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CONFERENCE: "Le pauper disertus et l’accusatio ingrati. Idéologie et droit dans une déclamation pseudo-quintilienne" (Paris, February 27, 2017)



WHAT Le pauper disertus et l’accusatio ingrati. Idéologie et droit dans une déclamation pseudo-quintilienne, Conference
WHEN February 27, 2017, 17:30
WHERE Université Paris Descartes, Faculté de droit, salle des Actes, 10 avenue Pierre Larousse 92240 Malakoff (Métro ligne 13 Malakoff-Plateau de Vanves)
speaker  Prof. Carla Masi Doria, University of Naples Federico II 


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NOTICE: "VII International Interdisciplinary Conference of Port Studies and I International Days of Physical Internet": update on conference's title, key speaker and extended deadline for submissions (Cadiz, September 13-15, 2017)



VII International Interdisciplinary Conference of Port Studies and I International Days of Physical Internet, Cadiz, September 13-15 2017
all information here

We are pleased to inform you that the Principal Speaker for the opening of our scientific event will be
Dr. Benoit Montreuil
Within his long and prolific curriculum, we can highlight that he is Coca-Cola Material Handling & Distribution Chair, Professor in the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech where he is Director of the Physical Internet Center and a leader of the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute. Prof. Montreuil is leading the International Physical Internet Initiative, engaging academic, industry and government leaders worldwide into research and innovation projects on smart, hyperconnected and sustainable logistics, supply chains, transportation, businesses and regions.
Due to all this, the executive committee of our conference, on such a momentous occasion, has decided by majority and under the approval of Dr. Montreuil, that in addition to the seventh edition of RedEP, the first International Meeting of Hyperconnected Logistics will also be held. As a result, of our event has completed its name as follows:
VII International Interdisciplinary Conference of Port Studies and I International Days of Physical Internet
To facilitate the participation of researchers in the field, the deadline for the submission of abstracts will be extended until March 30, 2017.

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BOOK AND PROJECT WEBSITE: Global History of International Ideas - Histoire globale des idées internationales

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Prof. dr. Emmanuelle Tourme-Jouannet (Sciences Po Law School), dr. Dominique Gaurier (Université de Nantes, emeritus) and Prof. dr. Alix Toublanc (Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) launched the website of the bilingual project Global History of Public International Ideas/Histoire globale des idées internationalistes.

Project description (in English):
We have long been convinced that it is both necessary and useful to assemble a new collection of texts relating to the field of public international law. Such a collection would go further than previous compilations, such as the one assembled in 1927 by Louis Le Fur and Georges Chklaver, or Pierre-Marie Dupuy and Yann Kerbrat’s more recent collection which essentially focusses on post-World War II positive international law.
Our text collection will be different. It will look at international law from a global perspective, leaving behind the Eurocentric perspective that Western internationalists have imposed upon the rest of the world, as part of what Jack Goody famouly coined as The Theft of History (CUP, 2006). Our goal will be to provide our readers with the tools to develop a global history of international law. Being more global and more open to influences from all over the world, this history of international law will draw non-European ideas, both ancient and new. Thus, it will allow for the kind of comparisons, connexions, and oppositions which have always played a central part in the global history of international ideas – a history which cannot be written any longer by resorting only to Western categories and concepts.
Together, the selected texts will form a global panorama of internationalist ideas. They will be part of an evolving project which will rely upon a global network of co-ordinators. These co-ordinators will gradually assemble the texts that will complement our first, then our second, collection.
Rather than aiming at being exhaustive – a thing of the impossible in our field – the panorama we have in mind will be a simple one. Inevitably, some of the basic choices we made at the outset might appear arbitrary, such as using a lineary time-frame typical of Western cultures – although we might eventually be able to integrate other approaches. We proceeded by collecting texts that seemed particularly relevant to us. Other texts, which we were not able to include, are just as relevant. However, all three of us being French, we necessarily only have limited access to non-European sources. This is why we intend to rely heavily on all members of our network to enrich our collection in the future.We prefer using the term ‘internationalist ideas’, rather than ‘great authors in the field of international law’, for two reasons. Firstly, because the history of internationalist thought goes back to internationalist ideas that were not produced by European ‘internationalists’ in the current sense of the word, but by politicians, philosophers, theologians, thinkers discussing war and peace, commerce and currency, and many other things common to different peoples.
We feel that acknowledging these early histories and presenting them to the reader is indispensable in order to understand which kind of concerns led to the birth of international law. Secondly, the very idea of ‘great authors’ is problematic and over-simplifying, as it would have led us to make arbitrary choices which, from a scientific perspective, would have been rather questionable. It leaves out the intricacies, nuances, and subtle distinctions made by other texts which, despite being less well-known, are just as relevant than those written by more prominent authors.
At this point, two volumes have already been conceived in this fashion. The first volume, which will be presented hereafter, will present texts ranging from Antiquity to the beginning of the modern period (in the European sense of the word), i.e. the end of the 18th century. This period saw a decisive change in the evolution of internationalist ideas. As a matter of fact, it was at the end of the 18th century that the European inter-state law of nations began spreading to the rest of the world. However, this European law of nations, once imitated, translated, and taught in regions colonized or dominated by European powers, also started opening up to the influences other cultures.
We hope that this first volume of our series will provide large readership with direct access to internationalist ideas. We organized the relevant sources thematically and presented them in their original forms, without any accompanying interpretation. Nothing will ever beat direct access to original texts, although presenting these texts in a translated form (i.e. in French and, eventually, at least also in English and Spanish) might already be considered a form of betrayal. Translated by Michel Erpelding
Max Planck Institute LuxembourgThe open access e-book Une histoire globale des idées internationalistes, associated with the project, can be downloaded here.
Full information and the text of the two first online contributions, as well as maps and documents drawn from recent scholarship can be found on the website.
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JOURNAL: Jus Gentium. Journal of International Legal History II (2017), No. 1

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Jus Gentium: Journal of International Legal History published its first issue for 2017.
Table of Contents:
ARTICLES The International-Legal Ideology Pre-Slavic Chiefdoms of the Ukrainian Ethnos (Part Two)VG.Butkevych  The Limits of International Agreement: Belligerent Rights vs. Submarine Cable Security in the Nineteenth CenturyDouglas Howland  The Means to the End and the End of the Means:  Self-Determination, Decolonization, and International LawMiriam McKenna  NOTES AND COMMENTS Piracy in the United States Supreme Court: United States v. PalmerV. Vasquez  United States v. Smith: The Influence of Commodore John Daniel DanelsJ. G. Gorman, III  The Malek Adhel and Shipowner Liability for PiracyB. J. Forgue  Worcester v. Georgia and Native American Tribal SovereigntyR. L. Armezzani  On the Russian Society of International Law (1880)W. E. ButlerV. S. Ivanenko  Samuel Crandall and Treaty-Making in the United StatesTaylor J. Wolf  REVIEWS Arnulf Becker Lorca, Mestizo InternationalLaw: A Global Intellectual History (2014)A. P. Useche   DOCUMENTS AND OTHER EVIDENCE OF STATE PRACTICE Federal Law on the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in a Foreign State and Permanent Representative (or Permanent Observer) of the Russian Federation or Attached to an International Organization (or in a Foreign State)W. E. Butler  United States v. Smith (1820):Transcript RecordJ. G. Gorman, III  A Brief Calendar of International Practice for Spain and Portugal: 1297 to 1641P. Macalister-SmithJ. Schwietzke  A Brief Calendar of State Practice for Russia During the First World War: 1914 to 1924 (Part One 1914—1918)P. Macalister-SmithJ. Schwietzke  FROM THE LITERATURE
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JOURNAL: "Droit & Littérature" (1, 2017)


Droit & Littérature, 1, 2017

Table of Contents 

Le thème· La responsabilité de l’écrivain 
· Responsabilité légale et responsabilité morale de l’écrivain : une perspective socio-historique, Gisèle Sapiro 
· Mission, soumission : le devoir élémentaire de Houellebecq, Isabelle Dumas 
· La responsabilité civile de l’écrivain, Hélène Skrzypniak 
· La responsabilité pénale de l’écrivain, Baptiste Nicaud 
· Le plagiat au défi du droit, Arnaud Latil 
· Le procès d’Emma Bovary, Emmanuel Pierrat 
· Comment et pourquoi donner de l’espace à l’utopie en période de naufrage ?, Lina ProsaVariétés· Droit et littérature, éléments pour la recherche, Philippe Ségur 
· Le droit, fil de la trame romanesque chez Flaubert, Catherine Fillon 
· Michel Houellebecq, contre l’individu, contre la mort, Nicolas DissauxUn texte· « L’envie du pénal » de Philippe Muray, Yves-Edouard Le BosL’entretien· La petite femelle, réalité romanesque et vérité judiciaire, Entretien avec Philippe JaenadaChroniquesLa littérature saisie par le droit 
· La création littéraire, Michel Vivant 
· Les oeuvres littéraires, Jean-Michel BruguièreLe droit saisi par la littérature
· Romans, Gaël Chantepie, Pierre Lemay, Lionel MiniatoJean-Baptiste Thierry 
· Théatre, Emmanuelle Saulnier-Cassia
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SEMINAR: "Lus et relus : exercices de réflexion inter-temporelle" (Paris, February 14 2017)


WHAT Lus et relus : exercices de réflexion inter-temporelle, Seminar
WHEN February 14 2017, 14:30-19:00
WHERE Amphi F. Furet, 105 bd Raspail, Cenj, EHESS, Paris
Quatrième séance
Hans Kelsen, Der Begriff des Staates und die Sozialpsychologie. Mit besonderer Bersichtigung von Freuds Theorie der Masse (1921), trad. fr. La notion d’Etat et la psychologie sociale. À propos de la théorie freudienne des foules, revue Hermès, 2, 1988 http://documents.irevues.inist.fr/bitstream/handle/2042/15686/HERMES_1988_2_134.pdf;jsessionid=1BBE5DDEB565042E5A324B6D19D6D969?sequence=1 )
Lecteur Charles Ogoubiyi (IMM-CENJ), relecteur Otto Pfersmann (IMM-CENJ)

Deuxième partie: de 17h à 19h 

Dans le cadre du séminaire d'Otto Pfersmann
Connaissance juridique et transformation du droit. Normes et valeurs
Clemens JablonerProfesseur à l’Université de VienneDirecteur de l’Institut Hans Kelsen, ancien Président de la Cour administrative d'Autriche

The Pure Theory’s Concept of Law
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CONFERENCE: "Romanità e Fascismo, Un dialogo tra antichisti e contemporaneisti" (Siena, March 23 2017)


WHAT Romanità e Fascismo, Un dialogo tra antichisti e contemporaneisti, International Conference
WHEN March 23, 2017
WHERE Palazzo Piccolomini Clementini, Banchi di Sotto 81, Siena



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INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS & CFP: "Cadiz to the world: from the flourishing S. XVIII to the challenges of the Port of the Future of the XXI" (Cadiz, September 13-15 2017)


WHAT Cadiz to the world: from the flourishing S. XVIII to the challenges of the Port of the Future of the XXI, International Congress & Call for papers
WHEN September 13-15 2017
WHERE University of Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain
all information here



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BOOK: Sonja SCHILLINGS, Enemies of All Humankind. Fictions of Legitimate Violence [Re-Mapping the Transnational]. Lebanon (NE): UPNE, 2016, 302 p. ISBN 978-1-5126-0016-2

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Book abstract:
Hostis humani generis, meaning “enemy of humankind,” is the legal basis by which Western societies have defined such criminals as pirates, torturers, or terrorists as beyond the pale of civilization.Sonja Schillings argues that the legal fiction designating certain persons or classes of persons as enemies of all humankind does more than characterize them as inherently hostile: it supplies a narrative basis for legitimating violence in the name of the state. The book draws attention to a century-old narrative pattern that not only underlies the legal category of enemies of the people, but more generally informs interpretations of imperial expansion, protest against structural oppression, and the transformation of institutions as “legitimate” interventions on behalf of civilized society. Schillings traces the Anglo-American interpretive history of the concept, which she sees as crucial to understanding US history, in particular with regard to the frontier, race relations, and the war on terror.Table of contents here.
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CONFERENCE: Penser l’ancien droit privé. Regards croisés sur les méthodes des juristes (II). Bordeaux: Centre aquitain d’histoire du droit (IRM-CAHD), 9-10 Mar 2017

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Prof. dr. Xavier Prévost (Bordeaux) and Prof. dr. Nicolas Laurent-Bonne (Université d'Auvergne) organise the second conference of a cycle devoted to interactions between legal theory and legal history. The upcoming conference in Bordeaux is dedicated to private law.
Conference abstract:
Dans le sillage de la rencontre consacrée à l’ordre juridique médiéval et moderne tenue à Clermont-Ferrand les 21 et 22 janvier 2016, le colloque a pour ambition de livrer une réflexion épistémologique sur l’un des enjeux de l’historiographie juridique : peut-on penser l’ancien droit privé à partir des catégories juridiques contemporaines ? Il semble en effet que le droit privé – au moins en France – ait largement échappé à de tels questionnements, qui ont pourtant fait l’objet de débats nourris dans la plupart des autres champs de la connaissance historique. Afin de combler ce manque, la manifestation a notamment pour but d’interroger l’identification de concepts considérés comme quasiment atemporels, en ce qu’ils sont mobilisés pour presque toutes les périodes et civilisations ; que l’on pense à la propriété, au mariage ou bien encore à de nombreuses figures contractuelles comme la vente, la société ou le mandat. Ces concepts centraux, tout comme des institutions plus particulières, doivent permettre d’illustrer une réflexion d’ensemble sur les méthodes des juristes privatistes. Ainsi, le colloque entend porter dans le champ du droit privé le dilemme bien connu du rapport de la recherche historique au présent, telle l’opposition entre écriture d’une histoire continuiste et celle d’une histoire inactuelle. Plus largement, ces journées clermontoises et bordelaises souhaitent contribuer aux débats sur la place de l’analyse historique du droit, notamment en se demandant, comme le faisait il y a peu Étienne Picard à propos du droit comparé, si l’histoire du droit est du droitScientific committee:
Emmanuelle Chevreau, professeur à l’université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) Pascale Deumier, professeur à l’université Jean Moulin Lyon III
Stéphane Gerry-Vernières, professeur à l’université Pierre-Mendès-France (Grenoble)
Nader Hakim, professeur à l’université de Bordeaux
Jean-Louis Halpérin, professeur à l’École normale supérieure
Philippe Jestaz, professeur émérite de l’Université Paris-Est
Nicolas Laurent-Bonne, professeur à l’université Clermont Auvergne
Xavier Prévost, professeur à l’université de Bordeaux
Franck Roumy, professeur à l’université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)
Mikhaïl Xifaras, professeur à l’École de droit de Sciences Po

Programme:
Jeudi 9 mars 201714h30 Accueil des participants
14h45 Introduction
Xavier Prévost, professeur, directeur de l’IRM, université de Bordeaux
sous la présidence de Sophie Démare-Lafont, professeur d’histoire du droit à l’université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)
Points de vue « privatistes »15h L’atemporalité et l’autonomie des grands concepts et principes en droit privé
Philippe Jestaz, professeur émérite de droit privé de l’université Paris-Est
15h30 Penser l’ancien droit privé : perspective d’un système non codifié
Éric Descheemaeker, Reader in European Private Law à l’université d’Édimbourg
16h Pause

Le rapport au temps16h30 Le dialogue des disciplines dans le temps ; l’apport de la théorie des paradigmes et de la méthode traductive
François Ost, professeur de philosophie du droit à l’université Saint-Louis (Bruxelles)
17h Comment rendre le passé contemporain
Mikhaïl Xifaras, professeur de droit public à l’École de droit de Sciences Po (Paris)

Vendredi 10 mars 201708h45 Accueil des participants
sous la présidence de Philippe Jestaz, professeur émérite de droit privé de l’université Paris-Est.
Les droits privés non occidentaux09h Avec quels concepts peut-on penser le droit babylonien ?
Sophie Démare-Lafont, professeur d’histoire du droit à l’université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)
09h30 Penser le droit privé sans les concepts occidentaux : l’apport de l’histoire de l’anthropologie juridique (XIXe-XXe siècle)
Laetitia Guerlain, maître de conférences en histoire du droit à l’université de Bordeaux
10h Pause

Le droit des contrats10h30 Penser l’ancien droit des contrats : entre anachronisme des concepts et saisie historique
David Deroussin, professeur d’histoire du droit à l’université Jean Moulin (Lyon III)
11h Abstraction et anachronisme : les cas de la nullité et de la caducité du contrat en droit romain
Elena Giannozzi, docteur en histoire du droit de l’université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)
12h Déjeuner

sous la présidence de Mikhaïl Xifaras, professeur de droit public à l’École de droit de Science Po (Paris)Le droit des biens14h Dans quelle mesure la notion de copropriété permet-elle de penser les formes d’habitat collectif dans la Rome impériale ?
Julien Dubouloz, professeur d’histoire romaine à l’université d’Aix-Marseille
14h30 Le métaconcept de propriété à l’épreuve du droit romano-canonique médiéval
Rémi Faivre-Faucompre, doctorant en histoire du droit à l’université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)
15h Pause
15h30 Le droit de l’incorporel et la construction du droit moderne. Épreuves d’histoire (2)
Frédéric F. Martin, professeur d’histoire du droit à l’université de Nantes
16h L’avenir d’une division : propriétés médiévales et construction du « commun »
Pierre Thevenin, docteur en philosophie de l’EHESS et docteur en droit de l’université Roma III
16h30 Propos conclusifs
Nader Hakim, professeur d’histoire du droit à l’université de BordeauxMore information here.
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BOOK: Claus KRESS, Stefan BARRIGA (eds.), The Crime of Aggression: A Commentary. Cambridge: CUP, 2016, 1488 p. ISBN 9781107015265, USD 350

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Cambridge University Press published The Crime Of Aggression: A Commentary, edited by Claus Kress (Köln) and Stefan Barriga (UN). Some contributions in this prestigious collection approach the matter from a historical point of view.
Table of contents (vol I):
Claus Kreß, Introduction: the crime of aggression and the international legal order
Part I. History 
2. Carrie McDougall, The crimes against peace precedent
3. Kirsten Sellars, The legacy of the Tokyo dissents on 'crimes against peace'
4. Thomas Bruha, The General Assembly's definition of the act of aggression
5. Nicolaos Strapatsas, The practice of the Security Council regarding the concept of aggression
6. Dapo Akande, Antonios Tzanakopoulos, The International Court of Justice and the concept of aggression
7. James Crawford, The International Law Commission's work on aggression
8. Roger S. Clark, Negotiations on the Rome Statute (1995–1998)
Part II. Theory 
10. Florian Jeßberger, The modern doctrinal debate on the crime of aggression
11. Astrid Reisinger Coracini, Pål Wrange, The specificity of the crime of aggression
12. William Schabas, Aggression and international human rights law
Part III. Crime of Aggression under Current International Law 
14. Claus Kreß, The state conduct element
15. Roger S. Clark, Individual conduct
16. Roger S. Clark, General principles of international criminal law
17. Stefan Barriga, Niels Blokker, Entry into force and conditions for the exercise of jurisdiction: cross-cutting issues
18. Niels Blokker, Stefan Barriga, Conditions for the exercise of jurisdiction based on Security Council referrals
19. Stefan Barriga, Niels Blokker, Conditions for the exercise of jurisdiction based on state referrals and proprio motu investigations
20. Helmut Kreicker, Immunities
21. Pål Wrange, The crime of aggression, domestic prosecutions and complementarity
22. Eleni Chaitidou, Franziska Eckelmans, Barbara Roche, The judicial function of the pre-trial division
23. Erin Pobjie, Victims of the crime of aggression
Part IV. Crime of Aggression and National Law 
25. Elisa Hoven, Germany
26. Andres Parmas, Estonia
27. Svetlana Glotova, Russia
28. Roger O'Keefe, United Kingdom
VOLUME II
30. Nina H. B. Jørgensen, Asia
31. Astrid Reisinger Coracini, (Extended) synopsis: the crime of aggression under domestic criminal law
32. Astrid Reisinger Coracini, Selected national laws and regional instruments on the crime of aggression
Part V. Crime of Aggression and the Future World Order
Section 1. Actors' Views
34. Zhou Lulu, China
35. Edwige Belliard, France
36. Susanne Wasum-Rainer, Germany
37. Narinder Singh, India
38. Djamchid Momtaz, Esmaeil Baghaei Hamaneh, Iran
39. Roy Schöndorf, Daniel Geron, Israel
40. Ichiro Komatsu, Japan
41. Young Sok Kim, Republic of Korea (South Korea)
42. Rolf Einar Fife, Norway
43. Gennady Kuzmin, Igor Panin, Russia
44. Andre Stemmet, South Africa
45. Christopher Whomersley, United Kingdom
46. Harold Hongju Koh, Todd F. Buchwald, United States
47. Namira Negm, Egypt
48. Noah Weisbord, Civil society
Section 2. Scholarly Reflections 
50. Jeff McMahan, Unjust war and the crime of aggression
51. Frédéric Mégret, What is the specific evil of aggression?
52. Jens David Ohlin, The crime of bootstrapping
53. David Scheffer, Amending the crime of aggression under the Rome Statute
Benjamin B. Ferencz, Epilogue: the long journey to Kampala - a personal memoir 1. Kirsten Sellars, World War I, Wilhelm II and article 227: the origin of the idea of 'aggression' in international criminal law 9. Larry May, Just war theory and the crime of aggression 13. Leena Grover, Interpreting the crime of aggression 24. Ksenija Turković, Maja Munivrana Vajda, Croatia 29. Mohamed M. El Zeidy, The Arab world 33. Marcel Biato, Marcelo Böhlke, Brazil 49. Martti Koskenniemi, 'A trap to the innocent…' (source: Multipol)
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Evaluating the ‘Turn to History’ in International Law - ESIL CONFERENCE 2017 (Naples, 7-9 Sep 2017); DEADLINE 15 MAR 2017

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On the occasion of the ESIL 13th Annual Conference (Naples, 7-9 September 2017) the ESIL Interest Group on the History of International Law hereby invites submissions, in English or in French, for its annual Workshop.
Call for Papers
During the past two decades the history of international law has evolved from a relatively marginal enterprise into a core professional concern and, in certain fields, a controlling vocabulary. The phenomenon, which is often captioned as a “turn to history”, is marked both by an exponential growth in publications and activities (journals, conferences, interest groups, blogs) and a re-invention of historical work as mode of critical analysis. One could begin to list several characteristics of the turn to history: the move away from trans-historical evolutionary accounts towards global, micro-, and subaltern histories; critiques of Eurocentrism; the emergence of histories of sub-fields of international law; socio-historical accounts of the international law profession; a renewed interest in archival work; an unprecedented interest in methodological questions; the role of historical accounts in judicial decisions; and so on. The purpose of the Workshop of the ESIL Interest Group on the History of International Law is to trace these disciplinary developments and evaluate their impact on contemporary international law scholarship and practice.
In this context, the IGHIL invites submissions by scholars working within the fields of international law, history, and politics on the following inter-related themes:
·       The impact of the historical turn on the methods of international legal history·       The impact of the historical turn in sub-fields of international law (e.g. human rights, international criminal law, diplomatic history etc)·       The impact of the historical turn on evaluating the historical function of international courts and tribunals·       The impact of the historical turn on Eurocentrism·       The impact of global, micro, subaltern, and other histories on international law historiography
Each submission should includea)     An abstract of no more than 400 words;b)     The intended language of presentation;c)     A short curriculum vitae containing the author’s name, institutional affiliation, contact information and e-mail address.
Abstracts must be submitted no later than 15 March 2017 to esilighil@gmail.com on behalf of the Steering Committee of the Interest Group, which shall collectively supervise the blind peer-review process of the abstracts. Applicants will be notified on the outcome of the selection process by 30 March 2017.
Selection will be based on scholarly merit and with regard to producing an engaging workshop, without prejudice to gender, seniority, language or geographical location. Please note that the ESIL Interest Group on the History of International Law is unable to provide funds to cover the conference registration fee or related transport and accommodation costs.

The IG currently investigates publication possibilities for selected abstracts.
See also ESIL website.
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COLLOQUIUM: "Droit & Anthropologie. Archéologie d’un savoir et enjeux contemporains" (Carcassonne, February 27-28 2017)


WHAT Droit & Anthropologie.  Archéologie d’un savoir et enjeux contemporains, Colloquium
WHEN February 27-28 2017
WHERE Maison de Mémoires, Carcassonne






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JOURNAL: Journal of the History of International Law/Revue d'histoire du droit international: advance articles, Jan-Feb 2017

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The Journal of the History of International Law/Revue d'histoire du droit international published advance articles online:

- The Forgotten Genocide in Colonial America: Reexamining the 1622 Jamestown Massacre within the Framework of the UN Genocide Convention (John T. Bennett)
- Imperial Colonialism in the Genesis of International Law – Anomaly or Time of Transition? (Paulina Starski & Jörn Axel Kämmerer)
- Piracy and Empire: The Campaign against Piracy, the Development of International Law and the British Imperial Mission (Michael Mulligan)
- Beyond the Myth of a Non-relationship: International Law and World War I (Oliver Diggelmann)

More information at Brill's Books and Journals Online.
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Spain and the American Revolution. Ninth Annual Conference on the American Revolution (Johns Hopkins University, Jun 2018) (DEADLINE 1 JUN 2017)



The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invite proposals for papers to be presented at the Ninth SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution. This conference shall examine and reconsider Spain’s role in the American Revolution. Though the participation of France in the American Revolution is well-established in the historiography, the role of Spain—France’s ally as a result of the so-called “Family Compact” that united the two Bourbon monarchies—is relatively understudied and underappreciated. This neglect is surprising, given Spain’s significant material and martial contributions to the American effort from 1779. The renewal of interest in global and international history makes such continued neglect untenable: Spain and Britain clashed repeatedly during the global war of which the American Revolution was but one theater, whether in the Caribbean, the Gulf Coast and Florida, Minorca, and Gibraltar. Following the establishment of American independence, Spain remained one of the nascent republic’s most significant allies and the Spanish empire became one of its most significant neighbors and, often illicitly, trading partners.

Proposals should explore an aspect of the involvement of Spain in the American Revolution and may consider, secondarily, Spain’s (and Spanish America’s) interactions with the United States in the early republican period. All approaches and historiographical orientations will be considered, whether diplomatic, cultural, military, economic, social, imperial or intellectual.

Proposals should include a 300-word abstract and a short (maximum 2-page) CV. Proposals should be submitted by June 1, 2017 to gabriel.paquette@jhu.edu, with the subject line “2018 SAR Annual Conference Proposal”. Notification of acceptance will be given by the end of June 2017.
Publication of accepted papers, following revisions, in an edited volume with a major university press is anticipated soon after the conference itself. It is therefore required that participants submit their full-length (c. 6,000 words), relatively polished papers for pre-circulation two months prior to the conference itself (i.e. by April 8, 2018).

The SAR will cover presenters’ travel and lodging expenses and, in addition, offer a $500 honorarium.

The 2018 SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution will honor the notable contributions to the study of the international history of the American Revolution made by Professor David Armitage (Harvard University) and Professor Sylvia Hilton (La Universidad Complutense de Madrid).

(Source: HNet)

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JOB: Fellowship at the Stanford Center for Law and History (DEADLINE 28 FEB 2017)


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The Stanford Center for Law and History advertises a position as fellow for candidates wishing to pursue an academic career at the intersection of law and history.

The Center:

The Stanford Center for Law and History, directed by Professor Amalia Kessler, brings together faculty and students from across Stanford University’s many schools and departments (and beyond) to participate in a broad range of conferences, workshops, and lectures devoted to examining the multifaceted interrelationships between law and history (without geographic, temporal, or other subject-area limitations).


The Goal:

This fellowship is intended for people who have completed (or will soon complete) their training in law and history and who seek to pursue an academic career at the intersection of the two fields.

The Fellowship:

The Stanford Center for Law and History is a residential fellowship that provides an opportunity to conduct research in the dynamic environment of Stanford University.  We prefer two-year fellowships to help the fellow complete a significant body of independent scholarship, but we are willing to consider one-year terms.  We expect that fellows will dedicate most of their time to pursuing their proposed research projects but will also devote some time to organizing and implementing other Center activities, including an ongoing workshop series and an annual conference.  Fellows are encouraged to become part of a lively law-school-wide community of individuals with an interest in academia by attending weekly faculty lunch seminars and by participating in activities with the other fellows at Stanford Law School to learn more about one another’s scholarship and about academic life more generally.  In addition, fellows are encouraged to attend and participate in the broad range of lectures and workshops available within the broader university, including inter alia, the History Department and the Stanford Humanities Center.
For the 2017-2018 fellowship, we will provide a workspace, a competitive salary, and a generous benefits package.  Applicants who have completed (or are soon to complete) both a J.D. and a Ph.D in history are strongly preferred.

The Application Process:

All applicants should apply through the Stanford Careers website, Job Number 73767, and should include the following: (1) a CV; (2) a sample of academic writing; (3) a research proposal of no more than five double-space pages (briefly outlining past work but focused primarily on research to be undertaken during the fellowship); and (4) official transcripts of all academic work pursued in college, as well as in graduate programs.  In addition, (5) applicants should provide two letters of recommendation, to be emailed directly by the recommenders themselves to Molly Pahkamaa at mpahkama@law.stanford.edu.
All applications should be submitted no later than Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

(source: HNet)
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JOB: Scientific Collaborator (65%) for the Project "Formulae-Litterae-Chartae" (Akademie der Wissenschaften, Hamburg); DEADLINE 15 FEB 2017

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Prof. dr. D. Heirbaut transmitted a vacancy at the University of Hamburg in the framework of the project "Formulae-Litterae-Chartae".

Potential candidates should ambition a PhD-dissertation in either medieval history, medieval philology or legal history.

Full details here.
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CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference of the French Society for Legal History (Tours, 1-4 Jun 2017)


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The Société d'Histoire du Droit hosts its international conference at the university of Tours, from 1 to 4 June 2017.

Proposals for presentations can be sent to shdtours2017@univ-tours.fr.

The organizers have put up a full conference website here.
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Law & Literature on 'Legal Bodies'

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CONFERENCE REPORT: International Law and the Long Nineteenth Century (University of Leuven, November 24-25, 2016) by Ana Delić, Tilburg University

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Leading scholars as well as junior researchers met in the historic faculty of Leuven University to discuss international law in the long nineteenth century. The event began with a warm welcome by the university’s dean, Prof. Bernard Tilleman who revealed a most interesting anecdote for the international legal historians assembled: the Peace of Versailles had obliged Germany to restore the library of the university. This was followed by warm welcome addresses by Prof. Randall Lesaffer and Dr. Inge van Hulle, the organizers of this well-orchestrated event.


Day One
Panel One: The Eighteenth-Century Fall-Out of Nineteenth-Century International Law (Chair: Randall Lesaffer)Member of the International Court of Justice, James Crawford considered the basis on which France participated in the Congress of Vienna, the status of Napoleon during the Hundred Days and the legal basis for French responsibility for war damages resulting from the Hundred Days. Crawford eloquently argued that the Bourbon dynasty was legitimized by the prevailing monarchic theory of sovereign power. On the other hand, the status of Napoleon during the Hundred Days was less clear. Certainly, he was not a head of state and as such the basis of reparation for damages incurred by France during this period was discussed on the basis of the theory of responsibility.

Camilla Boisen argued that Edmund Burke bridged the two concerns of international law: authority and enforcement. It was Burke who provided the conceptual scope needed to resolve the issues of enforcement by prescribing specific common law foundations, binding the legal and the moral in international law and presenting it as domestic law.

Inge van Hulle explored a case-study: the legal connections and regimes that developed between British imperial agents and indigenous African communities living in West Africa in the period prior to the Scramble. Anglo-African international relations initially developed on the basis of mutuality and relative equality between parties, but simultaneously, there were imperial legal techniques as well(e.g. extraterritorial jurisdiction, anti-slave trade treaties, the extension of protection to African communities).

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Panel Two: Neutrality (Chair: Inge Van Hulle)
Frederik Dhondt’s discussed how Belgium’s compulsory neutrality  of the 1810 to the 1830s was just one out of multiple tools to guarantee ‘le repos de tous’ and in reality was mostly superficial. Belgium’s compulsory neutrality arose out of a particular socio-historical context –the expansionist and revisionary stance of Napoleon III- and resulted in an interesting reception, including  the view of it as an economic advantage, a legitimation of colonialism, and foremost as a threatened status.

Shavana Musa examined the law of neutrality focusing on the conflicts during the Latin American Wars of Independence. The role of neutrality was discussed as the means of enhancing imperial and commercial power, as a peace-making tool and as a body of law that provided individual (justiciable) rights within the international sphere.

Viktorija Jakimovska’s discussed how throughout the Greek War of Independence, Great Britain generally avoided being dragged into a war but it eventually wished to influence the outcome of the conflict. From 1826-1827, Britain failed to adhere to the essentialia neutralitatis notwithstanding the fact that it never officially renounced the neutrality of its conduct.

Panel Three: Historiography of International Law (Chair: Frederik Dhondt)
 Miloš Vec’s pinpointed key historiographic trends of the nineteenth-century including sources of international law, the conception of the public law of Europe, the so-called shift to a so-called global international law, the regulation of warfare and new technologies around 1900, and state practice.

Jan Lemnitzer examined how the 1850s was a crucial decade in transforming the system of the European law of nations into a universal system of international law. The proliferation of multilateral law-making treaties with the Declaration of Paris in 1856, the growth of international trade, and the rise of independent Latin American states resulted in further contacts between European and non-European states. However, the rise of exclusion in international law was exemplified by the spread of detailed rules for ‘civilized war.’


Day Two
Panel One:  Professionalization and International Law (Chair: Gabriela Frei)
 Stephen Neff discussed how the Darwinian revolution gave rise to American anthropologist Lewis Henry Morgan’s three-fold categorisation of human societies as savage, barbarous and civilised. This found a reflection in the international-law writing of James Lorimer buttressed by imperialistic policies of the European states and, generally, a hierarchical outlook on the part of international lawyers. Evolutionary thought also influenced a revival of natural-law modes of thought as the only acceptable normative regulation of relations between civilised and savage states. In stark opposition to the evolutionary scheme was diffusionism exemplified by Herbert Spencer’s theory of a general progression from militaristic to industrial modes of life. Diffusionism did not gain much traction with nineteenth century international lawyers.

Vincent Genin analysed how the Institut de Droit International (founded in 1873) represents the first major step in the institutionalization of the discipline. The speaker  discussed how in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, the IDI juggled between its self-affirmed role as the ‘public conscience of the civilized world’ versus historic tides of nationalism, the multiplication of conflicts and colonial rivalries.

Ana Delić discussed the formative interactions between comparative law and private international law during the modern period. Comparative law was instrumental to modern private international law in the civil law and common law traditions in three ways: 1) scholars studied private international legal approaches comparatively; 2) the comparative approach was a key aspect of preliminary materials aiding in private international law-making; and 3) courts relied on a comparative study of conflicting rules in order to assess which is the applicable law or jurisdiction.

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Panel Two: Empire and the Periphery in the Nineteenth Century (Chair: Camilla Boisen)
Andrew Fitzmaurice explored the standing of non-European nations in the work of the nineteenth century jurist Sir Travers Twiss. Archival materials were presented which painted a colourful picture of Twiss’ personal life, including his marriage to a prostitute. This union eventually destroyed his career. In terms of Twiss’ legacy to international legal history, he had advocated the view that non-European states (including China, Japan, the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and the ‘African Slave-states’) were equals with European powers in the law of nations. His view sprung not from humanitarian concerns but from a concern for the duties (and not rights) of these nations.

Stefan Kroll discussed the Shanghai International Settlement (1863-1943), a zone within the area of Shanghai which was detracted from the authority of Chinese rule, and which was controlled by the self-government of foreign merchants (the Municipal Council). While the mixed court was expected to apply Chinese norms, in reality, foreign norms and judicial practices were being introduced. The Su bao-case (1903) illustrates the mixing of legal systems within the merchant court. This case concerned political radicalism against the Chinese government.

Luigi Nuzzo presented an Italian history of international law, focusing on Pasquale Stanislao Mancini and his pragmatic approach to international law. Mancini’s imprint on international law is exemplified by his insistence on the principle of nationality but his legacy has not been given its proper due. Analysing forensic memories, legislative deeds, parliamentary speeches, editorial projects rather than doctrinal works provides further food for thought with regards to his contribution.

Panel Three: Individuals and International Law (Chair: Andrew Fitzmaurice)
Gabriela Frei examined the biography of Sir William Jones, a judge at his Majesty’s supreme court of judicature at Fort William, the citadel of Calcutta in Bengal, and a well-known orientalist of the eighteenth century. Jones also wrote the first English translation of Hindu and Muslim laws, and thus made those texts available to the Western world. He believed that only local laws would allow a basis for a fair and just legal system. The paper also discussed the multiple legal systems co-existing at this period in Bengal, which developed legal standards for the commercial enterprise of the East India Company.

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Raphael Cahen retraced the beginning of the Mahmoud Ben Ayed case (1855-1858) through an examination of documents from the archives of Joseph Marie Portalis, a famous judge and diplomat, who had been charged to administer the case. This case involved the extradition of Mahmoud Ben Ayad from France back to Tunisia. Ben Ayad, a famous Caïd and minister of commerce, was charged with embezzlement of state funds.

Raymond Kubben analyzed the conception of statehood within international legal textbooks of the long nineteenth century. The definition of the state in the early period were varied and typically reverted to abstract Roman law or philosophical concepts such as civitas or communitas perfecta. Over the course of the nineteenth century, textbooks would specify the legal concept, slowly forming definitions akin to the one in the 1933 Montevideo Convention.

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