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BOOK: J.O. Sunde (ed.), Constitutionalism before 1789


Pax Forlag (Oslo) published a collective work under the direction of Prof. J. O. Sunde (Bergen), assembling contributions on constitutionalism in Pre-Revolutionary Europe (link).

Contents:
  • "The Constitution of Peace and Liberty in the Catalan Medieval Legal Tradition. An Example of the Interaction between Religious Law and Secular Law in the European Middle Ages" (Prof. Aniceto Masferrer, Valencia)
  • "Galbert of Bruges on the Flemish 1127-1128 Crisis - An Early Experiment in Constitutionalism, Parliamentarism and Popular Sovereignty Inspired by Feudal Law" (Prof. Dirk Heirbaut, Gent)
  • "Quod Omnes Tangit, Debet Ab Omnibus Approbari" (Prof. Orazio Condorelli, Catania)
  • "Propagating Constitutional Reform in the Middle Ages: the Baronial Rebellion" (Prof. Leidulf Melve, Bergen)
  • "Whose Constitution? Grass-Roots and Hierarchial Visions of the Late Medieval Church" (Prof. Wolfgang Müller, Fordham)
  • "Mixed Constitution in the Scandinavian Realms in the Middle Ages" (Dr. Frode Hervik, Bergen)
  • "Induced by the Devil ? Christian I and the Privilegium" (Dr. Biörn Tjällén, Stockholm)
  • "Power, Reason and Equity. Two Juristic Accounts of Royal Authority in Sixteenth-Century Scotland" (Dr. Andrew R C Simpson, Aberdeen)
  • "On the Development of the Term "Verfassung" from the Plurality of the Ancien Régime's "Leges Fundamentales"" (dr. Heinz Mohnhaupt, emeritus, MPI Frankfurt)
  • "Above the Law - Norwegian Constitutionalism and the Code of 1274" (Jorn Oyrehagen Sunde)
Abstract:
The great era of constitutionalism spans from the French revolution of July 1789 to the octroyed French constitution of June 1814. Yet, the European constitutional mechanisms and way of reasoning can be traced much further back. This project displays the need to expand, restrain and at the same time legitimise state power from the 12th century and beyond the great era of constitutionalism in order to demonstrate its historical reach.
The Church was an early example of a state-like and centralised power, and thus contributed greatly to the development of a state organised Europe. This project examines the Church as a driving force behind constitutional reasoning and as a developer of constitutional practice throughout the Middle Ages. Feudal law, with its contractual based system of rights and duties, could regulate society on several levels and thus was another source for constitutional reasoning and practices.
Constitutional reasoning and practices developed in varied places such as the city-states of Flanders, the kingdoms of Norway and England, and the Iberian Peninsula. They continuously influenced state formation and politics in countries such as the Scandinavian kingdoms, as well as being the object of scholarly studies in Scotland, Germany and France. As a result, philosophers of the Enlightenment and the revolutionary movements could draw on a multitude of practices and theories during the 18th century.
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WORKSHOP: "The Nomos of Images - Law & The Humanities: Reframing the Visual Dynamics of Law " (Florence, 2 July 2014)



WHAT: The Nomos of Images - Law & The Humanities: Reframing the Visual Dynamics of Law , Workshop
WHERE: Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut, Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai
Via dei Servi 51, 50122 Firenze

WHEN: 2 July 2014
All information here
The workshop is going to explore the visual dynamics of law and its methodological consequences for both the disciplines of art history and legal studies. The aesthetic dimensions of the law and reflections about different ways of producing truth have been emphasized in the last years through different studies that were based for instance on Charles S. Peirce's semiotics and the sign-related dimensions of legal practices, Ernst Cassirer's theory of symbolic forms and its relevance for the notion of law, or Bruno Latour's ethnographical approach to institutional laboratories of the Conseil d'État, their ways of producing facticity and the idea of agency in general. The workshop seeks to critically interrogate the field of legal action manifested in juridical culture, artefacts and aesthetic practices and will discuss in how far they actively shape the juridical as part of a larger network of human actions and operations within the field of law.
Program
I. Welcome & Introduction
II. Law and the humanities "in action":
The visual normativity of the Italian Supreme Court.
Angela Condello, Stefania Gialdroni, Law and the Humanities,
Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza
III. The Nomos of Images?
Towards a critical Iconology of Law. 
Carolin Behrmann, Minerva Research Group,
The Nomos of Images. Manifestation and Iconology of Law
Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut
IV. Plenary Discussion
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BOOK: M. Engamme, A. Vanautgaerden & F. Bierlaire (eds.), The Intimacy of Renaissance Law (Droz, 2014)

Nomodos signals the publication of act of a colloquium on the intimacy of law in Renaissance Europe, blending cultural and legal history:
Abstract and table of contents:Une fédération a pour vocation de fédérer des individus et des institutions, de fouler des champs non encore labourés, d’inspirer de nouvelles recherches. Pour fêter son cinquantenaire, la Fédération internationale des Sociétés et Instituts d’Etude de la Renaissance (FISIER) a organisé à Bruxelles un colloque international sur la présence obsédante du droit dans la vie quotidienne des hommes et des femmes de la Renaissance, éclatants ou obscurs, célèbres et sans grade. La réflexion s’est focalisée sur cinq figures qui apparaissent comme essentielles: le diplomate, le père, le maître, le pasteur et le juge. Ce faisant, cinq grands domaines ont été abordés: la politique internationale, la famille, l’enseignement, la religion et les questions juridiques proprement dites. Avec chacune de ces figures, réapparaissent Erasme et son oeuvre, cherchant à rendre justice à l’Humaniste par excellence dans les cinq domaines abordés. Du particulier au général, d’une famille de notaires aixois à des traités de diplomates européens, la réflexion se nourrit de détails qui ramènent à l’essentiel, des principes qui interrogent des usages régionaux, la réflexion juridique faisant de plus en plus référence au droit romain qui empiétait, en particulier à Genève, sur les prérogatives du droit coutumier. Cette réflexion offre surtout un panorama étendu qui donne à penser et ouvre des perspectives nouvelles jusque dans notre quotidien le plus contemporain.Pour aborder la question différemment, Valérie Hayaert a commenté, au début de chaque partie, le Pegma de Pierre Cousteau (1555), ces emblèmes juridiques trop longtemps laissés dans l’ombre de ceux d’André Alciat.Sommaire
  • Max ENGAMMARE, Historique de la FISIER.
  • Max ENGAMMARE, Introduction.
  • Valérie HAYAERT, De l’art de la jurisprudence à celui de l’emblème chez André Alciat et Pierre Coustau: æquiparatio, acumenet satire.
PARTIE I: LE DIPLOMATE
  • Jean-Louis FOURNEL, La question du prince chez Machiavel et Guicciardini: Ecriture(s) diplomatique(s) et écriture(s) de l’Histoire.
  • Monique WEIS, Fondements juridiques et pratiques diplomatiques aux XVIe et XVIIe siècles: l’exemple des relations entre les Pays-Bas espagnols et le Saint Empire.
  • Alexandre VANAUTGAERDEN, Censure et autocensure de l’Education du prince chrétien d’Erasme.
PART. II: LE PÈRE
  • Claire DOLAN, Mythes et réalités du père chez les notaires d’Aix-en-Provence dans la seconde moitié du XVIe siècle.
  • Monica FERRARI, Le rôle du père dans la familia des princes en Italie au XVe siècle.
  • Franz BIERLAIRE, Les droits et les devoirs du père de famille selon Erasme.
PART. III: LE MAÎTRE
  • Jean-Paul PITTION, Surveiller, édifier, punir : le recteur et la discipline au collège et à l’académie de Saumur (1613-1685).
  • Géraldine CAZALS, Le maître dans les statuts des corps de métier toulousains de la Renaissance. René HOVEN, L’image du maître d’école chez Erasme et Thomas More.
PARTIE IV: LE PASTEUR
  • Matthias SCHMOECKEL Der Pastor als Richter? Der Einfluss der lutherischen Reformation auf die untere kirchliche Gerichtsbarkeit
  • Vincenzo LAVENIA, Donner à César ce qui est à César? - Fiscalité et Eglise catholique après l’époque médiévale
  • Jean-Pierre BORDIER, Le procès de Paradis dans la littérature dramatique et didactique de la fin du Moyen Age (XIVe-XVe siècles)
  • William G. NAPHY, Calvin’s Consistory: A Secular Court?
  • Guy BEDOUELLE, Erasme et l’idéal évangélique du pasteur.
PART. V: LE JUGE
  • Ian MACLEAN, Juge et partie: ou la doctrine de la preuve dans les procès intentés contre les sorciers en Lorraine et en Franche-Comté autour de 1600.
  • Richard COOPER, Le juge comme personnage littéraire à la Renaissance
  • Alessandro PASTORE, Le juge, le juriste et le médecin (Italie, XVIe-XVIIe siècles)
  • Silvana SEIDEL MENCHI, Le juge comme confesseur (Venise, 1514-1526).
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THESIS ABSTRACT: G. Richard, "Teaching Public Law in Paris during the Third Republic" (Paris Ouest/Sciences Po)

Nomodos signals the recent thesis defense by Guillaume Richard (Paris Ouest/Sciences Po), in December 2013. An English abstract is available:

Public law has been instrumental in organizing Law Schools in France since the late 19th century. However, the notion remains problematic: based on the example of the Law School of Paris, the purpose of this study is thus to examine its specific impact on legal teaching. The Parisian School of Law, by far the biggest and closest to political institutions, played a leading role in the reforms which led to a generalization of public law in Law Schools during the Third Republic. Its framework provides a good example of how legal scholars have specialized after the separation, in 1896, of the agrégation recruitment competition into different sections, one of them being for public law and one for private law. Far from being simple, these evolutions remain unstable. Public law scholars both wish to distinguish themselves from the dominating civilists, and to maintain the unity of legal science. Public law itself is not a homogeneous field of knowledge. A collection of disciplines (administrative law, international public law, constitutional law, financial legislation) rather than a coherent science, it is characterized by two trends: the first sees public law as a formalized and autonomous body of knowledge, able to comprehend facts through its distinctive logic; on the contrary, the second trend sees it simply as a part of political and economic sciences. Before the supremacy of the first trend imposed itself – rather late – in the first half of the 20th century, public law was considered a social knowledge, used to explain contemporary political events. Key-Words Public law ; Legal history ; Legal education ;Law Faculties ; Third Republic (France) ; Legal diploma.
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NOTICE: "Traditions and changes", Third biennal ESCLH 2014 CONFERENCE (Macerata, 8-9 July 2014)



WHAT: Traditions and Changes, Third Biennial ESCLH Conference
WHERE: University of Macerata, Law Department, Macerata, Italy
WHEN: 8-9 July 2014
We are glad to announce that the Third Biennial ESCLH ConferenceTraditions and Changes, will be held on July 8-9, 2014 at the University of Macerata (Italy).In the fantastic Italian environment of Le Marche region, participants will share new perspectives in the field of Comparative Legal History.All information hereFacebook page here
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BOOK REVIEW: Kimberly Rivers reviewed M. Duynstee's "The teaching of Civil Law at the University of Orléans" (Sehepunkte)

The full text of a review by Kimberly Rivers (University of Wisconsin) of dr. Marguerite Duynstee (Leiden)'s Dissertation L'enseignement du droit civil à l'Université d'Orléans, du début de la guerre de Cent Ans (1338) au siège de la ville (1428) in the on line review journal Sehepunkte is available on the recensio.net-website.
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ARTICLE: M. Mirow on "Teaching Latin American Legal History"

Teaching Latin American Legal History, by Matthew C. Mirow, Florida International University (FIU) - College of Lawin Teaching Legal History: Comparative Perspectives 235-238 (Robert M. Jarvis, ed., London: Wildy, Simmonds & Hill, 2014)

Paper available here


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NOTICE: Law & History Collaborative Research Network (Seattle, 28-31 May 2015)


Greetings from the Law & History Collaborative Research Network, part of the Law & Society Association (www.lawandsociety.org/crn.html).
We have just come from the Law and Society Association annual meeting in Minneapolis, where we were thrilled with the success of our first year as a Collaborative Research Network.  Creating a CRN, we think, significantly improved the discussion of legal history at LSA.  We were able to better coordinate and publicize legal history panels and create new opportunities to interact scholars from other fields.  But we hope that this is just the beginning.  With more participation, we believe next year will be even better, and we invite you to join us.

What is the Law & History CRN?
The Law & History CRN brings together scholars interested in legal history, both American and non-American, of any time period from contemporary to ancient.  We welcome a broad array of scholarly interests and methodological approaches. The Law and Society Movement has long welcomed legal historians and encouraged legal history, and our CRN intends to further foster this relationship. We seek to encourage presentation of historical legal work at the Law and Society’s Association’s annual meeting, and to create opportunities for interdisciplinary and cross-generational conversations.

What does it mean to join the Law & History CRN?
It means you will be welcomed into a network of scholars interested in participating in the historical examination of the law at the Law and Society Association annual meeting and beyond.  In practical terms, joining the CRN means joining a listserv (administered via Google Groups) that we use to alert members of the LSA’s call for papers, organize panels, and communicate about panels of interest for scholars interested in law and history at LSA.  We will also on rare occasions send out other announcements relevant to legal history.

The next Law & Society Association meeting will be held May 28-31 in Seattle, Washington. The call for papers should be out soon, and the deadline for submitting papers and panels will be in the fall of 2014, so it's not to early to start thinking about proposals.

What are the advantages of joining the Law & History CRN?
We see our main contribution as encouraging connections among a broad range of scholars and drawing attention to the historical legal research presented at the annual conference. More specifically, we’re interested in putting together and publicizing legal history panels at the LSA annual meeting. If you have a paper you’d like to present, you can use the listserv to find other potential panelists; we can also use our access to the LSA website to help connect you with other relevant paper submissions. And if you’re planning a panel that seems relevant to legal historians, please let us know so that we can list it as a CRN panel (if you’re interested) and publicize it among our members.  Further, we can make connections with other CRNs, further increasing the potential audience for each panel. This year (our first year as a CRN) we had five panels designated as CRN panels, two of which were co-listed with other CRNs. Finally, the administrative advantage of affiliating your paper/panel with a CRN is that the CRN can request that up to four of CRN-affiliated panels be scheduled at different times to avoid conflicts.

Do I need to be a member of LSA to join the Law & History CRN?
No. We strongly encourage everyone who is presenting at LSA to also become a member, but all we’re asking you to do right now is sign up for the email announcements.

I’m not a legal historian/I’m not a historian – can I join?
Absolutely. LSA is about drawing connections across fields and methods. If you’re interested in legal history, or you’re using historical materials, or you’re looking to the past, and you’d like to present on a panel with other people interested in historical sources/methods/questions, we’d love to have you.

I’m already a member of the American Society for Legal History – why should I also attend LSA?
We are all enthusiastic ASLH participants, but the LSA annual meeting differs in a few important ways. First, it’s a large interdisciplinary meeting with substantial representation from sociology, political science, anthropology, economics, and other fields. It can thus be a great place to make connections, put together panels across disciplinary lines, and participate in interdisciplinary conversations. Second, since LSA traditionally accepts all paper and panel submissions, it provides a welcoming place for all scholars, especially graduate students who may find it difficult to get on the program at smaller conferences.  And third, we want to exchange ideas with scholars interested in legal history more than once a year.

How do I join?
Send an email with your contact information to any or all of us and we will make sure you are included.

Sincerely,
Joanna Grisinger, Center for Legal Studies, Northwestern University
joanna.grisinger@northwestern.edu
Kimberly Welch, Department of History, University of West Virginia
Kimberly.Welch@mail.wvu.edu
Logan Sawyer, University of Georgia Law School
lesawyer@uga.edu
Kathryn Schumaker, Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage, University of Oklahoma
kathryn.schumaker@gmail.com
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NOTICE: new international Master between Italy (Roma Tre University) and France (EHESS/Paris 1) (Rome/Paris 2014-2016)




WHAT:  new international MASTER on Comparative Law (Droit et normativités comparées - Diritto e normatività comparate) between Italy (Roma Tre University) and France (EHESS/Paris 1)
WHERE: Italy: Roma Tre University, Law Department - France: Ehess, Cenj and University of Paris 1, Sorbonne
WHEN: 2014-2015 /2015-2016
The deadline is Tuesday, 15 July 2014
All information here:CENJ: http://cenj.ehess.fr/index.php?431Roma Tre University: http://master.giur.uniroma3.it/offerta-20142015/master-20142015-livello/diritto-normativita-comparate/ HESAM: http://www.hesam.eu/blog/2014/05/14/master-droit-et-normativites-comparees-parcours-de-specialisation-de-la-mention-etudes-politiques/
L’EHESS, l’Université Paris 1 et l’université de Roma Tre avec le soutien de heSam Université coopèrent pour créer un master international « Droit et normativités comparées ». L’objectif de cette nouvelle formation pédagogique est de faire dialoguer le droit avec d’autres sources de normativité, sans lui reconnaître la position hégémonique que les facultés juridiques revendiquent habituellement. Le présupposé de cette comparaison fructueuse entre normativités repose sur la conviction que chaque savoir ne peut pas renoncer à son propre patrimoine technique : le droit, l’économie, la religion, la science, la technologie, tout comme la sociologie, l’anthropologie et la philosophie élaborent leurs propres critères réglementaires et c’est sur ce terrain que le droit doit penser sa propre façon de construire le fait social. C’est la raison pour laquelle nous préférons parler de normativités, car chaque société développe ses propres besoins normatifs en s’appuyant à la fois sur l’outillage technique et formalisé du droit et sur les capacités et les instruments de régulation élaborés au sein des différents contextes sociaux et culturels. Aujourd’hui force est de constater que, loin d’être une discipline étrangère, le droit est désormais intimement lié aux sciences sociales. II paraît ainsi nécessaire de combler une lacune objective de l’offre pédagogique dans ce domaine. L’objectif étant d’assurer une formation complète sur quatre semestres (M1 et M2), pendant la première année (M1) les étudiants suivront les cours et les séminaires à Rome, alors que la seconde année (M2) ils séjourneront à Paris. Suite à ce programme de mobilité les compétences ainsi acquises peuvent être utilisées prioritairement dans le monde de la recherche mais aussi dans des contextes professionnels (secteur privé, ONG, institutions nationales et internationales). 
Pour résumer, ce master « Droit et normativités comparées » se propose les buts suivants :► familiariser une classe de jeunes étudiants provenant du droit et des sciences humaines et sociales avec les différences épistémologiques fondamentales entre ces regroupements disciplinaires ;► introduire les étudiants aux enjeux contemporains et historiques qui caractérisent la vie du droit dans son rapport avec les sciences humaines et sociales ;► donner aux étudiants une formation intellectuelle spécialisée qui les rende capables de déployer – à une échelle éventuellement internationale – une connaissance critique des normativités qui stratifient la vie sociale ;► fournir aux étudiants de formation non juridique la possibilité d’élargir leurs connaissances par l’acquisition de compétences dans le domaine des normativités juridiques et, réciproquement, fournir aux étudiants juristes, en fin de leur cursus technique, une meilleure maîtrise des normativités non juridiques, en tenant compte des différentes cultures qui composent le monde dit global.
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CONFERENCE: Law and Responsibility

Juris Diversitas - Mon, 2014-06-23 14:03
Yale Law School hosts the 4th Doctoral Scholarship Conference on Law and Responsibility, which will be held on November 14-15, 2014.

The conference aims to provide doctoral students and recent graduates with a forum to present, share and discuss their work beyond conventional academic boundaries. It seeks to promote quality research and to facilitate discussion across diverse subject areas and methodological approaches, with a view towards fostering a community of aspiring legal scholars.

The conference is open to current doctoral candidates, in law or law-related disciplines, and those who graduated during the previous academic year (2013-2014). Submissions engaging any area of law are welcomed.

Papers will be selected based on quality and their capacity to provoke fruitful debate with other submissions. Selection will be informed - but not strictly bound - by fidelity to the theme.

Abstracts of 300-500 words (with your institutional affiliations) should be submitted to yls.doctoralconference@gmail.com by August 1st, 2014.

Selected applicants will be informed of acceptance in late August, and presenters will be asked to submit their papers of up to 10,000 words in length by October 10, 2014.
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Ninth Annual General Conference of the European China Law Studies Association

Juris Diversitas - Fri, 2014-06-20 11:26
Ninth Annual General Conference of the European China Law Studies Association Call for Papers “Making, Enforcing and Accessing the Law” Hong Kong, 15-16 November 2014 
The 9th Annual General Conference of the European China Law Studies Association
(欧洲中国法研究协会 www.ecls.eu) will be held at the Faculty of Law, The Chinese University
of Hong Kong. The conference will bring together Western and Chinese scholars, professionals,
policy makers, and the like, to reflect on and advance the broader themes of law-making, law
enforcement, and access to law in China from a variety of perspectives.

For further information, please click here
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CONFERENCE:Process and Substance in Public Law

Juris Diversitas - Fri, 2014-06-20 11:18
The Centre for Public Law at the University of Cambridge will hold a major international conference—the first, it is hoped, of a series of conferences that will become the pre-eminent forum for the discussion of public law related matters in the common law world. 
 
Following an outstanding response to the call for papers, the conference convenors have put together a programme that will bring together around 60 speakers—along with approximately 100 other participants—from across the common law world.

Please see http://www.publiclawconference.law.cam.ac.uk/ for the website including the full programme and registration details.
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SUMMER SCHOOL: Middlesex University School of Law

Juris Diversitas - Fri, 2014-06-20 11:13
One-week professional course analysing the impact of international and national politics on human rights mechanisms: ‘Confidence Crisis in Human Rights: Implications for the UK’
Hendon Campus, London - 30 June to 4 July 2014.
The five-day courses, led by 10 renowned human rights experts
Places are limited. A detailed programme, full list of speakers and information about how to register for the course can be found at::
http://www.mdx.ac.uk/courses/short/summer-school/courses/confidence-crisis-in-human-rights.aspx
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SEMINAR:Transnational judicial conversations

Juris Diversitas - Fri, 2014-06-20 11:12
The annual seminar of the British Association of Comparative Law  University of Nottingham
9 September 2014 (9.30-12.30)
Please see http://gallery.mailchimp.com/47624183ad52dd8428c97d3f6/files/b838c5cf-4e4d-4e53-86df-a6f966efe641.pdf for details of the programme. This event is free and all are welcome to attend.
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PhD Studentship – Queen Mary

Juris Diversitas - Fri, 2014-06-20 11:09
The Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context at the Department of Law, Queen Mary University of London is calling for applications to a studentship in the history of ideas about law and society in a global context. Details here: http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProgrammeDetails.aspx?PGID=2235&LID=1732 and http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AIX131/dept-of-law-studentship-law-and-society-in-a-global-context/
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BOOKS: Four new book on the Great Debates in Law series

Juris Diversitas - Fri, 2014-06-20 10:58
This summer, Palgrave Macmillan Higher Education is publishing four new texts in the illuminating Great Debates in Law series. Providing an engaging introduction to some of the more advanced concepts in law, the Great Debates in Law series offers a cutting edge for students who are looking to gain additional insights with which to excel. 

In each text, readers are introduced to the many debates surrounding each core area and presented with the key tensions and questions underlying each topic

Click on the links below for further information about the books:

Great debates in company law

Great debates in Equity and Trusts 

Great debates in Jurisprudence

Great debates in Medical law and Ethics





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CONFERENCE: "Japanese Law: History, Reception and Adaptation/Influence", (Edinburgh, 20 June 2014)


WHAT: Japanese Law: History, Reception and Adaptation/Influence, Conference

WHERE: University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Law School, Lee and Elder Rooms, Old College

WHEN: 20 June 2014, 9 am - 5 pm

all information here

Japanese law is said to have undergone drastic change through the adaptation of Western law in the second half of the nineteenth century. Many scholars now believe that this ‘westernised’ Japanese law significantly influenced the legal systems of other Asian countries, including Korea, China, and Thailand. This one-day seminar will assess the nature of this transformation of Japanese law that took place amid intense globalisation of the nineteenth century. Among the questions to be considered are the aspects of Japanese law that changed as the result of the reception; the processes of this adaptation and its main consequences, domestic and international.The seminar will bring together four specialists in Japanese law and legal history to address these questions, and will begin with a talk by Professor John W. Cairns, who will discuss legal transplants and colonialism in the nineteenth century. Hiroshi Oda, Sir Ernest Satow Professor of Japanese Law at University College London and the author of Japanese Law (now a standard textbook), will provide a general overview of Japanese law, its history and evolution, emphasising its comparative and commercial aspects.[1] Marie Seong-Hak Kim, in her recent book Law and Custom in Korea, claims that the idea of custom as a source of law barely existed in East Asia prior to the nineteenth century and it was the Japanese jurists who absorbed the idea from Western jurisprudence and disseminated it throughout East Asia as colonial agents. Kim will elaborate on this claim. Hiromi Sasamoto-Collins, who has examined the difficult birth of modern constitutionalism in Japan in her book, Power and Dissent in Imperial Japan, will focus on Japan’s first western-style Criminal Code of 1880, and assess exactly how the Japanese codifiers adopted legal principles that appeared to be so radically dissimilar to traditional Japanese legal thought. Matthias Zachmann, the author of China and Japan in the Late Meiji Period and an expert on East Asian relations and international law, will discuss how the Japanese understood and misunderstood the notion of international law in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and what were the consequences of such (mis)conceptions.
            In short, the seminar will investigate the question of reception and adaptation in three major areas, international law, and the civil and criminal codes, in the Japanese context. Such perspectives remain essential for the understanding of contemporary Japanese law, as the Japanese legal system remains more or less grounded in the legal reforms of the Meiji period (1868–1912) despite significant later modifications. Such reforms, in turn, then went on to influence the legal systems of other countries in Asia.             Accordingly the theme of Japanese adaptation has large implications for studies of legal and cultural transmission and transmutation. The nineteenth century saw the large-scale dissemination of Western ideas and institutional arrangements across the globe. Legal transplantation was part of this global convergence. And yet extra-legal cultural factors specific to each region or country also intervened in this process. Thus, if some principles and practices survive cultural barriers and take root in a different cultural setting, why and how does this happen? The question may help us to better understand the phenomena of legal convergence and differentiation that continue to this day. The seminar will focus on the Japanese experience, but we hope it will open up debate on the general phenomenon of legal transmission.     
Practical Information:The workshop will take place in the Lee and Elder Rooms in Old College on South Bridge. These rooms may be accessed through the glass doors on the Registry side of Old College. We shall convene there for 9 am. The rooms are not equipped with AV equipment so if you are planning to use a presentation or something similar, please email these to Dr. Sasamoto-Collins no later than a week before the workshop to allow us to make copies. Each speaker has 60 minutes (45 minutes for the talk plus 15 minutes discussion).Programme:9 – 9.15 am:                Dr. Paul du Plessis: Welcome and Contextualisation9.15 – 10.15 am:         Professor John W. Cairns: Transplants and Colonialism: A Prehistory10.15 – 10.45 am:       Tea/Coffee10.45 – 11.45 am:    Professor Marie Seong-Hak Kim: Sources of Law, Japanese Style: A Comparative Look at Custom as Official Law12 noon – 1.30 pm:    Lunch (Ciao Roma Restaurant)1.30 – 2.30 pm:           Dr. Hiromi Sasamoto-Collins: Legal Transplantation and Linguistic Innovation: The Japanese Criminal Code of 18802.30 – 3 pm:               Tea/Coffee3 – 4 pm:                     Professor Matthias Zachmann: A Destructive Reception? - International Law in Japan, 1854-19454  - 5 pm:                    Dr. Daniel Hedinger: A Response     

[1] Owing to a scheduling conflict, Professor Oda is unable to attend the workshop, but his paper may still be read and discussed.
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Irish Jurisprudence Society's Autumn/Winter Workshop Series

Juris Diversitas - Thu, 2014-06-19 09:39
Workshops will follow the usual Irish Jurisprudence Society (IJS) format: the author's paper is circulated in advance to IJS members; at the workshop, the author has up to 40 minutes to present his or her paper followed by an hour or so of discussion.

The venue for these workshops will be the Law School, House 39, Trinity College Dublin. The time will be 7pm on Thursdays. The dates for individual workshops are flexible and will be worked out with speakers.

If you would like to present at a workshop please reply to this email with a provisional title and a short abstract.

Papers can be on any topic in legal theory in the wide sense of that phrase. See the IJS website at http://irishjurisprudencesociety.org/past-events/ for details of previous workshops. 
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CALL FOR PAPERS: “Traditions, Borrowings, Innovations, & Impositions: Law in the Post-Colony and in Empire.”

Traditions, Borrowings, Innovations, & Impositions: Law in the Post-Colony and in Empire
Following the 2012 Legal Histories of the British Empire Conference held in Singapore, please hold the date for the follow on comparative legal history up to be held at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Accra, 2-4 July 2015.
Patterns of disruption and also networks of innovation, resistance, tradition, and imposition connect places touched by European Empires, including the British Empire from origins to the present. All aspects of law in history, law in society, and law in culture carry traces of this in local expression, as in comparative contexts.The conference provides an opportunity for the sharing of research and ideas from all perspectives, regions, and periods including:
  • research on the constitutional, legal and institutional frameworks of the post-colony and colony;
  • the roles of law in social development, cultural transformation, and economic development;
  • legal pluralism;
  • post-colonial scholarship;
  • the internal cultures of law, of the judiciary,
  • the legal profession, and legal education;
  • the role of law in oppression or resistance, as tool and as discourse;
  • autonomy, migrations, religions, and
  • indigeneity;
  • globalization and transnationalism;
  • comparative research.
A website will be available shortly, with full conference information. In the meantime, a pdf with additional information can be obtained from Pue@law.ubc.ca or Shaunnagh.Dorsett@uts.edu.au

Proposals for papers and panels should be sent to dv.williams@auckland.ac.nzby 1 December 2014. 
Categories: Comparative Law News

CALL FOR PAPERS: Traditions, Borrowings, Innovations, & Impositions: Law in the Post-Colony and in Empire

Juris Diversitas - Thu, 2014-06-19 08:45
Traditions, Borrowings, Innovations, & Impositions: Law in the Post-Colony and in Empire
Following the 2012 Legal Histories of the British Empire Conference held in Singapore, please hold the date for the follow on comparative legal history up to be held at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Accra, 2-4 July 2015.
Patterns of disruption and also networks of innovation, resistance, tradition, and imposition connect places touched by European Empires, including the British Empire from origins to the present. All aspects of law in history, law in society, and law in culture carry traces of this in local expression, as in comparative contexts.The conference provides an opportunity for the sharing of research and ideas from all perspectives, regions, and periods including:
  • research on the constitutional, legal and institutional frameworks of the post-colony and colony;
  • the roles of law in social development, cultural transformation, and economic development;
  • legal pluralism;
  • post-colonial scholarship;
  • the internal cultures of law, of the judiciary,
  • the legal profession, and legal education;
  • the role of law in oppression or resistance, as tool and as discourse;
  • autonomy, migrations, religions, and
  • indigeneity;
  • globalization and transnationalism;
  • comparative research.
A website will be available shortly, with full conference information. In the meantime, a pdf with additional information can be obtained from Pue@law.ubc.ca or Shaunnagh.Dorsett@uts.edu.au

Proposals for papers and panels should be sent to dv.williams@auckland.ac.nz by 1 December 2014. 
Categories: Comparative Law News