauch SCHICK, Reading Aristotle in Mahoza?: Actions and Intentions in Rava's Jurisprudence (262-291)9:  Yaakov SHAPIRA, Couples' Place of Residence and the dispute of Rabbenu Tam and the Maharam: Society, Religion and Halakhah (292-327)10:  Daniel SINCLAIR, Kiddush Hashem (Sanctification of the Divine Name) and Some Aspects of the Halakhic Turn to Non-Jewish Standards in Ritual Law and Morality in the Modern Period (328-359)
The abstracts are available here
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CONFERENCE on the legacy of Beccaria 250 years after the piblication of "Of Crimes and Punishments" (Rome, 29-30 October 2014)

What: Conference: "Passato e futuro del garantismo". A conference organized to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the publication of "Of Crimes and Punishments" by Cesare Beccaria. 
Where: Roma Tre University, Law Department, Via Ostiense 159, Sala del Conisglio (first floor).
When: October 29th at 3:00 PM and October 30th at 9:30 AM. 
The Conference is organized by the Department of Law of the Roma Tre University, the Master in Prison Law and Constitution and the NGO "Antigone". It will be opened by Laura Boldrini, President of the Italian Chamber of Deputees, and Mario Panizza, Dean of the Roma Tre University. Emanuele Conte, the Chiar of medieval and modern legal history at the RomaTre University (October 29th) and Patrizio Gonnella, President of the NGO "Antigone" (October 30th), will introduce and coordinate the speakers. 
For more information, click HERE
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BOOKS ANNOUNCEMENT: New Title on Comparative law by Edward Elgar Publishing

Juris Diversitas - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 10:54



Contract Law
A Comparative Introduction
Jan M. Smits, Professor of European Private Law, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
‘Contract law is more international in substance and character than most other legal subjects. Thus, in particular, modern contract law in Europe rests on the same historical and philosophical foundations, and the hypothetical will of reasonable parties to a contract has usually been the focal point in the evolution of its doctrines. Today, in the age of the European Union, the internal market is the most powerful motivation, and driving force, for legal harmonization. Contract law is thus predestined for the development of common reference texts, such as the Principles of European Contract Law, and common teaching materials, such as Jan Smits’ Contract Law. Jan Smits’ book provides a splendid introduction to the key questions, themes, and features of contract law. It is not aimed at one specific national audience but can, and should, be read by students across Europe.’
– Professor Reinhard Zimmermann, Max Planck Institute, Hamburg, Germany
2014 288 pp Hardback 978 1 78347 850 7 Regular Price £110.00  Web Price £99.00 ebook 978 1 78347 851 4
2014 Paperback 978 1 78347 852 1  Regular Price £29.95  Web Price £23.96

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Research Handbook On Transparency
Edited by Padideh Ala’i, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law, US and Robert G. Vaughn, Professor of Law and A. Allen King Scholar, American University Washington College of Law, US
‘For me this book could have been titled, “Everything I Ever Wanted To Know About Transparency Policy And Law—But Didn’t Know Enough To Ask.” It is masterful and unmatched in depth, scope, and acuity. It convincingly analyzes the complexities of transparency on a comparative basis in terms of goals, culture and government, legal approaches, and global governance. What is transparency? What can it be? What are its consequences? How can it be promoted and regulated? Henceforth no one should seriously attempt to address such questions without first reading this outstanding book.’
– David H. Rosenbloom, American University, US

In the last two decades transparency has become a ubiquitous and stubbornly ambiguous term. Typically understood to promote rule of law, democratic participation, anti-corruption initiatives, human rights, and economic efficiency, transparency can also legitimate bureaucratic power, advance undemocratic forms of governance, and aid in global centralization of power. This path-breaking volume, comprising original contributions on a range of countries and environments, exposes the many faces of transparency by allowing readers to see the uncertainties, inconsistencies and surprises contained within the current conceptions and applications of the term. 
2014 432 pp Hardback 978 1 78100 793 8 Regular Price £140.00  Web Price £126.00 ebook 978 1 78100 794 5
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The Internationalisation Of Legal Education
The Future Practice of Law
Edited by William van Caenegem, Professor of Law and Mary Hiscock, Emeritus Professor of Law, Bond University, Australia 
‘This is a fascinating collection of essays on how the world of legal education is responding to the globalisation challenge. It deserves a place on the shelf of every legal academic and practitioner with a serious interest in legal education. The utility of the book is enhanced by the fact that it is written from a variety of different and critical perspectives. It comes highly recommended.’
– Gerard McCormack, School of Law, University of Leeds, UK

The legal academy is responding in many varied ways to the challenge of producing lawyers adequately prepared to operate in a global environment. There is a renewed focus on lawyering skills, on core principles, on cultural context and on comparative research and study. This work advances the discussion of these issues while developing solid solutions and approaches to teaching law students destined for the future practice of law.
2014 336 pp Hardback 978 1 78347 453 0 Regular Price £85.00  Web Price £76.50 ebook 978 1 78347 454 7

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ARTICLE COLLECTION: Law around the world

Juris Diversitas - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 10:06
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NEWS AND REVIEWS: European Network on Law and Society (Réseau Européen Droit & Société)

Juris Diversitas - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 10:05

The excellent 'Nouvelles du monde, 'Au fil des revue', and 'Repères'--both Anglophone and Francophone--of the European Network on Law and Society (Réseau Européen Droit and Société) are now available. 

ALWAYS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Geographies of Law, Colonialism and Capitalism Chicago, IL April 21-25, 2015

Juris Diversitas - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 09:44
Geographies of Law, Colonialism and Capitalism
Chicago, IL  April 21-25, 2015

The relation between capitalism and colonialism has long been of interest to critical and radical geographers.  Although classic texts often presented the relationship between colonialism and capitalism in terms of a transition from the former to the later, today, radical scholarship emphasizes both the capitalist nature of formal colonialism, as well as the ways in which contemporary dynamics of capitalist accumulation are often predicated upon and/or intertwined with relations of coloniality. Critical legal scholars have demonstrated that law plays a significant role in justifying and creating the conditions and parameters for both colonial and post-colonial forms of accumulation; this panel asks how thinking about geography can expand this work.

This panel hopes to bring together scholars interested in the relationship between law, colonialism, and capitalism, broadly conceived.  We seek to create a venue for discussion and debate between scholars coming from different disciplines and subdisciplines and with varied political commitments.  We are especially interested in papers that consider the relations between law and processes of conquest, occupation, and racialization, as well as resistance, insurgence, and decolonization.  We encourage papers exploring sovereignty in capitalist and colonial legal orders, the legal status of indigenous and other peoples excluded from or adversely incorporated within statist legal regimes, and the status of non-state legal orders. We are also interested in the ways that capitalist and colonial relations have shaped legal concepts and geographies associated with property, contract, tort, labor law, family law, criminal law, human rights, the conflict of laws, public international law, administrative law, transitional justice, trade law, immigration, and corporate or business law, among others.  
In addition, we invite papers on the following topics: 
-       Law and primitive accumulation/accumulation by dispossession/accumulation by extra-economic means
-       Liberal law as an accumulation strategy
-       Law’s materiality and its status as an ‘active’—effect producing—discourse (Bourdieu)
-       Colonization and the rule of law
-       The role of law in the transition to capitalism
-       Property and property law as means of sanctifying colonial thefts
-       Theorizations of the role of law in the transition out of capitalism
-       International Law and colonialism
-       The role of law in colonialism as period vs. colonialism as relation
-       Migrant labour and new racialized regimes of accumulation
-       The relation between strategies of accumulation and the legislation of spaces of exception
-       Land restitution processes for historically marginalized communities as new sites for financial investment
-       Indigenous and non-state legal orders as challenges to colonial and/or capitalist forms of law
-       Indigenous rights within domestic and international legal systems
-       Legal pluralism and capital accumulation
-       Legal constructions and crossings of borders and boundaries in accumulation processes
-       The role of law in regulating resistance to contemporary dynamics of accumulation
Interested participants should send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Joshua Barkan, Tyler McCreary or Reecia Orzeck no later than October 20, 2014.
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CALL FOR PAPERS (English/French) - DEADLINE APPROACHING: The Fourth Worldwide Congress of The World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists

Juris Diversitas - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:39
The Fourth Worldwide Congressof The World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction JuristsMcGill University Faculty of Law,Montreal, Canada June 24-26, 2015
“The Scholar, Teacher, Judge, and Jurist in a Mixed Jurisdiction”«Le chercheur, le professeur, le juge et le juriste dans une juridiction mixte»
The World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists is pleased to announce a Fourth Worldwide Congress to be held at McGill University’s Faculty of Law (Montreal, Canada) from an opening evening reception and lecture on 24 June through 26 June 2015. The theme of the Congress will be “The Scholar, Teacher, Judge and Jurist in a Mixed Jurisdiction.”
La World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists est heureuse d’annoncer son Quatrième Congrès International, qui se tiendra à la Faculté de droit de l’Université McGill (Montréal, Canada). Le Congrès débutera avec une réception suivie d’une conférence le 24 Juin en soirée et se poursuivra jusqu’au 26 juin 2015. Le thème de ce congrès sera « Le chercheur, le professeur, le juge et le juriste dans une juridiction mixte ».
Mixed Jurisdictions, as they are traditionally understood, stand at the crossroads of the Common law and Civil law. They also frequently encompass other ethnic and religious laws. Rich in legal history and complex pluralism, they are often seen as natural laboratories of comparative law. 

Les juridictions mixtes, comme elles sont traditionnellement perçues, se situent à l’intersection de la tradition de la Common law et de la tradition civiliste. Elles comprennent souvent d’autres droits, comme le droit ethnique  ou le droit religieux. Riches du point de vue de l’histoire du droit et du pluralisme juridique, elles sont souvent vues comme des laboratoires naturels de droit comparé.
The laws, methods, and institutions of mixed jurisdictions are inevitably affected by the influence and presence of different traditions vying for supremacy or requiring reconciliation. Their added complexity places special demands upon the training of judges and jurists, the staffing of courts, the teaching of private law, the research of scholars, and the task of law reform. To what extent have these challenges been met by the actors and institutions of mixed jurisdictions?
Les lois, les méthodes et les institutions des juridictions mixtes reflètent inévitablement la présence de différentes traditions rivalisant pour la suprématie ou demandant la réconciliation. La complexité accrue des juridictions mixtes donne lieu à des exigences particulières pour la formation des juges, des juristes et du personnel des tribunaux, l’enseignement du droit privé, la recherche scientifique et la réforme du droit. Dans quelle mesure ces défis ont-ils été relevés par les parties prenantes des juridictions mixtes?
We propose to investigate these issues.
Nous proposons d’explorer ces questions.
Proposals for papers on any topic related to mixed legal systems are welcome. They may be submitted by jurists from any jurisdiction, and by members and non-members of the Society alike. Proposals should be submitted to WSMJJ General Secretary Seán Patrick Donlan (sean.donlan@ul.ie) by 15 October 2014. They should not exceed 500 words and should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae of one page only. The time allocated for delivery of papers will be no longer than 20 minutes. Papers delivered at the conference will be considered for publication.
Nous accepterons les propositions de textes sur tout sujet apparenté au droit des juridictions mixtes. Elles pourront être soumises par des juristes de toute juridiction, qu’ils soient membres de l’Association ou non. Les propositions devront être envoyées au secrétaire général du WSMJJ, Seán Patrick Donlan (sean.donlan@ul.ie) d’ici le 15 octobre 2014. Les soumissions ne doivent pas dépasser 500 mots et doivent être accompagnées d’un curriculum vitae d’une page. Le temps alloué pour la présentation des textes ne dépassera pas 20 minutes. La publication des textes présentés à la conférence sera envisagée.
The Society regrets that it cannot cover travel expenses of participants in the Congress.
L’Association regrette de ne pas pouvoir couvrir les frais de déplacement des participants au Congrès.
Please reserve the date.
Veuillez prendre la date en note.
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