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ARTICLE: "Liberalism and Property in Colombia: Property as a Right and Property as a Social Function", by Daniel Bonilla

Liberalism and Property in Colombia: Property as a Right and Property as a Social Function, by Daniel Bonilla, Universidad de los Andes School of Law,  appeared in the Fordham Law Review, 80 (2011): 1135-70.  
 Download the article here
Liberalism has determined the structure of the property law regime in Colombia. A genealogical analysis of the legal forms of the recent past that define and regulate property provides evidence of three key periods in the creation and consolidation of the right to property in the country. These three moments revolve around different forms of interpreting and balancing three fundamental values in the liberal canon: autonomy, equality, and solidarity.
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NOTICE: "George C. Lamb Jr. Visiting Fellows in Regulatory Governance" (2015-2016)

Rethinking Regulation at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, in collaboration with Duke’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and the Fuqua School of Business, invites outstanding scholars of regulatory governance to apply for 1-2 residential George C. Lamb, Jr. Fellowships for the 2015-16 academic year. The Rethinking Regulation program is a multi-disciplinary community comprised of faculty members and graduate/professional students from many academic departments and professional schools at Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University. The group’s members study and assess “regulation in action” – the evolving politics, operations, and culture of regulatory institutions, their interactions with regulated businesses and other interest groups, and normative frameworks for the evaluation of regulatory policy. Find out more [here].
In addition to pursuing their own research, Lamb Fellows will be expected to participate in Rethinking Regulation seminars and workshops, as well as Kenan Institute for Ethics workshops and seminars. They will also help shape a significant collaborative research project along with other members of the Rethinking regulation community. As part of that collaboration, Fellows will undertake some teaching responsibilities in Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and/or Fuqua School of Business – most likely co-teaching an advanced research seminar focused on subject matter of the collaborative research project, though other arrangements are possible. Fellows can come from any relevant academic discipline, including political science, public policy/administration, history, economics, sociology, cognitive psychology, anthropology, business management, law, environmental studies, risk analysis, and engineering.

Thematic Preferences for 2015-16
We especially welcome proposals from scholars with expertise or a strong emerging interest in one of the following two areas:
·         Retrospective review – assessment of regulatory rules, programs, strategies and agencies, examining what distinguishes successful from unsuccessful regulatory governance.
·         Adaptive regulation – strategies of regulatory governance that can appropriately cope with changing conditions and rapid processes of technological or organizational innovation, in contexts such as financial regulation, the oversight of advanced techniques of extracting fossil fuels (fracking, deep-sea drilling), nanotechnology, etc.
Fellowship Terms
We prefer proposals for the full academic year, but will consider applications for a single semester fellowship. All applicants should: possess a doctorate, J.D., or equivalent professional degree; be at least two years beyond their graduate training; and be based outside the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. All scholarly ranks are eligible. Residence in Durham is expected during the tenure of the fellowship. Lamb Fellows will receive office space at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, full Duke Library privileges, and a modest research account. Primary financial support, in the form of a fellowship grant, will vary according to individual circumstances. We anticipate offering grants equal to one-half of yearly or semester salaries, up to an annually set maximum amount, which may be less than half-salary for professors at the higher end of the compensation spectrum.
Application Process
Applicants should submit all of the following to Amber Díaz Pearson (amber.diaz@duke.edu) byJanuary 9, 2015:
  • A letter of application that describes the candidate's research areas and experience, ongoing projects, interest in collaborative research and teaching, and rationale for desiring a sustained period of engagement with Rethinking Regulation
  • A 2-3 page research proposal that details the individual work to be pursued during the term of the fellowship
  • curriculum vitae
  • Two to four references - these should be individuals who can speak to the candidate's research expertise, experience in multi-disciplinary contexts, and capacity for/interest in collaborative academic work.
Selection Criteria
The Selection Committee, made up of scholars active in the Rethinking Regulation program, willassess applications on the basis of:
  • The quality of their research and other achievement
  • The promise of their current research, especially in bridging disciplinary divides and informing ongoing regulatory policy debates
  • Their capacity for/interest in collaborative research, teaching, and writing
  • The fit between their expertise and the research priorities identified by Rethinking Regulation.
 An affirmative action and equal-opportunity employer, Duke University is committed to increasing the cultural and intellectual diversity of its academic community
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BOOK: "Working Knowledge: Employee Innovation and the Rise of Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930", by Catherine L. Fisk

Working Knowledge: Employee Innovation and the Rise of Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930, by Catherine L. Fisk, University of California Irvine Law
University of North Carolina PressAll information here
The book, which appeared in "Studies in Legal History" (the American Society for Legal History’s book series), won both the Littleton-Griswold Prize of the American Historical Association and the ASLH’s John Phillip Reid Book Award in 2010: Skilled workers of the early nineteenth century enjoyed a degree of professional independence because workplace knowledge and technical skill were their "property," or at least their attribute. In most sectors of today's economy, however, it is a foundational and widely accepted truth that businesses retain legal ownership of employee-generated intellectual property.
In Working Knowledge, Catherine Fisk chronicles the legal and social transformations that led to the transfer of ownership of employee innovation from labor to management. This deeply contested development was won at the expense of workers' entrepreneurial independence and ultimately, Fisk argues, economic democracy.
By reviewing judicial decisions and legal scholarship on all aspects of employee-generated intellectual property and combing the archives of major nineteenth-century intellectual property-producing companies--including DuPont, Rand McNally, and the American Tobacco Company--Fisk makes a highly technical area of law accessible to general readers while also addressing scholarly deficiencies in the histories of labor, intellectual property, and the business of technology.
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CFP: "Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop" (New York, 8-9 June 2015)

WHAT: the eleventh meeting of the Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop, Call for papers

WHERE: Columbia Law School Law, New York

WHEN: 8-9 June 2015

All information here

Deadline: January 5, 2015

Columbia Law School, the University of Southern California Center for Law, History & Culture, UCLA School of Law, and Georgetown University Law School invite submissions for the eleventh meeting of the Law & Humanities
Junior Scholar Workshop.

PAPER COMPETITIONThe paper competition is open to untenured professors, advanced graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars in law and the humanities; in addition t0drawing from numerous humanistic fields, we welcome critical, qualitative work in the social sciences. Based on anonymous evaluation by an interdisciplinary selection committee, between five and ten papers will be chosen for presentation at the June Workshop. At the Workshop, two senior scholars will comment on each paper. Commentators and other Workshop participants will be asked to focus specifically on the strengths and weaknesses of the selected scholarly projects, with respect to subject and methodology. The selected papers will then serve as the basis for a larger conversation among all the participants about the evolving standards by which we judge excellence and creativity in interdisciplinary scholarship, as well as about the nature of interdisciplinarity itself.

Papers should be works-in-progress between 10,000 and 15,000 words in length (including footnotes/endnotes), and must include an abstract of no more than 200 words. A dissertation chapter may be submitted, but we strongly suggest that it be edited so that it stands alone as a piece of work with its own integrity. A paper that has been submitted for publication is eligible so long as it will not be in galley proofs or in print at the time of the Workshop. The selected papers will appear in a special issue of the Legal Scholarship Network; there is no other publication commitment. The Workshop will pay the travel and hotel expenses of authors whose papers are selected for presentation. 

Submissions (in Word, no pdf files) will be accepted until January 5, 2015, and should be sent by e-mail to: Center for the Study of Law and Culture,culture@law.columbia.edu.Please be sure to include your name, institutional affiliation (if any), telephone and e-mail contact information.

For more information contact Cindy Gao, 212.854.0167 orculture@law.columbia.edu, and to see past winners go to:http://www.law.columbia.edu/center_program/law_culture/lh_workshop.
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ARTICLE: "The Failure of Originalism in Preserving Constitutional Rights to Civil Jury Trial", by Renee Lettow Lerner

Renee Lettow Lerner (George Washington University Law School) on The Failure of Originalism in Preserving Constitutional Rights to Civil Jury Trial, appearing in the William & Mary Bill of Rights, 28 (2014), pp. 811- 80
The Federal Bill of Rights and state constitutions rely heavily on procedural protections, especially jury rights. Supporters of these rights at the founding praised the jury in extravagant terms, and many members of the legal profession continue to do so today. Yet civil and criminal jury trials are vanishing in the United States. The disappearance of the civil jury presents a puzzle because the Seventh Amendment and state constitutional rights require that civil jury trial be “preserved” or “remain inviolate.”
Scholarship on the history of constitutional rights to civil jury trial has tended to focus exclusively on the Seventh Amendment, particularly at the time of the founding or during the modern era. This Article examines both state and federal courts’ interpretations of constitutional rights from the late eighteenth through the early twentieth century. It demonstrates that courts during that time adopted originalist tests. These tests, however, proved so flexible that they allowed legislatures and courts great discretion in modifying civil jury trial. The civil jury was no longer valued as a law-nullifying institution, as it had been at the founding, but instead was considered a hindrance to the administration of justice. Courts were concerned to accommodate changed circumstances, such as growing docket pressure and expense of litigation, and emphasized the impossibility of maintaining every detail of original practice. Once the anchor of original jury practice was abandoned, the jury right seemed tethered to no definite meaning. The one exception was the jurisprudence of the U.S. Supreme Court under the Re-examination Clause of the Seventh Amendment, but even that strict historical test proved able to be circumvented. This history suggests problems with maintaining procedural rights more generally.
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BOOK: "Cohabitation and Non-Marital Births in England and Wales" (1600-2012), edited by Rebecca Probert (June 2014)

Cohabitation and Non-Marital Births in England and Wales (1600-2012), edited by Rebecca Probert, (University of Warwick) 
June 2014All information here 
From the press:
Today, almost half of all children are born outside marriage, with cohabiting relationships accounting for the majority of such births. But what was the situation in earlier centuries? Bringing together leading historians, demographers and lawyers, this interdisciplinary collection examines the changing context of non-marital child-bearing in England and Wales since 1600. Drawing on Private Acts of Parliament, ecclesiastical court records, reported cases, sessions files, coronial records, poor law records, petitions to the London Foundling Hospital, the registers of the London Bridewell, the records of charitable institutions, surveys and modern demographic data, it not only shows the relative rarity of cohabitation in earlier periods but also discovers the nature of individual relationships. It also explores how differences in the extent of both non-marital child-bearing and cohabitation emerge depending on definition, source material, interpretation and location, building up a more nuanced picture of past practices.

Table of Contents:Introduction; Rebecca Probert1. Bridewell, Bawdy Courts and Bastardy in Early Seventeenth-Century London; Eleanor Fox and Martin Ingram2. Cohabitation in Context in Early Seventeenth-Century London; Martin Ingram3. 'All He Wanted Was To Kill Her That He Might Marry The Girl': Broken Marriages and Cohabitation in the Long Eighteenth Century; Joanne Bailey4. 'They Lived Together As Man And Wife': Plebeian Cohabitation, Illegitimacy, and Broken Relationships in London, 1700-1840; Samantha Williams5. Bastardy and Divorce Trials, 1780-1809; Julie Shaffer6. Cohabiting Couples in the 19th Century Coronial Records of the Midlands Circuit; Elizabeth Hurren and Steven King7. The Kindness of Strangers Revisited: Fostering, Adoption and Illegitimacy in England, 1860-1930; Ginger Frost8. The Context of Illegitimacy from the 1920s to the 1960s; Rebecca Probert9. Cohabitation and Births Outside Marriage after 1970: A Rapidly Evolving Phenomenon; John Haskey10. Cohabitation and Marriage in Britain Since the 1970s; Éva Beaujouan And Máire Ní Bhrolcháin
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CONFERENCE: Belgian-Dutch Legal History Conference (Free University of Brussels (VUB), 11-12 December 2014)

The Free University of Brussels (Research Group "Contextual Research in Law") organises the 2014 edition of the biennial Belgian-Dutch Legal History Conference, featuring several members of our Society as speakers.

Venue: U-Residence, Brussels.


Thursday 11 December
09:00 Welcome

09:30 W. Rauws (dean)

09:45-11:05: Comparative Legal History
  • Agustin Parise (Universiteit Maastricht), Importing Dutch Manufactures: The Use of the Burgerlijk Wetboek (1838) in the Drafting of the Código Civil Argentino (1871) 
  • Janwillem Oosterhuis (Universiteit Maastricht), Unexpected Circumstances Arising from World War I and its Aftermath: ‘Open’ versus ‘Closed’ Legal Systems 
11:05-11:30: Break

11:30-12:50 Public Law
  • Matthias Castelein (KULAK), Corsica treedt uit zijn schaduw: De eerst archiefresultaten uit de Archivio di Stato di Genova voor het voetlicht gebracht 
  • Maarten Colette (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), The Way is Made by Walking: Rousseau and the Liberty We Have Lost 
13:00-14:15 Lunch

14:15-17:50: Public International Law
  • Mieke van der Linden (KU Leuven), Euro-Centrism within Nineteenth-Century International Law: The Fundament of the Law for, by and between Nations?
  • Shavana Musa (Tilburg University), Reparations for The First Anglo-Dutch War
  • Frederik Dhondt (Universiteit Gent), Historical Exempla in Legal Doctrine: Vattel and Réal de Curban on the Spanish Succession
16:15-16:30 Coffee Break

  • Raymond Kubben, Benjamin Constant en het bestuur van de buitenlandse betrekkingen
  • Inge Van Hulle (KU Leuven), De invloedssfeer als juridisch concept in het internationaal recht (1870-1920)
20:00 Dinner

Friday 12 December
09:00 Welcome

09:15-12:15: Public and Administrative Law
  • Paul Nève (Tilburg University), Een episode uit de staatsrechtelijke geschiedenis van het tweeherig Maastricht: 1378-1409
  • Lukas van den Berge (Universiteit Utrecht), Administratie of rechter? Loeff en Struycken over bestuursrechtspraak
10u35-10u50 break
  • Glenn Steenhouwer (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Ontspoord verleden. De wederrechtelijke deportatie van Belgische politieke gevangenen op 8 mei 1942
  • Brecht Deseure (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Universität Passau), De lange schaduw van de Blijde Inkomst. Revolutionair discours over de oude grondwetten in België
12u15-13:30 lunch

13:30-15:30 Private law
  • Wouter Druwé (KU Leuven), De writ of debt, een Engelsrechtelijke condictio?
  • Marten Reijntjes (Universiteit Groningen), Rechtspreken als onrechtmatige daad, in en buiten het ius commune
  • Benoît Lagasse (Université de Liège), Charles de Méan, le “Papinien liégeois”
15:30-16:00 break

16-17:20: Contemporary Legal History

  • Sebastiaan Vanden Bogaerde (Universiteit Gent), Grensoverschrijdend recht. De Belgisch-Nederlandse samenwerking in juridische tijdschriften in de 19de en 20ste eeuw 
  • Bruno Debaenst (Universiteit Gent), Een blik in de wieg van het sociale Europa: de internationale congressen inzake arbeidsongevallen en sociale verzekeringen (1889-1914) 
17:30 Reception

More information on the conference website.
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BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: What Makes Law - An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law

Juris Diversitas - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:01
This book offers an advanced introduction to central questions in legal philosophy. What factors determine the content of the law in force? What makes a normative system a legal system? How does law beyond the state differ from domestic law? What kind of moral force does law have? These are all questions about the nature of law. The most important existing views are introduced, but the aim is not to survey the existing literature. Rather, this book introduces the subject by stepping back from the fray to sketch the big picture, to show just what is at stake in these old debates. Legal philosophy has become somewhat arid and inward looking. In part this is because the disagreement between the main camps on the important questions is apparently intractable. The main aim of the book is to suggest both a diagnosis and a proper practical response to this situation of intractable disagreement about questions that do matter.
Click here to read more about this book.
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop

Juris Diversitas - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:54
Columbia Law School, the University of Southern California Center for Law, History & Culture, UCLA School of Law, and Georgetown University Law School invite submissions for the eleventh meeting of the Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop to be held at Columbia Law School in New York City on June 8 & 9, 2015.
Submissions (in Word, no pdf files) will be accepted until January 5, 2015, and should be sent by e-mail to: Center for the Study of Law and Culture, culture@law.columbia.edu . Please be sure to include your name, institutional affiliation (if any), telephone and e-mail contact information.

For more information contact Cindy Gao, 212.854.0167 or culture@law.columbia.edu, and to see past winners go to: http://www.law.columbia.edu/center_program/law_culture/lh_workshop.
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CALL FOR REVIEWERS: The Law Teacher: International Journal of Legal Education

Juris Diversitas - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:45
The Law Teacher: International Journal of Legal Education is looking forward for reviewers. Please visit this link for further information.
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CALL FOR PAPERS AND POSTERS: Post-graduate Symposium on Occupation, Transitional Justice and Gender

Juris Diversitas - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:37

The Transitional Justice Institute of the University of Ulster is organizing a Symposium on Occupation, Transitional justice and gender on May, 8th 2015, and is looking forward for papers on this field.
The deadline for paper and poster proposals is on December, 31st 2014.
Please click here for further information.
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DEADLINE EXTENDED: The Fourth Worldwide Congress of The World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists

Juris Diversitas - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 08:17
The Fourth Worldwide Congressof The World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists
McGill University Faculty of Law, Montreal, Canada June 24-26, 2015PROPOSAL DEADLINE EXTENDED: 15 November 2014

“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 November 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 novembre 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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CONFERENCE: "Human Rights, The Last Utopia" (Saint-Louis, Brussels, 7 November 2014)

Saint-Louis University (Brussels), the Catholic University of Louvain (Ottignies) and the University of Namur co-organise an interdisciplinary conference within the framework of the Interuniversitary Attraction Pole "Human Rights Integration" (Belgian Scientific Policy) on 7 November 2014.


1ère session : Séance d’ouverture Présidence : Françoise Tulkens (Professeur émérite UCL, ancien juge à la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme 1998-2012)
9.00 Mot de bienvenue par Philippe Gérard (Université Saint-Louis)
9.10-9.25 Introduction par Julie Ringelheim (FNRS/UCL) et Priscilla Claeys (UCL, Collège d’Etudes Mondiales)
9.25-9.45 Justine Lacroix (ULB), Des droits de l’homme aux droits humains ? Retour sur un débat historiographique à forte portée politique
9.45-9.55 Ludivine Damay (Université Saint-Louis) et Florence Delmotte (FNRS/Université Saint-Louis), Réaction et lancement de la discussion
9.55-10.15 Discussion
10.15-10.30 Pause

2ème session : Droits de l’homme et politique : perspectives socio-historiques
Présidence Pierre-Olivier de Broux (Université Saint-Louis)
10.30-10.50 : Jan Eckle (Universität Freiburg, Allemagne), The Rise of Human Rights Politics on the International Scene in the 1970s
10.50-11.10 Sarah Snyder (American University, Washington), Human Rights Activism and the Cold War
11.10-11.30 Bart De Sutter (Universiteit Antwerpen), The making of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights: (dis)continuities, contradictions and alternatives
11.30-11.45 Eva Brems (Université de Gand), Réaction et lancement de la discussion
11.45-12.15 Discussion
12.15-13.30 Déjeuner

3ème session : Droits de l’homme et mouvements sociaux - 1 
Présidence Koen De Feyter (Université d’Anvers)
13.30-13.50 Neil Stammers (University of Sussex), Human Rights and Social Movements: Theoretical Perspectives
13.50-14.10 Barbara Truffin (ULB), The Use of the Human Rights Concept by Indigenous Peoples
14.10-14.30 Priscilla Claeys (UCL, Collège d’Etudes Mondiales), The Creation of New Rights by the Peasant Movements
14.30-14.45 Geoffrey Pleyers (FNRS/UCL-Cridis/ EHESS), Réaction et lancement de la discussion
14.45-15.15 Discussion
 15.15-15.30 Pause

4ème session : Droits de l’homme et mouvements sociaux - 2 
Présidence Jacques Fierens (Université de Namur)
15.30-15.50 Claire De Galembert (CNRS/ENS Cachan), Droits de l’homme et mouvements religieux
15.50-16.10 Patricia Naftali (FNRS/ULB), Mobilisation des victimes des dictatures en Amérique latine et construction du droit à la vérité
16.10-16.30 Vincent-Arnaud Chappe (Centre Maurice Halbwachs, CNRS), Les syndicats face au droit de la non-discrimination : droits individuels c. droits collectifs ?
16.30-16.45 Julien Pieret (ULB), Réaction et lancement de la discussion
16.45-17.15 Discussion

17.15-17.45 Conclusions par Olivier De Schutter (UCL, Collège d’Europe, ancien Rapporteur spécial des Nations Unies pour le droit à l’alimentation 2008-2014)

17.45 Réception pour les 15 ans du Master complémentaire en droits de l’homme
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BOOK REVIEW: Isabel V. Hull, A Scrap of Paper. Breaking and Making International Law During the Great War (Cornell UP, 2014)

(image source: Cornell UP)
H-Law posted a book review by Bruce D. Cohen (North Texas) of Isabel V. Hull's A Scrap of Paper: Breaking and Making International Law during the Great War.

Fulltext here.

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JOURNAL: Erasmus Law Review, special issue on World War One

(image: battle of Passendale, historien.nl)

The Erasmus Law Review published a special issue in open access on the First World War, containing the following contributions:
  • Willem H. van Boon, "The Great War and its Significance for Law, Legal Thinking and Jurisprudence"
  • Ignacio de la Rasilla y del Moral, "The Ambivalent Shadow of the Pre-Wilsonian Rise of International Law"
  • Nick Efthymiou, "The First World War and Constitutional Law for the Netherlands Indies"
  • Paul Mevis & Jan M. Reijntjes, "Hang the Kaiser ! But for What, and Would It Be Justice ?"
  • Janwillem Oosterhuis, "Unexpected Circumstances arising from World War I and its Aftermath: 'Open' versus 'Closed' Legal Systems"
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JURIS DIVERSITAS: Synergies, Partnerships, etc, etc

Juris Diversitas - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 16:16
Juris Diversitas has some big news ahead about our publications, our 2015 conference, etc, etc. 

But we've also been thinking about how we might work with others on common themes and goals in the future.

If you're interested in establishing individual or institutional links with us, please contact Christa Rautenbach, our Outreach Officer, at christa.rautenbach@nwu.ac.za.
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JOURNAL: "Legal History e-journal" (vol. 18, n. 97, 2014)

Legal History e-journal
(vol. 18, n. 97, 2014)

All abstracts here

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BOOK: "Studies in the History of Law and Justice" (vol. 3, 2015)

Studies in the History of Law and JusticeVolume 3 : The Great Council of Malines in the 18th century, by An Verscuren
now available on the SpringerLink website
This work studies the Great Council of Malines as an institution. It analyzes the Council’s internal organization and staff policy, its position within the broader society of the Austrian Netherlands, the volume and nature of litigation at the Council, and its final years and ultimate demise in the late 18th and early 19th century. By means of this institutional study, this volume provides insight into the role played by the Great Council in the process of state-building in the 18th century Austrian Netherlands. While superior courts were once considered to be the prime agencies of change in the Early Modern Period, tools par excellence for the sovereigns’ striving towards centralization and superiority, their position in the 18th century has so far been barely touched upon. This work focuses specifically on the 18th century supreme court of the Austrian Netherlands, and provides a broad overview with attention to other aspects of the tribunal's functioning and to its role in 18th century attempts at state formation.
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Commission on Legal Pluralism Conference 14-16 December 2015

Juris Diversitas - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:57
Call for panel and roundtable proposalsMumbai Conference 2015Location: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), BombayDates: 14-16 December 2015
In the last decades legal pluralism as a field of research and study has matured across different disciplines and inter-disciplinary areas including law and legal studies, anthropology, sociology, political science, geography, history, and development studies. The concept of legal pluralism has also gained credence in ‘area studies’ domains such as Southeast Asian, Latin American and African studies. Debates on policies, legal and constitutional changes, and development pathways also engage with the notion of legal pluralism in diverse ways, as do social movements and struggles of various kinds.
Taking stock of these developments, the international Commission on Legal Pluralism is organizing its next biennial conference in South Asia.

The 2015 international conference will pay particular attention to emerging areas that have gained in momentum due to processes of globalization, the emergence of ‘knowledge economies’, and the evolution of high-tech capitalism. Not surprisingly, debates and evolving policies on information technology, biotechnology, genetic engineering and intellectual property rights are forced to deal with issues of legal pluralism, perceiving the danger that high-technology regimes may further exacerbate socio-economic inequalities and further marginalize the already disadvantaged, especially in developing societies and ‘emerging economies’. The conference will also address established themes that continue to cause significant concern, such as conflicts and contestations over property, land and natural resources; governance; religion, culture, custom and ethnicity; state and non-state laws; gender; kinship; patriarchy; human rights; development aid and cooperation; as well as migration; mobility; and transnationalism, while exploring how emerging and ‘old’ themes in the field of legal pluralism relate to each other in theory and practice.
The neoliberal turn in contemporary patterns of economic transformation and globalization has generated new debates regarding norms, the capacity to evolve, deploy and resist normative regimes, and new forms of normative interfaces. Attention to these areas brings legal pluralism research into the hitherto neglected territorial domain of urban nodes of capital and knowledge flows. New forms of regulation, surveillance, and the ironic and contradictory implications of transparency, accountability and participation all interact with existing social structures to offer interesting problems for scholars of legal pluralism. The use of social media in recent social and political movements around the world also offers rich scope for understanding such linkages and interactions.
At the same time, the increasing ‘noise’ around indigenous, alternative, or southern perspectives in social sciences and humanities has generated new approaches in theory and practice to themes such as law, ethics, norms and values, governance and ideas of order. These have found wide resonance in debates and struggles on issues related to development visions, resource expropriation, economic growth, and technological models.
The conference organizers invite scholars and practitioners to present contemporary work on these and related themes to the 2015 Conference. It is hoped that this event will offer a dynamic and vibrant space for a further expansion of such perspectives in debating issues and problems of legal pluralism.
Call for panel proposals
We request interested parties to submit proposals for panels in the 2015 Mumbai conference. The panels proposed may be partly or fully ‘populated’ (including names of at least 3-4 presenters and titles of papers per panel) or ‘empty’ (without names of paper presenters). A proposal should include (a) a title (max 10 words), (b) name of panel organizer, (c) email address of panel organizer, and (d) a panel description of not more than 200 words. If the panel is populated, the proposal should also have (e) a list of presenters and – preferably – the titles of their papers or contributions.
Call for roundtable discussions between practitioners and scholars
In addition to academic presentations, the Commission on Legal Pluralism is eager to involve practitioners working in settings of legal pluralism. Practitioners frequently struggle to deal with the problems of normative difference and the power games that support dominant parties, while scholarly debates often address those same concerns.
Roundtable discussions will be divided in two sessions. In the first session, a practitioner will present on the topic of discussion and pose a number of key questions to a responding scholar, which is followed by a plenary discussion with those attending the roundtable. During the second session, a scholar will present on the same topic and pose a number of key questions to a responding practitioner, which will again be followed by a plenary discussion. Those proposing a roundtable discussion will act as moderators of the discussion and will be responsible for the identification and selection of the speakers and the participants (min 4 and max 20 persons).
We welcome roundtable discussion proposals on specific topics such as gender, indigenous peoples, religion, land and property, exploitation of natural resources, family law, etc. Proposals should include (a) the name of the organizer, (b) her/his e-mail address, (c) the title of the discussion, and (d) a description of max. 200 words. The names of the presenters can be submitted at a later stage.

Please send your proposals for panel and roundtable discussions to Waheeda Amien (Waheeda.Amien@uct.ac.za) and D. Parthasarathy (dp@hss.iitb.ac.in) by no later than November 30th, 2014.
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WORKSHOP: 'The History and Theory of Treaty-Making with Indigenous Peoples'

Juris Diversitas - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:07
The History and Theory of Treaty-Making with Indigenous Peoples22 October 2014 - 3:00-6:30pm Room 313, Law Building, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NSHosted by the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC).
ThemeThe issue of indigenous peoples and treaties is one of the most interesting and intriguing questions of international law. The 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples mentions in several places of its Preamble and in Article 37 rights granted by ‘treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements between States and indigenous peoples are, in some situations, matters of international concern, interest, responsibility and character.’

The workshop will analyse the legacy of these historical treaties with indigenous peoples. It will also assess whether these instruments can play a role in fostering the rights of indigenous peoples within States at a present time.

Link here for additional information.

[Apologies for the late posting.]
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