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JURIS DIVERSITAS BOOK SERIES: Update and Call for Proposals

Juris Diversitas - ven, 04/10/2015 - 03:47
Juris Diversitas is proud to have a book series with Ashgate Publishing (we're also a Publishing Partner): 
Rooted in comparative law, the Juris Diversitas Series focuses on the interdisciplinary study of legal and normative mixtures and movements. Our interest is in comparison broadly conceived, extending beyond law narrowly understood to related fields. Titles might be geographical or temporal comparisons. They could focus on theory and methodology, substantive law, or legal cultures. They could investigate official or unofficial ‘legalities’, past and present and around the world. And, to effectively cross spatial, temporal, and normative boundaries, inter- and multi-disciplinary research is particularly welcome. 
Since October 2014, the following titles have been published:
  1. Seán Patrick Donlan and Lukas Heckerdon-Ursheler (eds), Concepts of Law: Comparative, Jurisprudential, and Social Science Perspectives 
  2. Sue Farran, Esin Örücü, and Seán Patrick Donlan (eds), A Study of Mixed Legal Systems: Endangered, Entrenched, or Blend
  3. Vernon Palmer, Mohamed Y Mattar, and Anna Koppel (eds), Mixed Legal Systems, East and West
  4. Daniela Berti, Anthony Good, and Gilles Tarabout (eds), Of Doubt and Proof: Ritual and Legal Practices of Judgment
Among other titles, the following are due in 2015:While we anticipate publishing future collections (original, conference-based, Festschriften, etc), we're also very interested in publishing monographs and student texts. 
Note that selected volumes are also provided free with membership.
In addition, Ashgate Publishing is delighted to offer members of Juris Diversitas a special discount of 20% on all Ashgate’s titles. 

How to claim your Ashgate discount. 
Catégories: Comparative Law News

JOURNAL ANNOUNCEMENT: European Law Journal new issue

Juris Diversitas - mer, 04/08/2015 - 10:12
The Whig history of European integration has tended to assume both that the EU is a ‘club’ of democratic states and that being a member of the EU necessarily results in the strengthening of national democracy. But even a summary reading of the post-war history of the states that formed the little Europe of six will throw serious doubts on the extent to which the Whig narrative can be taken without a pinch of salt. Think about the many violations of fundamental rights during the Algerian war, the obscure episodes of collusion of state apparatuses with terrorist groups during the anni di piombo, not unrelated to aborted coups d'état, the shamefully ugly face of colonialism and post-colonialism, not to speak of the dark legacies of fascist legal theory. The rise of ‘plébéiens de droit’ (à la Häider, Berlusconi, Orban or Le Pen) is the last episode of a story that did not start yesterday and in which threats invariably come from non-democratic forces, whether they claim to be right wing or left wing. This makes exceedingly topical and interesting the question that Mueller poses in the opening article of this issue, namely, Can there be a dictatorship within the EU? Mueller's institutional and substantive proposals are bound to be highly polemical, as well as his (perhaps not fully un-Whig) assumption that there is more of a threat coming from ‘illiberal’ democracy (à la Orban) than from authoritarian liberalism (à la austerity). But the central question and the key issues raised in Müller's article are bound to remain with us in the foreseeable future.While the interest in Euratom has constantly declined, Álvarez Verdugo's article is a good reminder that much can be contributed to the general debate on Union law from what are widely (and wrongly) regarded as esoteric issues at the margins of the European legal order. The story of the other stress tests, i.e. the tests of European nuclear plants undertaken after the Fukushima nuclear accident, and the ensuing attempts at changing European nuclear safety rules prove that sometimes more light can be thrown from the margins than from the core of EU law. Three contributions to this issue revolve around the potential of non-discrimination as a tool for the realisation and protection of fundamental rights and liberties. Travis' analysis of the European legal regime of intersexuality combines careful attention to legal detail and context with a powerful case for the constructive role of non-discrimination. Costa Arcarazo finds that through non-discrimination, the Long Term Residence Directive and the case-law of the European Court of Justice have resulted in the crystallisation of a truly post-national status for permanent residents in the EU. Pearson revisits one of the most passionately debated issues regarding free movement of workers, the system of transfer of football players, and finds that the present arrangements are likely to fall foul of Union law.Van der Aa invites us to dig deeper into European criminal law from the standpoint of the rights of victims after the sentence is rendered, that is, in the post-trial stage. The author finds that European law is still open to the criticism of neglecting the rights of victims, something for which lack of competence is no valid excuse. Last but not least, Marxsen revisits ‘stakeholders’ consultations, one of the jewels in the crown of participatory democracy. The author documents that business and industry organisations dominate the consultative process, while the participation of citizens and not-for-profit organisations is generally weak. It seems, after all, that the days of representative democracy are not only not over, but should not be over.As this issue goes to the presses, we are giving the final touches to the May issue, which will contain a special section around the English translation of Hermann Heller's piece on authoritarian liberalism. Leaving aside two short encyclopedia entries written in English just before his untimely death in 1933, and a long extract of his posthumous Theory of the State (masterfully translated by David Dyzenhaus), Heller's writings remain untranslated into English. That is sad, odd and unacceptable. Heller's analysis of the decline and fall of the Democratic Rechtsstaat in Europe, as well as the transformation of his thinking as the crises unfolded in Europe, are as topical today as they were in the early 1930s. Given that Heller practised law in context avant la lettre, it is only natural that the ELJ takes the lead in sparking interest and in prompting debate around the fundamental contributions of Heller to European constitutional legal theory.Click here for further information on the current issue.
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CALL FOR PAPERS: 4th Law and Boundaries conference

Juris Diversitas - mer, 04/08/2015 - 09:51
The Law and Boundaries group just launched the call for papers for the 4th Law and Boundaries conference, which will be held in Paris on June 17/18 and will host, among tens of young scholars, a debate between Etienne Balibar and Duncan Kennedy on Marx and Foucault. The deadline for proposal is April 17th
This is the link for the Call for Abstracts: https://lawandboundaries.wordpress.com/call-for-abstracts-appel-a-propositions/
Catégories: Comparative Law News

VIDEO: Prof. Dick Howard (UVA) and Tom McSweeney (William&Mary) on Magna Charta (25 March 2015)

The Legal History Blog drew our attention to a video-discussion between Prof. Dick Howard (UVA) and Tom McSweeney (William & Mary) on the 800th anniversary of Magna Charta. The video can be watched below:

Catégories: Comparative Law News

WORKSHOP: New Histories of Human Rights (Princeton, 25 April 2015)

(image: Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1789, source: Patrimoine maçonnique)
International Law Reporter announced a workshop on the history of Human Rights at Princeton. Summary:

The field of human rights history has become much more crowded – and much more controversial -- over the past decade. New historical accounts are often deeply provocative and at odds with each other; they have also influenced debates about the goals and general value of human rights activism. In this colloquium, we will hear from some of the new historians of human rights, both to reflect on the historiographical stakes in this field, and on the relation between history and policy. What is the proper chronological scope of human rights history? What relation, if any, do older ideas about natural rights have with current notions of human rights? What role, if any, can history play in the crafting (or the criticism) of theoretical/normative arguments about human rights? Program:
9:30am Welcome:
Jan-Werner Müller and Dan Edelstein

9:45am - 12:00pm Panel 1: Enlightment and Revolution
Chair:  Jan-Werner Müller
Vincenzo Ferrone - Enlightenment and the Rights of Man: Building the Political Language of Modernity.
Eric Slauter
Keith Baker
Dan Edelstein - Mind the Gap: Between the Early Modern and Modern Histories of Human Rights

1:00pm - 3:00pm Panel 2: Nations and Nationalisms
Chair:  Philip Nord
Amy Dru Stanley
Mira Siegelberg
Samuel Moyn - Theses on the Philosophy of Human Rights History

4:00am - 6:00pm Panel 3: Global Rights
Chair:  Charles Beitz
Turku Isiksel
Stephen Angle - China-Inspired Reflections on the History, Methodology, and Contents of Human Rights
Steven Jensen More information at Princeton's Center for Human Values.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

JOURNAL: Special Issue of the Revue du Nord on Bastardy and Illegitimate Offspring

(image: Antony, the "Bastard of Burgundy", source: Wikimedia Commons)
Nomôdos reports the publication of a special issue of the respected journal Revue du Nord, dedicated to bastardy and illegitimate offspring, an initiative of the CRHIDI (centre for Legal and Institutional History at the Saint-Louis University (Brussels)

Summary and table of contents:
PrésentationDans un article fameux paru en 1975, le regretté Michael Harsgor, a forgé le concept de «bâtardocratie» pour désigner un phénomène qu’il observa dans la France de la fin du Moyen Âge et qu’il décrivit comme «un puissant essor social et politique des enfants naturels engendrés par des pères appartenant à la noblesse». Il mettait ainsi l’accent sur les rapports entre bâtardise et pouvoir et sur le rôle, souvent important, que les enfants illégitimes, liés non pas seulement à la noblesse mais aux élites en général, ont pu jouer au cœur des institutions ecclésiastiques, politiques, militaires et administratives, dans un contexte – tant moral que démographique – qui leur était momentanément favorable.Cette réalité, d’autres chercheurs, avant M. Harsgor et après lui, l’ont également étudiée et mise en lumière, mais elle n’avait jamais encore fait l’objet d’un travail collectif permettant la confrontation de sources, de cas – individuels ou non – et de situations provenant d’aires géo- graphiques diverses et fournissant les matériaux à une approche comparative. C’est cette lacune historiographique que les concepteurs et les auteurs du présent volume ont voulu contribuer à combler.Les dix-neuf études contenues dans ce recueil couvrent un champ chronologique allant du 13e au 16e siècle et un espace géopolitique englobant les royaumes de France, de Navarre, d’Angleterre et d’Écosse, les principautés des anciens Pays-Bas, le duché de Lorraine, les sei- gneuries de la Maison de Savoie et le marquisat de Ferrare. Dans ce cadre, la relation entre naissance illégitime et exercice du pouvoir est envisagée sous différents aspects et selon les grands thèmes que sont le statut politique et juridique, la quête de la légitimation, les destins, les carrières, le mécénat, la bibliophilie, l’héraldique. Grâce à cet apport à la fois riche et varié se dessine une image plus nette d’un phénomène historique qui a sans doute atteint son apogée au xVe siècle pour s’affaiblir au seuil de l’Époque moderne, quand se modifièrent la situation démographique, les conditions sociales et les exigences de la morale.Table des matières
  • Bertrand Schnerb, Introduction. Bâtards et pouvoir: un thème de recherche
  • Monique Maillard-Luypaert, Jean de Bourgogne, bâtard de Jean sans Peur, évêque de Cambrai de 1439 à 1480
  • Alain Marchandisse, Corneille, bâtard de Bourgogne (ca 1426-1452)
  • Bertrand Schnerb, Des bâtards nobles au service du prince: l’exemple de la cour de Bourgogne (fin 14e-début 15e siècle)
  • Jean-Baptiste Santamaria, Les bâtards à la Chambre des comptes de Lille: autour du cas de Denis de Pacy
  • Alice Duda, Les lettres de légitimation des ducs de Bourgogne (1384-1477)
  • Céline Berry, La bâtardise au sein du lignage de Luxembourg
  • Godfried Croenen, Bâtards et pouvoir dans le duché de Brabant (12e-14e siècles)
  • Michel Nassiet, Les bâtards dans l’Ouest au 15e et au début du 16e siècle
  • Christophe Rivière, Les bâtards en Lorraine: emblèmes d’une culture politique ou trublions d’une société nobiliaire?
  • Emmanuel Johans, Les bâtards d’Argmanac (14e-16e siècles)
  • Claire Dechamps, Un couple de bibliophiles dans le milieu royal: Louis, bâtard de Bourbon, et son épouse, Jeanne, bâtarde de France
  • Philippe Contamine, Jean, comte de Dunois et de Longueville (1403?-1468), ou l’honneur d’être bâtard
  • Alexander Grant, Royal and Magnate Bastards in the Later Middle Ages: The View from Scotland
  • Michael Hicks, The Royal Bastards of Late Medieval England
  • Luisa Clotilde Gentile, Les bâtards princiers piémontais et savoyards
  • Giovanni Ricci, Les dangers de la bâtardise. Les péripéties de l’Etat seigneurial des Este entre 15e et 16e siècles
  • María Narbona Cárceles, Les bâtards royaux et la nouvelle noblesse de sang en Navarre (fin 14e siècle-début 15e siècle)
  • Laurent Hablot, L’emblématique des bâtards princiers au 15e siècle. Outil d’un nouveau pouvoir?
  • Simona Slanicka, L’art d’être bâtard. La bâtardise et la legitimation artistique à la Renaissance (Maisons de Bourgogne et d’Este, vers 1450)
  • Eric Bousmar, Les bâtards et l’exercice du pouvoir: modalités spécifiques ou fenêtre étroite d’opportunité? 
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CALL FOR ARTICLES: Congo at War(s). Journal of Belgian History (ed. N. Tousignant); DEADLINE 1 MAY 2015

(image: Congo in 1914, source: Wikimedia Commons)
The Journal of Belgian History (Web of Science, ISSN 0035-0869) issued a call for papers for a theme issue on "Congo at War(s)" (ed. Prof. N. Tousignant, Université Saint-Louis/UCLouvain).

More information:
As the centenary of the Great War has been offering its amount of manifestations, publications or exhibitions in Belgium and in neighbouring European countries, it must be underlined that the global dimension, included in the qualification of this four-year period as a ‘World War’, has been largely underrepresented, when not absent or ignored, in Belgium. The diagnostic might sound too categorical, but it reveals the difficulty to imagine the war experience outside specific historical canons. It could be explained by the tradition largely developed in the 1920s (the ‘trench experience’) and the broader inscription into the memory management under the leadership of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, into the diplomatic negotiations results and conflicting chronological frames. Since 2013, it has been established that most of what we know of what happened in Congo, what were Congo contributions and what were the consequences of the war on Congo future remain largely dated either to 1980s historical research on archives and oral sources available at that moment, or to the 1920s and 1930s printed material produced by the witnesses of the events. On the same token, the access to new archival series and the development of new research questions beyond military history ask for a recalibrated comparative understanding of the African dimension. This issue wants to bring into perspective unpublished contributions to document both wars experiences in Belgian Congo (to be extended to Rwanda and Burundi, if needed). It shall address questions such as neutrality, colonial governance, police activities and socio-demographical consequences of recruitment, forced/coerced labour, resistances and revolts, geopolitics in Sub-Saharan Africa. It excludes the discussion of remembrance and commemoration, as the hard facts need to be known and reinterpreted into a frame of analysis that breaks the exceptionality of the Congo & Belgium experience.
Manifestation of interest:             May 1st, 2015.
A 2500-sign proposal, related to the issues mentioned above must be sent to the editor. Unpublished contributions requested.
Selected papers would be notified by May 15th 2015.
Final version:                             December 15th, 2015.
In English, with a proposal of minimum four illustrations. (source: Belgian Association for Contemporary History)   
Catégories: Comparative Law News

SEMINAR: Institute for Constitutional History: the Pre- and Post-1865 Constitution (Washington DC, Sep-Oct 2015)

(The U.S. Constitutional Convention, 1787; source: Wikimedia Commons)
The Institute for Constitutional History in Washington DC hosts a seminar on the 19th Century US Constitution. This event could be of interest to comparative constitutional historians.

(source: H-Law)

The Institute for Constitutional History is pleased to announce another seminar for advanced graduate students and junior faculty:
Mark A. Graber is a Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. He is the author of Transforming Free Speech; Rethinking Abortion; Dred Scott and the Problem of Constitutional Evil; A New Introduction to American Constitutionalism; nearly a hundred articles on constitutional law, history, development and theory; and an editor of the American Constitutionalism series.
This course explores the extent to which the post-Civil War Amendments made fundamental changes in the American constitutional order. Abraham Lincoln in 1863 promised “a new birth of freedom.” Many contemporary scholars believed the post-Civil War Constitution was designed to achieve that new birth of freedom by radically changing the basic design and commitments of the American constitutional order.
Conservatives in 1865, however, spoke of that “Constitution as it was,” minus slavery. The Supreme Court championed this view in The Slaughter-House Cases (1873). The debate is hardly academic. As the opinions in Shelby County v. Holder (2013) demonstrate, basic contemporary regime commitments depend to a fair degree on the extent of constitutional change during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
We will explore this issue by examining primary and secondary sources. The first third of the course will explore the basic commitments of the constitutional regime established in 1787 through a close reading of crucial Federalist Papers and major selections from other Federalist and anti-Federalist writings. The second third of the course will examine the basic commitments of the constitutional regime Republicans hoped to establish in 1865 through a close reading of the debates over the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments, as well as such measures as the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the Second Freedman’s Bureau Act. The last third of the course will look at some prominent claims that the constitutional regime was fundamentally altered during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Monday evenings, 6:00–8:00 p.m., September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2015. The seminar will meet at The George Washington University Law School, 2000 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20052.
The seminar is designed for graduate students and junior faculty in history, political science, law, and related disciplines. All participants will be expected to complete the assigned readings and participate in seminar discussions. Although the Institute cannot offer academic credit directly for the seminar, students may be able to earn graduate credit through their home departments by completing an independent research project in conjunction with the seminar. Please consult with your advisor and/or director of graduate studies about these possibilities. Space is limited, so applicants should send a copy of their c.v. and a short statement on how this seminar will be useful to them in their research, teaching, or professional development. Materials will be accepted only by email at MMarcus@nyhistory.org until May 22, 2015. Successful applicants will be notified soon thereafter. For further information, please contact Maeva Marcus at (202) 994-6562 or send an email to MMarcus@nyhistory.org.
There is no tuition or other charge for this seminar, though participants will be expected to acquire the assigned books on their own.
The Institute for Constitutional History (ICH) is the nation’s premier institute dedicated to ensuring that future generations of Americans understand the substance and historical development of the U.S. Constitution. Located at the New York Historical Society and the George Washington University Law School, the Institute is co-sponsored by the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, and the American Political Science Association. The Association of American Law Schools is a cooperating entity. ICH prepares junior scholars and college instructors to convey to their readers and students the important role the Constitution has played in shaping American society. ICH also provides a national forum for the preparation and dissemination of humanistic, interdisciplinary scholarship on American constitutional history.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: Methodological Frameworks of Postgraduate Research in Law (27-28 April 2015)

Juris Diversitas - lun, 04/06/2015 - 11:01

Desperately seeking a method: the methodological frameworks of postgraduate research in law27-28 April 2015
A two-day event co-organised by Åbo Akademi and the University of Helsinki.  

The focus of the event is methodological, and its approach is practical. What methods are available for legal research (doctrinal, socio-legal, historical, comparative, etc.)? What method does the research question of your thesis imply? What options do you have? What are the relative strengths and weaknesses of the options you have?
The event is tailored for 15-20 postgraduate research students, and it includes plenary sessions addressing general questions, targeted working groups with leading experts representing different approaches, collaborative work in student groups, as well as pop-up clinics allowing for short face-to-face consultations with senior colleagues. The event will conclude with instructions for a written assignment, to be submitted online at a later date, that is intended to serve you as a draft for the methodological section of your thesis. Participation in the two-day event, including completion of the written assignment, will give you 4 ECTS credits that you can use against the research training requirements at your home institution (e.g. module code 20600 at the University of Helsinki). Please consult the appropriate staff members at your institution for details.

For more information, please contact Professor Elina Pirjatanniemi (elina.pirjatanniemi@abo.fi) or Professor Panu Minkkinen (panu.minkkinen@helsinki.fi).

Time and place: 27-28 April 2014, Auditorium Magnus Dahlström, Domvillan, Department of Law, Gezeliuksenkatu/Gezeliusgatan 2, Turku/Åbo, Finland

Deadline for registration: 13 April 2015 
To register fill in the form at https://survey.abo.fi/lomakkeet/6105/lomake.html AND send your research proposal to Johanna Quiroz-Schauman (Q@abo.fi). The seminar is tailored for 15-20 students, participants will be chosen based on their motivation and research proposal in the event that the number of registrations exceeds 20.   
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: 14th International Congress for Eighteenth-Century Studies, "Opening Markets" (Rotterdam, Erasmus University, 27-31 July 2015)

(image source: isecs2015.wordpress.com)
 The quadriannual world Congress for Eighteenth Century Studies takes place in the Netherlands (Rotterdam), around the theme "Opening Markets".

Countless panels address a wide variety of issues across disciplines in the humanities. Interested legal historians will find several papers on the relationship between law and society, law and diplomacy, law and trade, law and philosophy...

A full conference program is available here.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: "The Transmission of Monarchical Power, from the Middle Ages to the Present" (Brussels, St Louis University, 21-22 May 2015)

(image source: Université St Louis)
Nomôdos announced the program of a conference dedicated to the "Transmission of Monarchical Power", hosted by the Research Centre for Institutional and Legal History (CRHIDI).

L’année 2015 est l’occasion de fêter le 500e anniversaire de l’émancipation de Charles Quint et du début de son gouvernement personnel. De même, l’abdication du roi Albert II en faveur de son fils, Philippe, est encore un souvenir vif. Ces deux événements, en écho l’un avec l’autre, semblent l’occasion de mener et de développer une interrogation sur les processus de succession, de formation et de préparation d’héritiers dans des systèmes monarchiques et ce dans la longue durée.La succession d’un monarque ne se présente jamais simplement; elle ne peut généralement pas être appréhendée de façon univoque. Elle revêt toujours plus ou moins de fantasmes et de mise en scène du pouvoir. C’est en ces instants que le rituel du pouvoir tente de transcender les particularités et de gommer les différences afin de prôner l’union, l’unité, la fusion, etc., des composantes sociales soumises au gouvernement de l’ancien et du nouveau dirigeant. Mais comment penser la succession? Quels fondements doit-on lui fournir? Quelles bases juridiques, sociales, etc., donner à la succession ou à l’abdication?La succession est aussi un moment où les rênes du pouvoir semblent à certains instants évanescents. Qui gouverne réellement dans cet entre-deux de pouvoir(s)? Quelle prégnance garde l’ancien monarque? Quelle autonomie est laissée au nouveau dépositaire du pouvoir? Il est ici nécessaire d’étudier la logique des luttes internes du pouvoir à côté du rayonnement effectif de l’ancien ou du nouveau gouvernant.La succession du prince peut néanmoins devenir tragique et être annonciatrice d’une période de troubles et de déstabilisation. Pour prévenir ou expliquer de telles périodes, les questions suivantes méritent encore l’attention. Comment le souverain envisage-t-il sa succession, et de quelle façon met-il en œuvre sa décision? L’héritier/héritière est-il/elle formé(e) convenablement? Doit-on le préparer ou bien laisser «la fonction faire l’homme»? Peut-il/elle s’appuyer sur l’expérience de son prédécesseur? Doit-il/elle s’en distancier sans autre forme de procès? Quelles sont les premières décisions du nouveau gouvernant? Doit-il/elle inscrire ses pas dans les «vestiges» de son prédécesseur ou adopter une position de rupture radicale?Le thème est riche et doit permettre une approche doublement éclatée. Primo, elle doit être une invitation à penser de façon diachronique afin de confronter des expériences éloignées dans le temps, du moyen âge au XXIe siècle. Secundo, cette thématique est une invitation à traverser les frontières disciplinaires. Les points de vue de l’historien, du juriste (constitutionnaliste), voire de l’anthropologue vont pouvoir se confronter et permettre de canaliser ces approches multiples.
Scientific committee:
  • Pierre-Olivier de Broux (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)
  • Jean-Marie Cauchies (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, Académie Royale de Belgique)
  • Philippe Desmette (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)
  • Sophie Glansdorff (Université libre de Bruxelles – Centre national d’histoire des sciences)
  • Gustaaf Janssens (KU Leuven, Commission royale d’histoire)
  • Françoise Van Haeperen (Université catholique de Louvain)
 Organising committee:
  • Pierre-Olivier de Broux (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)
  • Philippe Desmette (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)
  • Sophie Glansdorff (Université libre de Bruxelles – Centre national d’histoire des sciences)
  • Bérengère Piret (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)
  • Nicolas Simon (FNRS/Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)
  • Françoise Van Haeperen (Université catholique de Louvain)
1re journée: jeudi 21 mai 20158h30: Accueil 
  • 9h: Mot d’accueil
  • 9h15: Gustaaf Janssens (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven – Commission royale d’histoire), Introduction générale
  • 9h45: Pierre-Joseph Laurent (Université catholique de Louvain – Académie royale de Belgique), Statut de l'individu et transmission du pouvoir dans les royautés mossi (Burkina Faso)
10h15: Discussion 10h45: Pause
  • 11h15: Bruno Dumézil (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense), La transmission du pouvoir dans les royaumes romano-barbares
  • 11h40: Florence Close (Université de Liège), Transmettre un patrimoine et/ou sauvegarder l’Empire? Retour sur les projets de partage du pouvoir de Charlemagne (806-813)
12h: Discussion 12h30: Déjeuner
  • 14h: Sophie Glansdorff (Université libre de Bruxelles – Centre National d’Histoire des Sciences), Le temps des traités et des serments: les successions dans l'Empire carolingien après le traité de Verdun (843- 900)
  • 14h25: Frédérique Lachaud (Université de Lorraine), La succession royale en Angleterre (milieu 12e-début du 14e siècle)
14h50: Discussion 15h20: Pause
  • 15h50: Eric Bousmar (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles), La transmission du pouvoir dans un régime monarchique non souverain. Le cas des ducs Valois de Bourgogne, 14e - 15e siècle
  • 16h15: Cédric Michon (Université du Maine, Institut Universitaire de France), Comparaison entre la succession de Louis XII en France et celle d'Henri VII en Angleterre (fin 15e – début 16e siècle)
16h40: Discussion 17h10: Fin de la première journée  2e journée: vendredi 22 mai 20158h30: Accueil 
  • 9h: Nicolas Simon (FNRS – Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles), Appréhender le retour des anciens Pays-Bas dans le giron espagnol après 1621
  • 9h25: Frederik Dhondt (FWO/Universiteit Gent), La «transformation» de Philippe V d'Espagne
  • 9h50: Klaas Van Gelder (FWO/Universiteit Gent), Succession et stratégies de légitimation de l'empereur Charles VI dans les Pays-Bas méridionaux
10h15: Discussion 10h45: Pause
  • 11h15: Pierre-Olivier de Broux (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles), Les successions de Léopold I et de Léopold II
  • 11h40: Vincent Dujardin (Université catholique de Louvain), Les successions monarchiques belges au 20e siècle
  • 12h05: Mathias El Berhoumi (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles), Les droits et les devoirs de l’héritier du trône de Belgique
12h30: Discussion 
  • 13h: Jean-Marie Cauchies (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, Académie royale de Belgique), Conclusions
13h30: Déjeuner
Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, 43, Boulevard du Jardin Botanique, 1000 Bruxelles, Salle des examens Registration
Inscription obligatoire par courriel avant le 10 mai 2015, à l’adresse crhidi@gmail.com (ou via le site internet du CRHiDI, page «Activités»)  More information here.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: British Legal History Conference, 8-11 July 2015: Law, Challenges to Authority and Recognition of Rights

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The British Legal History Conference, this year connected to the 800th anniversary of Magna Charta, will take place at the University of Reading. A detailed program has been uploaded on the University of Reading's blog devoted to the Conference (click here for the pdf).

Outline of the conference program:

  • PGR/ECR Session: 9:30 – 13:00 on 8th July at Cedars Conference Centre
  • Early Registration: 12:00 – 13:00 on 8th July at the School of Law, Foxhill House
  • Runnymede Tea Cruise and Talk by Professor Sir John Baker: afternoon of 8th July – board coaches to Runnymede at 13:00 and arrive back at the School of Law at 16:45
  • Main Registration: 17:00 – 19:00 on 8th July at the School of Law, Foxhill House
  • Welcome BBQ: from 19:00 on 8th July in the Meadow Suite
  • Drinks Reception and Conference Dinner: from 19:00 on the 10th July at the Old Town Hall in Reading

Registrations are accepted until Wednesday 8 July 2015.

Practical information:
The Whiteknights Campus is located two miles from Reading Railway Station, Britain’s largest interchange station outside of London, providing good transport links to all parts of the UK.  There is a regular and accessible bus service between the campus and the station.  You can find information on train and bus travel to the campus at the following link:  http://www.reading.ac.uk/about/find/about-findrail.aspx.
Delegates coming from overseas can travel to Reading from both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports using direct public transport links.  For information on airport links see: http://www.reading.ac.uk/about/find/about-findairport.aspx
For those not wishing to use public transport there is a plentiful supply of taxis in Reading.  There is a taxi rank at Reading Station, or minicabs can be booked by calling Yell Cars on 0118 9666 555 or 0118 9660 660.
Delegates are strongly advised not to travel to the campus by car as graduation ceremonies are being held on campus in the week of the conference and parking, which is by permit only, is extremely limited.
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REVIEW (Juris Diversitas Series): A Study of Mixed Legal Systems: Endangered, Entrenched or Blended

Juris Diversitas - jeu, 04/02/2015 - 06:01

This review just appeared in the Journal of Legal Pluralism:
'This book's collection of interesting case studies of hybrid legal systems not only provides us useful insights regarding the ongoing process of mixing in general, but also in reference to the particular cases presented. It, therefore, is an important addition to the literature on mixed legal systems and comparative law in general, and will undoubtedly prove a boon to further research.'
See the review or information on the book and the series.
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Juris Diversitas - mar, 03/31/2015 - 03:59
Trento, Faculty of Law, 16 and 17 April, 2015 The International Workshop draws its inspiration from the circumstance of several countries in Europe experiencing a growing number of cases in which individuals (mainly immigrants) claim to have a series of family and personal matters regulated by the law of their country of origin, under international private law.
In so far as this foreign law corresponds to – or is largely influenced by – Islamic law (or other religious law), domestic legal systems in Europe face the problem of reviewing the compatibility of such religiously inspired foreign law with domestic (and European) fundamental rights standards, mainly by applying the public policy (ordre public) exception which prevents the administrative application or the judicial enforcement of foreign law or foreign judicial or administrative decisions that are qualified as incompatible.The International Workshop aims at considering the current attitude shown  by  the judiciary in legal systems strongly influenced by Islamic law as well as in some European states, while ultimately focusing  on whether a shared European ordre public exception in the field of family law is emerging in case law.The program of this event is available from this link.
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BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: Fundamental Rights in the EU

Juris Diversitas - mar, 03/31/2015 - 03:53
A Matter for Two CourtsEdited by Sonia Morano-Foadi and Lucy Vickers
This collection joins the new and expanding scholarship on the protection of fundamental rights in Europe and reflects on the relationship between the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The book questions whether the changes introduced by the Lisbon Treaty align the CJEU to the ECtHR’s interpretation and methods, triggering different processes of institutionalisation within a coherent European system. These issues are explored through a contextual analysis of areas of law such as equality rights in employment law, citizenship and migration, internet law and access to justice. This volume includes perspectives from the scholarly community as well as practitioners, judges and European policy makers. It also examines the state of accession of the EU to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and considers the legal implications of the interactions of the two courts for the protection of the fundamental rights of EU citizens and individuals legally residing in Europe.The volume is essential reading for practitioners, judges, European policy makers and members of the scholarly community working in this area of law.
Sonia Morano-Foadi is a Reader in Law and Lucy Vickers is a Professor in Law, both at Oxford Brookes University.
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BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: Europe’s Justice Deficit?

Juris Diversitas - mar, 03/31/2015 - 03:48

Edited by Dimitry Kochenov, Gráinne de Búrca and Andrew Williams
ENDORSEMENTS"The question of the EU’s justice deficit could not be of greater relevance. Both scholars and politicians have often argued that the economic and other benefits of the EU compensate for any democratic failings. Yet, as the eurocrisis renders these benefits less apparent, it becomes more appropriate than ever to ask whether it distributes them and any accompanying costs in a just way. The  responses of the contributors to this volume prove as disturbing  as they are informative."Professor Richard Bellamy, Director of the Max Weber Programme, European University Institute, Florence
"This is a remarkable volume which addresses a long-neglected question about the EU: situated between integration through market freedoms and an emerging constitutional project, how does the EU contribute to the achievement of justice? A set of lively, engaged and scholarly contributions which extend the boundaries of the debate. A must-read for all interested in European Studies."Professor Seyla Benhabib, Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University 
"The list of authors reads like a veritable “Who's Who of European studies”...The outcome is fascinating, enormously rich and diverse (with the authors occasionally disagreeing with each other) – just as Europe is. Once you have read it, you realize what an important void it has filled. It opens up a new, fresh perspective within the European studies, and I can safely predict that it will become a canon, by reference to which we will be discussing “justice in/of Europe” in the years to come."Wojciech Sadurski, Challis Professor of Jurisprudence, The University of Sydney Faculty of Law
"By arranging a multi-disciplinary discussion about justice in the EU “as a flow of ideas” this most engaging book offers a gripping account of justice as the proverbial contested concept…The editors have succeeded in bringing together a group of feisty scholars keen to present their rather diverse, and at times even exclusive, take on the meaning of justice...A must read for all interested in justice, nothwithstanding their own disciplinary home."Prof Antje Wiener, Chair in Political Science, especially Global Governance, University of Hamburg
The gradual legal and political evolution of the European Union has not, thus far, been accompanied by the articulation or embrace of any substantive ideal of justice going beyond the founders’ intent or the economic objectives of the market integration project. This absence arguably compromises the foundations of the EU legal and political system since the relationship between law and justice—a crucial question within any constitutional system—remains largely unaddressed. This edited volume brings together a number of concise contributions by leading academics and young scholars whose work addresses both legal and philosophical aspects of justice in the European context. The aim of the volume is to appraise the existence and nature of this deficit, its implications for Europe’s future, and to begin a critical discussion about how it might be addressed. There have been many accounts of the EU as a story of constitutional evolution and a system of transnational governance, but few which pay sustained attention to the implications for justice.The EU today has moved beyond its initial and primary emphasis on the establishment of an Internal Market, as the growing importance of EU citizenship and social rights suggests. Yet, most legal analyses of the EU treaties and of EU case-law remain premised broadly on the assumption that EU law still largely serves the purpose of perfecting what is fundamentally a system of economic integration. The place to be occupied by the underlying substantive ideal of justice remains significantly underspecified or even vacant, creating a tension between the market-oriented foundation of the Union and the contemporary essence of its constitutional system. The relationship of law to justice is a core dimension of constitutional systems around the world, and the EU is arguably no different in this respect.The critical assessment of justice in the EU provided by the contributions to this book will help to create a fuller picture of the justice deficit in the EU, and at the same time open up an important new avenue of legal research of immediate importance.
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PHD/POSTDOC POSITION: "Discourses of Weakness and Resource Regimes" (July 1, 2015)

WHAT: Discourses of Weakness and Resource Regimes, PHD/POST DOC POSITION in the field of late medieval /early modern history, legal history, or ecclesiastical history
WHEN: starting July 1, 2015 (3-year contracts)
WHERE: MPI, Max-Planck Institut fur europaische Rechtsgeschichte
The Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History and the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main are partner institutions of the Collaborative Research Centre 1095 ‘Discourses of Weakness and Resource Regimes’. In this framework, the Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History offersTwo PhD / Post-doctoral Positions in the field of late medieval / early modern history, legal history or ecclesiastical history (starting July 1, 2015, or later; 3-year contracts)
Research project
A Collaborative Research Centre / CRC (‘Sonderforschungsbereich’ / ‘SFB’ in German) is an institution established at German universities for a period of up to twelve years that enables researchers to pursue an outstanding research programme, crossing the boundaries of disciplines, institutes and faculties. Financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), it facilitates scientifically ambitious, complex, long-term research by concentrating and coordinating the resources available at a university.The CRC 1095 ‘Discourses of Weakness and Resource Regimes’ at the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, employs a transepochal and comparative approach in order to deal with the question of how discourses of weakness had an impact on the use of resources. These discourses can be observed in the history of all cultures at all times. Changes in the use of both material and immaterial resources constitute a special and important aspect of processes of historical transformation which will be addressed by historians, historians of science, anthropologists, philosophers, sinologists and legal historians within the framework of the new CRC 1095.CRC sub-project C 01 ‘Knowledge of the pragmatici. Presence and significance of pragmatic normative literature in Ibero-America in the late 16th and early 17th century’, led by Prof. Dr. Thomas Duve, reflects upon the significance of normative texts which addressed themselves primarily to practitioners – especially those who would nowadays be seen as part of moral theology or confessional literature. The respective texts were ‘weak’ insofar as they lacked theoretical complexity compared to erudite treatises; they were ‘strong’, however, in terms of pragmatic usefulness because they offered the reader adaptable bases of normative knowledge. There are some indications that these resources helped to establish, even minimally, conceptions of normative order in early modern empires such as the Spanish one. It is the objective of the sub-project to bring to light not only the practical significance but also the intellectual weight of a literary genre which has received little attention for a long time. Characteristic of this genre are condensation processes which might constitute a considerable achievement in abstraction.

Job description
In this context, the position holders are expected to research on one of the two following subjects:I. Martín de Azpilcueta’s Manual for Confessors and the phenomenon of epitomizationThe subject of the first research project are processes of condensation and, possibly, abstraction of canonistic or moral theological knowledge, which was already available in copious works. These processes of epitomization are to be analyzed with regard to a confession manual written by Martín de Azpilcueta (1492-1586), an important canon lawyer and moral theologian. His manual was published in 1552 in Portuguese, 1553 in Spanish and received, in a brief period, multiple editions and translations (1573 into Latin). It was one of the most influential works of moral theology in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, a ‘bestseller’ in the book trade with the New World – and itself subject to various processes of adaptation. The research project on Azpilcueta’s Manual for Confessors, in sum, should focus on the question how learned knowledge was condensed and transformed into a work of pragmatic literature.II. The Third Provincial Council of Mexico (1585) and the elaboration of a Manual for Confessors In a second study, a researcher is to investigate how the need for normative action which arose from a concrete historical situation found expression in a Mexican confession manual of the late 16th century. The research will be based on the recent edition of the Directorio de confesores y penitentes elaborated at the Third Provincial Council of Mexico (1585). The conciliar decrees which have also been published, show that the council fathers regarded the confession manual as an essential medium for translating their discussions. In brief, the research project will focus on the question how reflections on moral theology and canon law discussed during the provincial council were incorporated into such a pragmatic work. – In exceptional cases it is possible to answer the questions outlined above on the basis of the Third Provincial Council of Lima (1582-83) and its catechetic literature.
The applicants must hold a university degree, preferably in one of the following disciplines: law, canon law, theology, history or philology. Language skills must include English as well as Latin (project I) or Spanish (project II). Moreover, researchers who do not speak German, are expected to learn it during their stay in Frankfurt. Furthermore, participation in the collective activities of the CRC is mandatory.Both doctoral and post-doctoral researchers can apply for the above mentioned positions. As regards doctoral students the PhD can be granted by the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, if the applicants fulfill the necessary requirements. However, candidates who wish to obtain their PhD from another university will also be admitted. Doctoral students will be given the opportunity to familiarize with their research topic.The selected candidates will be working at the Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt am Main and will be integrated into the respective research fields of the Institute.
Application Process
Applications should contain a CV, copies of the relevant university certificates, a letter of motivation, the copy of a short research text written by the candidate (e.g. a seminar paper or a published article), and, if applicable, a list of publications and letters of recommendation.Candidates who would like to apply for a post-doctoral position, are additionally invited to submit a five-page outline of their research design for project I or project II (incl. a short bibliography).The applicants must clearly indicate whether the application is for a PhD position or a post-doctoral position, and whether (or not) – in the case of doctoral students – the candidate is already participating in a PhD program.The postgraduate remuneration is governed by the German Collective Agreement for the Public Sector (TVöD) EG 13 (65 %) and currently amounts to 2.268.25 Euro gross. In case of a postdoc-contract, the remuneration (E13) will be increased to 100% and currently amounts to 3.489,62 Euro gross. In both cases, the working time consists of 39 hours per week.The Max-Planck Society is committed to increase the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from these persons. 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.Inquiries about the research program ‘Knowledge of the pragmatici’ can be directed to Otto Danwerth (danwerth@rg.mpg.de).We look forward to receiving your comprehensive online application by 15.05.2015 following the below mentioned link: http://mpier.iwww.mpg.de/job_offers
More information about the research project:Knowledge of the pragmatici (http://www.rg.mpg.de/research/knowledge_of_the_pragmatici)Schwächediskurse und Ressourcenregime (http://www.geschichte.uni-frankfurt.de/53831812)
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BOOK: Non-State Justice Institutions and the Law: Decision-Making at the Interface of Tradition, Religion and the State

Juris Diversitas - lun, 03/30/2015 - 05:16
Palgrave Macmillan has just published Non-State Justice Institutions and the Law: Decision-Making at the Interface of Tradition, Religion and the State, edited by Matthias Kötter, Tilmann J. Röder, Gunnar Folke Schuppert, and Rüdiger Wolfrum.The book blurb reads:
Traditional forms of dispute resolution have become an important aspect in the political and academic debates on law and development and in numerous cases of constitution-making and judicial reform. This book focuses on decision-making by non-state justice institutions at the interface of traditional, religious, and state laws. The authors discuss the implications of non-state justice for the rule of law, presenting case studies on traditional councils and courts in Pakistan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Bolivia and South Africa. Looking at the legitimacy of non-state justice from various angles, this collection explores the ways in which non-state legal systems and governmental structures are embedded in official state justice institutions and how this affects the protection of human rights.

The book includes a chapter by our own Christa Rautenbach (North-West University (South Africa)) and Brian Z Tamanaha(Washington University (USA)), plenary speaker at our upcoming conference.
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CFP: "Using the past: Romanists, totalitarianism and its legacy" (Rome, October 22-23, 2015)

WHAT: Using the past: Romanists, totalitarianism and its legacy, Call for Papers
WHEN: October, 22-23 2015WHERE: Rome, Villa Lante al Gianicolo, Institutum Romanum FinlandiaeDeadline, May 2, 2015

The purpose of the project “Reinventing the foundations of European Legal Culture 1934-1964” (foundlaw.org) is to trace the genealogy of the idea of a common European legal past, its creation, influence and implications of the theory as an ideological project.After the two previous events, the first one in Helsinki, in May 2014, and the second one in Frankfurt am Main, in June 2015, the research group is organizing a workshop in Rome on the problematic relationship between history of law and, in particular, Roman law scholars, and the dictatorial or totalitarian regimes, especially with regard to the Italian and German ones. We therefore invite papers that explore the approach of Romanists towards the regime and the influence it had on their studies. If and to what extent the works of scholars may be considered as a reaction against the dictatorial power, or means to support it. The papers may analyze the repercussions that the study of Roman Law under the regimes had on the Law in force at the time and the influence it exercised on the later scholars, also with regard to the foundation of a new idea of European common legal culture.
Confirmed keynote speakers are Lorena Atzeri (Università Statale, Milano), Cosimo Cascione (Università Federico II, Napoli), Mario Varvaro (Università di Palermo).Potential themes include, but are not limited to:– idealization of Rome and its history and its implications;– the influence of political circumstances and the experiences in Roman law scholarship;– the different narratives of ancient Roman law proposed by the Italian Romanists, in order either to support, or to criticize Fascism;– Roman Law in Italy between the regime and the new “Codice civile” of 1942;– the roots of the new European legal history as a reaction to the totalitarian past;– differences between German and Italian Roman law doctrine in perceiving the role of Roman law and their approach towards the regimes;– different interpretations of Roman law as a foundation of a new idea of Europe.
The conference is organized by the FoundLaw project, funded by the European Research Council.Please submit your abstract (300 words), in English, as a (word/pdf) file to Heta Björklund at foundlaw(a)gmail.com. Please include your name, academic affiliation and address in your email. The deadline for submission of abstracts is May 2, 2015. We will inform of the selections by the end of May.The language of the meeting is English. There is no registration fee. The organizers are unfortunately unable to aid in the travel arrangements or accommodation of participants.
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CFA: "Emergent Paradigms: Current Issues and Debates in Cultural Legal Studies" (Osnabrueck, August 3-9 2015)

WHAT: Emergent Paradigms: Current Issues and Debates in Cultural Legal Studies, 6th International Osnabrück Summer Institute (OSI)
WHEN: August 3-9 2015

WHERE: Institute of English and American Studies (IfAA), University of Osnabrueck, Germany
Go to application page
The 6th International Osnabrück Summer Institute (OSI), Emergent Paradigms: Current Issues and Debates in Cultural Legal Studies, that will take place August 3 to 9, 2015. Hosted by the Institute of English and American Studies (IfAA), the Summer Institute seeks to promote and examine the interdisciplinary study and research of law and culture.Applicants should complete:
  • An application form.
  • A statement of purpose not exceeding two pages, describing current scholarly interests, current research, and a short statement on how the Summer Institute would specifically further said interests and research.
  • A curriculum vitae.
Both PhD students and post-docs interested in taking part in the OSI should submit their applications no later than April 15, 2015
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