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ESIL RESEARCH FORUM GRANADA: Workshop "Neutrality in the History of International Law" (30 Mar 2017)

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The Interest Group History of International Law of the European Society of International Law announced the line-up for this year's workshop at the Research Forum in Granada (Spain), which will take on 30 March 2017.
L’intervention d’humanité dans la Guerre des Boxeurs (drs. Paul Bourgues/ATER at the Université de Grenoble)
Contested Turkish Neutrality in International Law (Hakan Gungor/Turkish National Education)
Neutrality in the United Nations – The Case of Austria (Prof. dr. Peter Hilpold/Professor at the Universität Innsbruck)
International Legal Thought : A Legal Project and an Integrative Approach (Dr. PD Thomas Kleinlein/Privatdozent at the Universität Frankfurt,  Dr. David Roth-Isigkeit-Berlin/Research Fellow at the Excellenzcluster Normative Orders/Frankfurt)
Questioning Territory’s Contribution to Neutrality (dra. Gail Lythgoe/University of Glasgow)
Ethiopia, Neutrality and the First World War (Jakob Zollmann/Research Fellow Global Public Law at the WZB Berlin)Registration for the event here.
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JOB: Naval and Maritime History position at the University of Exeter (Exeter, September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2020)

WHAT Lecturer in Naval and Maritime History (E&R) at the University of Exeter, College of Humanities

WHEN September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2020

WHERE University of Exeter, College of Humanities, UK

all information here
deadline February 14, 2017

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.
The post of Lecturer in Naval and Maritime History will contribute to extending the research profile of History at Exeter, with a preference for areas related or complementary to the Mediterranean and maritime trade in the Early Modern period. This full time post is available from 1stSeptember 2017 to 31st August 2020 in the College of Humanities on a fixed term basis.The successful applicant will hold a PhD or equivalent in History and have an independent, internationally-recognised research programme in an active field of historical research related or complementary to existing Exeter strengths. He/she will be able to demonstrate the following qualities and characteristics;   a strong record in attracting research funding, or demonstrable potential to attract such funding, teamwork skills to work in collaboration with existing group members, an active and supportive approach to inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research that will help to foster interactions and links both within the University and externally, the attitude and ability to engage in continuous professional development, the aptitude to develop familiarity with a variety of strategies to promote and assess learning and enthusiasm for delivering undergraduate programmes.The University offers some fantastic benefits including generous holiday entitlements, options for flexible working, an onsite gym, parking and a stunning campus environment in the heart of Exeter. Take a look at our careers site ( www.exeter.ac.uk/working ) for more information.
Our Exeter Academic initiative supports high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career.
For further information please contact Professor Richard Toye, e-mailr.toye@exeter.ac.uk or telephone (01392) 723296.
To view the Job Description and Person Specification document pleaseclick here .

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BOOK: "Criminal Law in Liberal and Fascist Italy" by Paul Garfinkel (January, 2017)

Paul Garfinkel, Criminal Law in Liberal and Fascist Italy, Cambridge, January, 2017
Paul Garfinkel is Associate Professor of History at Simon Fraser University, British Columbiaall information here

By extending the chronological parameters of existing scholarship, and by focusing on legal experts' overriding and enduring concern with 'dangerous' forms of common crime, this study offers a major reinterpretation of criminal-law reform and legal culture in Italy from the Liberal (1861–1922) to the Fascist era (1922–43). Garfinkel argues that scholars have long overstated the influence of positivist criminology on Italian legal culture and that the kingdom's penal-reform movement was driven not by the radical criminological theories of Cesare Lombroso, but instead by a growing body of statistics and legal researches that related rising rates of crime to the instability of the Italian state. Drawing on a vast array of archival, legal and official sources, the author explains the sustained and wide-ranging interest in penal-law reform that defined this era in Italian legal history while analyzing the philosophical underpinnings of that reform and its relationship to contemporary penal-reform movements abroad.
  • The most comprehensive analysis to date of criminal law reform in modern Italy ranging from 1815–1943
  • Focuses exclusively on common crime and ordinary penal justice in Liberal and Fascist Italy
  • Positions Italian criminal-law reform for the first time within a transnational context

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JOB: "Visiting Professor at the Centre for Ethics" (Toronto, 2017/2018)

WHAT Visiting Professor position at the University of Toronto, Centre for Ethics
WHEN 2017/2018
WHERE University of Toronto

deadline February 1, 2017

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CONFERENCE: British Legal History Conference - Networks and Connections (5-8 Jul 2017)

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The British Legal History Conference will take place in Londen from 5 to 7 July 2017.

The organizers recently published the elaborate program on their website.
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LECTURE: Il diritto dell’Impero Romano d’Oriente e l’Europa” by Gabor Hamza (Eötvös Loránd). Rome: Accademia d'Ungeria in Roma, 24 Jan 2017

Prof. Gabor Hamza (Budapest) will hold a lecture on the law of the Eastern Roman Empire. More information ? click on the image.

(Source: Prof. D. Heirbaut)
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CALL FOR PAPERS Training, Ideas and Practices. The Law of Nations in the Long Eighteenth Century (Paris, 18-19 May 2017); DEADLINE 20 FEBRUARY 2017

CALL FOR PAPERSTraining, Ideas and Practices. The Law of Nations in the Long Eighteenth Century (Paris, 18-19 May 2017)

The purpose of this conference is to explore the roots of international law and the various concepts related to the “law of nations” by looking at the legal language of diplomats and foreign offices in Europe during the long eighteenth century. The conference also aims to render the variety and complexity of specific mechanisms through which the law of nations was applied for diplomatic use, to explore social and cultural aspects, and to investigate the practical questions that diplomats frequently faced (N. Drocourt & E. Schnakenbourg (eds.), Thémis en diplomatie, PURennes, 2016).

The relationship between diplomacy and the law of nations is at best ambiguous. On the one hand, the law of nations seems to be a hybrid product of philosophical concepts and a digest of diplomatic practice. Lawyers have difficulty resisting the temptation to write a purely academic or genealogical history of the law of nations. The frequent invocation of authors such as Vattel as an authority seems to support this (P. Haggenmacher  & V. Chetail (eds.), Vattel’s International Law from a XXIst Century Perspective, Brill, 2011). On the other hand, interaction in negotiations involves a lot more than invoked legal principles. A thorough analysis of diplomatic practice often reveals implicit rules within diplomacy as a social field  (P. Bourdieu, Sur l’Etat, Seuil, 2012). Legal arguments are a part of this microcosm, but geopolitical determinants and state interests can bend and bow the use of legal language.

One of the main issues of this conference will be  whether law of nations theories influenced diplomatic practice and at the same time whether diplomatic practice altered traditional law of nations concepts. Through fruitful dialogue between young legal historians, historians of political thought and historians of politics from France, Germany and other parts of Europe, we would like to explore and investigate three different scenarios in which law of nations theories emerged both in the practice and the doctrine of diplomacy:
1)      Training of diplomats
Was the law of nations the basis of diplomatic education? Did diplomats also receive specific, in-house, foreign affairs training? Was it only theoretical or also based on practice and experience? Was there already a form of professionalisation of diplomats, especially in view of later developments in the 19th century (L. Nuzzo & M. Vec (dir.), Constructing International Law – The Birth of a Discipline, V. Klostermann, 2012)? Finally, to what extent can we envisage a common European diplomatic culture?
2)      Circulation of ideas and diplomatic networks
What was the legal and intellectual background of the various traités du droit des gens? To what extent were legal expertise (G. Braun, La connaissance du Saint-Empire en France du baroque aux Lumières (1643-1756), De Gruyter, 2010) or legal rhetorics pragmatic tools used in everyday politics? For whom did thinkers such as Abbé de Saint-Pierre (1658-1743) write their treatises? The sovereign? Legal advisers? Public opinion?  If the law of nations formed a kind of a common European diplomatic culture, how did it spread throughout Europe? Can we identify the same use in various diplomatic flows of the time? How were diplomatic networks organised?  Can we find examples of specific territories - such as the principalities of Walachia and Moldova, between the Ottoman Empire and the “European” powers – functioning as kinds of “diplomatic hubs”? 
3)      Transformation
Is the diplomatic habitus of the Vienna Congress a turning point?  Where did the transition from the 18th to the 19th century take place, both in theory and in practice? How important was the impact of Enlightenment and French Revolutionary thought (M. Bélissa,  Fraternité universelle et intérêt national, 1713-1795, Kimé, 1998)? How far can we find echoes in diplomatic culture and correspondence?
We kindly invite young scholars (up to 6 years after PhD) to present their new research within French-German and European perspectives. All applications must be sent by 20 February 2017 with a short CV (5 to 10 lines) and a proposal of 400 words to diplomacyconference2017@gmail.com. Results will be communicated by 15 March 2017.  This conference has received the generous support of the CIERA (Centre interdisciplinaire d'études et de recherches sur l'Allemagne, www.ciera.fr) as a colloque junior and will take place on the 18th(afternoon) and 19th (morning) of May 2017.  
Papers can be presented in English, French or German. A peer-reviewed publication of the proceedings is envisaged.

Organising CommitteeRaphael Cahen (Orléans/VUB-FWO)Frederik Dhondt (VUB/Antwerp/Ghent-FWO)Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina
Scientific CommitteeJacques Bouineau (La Rochelle)Paul De Hert (VUB)Dirk Heirbaut (Ghent)Christine Lebeau (Paris I)Gabriella Silvestrini (Piemonte Orientale)Matthias Schmoeckel (Bonn)Antonio Trampus (Venezia)Miloš Vec (Vienna)

APPEL À CONTRIBUTIONSFormation, idées et pratique. Le droit des gens dans le long dix-huitième siècle(Paris, 18-19 mai 2017)

Les origines du droit international et les divers concepts du « droit des gens » seront au cœur d’une rencontre scientifique, portant sur l’étude du langage juridique des diplomates et des chancelleries européennes pendant le long dix-huitième siècle. Les mécanismes d’application spécifiques à travers lesquels le droit des gens fut invoqué pour une utilisation diplomatique ne se conçoivent pas en dehors des aspects culturels et sociaux, ou des problèmes pratiques que les diplomates avaient à trancher (N. Drocourt & E. Schnakenbourg (dir.), Thémis en diplomatie, PU Rennes, 2016).

                La relation entre la diplomatie et le droit des gens est ambiguë. D’une part, le droit des gens semble un produit hybride de concepts philosophiques et une cristallisation de pratique diplomatique.Les juristes peinent à résister la tentation d’écrire une histoire purement académique ou généalogique du droit des gens. L’invocation fréquente d’auteurs tels que Vattel en est une indication courante (P. Haggenmacher & V. Chetail (dir.), Vattel’s International Law from a XXIst Century Perspective, Brill, 2011). Néanmoins, l’interaction de la négociation entraîne bien plus qu’une invocation de principes juridiques. Une analyse rigoureuse de la pratique diplomatique révèle des règles implicites au sein de la diplomatie comme champ social (P. Bourdieu, Sur l’Etat, Seuil, 2012). L’argumentation juridique relève de ce microcosme et doit donc être apprécié dans une sociabilité qui transcende les traditions juridiques nationales (L. Bély, L’art de la paix en Europe : naissance de la diplomatie moderne, XVIe-XVIIIe siècle, PUF, 2007). Toutefois, les déterminants géopolitiques et les intérêts d’État peuvent amender ou infléchir l’utilisation d’arguments juridiques.

                Une question centrale sera d’essayer de savoir si les théories du droit des gens ont influé la pratique diplomatique, et si de son côté la pratique diplomatique a réussi à changer les concepts traditionnels du droit des gens. Un échange fructueux entre jeunes historiens du droit, historiens de la pensée politique et historiens « du politique » de France, d’Allemagne et d’autres traditions intellectuelles européennes permettra d’explorer trois scénarios différents à travers lesquels les théories du droit des gens émergeaient aussi bien en pratique qu’en doctrine diplomatique.

1)      Formation des diplomatesLe droit des gens constituait-il le cœur de la formation diplomatique ? Qu’en fut-il des enseignements pratiques, organisés par les administrations étatiques des affaires étrangères ? Quel était le rapport entre les connaissances tirées de l’objet même de la négociation (la pratique) et celle dérivée des écrits qui font autorité dans nos traditions scientifiques ? Pouvait-on vraiment parler de professionnalisation, également eu égard aux développements du XIXe (L. Nuzzo & M. Vec (dir.), Constructing International Law – The Birth of a Discipline, V. Klostermann, 2012) ? Finalement, qu’en fut-il du caractère commun ou européen de la culture diplomatique des divers corps ?

2)      Circulation des idées et réseaux diplomatiquesLes traités dévoués au droit des gens sont souvent étudiés en isolement, hors contexte, dans leur lignée intellectuelle ou académique. Cependant, qu’en fut-il de leur utilisation pratique ou de celle de l’expertise juridique plus générale (G. Braun, La connaissance du Saint-Empire en France du baroque aux Lumières (1643-1756), De Gruyter, 2010), comme outil rhétorique dans la politique quotidienne ? À qui s’adressaient les traités de penseurs comme l’abbé de Saint-Pierre (1658-1743) ? Le souverain, ou bien ses conseillers juridiques, ou bien l’opinion de la république des lettres ? Si le droit des gens constituait une sorte de culture diplomatique européenne commune, comment se diffusait-elle sur le continent ? Peut-on identifier des usages similaires dans les flux diplomatiques ? Comment les réseaux s’organisaient-ils ? Peut-on identifier des carrefours diplomatiques, tels que les principautés de Valachie et Moldavie, entre l’Empire Ottoman et les puissances européennes ?
3)      TransformationLe Congrès de Vienne (1815) fut-il vraiment un tournant pour le droit des gens ? Si nous pouvons identifier une transition, relève-t-elle de la doctrine juridique ou plutôt des idées politiques ? À quel degré la pensée des Lumières et de la Révolution a-t-elle impacté le droit des gens classique (M. Bélissa, Fraternité universelle et intérêt national, 1713-1795, Kimé, 1998) ? Dans quelle mesure la correspondance diplomatique en fut-elle le témoin ?
Nous invitons les jeunes chercheurs (jusqu’à six ans après soutenance de la thèse de doctorat) à présenter leurs recherches nouvelles, dans une perspective franco-allemande et européenne. Les propositions doivent être envoyées pour le 20 février 2017au plus tard, accompagnées d’un CV concis (5 à 10 lignes) et d’un résumé de 400 mots au maximum (diplomacyconference2017@gmail.com). Les résultats seront communiqués pour le 15 mars 2017 au plus tard.
La conférence a reçu le soutien du CIERA (Centre interdisciplinaire d’études et de recherches sur l’Allemagne, www.ciera.fr) en tant que colloque junior. Elle aura lieu à Paris, le 18 mai 2017 (à la Maison de la Recherche), et le 19 mai 2017 (Fondation Biermans-Lapôtre, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris). Les contributions peuvent être présentées en anglais, français ou allemand. Les frais de déplacement et d'hébergement pourront être pris en charge sous certaines conditions. Une publication soumise au contrôle des pairs est envisagée.
Comité organisateur
Raphael Cahen (VUB-FWO/Orléans-POLEN)
Frederik Dhondt (VUB/Anvers/Gand-FWO)
Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina

Comité scientifique
Jacques Bouineau (La Rochelle)
Paul De Hert (VUB)
Dirk Heirbaut (Gand)
Christine Lebeau (Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne)
Gabriella Silvestrini (Piemonte Orientale)
Matthias Schmoeckel (Bonn)
Antonio Trampus (Venise)
Miloš Vec (Vienne)
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Juris Diversitas - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 16:14

July 10-12, 2017
Lyon, France

In partnership withEM Lyon & Université Jean Moulin
Law & FoodLa cuisine juridique
The Theme:For its 5th Annual Conference, Juris Diversitas revisits its culinary origins, expressed in the logo. The links between law and food are as old as the concept of law. Babylon, Egypt, Greece, and Rome cared about access to water resources and food, whether it came to trade or protection. Since times immemorial, Bhutan makes sure every citizen has access to a minimal acreage of land to secure food for the family. Whilst religions multiplied food prohibitions and prescriptions, customs redistributed land, shared its occupancy in creative ways, or favored communal property so that everyone had access to food. Laws have multiplied to facilitate food trade, security, safety, traceability, and also to promote and protect food and wine production, using trademarks and geographical denominations. In addition, the language of food and cooking offers legal thinkers and teachers mouth-watering metaphors, comparing rules to recipes, and their combination to culinary processes.
All law related food topics, whether liquid or solid, vegetal or animal, real or symbolic, tasty or toxic, old or new, home-made or industrial, fast or simmering, whether connected or not to the environment, sustainable development, climate change, literature, art, science, faith, beliefs, or any dimension of human experience may be revisited in an interdisciplinary perspective from the moment they intersect with rules, norms, or prescriptions of all kinds. You are invited to cook and share food for thought at every possible level, past, present, and future, local, regional, and global, topical and utopic, and feed at a two-day and a half worldwide intellectual banquet in a truly unique culinary capital of Europe.
Submissions:Panel proposals and interdisciplinary presentations are strongly encouraged, as is the participation of doctoral students and scholars from outside of the discipline of law. While parallel sessions featuring three presentations of twenty-minute each will be the pattern, more creative arrangements are encouraged.
Proposals should be in English or in French. Proposals of circa 250 words (or 1000 words for panel proposals with three or more speakers) should be submitted to Professor Salvatore Mancuso at : jdlyon2017@yahoo.com by January 31, 2017, with a short biography paragraph listing major or relevant publications. Make this a single Word document with minimal formatting, so that proposal and biography can be copied easily into the conference program.
Registration Fees:€200 or €125 for Juris Diversitas members paid up for 2017. Membership and fee payment information is available on the Juris Diversitas Blog (http://jurisdiversitas.blogspot.com/). Note that fees do not cover travel, accommodation, or the conference dinner (€50).
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6th Annual International Conference on Law, Regulations and Public Policy (LRPP 2017)

Juris Diversitas - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 11:41
We invite you/your research students to submit a paper to the 6th Annual International Conference on Law, Regulations and Public Policy (LRPP 2017) which will be held on 5th - 6th June 2017 in Singapore.
The co-Program Chairs areDr. Suresh V Nadagoudar, Bangalore University, India and Prof. K.C. Sunny,  University of Kerala, India and the Editor-In-Chief is Prof. Tony Carty, The University of Hong Kong.
The extended full paper submission deadline is on 10th February 2017. Hope that provides adequate time for you to complete the paper submission. If you need more time, please let us know and we will consider on a case by case basis for an extended deadline.
LRPP 2017 Highlights:!P         Workshop on !§The Climate Future of Law. How will Climate Change Affect the Future Development of the Cognate Areas of Law, Specifically the Law of Property, Contract and Tort!  by Prof. Paul Babie, The University of Adelaide, Australia.
!P         Keynote Addresses!P         Prof. Paul Babie, Personal Chair of Law in the Adelaide Law School, The University of Adelaide, Australia- The Climate Future of Property Law!P         Prof. Gabriel Moens, Professor of Law, Curtin Law School, Australia - Improving Public Health through Behavioural Rules: A Legitimate Legislative Project of a Nany State or a Nudge State?!P         Asst. Prof. Kevin Kwok-yin Cheng, Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong - Why Do Criminal Trials Crack? An Empirical Investigation of Late Guilty Pleas in Hong Kong!P         Assoc. Prof. Charles Qu, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong
!P         LRPP 2017 Conference Proceedings: Print ISSN: 2251-3809, E-Periodical ISSN: 2251-3817 will be published and submitted to several indexing partners. !P         Journal of Law and Social Sciences: All authors who present their papers at the conference will be invited to submit an extended version of their research paper for the GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences (JLSS) - Print ISSN: 2251-2853, E-periodical: 2251-2861. All submitted papers will go through blind review process for acceptance. All accepted papers (after the review process) will be included in the JLSS.!P         Best Paper Awards and Best Student Paper Awards will be conferred at the conference (in order to qualify for the award, the paper must be presented at the conference). !P         LRPP 2017 will also constitute a Special Panel Session.!P         Panel Proposals are invited for submission. A minimum of three papers centering on a specific topic will be accepted for submission under Panel Category.

For more information, please visit the LRPP 2017 website: http://law-conference.org/. Would appreciate if you could disseminate this information to your colleagues/students who might be interested to participate in this year's LRPP conference.
Should you require any assistance or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us at   secretariat@law-conference.org.

Ana Martina TubillejaProgram ManagerGlobal Science and Technology Forum (GSTF)10 Anson Road, International Plaza,
#13-12, Singapore- 079903
Phone: +65 6236 1544| Fax: +65 6327 0162
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Job Offer: Visiting Lecturership at the University of Tuscia

Juris Diversitas - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 11:28
During the Spring Semester of this academic year (2016-2017), the DISTU Department of the University of Tuscia, in its effort to promote the internationalisation of the legal studies, will offer a course on “Civil Law and Common Law Systems: Convergences and Divergences” as part of its Programme in Law. 
The course – open to the attendance of undergraduate and doctoral students – will consist of 6 lectures, each one lasting 3 hours, to be held in English, preferably in three consecutive weeks, in the period March-April 2017.
The DISTU Department seeks to appoint a foreign (non-Italian) visiting scholar, who will be responsible for the delivery of the course, as well as for the evaluation of the short essays that students will elaborate during the course in order to obtain the certificate and the 10 credits provided for the course. No more than 20 students will attend the course. 
The Department has allocated up to a maximum of € 3,000.00 (remuneration, travel and living expenses included). The gross sum of € 250.00 will be paid for each day’s seminar, which is to be considered as exclusive of all taxes and duties applicable to the University and/or the recipient. 
Travel and living expenses will also be reimbursed up to a maximum of € 1,500.00. 
The candidate should: 
1. Not be of Italian nationality;2. Be in possession of a level of competency of the English language of at least C1;3. Hold a Masters degree or equivalent or a Research Doctorate or PhD;4. Have academic, professional and teaching experience in the field of the Human Rights. 

The application (written in English) should be sent to the Director of the DISTU Department, Professor Giulio Vesperini (email to sangiovanni@unitus.it, and copy to mario.savino@unitus.it) by 25 January 2017. It should include a detailed academic-professional curriculum (written in English) and a list of the candidate’s academic publications. The DISTU Department will give communication of the results of the selection process by 10 February 2017.
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BOOK: Agustín PARISE, Ownership Paradigms in Latin American Civil Law Jurisdictions. Manifestations of the Shifts in the Legislation of Louisiana, Chile, and Argentina (16th-20th Centuries) [Legal History Library, 21; Studies in the History of Private...

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Dr. Agustín Parise (Maastricht University) published Ownership Paradigms in Latin American Civil Law Jurisdictions. Manifestations of the Shifts in the Legislation of Louisiana, Chile, and Argentina (16th-20th Centuries) in the Series Legal History Library/Studies in the History of Private Law (eds. R. Van Rhee,  D. Heirbaut & M. C. Mirow).

Book abstract:
In Ownership Paradigms in American Civil Law Jurisdictions Agustín Parise assists in identifying the transformations experienced in the legislation dealing with ownership in the Americas, thereby showing that current understandings are not uncontested dogmas.
 This book is the result of research undertaken on both sides of the Atlantic, and covers the 16th to 20th centuries. Agustín Parise offers readers a journey across time and space, by studying three American civil law jurisdictions in three successive time periods. His book first highlights the added value that comparative legal historical studies may bring to Europe and the Americas. It then addresses, in chronological order, the three ownership paradigms (i.e., Allocation, Liberal, and Social Function) that he claims have developed in the Americas.On the author:
Agustín Parise, Ph.D. (2015) Maastricht University, LL.D. (2010) Universidad de Buenos Aires, is Assistant Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University. He has published monographs and articles on comparative law and legal history, including Historia de la Codificación Civil del Estado de Luisiana y su Influencia en el Código Civil Argentino (Eudeba, 2013).
Table of contents:
List of Figures Acknowledgments
 Chapter 1 Introduction 1.1 Motivation 1.2 Problematization 1.3 Research Questions 1.4 Conceptualizations 1.4.1 American Civil Law Jurisdictions 1.4.2 Ownership Paradigms 1.5 Methodology 1.5.1 Louisiana as a Hard Case for American Civil Law Jurisdictions 1.6 Sources 1.7 Structure
 Chapter 2 The Value of Comparative Legal History for American Civil Law Jurisdictions 2.1 Introduction 2.2 Construction 2.2.1 Building Blocks 2.2.2 Autonomous Discipline 2.3 Development 2.3.1 Emergence Europe American Civil Law Jurisdictions Legal Historiography in Louisiana, Chile, and Argentina 2.3.2 Conditions Favorable Challenges 2.3.3 Benefits 2.3.4 Corollary 2.4 Impact on Transplantation 2.5 Closing Remarks
 Chapter 3 The Allocation Paradigm of Ownership in American Civil Law Jurisdictions 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Native American Land Relations 3.2.1 America as a Mosaic of Different Legal Systems 3.2.2 Louisiana, Chile, and Argentina within the Mosaic 3.2.3 Corollary 3.3 Spanish Access to Lands in the Americas 3.3.1 Territories as Royal Holdings of Castile Spanish Scholasticism and the Right to Conquest and Just War 3.3.2 Louisiana, Chile, and Argentina as Royal Holdings of Castile 3.3.3 Corollary 3.4 Indiano Legal Order 3.4.1 Castilian Precepts as Models for the Americas 3.4.2 Corpus iuris indiarum: Legislative Enactments and Doctrine 3.4.3 Louisiana, Chile, and Argentina within the Indiano Legal Order 3.4.4 Corollary 3.5 Allocating Multiple Interests 3.5.1 Crown of Castile 3.5.2 Roman Catholic Church 3.5.3 Native American Groups 3.5.4 Corollary 3.6 Individual Allocation 3.6.1 Transplantation of the Royal Land Grants System 3.6.2 Implementation of Royal Land Grants (Argentine Illustration) 3.6.3 Royal Land Grants in Louisiana and Chile 3.6.4 Corollary 3.7 Communal Allocation 3.7.1 Comunales and Propios: Origins and Implementation 3.7.2 Communal Property in European Settlements 3.7.3 Communal Property in Native American Towns 3.7.4 Communal Property in Louisiana, Chile, and Argentina 3.7.5 Corollary 3.8 Closing Remarks
 Chapter 4 The Liberal Paradigm of Ownership in American Civil Law Jurisdictions 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Emergence of First-Generation Codes 4.2.1 Studies on Comparative Legislation 4.3 First-Generation Codes across the Americas 4.3.1 Louisiana 4.3.2 Chile 4.3.3 Argentina 201 4.4 Codifying the Liberal Paradigm of Ownership 204 4.4.1 Origins 205 4.4.2 Formal Sources 209 4.4.3 Transplantation and Development of Common Sources 218 4.5 Encapsulation of the New Paradigm across the Americas  4.5.1 Louisiana Constitutional Protection Codified Protection Sources of the Provisions Corollary  4.5.2 Chile Constitutional Protection Codified Protection Sources of the Provisions Corollary 4.5.3 Argentina Constitutional Protection Codified Protection Sources of the Provisions Corollary 4.6 Pollination of Ownership in the Americas 4.6.1 Pollination from Louisiana 4.6.2 Pollination from Chile 4.6.3 Pollination from Argentina 4.7 Introduction to Second-Generation Codes 4.8 Closing Remarks
 Chapter 5 The Social Function Paradigm of Ownership in American Civil Law Jurisdictions 5.1 Introduction 5.2 Social Function Understanding 5.2.1 Global Emergence 5.2.2 Social Doctrine of the Church 5.2.3 Duguit: The Paladin of the Social Function Paradigm Postulates Impact on the Legal Discourse 5.2.4 Corollary 5.3 Reception in Constitutions 5.3.1 American Origins: Social Constitutionalism in Mexico 5.3.2 European Origins: Social Constitutionalism in Germany 5.3.3 Global Contagion of Constitutions 5.3.4 Louisiana Social Context Reception Constitutional Proceedings 5.3.5 Chile Social Context Reception Constitutional Proceedings 5.3.6 Argentina Social Context Reception Constitutional Proceedings 5.4 Reception in Civil Codes 5.4.1 Momentum in Second-Generation Civil Codes 5.4.2 Doctrine of Abuse of Rights 5.4.3 Louisiana Evolution Instrumentation 5.4.4 Chile Evolution Instrumentation 5.4.5 Argentina Evolution Instrumentation 5.5 Reception in Special Legislation 5.5.1 Land Reform Global Evolution American Evolution 5.5.2 Louisiana Evolution Implementation 5.5.3 Chile Evolution Implementation 5.5.4 Argentina Evolution Colonization as an Alternative 5.6 Closing Remarks
 Chapter 6 Conclusions 6.1 Presentation 6.2 Central Conclusions 6.2.1 Visualizing Paradigms and Shifts 6.2.2 Circulation of Ideas and Paradigm Flows 6.2.3 Contagious Evolution across Time and Space 6.2.4 Transplantation of Vernacular and Foreign Legal Sources 6.3 Peripheral Conclusions 6.3.1 Disciplinary Value of Comparative Legal History 6.3.2 Quality of Existing Output 6.3.3 Transatlantic Circulation 6.3.4 Global Undertakings 6.4 Areas of Future Research 6.4.1 Additional Sources of Law and Ownership Paradigms 6.4.2 Ecological Function of Ownership 6.4.3 Global Context for Ownership Paradigms 6.5 Finale
 List of References
 Index of NamesMore on Brill's website.
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SCHOLARSHIP: Postgraduate Visiting Researcher in Roman law or Legal History at the University of Glasgow (DEADLINE 10 FEB 2017)

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H-Law has the following announcement by prof. E. Metzger:
The University of Glasgow School of Law invites applications from PhD students in Roman law/legal history for the post of Alan Rodger Postgraduate Visiting Researcher, to be held during the 2017/18 academic year. The selected candidate will spend a term in Glasgow and receive a £2,000 award for support. The deadline for applications is 10 February 2017. Full details are available from its website. The post was established in memory of Lord Rodger of Earlsferry (1944-2011), Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and scholar of Roman law and legal history.
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BOOK: Lindy GRANT, Blance of Castille, Queen of France. New Haven (Conn.): Yale UP, 2017, 456 p. ISBN 9780300219265, USD 50.

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Book abstract:
This is the first modern scholarly biography of Blanche of Castile, whose identity has until now been subsumed in that of her son, the saintly Louis IX. A central figure in the politics of medieval Europe, Blanche was a sophisticated patron of religion and culture. Through Lindy Grant’s engaging account, based on a close analysis of Blanche’s household accounts and of the social and religious networks on which her power and agency depended, Blanche is revealed as a vibrant and intellectually questioning personality.On the author:
Lindsy Grant is professor of medieval history, University of Reading, and was previously medieval curator at the Courtauld Institute, London.More information on the publisher's website.
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COLLOQUIUM & CFP: "Colloque en commémoration du bicentenaire de la mort de Pierre-Samuel Dupont de Nemours" (Paris, December 14-15 2017)

WHAT Colloque en commémoration du bicentenaire de la mort de Pierre-Samuel Dupont de Nemours, Colloquium
WHEN December 14-15, 2017

WHERE Salle des Conseils – Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas (12 place du Panthéon, Paris 5e)
deadline March 30, 2017
Pierre-Samuel Dupont de Nemours (1739-1817) appartient à cette galerie de personnages qui présentent la particularité d’avoir été des acteurs de la France d’avant 1789 et de celle d’après 1789. Connu pour son appartenance à la « secte des économistes », il apparaît comme l’un des principaux propagandistes de la doctrine économique des physiocrates, qui a contribué à jeter les fondements du libéralisme. Or, si la pensée et les propositions du physiocrate économiste ont majoritairement attiré le regard des chercheurs comme le prouvent les nombreux travaux en la matière, d’autres facettes de Dupont de Nemours restent encore à explorer et à mettre à perspective. C’est notamment le cas des idées qu’il a défendues et des actions qu’il a menées dans le domaine politique.  Comme chacun de ses comparses qui a vécu ces deux moments – avant 89, après 89 –, la trajectoire de Dupont de Nemours est marquée par des permanences et des variations dans certains de ses engagements et positions politiques qui se reflètent notamment dans ses écrits à la fois nombreux et protéiformes (ouvrages, articles, rapports, mémoires, correspondance…). Plutôt que de céder à l’hypothèse facile de l’opportunisme, il apparaît plus prudent d’identifier les repositionnements du personnage en fonction des fluctuations de la conjoncture politique, extrêmement mobile dès les années 1780. Quoi qu’il en soit, il ne fait nul doute que les idées et les actions politiques imprègnent la vie – parfois romanesque (romancée ?) – de Dupont de Nemours. Un rappel de quelques étapes importantes de cette vie suffit pour s’en convaincre. À la fin des années 1760 et au cours de la décennie suivante, en physiocrate assumé, Dupont de Nemours se fait le chantre d’une monarchie régénérée qui reposerait sur les préceptes du despotisme légal. Un tel positionnement idéologique le conduit alors à vanter les mérites, sur le plan de l’organisation administrative, d’un système de municipalités autonomes alors qu’il est devenu le bras droit du contrôleur général Turgot. Sa volonté de réformer les institutions attire la curiosité des princes éclairés (le roi de Suède Gustave III, le margrave de Bade Charles-Frédéric et le roi de Pologne Stanislas Poniatowski) auprès desquels il est appelé à exercer ses talents. En 1783, il est associé par Vergennes à la confection du traité qui reconnaît les treize colonies libres, indépendantes et souveraines, formant les États-Unis, ce qui lui vaut d’être anobli par Louis XVI l’année suivante. En 1786, il contribue également à la préparation du traité de commerce avec l’Angleterre. En 1787, année durant laquelle il fait la connaissance de Thomas Jefferson avec qui il entretiendra une importante correspondance, Dupont de Nemours conseille et guide le ministre Calonne dans son projet de création d’assemblées provinciales, ce qui ne l’empêche pas de promouvoir quelques mois plus tard, dans un contexte politique et intellectuel nouveau, une monarchie tempérée dans laquelle la nation est appelée à occuper une place stratégique. Membre depuis la fin de l’année 1788 de l’influente Société des Trente, il participe activement à la rédaction des doléances du tiers état du bailliage de Nemours, dont il sera l’un des représentants aux États généraux. Le basculement révolutionnaire lui permet de devenir député de l’Assemblée nationale constituante et de se montrer très actif au cours de son mandat, tout en manifestant une entière fidélité à Louis XVI et un soutien assumé à la monarchie constitutionnelle, jusqu’à sa disparition en 1792. Après la parenthèse de la Terreur et quelques jours d’emprisonnement, il est élu député du Loiret au Conseil des Anciens où il prend une part importante à tous ses travaux et se distingue surtout par ses critiques à l’encontre du Directoire. Après le coup d’État du 18 fructidor, il est de nouveau emprisonné quelque temps à cause de ses sympathies royalistes et échappe de peu à la déportation. À la fin de l’année 1799, il décide de s’exiler aux États-Unis. Dès l’année suivante, Jefferson, qui est devenu vice-président, lui demande de rédiger un plan d’éducation publique pour les États-Unis. En 1802, de retour en France, il joue un rôle officieux et déterminant dans les relations diplomatiques franco-américaines, à propos de la cession de la Louisiane. Opposé à la politique de l’empereur, il se consacre alors à ses travaux scientifiques, tout en s’intéressant toujours de très près à la politique américaine. Après avoir été secrétaire puis vice-président de la Chambre de commerce de Paris entre 1803 et 1810, il est nommé secrétaire du gouvernement provisoire en 1814 puis rentre au Conseil d’État sous la première Restauration. Or, l’épisode des Cent-Jours le contraint à repartir aux États-Unis où, à peine arrivé, il propose ses services au président Madison. Il décède en 1817 à Wilmington (Delaware), dans la propriété familiale fondée par son fils Éleuthère Irénée.

Appréhender la pensée et l’action politiques de Dupont de Nemours à travers ces multiples facettes (journaliste, conseiller des princes, des ministres, des présidents, négociateur, diplomate, député…) soulève une multitude de questions que cette manifestation se propose d’aborder, et qui visent à la fois à éclairer un aspect méconnu du personnage et approfondir certaines de ses idées ou entreprises.Les propositions devront de préférence porter, d’une part, sur la période postérieure au décès de François Quesnay et à la dispersion de la « secte physiocratique », soit du ministère Turgot à l’exil américain ; et, d’autre part, sur les questions d’ordre politique, constitutionnelles, diplomatiques, administratives, historiques… Les organisateurs souhaitent que celles-ci soient abordées, dans la mesure du possible, non seulement sous un angle comparatiste, avec pour cadre les États européens ou les États-Unis, mais aussi sous un angle interdisciplinaire, afin de confronter la vision des historiens du droit, des politistes, des historiens des lettres, des juristes, des sociologues, etc.Parmi les thèmes rarement traités en profondeur, voici quelques pistes, sans exhaustivité aucune :-    Dupont, penseur et acteur du droit public : droits de l’homme, nature du régime politique idéal, droit constitutionnel (organisation des pouvoirs, souveraineté, hiérarchie des normes, processus de création de la loi…), administration territoriale et locale, fiscalité et finances publiques…-    Dupont et le monde atlantique : la révolution américaine, les institutions américaines et la vie politique ; la question coloniale…-    Dupont diplomate et penseur des relations internationales : le traité de Versailles de 1783, le traité franco-britannique de 1786, le Pacte de Famille, la cession de la Louisiane…-    Entre vie privée et vie publique : si le « sentimentalisme » de Dupont a déjà été relevé, il pourrait être prolongé par l'étude de ses idées sur les liens entre la vie familiale, la sensibilité et la production des idées, et éclairé par sa manière de vivre lui-même une forme de porosité entre l'homme public et l'homme privé. -    Dupont et le patriotisme, Dupont et la religion, Dupont historien…Contact :Les propositions de communication doivent être déposées de préférence sur le site : https://dupont2017.sciencesconf.org ou envoyées par mail aux organisateurs : anthony.mergey@u-paris2.fr ; askornicki@u-paris10.fr, avant le 30 mars 2017. Merci de joindre une présentation succincte de la communication envisagée avec indication des sources (2500 signes maximum espaces compris) avec son titre et un court curriculum vitae.
Comité d’organisation :Anthony Mergey, professeur d’histoire du droit, Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas – Institut d’Histoire du Droit (UMR 7184)Arnault Skornicki, maître de conférences en science politique, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre – Institut des Sciences sociales du Politique (UMR 7220)
Comité scientifique international : -    Manuela Albertone, professeur d’histoire moderne, Université de Turin-    Eric Gojosso, professeur d’histoire du droit, Université de Poitiers -    Christophe Le Digol, maître de conférences en science politique, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-    Anthony Mergey, professeur d’histoire du droit, Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas-    Laurent Reverso, professeur d’histoire du droit, Université de Toulon-    Arnault Skornicki, maître de conférences en science politique, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-    Liana Vardi, professeur d’histoire moderne, Université de Buffalo  -    Anne Verjus, directrice de recherche au CNRS, ENS de Lyon-    Richard Whatmore, professeur d’histoire moderne, Université de St Andrews
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BOOK: Sara MCDOUGALL, Royal Bastards: the Birth of Illegitimacy, 800-1230 [Studies in Medieval History]. Oxford: OUP, 2017, 320 p. ISBN 9781098785828

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Sara McDougall (CUNY) has published a study on medieval bastardy in OUP's Studies in Medieval History series.

Book abstract:
The stigmatization as ‘bastards’ of children born outside of wedlock is commonly thought to have emerged early in Medieval European history. Christian ideas about legitimate marriage, it is assumed, set the standard for legitimate birth. Children born to anything other than marriage had fewer rights or opportunities. They certainly could not become king or queen. As this volume demonstrates, however, well into the late twelfth century, ideas of what made a child a legitimate heir had little to do with the validity of his or her parents’ union according to the dictates of Christian marriage law. Instead a child’s prospects depended upon the social status, and above all the lineage, of both parents. To inherit a royal or noble title, being born to the right father mattered immensely, but also being born to the right kind of mother. Such parents could provide the most promising futures for their children, even if doubt was cast on the validity of the parents’ marriage. Only in the late twelfth century did children born to illegal marriages begin to suffer the same disadvantages as the children born to parents of mixed social status. Even once this change took place we cannot point to ‘the Church’ as instigator. Instead, exclusion of illegitimate children from inheritance and succession was the work of individual litigants who made strategic use of Christian marriage law. This new history of illegitimacy rethinks many long-held notions of medieval social, political, and legal history.Table of contents:
1. The Language of Illegitimacy
2. The Carolingian Example: The Sons of Concubines
3. Illegitimacy and the Making of Medieval Dynasties 900-1050
4. Maternal Lineage and Anglo-Norman Succession 950-1150
5. Canon Law, Canonists, and Bastards in the World of Ivo of Chartres
6. Redefining Marriage and Legitimacy (1140-1200): Ideas and Practices
7. Royal Bastards of the Twelfth Century: The Monk-King of Aragon's Daughter, the Abbess-Countess of Boulogne's Daughter, and Tancred of Lecce
8. Illegitimacy and Legitimation in the Thirteenth Century: Pope Innocent III, King Philip II, and Emperor Frederick II
9. Scandal in Jerusalem: Royal Succession and Illegitimacy
10. Saint Fernando III, The Bastard King of Leon
More information with OUP.

(source: Legal History Blog)
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FORUM: "History of Law and other Humanities: views of the legal culture across the time" (Naples, May 30 - June 1 2017)

WHAT History of Law and other Humanities: views of the legal culture across the time, XXIIIrd Annual Forum of Young Legal Historians
WHEN May 30 - June 1 2017
WHERE Naples, Università degli studi di Napoli Federico II, Law Faculty

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NOTICE: up to two Doctoral Students (Max Planck Institut, Frankfurt, July 2017)

WHAT up to two Doctoral Students, Call for doctoral position
WHEN from 1 July 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter
WHERE Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt
deadline January 15 2017all information here
The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt is a world leader in researching the history of law in Europe and beyond. Its two research departments with more than 60 scholars, the unrivalled collections of its specialized library and its numerous national and international co-operations make it the central research hub for a global scientific community investigating the past, present and future of legal regimes.

The Institute belongs to the Max Planck Society, Germany’s most successful research organization. Since its establishment in 1948, no fewer than 18 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its researchers, putting it on a par with the most prestigious research institutions worldwide. The mission of the Max Planck Society is to conduct fundamental (i.e., non-applied) research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and the humanities at the highest possible level. Its 83 Institutes are scattered across Germany and beyond, and they focus on research fields that are particularly innovative and require unusually extensive resources.

We are now looking to recruit

up to two Doctoral Studentsfrom 1 July 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter

for the following research fields in the Department I of Professor Stefan Vogenauer:

(1) Legal Transfer in the Common Law World;
Legal History of the European Union
Your tasks
You will develop, co-ordinate and pursue a doctoral project in one of the two research fields. Your doctoral thesis will turn on
(1) the development of rules, principles, doctrines and institutions of English law outside England, for example in selected jurisdictions of the British Empire; or
(2) the legal history of selected areas of EU law, particularly in their interaction with the legal systems of the member states.You will publish your findings and actively participate in the research activities of the Institute under the guidance of Professor Vogenauer.
Your profile
You hold a first class or high upper second class degree, preferably in law, alternatively in a different branch of the humanities or social sciences. You work independently, are fully proficient in the English language and willing to learn German if necessary.

Our offer
We offer an attractive and international work environment with an unparalleled research infrastructure and a good working atmosphere. Payment and social benefits are based on the German Civil Service Collective Agreement (TVÖD). The annual salary before tax will amount to EUR 29,950 (EG13 band 1, 65%). The job is a full time position (currently 39 hours per week). The position is a fixed-term appointment for three years, with the possibility of renewal for a further year in exceptional circumstances.

We are located on one of the most beautiful university campuses in Europe, right at the heart of the thriving and cosmopolitan city of Frankfurt, the centre of finance, banking and the legal professions of Europe’s biggest economy.

The Max-Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Application procedureYour application should be written in either English or German and contain the following documents:
Personal Statement:
Cover letter with reference to your research proposal and an explanation as to how your profile matches the selection criteria
Names and addresses (postal and electronic) of two scholars who have agreed to provide a reference for you
Detailed CV
List of publications
Other Documents:Research proposal (up to five pages)
A sample of writing of some 20 pages length (seminar paper, journal article, book chapter etc)
Please provide your referees with all the documents that you submit for your application and ask them to send their references direct to jobs@rg.mpg.de by the closing date of 15 January 2017. References may only be submitted by email. They do not have to be signed as long as they are emailed from the official mail address of the referee. Strong applicants will be invited for an interview.
Informal enquiries as to the substance of the research fields may be directed to Professor Stefan Vogenauer (vogenauer@rg.mpg.de).

Questions as to the terms and conditions of employment may be directed to Ms Anna Heym (jobs@rg.mpg.de).

Your application must be submitted online via the followed link by the closing date of 15 January 2017:Online application 

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BOOK: Heikki PIHLAJAMÄKI, Conquest and the Law in Swedish Livonia (ca. 1630–1710). A Case of Legal Pluralism in Early Modern Europe [The Northen World]. Leiden/New York: Martinus Njihoff/Brill, 2017, viii + 299 p. ISBN 9789004331532, € 115.

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Prof. Heikki Pihlajamäki (Helsinki), editor-in-chief of Comparative Legal History, our Society's organ, has published the book Conquest and the Law in Swedish Livonia (ca. 1630–1710) A Case of Legal Pluralism in Early Modern Europe with Martinus Nijhoff/Brill publishers.

Book abstract:
In Conquest and the Law in Swedish Livonia (ca. 1630-1710), Heikki Pihlajamäki offers an exciting account of the law in seventeenth-century Livonia, conquered by Sweden. The volume demonstrates how the differences in legal cultures affected the Livonian judiciary and legal procedure in the region.Table of contents:
Preliminary Material
pp.: i–viii Introduction
pp.: 1–20 (20) The Outset: The Livonian and Swedish Legal Orders at the Time of the Swedish Conquest
pp.: 21–84 (64) The Reorganisation of the Livonian Judiciary under the Swedish Rule
pp.: 85–150 (66) The Procedure in the Livonian Courts of the Swedish Era
pp.: 151–237 (87) Transplanting Swedish Law? The Legal Sources at the Livonian Courts
pp.: 238–255 (18) Conclusions
pp.: 256–263 (8) Sources and Bibliography
pp.: 265–290 (26) Index
pp.: 291–299 (9) The book is available as an e-book on Brills Books and Journal Online website.
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