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Juris Diversitas - mer, 2014-09-03 05:06

Two new, interesting articles from the last issue of the Philosophy of law eJournal:
"Preface for: Kafka's Law: 'The Trial' and American Criminal Justice" 
Preface in Kafka's Law: "The Trial" and American Criminal Justice (University of Chicago Press, 2014)
Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 14-35
ROBERT P. BURNS, Northwestern University - School of Law
Email: r-burns@law.northwestern.eduJustice Kennedy famously claimed that Kafka's great work, "The Trial," expressed the reality of the American criminal justice system, at least from the defendant's point of view. This essay, the first sections a book just released by the University of Chicago Press, first summarizes the book's argument that the Justice got it just right, and then provides a close reading of "The Trial." This reading agrees with Hannah Arendt's view that the novel is centrally about institutional issues of justice and that it provides an "organizational gothic" vision of contemporary bureaucratic governance in criminal procedure.

"Human Rights Through the ATS after Kiobel: Partial Extraterritoriality, Misconceptions, and Elusive and Problematic Judicially-Created Criteria" 
6 Duke Forum for Law & Social Change 31 (2014)
U of Houston Law Center No. 2014-A-75
JORDAN J. PAUST, University of Houston Law Center
Email: jpaust@central.uh.eduThe evident split in Kiobel has, in the words of Justice Kennedy, left open a number of significant questions regarding proper elaboration and explanation of the extraterritorial reach of the Alien Tort Statute. Among these are whether a presumption against extraterritoriality should apply and, if it is used, whether inconsistent and ambiguous criteria are preferable in deciding when it is displaced. Extraterritoriality of some sort has been affirmed, but there is an evident lack of consensus on rationales, doctrines, and criteria.
For this reason, its is important to reconsider what the full set of early cases and opinions of Attorneys General add for proper decisionmaking regarding the statute’s evident reach; what is compelled by adequate awareness of the nature of the law that is expressly incorporated by reference and its jurisdictional attributes and substantive grasp; how congressional endorsement of the Filartiga line of cases should displace a judicially-created presumption as well as supposed “foreign relations” concerns and provide needed guidance; how the Charming Betsy rule supplements the need to interpret the statute consistently with universal jurisdiction and responsibility as well as human rights of access to courts and to an effective remedy under international law; and how the rationale in the Bowman exception to a presumption of non-extraterritoriality supports that requirement. This article provides a basis for such an inquiry. Part III identifies evident misconceptions in some of the opinions and is organized into eight areas.

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BOOK: "Jews in Early Christian Law", J. V. Tolan, N. de Lange, L. Foschia, C. Nemo-Pekelman (eds.)

Jews in Early Christian Law Byzantium and the Latin West, 6th-11th centuries
J. V. TolanN. de LangeL. FoschiaC. Nemo-Pekelman (eds.)379 p., 156 x 234 mm, 2014
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The sixth to eleventh centuries are a crucial formative period for Jewish communities in Byzantium and Latin Europe: this is also a period for which sources are scarce and about which historians have often had to speculate on the basis of scant evidence. The legal sources studied in this volume provide a relative wealth of textual material concerning Jews, and for certain areas and periods are the principal sources. While this makes them particularly valuable, it also makes their interpretation difficult, given the lack of corroborative sources.
The scholars whose work has been brought together in this volume shed light on this key period of the history of Jews and of Jewish-Christian relations, focusing on key sources of the period: Byzantine imperial law, the canons of church councils, papal bulls, royal legislation from the Visigoths or Carolingians, inscriptions, and narrative sources in Hebrew, Greek and Latin. The picture that emerges from these studies is variegated. Some scholars, following Bernhard Blumenkranz, have depicted this period as one of relative tolerance towards Jews and Judaism; others have stressed the intolerance shown at key intervals by ecclesiastical authors, church councils and monarchs.
Yet perhaps more than revealing general tendencies towards "tolerance" or "intolerance", these studies bring to light the ways in which law in medieval societies serves a variety of purposes: from providing a theologically-based rationale for social tolerance, to attempting to regulate and restrict inter-religious contact, to using anti-Jewish rhetoric to assert the authority or legitimacy of one party of the Christian elite over and against another. This volume makes an important contribution not only to the history of medieval Jewish-Christian relations, but also to research on the uses and functions of law in medieval societies.

Table of Contents
Capucine Nemo-Pekelman & Laurence Foschia, Introduction

I Rank and status of Jews in civil and canonical law
1.         Ralph W. Mathisen, The Citizenship and Legal Status of Jews in Roman Law during Late Antiquity (ca. 300-540 CE)
2.         Céline Martin, Statut des juifs, statut de libre dans l’Occident du haut Moyen Âge : l’exemple ibérique
3.         David Freidenreich, Jews, Pagans, and Heretics in Early Medieval Canon Law
II - Lawyers at work : from the adaptation of Roman Law to the creation of canonical collections and false canons
4.         Bruno Judic, Grégoire le Grand et les juifs. Pratique juridique et enjeux théologiques
5.         Jessie Sherwood, Interpretation, negotiation, and adaptation:  Converting the Jews in Gerhard of Mainz’s Collectio
6.         Philippe Depreux , Les juifs dans le droit carolingien
7.         Capucine Nemo-Pekelman, Signum mortis : une nouvelle explication du signe de la rouelle ?

III - Juridical sources as indications of Jewish life and institutions?
8.         Alexander Panayotov, Jewish Communal Offices in Byzantine Law and Jewish Inscriptions from the Balkans
9.         Bat-Sheva Albert, Les communautés juives vues à travers la législation royale et ecclésiastique visigothique et franque
10.       Raul González-Salinero, The Legal Eradication of the Jewish Literary Legacy in Visigothic Spain
11.       Johannes Heil, Getting them in or Keeping them out? Theology, Law, and the Beginnings of Jewish Life at Mainz in the 10th and 11th centuries
IV - From the Law to Violence, from Violence to Law
12.        Paul Magdalino, ‘All Israel will be saved’? The forced baptism of the Jews and imperial eschatology
13.        Rachel Stocking, Forced Converts, “Crypto-Judaism,” and Children: Religious Identification in Visigothic Spain
14.        María Jesús Fuente, Jewish Women and Visigoth Law
15.        Oscar Prieto Dominguez, The mass conversion of Jews decreed by Emperor Basil I in 873: its reflection in contemporary legal codes and its underlying reasons
16.        Amnon Linder, The Jewish Oath

Nicholas de Lange and John Tolan, Conclusion 
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CFP: Criminal Law and Emotions in European Legal Cultures (Berlin, 2015)

What: Criminal Law and Emotions in European Legal Cultures. From 16th Century to the Present
Where: Center for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
When: 21-22 May 2015

Deadline: October 1st 2014

OrganisersLaura KounineGian Marco Vidor

KeynotesElizabeth Lunbeck (Vanderbilt University)David Sabean (UCLA)

Roundtable DiscussionDagmar Ellerbrock (MPIB/ TU Dresden)Terry Maroney (Vanderbild University)

Legal institutions and jurists have often perceived themselves and promoted an image of their role and activity as essentially 'rational'. Yet, emotions have always been integral to the law, particularly in the case of criminal law. Emotions were and are taken explicitly or implicitly into consideration in legal debates, in law-making, in the codified norms and in their application, especially in relation to paramount categories such as free will, individual responsibility and culpability, or the aggravating and mitigating circumstances of a crime. Emotions could directly or indirectly play a role in defining what conduct was legally relevant, worthy of legal protection or in need of legal proscription; in why and how it was necessary to punish, and what feelings punishment was meant to evoke.Legal scholars in the past did not shun the complex relationship between law and emotions. Yet it is in the last two decades that specialists from different disciplines, from law theory to psychology, from philosophy to history, have shown an increasing and lively interest in unravelling the role played by passions, feelings and sentiments in criminal law. Special attention has been focused on three key areas: norms, practices and people.This two-day conference seeks to historicize the relationship between law and emotions, focusing on the period from the sixteenth century to the present. It aims to ask how legal definitions, categorizations and judgments were influenced by, and themselves influenced, moral and social codes; religious and ideological norms; scientific and medical expertise; and perceptions of the body, gender, age, social status. By examining the period between the sixteenth century and the present day, this conference also seeks to challenge and problematize the demarcation between the early modern and the modern period, looking at patterns and continuities, as well as points of fissure and change, in the relationship between law and emotions. In particular, it seeks to question the extent to which ideas about law and emotions fundamentally shifted around the eighteenth century—the traditional marker of the ‘modern’ period.This conference will explore how legal professionals, as judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and other legal officials, handled different forms of knowledge about emotions in the practice of law, in accordance with, or in opposition to, general social and cultural attitudes and public opinion. It will further investigate the presence and absence—and their meanings—of emotions in the courtroom, as a fundamental aspect of criminal law practices. It will take into consideration not only the emotions which were shown, expected and provoked but also the ones which were repressed, controlled or proscribed by different legal actors and the public. Finally it will also include analysis of how legal understandings of emotions were portrayed in the media and in the wider society.We invite submissions from scholars of different historical disciplines, working on early modern and modern periods and particularly encourage proposals from scholars working on Northern, Central and Eastern European countries, and the non-Western world.
The conference will be held in English.
Accommodation and travel expenses for those presenting will be covered by the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. If you are interested in participating in this conference, please send us a proposal of no more than 300 words and a short CV by 1 October 2014 to cfp-emotions@mpib-berlin.mpg.de
Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes, in order to allow time for questions and discussion.
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ARTICLE: S. Balossino on « Notaire et institutions communales dans la basse vallée du Rhône, XIIe-XIIIe siècles »

S. BALOSSINO, « Notaire et institutions communales dans la basse vallée du Rhône, XIIe-XIIIe siècles », in "Le notaire, entre métier et espace public en Europe (Moyen Âge – Temps modernes)", L. Faggion - A. Mailloux - L. Verdon (ed.), Aix-en-Provence, Presses de l’Université de Provence, 2008, p. 183-197

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BOOK: "La legislazione antimagnatizia a Firenze", edited by Silvia Diacciati and Andrea Zorzi

"LA LEGISLAZIONE ANTIMAGNATIZIA A FIRENZE"Istituto storico italiano per il Medioevo, Fonti per la storia dell'Italia medievaleedited by Silvia Diacciati - Andrea Zorzi, 2013, n. 36, pp. 382
All information hereTable of contents:IntroduzioneOrdinamenta IustitieFirenze, Archivio di Stato, Statuti del Comune di Firenze, 1 Firenze, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Fondo Nazionale, II, 1 153Firenze, Archivio di Stato, Capitoli, Registri, 41Firenze, Archivio di Stato, Statuti del Comune di Firenze, 2BibliografiaIndici 
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ARTICLE: R. Gibbs on "The 13th-century development of illumination in Bolognese copies of the Decretals of Gregory IX"

R. GIBBS, "The 13th-century development of illumination in Bolognese copies of the Decretals of Gregory IX", in G.P. Brizzi, M.G. Tavoni, (ed.) "Dalla pecia all'e-book : libri per l'università : stampa, editoria, circolazione e lettura", Atti del Convegno internazionale di studi (Bologna, October 21-25 2008), CLUEB 2009, pp. 1-19
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BOOK: "Shipping, Trade and Crusade in the Medieval Mediterranean. Studies in Honour of John Pryor", Edited by Ruthy Gertwagen and Elizabeth Jeffreys

  • Edited by Ruthy Gertwagen, Haifa University, Israel, and Elizabeth Jeffreys, University of Oxford, UK
  • May, 2012
  • The cutting-edge papers in this collection reflect the wide areas to which John Pryor has made significant contributions in the course of his scholarly career. They are written by some of the world's most distinguished practitioners in the fields of Crusading history and the maritime history of the medieval Mediterranean. His colleagues, students and friends discuss questions including ship construction in the fourth and fifteenth centuries, navigation and harbourage in the eastern Mediterranean, trade in Fatimid Egypt and along the Iberian Peninsula, military and social issues arising among the crusaders during field campaigns, and wider aspects of medieval warfare. All those with an interest in any of these subjects, whether students or specialists, will need to consult this book.
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 Pictures: the certificate of the Van Caenem prize. Photo of Prof. em. dr. dr. h.c. mult. Raoul Van Caenegem congratulating Bram Delbecke.
To encourage promising young  researchers, the ESCLH established the Van Caenegem prize, named after  R.C. Van Caenegem a leading scholar  in the field of comparative legal history.  The prize is awarded biyearly to a young legal historian deemed to have written the best article in Comparative Legal History, the ESCLH journal, in the two years before ESCLH conferences.
On recommendation of the Van Caenegem Prize Committee the ESCLH has decided at its meeting in Macerata in July 2014 to give this prize to Bram Delbecke for his article
"The Political Offence and the Safeguarding of the Nation State: Constitutional Ideals, French Legal Standards and Belgian Legal Practice, 1830–70."
The members of the Van Caenegem Prize Committee were:  Kjell Åke Modéer (Lund) (president of the Committee), Thomas Duve (Frankfurt), Richard H. Helmholz (Chicago), Bruno Debaenst (Ghent) and  Kamila Staudigl-Ciechowicz (Vienna).
The motives of the Committee“The article on the political offence and it's reproduction in the Belgium constitutional law is a convincing paper, which combines solid scholarship, readings of historical texts, with a clear question of great importance for the comparative constitutional history of Europe.  We regard it as an added value that he has brought up a problem within comparative constitutional law, also masterly handed by Raoul van Caenegem himself. Delbecke obviously masters his topic, he has both an eye for detail, while always keeping the general overview. Even if he concentrates on the legal aspects of his topic, he also contextualizes by putting the legal development in relation to socio-religious as well as economic questions. The dynamic, expressive way in which the article is written, demonstrates Bram Delbecke’s skilful approach to comparative European legal history. To sum up: It fits perfectly within the framework of “comparative legal history”.”
The board of the ESCLH wants to congratulate dr. Bram Delbecke for his fine piece of scholarship. The board and the editors of Comparative legal history call for other young legal historians who are eligible under the rules of the Van Caenegem prize to send manuscripts for review to the articles editor of Comparative legal history (Heikki.pihlajamaki@helsinki.fi).
The prize consists of certificate and a sum of money. (text: Dirk Heirbaut (Gent))
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CALL FOR PAPERS - REMINDER (English/French): The Fourth Worldwide Congress of The World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists

Juris Diversitas - ven, 2014-08-29 09:48
The Fourth Worldwide Congressof The World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction JuristsMcGill University Faculty of Law,Montreal, Canada June 24-26, 2015
“The Scholar, Teacher, Judge, and Jurist in a Mixed Jurisdiction”«Le chercheur, le professeur, le juge et le juriste dans une juridiction mixte»
The World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists is pleased to announce a Fourth Worldwide Congress to be held at McGill University’s Faculty of Law (Montreal, Canada) from an opening evening reception and lecture on 24 June through 26 June 2015. The theme of the Congress will be “The Scholar, Teacher, Judge and Jurist in a Mixed Jurisdiction.”
La World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists est heureuse d’annoncer son Quatrième Congrès International, qui se tiendra à la Faculté de droit de l’Université McGill (Montréal, Canada). Le Congrès débutera avec une réception suivie d’une conférence le 24 Juin en soirée et se poursuivra jusqu’au 26 juin 2015. Le thème de ce congrès sera « Le chercheur, le professeur, le juge et le juriste dans une juridiction mixte ».
Mixed Jurisdictions, as they are traditionally understood, stand at the crossroads of the Common law and Civil law. They also frequently encompass other ethnic and religious laws. Rich in legal history and complex pluralism, they are often seen as natural laboratories of comparative law.

Les juridictions mixtes, comme elles sont traditionnellement perçues, se situent à l’intersection de la tradition de la Common law et de la tradition civiliste. Elles comprennent souvent d’autres droits, comme le droit ethnique  ou le droit religieux. Riches du point de vue de l’histoire du droit et du pluralisme juridique, elles sont souvent vues comme des laboratoires naturels de droit comparé.
The laws, methods, and institutions of mixed jurisdictions are inevitably affected by the influence and presence of different traditions vying for supremacy or requiring reconciliation. Their added complexity places special demands upon the training of judges and jurists, the staffing of courts, the teaching of private law, the research of scholars, and the task of law reform. To what extent have these challenges been met by the actors and institutions of mixed jurisdictions?
Les lois, les méthodes et les institutions des juridictions mixtes reflètent inévitablement la présence de différentes traditions rivalisant pour la suprématie ou demandant la réconciliation. La complexité accrue des juridictions mixtes donne lieu à des exigences particulières pour la formation des juges, des juristes et du personnel des tribunaux, l’enseignement du droit privé, la recherche scientifique et la réforme du droit. Dans quelle mesure ces défis ont-ils été relevés par les parties prenantes des juridictions mixtes?
We propose to investigate these issues.
Nous proposons d’explorer ces questions.
Proposals for papers on any topic related to mixed legal systems are welcome. They may be submitted by jurists from any jurisdiction, and by members and non-members of the Society alike. Proposals should be submitted to WSMJJ General Secretary Seán Patrick Donlan (sean.donlan@ul.ie) by 15 October 2014. They should not exceed 500 words and should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae of one page only. The time allocated for delivery of papers will be no longer than 20 minutes. Papers delivered at the conference will be considered for publication.
Nous accepterons les propositions de textes sur tout sujet apparenté au droit des juridictions mixtes. Elles pourront être soumises par des juristes de toute juridiction, qu’ils soient membres de l’Association ou non. Les propositions devront être envoyées au secrétaire général du WSMJJ, Seán Patrick Donlan (sean.donlan@ul.ie) d’ici le 15 octobre 2014. Les soumissions ne doivent pas dépasser 500 mots et doivent être accompagnées d’un curriculum vitae d’une page. Le temps alloué pour la présentation des textes ne dépassera pas 20 minutes. La publication des textes présentés à la conférence sera envisagée.
The Society regrets that it cannot cover travel expenses of participants in the Congress.
L’Association regrette de ne pas pouvoir couvrir les frais de déplacement des participants au Congrès.
Please reserve the date.
Veuillez prendre la date en note.
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JOURNAL: Opinio Juris in Comparatione Vl I, No. I, 2013

Juris Diversitas - mer, 2014-08-27 09:08
A new nember of Opinio Juris in Comparatione is now avaliable online, as follows the table of content of this issue.
Click here to access the journal's page

Proportional Liability as an Application of the Precautionary Principle. Comparative Analysis of the Italian ExperiencePDFGiovanni Comandé, Luca NoccoWhat Would Happen To the Actual Malice Doctrine in a Severely Polarized Democracy?—The Case of TaiwanPDFJimmy Chia-Shin HsuThe age of integration: cross border family faces financial remediesPDFCinzia ValenteEssaysInternational Cooperation and Consumer Protection in Retail Energy MarketsPDFCristiano ArtizzuSelected Conference ProceedingsSome Ideas from “Intellectual Property between Traditional Dogmas and Modern Challenges” Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Seminar Series March-April 2013PDFSilvia ScalziniNews and book reviewsGetting around the cloud(s) - “Technical and legal issues on Cloud services”PDFOpinio Juris in Comparatione Editorial Team
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CONFERENCE: Historiography and Sources of Commercial Law

Historiography and Sources of Commercial LawHelsinki, September 1st – 3rd,2014
Organisers: “The Making of Commercial Law The Making of Commercial Law: Common Practices and National Legal Rules from the Early Modern to the Modern Period”Project funded by the Academy of Finland and Finnish Cultural FoundationProf. Heikki Pihlajamäki, University of Helsinki; and theSteering Group: Prof.  Albrecht Cordes (Frankfurt), Prof. Serge Dauchy (Lille) and Prof. Dave De ruysscher (Brussels)
Monday, 1 September 2014
Session 1: Sources and Commercial Law, 9.30-12.00, venue: Lecture room P545 (Faculty Meeting Room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
Eberhard Isenmann: Legal, moral-theological and genuinely economic opinions on questions of trade and economy in 15th and early 16th century GermanyDave De ruysscher: Merchant manuals as sources Heikki Pihlajamäki: Constructing a Field of Law: The Birth of Commercial Law in Early Modern Sweden

Lunch break, 12.00-13.30
Session 2: Commercial Legal Conflict Resolution in the Baltic Sea Region and Universal Commercial Law, 13.30-15.00, venue: Lecture room P545 (Faculty Meeting Room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
Justina Wubs-Mrozewicz: Mercantile conflict resolution in practice: connecting diplomatic and legal sources from Danzig c. 1460-1580 Albrecht Cordes: Levin Goldschmidt and the concept of universal commercial law
Coffee Break, 15.00-15.30
Session 3: Superior Courts as Fora for Commercial Legal Conflicts 1, 15.30-17.45, venue: Lecture room P545 (Faculty Meeting Room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
Alain Wijffels: Records and sources of commercial litigation before the Great Council of Mechelen (15th-16th centuries) Peter Oestmann: Court records as sources for the history of commercial law: The Oberappellationsgericht Lübeck as commercial courtMia Korpiola: Svea Court of Appeal records as a source of commercial law
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Session 4: Superior Courts as Fora for Commercial Legal Conflicts 2, 9.00-10.30, venue: Lecture room P545 (Faculty Meeting Room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
Anja Amend-Traut: The high imperial courts (the Aulic Council and the Imperial Chamber Court) and commerce Boudewijn Sirks: The High Council of Holland and Zealand (to be confirmed)
Coffee Break, 10.30-11.00
Session 5: Comparing English and Continental Commercial Law, 11.00-12.30, venue: Lecture room P545 (Faculty Meeting Room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
Guido Rossi: Comparing the sources of English and continental commercial law - with the example of maritime insurance law Margrit Schulte Beerbühl: Bankruptcies, speculation bubbles and the law: bankruptcy law vs. bankruptcy management in late eighteenth-century Hamburg and London
Lunch break, 12.30-14.00
Session 6: Custom and Codification in French and Italian Commercial Law, 14.00-16.15, venue: Lecture room P545 (Faculty Meeting Room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
Richard Court:  Genoese merchants and the consuetudineEdouard Richard: Rise of usages in French commercial law and jurisprudence (17th-19th centuries)Olivier Descamps: On origins of the French Commercial Code: vicissitudes of the Gorneau Draft
Session 7: Expanding Horizons: Universal and Non-European Commercial Law, 16.30-17.15, venue: Lecture room P545 (Faculty Meeting Room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
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CONFERENCE: What Kept the Holy Roman Empire Together: The Relationship Between Imperial and Local Jurisdiction in The Holy Roman Empire (Vienna, 2-3 October)

The Research Network on Jurisdiction in the Holy Roman Empire hosts an interesting two-day conference in Vienna, early in October.

Platform text:
Fragen nach dem Zusammen- und Wechselspiel von Reichs- und Territorialebene erscheinen aktueller denn je – insbesondere vor dem Hintergrund der vor einigen Jahren geführten Debatte um die staatliche Qualität des Reiches.
Offen ist jedoch nach wie vor, welche Bedeutung nicht nur die Rechtsprechung, sondern auch die verschiedenartig ausgestalteten Gerichtsverfassungen bei der Verdichtung der Territorien in der Praxis spielten. Die verliehenen Exemtions- und Appellationsprivilegien bewirkten, dass zahlreiche reichsmittelbare Untertanen nur eingeschränkten oder gar keinen Zugang zum Kaiser als obersten Richter besaßen. Insbesondere große Reichsstände bemühten sich im Laufe der Frühen Neuzeit um eine weitgehende Herauslösung aus der Reichsgerichtsbarkeit. Kam es in den betreffenden Regionen zu parallelen (Rechts-)Entwicklungen oder ist gleichwohl mit wechselseitigen Einflüssen zu rechnen? Auf letztere weisen aktuelle rechtshistorische Forschungen zu territorialen Obergerichten hin, und es wird mit Bezugnahme auf die Reichsgerichtsbarkeit von einer integrierenden Wirkung der Reichsgerichte gesprochen.
Auf der anderen Seite zeigen neuere kulturgeschichtlich orientierte Arbeiten, dass das Reich mehr zusammenhielt als die Reichsverfassung und das Recht. So stellten Kommunikation und Repräsentation unverzichtbare Instrumente im Kampf um Statuserhalt und Prestigegewinn dar. Zudem waren in der ständedominierten Lehnsordnung des Heiligen Römischen Reiches der soziale Rang sowie die aktive Wahrnehmung von Privilegien oder von Statusansprüchen, die nicht oder nur partiell schriftlich fixiert waren, wesentliche Fundamente. Von Interesse sind daher nicht nur Herrschaftspraktiken, die im Einklang mit der Reichsverfassung und der Rechtsordnung standen, sondern auch jene, die neben oder gegen selbige (erfolgreich oder nicht) eingesetzt wurden. All diese Faktoren besaßen eine nicht zu unterschätzende Bedeutung bei der Um- und Durchsetzung von Herrschaft über „Land und Leute“.
Sich diesen Komponenten auf aktuelle Weise zu nähern, die Ansätze zusammenzuführen und danach zu fragen, was das Reich im Inneren zusammenhielt, ist das Anliegen der 13. Nachwuchstagung des Netzwerks Reichsgerichtsbarkeit.
All jene, die an der Erforschung der Reichsgerichte interessiert sind, sind sehr herzlich eingeladen!
Wir bitten um verbindliche Anmeldung unter info@netzwerk-reichsgerichtsbarkeit.de bis zum 15. September 2014. Program:
Donnerstag, 2. Oktober 2014
9.30 Uhr Empfang
10.00-11.00 Uhr
Begrüßung – Mag. Thomas Just, Direktor des Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchivs
Grußwort – Univ.-Prof. Dr. Paul Oberhammer, Dekan der Rechtswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Wien
Einführung – Dr. des. Alexander Denzler, Ellen Franke M. A., Britta Schneider M. A.
11.00-12.20 Uhr – Sektion 1
Das Reich und die Territorien – Patronage und Konkurrenz
Moderation – Avraham Siluk M. A. (Marburg)
Kommentar – Prof. Dr. Johannes Burkhardt (Augsburg)
Dr. Andreas Flurschütz da Cruz M. A. (Würzburg)
Kaiser oder Kurfürst? Rechtsprechung als Konfliktmedium. In der Konkurrenz zwischen Reich und Territorien
Sven Solterbeck M. A. (Münster)
„in regard Ihro hochgräflichen Excellenz von kaunitz=Rittberg“. Korruption und soziales Kapital am Reichskammergericht – ein Fallbeispiel
12.20-14.00 Uhr Mittagspause
14.00-15.00 Uhr
Führung durch das Magazin des Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchivs, Erschließungsprojekt Reichshofratsakten (Wien)
15.00-17.00 Uhr – Sektion 2
Das Reich und die Territorien – Rechtsschutz in Kriegs- und Friedenszeiten?
Moderation – Josef Bongartz (Würzburg)
Kommentar – Prof. Dr. Anette Baumann M. A. (Gießen/Wetzlar)
Dr. Christian Hillen (Bonn)
Reichsgericht als Rettungsring: Die Abtei Marienstatt gegen die Grafen von Sayn
Avraham Siluk M. A. (Marburg)
Zwischen Reich und Territorium. Strukturelle und konfessionelle Herausforderungen für die politische Organisation der Juden im Reformationszeitalter
Fabian Schulze M. A. (Augsburg)
Silent leges inter arma? Zur Rolle reichsrechtlicher Normen und Verfahrensweisen bei Kontributionsforderungen im Dreißigjährigen Krieg
17.00-17.30 Uhr – Pause
17.30-18.00 Uhr – Buchpräsentation
„Die Anatomie frühneuzeitlicher Imperien“ – Hofrat Prof. Dr. Leopold Auer in Ehren zugeeignet
19.00 Uhr – Öffentlicher Abendvortrag
Hörsaal 32, Hauptgebäude der Universität Wien, Universitätsring 1, A-1010 Wien
Moderation – Britta Schneider M. A. (Würzburg/Bamberg)
Kommentar – Prof. Dr. Miloš Vec (Wien)
Dr. Stephan Wendehorst (Gießen/Wien)
Das Völkerrecht: Sprengsatz oder Klammer für das Heilige Römische Reich?
Anschließend gemeinsames Abendessen
Freitag, 3. Oktober 2014
8.30-10.30 Uhr – Sektion 3
Das Reich und die Territorien – Appellationen als Rechtsschutzfaktor?
Moderation – Dr. Stefan Andreas Stodolkowitz (Lüneburg)
Kommentar – Prof. Dr. Thomas Simon (Wien)
Hendrik Baumbach M. A. (Marburg)
Aus dem Territorium an den Kaiser, und wieder zurück! Das Verhältnis zwischen Appellation und Kommission in der Zeit Friedrichs III. als Ausdruck kaiserlicher Konfliktverwaltung
PD Dr. Robert Riemer (Greifswald)
Ich mag dich …, ich mag dich nicht … Betrachtungen zum zuweilen schwierigen Verhältnis von territorialer Gerichtsbarkeit und Reichskammergericht
Ellen Franke M. A. (Berlin)
So fern und doch so nah. Ostfriesische Appellationen vor dem Reichshofrat 1648 bis 1740
10.30-11.00 Uhr Pause
11.00-12.20 Uhr – Sektion 4
Das Reich als Rechtsverband im Spiegel der rechtsgelehrten Literatur
Moderation – Dr. des. Alexander Denzler (Eichstätt-Ingolstadt)
Kommentar – Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Sellert (Göttingen)
Dr. Stefan Andreas Stodolkowitz (Lüneburg)
De novo iudicandi genere. Neue Wege des Zivilprozesses im 18. Jahrhundert
Dr. Nils Jörn (Wismar)
Eine Bibliothek als Bindeglied zwischen dem Alten Reich und Schweden?
12.20-14.00 Uhr Mittagspause
14.00-15.20 Uhr – Sektion 5
Das Reich als Lehns- und Untertanenverband
Moderation – Ellen Franke M. A. (Berlin)
Kommentar – Prof. Dr. Siegrid Westphal (Osnabrück)
Thomas Dorfner M. A. (Aachen)
Multiplikatoren des kaiserlichen Willens. Zur Bedeutung der Reichshofratsagenten bei Lehensinvestituren (1650–1750)
Ulrich Hausmann M. A. (Eichstätt-Ingolstadt)
Ringen ums Recht: Supplikationen süddeutscher Untertanen als Schlüssel zur Reichs- und Territorialgerichtsbarkeit unter Kaiser Rudolf II. (1576–1612)
15.20-16.00 Uhr – Abschlussdiskussion
Josef Bongartz, Dr. des. Alexander Denzler, Ellen Franke M. A., Britta Schneider M. A., Dr. Stefan Andreas Stodolkowitz
Potential participants can register until 15 September 2014.

Source: HSozUKult.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

JOURNAL: Tulane European and Civil Law Forum (Special Issue - The Catania Papers)

Juris Diversitas - lun, 2014-08-25 06:20
Volume 29 of the Tulane European and Civil Law Forum is out.

The volume is a special issue that developed out the Filling the Gaps: the Study of Judicial Creativity and Equity in Mixed Jurisdictions and Beyond Conference held in Catania from 27-28 May 2013.

The original Call for Papers is here; the programme is here.

The conference was supported by the Protection Project at the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), in cooperation with the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists (WSMJJ), and the Tulane University Law School Eason Weinmann Center for Comparative Law. It was hosted by the Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e sociali of the University of Catania.

The contents of the volume, referred to as 'The Catania Papers' are available here and below:

Catégories: Comparative Law News

JURIS DIVERSITAS ANNOUNCEMENT: New Web Editor for the Juris Diversitas Blog

Juris Diversitas - sam, 2014-08-23 08:30
The Executive of Juris Diversitas is pleased to announce that Antonio Zuccaro has agreed to act as Web Editor for Juris Diversitas:
Antonio Zuccaro has a Masters Degree from the University of Catania (with a thesis in comparative private law) He is a PhD candidate in European Comparative Legal Studies at the University of Trento (Italy). His main fields of research include Comparative Constitutional law, BioLaw, Bioethics, and European Union Law and Citizenship Rights. He is on the Editorial Board of the BioLaw Journal, edited by the University of Trento, and Web Editor for the PRIN (Program of Research of Relevant National Interest) Jurisdictions and Pluralism and for Trento’s Laboratorio di Innovazione Istituzionale per l’Autonomia Integrale.
Antonio will serve as the primary contact person for the Juris Diversitas Blog and Facebook pages. He will also be working to make both more accessible and participatory. He can be contacted at Antonio.Zuccaro@unitn.it.

Catégories: Comparative Law News

JURIS DIVERSITAS ANNOUNCEMENT: New Series Editor for the Juris Diversitas Book Series

Juris Diversitas - ven, 2014-08-22 11:58
The Executive of Juris Diversitas is pleased to announce that Julian Sidoli del Ceno has agreed to act with Seán Patrick Donlan as Series Editors of our Juris Diversitas Book Series with Ashgate Publishing:
Julian is a barrister and a Reader in Property Law and Dispute Resolution at Birmingham City University. Having originally studied Philosophy and Greek at University College London, Julian is particularly keen on theoretical and jurisprudential aspects of law and alternative forms of justice. His research interests include property law, particularly landlord and tenant and alternative dispute resolution. He has authored work on mediation, adjudication, social participation and housing rights among other topics. He is currently working on a monograph on the Jurisprudence of Mediation and papers based around bottom-up or horizontal forms of justice. Julian is Co-chair of the European Network of Housing Research Housing Law Working Party. Julian has won numerous awards including Best Paper at the 2013 RICS COBRA conference in New Delhi, Peer Reviewer of the Year 2013 for Emerald Publishing Group's International Journal of the Law of the Built Environment, and the "Extra Mile" Teaching Prize. He ‎has twice been nominated for national mediation awards.

Julian will serve as the primary contact person for the series. He is keen to hear from potential authors and editors and would be happy to engage in a creative dialogue with them over the publication of future volumes. He can be contacted at Julian.Sidolidelceno@bcu.ac.uk
Catégories: Comparative Law News

ARTICLE: Who shouldn't be in law school?

Juris Diversitas - ven, 2014-08-22 10:20
ABA  Journal just published an interesting article 'Who shouldn't be in law school?'

As ABA Journal noted, this week, George Mason University law professor Michael Krauss laid out plainly which students he thinks belong in law school—and which do not.

Students interested in "pursuing justice," in helping those who can't afford legal help, and "in soberly attempting to understand and solve the incredibly difficult, and incredibly interesting, intellectual problems that underlie so many of today’s legal disputes" are sorely needed, Krauss wrote.

And those in law school because they didn't know what else to do after finishing undergrad and only really have a goal of making a lot of money "chose the wrong generation to go to law school," Krauss wrote.

So this week, ABA asked: Who are the students that the legal profession needs, and can succeed with a law degree? And who should get the idea out of their heads as soon as possible?

Page of the article and comments here.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: Settlement of International Trade Disputes in the Caucasus and Central Asia

Juris Diversitas - ven, 2014-08-22 09:54
Kiel Center of Eurasian Economic Law at the Institute of East European Law of the University of Kiel has announced an international conference 'Settlement of International Trade Disputes in the Region of the Caucasus and Central Asia: Public and Private Issues'.

Target group: legal researchers and practitioners, governmental officials, who deal with settlement of public and private disputes in the area of international trade in the region of the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Conference language: English and Russian with simultaneous translation.

Topics: The Conference will deal with the mechanisms of settlement of public and private disputes in the area of international trade in the region of the Caucasus and Central Asia. Efficient and reliable dispute settlement mechanisms are substantial for international trade, which is an important vehicle of every modern economy. During the last decades, the countries of the region under consideration have adopted a lot of national rules (e.g. laws on international commercial arbitration) and joined a number of treaties (i.e. some of the countries are the members of the WTO; there are specific treaties within the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States and Eurasian Economic Community; a new Treaty on Eurasian Economic Union has been signed recently) which are related to dispute settlement in trade matters. This Conference will focus on settlement of trade disputes under public international law and private trade disputes with an international link.

Speakers: The Conference will offer an opportunity for discussions with high-level representatives from the countries of the region, EU Member States and institutions, international organizations as well as academics and practitioners with extensive experience in the field of international dispute settlement. The list of the speakers will be available soon.

Details here.

Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: Legal Research Methods and Methodologies

Juris Diversitas - ven, 2014-08-22 03:07
University of Bristol hosts the Conference 2014 Legal Research Methods and Methodologies “Celebrating Diversity, Sharing Insights” 16 Sept, Bristol.

Program of the Conference includes:

· a detailed description of the primary method (or combination of methods) used to address a particular project;

· the journey embarked on in reaching the project’s research design and why certain methods and methodologies were chosen to be used in that particular project;

· the practical experience of using that method or methods, to include how any problems or limitations were addressed; and

· comment more generally on the rationale of using specific methods and their place in advancing our understanding of particular issues in the legal environment.

Detailed program here.

Please email rm2014bristol@gmail.com to register to attend the conference.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

eJOURNAL:New Journal of European Criminal Law

Juris Diversitas - mer, 2014-08-20 15:25
New Journal of European Criminal Law
Volume 5  / 2014 / 02

Gary Becker and the Economics of Traffi cking in Human Beings


Suicide in Detention in the Light of the Human Rights Convention

Inquisitorial and Adversarial Expert Examinations in the Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights

The Principle of Proportionality under the European Arrest Warrant – with an Excursus on Poland

Enforcing the Market Abuse Regime: Towards an Integrated Model of Criminal and Administrative Law Enforcement in the European Union?

Civil Asset Forfeiture and the Presumption of Innocence under Article 6(2) ECHR

A Short Note on the Development of the Criminal Justice System after the Accession of Crimea and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation
Catégories: Comparative Law News

ARTICLE: Privileging (Some Forms of) Interdisciplinarity and Interpretation: Methods in Comparative Law

Juris Diversitas - mer, 2014-08-20 15:17
A new articlefrom SSRN:
Privileging (Some Forms of) Interdisciplinarity and Interpretation: Methods in Comparative LawBy Suryapratim Roy University of Groningen - Faculty of Law

How should comparative law scholars engage with other disciplines? Which social sciences are relevant for the purpose of comparison? Such questions are important for the process of comparison, as disciplinary self-regulation (and interaction between disciplines) is not a neutral and objective process, and is always informed by embedded political, ideological, ethical preferences. Or, the act of selecting ways of reading, thinking and writing in the service of any task requires the explicit or implicit endorsement of epistemic and hermeneutic authority.

In this essay, I review three recent volumes on comparative law – a companion volume, a book of practice-oriented reflections by scholars who engage in comparative legal scholarship, and a region-specific contribution on Comparative Constitutionalism in South Asia. The approaches adopted in the volumes – concentrating on the science of comparative law, finding a middle way between too much complexity and too little, concentrating on region-specific complexities – do not address the issue of negotiating epistemic and hermeneutic authority posed above. Such negotiation may be facilitated by concentrating on what I suggest is the organising principle of the discipline of comparative law: identifying the construction, perpetuation and functionality of the internal authority of law.
Click here to download the article.
Catégories: Comparative Law News