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CONFERENCE: ‘A Violent World? Changes and Limits to Large-Scale Violence in Early Modernity’ (Oxford, 29 June-1 July 2017) DEADLINE 31 DEC 2016

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The University of Oxford's Centre for Global History organizes a conference on violence in early modernity.

Conference description:
This conference brings global approaches to the history of violence, reassessing the nature of violence during the early modern period. Using violence and the restraint of violence as a unifying theme, participants are encouraged to make trans-national comparisons and connections across the early modern world. An abstract of 400 words, accompanied by a short (two-page) CV, should be submitted to by 31 December 2016. 
The history of violence and its restraint has been crucial to definitions of ‘Western civilization’ and the modern world, often by contrasting them with barbaric predecessors and the cultures that they claim to have tamed. Yet, evidence for the restraint of violence varies according to one’s viewpoint: the sharp decline of homicide in seventeenth-century Europe, for example, diverges from the simultaneous rise in violence of Atlantic colonial societies. As histories of violence and restraint are usually written from national and nationalist perspectives, this conference brings global approaches to the study of violence in order to probe historical assumptions about the limits of violence and its decline during the early modern period. It thereby also questions narratives of the inexorable rise of the nation-state alongside historical periodization of the ‘early modern’ and ‘modern.’ 
Recent historical approaches to violence, shaped by the cultural turn, have tended to focus on inter-personal violence and its patterns in civil society. This conference will integrate warfare and other crucial forms of large-scale violence with recent scholarship on the history of collective and inter-individual violence. By examining large-scale, organized violence alongside broader social and cultural patterns, this conference will explore the boundaries between ‘war’ and ‘violence’, as well as how they relate to ideas of morality, social order, law, and political legitimacy in the early modern world. We encourage scholars to address contemporary perceptions of violence and its restraint, framing analysis through thematic, rather than geographic, approaches. 
Given that we are encouraging scholars to probe assumptions about historical periods, our definition of ‘early modern’ is purposefully flexible.
Confirmed speakers include: Wayne Lee, Alan McFarlane, Stuart Carroll, Pratyay Nath, Brian Sandberg, Cecile Vidal, Lauren Benton, Adam Clulow, Simon Layton, Richard Reid, and James Belich.
We welcome papers that address:
- Global comparisons and indicators of violence
- Definitions of organized violence and crime, such as banditry and piracy
- Linkages between organized, collective and interpersonal violence
- Law’s penetration into oceanic, battlefield, domestic, and/or other novel arenas
- The nature of extra-territorial violence
- Actual practices of violence
- Toleration and restraint of violence
- Methods of measurement, used by contemporaries and/or historians, in assessing what is or was appropriate
We particularly welcome papers on violence in regions not covered by confirmed speakers, such as China, Russia, the Ottoman Empire, and Africa.Organisation:
Peter H. Wilson, Chichele Professor of the History of War, University of Oxford
Marie Houllemare, Institut Universitaire de France, Université d’Amiens (CHSSC)
Erica Charters, Oxford Centre for Global History Centre, University of Oxford
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BOOK: Rafe BLAUFARB, The Great Demarcation. The French Revolution and the Invention of Modern Property. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2016, 304 p. ISBN 9780199778799, £47,99

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Professor Rafe Blaufarb (Florida State University) published a new work on the history of property and the French Revolution's impact.

Book abstract:

The Great Demarcation explores how the French Revolution transformed the system of property-holding that had existed in France before 1789, thus creating the framework for modern definitions of property and political forms. This book examines the Revolution not from an economic or social perspective, but through the lens of the laws and institutions of property. The Revolution's dramatic legal restructuring aimed at two fundamental goals: removing formal public power from the sphere of private property, and excising property rights from the realm of the new sovereign, the nation. The revolutionaries accomplished these two aims by abolishing privately-owned forms of public power—such as jurisdictional lordship and venal public office—and by dismantling the Crown domain to construct a purely sovereign State.
These efforts brought about a Great Demarcation: a radical distinction between property and power from which flowed critical distinctions between the political and the social, state and society, sovereignty and ownership, the public and private. These distinctions destroyed the conceptual basis of the Old Regime, laid the foundation of France's new constitutional order, and crystallized modern ways of thinking about polities and societies. This, Blaufarb claims, was the Revolution's fundamental act, the stake in the Old Regime's heart, and the basis of all of its other reforms.

Tracing how the French Revolution sought to remake the country's legal and institutional reality, The Great Demarcation shows how the revolutionary transformation of Old Regime property helped to inaugurate political modernity. Table of contents:
Note on the Use of French Technical Vocabulary
Chapter 1 Talking Property before 1789
Chapter 2 Loyseau's Legacy: The Night of August 4th and the First Abolition of Feudalism
Chapter 3 The Death and Rebirth of the Direct Domain: The Second Feudal Abolition
Chapter 4 The Invention of the National Domain
Chapter 5 Emptying the Domain: The Problem of Engagements
Chapter 6 When the Nation Became a Lord: Feudal Dues as Biens Nationaux
IndexOn the author:
Rafe Blaufarb is the Ben Weider Eminent Scholar Chair and Director of the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution at Florida State University. He is the author of The French Army, 1750-1820: Careers, Talent, Merit, Bonapartists in the Borderlands: French Refugees and Exiles on the Gulf Coast, 1815-1835, and Inhuman TraffickThe International Struggle against the Transatlantic Slave Trade: A Graphic History, among other titles.More information with Oxford University Press.
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JOB OFFER: Research Assistant/PhD Candidate, Graduate Institute Geneva (DEADLINE 15 JAN 2017)

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The Graduate Institute (Geneva) offers a fully funded position as Resarch Assistant in the framework of a project on The Myth of Homogeneity: Minority Protection and Assimilation in Western Europe, 1919-1939 (Prof. dr. D. Rodogno/Dr. E. Dalle Mulle).

The ‘Myth of Homogeneity: Minority Protection and Assimilation in Western Europe, 1919- 1939’ is a research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and managed by Professor Davide Rodogno and post-doctoral researcher Emmanuel Dalle Mulle that will be pursued at the Graduate Institute between September 2017 and August 2020. Its main objective is to acquire an in-depth picture of the history of the relationships between national minorities and majorities in Western Europe during the interwar years through the analysis of patterns of minority protection and/or assimilation in three case-study countries: Belgium, Italy and Spain. The project will be based on a multi-layered and multi-archival inquiry. The selected applicant will work in a small and dynamic team, under the direct supervision of the project coordinatorResponsibilities:
Carry out substantive research on at least one of the case studies foreseen in the project, including visits to relevant archives;  Write a dissertation in International History at the Graduate Institute on a subject to be formulated by the applicant in accordance with Professor Davide Rodogno (ideally on a subject compatible with that explored by the project);  Present intermediary and final results at international scientific conferences; Contribute to the further conceptualisation and operationalisation of the project, as well as to the identification of areas of possible improvement; • Help to organise public events relating to the project; • Provide general administrative and communication support, including possible web and/or social media initiatives; • Publish at least one paper in an international peer-reviewed journal during the duration of the project (ideal, not a requirement).Profile:
MA in history, sociology or political sciences, familiarity with nationalism studies and minority issues a plus; • Fluent written and spoken English; intermediate (or higher) proficiency in German; any of the following (French, Spanish, Dutch, Slovenian, Italian) a plus; • Excellent analytical, research and communication skills; • Ability to work in team as well as independently; • Good organisational skills and flexibility, notably ability to manage sudden peaks of workload and multiple tasks, as well as to plan ahead and meet deadlines; • Familiarity with content management systems and social media a plus
Candidates should apply by 15 January 2017.

Interested candidates should submit their application consisting of a motivation letter, CV and 3-page research proposal detailing the subject of their prospective PhD in English.

We look forward to receiving your online application: 

Please be aware that, in order to be selected, the candidate must be regularly registered as a PhD student in International History at the Graduate Institute by September 2017.

You can find more information about the admission process at: For any question on the position, the project and the recruitment process please write at:
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JOURNAL: "Historia et ius", n. 10 (December 2016)

Historia et ius, n. 10 - December 2016 
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Table of contents
Temi e questioni
  • 1) Floriana Colao, “L’albero nuovo si piega meglio di quello vecchio”. La giustizia “educatrice” per i minori nell’Italia liberale - PDF

Studi (valutati tramite peer review)
  • 2) Giovanni Basini, La legislazione monetaria italiana nelle crisi tra le due guerre (1926–1936) - PDF 
  • 3) Raffaella Bianchi Riva, Dal consenso al dissenso. La rilevanza giuridica dello scandalo nelle elezioni episcopali (secc. XII-XV) - PDF
  • 4) Cristina Danusso, Il giudice Antonio Raimondi e il fascismo - PDF
  • 5) Giuseppina De Giudici, “La donna di fronte alla legge penale”. Il problema dell’imputabilità della donna tra Otto e Novecento - PDF
  • 6) Dolores Freda, In Parlamento come in tribunale: il divorzio per via parlamentare nell’Inghilterra del Settecento - PDF
  • 7) Federica Furfaro, Paolo Emilio Bensa: un civilista italiano di formazione (anche) pandettistica - PDF
  • 8) Francesca Iurlaro, Pirati, barbari e pastori. Tre figure al limite dell’humanitas nel pensiero di Alberico Gentili (1552-1608) - PDF
  • 9) Maria Morello, L’organizzazione del lavoro nelle botteghe artigiane tra XIII e XV secolo. Il contratto di apprendistato - PDF
  • 10) Marc Ortolani, Le procès à cadavre des suicidés à la fin de l’Ancien Régime. Deux exemples provençaux - PDF
  • 11) Véronique Pinson-Ramin, La question préalable en Bretagne au XVIIe siècle - PDF
  • 12) Stefania T. Salvi, L’irresistibile ‘audacia’ di un pensatore moderno. Il De crimine bigamiae di Christian Thomasius (1685) - PDF
  • 13) Giuseppe Speciale, L’Assunzione di Maria Vergine al cielo: Giustiniano e Bonaventura da Bagnoregio - PDF
  • 14) Stefano Vinci, La politica giudiziaria del fascismo italiano nella giurisprudenza del Tribunale speciale per la difesa dello Stato (1926-1943) - PDF

  • 15) Christophe Archan, The Small Primer and the legal triads. The judges and their sources in medieval Ireland - PDF
  • 16) Vida Azimi, Un douanier « décapité » : Nathaniel Hawthorne. Suivi d’un florilège littéraire sur la douane et les douaniers - PDF
  • 17) Julien Boudon, Bicamérisme ou bicamérismes ? Essai de typologie des Parlements bicaméraux - PDF 
  • 18) Giulia Maria Labriola, Per una storia della cultura giuridica. Riflessioni su un canone complesso, tra Francia e Italia - PDF
  • 19) Giuseppe Mazzanti, A proposito della Summula in foro poenitentiali di Bérenger Frédol e di due opere sulla confessione attribuite a Giovanni da Legnano e ad Antonio da Budrio - PDF
  • 20) Ferdinando Mazzarella, An Intellectual Trajectory in the Age of Antiformalism. Gény and the Rise of the Law of Society - PDF 
  • 21) Cristina Vano, Della vocazione dei nostri luoghi. Traduzioni e adattamenti nella diffusione internazionale dell'opera di F.C. von Savigny - PDF

​​La morte nel prisma criminale. Secoli XIX-XX, a cura di Cristina Ciancio
  • 22) Premessa, di Cristina Ciancio - PDF
  • 23) Giuseppe Speciale, La “lotta del male contro il male” nel “cimitero dei vivi”. Sul lavoro dei condannati alla fine dell’Ottocento - PDF
  • 24) Floriana Colao, La pena di morte in Italia dalla giustizia di transizione alla crisi degli anni Settanta. In memoria di Mario Da Passano e Mario Sbriccoli, a dieci anni dalla morte - PDF
  • 25) Elio Tavilla, Ordine biologico e ordine morale. Appunti sulla riflessione criminologica italiana in tema di pena di morte (sec. XIX) - PDF
  • 26) Cristina Ciancio, Requiescant in pace. Alcune osservazioni sulla protezione del cadavere nel Regno d’Italia - PDF
  • 27) Marco Cavina, Il “buonismo" delle Corti d’Assise. Culture filo-eutanasiche fra XIX e XX secolo - PDF
  • 28) Marco Nicola MilettiUltima linea rerum. La morte dell’imputato nel processo penale italiano tra Otto e Novecento - PDF
  • 29) Giovanni Chiodi, Legalità penale e punizione dei crimini contro l’umanità al processo di Norimberga: la visione di Giuliano Vassalli - PDF
  • 30) Maura Fortunati, “La pietosa ingiustizia dei magistrati”. Il dibattito sul suicidio dell’assicurato tra Ottocento e Novecento - PDF
  • 31) Alfons Aragoneses, Cadáveres silenciados. El derecho español y las fosas de la represión franquista - PDF

Páginas españolas
  • 32) Remedios Morán Martín, José Manuel Pérez-Prendes Muñoz-Arraco. “Toda historia es historiografía” - PDF 
  • 33) Eduardo Cebreiros Álvarez, Tesis doctorales en Historia del Derecho defendidas en universidades españolas (2010-2015) - PDF
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: The Art of Law: Artistic Representations and Iconography of Law & Justice in Context from the Middle Ages to the First World War (Bruges, Groeningemuseum, 16-18 Jan 2017)

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Recent years have witnessed a clear rise in scholarship on law and the visual, mostly originating in the wider field of law and the humanities. The conference The Art of Law: Artistic Representations and Iconography of Law & Justice in Context from the Middle Ages to the First World War wishes to contribute to this research by focusing on imagery in its legal and art historical contexts. The program brings together original and interdisciplinary scholarship that questions the role of art in the practice of law, jurisprudence and justice administration from the Late Middle Ages through the Nineteenth Century.
The conference will be held in the Groeningemuseum, Bruges on Monday 16, Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 January, 2017, during the exhibition De Kunst van het Recht. Drie Eeuwen Gerechtigheid in Beeld (The Art of Law. Three Centuries of Justice Depicted) (28 October, 2016 – 5 February, 2017). This art exhibition, curated by Vanessa Paumen and Tine Van Poucke, features about 130 artworks from over 30 national and international museums and libraries and will focus on themes related to justice as expressed in artworks of various media from about 1450 through 1750.The Art of Law is the closing conference of the IAP Justice and Populations’s WP4: Long-term (Self-)Representations of Justice (LongTermJust).
The conference is supported by
•    Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique – FNRS
•    Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO)
•    Flemish Research Centre for the Arts of the Burgundian Netherlands
•    IAP Justice and Populations: The Belgian Experience in International Perspective
See conference website for final program, registration and practical details.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK PRESENTATION: "Il diavolo in Paradiso. Diritto, teologia e letteratura nel Processus Satane (sec. XIV)" by Beatrice Pasciuta (Rome, November 28 2016)

WHAT Book presentation: Il diavolo in Paradiso. Diritto, teologia e letteratura nel Processus Satane (sec. XIV), by Beatrice Pasciuta
WHEN November 28 2016, 16:00
WHERE Roma Tre University, Law Faculty, Sala del Consiglio
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Il diavolo sale in Paradiso, deciso a riprendersi l’umanità utilizzando un nuovo formidabile strumento: il processo. Possibile? Composto nel XIV secolo, tramandato come opera giuridica falsamente attribuita a Bartolo da Sassoferrato, il Processus Satane è un processo simulato, in forma di dialogo, fra il diavolo, Cristo e la Madonna. Bollato come opera minore e pressoché ignorato dalla storiografia, il testo costituisce in realtà uno straordinario esempio di sincretismo culturale: il linguaggio della teologia serve al diritto come fonte di legittimazione, e di contro la costruzione escatologica e la stessa teoria della Salvezza sono impiantate su una struttura giuridica. In questa prospettiva, il Processus Satane viene qui riproposto come punto di osservazione ideale per cogliere le interazioni di una cultura poliedrica e complessa, insieme di teatro e di letteratura, di diritto e di teologia, di scuola e di piazza.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

WORKSHOP: Labour Accidents, 19th-20th Century, France/Belgium (Lille, Lille II University/CNRS, 9 Dec 2016)

The Centre d'Histoire Judiciaire (Lille II/CNRS) organizes a workshop on labour accidents, with the support of the Belgian Scientific Policy IAP Justice & Populations.

All persons interested should register on

The full program can be consulted here.

Catégories: Comparative Law News

SEMINAR: "La conscience entre droit et sciences sociales" (Paris, December 8-9 2016)

WHAT La conscience entre droit et sciences sociales, Seminar
WHEN December 8-9 2016
WHERE Paris, EHESS, 96 Bd. Raspail Salle M. et D. Lombard
Comment le droit, avec les procédés qui lui sont propres, construit-il le sujet ? Dès lors que l’on aborde cette question dans la longue durée, les notions de « conscience » et de « for interne », formalisées par l’Église aux XIIe-XIIIe siècle et marquant toute l’histoire de l’Ancien Régime, apparaissent comme des objets d’analyse privilégiés. Le « for interne », qui désigne stricto sensu un espace de juridiction contigu au procès, ne peut être identifié à la sphère de l’intimité ou à ce que les sciences sociales désignent aujourd’hui comme « for intérieur ». Et pourtant : les liens entre ces deux « fors » méritent d’être examinés de près, car ils éclairent à nouveaux frais l’une des interrogations fondatrices de la 6e section de l’EPHE, à savoir les rapports entre institutions et individus, entre fait juridique et fait social. Des problématiques chrétiennes de la « conscience » – soumise au seul jugement de Dieu et considérée, par Thomas d’Aquin notamment, comme étant « opposable » au droit –, jusqu’aux protections contemporaines de la « vie privée » (privacy), en passant par les revendications faites au nom de l’« objection de conscience » et de la « désobéissance civile », il s’agira d’esquisser, par des études de cas, une histoire institutionnelle et normative de l’intériorité autant que de la subjectivité.

Arnaud Fossier (Université de Bourgogne)Paolo Napoli (EHESS)

8 décembre 2016
Accueil et introduction
La conscience jugée : le for interne
- Raphaël Eckert (Université de Strasbourg) : Les contours juridiques des fors (XIIe-XIII s.)
- Jacques Chiffoleau (EHESS) : Une histoire (générale) du for interne entre le XII et le XV siècle est-elle possible?
- Carlo Fantappiè (Université de Roma Tre) : Le sceau sacramentel à l'âge moderne
La conscience malheureuse : auto-inculpation et rétention de sûreté 
- Julien Théry-Astruc (Université de Lyon 2) : Ipso facto. Conscience et auto-inculpation, immanence et rétroactivité dans le régime canonique de    l'excommunication                  
                  - Jean Danet (Université de Nantes) : La dangerosité comme une affection chronique du sujet et son traitement: la rétention de sûreté

16h30-18hLa conscience, entre intimité et transparence : la privacy
- Jean-Louis Halpérin (ENS Ulm) : La privacy, standard juridique des sociétés démocratiques?
- Barbara Carnevali (EHESS) : Si loin, si proche : l’intimité entre transparence et représentation 

9 décembre 2016
9h-13h                 La conscience opposable au droit (I) : l’objection de conscience                                 - Florence Bellivier (Université Paris X- Nanterre) : Le renouveau de la clause de conscience dans le champ médical                                  - Jean-Pierre Cavaillé (EHESS) : Les restrictions mentales dans la résolution pratique des cas de conscience : aux origines de l’objection de conscience ?                                   - Maria Chiara Ruscazio (Université de Turin), L'objection de conscience, un droit fondamental de la personne (Perspective européennes)

                La conscience opposable au droit (II) : la désobéissance civile                                - Hourya Bentouhami (Université Toulouse 2) : Non-violence, conscience noire (Steve Biko) et Black Feminist Consciousness-Raising: réflexions sur les                 masculinités et les féminités hégémoniques dans la lutte contre l'Apartheid                
                Discussion finale

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NOTICE: Colloquium "Ius dicere in a globalized world", CFP: last call (Deadline December, 20 2016)

WHAT Ius dicere in a globalized world, Last Call for Papers
WHEN June 15-17, 2017
WHERE Naples, Suor Orsola Benincasa University
Deadline December 20 2016
The Italian Association of Comparative Law (AIDC) opens an international Call for Papers on the subject JUS DICERE IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD
I. CALL FOR PAPERSThe colloquium intends to put the focus, from a comparative perspective, on some of the following topics:1. Can one agree on the statement that in the Western world the notion of jurisdiction is considerably fragmented and is no longer limited to the national State (or expression of public sovereignty) courts, and is dispersed in a multiplicity of experiences? Private jurisdictions (such as ADR, arbitration, sport courts etc.); and trans-national jurisdictions, set by international treaties, or by lex mercatoria).

2. What do we mean today, in the western world, by “jurisdiction”? What are its essential features? Can the resolution of disputes still be considered the main function of courts of law or should the traditional model of jurisdiction be enriched to encompass the new role of courts in many social settings (e.g. transitional justice and its emphasis on reconciliation)? Should one look essentially at the formal elements [such as independence of the decision-maker(s) and adversary procedures], or at the functional role [e.g. adjudication which imitates traditional court jurisdiction], or a legal-realist approach [jurisdiction is what is perceived as such]?3. To what extent can/are Western models exportable/transposable in non-Western contexts? To what extent have Western models of jurisdiction imported ideas from non-Western traditions?4. The traditional notion of rule-of-law is strongly related to the control by the courts and the enforceability of their decisions. Should the notion be adapted to a changing reality?5. What is the effect of the fragmentation of jurisdiction on the traditional court system? Are there consequences on the traditional (in continental Europe) distinction between civil, criminal and administrative jurisdictions?6. What, if any, are the effects, both theoretical and practical, on the apportionment of powers and functions with regard also to the branches of the legislative and government? Is jurisdiction encroaching on Parliament and Government?7. What are the implications of those forms of jurisdiction directly challenging the role of national States, e.g. those connected to international investment treaties (Investor-state dispute settlement)? Do they represent a conditioning of State prerogatives able to weigh upon State obligations towards their citizens?8. Increasingly contemporary societies are concerned with the administrative costs related to providing access to justice, and jurisdictional procedures are seen as a service dependent on budget allocations. What are the emerging models, and to what extent are they circulating and hybridized? Is a global market for judicial services feasible? Are “digital jurisdictions” an appropriate alternative?9. Can numbers and statistics help us to compare jurisdictions and jurisdictional models? And how?10. Jurisdiction is intimately associated with effectiveness: can/should one compare/classify models according to the degree of compliance, whether spontaneous or forced?
Adjudication requires a variety of sanctions and of remedies: what is the relation between the two aspects? What is the circulation of sanctions and remedies within the various forms of jurisdiction, within the same legal system or among different legal systems ?12. Sociology of adjudicators: judges, arbitrators, mediators. And what is the role of lawyers (in a wide sense) in the various jurisdictions? What is the effect on therecruitment of ‘traditional’ judges?13. Involvement of laypersons (i.e. non-lawyers) in adjudication (e.g. scientific experts in IP controversies or in international trade controversies; historians in civil liability or property cases).14. Rules of procedure: imitation, circulation, adaptation, rejection. Through legislative instruments? Or self-regulation? Or practice by the parties involved?15. “Jurisdiction shopping”: a disparaging notion or an occasion for effective application of comparative law in the legal profession?16. Courts of law and courts of public opinion. How is the judicial process communicated to the public? What is the interaction between traditional and social media and the administration of justice? Should and can safeguards be taken? Or are we facing, at the end of the day, a “narrative” issue?
II. TO WHOM THE CALL FOR PAPERS IS ADDRESSEDAIDC organizes on a biennial basis a “younger comparatists colloquium” (the last one, this year, was held in Campobasso) open to PhD candidates and holders, lecturers, adjunct professors; and the ordinary biennial colloquium (the present is the 24th), generally open to full and associate professors.Therefore the selection committee will prefer papers presented by full and associate professors, although it may make a limited amount of exceptions.Papers should be in Italian or English, and may be presented in either language.
Simultaneous translation will not be provided.III. ORGANIZATIONAL ASPECTSThe proposal must be submitted by December 20, 2016. Acceptance will be communicated by mid-January. Within 10 days from acceptance, the participation fee (€ 100) must be paid. If not, acceptance will be forfeited and the selection committee will move on to other candidates. This requirement is essential in order to avoid that no-show of some rapporteurs preclude the possibility to others to present their papers.
The Colloquium will be organized in plenary opening (Thursday, June 15) and closing (Saturday, June 17) sessions (with invited speakers). And parallel sessions (Friday, June 16) divided according to topics. It is expected that up to 35 papers will be presented in a time slot not exceeding 20 minutes per speaker.The on-line periodical “Comparative Law Review”, sponsored by AIDC, intends to devote a special issue to the proceedings of the Colloquium. Participants are however free to publish their papers wherever they deem most appropriate.Papers in Italian may also be submitted for publication to “Diritto pubblico comparato ed europeo”, and to “Comparazione e diritto civile”, the other two leading Italian comparative law reviews.IV. OTHER ASPECTSThe origins of the “Suor Orsola Benincasa” University are deeply rooted in the grandeur of the 17th and 18th century when Naples was the capital of one of the kingdoms of the Spanish Empire and the largest town in Italy. Originally a women’s monastic institution,it became entirely secular at the end of the 19th century and provided higher education training for primary and secondary school teachers. A century later it has become a full-fledged university – the only private university in Southern Italy – with three faculties (Law, Humanities, and Education) and offers over 15 different degrees. It still occupies the vast architectural complex on Mount Sant’Elmo with a stunning view on the Gulf of Naples, Sorrento, Capri and Mount Vesuvius. It hosts several very rich art collections and a ‘Toy Museum’ and a ‘Musical Instruments Museum’[ ].
V. HOW TO SUBMIT A PROPOSALAbstracts should be submitted by e-mail at in Word format, following this order:a) author(s)b) affiliationc) e-mail addressd) title of abstracte) body of abstract (apx 250 words)Abstract file should be entitled: Family Name_Last Name.docVI. PROCEEDINGSThe proceedings of the Colloquium will be published, after peer review, on the “Studies in Law and Social Sciences” open-access Series, published by the Roma TrE-Press, under the auspices of the Law Department.

Catégories: Comparative Law News

SEMINAR: "Les images comme fondement de la mémoire urbaine dans l’Europe médiévale" (Lisbon, November 28 2016)

WHAT Les images comme fondement de la mémoire urbaine dans l’Europe médiévale: l'illustration et la décoration des Statuts et des Coutumes dans le Midi de la France, l’Italie communale et la Péninsule Ibérique à la fin du Moyen Âge (XIIIe – XVe siècles), Seminar

WHEN November 28, 17:30-19:00
WHERE IEM (Instituto de Estudos Medievais | FCSH/UNL) de l’Universidade Nova de Lisbonne FCSH/NOVA, Edifício ID, Sala 2.21 (Piso 2)
Sources importantes pour l’histoire urbaine, le Statuts et les Coutumes des villes médiévales sont également un élément important dans la construction de la mémoire des villes au Moyen Age. Une mémoire reconstruite en fonction des développements sociaux et politiques dont les textes et les images sont le miroir. Travail conscient et planifié, conçu par les villes elles-mêmes, les Statuts et les Coutumes non seulement décrivent et racontent l’histoire des villes, mais aussi contribuent à la création, par l’écriture, d’une mémoire commune, et jouent un rôle fondamental dans le développement d’une conscience urbaine. Les images contribuent également à la création de cette prise de conscience. Cette intervention vise à analyser et comparer la décoration et l’illustration des Statuts et des Coutumes du Midi de la France, de l’Italie communale et de la Péninsule ibérique, pour montrer les similitudes et les différences dans la structure visuelle de ce message mémorial pour mieux comprendre la logique qui régit la structuration des pratiques de l’illustration et de la décoration de la loi écrite dans les sociétés de Europe méridionale à la fin du Moyen Âge.Le Séminaire sera tenu par Mme Maria Alessandra Bilotta (IEM-FCSH-UNL)
Catégories: Comparative Law News

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP & CFP: "Neo-Thomism in action. Law and society reshaped by neo-scholastic philosophy, 1880-1960" (Leuven, October 8-10 2017)

WHAT Neo-Thomism in action. Law and society reshaped by neo-scholastic philosophy, 1880-1960, International Workshop & Call for Papers
WHEN October 8-10 2017

WHERE Leuven

This workshop aims to provide an opportunity for an explicitly international audience of scholars to reflect on the societal impact of Neo-Thomism, especially in the domains of law and socio-economic thinking. It indeed starts from the hypothesis that Neo-Thomism above all had a social and apologetic vocation. Neo-Scholastic philosophy offered a holistic view of society, while shielding it against the secularizing forces of the modern world and striving towards a ‘shared’, ‘hybrid’ or ‘integrated modernity’. The Neo-Thomist project expressly called for greater involvement by lay people in the Church’s apologetic and pastoral strategies. 

Through scholarly education, periodicals, study circles and other networks involving current and former students and other participants from very different societal domains, these neo-Scholastic institutions pervaded society, with a holistic philosophical framework that showed explicitly apologetic objectives. They offered intellectual breeding grounds for a new Catholic elite to grow. During the decades preceding World War I, the interwar period and even post-World War II, neo-Thomist learning centres acted as hubs for various Catholic networks permeating society as a whole, and cemented these connections within civil society, education, the civil service and judiciary, the worlds of labour and business and especially their interest groups. 
The University of Leuven offers a fine example in this respect, with renowned legal scholars such as Victor Brants (1856-1917) and Léon de Lantsheere (1862-1912), and of course its Institute of Philosophy (HIW), founded in 1889 under the impetus of the later Archbishop and Cardinal, Désiré Mercier (1851-1926). These Belgian actors were of course merely one component of a vast international Thomist network that almost completely spanned the universal church with important hubs in places like Paris, Fribourg, Lille and of course Rome. The workshop aims to highlight the exchanges between these different Neo-Thomist centres and affiliated scholars, their societal networks and ideas. The role of religious institutions (Jesuits, Dominicans, and others) within this ‘Thomist international’ and their impact on its interaction with the legal and socio-economic domains of course deserves particular attention. 

The social impact of neo-Thomism is a topic deserving a multifaceted and in-depth analysis, using a broad, international comparative perspective and combining the results of very different fields of historical research: history of science, church and religion, social and political history, etc. We cordially invite papers dealing with the topic from these and other academic perspectives. In order to structure the exchange of ideas and experiences regarding the influence of neo-Scholastic philosophy in the legal and socio-economic domains, the organizers propose three major angles from which to approach this vast and polymorphic topic, but they of course also welcome relevant contributions using a transversal and even a biographical approach. 

 Societal turning points and key moments in Western European history. Papers could deal with specific, often crisis-related and decisive contexts in which structures and individual actors, clearly influenced by neo-Scholastic thinking, exerted their influence and even steered the outcome. Many different examples could be given here. Let us merely point to the contexts of the emerging social policies in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the aftermath of World War I, the financial crisis and recession of the 1930s, the reconstruction of post-war Europe, the emergence of the Welfare State, .... 
Neo-Scholastic networks and institutions. Although important work has been done to ascertain the international scope and significance of neo-Scholastic networks, institutions, study-circles, periodicals, alumni and conference networks, etc., the Neo-Thomist infrastructure in Western Europe was never carefully charted, its impact on different societal domains only partially analyzed. We invite papers that broaden our understanding of these grids, evaluating their evolving composition, functions and reach preferably in an international and long chronological perspective. Given the focus of the workshop, we especially invite contributions discussing networks and institutions that were part of or interacted with the legal and socio-economic milieus. 
Discourses and key concepts. During the Leuven workshop we hope to gain a better understanding of the ways in which Thomism was visualized, appropriated, translated and/or applied in the fields of law and socio-economic policy. Papers could focus on public debates or social controversies or on specific socio-political issues that neo-Scholastic philosophy tried to solve using a more or less clear and original approach. We particularly welcome contributions focusing on the debates and the intellectual discourse communities regarding (1) property rights, (2) criminal law and judiciary system, (3) social justice and responsibility and (4) the representation of interests. Special attention could be paid to the key concepts involved, such as ‘just wages’, ‘profit’, ‘usury’, ‘property’ and many others. 

This workshop is organized by KADOC, the Institute of Philosophy and the Research Unit of Roman Law and Legal History of KU Leuven.scientific committeeBart Raymaekers (HIW-KU Leuven) Wim Decock (LAW-KU Leuven) Jan De Maeyer (KADOC-KU Leuven)Kaat Wils (Cultural History-KU Leuven)Emmanuel Gerard (HIVA-KU Leuven)Rajesh Heynickx (LUCA-KU Leuven)John Pollard (History-University of Cambridge)Philippe Chenaux (Pontificia Università Lateranense)James Chappel (Duke University) Georges Martyn (U.Gent) Luc Courtois (RSCS-UCLJean-Michel Counet (ISP-UCL)Céline Vanderpelen (CIERL-ULB)organizing committeeWim Decock (LAW-KU Leuven) Jan De Maeyer (KADOC-KU Leuven)Bart Raymaekers (HIW-KU Leuven) Peter Heyrman (KADOC-KU Leuven)venueLeuven, 8-10 October 2017 Irish College timing - Call for Papers: August 2016- Deadline for proposal submission: 1 February 2017- Proposal notification: 1 March 2017- Deadline for Papers: 1 September 2017- Workshop: 8-10 October 2017contactFor any questions and to submit your proposal, please contact: Prof. Wim Decock, Research Professor, Faculty of Law KU Leuven, Tiensestraat 41 - box 3453, BE-3000 Leuven (Belgium) wim.decock@kuleuven.beDr. Peter Heyrman, head of Research KADOC-KU Leuven, Vlamingenstraat 39 – BE--3000 Leuven (Belgium)peter.heyrman@kadoc.kuleuven.beproposalsProposals should be submitted as PDF documents and contain- a clear title of the envisaged paper - a summary (max. 500 words), outlining the paper’s goals, methodology and source materials- CVs of author(s), with contact information, position and institutional affiliation.Proposals will be selected based on topic relevance, innovativeness and the degree to which the proposal answers the call. Proposals should be attached and emailed to the workshop organizers ( no later than 1 February 2017.You should receive a confirmation of proposal receipt within 48 hours. Notification of acceptance will occur no later than 1 March 2017. Accepted papers will be peer-reviewed and published in a volume of the series KADOC-Studies on Religion, Culture and Society (University Press Leuven / Cornell University Press) 

Catégories: Comparative Law News

CFP: "Phanor J. Eder LL.B./J.D. Prize in Comparative Law" (Istanbul, April 28-29, 2017)

WHAT Phanor J. Eder LL.B./J.D. Prize in Comparative Law
WHEN April 28-29, 2017
WHERE Istanbul, Koç University Law School

The Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law (YCC) is pleased to invite submissions for the Phanor J. Eder LL.B./J.D. Prize in Comparative Law, in connection with its Sixth Annual Conference, to be held on April 28-29, 2017, at Koç University Law School in Istanbul, Turkey. The Phanor J. Eder Prize is named in honor of the first president of the American Society of Comparative Law.
Subject Matter and Eligibility
The Phanor J. Eder Prize will be awarded to the best comparative law paper submitted by an LL.B. or J.D. student; one or more honorable mentions will also be awarded. Papers will be accepted on any subject in public or private comparative law from students currently enrolled in a J.D. or LL.B. program, who will not yet have received their degree as of April 1, 2017. Submissions from graduate students enrolled in master’s or doctoral programs are not eligible for this prize but may participate in a separate competition. Information is available at
Submission Instructions
To submit an entry, students should send an email to with the subject line: “Submission for Phanor J. Eder Prize.” The email should state each author’s name and law school contact information, the title of the paper, and a certification that each author is an LL.B. or J.D. student satisfying the criteria set out above. The paper should be attached to this email in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Papers must be no more than 15,000 words (excluding footnotes). Submissions should reflect original research that will not yet have been published by the time of the conference, although it may have been accepted for publication.
The deadline for submission is January 16, 2017.Scholars may make only one submission. Co-authored submissions will be accepted, provided that all authors
satisfy the eligibility criteria and provide a certification to that effect.

Selection & Notification Process The winning author(s) will be invited to present their paper at the YCC’s Annual Conference. The winner(s) will receive a modest stipend furnished by LexisNexis to help defray the costs of attendance. There is no registration fee, but winners will be responsible for securing their own funding for travel, lodging, and other incidental expenses beyond the prize stipend. The author(s) of the winning submission and any honorable mention recipients will be notified as soon as possible, and no later than February 13, 2017. The YCC gratefully acknowledges the support of Koç University Law School and LexisNexis. If you have access to Lexis Advance®, research here. The Phanor J. Eder Prize is administered by the YCC’s Affiliates Advisory Group, comparativists/. Please direct any questions to Patrick Yingling, Chair of the Affiliates Advisory Group, by email at 
YCC Board of Directors
Ozan Varol (Lewis & Clark Law School)
Virginia Harper Ho (University of Kansas)
Sally Brown Richardson (Tulane University) Afra Afsharipour (University of California Davis) David Landau (Florida State University)
YCC Affiliates Advisory Group
Patrick Yingling (Reed Smith LLP)
Koç University)
Antonia Baraggia (University of Milan)
Melanie Reid (Lincoln Memorial University)
Sara Gwendolyn Ross (Osgoode Hall Law School)
Valentina Rita Scotti (

Catégories: Comparative Law News

CFP: "Les exceptions intermédiaires" (Rome, January 30 - February 3 2017)

WHAT Les exceptions intermédiaires, Atelier doctoral
WHEN January 30 - February 3 2017
WHERE Rome, École française de Rome, Piazza Farnese 67
all information here
deadline December 5 2016

L’École française de Rome, en collaboration avec le Centre interuniversitaire d’histoire et d’archéologie médiévales, l’Institut Marcel Mauss-Centre d’études des normes juridiques « Yan Thomas » et l’Università Roma Tre, organise un séminaire doctoral annuel à Rome du 30 janvier au 3 février 2017.
Alors que la concentration théoriquement provisoire de compétences dans un seul organe est devenue marginale dans les États constitutionnels, les régimes dérogatoires autorisant des restrictions de libertés et des transferts partiels de compétences juridictionnelles vers des autorités administratives se multiplient et se banalisent. Et sans doute s’agit-il de phénomènes qui ne concernent pas seulement l’époque contemporaine et les États occidentaux, mais des périodes historiques et des régimes très différents. Alors que l’état d’exception change – au moins momentanément – la nature du régime, les exceptions intermédiaires demeurent intégrées dans un régime donné et l’altèrent en quelque sorte quantitativement. Elles posent un problème de seuil et d’orientation. L’accumulation des petites exceptions peut à la longue faire insensiblement mais durablement basculer la nature d’un régime. Et les exceptions introduites donnent un nouveau profil au régime qu’il est souvent difficile de saisir avec précision.
C’est ce domaine intermédiaire qu’il s’agit d’explorer et dont il convient de faire ressortir les traits distinctifs tant d’un point de vue contemporain et comparatiste que d’un point de vue historique, dans une variété de perspectives, juridique autant que théorique et historique, et sous différents profils empiriques.

Les bibliothèques sont pleines de réflexions plus ou moins appropriées sur l’« état d’exception », phénomène important surtout pendant les grandes crises des années 1930 et dans les régimes où la démocratie ne s’est que faiblement implantée. Alors que la concentration théoriquement provisoire de compétences dans un seul organe est devenue marginale dans les États constitutionnels, les régimes dérogatoires autorisant des restrictions de libertés et des transferts partiels de compétences juridictionnelles vers des autorités administratives se multiplient et se banalisent. Et sans doute s’agit-il de phénomènes qui ne concernent pas seulement l’époque contemporaine et les États occidentaux, mais des périodes historiques et des régimes très différents. Alors que l’état d’exception change – au moins momentanément – la nature du régime, les exceptions intermédiaires demeurent intégrées dans un régime donné et l’altèrent en quelque sorte quantitativement. Les exceptions intermédiaires posent un problème de seuil et d’orientation. L’accumulation des petites exceptions peut à la longue faire insensiblement mais durablement basculer la nature d’un régime. Et les exceptions introduites donnent un nouveau profil au régime qu’il est souvent difficile de saisir avec précision. C’est ce domaine intermédiaire qu’il s’agit d’explorer et dont il convient de faire ressortir les traits distinctifs tant d’un point de vue contemporain et comparatiste que d’un point de vue historique, dans une variété de perspectives, juridique autant que théorique et historique, et sous différents profils empiriques. Le séminaire doctoral se déroulera de la manière suivante : les matinées seront animées chacune par un conférencier et un discutant qui se pencheront sur les thématiques de l'atelier ; les après- midis seront consacrés à la présentation des travaux des doctorants, trois chaque jour. Les présentations des travaux des étudiants (20 mn chacune) seront ensuite discutées par les conférenciers et feront l’objet d’un débat général.
L’École française propose 12 bourses pour des jeunes chercheurs (doctorants et post-doctorants de la Communauté européennes et d’autres pays) ayant effectué ou effectuant un travail de recherche sur les thèmes et les problèmes du séminaire. Ces bourses couvrent uniquement les frais de séjour à Rome. Le transport est à la charge des étudiants. Les candidats devront envoyer par courrier électronique avant le 5 décembre 2016 à l’adresse un dossier constitué de :
  • -  une lettre de motivation ;
  • -  un bref curriculum vitae précisant les compétences linguistiques et, le cas échéant, une liste de publications ;
  • -  un résumé du projet (2 pages au max., env. 6000 signes) ;
  • -  une lettre de recommandation. Le Comité scientifique se réserve la possibilité d’accueillir, comme auditeurs, d’autres participants, qui prendraient à leur charge les frais de séjours et prouveraient leur intérêt à suivre le séminaire. Les candidats seront choisis en considération de leur projet par le Comité scientifique. Ils seront prévenus de l’obtention de la bourse avant le 15 décembre. Ils devront ensuite fournir un texte d’environ 10 pages (30 000 signes) dans une des langues de la conférence (français, italien ou anglais), avant le 10 janvier 2017. Les projets seront commentés, avant la discussion générale, par un expert. Les meilleures communications pourront être proposées à la publication dans les Mélanges de l’École française de Rome. Moyen Âge ( Les candidats retenus pour le séminaire seront tenus d’assister à l’ensemble des séances. Comité scientifique Jacques Chiffoleau, Emanuele Conte, Clément Lenoble, Paolo Napoli, Otto Pfersmann, Pierre Savy. Contacts
    École française de RomePierre Savy, Directeur des études médiévalesGrazia Perrino, Assistante scientifique des études médiévales Piazza Farnese, 67I - 00186 RomaTel. (+39) 06 68 60 12 

Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: "Ius Romanum - Leges barbarorum. Alle radici giuridiche dell'Europa" (Naples, November 25 2016)

WHAT Ius Romanum - Leges barbarorum. Alle radici giuridiche dell'Europa
WHEN November 25 2016, 11:00
WHERE University of Naples, Cortile delle Statue, Via Mezzocannone, 8/Via Paladino, 39
Catégories: Comparative Law News

InterGentes: McGill Journal of International Law & Legal Pluralism

Juris Diversitas - mar, 11/15/2016 - 18:41
The first issue of a new journal on international law and legal pluralism has been published. This journal is peer-reviewed and open-access, available at Although it is based in the McGill University Faculty of Law, the journal is interdisciplinary in its approach.
Following the release of this issue, the Journal will be proceeding with a publication schedule that will include a second thematic issue on (In)tangible Ownership in the International Sphere in 2017 and a renewed focus on op-eds and non-thematic articles to be published on a rolling basis. In keeping with its commitment to developing multimedia content and to complement the first issue’s discussion of resistance in international law, the journal will be releasing a podcast on 'hacktivism’ (a combination of the words ‘hacking’ and ‘activism’) and international law in the coming weeks. While the first issue features only English contributions, InterGentes remain deeply committed to its vision of a trilingual publication and will have Spanish and French pieces forthcoming soon.

Submissions are warmly encouraged. Guidelines are posted on the journal’s website.
Access Volume 1, Issue 1
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: Belgian-Dutch Legal History Colloquium 2016 (Maastricht University, 16-17 Dec 2016)

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The biennal Belgian-Dutch Legal History Colloquium will take place in Maastricht (Netherlands), after its latest edition in Brussels in 2014 (see earlier on this blog).
The organisers circulated the following scientific programme (in Dutch):
--- 21ste Nederlands-Belgisch Rechtshistorisch Colloquium ---
-- Maastricht 16 & 17 december 2016 --
- Programma -
Vrijdag 16 december 2016
Groote Sociëteit, Vrijthof 36
09.00-09.30 Ontvangst
09.30-10.00 L’Amuse-Bouche
Niels Graaf (KNIR) Het Romeinse recht is dood, lang leve de rechtsgeschiedenis? Over de functieverandering van de rechtshistorische discipline, 1809-2000  Discussie
10.00-11.00 Herschrijven van de Geschiedenis Johan Van de Voorde (Universiteit Antwerpen) Zijn de Belgen Napoleons trouwste onderdanen? Een onderzoek naar de mogelijke opheffing en vervanging van de Code Napoléon in België als (voormalig) deel van het Verenigd Koninkrijk der NederlandenDirk Heirbaut (UGent) Henri De Page, Belgiës grootste jurist?  Discussie
11.00-11.30 Pauze 11.30-13.00 De Gehuwde Vrouw Kaat Cappelle (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)Huwelijkscontracten en testamenten in het zestiende-eeuwse Antwerpen: de onderhandelingspositie van de getrouwde vrouw Benoît Lagasse (Universiteit Luik/UGent)Is de Luikse "mainplévie" van toepassing in Maastricht? Analyse van de observatio 356 van Charles de Méan Ana Delić (Tilburg University)The Conflict of Laws Revolution for Married Women Discussie 13.00-14.30 Lunch 14.30-16.30 Het Contract: een Maakbaar Product van zijn Tijd
Paolo Astorri (KU Leuven) The impact of the Lutheran Reformation on the law of contracts Wouter Druwé (FWO/KU Leuven) Afkoopbaarheid van renten in Nederlandse consilia en decisiones (ca. 1500-1650)  Discussie Sebastiaan Vandenbogaerde (UGent) De impact van de Eerste Wereldoorlog op het Belgische privaatrecht Sebastian Krafzik (KU Leuven) The Influence of Economic and Political Discourses on Banking Regulation in the Course of the 20th Century: A Study of Great Britain and Germany Discussie 16.30-17.00 Pauze 17.00-18.00 Ontstaan van Recht Caroline Laske (UGent) Consideration – the origins of the term and concept: Legal History meets Lexical Semantics Agustin Parise (Maastricht University) Dutch, French, or Spanish Building Block? The Inclusion of the Burgerlijk Wetboek (1838) in the Spanish Concordancias (1843) of Saint-Joseph  Discussie 18.00-22.00 Receptie & Diner (Au Quartier Petit Bonheur, Kapoenstraat 32)

Zaterdag 17 december 2016 Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Bouillonstraat 1-3, Feestzaal 09.00-11.00 Aan de Grenzen van het Internationaal Recht Dante Fedele (KU Leuven) Between private law and public law: the contribution of the ius commune to the conceptualisation of diplomatic representation Inge Van Hulle (Tilburg University) Anglo-African Legal Connections and the Early Nineteenth-Century Roots of Britain’s Imperial International Law in West Africa (1815-1884)  Discussie Viktorija Jakjimovska (KU Leuven) Law and decision-making in Great Britain related to foreign civil wars Amélie Verfaillie (UGent) Civil Society’s Fight against Torture – Amnesty International as Éminence Rouge?   Discussie 11.00-11.30 Pauze 11.30-13.00 Beschermd Belang Harry Runia (RUG) Enkele grepen uit de geschiedenis van bescherming van bezit Vincent van Hoof (RU Nijmegen) Het zaaksgevolg van de generale hypotheek in het Romeinse recht revisited Jelle Jansen (RUG) De vestiging van een zekerheidsrecht voor een natuurlijke verbintenis  Discussie 13.00-14.30 Lunch 14.30-16.30 Rechtspraak als Spiegel van de Maatschappij (1) Cato van Paddenburgh (KU Leuven) De professionalisering van het rechtersambt en de ontwikkeling van een deontologie voor rechters in de Nederlanden van de 16de en 17de eeuw. Marc Ronvaux (Université Catholique de Louvain) De gerechtelijke activiteit van de Grote Raad te Mechelen in de 18de eeuw: het voorbeeld van de beroepen uit Namen Discussie JM Milo & EGD van Dongen (Utrecht University) Echte Mannen, Woorden en Daden: Eer en Verbintenis voor het Hof van Utrecht in de 18de Eeuw Ronnie Bloemberg (RUG) De ontwikkeling van het strafrechtelijk bewijs in Nederland tussen 1750 en 1870  Discussie 16.30-17.00 Pauze 17.00-18.00 Rechtspraak als Spiegel van de Maatschappij (2) Katrin Vanheule (KU Leuven) La Libre Belgique vraagt gerechtigheid – de repressie van contraspionage voor de Duitse bezetter na de Eerste Wereldoorlog Mariken Lenaerts (Maastricht University) De herinterpretatie van het begrip ‘Rechtsfähigkeit’ onder het nationaalsocialisme  Discussie 18.00-20.00 Receptie (Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Bouillonstraat 1-3, Lenculenhal)The conference website offers the opportunity to register, as well as practical details.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

Pacific Region: New Books

Juris Diversitas - jeu, 11/10/2016 - 11:01
In their Newsletter dated November 2016, Intersentia announce the publication of new books on Law in the South Pacific Region.

Catégories: Comparative Law News

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Society for Legal and Institutional History of Flanders, Picardy and Wallonia, International Days (Maastricht, 26-27 May 2017); DEADLINE 25 MAR 2017

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The Société d'histoire du droit et des institutions des pays flamands, picards et wallons holds its annual international days in Maastricht, from 26 to 27 May 2017. The deadline for proposals is 15 March 2017. The Society accepts papers in Dutch, French and English, irrespective of their link with the conference theme.
International Days of the Society for Legal and Institutional History of Flanders, Picardy and Wallonia Maastricht 26-27 May 2017 
The Society for Legal and Institutional History of Flanders, Picardy and Wallonia holds its annual "International days" at the ‘Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg, The event is co-organized by Dr. Jacques van Rensch of the Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg in Maastricht. The theme of the conference is :  ‘The rule of law and revolutions’
The theme incorporates the rule of law and revolutions in a broad sense (revolutions, revolts, resistance) in different periods and also the influence on the rule of law, since Antiquity till today.Presentations can be held in French, English  and Dutch. Speakers have to sent a summary to the organisation (in French and/or English). Participants are welcome on Friday 26 mai 2017 and Saturday 27 May, at 10.00 a.m. at the Archives « Regionaal historisch centrum Limburg » in Maastricht, Sint Pieterstraat 7 (next to the church). Lunches and diner are served in  restaurant « Petit Bonheur », Achter de Molens 2, 6211 JA Maastricht, (Tél.: 043 321 5109). The programme will be sent to the participants before  25 April 2017. Participants have to registrate  by email to: and to or by mail Emese von Bóné, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, ESL, Capgroep Privaatrecht, Postbus 1738, 3062 PA Rotterdam (Pays-Bas).Propositions can be sent before 25 March 2017 by email to and to, or by mail to  Emese von Bóné, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, ESL, Vakgroep Privaatrecht, Postbus 1738, 3062 PA Rotterdam (Pays-Bas).The fee for inscriptions are 25 € (for documentation and coffee/tea). Lunches on Friday and Saturday are 20 € each. Diner on Friday night is 60 € per person. The  total some can be paid on the account of  the Société d'histoire du droit et des institutions des pays flamands picards et wallons:
IBAN NLI5INGB0002108724 BIC INGBNL2A (au nom de: Soc D-Hist Du Droit Et Des Inst Flam Pic Et Wall). It is possible to pay cash at the conference  (cheques are not accepted)Participants will have to make their own hotel reservations. A plan of the city and a list of hotels will be sent by email to the participants as soon as the conference fee is paid.We all hope to welcome you in Maastricht in May. 
Announcement in French:
Les journées internationales d'histoire du droit et des institutions auront lieu cette année à Maastricht, les 26 et 27 mai 2017, à l'invitation du Dr Jacques van Rensch, Archiviste des Archives du « Regionaal historisch centrum Limburg ».Le thème qui a été retenu par le bureau de la Société, est le suivant :
« Règle de droit et révoltes »Ce thème principal comprend les règles de droit et les révolutions au sens large, donc les révolutions, révoltes, résistances de toutes les époques, ainsi que leur l’influence sur la règle de droit, depuis l’Antiquité jusqu’à nos jours.Les interventions peuvent être faites en français, en anglais ou en néerlandais. Les orateurs sont priés d’envoyer un résumé à l’avance aux organisateurs (en français et/ou anglais).
Les participants seront accueillis le vendredi 26 mai 2017, à 10h00, aux Archives du « Regionaal historisch centrum Limburg » à Maastricht, Sint Pieterstraat 7 (à côté de l’église).
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BOOK SERIES: Methodica. Einführungen in die rechtshistorische Forschung, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History

The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History published the series Methodica. Einführungen in die rechtshistorische Forschung. 
Recently, two volumes were added to the collection:

1. Recht und Moral in der Scholastik der Frühen Neuzeit 1500-1750 (Wim Decock & Christiane Birr) (ISBN 978-3-11-037967-9, € 19,65)

(image source: MPI Frankfurt
Die Untersuchungen zur frühneuzeitlichen Scholastik erleben gerade eine Hochkonjunktur. Juristen, Philosophen, Theologen und Wirtschaftswissenschaftler nähern sich je nach eigener Perspektive den Texten der "Spanischen Spätscholastiker" oder "katholischen Naturrechtler" an. Neuanfänger wie auch Experten erhalten in diesem Band neben Hilfsmitteln zur eigenständigen Quellenforschung auch einen fächerübergreifenden Einblick in den Forschungsstand.
Table of contents:Vorwort der Herausgeber | V

Vorwort | VII
Teil 1: Einführung
1 „Scholastik“ | 3
1.1 Im Dienst der Gesellschaft | 3
1.2 Verdunklung | 4
1.3 Universitätslehrer | 5
1.4 Thomas – Scotus – Rimini | 6
1.5 Denken am Text | 7
1.6 Fragestellung, Dialog, Erkenntnis | 7
1.7 Argumentationsvorgang | 8
1.8 Dialektiker, Aristoteliker, Scholastiker | 9
1.9 Scholastik als Methode | 10
2 „Frühe Neuzeit“ | 11
2.1 Neuland | 11
2.2 Epochenabgrenzung | 11
2.3 Benennungen | 12
2.4 Selbstverständnis | 13
2.5 Protestantische Scholastik | 14
2.6 Eklektizismus | 16
2.7 Scholastischer Humanismus | 16
2.8 Jesuitenpädagogik | 17
2.9 Jesuitenscholastik | 18
2.10 Dominikaner | 19
2.11 Franziskaner | 20
2.12 Religiöse Ordensvielfalt | 21
2.13 Neuscholastik | 21
3 „Recht und Moral“ | 23
3.1 Eine fremde Welt | 23
3.2 Juristen vs Theologen | 23
3.3 Gesetze und Seelenheil | 24
3.4 Gewissensforum | 25
3.5 Kasuistik | 26
3.6 Gelehrte Meinungsvielfalt | 27
3.7 Protestantismus | 29
Teil 2: Quellen, Editionen, Hilfsmittel
4 Quellen | 33
4.1 Auswahl und Begrenzung | 33
4.2 Katholische Autoren | 35
4.2.1 Augustiner-Chorherren | 35
4.2.2 Augustiner-Eremiten | 35
4.2.3 Barnabiten | 36
4.2.4 Benediktiner | 36
4.2.5 Dominikaner | 37
4.2.6 Franziskaner-Kapuziner | 39
4.2.7 Franziskaner-Konventualen | 39
4.2.8 Franziskaner-Observanten | 40
4.2.9 Franziskaner-Reformaten | 41
4.2.10 Franziskaner-Rekollekten | 42
4.2.11 Jesuiten | 43
4.2.12 Karmeliten | 48
4.2.13 Kartäuser | 49
4.2.14 Oratorianer | 49
4.2.15 Prämonstratenser | 50
4.2.16 Redemptoristen | 50
4.2.17 Theatiner-Regularkleriker | 50
4.2.18 Zisterzienser | 50
4.2.19 Nicht-ordensgebundene Autoren | 51
4.3 Protestantische Autoren | 53
4.3.1 Anglikanisch | 53
4.3.2 Evangelisch-lutherisch | 53
4.3.3 Reformiert | 55
4.3.4 Englisch-Puritanisch | 56
5 Editionen und Übersetzungen | 57
5.1 Eine kritische Lücke | 57
5.2 Die großen Namen | 58
5.3 Digitale Sammlungen | 59
6 Praktische Hilfsmittel | 61
6.1 Biographien, Wörterbücher, Lexika | 61
6.2 Lösung von Abkürzungen | 62
6.3 Zitierte Texte: Editionen und Digitalisaten | 65
7 Fallstricke bei der Textauslegung | 67
7.1 Dialog statt Monolog | 67
7.2 Gegenmeinungen, Einwände, Bemerkungen | 67
7.3 Anzeichen für innovatives Denken | 68
Teil 3: Probleme und Perspektiven der Forschung
8 Einführung | 73
9 Wirtschaftliche Perspektive | 74
9.1 Von Salamanca bis Smith | 74
9.2 Geld, Zins und Marktpreis | 74
9.3 Forschungsdesiderate | 75
10 Juristische Perspektive | 77
10.1 Internationales Recht | 77
10.1.1 Ursprünge des Völkerrechts | 77
10.1.2 Grotius und die Scholastiker | 77
10.1.3 Kanonisierungsprozesse | 78
10.1.4 Vitoria und Suárez | 78
10.1.5 Amerindianer und Menschenrechte | 79
10.1.6 Kritische Bewertung | 79
10.2 Privat und Handelsrecht | 80
10.2.1 Zwischen Ius Commune und Naturrecht | 80
10.2.2 Restitutionslehre und Vertragsrecht | 80
10.2.3 Handel und Wirtschaft | 81
10.2.4 Forschungsdesiderate | 82
10.3 Straf und öffentliches Recht | 82
10.3.1 Neuentdeckung | 82
10.3.2 Schuldprinzip und öffentliches Strafen | 83
10.3.3 Sünde und Verbrechen | 83
10.3.4 Alfonso de Castro | 84
10.3.5 Liberale Staatsrechtsphilosophie | 84
10.3.6 Heterogenität des politischen Denkens | 85
10.3.7 Staatliche und kirchliche Gewalt | 86
11 Philosophische Perspektive | 88
11.1 Naturrecht | 88
11.2 Subjektive Rechte | 88
11.3 Säkularisierung | 89
11.4 Ausstrahlung | 89
11.5 Mittelalterliche Verwurzelung | 90
11.6 Probabilismus | 90
11.7 Metaphysik | 91
12 Theologische Perspektive | 92
12.1 Innenansicht | 92
12.2 Moraltheologie | 92
12.3 Missionstheologie | 93
12.4 Salamanca als Erneuerungsbewegung | 93
12.5 Gewissen und Beichte | 94
12.6 Forschungsdesiderate | 95
13 Zukunftsperspektive | 97
Teil 4: Bibliographie und Verzeichnisse
14 Bibliographie | 101
15 Sachregister | 128
16 Personenregister | 1332. Privat-staatliche Regelungsstrukturen im frühen Industrie und Sozialstaat (Peter Collin) (ISBN 978-3-11-037969-3, € 24,95)
(image source: MPI Frankfurt)
Table of contents:Vorwort der Herausgeber | VVorwort des Verfassers | VIIAbkürzungen und Kurzbezeichnungen | XITeil 1: Einführung
1 Überblick zur Forschungsgeschichte | 31.1 Bemerkungen zum Forschungsgegenstand | 3
1.2 Ältere Forschungstraditionen | 4
1.3 Neuere konzeptionelle Ansätze | 5
2 Überblick zur Rechtsentwicklung | 82.1 Unmittelbare Vorgeschichte und Ausgangslage (Ende des 18. Jahrhunderts bis zur Reformzeit) | 10
2.1.1 Stimmungslagen | 10
2.1.2 Praxis und Entwicklung von rechtlichen Arrangements | 11
2.1.3 Rechtswissenschaftliche Reflexionen | 15
2.2 Lange Inkubationsphase (Vormärz bis zu den 1870er Jahren) | 16
2.2.1 Stimmungslagen | 16
2.2.2 Praxis und Entwicklung von rechtlichen Arrangements | 20
2.2.3 Rechtswissenschaftliche Reflexionen | 31
2.3 Herausbildung des Interventionsstaates (Mitte der 1870er Jahre bis 1914) | 38
2.3.1 Stimmungslagen | 38
2.3.2 Praxis und Entwicklung rechtlicher Arrangements | 42
2.3.3 Rechtswissenschaftliche Reflexionen | 58
2.4 Kriegszeit (1914–1918) | 66
2.4.1 Stimmungslagen | 66
2.4.2 Praxis und Entwicklung rechtlicher Arrangements | 67
2.4.3 Rechtswissenschaftliche Reflexionen | 76
2.5 Nachkriegsaufbruch und Krise | 80
2.5.1 Stimmungslagen | 80
2.5.2 Praxis und Entwicklung rechtlicher Arrangements | 83
2.5.3 Rechtswissenschaftliche Reflexionen | 93
2.6 Systematisierende Schlussüberlegungen | 100
2.6.1 Zeitabschnitte und Zäsuren | 100
2.6.2 Aktionsfelder | 102
2.6.3 Organisatorische Spielarten | 103
2.6.4 Rechtliche Durchdringung | 105
Teil 2: Quellen, Editionen, Hilfsmittel
3 Quellen und Quelleneditionen | 1093.1 Allgemeines | 109
3.1.1 Beobachtungsperspektiven und Quellenauswahl | 109
3.1.2 Rechtswissenschaftliche Quellen | 110
3.2 Rechtsnormative Quellen | 113
3.2.1 Allgemeines | 113
3.2.2 Sektorübergreifende Quellenbestände | 114
3.2.3 Bereichsspezifische Quellenbestände | 120
4 Hilfsmittel | 1254.1 Bibliographien | 125
4.1.1 Allgemeine Bibliographien | 125
4.1.2 Bibliographien für spezielle Sachbereiche | 127
4.2 Andere Hilfsmittel | 127
4.2.1 Moderne Synthesen und Handbücher | 127
4.2.2 Zeitgenössische Handbücher und Wörterbücher | 129
Teil 3: Probleme und Perspektiven der Forschung
5 Themenfelder gegenwärtiger Forschung | 1335.1 Übergreifende Forschungsfelder | 133
5.2 Einzelne Rechtsgebiete | 136
6 Forschungsperspektiven | 1456.1 Offene Forschungsfelder | 145
6.2 Theoretisch-analytische Ansätze | 146
7 Internationaler Vergleich und Wechselwirkungen | 1537.1 Untersuchungszwecke und Untersuchungsrichtungen | 153
7.2 Untersuchungsfelder | 156
7.2.1 Thematische und disziplinäre Einordnungen | 156
7.2.2 Ausgewählte Untersuchungsfelder | 159
Teil 4: Bibliographie und Verzeichnisse
Bibliographie | 165Sachregister | 206
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