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BOOK: Benjamin A. SCHUPMANN, Carl Schmitt’s State and Constitutional Theory : A Critical Analysis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018). ISBN 9780198791614, $ 75.00.


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Oxford University Press has recently published a book analysing Carl Schmitt’s state and constitutional theory. The Ebook can be found here. The hardcoveris available as from February 16, 2018.
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Can a constitutional democracy commit suicide? Can an illiberal antidemocratic party legitimately obtain power through democratic elections and amend liberalism and democracy out of the constitution entirely? In Weimar Germany, these theoretical questions were both practically and existentially relevant. By 1932, the Nazi and Communist parties combined held a majority of seats in parliament. Neither accepted the legitimacy of liberal democracy. Their only reason for participating democratically was to amend the constitution out of existence.
This book analyses Carl Schmitt's state and constitutional theory and shows how it was conceived in response to the Weimar crisis. Right-wing and left-wing political extremists recognized that a path to legal revolution lay in the Weimar constitution's combination of democratic procedures, total neutrality toward political goals, and positive law. Schmitt's writings sought to address the unique problems posed by mass democracy. Schmitt's thought anticipated 'constrained' or 'militant' democracy, a type of constitution that guards against subversive expressions of popular sovereignty and whose mechanisms include the entrenchment of basic constitutional commitments and party bans.
Schmitt's state and constitutional theory remains important: the problems he identified continue to exist within liberal democratic states. Schmitt offers democrats today a novel way to understand the legitimacy of liberal democracy and the limits of constitutional change.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. The Challenge of Mass Democracy
2. The Concept of the Political
3. The Absolute State
4. The Absolute Constitution
5. The Guardian of the Constitution
6. Basic Rights
More information to be found on the publisher’s website.
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JOB: 10 Postdoc Positions with EHESS (Deadline 2 MAR 2018)

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Dix contrats de chercheurs post-doctorants sont ouverts à l'EHESS à compter du 1er septembre 2018 pour une durée d'un an, éventuellement renouvelable, pour une rémunération brute mensuelle de 2365 €.Ces emplois concernent les différents domaines des sciences humaines et sociales.Ils sont proposés aux jeunes chercheurs ayant soutenu, entre le 1er janvier 2015 et le 31 janvier 2018une thèse de doctorat dans un autre établissement que l'EHESS, en France ou à l'étranger.Les candidats ne doivent jamais avoir été bénéficiaires d'un contrat de travail géré par l'EHESS. Chaque candidat indiquera (3 maximum) le(s) laboratoire(s) ou centre(s) de recherche de l'EHESS (ou auquel l'EHESS est associée) au sein desquels il souhaiterait être accueilli pour y inscrire son projet de recherche dans l'un des programmes d'activités du laboratoire/centre (la liste des centres est consultable sur le site de l'EHESS : https://www.ehess.fr/fr/liste-unites-rechercheCette annonce ne concerne pas les post-doctorants EHESS déjà en poste.La sélection favorisera les dossiers comportant une forte dimension interdisciplinaire, une ouverture internationale et une capacité de dialogue avec plusieurs laboratoires ou domaines de l'EHESS.                     Pour postuler, les candidats doivent impérativement se connecter à l’interface emploi de l’EHESS du jeudi 1er février 2018 jusqu'au vendredi 2 mars 2018 à midi (heure de Paris) et insérer les documents suivants dans le formulaire de candidature au format pdf:
  • un curriculum vitae avec la liste des publications
  • la copie du diplôme de doctorat ou attestation faisant foi
  • le rapport de soutenance de la thèse de doctorat le cas échéant
  • une lettre de candidature, adressée à l'attention du président de l'EHESS
  • le(s) nom(s) du/des laboratoire(s) ou centre(s) de recherche de l'EHESS
  • un projet de recherche et d'activités post-doctorales (en cinq pages maximum) rédigé dans le cadre d'une année et s'insérant précisément dans le programme du/des laboratoire(s) ou centre(s) de recherche de l'EHESS ou lié(s) à l'EHESS, à Paris, Marseille, Toulouse ou Lyon.
La rédaction du projet de recherche et d'activités post-doctorales en anglais est autorisée. Toutefois, un bon niveau de compréhension et d'expression orale en français est requis.Les candidatures se font uniquement en ligne, à partir du jeudi 1er février 2018 jusqu'au vendredi 2 mars 2018 à midi (heure de Paris).Une confirmation automatique de réception du formulaire, sous réserve de recevabilité de la candidature à un emploi de post-doctorant à l'EHESS, sera envoyée par mail à l'adresse email inscrite dans le formulaire par le candidat.Les résultats seront disponibles à partir du jeudi 7 juin 2018 sur le site de l'EHESS - rubrique « Recrutements/chercheurs ». Les lauréats seront contactés directement par le service des ressources humaines.More information on the EHESS website.
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BOOK: M. ANTAKI, A. CONDELLO, S. HUYGEBAERT & S. MARUSEK (eds.), Sensing the Nation's Law. Historical Inquiries into the Aesthetics of Democratic Legitimacy [Studies in the History of Law and Justice, vol. 13, eds. Georges MARTYN & Mortimer SELLERS] ...

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Book abstract:This book examines how the nation – and its (fundamental) law – are ‘sensed’ by way of various aesthetic forms from the age of revolution up until our age of contested democratic legitimacy. Contemporary democratic legitimacy is tied, among other things, to consent, to representation, to the identity of ruler and ruled, and, of course, to legality and the legal forms through which democracy is structured. This book expands the ways in which we can understand and appreciate democratic legitimacy. If (democratic) communities are “imagined” this book suggests that their “rightfulness” must be “sensed” – analogously to the need for justice not only to be done, but to be seen to be done. This book brings together legal, historical and philosophical perspectives on the representation and iconography of the nation in the European, North American and Australian contexts from contributors in law, political science, history, art history and philosophy.On the editors:
 Mark Antaki, Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley 2005) is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at McGill University. His research focuses on the relation of ethics and aesthetics and that of law and language. He is active in the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, and has been a fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study and McGill’s Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas. He teaches courses in public and private law as well as legal theory. Angela Condello, PhD (2013, Roma Tre) is Temporary Lecturer at the University of Roma Tre and Adjunct Professor (Jean Monnet Module “Cultures of Normativity” 2017-2010) at the University of Torino, where she also directs LabOnt Law. She cooperates with the Human Rights Committee of the Italian Senate of the Republic. In 2015 she was Fernand Braudel Fellow (EHESS, CENJ) and in 2014 she was a Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Law as Culture”. Until 2016 she was Guest Professor at the Law School of the University of Ghent. She teaches Law and Humanities at Roma Tre. She organizes the International Roundtables for the Semiotics of Law (New York 2017; Torino 2019) and is in the boards of Law Text Culture, Law & Literature, Rivista di Estetica. She is Associate Editor of Brill Research Perspectives in Art and Law and directs a book series on French Philosophy and Law (Westminster University Press). In 2016 she received a Jean Monnet award. Her book Analogica. Il doppio legame tra diritto e analogia in forthcoming with Quodlibet (early 2018). Stefan Huygebaert is a Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) PhD Fellow at the Ghent Legal History Institute and Department of Art History, Musicology and Theatre Studies (Ghent University). His dissertation, entitled Visual Ideals of Law and Justice is an iconological study of legal imagery in nineteenth-century Belgium. In 2014-2015, and again in 2016-2017, Stefan was a PhD fellow (Stipendiat) within the Minerva Research Group The Nomos of Images: Manifestation and Iconology of Law at the Kunsthistorisches Insitut in Florenz (Max-Planck-Institut). He publishes and teaches on legal iconography and nineteenth-century art, and recently co-edited the catalogue for the exhibition The Art of Law: Three Centuries of Justice Depicted (Groeningemuseum, Bruges). Sarah Marusek, Ph.D (University of Massachusetts Amherst 2008), is an Associate Professor of Public Law in the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. Her research interests focus on sites of constitutive law, legal geography, and legal semiotics that engage legal pluralist frameworks of everyday jurisprudence. She teaches courses in U.S. Constitutional law, legal studies, and legal geography.
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BOOK: Aniceto MASFERRER DOMINGO (ed.), The Western Codification of Criminal Law. A Revision of the Myth of its Predominant French Influence [Studies in the History of Law and Justice, vol. 11, eds. Georges MARTYN & Mortimer SELLERS] (Heidelberg:...

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Book abstract:
This volume addresses an important historiographical gap by assessing the respective contributions of tradition and foreign influences to the 19th century codification of criminal law. More specifically, it focuses on the extent of French influence – among others – in European and American civil law jurisdictions. In this regard, the book seeks to dispel a number of myths concerning the French model’s actual influence on European and Latin American criminal codes. The impact of the Napoleonic criminal code on other jurisdictions was real, but the scope and extent of its influence were significantly less than has sometimes been claimed. The overemphasis on French influence on other civil law jurisdictions is partly due to a fundamental assumption that modern criminal codes constituted a break with the past. The question as to whether they truly broke with the past or were merely a degree of reform touches on a difficult issue, namely, the dichotomy between tradition and foreign influences in the codification of criminal law. Scholarship has unfairly ignored this important subject, an oversight that this book remedies.More information on the publisher's website.
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BOOK: Maria Gigliola DI RENZO VILATA (ed.), Succession Law, Practice and Society in Europe across the Centuries [Studies in the History of Law and Justice, vol. 14, eds. Georges MARTYN & Mortimer SELLERS] (Heidelberg: Springer, 2018), XXII + 659 p....

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Book abstract:This book presents a broad overview of succession law, encompassing aspects of family law, testamentary law and legal history. It examines society and legal practice in Europe from the Middle Ages to the present from both a legal and a sociological perspective. The contributing authors investigate various aspects of succession law that have not yet been thoroughly examined by legal historians, and in doing so they not only add to our knowledge of past succession law but also provide a valuable key to interpreting and understanding current European succession law. Readers can explore such issues as the importance of a father’s permission to marry in relation to disinheritance, as well as inheritance transactions and private, dynastic and cross-border successions. Further themes addressed by the expert contributors include women’s inheritance rights, the laws of succession for the prince in legal consulting, and succession in the Rota Romana’s jurisprudence.More information with the publisher.
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BOOK: Jamie TRINIDAD, Self-Determination in Disputed Colonial Territories (Cambridge: CUP, 2018), ISBN 9781108418188, £ 85

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Book abstract
Self-Determination in Disputed Colonial Territories addresses the relationship between self-determination and territorial integrity in some of the most difficult decolonization cases in international law. It investigates historical cases, such as Hong Kong and the French and Portuguese territories in India, as well as cases that remain very much alive today, such as the Western Sahara, Gibraltar, the Falkland Islands and the Chagos Islands. This book provides a comprehensive analysis of colonial territories that are, or have been, the subject of adverse third-party claims, invariably by their neighbouring states. Self-Determination in Disputed Colonial Territories takes a contextual, historical approach to mapping the existing law and will be of interest to international lawyers, as well as scholars of international relations and students of the history of decolonization.On the author:
1. Introduction 2. Territorial integrity and the limits of self-determination: paragraph 6 of the Colonial Declaration 3. Territorial integrity, irredentist claims, and the identification of self-determination Units 4. Is there a 'colonial enclaves' exception to the self-determination rule? 5. Overall conclusions. Free excerpt and more information here.
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BOOK: T. R. SLATER and Sandra M. G. PINTO, eds., Building Regulations and Urban Form, 1200-1900 (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017). ISBN 9781472485373, $ 149.95


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Routledge has recently published a book containing many contributions on the legal history of urban regulation.
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Towns are complicated places. It is therefore not surprising that from the beginnings of urban development, towns and town life have been regulated. Whether the basis of regulation was imposed or agreed, ultimately it was necessary to have a law-based system to ensure that disagreements could be arbitrated upon and rules obeyed. The literature on urban regulation is dispersed about a large number of academic specialisms. However, for the most part, the interest in urban regulation is peripheral to some other core study and, consequently, there are few texts which bring these detailed studies together. This book provides perspectives across the period between the high medieval and the end of the nineteenth century, and across a geographical breadth of European countries from Scandinavia to the southern fringes of the Mediterranean and from Turkey to Portugal. It also looks at the way in which urban regulation was transferred and adapted to the colonial empires of two of those nations.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Building Regulations and Urban Form: An Introduction[Terry R. Slater and Sandra M.G. Pinto]2. Islamic Building Regulations: The Fourteenth-Century Tunis Book and its Counterparts[Mohd Dani Muhamad ]3. Regulation of Private Building Activity in Medieval Lisbon[Sandra M.G. Pinto]4. Policies and Regulations in the Forming of Late-Medieval Trogir (Croatia)[Ana Plosnić Škarić]5. Streets and the Commune: Italy in the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance[David Friedman]6. Building Regulations and Urban Development in Antwerp and Bruges, 1200-1700[Heidi Deneweth]7. Building Regulations and Urban Development in Late Medieval Elburg and Early Modern Amsterdam[Jaap Evert Abrahamse and Reinout Rutte]8. Early Modern Building Regulation in England: Midland Towns, 1400–1800[Terry R. Slater]9. Beautifying the City and Improving the Streets with Building Permits: Lyons, 1580–1770[Bernard Gauthiez and Olivier Zeller]10. Risk, (In)Security, Regulation and Architecture in Nouvelle France[André Bélanger and Anne Bordeleau]11. The Politics of Health: Urban Regulation and Planning in the Spanish Colonies During the Eighteenth Century[Claudia Murray]12. Regulating the Growth of Dublin, 1750–1850[Rob Goodbody]13. The Development of Ottoman Urban Regulations: Istanbul, 1700–1900[Işıl Çokuğraş and C. İrem Gençer]14. Construction Regulations in Athens, 1833–1864: Creating a Metropolis[Dora Monioudi-Gavala]15. Building Regulations in Livonian Towns and Their Impact on Local Urban Space 1697–1904[Mart Siilivask]
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BOOK: Gerard N. MAGLIOCCA, The Heart of the Constitution : How the Bill of Rights Became the Bill of Rights (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018). ISBN 9780190271602, $ 29.95


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Oxford University Press has published a book on the legal history of the US Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
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This is the untold story of the most celebrated part of the Constitution. Until the twentieth century, few Americans called the first ten constitutional amendments drafted by James Madison in 1789 and ratified by the states in 1791 the Bill of Rights. Even more surprising, when people finally started doing so between the Spanish-American War and World War II, the Bill of Rights was usually invoked to justify increasing rather than restricting the authority of the federal government. President Franklin D. Roosevelt played a key role in that development, first by using the Bill of Rights to justify the expansion of national regulation under the New Deal, and then by transforming the Bill of Rights into a patriotic rallying cry against Nazi Germany. It was only after the Cold War began that the Bill of Rights took on its modern form as the most powerful symbol of the limits on government power.
These are just some of the revelations about the Bill of Rights in Gerard Magliocca's The Heart of the Constitution. For example, we are accustomed to seeing the Bill of Rights at the end of the Constitution, but Madison wanted to put them in the middle of the document. Why was his plan rejected and what impact did that have on constitutional law? Today we also venerate the first ten amendments as the Bill of Rights, but many Supreme Court opinions say that only the first eight or first nine amendments. Why was that and why did that change?
The Bill of Rights that emerges from Magliocca's fresh historical examination is a living text that means something different for each generation and reflects the great ideas of the Constitution--individual freedom, democracy, states' rights, judicial review, and national power in time of crisis.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Acknowledgements Preface: The Bill of Rights Introduction: The First Bill of Rights Day Chapter 1: Fighting the Crown Chapter 2: Opposing the Constitution Chapter 3: Drafting the Amendments Chapter 4: Wandering in the Wilderness Chapter 5: Reconstructing the Union Chapter 6: Justifying Imperialism Chapter 7: Defending The New Deal Chapter 8: Attacking The Führer Chapter 9: Reinventing Judicial Review Chapter 10: Waging the Cold War Epilogue: A Sacred Relic Appendix A: The English Declaration of Rights (1689) Appendix B: The Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776) Appendix C: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) Bibliography Notes Index
More information to be found on the websiteof the publisher
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BOOK: Vincent GENIN, Incarner le droit international. Du mythe juridique au déclassement international de la Belgique (1914-1940) [Enjeux internationaux, 43] (Bruxelles: Peter Lang, 2017), ISBN 9782807606036

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Book abstract:
La Guerre de 1914-1918, par son caractère global, ses innovations technologiques, ou encore son degré de violence, marque une étape significative de l’histoire contemporaine. La Belgique, premier pays du front Ouest à être envahi, se situe aux premières loges de cette nouvelle phase historique. La neutralité « perpétuelle, permanente et garantie » de ce territoire est violée, en transgression du droit international public. Ce point d’ancrage semble propice à l’étude d’un milieu ayant peu attiré l’attention des historiens : les juristes belges de droit international. Cette étude est à même de mieux nous informer sur les caractéristiques de ce milieu professionnel en soi, concerné au premier chef par l’acte inaugural de la guerre, sur ses pratiques, ses codes, ses réseaux internationaux, le positionnement des juristes, mais aussi, en négatif, de nous renseigner sur un aspect méconnu de l’image de la Belgique et de sa position dans la hiérarchie internationale, à savoir sa contribution au droit international. L’évolution de ce milieu et de ce qu’il représente, à l’aune de la Guerre de 1914-1918, reconnue pour avoir accéléré la juridicisation des relations internationales, constitue l’essentiel de l’angle d’approche adopté par notre recherche. Ces réflexions nous mènent à la problématique générale de cet ouvrage, que l’on peut énoncer comme suit : dans quelle mesure les juristes belges de droit international public, de 1914 à 1940, ont tissé des réseaux internationaux, ont été des indicateurs de l’évolution de la Belgique dans la hiérarchie internationale et, surtout, ont été influencés par l’expérience de la Guerre de 1914-1918, en tant que génératrice d’une mémoire influant sur les modes d’expressions et de représentations de ce groupe social ?On the author:
Vincent Genin est Docteur en Histoire et assistant à l’Université de Liège. Spécialisé en histoire des relations internationales (XIXe-XXe s.) et des courants historiques, il est l’auteur d’une cinquantaine d’ouvrages et d’articles. Sa thèse de doctorat – Un "Laboratoire belge" du droit international (1869-1940) – a été distinguée par le Prix Jean-Baptise Duroselle 2017.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3726/b13331.
More information with the publisher.
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CONFERENCE: Latin America and International Law (Hamburg, 8-9 Feb 2018)

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The University of Hamburg (Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholy Graduate School of Law) hosts a conference on Latin America and International Law.

Friday February 8

11:30-12:00 Registration
12:15-12:30: Welcome Address
12:30-13:15: Keynote 1: José Manuel Barreto Soler (Catholic University of Colombia)

13:30-15:00: First Panel Session
Panel 1: Colonialism and International Law in the Americas
Alexis Alvarez-Nagakawa: "The Conquest of the (New) World as Picture: Images of the Colo- nial Origins of International Law"
Nikitas Hatzimihail: "The Buffalo in the Room: The Americas in Early Classical Private International Law"
Yolanda Gamarra: "Material and Discursive Reconfiguration of ‘Spanish America’ in International Law"
Panel 2: Latin America and International Law 1
Walter Arévalo, Ricardo Abello-Galvis (Universidad of the Rosario), "The Influence of the Latin American Doctrine on International Law: The Rise of Latin American Doctrines and Principles at The Hague Academy Courses during the Early 20th Century"
Andreas Timmermann (Hamburg): "Hipólito Yrigoyen (1850 – 1933): ‘Krausism’ and International Understanding"
Christopher R. Rossi (University of Iowa): "Burying the Undertaker: The Resilience of Standard of Civilization"

15:30-16:15 Keynote 2: Miloš Vec (University of Vienna)

16:30-18:00: Second Panel Session
Panel 3: Second Scholasticism and Latin America
Ahmed Raza Memon (University of Kent):  "Birth of Network Governance in Vitoria: Territorial Enclaves and the Holy Roman Church"
Michelle Alves Monteiro, Tatiana A.F.R. Cardoso Squeff (Rio Grande do Sul, Pontifica university & Federal University): "The „Paradise Destroyed“ by „the Just War“: A Dialogue between Bartolomé de las Casas and Francisco de Vitoria in the Concealment of Latin American Natives by European Colonizers"
Stefano Cattelan: "Iberian Mare Clausum policies in the Americas"

Panel 4: Latin America and International Law II
Tania Ixchel Atilano (Humboldt Universität Berlin): "The Crime of „Violations of the Duties to Humanity“ in the 1871 Mexican Criminal Code; an Example of Incorporating International Law in Mexico"
Rodrigo Géspedes (MPI for Social Anthropology): "On Wars and Revolutions: The Chilean Contribution to Modern International Law"
Ulrich Mücke (Hamburg): "International Law and the Abolition of Slavery in Nine- teenth-Century Brazil"

Friday February 9

09-09:45 Keynote 3: Liliana Obregón (University of the Andes)

10:00-11:30 Third Panel Session
Panel 5: Latin America and its Independence
Nicolás Carrillo-Santarelli (La Sabana University), "Doctrinal and Diplomatic Efforts of the Latin American Republics to Legitimise their Independence in the 19th Century"
Edward Martin (Hamburg): "Contextualising Haitian Indepen- dence"
Alexandra Téllez (Frankfurt): "Francisco de Miranda and his Contributions to International Law"

Panel 6: Arbitration and Investment Treaties
Henrique Lenon (Federal University of Paraiba, University Centre of João Pessoa), "The missing epitácio pessoa: A new historical approach to Latin American Resistance to Invest- ment Arbitration"
Javier García Olmedo (Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law), "International Investment Law and Latin America: Perpetuating Colonial Economic Relations th- rough Unequal Treaties"
Gustavo Preito (University of Verona), "Mixed Claims Commissions and International Law in Latin Ame- rica: Adjudicating ‚Investment‘ Disputes in the 19th and 20th Century"

11:30-12:00 Break

12:00-13:30 Fourth Panel Session
Panel 7: A Latin American Doctrine of International Law?
Samira Allioui (Strasbourg): "The Discussion on the Existence of an Independent Sphere of International Law: International Law in Latin America or Latin American International Law?"
Nina Keller-Kemmerer (Frankfurt): "The Mimicry of International Law: Andrés Bello‘s „Principios de derecho internacional"
Aiko Nakai (Kyoto): "To seek the Basis of Regional International Law: The Concep- tions of American International Law by 19th Century‘s Latin American Thinkers"

Panel 8: Adjudication
Alan Nissel (Dudley Lotus LLP, Wilshire Skyline): "The US Professionalization of International Arbitration in Latin America (1870 - 1900)"
Fabia Fernandes Veçoso (Melbourne): "Intervention, Sovereign Debt, and the Making of Spatial Order: Revisiting the 1902 - 1903 Venezuelan Blockade"
Jean Rodrigo Ribeiro de Pontes (State University of Rio de Janeiro): "Brazil and the Statute of the Permanent Court of International Justice"

13:30-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:15 Keynote 4: Ingacio de la Rasilla del Moral (Brunel University London)

15:30-17:00 Fifth Panel Session
Panel 9: Latin American International Law and Natural Ressources
Lucas Lixinski, Mats Ingulstad (UNSW Sydney, Norwegian University of Science and Technology), "Displacing Beginnings and Undermining Revolutionary Achievements: The Making of Perma- nent Sovereignty over Natural Resources in the Americas"
Petra Gümplová (Max Weber Kolleg, University of Erfurt), "Right of Conquest and the Origin of Territorial Sovereignty over Natural Resources - The Case of the Spanish Empire"

Panel 10: Developments in International Law after 1945Victor Ventura (University of Hamburg) "Latin American Territorialism in the Law of the Sea: A Disservice to the Ocean Rule of Law? The Brazilian State Practice"
Maria Victoria Cabrera (University Espiritu Santo Ecuador), "International Law on Indigenous Peoples: Latin America as a Leader - but with few Followers"
Daniel R. Quiroga-Villamarín (University of the Andes), "An Atmosphere of Genuine So- lidarity and Brotherhood: Development, Catholicism, and the Latin American Contribution to Social Rights"

More information with Matthias Packeiser (matthias.packeiser@uni-hamburg.de) or at the conference website.

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BOOK: Uladzislau BELAVUSAU and Aleksandra GLISZCZYNSKA-GRABIAS, eds., Law and Memory: Towards Legal Governance of History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017). ISBN 9781107188754, £ 95.00.

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Cambridge University Press has recently published the book “Law and Memory: Towards Legal Governance of History”
BOOK DESCRIPTION
Legal governance of memory has played a central role in establishing hegemony of monumental history, and has forged national identities and integration processes in Europe and beyond. In this book, a range of contributors explore both the nature and role of legal engagement into historical memory in selected national law, European and international law. They also reflect on potential conflicts between legal governance, political pluralism, and fundamental rights, such as freedom of expression. In recent years, there have been numerous monumental commemoration practices and judicial trials about correlated events all over the world, and this is a prime opportunity to undertake an important global comparative scrutiny of memory laws. Against the background of mass re-writing of history in different parts of the world, this book revisits a fascinating subject of memory laws from the standpoint of comparative law and transitional justice.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: Memory Laws: Mapping a New Subject in Comparative Law and Transitional Justice 1 Uladzislau BELAVUSAU and Aleksandra GLISZCZYŃSKA-GRABIAS
Part I International Law 27
1 The United Nations Human Rights Committee’s View of the Past 29 Antoon DE BAETS 2 The Role of International Criminal Tribunals in Shaping the Historical Accounts of Genocides 48 Marina AKSENOVA 3 The ‘Right to Truth’ in International Law: The ‘Last Utopia’? 70 Patricia NAFTALI
Part II European Law (Council of Europe and the European Union) 89
4 Kononov v. Latvia as an Ontological Security Struggle over Remembering the Second World War 91 Maria MÄLKSOO5 Testing the ‘Uniqueness’: Denial of the Holocaust vs Denial of Other Crimes before the European Court of Human Rights 109 Paolo LOBBA 6 Legislating History: The European Union and the Denial of International Crimes 129 Luigi CAJANI
Part III National Perspectives within the European Union 149
7 Challenging Historical Facts and National Truths: An Analysis of Cases from France and Greece 151 Ioanna TOURKOCHORITI 8 Legal Silences and the Memory of Francoism in Spain 175 Alfons ARAGONESES9 Politics of Public Knowledge in Dealing with the Past: Post-communist Experiences and Some Lessons from the Czech Republic 195 Jiří PŘIBÁŇ 10 Adjudication in Latvian Deportation Cases: References to International Law 216 Ieva MILUNA 11 Judging the Conducător: Fascism, Communism, and Legal Discontinuity in Post-War Romania 228 Cosmin Sebastian CERCEL 12 Dealing with the Past in and around the Fundamental Law of Hungary 246 Miklós KÖNCZÖL 13 On the Politics of Resentment, Mis-memory, and Constitutional Fidelity: The Demise of the Polish Overlapping Consensus? 263 Tomasz Tadeusz KONCEWICZ
Part IV Perspectives beyond the European Union 291
14 Defending Stalinism by Means of Criminal Law: Russia, 1995–2014 293 Nikolay KOPOSOV 15 Cutting the Umbilical Cord: The Narrative of the National Past and Future in Ukrainian De-communization Policy 310 Lina KLYMENKO 16 Banning Genocide Denial – Should Geography Matter? 329 Robert A. KAHN 17 “From Banning Nakba to Bridging Narratives”: The Collective Memory of 1948 and Transitional Justice for Israelis and Palestinians 348 Jeremie M. BRACKA 18 Historical Revisionism and the Settler State: The Canadian Experience 374 Michael MORDEN 19 Defense of Democracy and the Preservation of Collective Memory through Criminal Legislation: The Challenges of Reconciliation in Peru 395 Salvador HERENCIA CARRASCO
Epilogue: Beyond ‘Memory Laws’: Towards a General Theory of Law and Historical Discourse 413 Eric HEINZE Index 435

For more information, please visit the websiteof the publisher. 
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COLLOQUIUM: Pensée politique et propriété, XXVIème Colloque International de l’AFHIP (Toulouse, 17-18 May 2018)

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Please find the programme for the annual colloquium of the Association Française des Historiens des Idées Politiques, to be held on 17-18 May in the faculty of law and political sciences of the Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, below:
Programme
Jeudi 17 Mai 2018
8h30 | Accueil9h00 | Ouverture du colloque, Allocutions : Madame Corinne Mascala, Professeur, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, Présidente de l’Université Monsieur Philippe Nélidoff, Professeur, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, Doyen de la Faculté de droit Monsieur Florent Garnier, Professeur, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, Directeur du Centre Toulousain d'Histoire du Droit et des Idées Politiques (CTHDIP) Monsieur Michel Ganzin, Professeur émérite, Aix-Marseille Université, Président de l’AFHIP
Séance unique Salle 1
Président de Séance : Jacques Bouineau Professeur, Université de La Rochelle 9h20 | La richesse de la res publica dans le Dotzè del Crestia de Francesc Eiximenis Florent Garnier, Professeur, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole9h40 | Le caractère social de la propriété chez certains pères de l’église au bas empire Christian Bruschi, Professeur émérite, Aix Marseille Université10h00 | Domaine éminent et droit de propriété dans la pensée politique classique Blandine Barret-Kriegel, Professeur émérite, Université Paris Nanterre10h20 | Discussion-pause10h40 | Liberté, égalité, propriété chez James Harrington, républicain anglais du XVIIe siècle Myriam-Isabelle Ducrocq, Maître de conférences, Université Paris Nanterre11h00 | E. Burke : la propriété pérennise la société et fonde la représentation nationale Michel Ganzin, Professeur émérite, Aix Marseille Université11h20 | Les Droits féodaux et la médiation Victor Monnier, Professeur, Université de Genève11h40 | Discussion-pause
Séance double Salle 1
Président de séance : Victor Monnier, Professeur, Université de Genève14h00 | Une conception « républicaine » de la propriété ? François Quastana, Professeur, Université de Lille 214h20 La critique du droit de propriété chez Rousseau Jean-Pierre Duprat, Professeur émérite, Université de Bordeaux14h40 | Souveraineté et propriété : les Habsbourg Marie-Bernadette Bruguière, Professeur émérite, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole15h00 Discussion-pause15h20 | Linguet et la propriété Ginevra Conti Odorisio, Professeur, Université de Rome III15h40 | Le droit à l’existence comme limite au droit de propriété Jean-Jacques Clère, Professeur émérite, Université de Bourgogne16h00 | La défense de la propriété chez Nicolas Bergasse Sébastien Le Gal, Professeur, Université Grenoble Alpes16h20 | Discussion-pause
Séance double Salle 2
Président de séance : Nicole Dockès, Professeur émérite, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 314h00 | La propriété dans la pensée politique de Bossuet Julien Broch, Maître de conférences HDR, Aix-Marseille Université14h20 | La légitimité de la propriété privée chez les Lumières françaises Sergey Zanin, Professeur, Université de Samara (Russie)14h40 | La Révolution et la nationalisation des biens : punition politique ou instrument de régénération sociale ? Philippe Delaigue, Maître de conférences, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 315h00 | Discussion-pause15h20 | Une solution aux errements du capitalisme : le propriétaire « fonctionnaire public » dans la pensée de Silvestre Pinheiro FerreiraOscar Ferreira, Maître de conférences, Université de Bourgogne15h40 | La propriété dans la pensée de Robespierre Bernard Quiriny, Professeur, Université de Bourgogne16h00 | Posséder la terre d’Amérique du Nord : de la propriété collective au régime seigneurial. Californie, Nouvelle-Angleterre, Canada (XVIIème-XIXème siècle) David Gilles, Professeur, Université de Sherbrooke (Canada)16h20 | Discussion-pause16h50 | Assemblée générale de l’AFHIP Salle 1
Vendredi 18 Mai
Séance double Salle 1
Président de séance : Philippe Nélidoff, Professeur, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, Doyen de la faculté de droit9h20 | La propriété et la souveraineté : Gaetano Filangieri Francesco Di Donato, et Sonia Scognamiglio, Professeurs, Université de Naples Parthénope9h40 | L'amour de la liberté jusqu'au mépris de la propriété : l'exemple des utopies libertaires du XIXème siècle Ugo Bellagamba, Maître de conférences HDR, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis10h00 | La propriété de la dot de la femme mariée dans la pensée politique (XVIII-XX siècle) Jean-Philippe Agresti, Professeur, Aix-Marseille Université, Doyen de la faculté de droit et de science politique10h20 | Discussion-pause10h40 | La propriété dans la pensée socialiste d’Emile Durkheim Olivier Tholozan, Maître de conférences HDR, Aix-Marseille Université11h00 | La propriété foncière dans le monde colonial Eric Gasparini, Professeur Aix-Marseille Université11h20 | Pensée politique et propriété en Afrique subsaharienne francophone : le malentendu André Cabanis, Professeur, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole11h40 | Discussion-Pause
Séance double Salle 2
Président de séance : Florent Garnier, Professeur, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole9h20 | Gilbert Keith Chesterton et le plaidoyer pour une propriété anticapitaliste : le manifeste du distributisme Stéphane Caporal-Gréco, Professeur, Université de St Etienne, Doyen honoraire de la faculté de droit9h40 | Les biens des émigrés en débat sous la Restauration Ludovic Azema, Maître de conférences, Université Toulouse I Capitole10h00 | La propriété en utopie : Fourier Nicole Dockès, Professeur émérite, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 310h20 | Discussion-pause10h40 | Représentation politique et propriété dans les constitutions italiennes du XIXe siècle Laurent Reverso, Professeur, Université de Toulon11h00 | William Godwin : ni propriété ni antiquité Jacques Bouineau, Professeur, Université de la Rochelle11h20 | Le droit social contre la propriété ? (début XXème s) Guillaume Richard, Professeur, Université Paris Descartes11h40 | Discussion-pause
Séance double Salle 1
Président de séance : Patrick Charlot, Professeur, Université de Bourgogne14h00 | Un exemple de limitation du droit de propriété par l’autorité publique : le cas de l’armée de la IIIème République Florian Atthar, Doctorant Contractuel, Aix-Marseille Université14h20 | La propriété dans la doctrine sociale de l’Eglise Philippe Nélidoff, Professeur, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, Doyen de la Faculté de droit14h40 | Discussion-pause
Séance double Salle 2
Président de séance : Francesco Di Donato, Professeur, Université de Naples Parthénope14h00 | Leçons slaves sur la propriété, les cours d'Adam Mickiewiecz au Collège de France Christine Mengès-Le Pape, Professeur, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole14h20 Propriété, souveraineté et légitimité dans l’individualisme libéral Jean Pierre Sylvestre, Professeur émérite, Université de Bourgogne14h40 | Discussion-pause
Séance unique Salle 1
Président de Séance : Eric Gasparini, Professeur, Aix-Marseille Université15h00 | Léon Duguit et propriété Patrick Charlot, Professeur, Université de Bourgogne15h20 | De Portalis à Huber. La notion de propriété du Code civil français au Code civil suisse Bénédict Winiger, Professeur, Université de Genève15h40 | L’héritage expression politique de la propriété Jean-François Bregi, Professeur émérite, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis16h00 | Discussion16h20 | Clôture du colloque
LOCATION
Université Toulouse 1 Capitole Faculté de droit et de science politique 2 Rue du Doyen-Gabriel-Marty31000 ToulouseContact : dir.afhip@gmail.com

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Pascale ROBERT-DIARD, La part du juge (Paris: Arkhe Editions, 2017), ISBN 9782918682356, € 15,5

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Book abstract:Qui a été confronté à la justice ou s'intéresse aux affaires judiciaires a parfois le sentiment d'une gigantesque loterie. D'un juge à un autre, d'un tribunal à une cour d'appel, l'appréciation des faits fait pencher la balance d'un côté ou de l'autre. Au fil des affaires de moeurs, d'endettement, d'animaux domestiques récalcitrants, de picrocholines querelles de voisinage ou de grands scandales publics, Pascale Robert-Diard déshabille les juges, avec ironie et légèreté. Elle révèle, à travers leurs dilemmes et leurs combats, la part insoupçonnée d'humanité de ces personnages emblématiques de la justice.Que les justiciables soient précaires, stars du football, du cinéma ou de la politique, Pascale Robert-Diard démontre l'existence d'une « part du juge », véritable marge d'imagination et de création. Plongez-vous dans cette série de chroniques mordantes : elles retracent l'évolution de la justice face aux moeurs et offrent un panorama inédit de la société française.On the author:
 Journaliste aguerrie du Monde, et figure de proue du monde judiciaire, Pascale Robert-Diard a suivi les plus grandes affaires de justice de ces vingt dernières années. Sa connaissance des arcanes de la justice, la finesse de sa plume et son regard perspicace ont fait de ses articles des incontournables de la littérature judiciaireMore information here.
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BOOK: Barbara LAURIAT, Intellectual Property and Victorian Inquiry: The Royal Commissions on Patent and Copyright (Oxford: Hart, 2018), ISBN 9781509914029, £ 70

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Book abstract:This monograph examines the Royal Commissions on Patent (1864) and Copyright (1878) by exploring the people, procedures, and politics behind these in-depth inquiries into intellectual property reform of the latter half of the nineteenth century, and by placing them within their historical and ideological context. In examining copyright and patent law from the ground up, commission members were necessarily forced to grapple with fundamental questions about the nature of property itself. Commissioners' views on the nature and purpose of copyright and patent influenced their views on how far the rights should extend-in time, geography, and scope. Close analysis of the Commissions provides insight into our own debates about the nature of intellectual property and provide a model for future attempts at law reform. The book is a contribution to the history not only of intellectual property law but also of royal commissions in the nineteenth century.
The author gives a well-rounded picture of developments in thought about intellectual property as a whole in the period, which are still critical in the way we understand and approach the subject today.
On the author:Barbara Lauriat is a Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London and a Research Fellow of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre.More information here.
(Source: Law and Humanities Blog)
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BOOK: Hugo BEUVANT, Thérence CARVALHO & Mathilde LEMÉE (eds.), Les traductions du discours juridique. Perspectives historiques [L'univers des normes] (Rennes: PURennes, 2018), 206 p. ISBN 9782753565111, € 24.

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Book abstract:À toutes les périodes de l’histoire, les juristes ont nécessairement été confrontés à la diversité linguistique du monde et lui ont trouvé un remède efficace mais délicat : la traduction. La question de la traduction du discours juridique n’ayant que trop rarement été envisagée d’un point de vue historique, cet ouvrage entend interroger le passé afin de comprendre les grands défis de la prospective juridique et éclairer les traductions du discours juridique à travers le prisme de l’histoire en s’intéressant aux problématiques récurrentes et aux solutions diverses proposées à travers les époques.
On the editors:Hugo Beuvant est doctorant en droit à l’université Rennes 1.
Thérence Carvalho est maître de conférences en droit à l’université Lyon III Jean Moulin.
Mathilde Lemée est docteur en droit à l’université Rennes 1.
Table of contents here.
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FELLOWSHIP: Charles W. McCurdy Fellowship in Legal History (University of Virginia School of Law, Academic Year 2018-2019), DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2018)

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In partnership with the National Fellows Program, the University of Virginia School of Law is soliciting applications for outstanding junior scholars for the 2018-19 Charles W. McCurdy fellowship in legal history.  The fellowship allows scholars to complete dissertations in legal history while in residence at the Law School, and the fellow will be expected to spend the majority of his or her time on dissertation research.  The University’s nationally renowned legal history program, which includes a workshop, a writing group, a JD/MA program in legal history, and an engaged community of interested scholars, provides a rich environment for a junior scholar.  The fellow will also help coordinate the legal history workshop and has the opportunity to present their work there.  As a part of the National Fellows Program, the McCurdy fellow is paired with a “dream mentor” – a senior scholar in the fellow’s field from anywhere in the world – who will provide critical guidance during the year.  The fellow will also participate in the National Fellows’ fall and spring conferences and will receive training on how to reach broader scholarly and non-scholarly audiences.  The fellow will receive a stipend of $32,000 for the year. 
Applicants must have completed the coursework toward a Ph.D. in history.  Strong preference will be given to applicants who hold a J.D. and who will complete their dissertation by the end of the fellowship year.  For the application, please see the National Fellows Program website.  Please direct any questions to Professor Cynthia Nicoletti at cln4x@virginia.edu.  Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2018.

(Source: Legal History Blog)
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The Constitution of India

Juris Diversitas - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 20:28
The Constitution of India
A Contextual Analysis
By Arun K. Thiruvengadam
This book provides an overview of the Indian Constitution by situating it within its broader socio-political context. It focuses on the overarching principles and the main institutions of constitutional governance that the world's longest written constitution inaugurated in 1950. The nine substantive chapters of the book deal with specific aspects of the Indian constitutional tradition as it has evolved across seven decades of its existence as an independent nation. Starting with a focus on the pre-history of the constitution and its making, the book moves onto an examination of the structural features and actual operation of principal governance institutions, including the executive and the parliament, the institutions of federalism and local government, and the judiciary. An unusual feature of Indian constitutionalism is the role played by technocratic institutions such as the Election Commission, the Comptroller and Auditor General, and a set of new regulatory institutions, most of which were created since the 1990s. A considerable focus of the book is on provisions relating to rights and issues of multiculturalism. The final chapter deals with the important issue of constitutional change in India. The book employs a narrative form to describe the twists, turns, and challenges confronted across nearly seven decades of the operation of the constitution. It departs from conventional Indian constitutional scholarship by placing less emphasis on constitutional doctrine (as evolved in judicial decisions delivered by the High Courts and the Supreme Court). The focus, instead, is on highlighting the political bargains and extra-legal developments that have influenced constitutional evolution. Written for a general audience that is interested in understanding the complex yet fascinating challenges posed by constitutionalism in India, the book's unconventional approach to some standard issues will stimulate the more seasoned student of constitutional law and politics. (Series: Constitutional Systems of the World) [Subject: Constitutional & Administrative Law, South Asian Law, Comparative Law]





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Cross-border Transfer and Collateralisation of Receivables

Juris Diversitas - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 20:27
Cross-border Transfer and Collateralisation of Receivables
A Comparative Analysis of Multiple Legal SystemsBy Woo-jung JonContributions by: Louise Gullifer, Joshua Getzler, Sang-Hyun SongLegal systems around the world vary widely in terms of how they deal with the assignment of, and security interests in, receivables. The aim of this book is to help international financiers and practicing lawyers in relevant markets in their practice of international receivables financing. Substantively, this book analyzes three types of receivables financing transactions: outright assignment (transfer), security assignment, and security interests. This book covers comprehensive comparison and analysis of the laws on the assignment of, and security interests in, receivables of fifteen major jurisdictions, encompassing common law jurisdictions, Roman-Germanic jurisdictions, and French-Napoleonic jurisdictions, as well as relevant EU Directives. To be more specific, this book compares and analyzes the relevant legal systems of the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Korea, Japan, France, Belgium, England, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and the EU Directive on financial collateral arrangements. Furthermore, in order to analyze those legal systems from the international perspective, this book compares relevant international conventions. In addition, this book proposes to establish an international registration system for the assignment of, and security interests in, receivables. Revised Dissertation. [Subject: Banking & Finance Law, Contract Law, Tort Law, Comparative Law, Asian Law]

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Revolution and Evolution in Private Law

Juris Diversitas - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 20:23
Revolution and Evolution in Private Law
Edited by: Sarah Worthington, Andrew Robertson, Graham VirgoThe development of private law across the common law world is typically portrayed as a series of incremental steps, each one delivered as a result of judges dealing with marginally different factual circumstances presented to them for determination. This is said to be the common law method. According to this process, change might be assumed to be gradual, almost imperceptible. If this were true, however, then even Darwinian-style evolution-death of the dinosaurs or development of flight-would seem unlikely in the law, and radical and revolutionary paradigms shifts perhaps impossible. And yet the history of the common law is to the contrary. The legal landscape is littered with quite remarkable revolutionary and evolutionary changes in the shape of the common law. The essays in this volume explore some of the highlights in this fascinating revolutionary and evolutionary development of the common law. The authors expose the nature of the changes undergone and their significance for the future direction of travel. They identify the circumstances and the contexts which might have provided an impetus for these significant changes. The essays range across all areas of private law, including contract, tort, unjust enrichment, and property. No area has been immune from development. That fact itself is unsurprising, but an extended examination of the particular circumstances and contexts which delivered some of private law's most important developments has its own special significance for what it might indicate about the shape, and the shaping, of private law regimes in the future. [Subject: Private Law, Contract Law, Tort Law, Equity & Trusts, Comparative Law, Property Law, Common Law]

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The Constitution of Pakistan

Juris Diversitas - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 20:17
The Constitution of Pakistan
A Contextual Analysis
By Sadaf Aziz This volume provides a contextual account of Pakistan's constitutional laws and history. It aims to describe the formal structure of government in reference to origins that are traced to the administrative centralization and legal innovations of colonial rule. It also situates the tide of Muslim nationalism that gave rise to the nation of Pakistan within a terrain of nascent constitutionalism and its associated promises of representation. The post-colonial history of the Pakistani state is charted by reference to succeeding constitutions and the distribution of powers between the major branches of government that they augured. Where conventional histories often suggest that constitutionalism in Pakistan is to be solely understood by reference to a cycle of abidance and rupture, and in the oscillation between military and civilian rule, this volume also accounts for the many points of continuity between regime types. The contours of a broader constitutionalism come to light in the ways in which state power is wielded at different periods and in the range of contests-economic, political and cultural-through which some of this power is sought to be dispersed. Chapters on Rights, Federalism, and Islam detail the contextual features of some of these contests and the normative, legal parameters through which they are provisionally settled. (Series: Constitutional Systems of the World) [Subject: Pakistani Law, Constitutional Law, Comparative Law, Human Rights Law]

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