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CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual International Conference on Comparative Law 2015 - Law of Obligations Surrounded by Other Normative Systems

Juris Diversitas - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 09:23
Subject areas:
  1. Morality, customs, praxeology and the content of an obligation.
  2. Agreements which are not contracts, relevant to the law of obligations. 
  3. Obligations of the creditor: are they just correlates of the obligations of the debtor, or do they constitute a functionally separate category?
  4. The history of the relationship of contract law and other normative systems. Interpretation, law-making and science of law.
  5. "Socialist law" in the capitalist reality (and vice versa). Interaction of the legal system with the extra-legal environment. The impact of socio-political formations on the shape of state, the content and the evolution of the law.
  6. The future of the state law in terms of economic globalization.
  7. The nature of the obligations in terms of the various normative systems.
  8. Facts as obligations vs legal systems.
  9. Cultural diversity - a challenge to the law of obligations?
Registration is open until June 30, 2015.
Draft programme will be available on July 31, 2015.

Click here for further information.
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ARTICLE: Prof. Anthony MUSSON (Exeter) on Magna Charta

(image source: Royal Historical Society)
The Royal Historical Society signalled an article by Prof. Anthony Musson (Exeter) on the Magna Charta at 800.

In January 2015 the Exeter-based Express and Echo ran a story (also frontline news in the Daily Mail): Defiant hoarder vows to fight council’s clear-up order… using the Magna Carta! Threatened with a notice from the council to declutter his house, a Plymouth pensioner, Arthur Watson, claimed protection of the Great Charter on the basis that his rights had been breached since (in his words): ‘The Magna Carta states that no free man may have his possessions taken without due process and the judgement of his peers.’

This year we are celebrating the 800th Anniversary of King John’s accord with the English barons, the treaty sealed at Runnymede on 15 June 1215 that became the ‘Charter of Liberties’. Mr Watson’s perception of the modern relevance and value of Magna Carta, however misguided in precise legal terms, not only bears witness to its continuing influence, but also its place in the ‘popular’ imagination. This is in spite of the fact that the Charter’s binding provisions lasted a mere 10 weeks before it was annulled by the Pope upon John’s application. After John’s death in October 1216 it could have remained a dead letter, but for its resurgence as a tool of royal propaganda, revised and reissued first in November 1216 and then definitively in 1225, promoting the future good governance of the young Henry III. The rolls of parliament and various statutes, ordinances and treaties of the period demonstrate how from the thirteenth century onwards Magna Carta was enshrined in the lexicon of political/constitutional debate between the king and his subjects.The full text can be read on the Royal Historical Society's website.
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