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NOTICE: Phd Studentship in the area of Historical Criminology (Leeds, 2015)


WHAT:  Phd Studentship in the area of Historical Criminology
WHERE: School of Law at the University of Leeds
WHEN: 2015

The School of Law at the University of Leeds is offering fully funded PhD studentships in the area of historical criminology. Further information is available at the link below. People interested in applying are encouraged to contact Dr Henry Yeomans to discuss this further (h.p.yeomans@leeds.ac.uk). 




http://www.law.leeds.ac.uk/postgraduates/research-postgraduates/funding-scholarships
Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK: N. LAURENT-BONNE, At the Origins of the Freedom to Dispose between Spouses (Paris: LGDJ, 2014).


Prof. Nicolas Laurent-Bonne (Université d'Auvergne) published his doctoral dissertation (Paris II, 2012, Prix "André Isoré" for private law; "Prix de l'Université Panthéon-Assas" and "Prix de l'Institut de Droit Romain") in the "Bibliothèque d'histoire du droit et de droit romain" at LGDJ.

Presentation (in French):

Prix de thèse André Isoré en droit privé - Prix Lévy-Ullmann en Droit comparé - Prix de l’Université Panthéon-Assas - Prix de l’Institut de Droit romainOuvrage honoré d’une subvention du Centre d’Histoire du Droit et des Institutions de l’Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)4e de couv.Au lendemain de la renaissance juridique du XIIe siècle, civilistes et canonistes s’attachent à bâtir, sur des fondements romains, un principe général de prohibition des donations entre époux. L’épouse, souvent comparée à la prostituée, et le mari, parfois représenté sous les traits du vieux barbon, se rencontrent sous la plume moralisatrice des juristes du second Moyen Âge. Spoliation mutuelle, prix des jouissances libidineuses, négligence de l’éducation des enfants: cette trilogie justificative est devenue l’un des lieux communs de la doctrine romano-canonique. À cette interdiction de principe n’échappent pas même l’interposition de personne et la simulation lorsque de tels procédés permettent d’avantager un conjoint.
À la charnière du Moyen-Âge et de l’Époque moderne, docteurs et praticiens assouplissent cependant les restrictions, vidant progressivement le principe de sa substance. En dépit de ces nombreux expédients, des entraves ont persisté dans les législations séculières, rédigées et inlassablement réformées à l’aune du droit romain, tout au long des Temps modernes.Conséquence mutilée d’une romanité en ruine, la prohibition des donations entre époux est longtemps demeurée dans la plupart des droits contemporains d’Europe continentale et au-delà. Remontant aux origines d’une telle interdiction, ce livre propose plus généralement une déconstruction historique du discours moralisateur pesant sur les rapports patrimoniaux entre époux.Sommaire
PREMIÈRE PARTIE. - LES ENTRAVES À LA LIBERTÉ DE DISPOSER ENTRE ÉPOUXTitre I. - La prohibition des donations entre épouxChapitre 1. La nature de la prohibitionChap. 2. Les conditions de la prohibitionTitre II. - Le régime des donations prohibéesChap. 1. - La dissolution du régime matrimonialChap. 2. - Le remariage du donataireChap. 3. - La survenance d’enfantsDEUXIÈME PARTIE. - LES LIBERTÉS DE DISPOSER ENTRE ÉPOUXTitre I. - Les exceptions d’origines romaine et canoniqueChap. 1. - Les exceptions des compilations justiniennesChap. 2. - L’irrévocabilité conventionnelleTitre II. - Le don mutuel entre épouxChap. 1. - Les conditions de validité du don mutuelChap. 2. - Les charges du don mutuelChap. 3. - Le régime juridique du don mutuel(source: Nomôdos)
(more information on LGDJ's website)
Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK: M. MORABITO, "French Constitutional History from 1789 to the Present" (Paris: LGDJ, 2014, ISBN :978-2-275-04158-2)


Nomôdos announces the publication of Marcel Morabito (Sciences Po)'s manual of French constitutional history (series "Domat - Droit Public"). The thirteenth edition counts 550 pages.

Presentation (in French):
Présentation éditeurCet ouvrage s’adresse tout particulièrement aux étudiants des Facultés de droit et des Instituts d’études politiques, auxquels il s’efforce de livrer une connaissance précise des mécanismes qui forment le socle de notre culture constitutionnelle et politique. Il intéresse plus généralement tous ceux qui voient dans l’histoire une dimension nécessaire à la compréhension de l’actualité. 
Auteur
  • Marcel Morabito est professeur à l’Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris.
SommaireL’ouvrage comprend quatre parties: 
I. - La formation des traditions constitutionnelles françaises (1789- 1848) 
II. - Vers une synthèse constitutionnelle (1848-1879)
III. - L’impossible réforme de l’État (1879-1958)
IV. - La Cinquième République: une synthèse inédite (de 1958 à nos jours) More information: publisher's website.


Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK: R. OPSOMMER & O. RYCKEBUSCH (eds.), Guerre, frontière, barrière et paix en flandre – études transfrontalières à l’occasion du tricentenaire des paix d’Utrecht et de Rastatt (Ypres : Archives de la Ville d’Ypres, 2014, ISBN 978902882229912)


Rik Opsommer (UGent) and Olivier Ryckebusch (Lille-III) published an edited volume on warfare and peace negotiations in the Southern Netherlands and Northern France in the early eighteenth century.

Table of Contents:
• Préface du maire de Dunkerque (Patrice Vergriete)
 • Voorwoord door de schepen van Archief van de stad Ieper (Eva Ryde)
• drs. Olivier Ryckebusch (Lille-III) & Prof. dr. Rik Opsommer (UGent/Stadsarchief Ieper), “Préface”
• dr. Agathe Leyssens (Dunkerque), “Élites municipales et frontières en Flandre maritime”
• Prof. dr. Cédric Glineur (Le Havre), “Le régime juridique des passeports sous l’Ancien Régime : l’exemple des provinces du Nord”
• dr. Christian Pfister-Langanay (Univ. du Littoral), “La mission du sieur Boutillier à Dunkerque : entre fiscalité et espionnage (1712-1713)”
• dra. Fanny Souillart (Lille-II), “Le Parlement de Flandre, parlement de Louis XIV”
• dr. Frederik Dhondt (UGent), “’The Cursed Sluices of Dunkirk’ : Dunkerque, thermomètre des relations franco-britanniques après Utrecht ?’”
• PD dr. dr. Guido Braun (Bonn), “L’Allemagne et la France au temps de la guerre de succession d’Espagne : politique et culture”
• dr. Guy Thewes (Musée de la ville de Luxembourg), “Barrière ou talon d’Achille ? La défense militaire des Pays-Bas après les traités d’Utrecht (1713-1725)”
• drs. Michael W. Serruys (VUB), “Ypres, la Flandre rétrocédée et la politique de transit au XVIIIe siècle”
• dr. Michel Nuyttens, “La frontière franco-belge à travers les archives des États de Flandre”
• Prof. em. dr. Patrick Villiers (Université du Littoral), “Les corsaires dunkerquois et la frontière”
• Prof. dr. Lucien Bély (Université Paris-Sorbonne), “La frontière au temps de la Paix d’Utrecht : réalités et représentations”
Source: Rechtshistorische Courant (UGent)

More information: contact the Ypres City Archives.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK: E. DELIVRE & E. BERGER (eds.), Popular Justice in Europe (18th-19th centuries) (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2014, ISBN 342814404X)

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Emilie Delivré (German-Italian Historical Institute) and Emmanuel Berger (Namur) published an edited volume on Popular Justice in Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Summary:
“Popular justice” can be roughly defined as “the exercise of justice by the people”. The institutions and practices pertaining to this form of justice vary widely across time and geographical space. The 18th and 19th centuries constitute a key historical period for the transition to popular justice in Europe. On the one hand, many long-standing practices (“ducking”, “Rügegerichte”) were progressively called into question. On the other hand, the democratization of European societies and the progressive advent of political liberalism helped bring about the emergence of an institutionalized popular justice with the establishment of institutions such as the justice of the peace and the jury. The legitimacy of popular justice remained nonetheless weak due to the government’s fear of losing control and regal powers. Its establishment further depended on the degree of modernisation of the States, which for the most part remained firmly anchored in the Ancien Régime. Despite the importance of popular justice during the 18th and 19th centuries, scholars have largely ignored this field of research or have limited their study to a national perspective. The very definition of popular justice remains vague and requires further conceptual analyses. This book offers a comparative overview of the history of popular justice in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and England and sets the foundations for future research.  Contributors:
Emmanuel Berger is IAP researcher at the Université de Namur and Fellow at the Institut d’études avancées de Paris. His work concerns social and legal history (18th-19th century Europe). He has published La justice pénale sous la Révolution. Les enjeux d’un modèle judiciaire libéral (2006), L’acculturation des modèles policiers et judiciaires français en Belgique et aux Pays-Bas (1795-1815) (2010), and co-edited a special issue of the European Review of History: Popular Protest and Violence in 19th Century Europe (vol. 20, n°6) in 2013.

Michael Broers is Professor of Western European History at the University of Oxford. His The Napoleonic Empire in Italy, 1796-1814. Cultural Imperialism in a European Context? (Palgrave, 2005) won the Prix Napoléon of the Fondation Napoléon; he was a Visiting Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2003. His latest book, Napoleon, Soldier of Destiny, was published by Faber & Faber, in March, 2014.

David Churchill is Economic History Society Anniversary Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research in London. His work concerns the contribution of the police and the public to crime control in 19th-century Britain. He has researched policing and civilian responses to crime in industrial cities, and is currently working on security and the lock and safe industry. He has published in Crime, Histoire et Sociétés / Crime, History and Societies, Social History and Urban History.

Giuseppina D’Antuono completed a PhD in «Storia dell’Europa mediterranea». She is a teaching assistant in Modern History at the University of Naples S. Orsola Benincasa. Her research focuses on the Enlightenment and the Napoleonic Era, especially on the relations between France and the Kingdom of Naples (18th-19th centuries). She has published Les juges de paix dans le Royaume de Naples à l’époque napoléonienne, in «Cahiers de la Méditerranée»; Diderot en Italie is forthcoming.

Bram Delbecke (1980) studied history and law at the Catholic University of Leuven. From 2003 to 2010, he was a teaching assistant at his alma mater. In 2010, he presented his PhD on the history of the freedom of the press in nineteenth-century Belgium. After his PhD, he was a postdoctoral researcher affi liated with the Flanders Research Foundation. In 2013, he left academia and joined the bar. His research focuses on the history of press offences, political offences, jury trials, and constitutionalism.

Émilie Delivré (1979) studied at the Universities of Toulouse-le Mirail, Halle-Wittenberg, the Freie Universität Berlin, and Valladolid. She holds a PhD from European University Institute Florence on political catechisms in Germany and Europe (1780-1850). She has published in several languages on political communication and popular justice in the Sattelzeit. She is a researcher at the Istituto storico italo-germanico of the Fondazione Bruno Kessler since 2011 and teaches at the University of Trento.

Peter King is Professor of English Local History in the School of History at Leicester University, England. He has written extensively on the history of criminal justice including two books: Crime, Justice and Discretion in England 1740-1820 (Oxford 2000) and Crime and Law in England 1750-1850; Remaking Justice from the Margins (Cambridge, 2006). He is currently writing a book on The History of Execution Practice and the Post-Execution Punishment of the Criminal Corpse 1700-1834.

Martin Löhnig is Professor of Civil Law, German and European Legal History, and Canon Law at the University of Regensburg since 2008. Born in Nürnberg in 1971, he received his Dr. iur. (Univ. of Regensburg) in 2001 and his Dr. iur. h abil. (Univ. of Regensburg) in 2006. From 2005-2008 he was Professor of Civil Law, Legal History an Canon Law at the University of Konstanz. For a list of his publications, see www. martin-loehnig.de.
Table of contents here.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK: J. Monballyu, Six Centuries of Criminal Law. History of Criminal Law in the Southern Netherlands and Belgium (1400-2000) (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, 2014; ISBN 9789004269941)

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Prof. em. dr. Jos Monballyu (KULeuven) published the English edition of his historical survey of Belgian penal law.

Summary:
The first overview of the history of criminal law in the area that is currently within the territory of Belgium. Jos Monballyu treats both the sources of criminal law, the different judicial bodies that dealt with criminal issues, the general characteristics of the offences, the manifestations of the offences, the different punishments and their functions, the administration of criminal justice and, finally, some offences and their punishments in particular, namely suicide, witchcraft and press offences. All of these subjects are treated in such a manner that they can immediately be compared with the contents of similar standard works concerning the history of criminal justice in other countries. More information on the Martinus Nijhoff/Brill site.


Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK: B. Piret, The Hundred Thousand Bricks. The Stanleyville Jail and Its Detainees (Lille: Centre d'Histoire Judiciaire, 2014, ISBN 2-910114-26-0)

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Bérengère Piret (Université Saint-Louis, Brussels) published Les cent mille briques. La prison et les détenus de Stanleyville at the press of the Centre d'Histoire Judiciare in Lille (Université Lille-II). More information on the CHJ's website.

Summary (in French):
Dans les premières années du 20e siècle, alors que l'expansion belge au Congo n'en est qu'à ses débuts, l'une des premières préoccupations de l'administration coloniale est de faire bâtir des centres de détention destinés aux Congolais et aux étrangers ayant contrevenu aux dispositions légales ou s'étant opposés à l'autorité coloniale. L'une des plus grandes prisons édifiées alors se situe à Stanleyville, aujourd'hui Kisangani, et est surnommée Cent mille briques.Cet ouvrage s'intéresse à la fois aux aspects organisationnels, idéologiques et humains qui ont présidé à la construction et au fonctionnement de cet établissement. Au croisement des disciplines, Bérengère Piret a étudié à la fois les projets pénitentiaires; l'architecture et ce qu'elle traduit du projet colonial; ainsi que les acteurs qui sont internés, vivent ou travaillent dans la prison de Stanleyville. Le lecteur est ainsi entraîné de l'autre côté du mur, derrière les Cent mille briques où, aidés des nombreux clichés du cinéaste belge André Cauvin, il peut observer la vie carcérale. A travers la découverte de ce quotidien et, plus particulièrement, de l'organisation des principaux temps de la détention (travail, enseignement et loirsirs), l'auteure a mis en évidence l'existence et la nature d'un véritable projet colonial belge où théories, pratiques et normes se superposent et parfois se heurtent, tant aux plans politique et juridique que social. Source: Rechtshistorische Courant (UGent)
Catégories: Comparative Law News

ARTICLE ANNOUNCEMENT: "Tracing an Outline of Legal Complexity"

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From: Ratio Juris, Vol. 27, Issue 4, pp. 477-495, 2014 (click here to buy this article from SSRN)by: TOM WEBB, Lancaster University Law School
Email: t.webb@lancaster.ac.ukAutopoiesis and systems theory are terms often treated as synonymous by lawyers. This sleight‐of‐phrase elides the space between autopoiesis and systems theory, removing its content. Within this eliminated space there exist numerous understandings of systems approaches in law; one such understanding is complexity theory. Complexity theory entails a very different systems view of law to that of autopoiesis. In this paper I explore the concepts of complexity and their relevance to law. In tracing an outline of complexity, a number of contradictions, paradoxes, and additional questions are exposed which require further detailed analysis in the future.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK: Peter Friedemann, Die Politische Philosophie des Gabriel Bonnot de Mably (1709-1785) (Berlin: LIT, 2014, ISBN 978-3-643-12680-1)

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LIT-Verlag published Peter Fridemann's comprehensive study on Gabriel Bonnot de Mably, a major figure of 18th century political and legal thought.

Summary (in German):
Mably gehört zu den bedeutenderen Repräsentanten der französischen Aufklärung. In Deutschland ist er wenig bekannt, obwohl man sich in jüngster Zeit im angloamerikanischen, französischen und italienischen Sprachraum intensiv mit seinen völkerrechtlichen und verfassungspolitischen Studien auseinandergesetzt hat. Der Verfasser hat nach langjähriger Beschäftigung mit diesem politischen Philosophen, einem der Väter der Französischen Revolution, eine Synthese der bisherigen umfangreichen Forschungsergebnisse erarbeitet. Auf der Grundlage neuer Quellenfunde und Dokumente werden Erkenntnisse von aktueller Bedeutung für den demokratischen und sozialen europäischen Rechtsstaat präsentiert.Source: Belgian-Dutch Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

JURIS DIVERSITAS (BOOK): Palmer, Mattar, and Koppel (eds) on Mixed Legal Systems, East and West

Juris Diversitas - lun, 12/08/2014 - 05:38

Advance publication information is now available on anupcoming Juris Diversitas title
Vernon Valentine Palmer,Mohamed Y Mattar, and Anna Koppel (eds),Mixed Legal Systems, East and West
Advancing legal scholarship in the area of mixed legal systems, as well as comparative law more generally, this book expands the comparative study of the world’s legal families to those of jurisdictions containing not only mixtures of common and civil law, but also to those mixing Islamic and/or traditional legal systems with those derived from common and/or civil law traditions.
With contributions from leading experts in their fields, the book takes us far beyond the usual focus of comparative law with analysis of a broad range of countries, including relatively neglected and under-researched areas. The discussion is situated within the broader context of the ongoing development and evolution of mixed legal systems against the continuing tides of globalization on the one hand, and on the other hand the emergence of Islamic governments in some parts of the Middle East, the calls for a legal status for Islamic law in some European countries , and the increasing focus on traditional and customary norms of governance in post-colonial contexts. 
This book will be an invaluable source for students and researchers working in the areas of comparative law, legal pluralism, the evolution of mixed legal systems, and the impact of colonialism on contemporary legal systems. It will also be an important resource for policy-makers and analysts.
Advance reviews include the following:
‘Globalization is leading to the convergence of legal systems and traditions - from all across the world. Helping us to understand what the future of the law may look like, this book presents findings from those living legal laboratories - the “Mixed Legal Systems”. The book presents findings from the usual civil/common law mixed systems and the non-western, religious and philosophical-based legal systems. Such a comprehensive approach provides the reader with a sophisticated appreciation of the real mixing that is taking place and consequently provides a better feel for what might be the future of the law on Earth.’
Colin Picker, the University of New South Wales, Australia

‘Many of the legal systems discussed in the present volume have not been the subject of academic analysis in the past, and in that sense, it constitutes an original and refreshing contribution to the history and jurisprudence of mixed legal systems. The focus on the indigenous, customary and religious systems of the East, with special emphasis on Islamic law, is highly relevant to contemporary developments all over the world as the legal boundaries between West and East shift, and mixed systems become more prevalent. This book provides an indispensable guide to what is rapidly becoming one of the most important fields in this branch of comparative legal studies.’
Tamar Gidron, The College of Management Academic Studies, Israel
Catégories: Comparative Law News

JURIS DIVERSITAS: Ashgate Publishing - Special offer to Juris Diversitas members

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Ashgate Publishing - Special offer to Juris Diversitas members

In addition to hosting our book series and a partner page, Ashgate Publishing is delighted to offer members of Juris Diversitas a special discount of 20% on all Ashgate’s titles. You may wish to start by browsing with the following links: 

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BOOK PRESENTATION: Sylvain Soleil, The French Legal Model in the World. An Ambition, An Expansion (16th-19th centuries) (Leuven, 18 December 2014)

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The Catholic University of Leuven (KULeuven) organizes a debate around the latest book by Sylvain Soleil (Rennes) on the "French Legal Model in the World" (Le modèle juridique français dans le monde).

Time and place: Thursday 18 December, 16:00-18:00 in the Leuven law faculty. Participants should notify their presence in advance to Prof. Wim Decock.

More information on the KUL website.

Catégories: Comparative Law News

NOTICE: Centre for Legal History and Roman Law at the University of Neuchâtel



The University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) launched a research centre for Legal History, involving the teams of Professors Jean-Jacques Aubert (classical philology and ancient history), Jean-Philippe Dunand (roman law, legal history, labour law), Olivier Christin (early modern history) and Jean-Daniel Morerod (medieval history). Recently, Vincent Peillon, former minister for education in France, has joined the centre as an associate professor.

More information (including a list of past and upcoming research meetings and lectures) on the CIHDDR's website.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

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