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CFP: "The organization of business in Early Modern Europe", (Utrecht, 21 – 23 August 2014)

What: The organization of business in Early Modern Europe, Session Proposal for the 18th Annual Congress of the European Business History Association, Call for papersWhere: Universiteit Utrecht, Domplein, 3512, Utrecht
When: 21-23 August 2014

Deadline: 15 February 2014
All information here

Aim of the Session
Large-scale enterprises such as the English or Dutch East India Companies loom large over the business history of early modern Europe because they pioneered the legal form of the modern corporation. In reality, the majority of private business enterprises, whether in the commercial or manufacturing sectors, maintained a family basis. They were normally organized as sole proprietorships or general partnerships, that is, private enterprises in which owners and managers had the same decision-making power and shared equally all profits and losses. During the late Middle Ages, however, merchants across the Mediterranean developed contractual forms that allowed them to raise funds from outside investors, who were not involved in managing the business and who remained liable only for their portion of the investment.
Since Max Weber, limited liability partnerships have been credited with a crucial role in the growth of impersonal markets because they allowed merchants to expand the range of investors beyond their families. We do not know, however, what led to the adoption of this new form or how widely it spread in Europe. This session will lay the ground for a more ambitious research aiming to map the relative importance of different kinds of private business organizations in Europe from 1500 to 1800 and to develop a comparative methodology to explain geographical and chronological variations. With the session in Utrecht, we want to take the first step in establishing a network of specialists on different countries to stimulate empirical research an theoretical reflection on the organization of business in early modern Europe.

The aim is to use this session to build a network of economic, social, and legal historians who do empirical work on the organization of businesses in various parts of Europe between the fifteenth and early nineteenth century. Through an open call for papers they will invite junior scholars in particular to contribute a paper to the session. In addition to this they will invite a limited number of senior experts in our existing network (e.g. Sheilagh Ogilvie, Jean-Laurent Rosenthal, Tracy Dennison, Joost Jonker, Ron Harris, Jessica Goldberg, Ann Carlos, Naomi Lamoreaux, Tim Guinnane) to comment on the papers presented by the junior scholars.
Oscar Gelderblom, Associate Professor of Economic History, Utrecht University, works on the history of financial and commercial institutions, in particular in the Low Countries before the Industrial Revolution.
Francesca Trivellato, Frederick W. Hilles Professor of History, Yale University, works at the crossroads of social, economic, and cultural history with a focus on the Italian and Iberian peninsulas and France.
 Contact details O.C. Gelderblom, Utrecht University History Institute Drift 6 3512 BS Utrecht o.gelderblom@uu.nl
Francesca Trivellato, Department of History Yale University, 320 York Street, P.O. Box 208324New Haven, CT 06520-8324, francesca.trivellato@yale.edu  

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JOURNAL: Law and History Review, 32, 2014

Law and History Review, Cambridge University Press

February 2014, vol. 32, issue 01

Table of contents and abstracts here

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CFP: "Public and Private in the Roman House and Society" (Rome, 7-8 November 2014)

What: Call for Papers: Public and Private in the Roman House and Society
Where: Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, Passeggiata del Gianicolo, 10, 00165 Rome, Italy
When:  November 7-8, 2014

 Abstract deadline: May 1, 2014
All information here

Ancient Roman houses were designed to suit both the private life of its occupants and the demands of public life. As a result, the division between public and private spaces inside the domus was a complicated topic even for the Romans themselves. Previous scholarship has tended to treat the domus in terms of a rigid division between public and private, with the same division acting as a gender marker for (male) political activities and (female) domestic activities respectively. This strict division within the household now seems outdated. The aim of this conference, then, is to take a fresh look at notions of public and private within the domus by exploring the public and private spheres of the Roman house from the first century BCE to the third century CE. The “Public and Private in the Roman House and Society” is an ongoing project organizing its third major event, building on the success of a workshop at NYU (October 2012) and a conference at University of Helsinki (April 2013).We therefore invite papers that explore the complex relationship between public and private in Roman society from a variety of perspectives – historical, archaeological, philological, architectural and anthropological – in order to further the understanding of the domus as a place for social, cultural, political and administrative action.Potential themes include but are not limited to:
- Painting the line between private and public spheres. Wall paintings and decorative art in the debate of public and private.
- Private houses in Ostia and the city of Rome.
- Parks and recreation. Nature and garden between public and private space.
- Private nights? Night life in the Roman house.
- Terminology of public and private in the ancient context.
- Infrastructure, water and sanitation. A public or private task?
The conference is organized by the project Public and Private in the Roman House (http:// romanhouse.org/), which seeks to contribute to the ongoing debate on privacy in the ancient world as well as the issues of how the limits between public and private spaces were drawn. In an attempt to gain new perspectives on these questions, the project seeks to utilize comparative anthropological theories concerning the conceptualization of the public/private interface.Please submit your abstract (300 words) as a [word/pdf] file to Mr Samuli Simelius at romanhouse2014@gmail.com Please include your name, academic affiliation and address in your email.
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SEMINAR: "Do the commons exist in common law jurisdictions? Reflections on intellectual space" (Paris, 11 February 2014)

What: Do the commons exist in common law jurisdictions? Reflections on intellectual space, 4th meeting of the séminaire de casuistique Le Bien commun, les biens communs, les choses communes, la collectivisation des intérêts organized by Emanuele Coccia, Emanuele Conte, Marie-Angèle Hermitte and Paolo Napoli

Where: École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Centre d'études des norme juridiques Yan Thomas (CENJ), Salle D & M Lombard, 96 boulevard Raspail, 75006, Paris

When:  11 February 2014, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fiona Macmillan, Professor of Law, School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London

 All informations available here
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AWARD: Roger Cotterrell - Awarded the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) 2013 Prize

Juris Diversitas - Wed, 2014-02-05 20:02
Congratulations to Ashgate author Roger Cotterrell on his SLSA award for ‘contributions to the socio-legal community’ http://t.co/j1zRPtG6Sb
— Ashgate Law (@AshgateLaw) February 5, 2014
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PROJECT: Poliversitas

Juris Diversitas - Wed, 2014-02-05 19:57
Kosmopolitica is launching an academic project for Europe. Poliversitas – Campus Europe. We are calling on all people with MAs and PhDs (and other graduate degrees) interested in research, teaching and collaboration to join.We want to build an academic archipelago which is neither dependent nor limited to the university hall because we believe that higher education is a condition of social and political participation, therefore, if cannot be a luxury. Poliversitas seeks to bring academic work out of the university hall.As many other institutions, the university is undergoing a profound crisis of values and, just as much, a crisis of identity. Academic institutions of higher learning, which once were thought to be the places where the intellectual character of democracy was built, have turned into organizations of a very different kind.A form of intellectual clientelism has progressively grown and taken hold. The consequence has been the visible deterioration of the quality of work done in classrooms and the dispensation of unprofitable forms of thinking. At the very same time, the number and salaries of administrators has ballooned. As many academics recognize, the result has been that the university has become an increasingly hostile space for serious intellectual work.At the same time, the form of intellectual skills that the university used to provide has been put out of reach for vast segments of society and this is especially so in times of crisis. For many, education is simply not an affordable option.But while just about everyone is quick to point out the depth of the problem, few solutions are being offered.
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PRIZE: Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

Juris Diversitas - Wed, 2014-02-05 19:52
The 2014 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction is currently accepting entries. http://t.co/DO021HzTvE Entries are due April 7
— ABA Journal (@ABAJournal) February 3, 2014
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REVIEW: Book Review of Judging Europe's Judges

Juris Diversitas - Wed, 2014-02-05 19:50
RT @EUtopialaw Book Review: "Judging Europe’s Judges" http://t.co/2wsbo1OZQU @finck_m on adjudication at the CJEU
— Lassi Jyrkkiö (@jyrkkio) February 4, 2014
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JOURNAL: Louisiana Law Review

Juris Diversitas - Wed, 2014-02-05 19:49
#LALawReview Vol. 74, Issue 2 is now available on the #DigitalCommons page: http://t.co/Acrvrk8oK2
— Louisiana Law Review (@lalawreview) February 4, 2014
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JOURNAL: Law Teacher: The International Journal of Legal Education

Juris Diversitas - Wed, 2014-02-05 19:47
Have you seen: latest issue of the Law Teacher: The International Journal of Legal Education published online: http://t.co/2sTqHm28Ll
— Assoc Law Teachers (@alt_law) February 4, 2014
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CONFERENCE: Power, Capital, Chaos

Juris Diversitas - Wed, 2014-02-05 19:46
Details just released of Critical Legal Conference 2014: Power, Capital, Chaos | CLT http://t.co/VLitGuSati #CLC2014
— CLT (@critlegthinking) February 4, 2014
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WORKSHOP: Workshop for Young Public Law Scholars

Juris Diversitas - Wed, 2014-02-05 07:50

 Workshop:  Workshop for Young Public Law Scholars
 The Law Department at the London School of Economics & Political Science will host a workshop for doctoral students working in the field of public law on Friday 30 May 2014. 
Doctoral students working in UK universities are invited to present a working paper on any public law topic. LSE faculty members including Conor Gearty, Carol Harlow, Martin Loughlin, Mara Malagodi, Linda Mulcahy, Jo Murkens, Thomas Poole, Grégoire Webber and Mike Wilkinson will be on hand to comment on the papers and give advice on publication and career strategies. 
The workshop will take place all day on 30 May and will conclude with a dinner to which all participants are invited. The Law Department will also provide overnight accommodation and cover reasonable travel costs for this event.
Abstracts should be submitted to t.m.poole@lse.ac.uk by 1 March. Inquiries can be made to the same address. Proposals will be considered on the basis of academic merit. Those invited to attend the workshop will be required to submit papers by 30 April.
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SUMMER SCHOOL: Environmental Law in Como, Italy, May 25 - June 6

Juris Diversitas - Wed, 2014-02-05 06:23
Enjoy two weeks studying comparative environmental law in the heart of Europe. International Comparative Environmental Law Seminar (Critical Topics in Environmental Law in a Comparative Perspective).

CONTENTSThe International Comparative Environmental Law Seminar in Como Italy is jointly presented by the University of California, Davis School of Law and the University of Insubria School of Law.This intensive, two-week program provides a unique opportunity for U.S. and international law students and legal professionals to study environmental law by examining and comparing European Union and U.S. environmental law policies and regulatory regimes. Topics include pollution control laws (air and water), hazardous waste laws, protection and preservation of plant and animal species, climate change—the next generation of environmental law—and regulation and liability for environmental harm and more. Students will also have the opportunity to visit legal institutions and learn about the rich environmental and historical culture of Como and Milan. All sessions are taught in English.
Environmental law experts, including Professor Richard Frank and Professor Al Lin from the University of California, Davis School of Law, and Professor Barbara Pozzo, from the University of Insubria School of Law lead the nine thematic class sessions. Professor Frank is the director of the California Environmental Law and Policy Center. Professor Lin is a noted environmental law scholar at the UC Davis School of Law and formerly was a trial attorney for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Professor Pozzo is an international expert in the field of Comparative Environmental Law. She coordinated the International Research Group on Property and Environment as part of the Common Core of European Private Law Project.

The University of California (UC) is one of the premier public institutions of higher education in the United States. The University of California, Davis School of Law is a top tier U.S. law school with an excellent record of scholarship, teaching and service supporting a vibrant and diverse student community. At UC Davis our outstanding ranking, small size and unusually accessible and dedicated faculty of internationally-renowned scholars provide a truly exceptional learning environment.
UNIVERSITY OF INSUBRIA SCHOOL OF LAWFounded in 1998, the University of Insubria has the distinction of being one of the first Italian universities to feature a bi-polar network system involving the two main centers of Como and Varese, as well as other satellite centers under the single logo of the Universitas Studiorum Insubriae. The University of Insubria School of Law strives to create cultural homogeneity by givingvoice to strong identifying values and transforming them into vital cultural ventures.
The LocationComo, Italy, is centrally located in the heart of Europe. The stunning city of Como, situated in proximity to Milan and Lugano, Switzerland, provides a sophisticated intellectual and legal environment in which to study comparative environmental law. Classes will be held at the University of Insubria School of Law. 
CreditThis program has been approved by the American Bar Association. Students will receive two hours of academic J.D. credit. This program also may be used to fulfill continuing education credit requirements. 
Requirements, Tuition and Fees:ADMISSIONThis program is intended for:• Law students in good standing at or graduates of ABA-accredited U.S. law schools and foreignlaw schools.• Legal or other professionals interested in environmental law.
TUITION, FEES, HOUSING AND OTHER INFORMATIONPlease visit our website for more information.law.ucdavis.edu/internationalAPPLICATION DEADLINEApril 1, 2014
For more informationContact:Como Environmental Law ProgramInternational Law ProgramsUC Davis School of Law1333 Research Park DriveDavis, CA 95618 U.S.A.lawinfo@ucde.ucdavis.eduPhone: (530) 757-8569
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CONFERENCE: International symposium on "L'exclusion dans les sociétés du haut Moyen Âge" (Padova, 6-8 February 2014)

What: Colloque international, "L'exclusion dans les sociétés du haut Moyen Âge. La construction du sujet exclu (IVe-XIe siècle), l'individu, la société et l'exclusion"
Where: Padova, Dipartimento DISSGeA - Sala Bortolami, via del Vescovado, 30
When: 6-8 February 2014All information here
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JOURNAL: GLOSSAE, European Journal of Legal History, 10, 2013

The last issue of GLOSSAE-European Journal of Legal History came out in December.
It is a special issue in honor to Prof. Antonio Pérez Martín, with contributions by scholars from Spain, Italy, Holland and Chile.
All information here
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BOOK PRESENTATION: "Tra Cultura, Diritto e Religione. Sinagoghe e Cimiteri ebraici in Lombardia" edited by S.T. Salvi (Milan, 19 March 2014)

What: Book presentation and debate within the Doctoral Meeting in Legal History, Roman law and Religious law 

Where: University of Milan, Law Faculty, Civil Law and Legal History Department, room "Senato", via Festa del Perdono 7, Milan (Italy)

When: 19 March 2014, 3:30 pm


Gigliola di Renzo Villata, University of Milan
Silvio Ferrari, University of Milan
Alfredo Mordechai Rabello, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - University of Milan
Alberto Cavaglion, University of Florence 
Stefano Levi Della Torre, Politecnico di Milano 
Annie Sacerdoti, Fondazione beni culturali ebraici in Italia - Ucei
Paolo Luca Bernardini, University of Insubria

more information here

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ARTICLE: Grenon on Canadian Bijuralism

Juris Diversitas - Mon, 2014-02-03 19:10
The following message appeared on the Legal Theory Blog:
Aline Grenon (University of Montreal - Faculty of Law) has posted Canadian Bijuralism at a Crossroad? Impact of Section 8.1 of the Interpretation Act (Osgoode Hall Law Journal 51:2, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:Section 8.1 of the Interpretation Act affirms the equal authority of the common law and civil law in the field of property and civil rights and states, subject to two exceptions, that federal enactments based on rules and concepts that are part of the law of property and civil rights are to be interpreted in accordance with these rules and concepts.

Prior to the enactment of this section in 2001, courts had a tendency to opt for a uniform application of federal legislation based on common law concepts, with often negative results for Quebec civil law. Since then, the Supreme Court of Canada has had a number of opportunities to interpret federal legislation in light of section 8.1.

Following an analysis of the court’s decisions, the author emphasizes that section 8.1 has the potential to promote exchanges between Quebec civil law and Canadian common law and submits proposals in this regard. This article will be published in the next issue of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal (51:2).
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PRIZE: Legal and Political Anthropology

Juris Diversitas - Sun, 2014-02-02 07:33
NEW Book prize for outstanding recent contribution in legal & political anthropology. Nominations open NOW! http://t.co/ZgHJ25Hydo
— Allegra Lab (@allegra_lab) January 31, 2014
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PROGRAMME: International Master on Sociology of Law

Juris Diversitas - Sun, 2014-02-02 07:32
RT: 2014-2015 International Master on Sociology of Law http://t.co/4NFMCHNNKY @mastersusana
— IISJ-IISL Oñati (@IISJOnati) January 31, 2014
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SEMINAR: European Legal Studies and Sociological Approaches

Juris Diversitas - Sun, 2014-02-02 07:29
The next seminar in our PhD researcher Jean Monnet series is 'European Legal Studies and Sociological Approaches', on Feb 19, 16h30.
— EU Law U.Leeds (@CELLS_Leeds) January 31, 2014
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