Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: "Aspects fiscaux du droit des successions sous l’Empire romain" (Paris, March 7, 2017)

WHAT Aspects fiscaux du droit des successions sous l’Empire romain, Conference
WHEN March 7, 2017, 17:30
WHERE Faculté de droit de l’Université Paris Descartes, salle des Actes, 10 avenue Pierre Larousse 92240 Malakoff (Métro ligne 13 Malakoff-Plateau de Vanves)
Prof. Ulrike Babusiaux, University of Zürich
Catégories: Comparative Law News

Annual Conference on Law and Food: still time to Submit

Juris Diversitas - ven, 02/24/2017 - 19:33
STILL TIME TO SUBMIT! Juris Diversitas will accept submissions until the end of March.Contact Prof. Olivier Moréteau at with any question. 
July 10-12, 2017
Lyon, France

In partnership withEM Lyon & Université Jean Moulin
Law & FoodLa cuisine juridique

The Theme:For its 5th Annual Conference, Juris Diversitas revisits its culinary origins, expressed in the logo. The links between law and food are as old as the concept of law. Babylon, Egypt, Greece, and Rome cared about access to water resources and food, whether it came to trade or protection. Since times immemorial, Bhutan makes sure every citizen has access to a minimal acreage of land to secure food for the family. Whilst religions multiplied food prohibitions and prescriptions, customs redistributed land, shared its occupancy in creative ways, or favored communal property so that everyone had access to food. Laws have multiplied to facilitate food trade, security, safety, traceability, and also to promote and protect food and wine production, using trademarks and geographical denominations. In addition, the language of food and cooking offers legal thinkers and teachers mouth-watering metaphors, comparing rules to recipes, and their combination to culinary processes.
All law related food topics, whether liquid or solid, vegetal or animal, real or symbolic, tasty or toxic, old or new, home-made or industrial, fast or simmering, whether connected or not to the environment, sustainable development, climate change, literature, art, science, faith, beliefs, or any dimension of human experience may be revisited in an interdisciplinary perspective from the moment they intersect with rules, norms, or prescriptions of all kinds. You are invited to cook and share food for thought at every possible level, past, present, and future, local, regional, and global, topical and utopic, and feed at a two-day and a half worldwide intellectual banquet in a truly unique culinary capital of Europe.
Submissions:Panel proposals and interdisciplinary presentations are strongly encouraged, as is the participation of doctoral students and scholars from outside of the discipline of law. While parallel sessions featuring three presentations of twenty-minute each will be the pattern, more creative arrangements are encouraged.
Proposals should be in English or in French. Proposals of circa 250 words (or 1000 words for panel proposals with three or more speakers) should be submitted to Professor Salvatore Mancuso at : by FEBRUARY 28, 2017, with a short biography paragraph listing major or relevant publications. Make this a single Word document with minimal formatting, so that proposal and biography can be copied easily into the conference program.
Registration Fees:€200 or €125 for Juris Diversitas members paid up for 2017. Membership and fee payment information is available on the Juris Diversitas Blog ( Note that fees do not cover travel, accommodation, or the conference dinner (€50).
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CFP: "The Making of Commercial Law” Fifth Conference: (Helsinki, 26-28 September 2017)

WHAT The Making of Commercial Law Fifth Conference, Historiography of Commercial Law: Past, Present, and Future 
WHEN September 26-28, 2017
WHERE University of Helsinki, Law Faculty, Helsinki 
deadline March 31, 2017
“The Making of Commercial Law” Conference n:o 5 - Historiography of Commercial Law: Past, Present, and Future (Helsinki, 26-28 September 2017), Doctoral school session
The organisers of the 5th conference of the project ”The Making of Commercial Law” are pleased to call for papers for a doctoral school session at the upcoming conference ”Historiography of Commercial Law: Past, Present, and Future” to be held in Helsinki, Finland on 26-28 September, 2017. The director of the project is Prof. Heikki Pihlajamäki (University of Helsinki, email:, and it is funded by the Academy of Finland and the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
The project seeks to study the history of commercial law through contemporary scholarly literature and statutory material as well as court records, thus re-evaluating the concept of a medieval and early modern lex mercatoria. According to critics, the main problem with this concept is that it is lacking empirical evidence, at least if a legally binding commercial practice in the form of lex mercatoria is thought to have covered more or less the whole European continent. More local studies are still needed, however, to find out to what extent common rules or practices existed, how binding they were, and whether commercial disputes were solved in courts of law or elsewhere in different parts of Europe. Because historical arguments have been used to bolster modern legal theories of modern lex mercatoria, it is pivotally important to screen the historical argumentation and to do it comparatively, setting national histories in an international context.
This conference aims to examine the historiography of commercial law in a broad perspective. First, there will be presentations by invited scholars from various European countries discussing the historiography in their respective regions (The Past). The second conference day will begin with a debate with invited historians and positive-law scholars discussing, e. g., the relationship between history and positive law in commercial matters (The Present). The final part of the conference is dedicated to a doctoral school for Ph.D. students introducing their current research (The Future). The preliminary programme of the Past and Present sections is available on our project website:
Six Ph.D. students will be selected through this open call to participate in the doctoral school session. The presentations (15 min) will first be commented by a senior researcher (10 min) followed by a discussion (10 min) Papers may cover the history of commercial law from the medieval to the modern period. Presentations should be in English. For the six selected students, hotel accommodation in single rooms for two nights in Helsinki and travel costs up to 500 euros per person will be paid. More students may be selected to participate at their own cost and conference fee of 50 euros.

To offer a paper, please send the title of the paper, a short abstract (200-400 words), and a short CV to the project coordinator Jussi Sallila ( by 31 March, 2017. Accepted papers will be announced by 15 April, 2017.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

NOTICE: Several positions for doctoral students at the Max Planck Institut (Frankfurt am Main, 2017)

Several positions are currently open for doctoral students at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt:
up to four doctoral students – Research Group: Transitions and Translationsone doctoral student – Research Group: Governance of the Universal Churchup to two doctoral studentsLaw and Diversity (German proficiency required)Further information on these positions and application deadlines are available on the institute's website:

Catégories: Comparative Law News

SUMMER ACADEMY: 2017 Max Planck Summer Academy for Legal History (Frankfurt am Main, July 25-August 4 2017)

WHAT 2017 Max Planck Summer Academy for Legal History 
WHEN July 25-August 4 2017
WHERE Max Planck Institut, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
deadline for submissions March 31, 2017

The Course
The Max-Planck Summer Academy for Legal History provides a selected group of highly motivated early-stage graduates, usually PhD candidates, an in-depth introduction to methods and principles of research in legal history.The academy consists of two parts. The first part provides an introduction to the study of sources, methodological principles, as well as theoretical models and controversial research debates on basic research fields of legal history.In the second part the participants discuss the special research theme and develop their own approach to the theme.The course will take place at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Special Theme 2017: Conflict Regulation
Conflict is not just a constant challenge for the law, but also a key means of access to its history. Each society develops its own set of means of conflict regulation. The diversity ranges from different forms of dispute resolution and mediation to traditional juridical procedures at local and global level. The way conflicts are regulated reveals the normative options chosen by the parties involved in the conflict. Thus, conflicts and their regulation can provide an insight into local contingencies, traditions, as well as the pragmatic contexts and leading authorities of the law, the living law. Research projects to be presented at the Summer Academy should concentrate on historical mechanisms of conflict regulation and offer a critical reflection about the methods used for analyzing the conflicts and the way they are dealt with.Eligibility Requirements• Early-stage graduates, usually PhD candidates• Working knowledge of English is required, German is not a prerequisiteApplicationRequired documents for the application are a CV, a project summary (approx. 10 pages) and a letter of motivation. FeesThere is no participation fee. Accommodation will be provided by the organizers. Participants, however, will be responsible for covering their travel expenses. There will be a limited number of scholarships available.For further information please visit the Max Planck Summer Academy’s website.
ContactMax Planck Institute for European Legal HistoryDr. Stefanie Rüther, e-mail:

Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: "Le pauper disertus et l’accusatio ingrati. Idéologie et droit dans une déclamation pseudo-quintilienne" (Paris, February 27, 2017)

WHAT Le pauper disertus et l’accusatio ingrati. Idéologie et droit dans une déclamation pseudo-quintilienne, Conference
WHEN February 27, 2017, 17:30
WHERE Université Paris Descartes, Faculté de droit, salle des Actes, 10 avenue Pierre Larousse 92240 Malakoff (Métro ligne 13 Malakoff-Plateau de Vanves)
speaker  Prof. Carla Masi Doria, University of Naples Federico II 

Catégories: Comparative Law News

NOTICE: "VII International Interdisciplinary Conference of Port Studies and I International Days of Physical Internet": update on conference's title, key speaker and extended deadline for submissions (Cadiz, September 13-15, 2017)

VII International Interdisciplinary Conference of Port Studies and I International Days of Physical Internet, Cadiz, September 13-15 2017
all information here

We are pleased to inform you that the Principal Speaker for the opening of our scientific event will be
Dr. Benoit Montreuil
Within his long and prolific curriculum, we can highlight that he is Coca-Cola Material Handling & Distribution Chair, Professor in the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech where he is Director of the Physical Internet Center and a leader of the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute. Prof. Montreuil is leading the International Physical Internet Initiative, engaging academic, industry and government leaders worldwide into research and innovation projects on smart, hyperconnected and sustainable logistics, supply chains, transportation, businesses and regions.
Due to all this, the executive committee of our conference, on such a momentous occasion, has decided by majority and under the approval of Dr. Montreuil, that in addition to the seventh edition of RedEP, the first International Meeting of Hyperconnected Logistics will also be held. As a result, of our event has completed its name as follows:
VII International Interdisciplinary Conference of Port Studies and I International Days of Physical Internet
To facilitate the participation of researchers in the field, the deadline for the submission of abstracts will be extended until March 30, 2017.

Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK AND PROJECT WEBSITE: Global History of International Ideas - Histoire globale des idées internationales

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Prof. dr. Emmanuelle Tourme-Jouannet (Sciences Po Law School), dr. Dominique Gaurier (Université de Nantes, emeritus) and Prof. dr. Alix Toublanc (Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) launched the website of the bilingual project Global History of Public International Ideas/Histoire globale des idées internationalistes.

Project description (in English):
We have long been convinced that it is both necessary and useful to assemble a new collection of texts relating to the field of public international law. Such a collection would go further than previous compilations, such as the one assembled in 1927 by Louis Le Fur and Georges Chklaver, or Pierre-Marie Dupuy and Yann Kerbrat’s more recent collection which essentially focusses on post-World War II positive international law.
Our text collection will be different. It will look at international law from a global perspective, leaving behind the Eurocentric perspective that Western internationalists have imposed upon the rest of the world, as part of what Jack Goody famouly coined as The Theft of History (CUP, 2006). Our goal will be to provide our readers with the tools to develop a global history of international law. Being more global and more open to influences from all over the world, this history of international law will draw non-European ideas, both ancient and new. Thus, it will allow for the kind of comparisons, connexions, and oppositions which have always played a central part in the global history of international ideas – a history which cannot be written any longer by resorting only to Western categories and concepts.
Together, the selected texts will form a global panorama of internationalist ideas. They will be part of an evolving project which will rely upon a global network of co-ordinators. These co-ordinators will gradually assemble the texts that will complement our first, then our second, collection.
Rather than aiming at being exhaustive – a thing of the impossible in our field – the panorama we have in mind will be a simple one. Inevitably, some of the basic choices we made at the outset might appear arbitrary, such as using a lineary time-frame typical of Western cultures – although we might eventually be able to integrate other approaches. We proceeded by collecting texts that seemed particularly relevant to us. Other texts, which we were not able to include, are just as relevant. However, all three of us being French, we necessarily only have limited access to non-European sources. This is why we intend to rely heavily on all members of our network to enrich our collection in the future.We prefer using the term ‘internationalist ideas’, rather than ‘great authors in the field of international law’, for two reasons. Firstly, because the history of internationalist thought goes back to internationalist ideas that were not produced by European ‘internationalists’ in the current sense of the word, but by politicians, philosophers, theologians, thinkers discussing war and peace, commerce and currency, and many other things common to different peoples.
We feel that acknowledging these early histories and presenting them to the reader is indispensable in order to understand which kind of concerns led to the birth of international law. Secondly, the very idea of ‘great authors’ is problematic and over-simplifying, as it would have led us to make arbitrary choices which, from a scientific perspective, would have been rather questionable. It leaves out the intricacies, nuances, and subtle distinctions made by other texts which, despite being less well-known, are just as relevant than those written by more prominent authors.
At this point, two volumes have already been conceived in this fashion. The first volume, which will be presented hereafter, will present texts ranging from Antiquity to the beginning of the modern period (in the European sense of the word), i.e. the end of the 18th century. This period saw a decisive change in the evolution of internationalist ideas. As a matter of fact, it was at the end of the 18th century that the European inter-state law of nations began spreading to the rest of the world. However, this European law of nations, once imitated, translated, and taught in regions colonized or dominated by European powers, also started opening up to the influences other cultures.
We hope that this first volume of our series will provide large readership with direct access to internationalist ideas. We organized the relevant sources thematically and presented them in their original forms, without any accompanying interpretation. Nothing will ever beat direct access to original texts, although presenting these texts in a translated form (i.e. in French and, eventually, at least also in English and Spanish) might already be considered a form of betrayal. Translated by Michel Erpelding
Max Planck Institute LuxembourgThe open access e-book Une histoire globale des idées internationalistes, associated with the project, can be downloaded here.
Full information and the text of the two first online contributions, as well as maps and documents drawn from recent scholarship can be found on the website.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

JOURNAL: Jus Gentium. Journal of International Legal History II (2017), No. 1

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Jus Gentium: Journal of International Legal History published its first issue for 2017.
Table of Contents:
ARTICLES The International-Legal Ideology Pre-Slavic Chiefdoms of the Ukrainian Ethnos (Part Two)VG.Butkevych  The Limits of International Agreement: Belligerent Rights vs. Submarine Cable Security in the Nineteenth CenturyDouglas Howland  The Means to the End and the End of the Means:  Self-Determination, Decolonization, and International LawMiriam McKenna  NOTES AND COMMENTS Piracy in the United States Supreme Court: United States v. PalmerV. Vasquez  United States v. Smith: The Influence of Commodore John Daniel DanelsJ. G. Gorman, III  The Malek Adhel and Shipowner Liability for PiracyB. J. Forgue  Worcester v. Georgia and Native American Tribal SovereigntyR. L. Armezzani  On the Russian Society of International Law (1880)W. E. ButlerV. S. Ivanenko  Samuel Crandall and Treaty-Making in the United StatesTaylor J. Wolf  REVIEWS Arnulf Becker Lorca, Mestizo InternationalLaw: A Global Intellectual History (2014)A. P. Useche   DOCUMENTS AND OTHER EVIDENCE OF STATE PRACTICE Federal Law on the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in a Foreign State and Permanent Representative (or Permanent Observer) of the Russian Federation or Attached to an International Organization (or in a Foreign State)W. E. Butler  United States v. Smith (1820):Transcript RecordJ. G. Gorman, III  A Brief Calendar of International Practice for Spain and Portugal: 1297 to 1641P. Macalister-SmithJ. Schwietzke  A Brief Calendar of State Practice for Russia During the First World War: 1914 to 1924 (Part One 1914—1918)P. Macalister-SmithJ. Schwietzke  FROM THE LITERATURE
Catégories: Comparative Law News

JOURNAL: "Droit & Littérature" (1, 2017)

Droit & Littérature, 1, 2017

Table of Contents 

Le thème· La responsabilité de l’écrivain 
· Responsabilité légale et responsabilité morale de l’écrivain : une perspective socio-historique, Gisèle Sapiro 
· Mission, soumission : le devoir élémentaire de Houellebecq, Isabelle Dumas 
· La responsabilité civile de l’écrivain, Hélène Skrzypniak 
· La responsabilité pénale de l’écrivain, Baptiste Nicaud 
· Le plagiat au défi du droit, Arnaud Latil 
· Le procès d’Emma Bovary, Emmanuel Pierrat 
· Comment et pourquoi donner de l’espace à l’utopie en période de naufrage ?, Lina ProsaVariétés· Droit et littérature, éléments pour la recherche, Philippe Ségur 
· Le droit, fil de la trame romanesque chez Flaubert, Catherine Fillon 
· Michel Houellebecq, contre l’individu, contre la mort, Nicolas DissauxUn texte· « L’envie du pénal » de Philippe Muray, Yves-Edouard Le BosL’entretien· La petite femelle, réalité romanesque et vérité judiciaire, Entretien avec Philippe JaenadaChroniquesLa littérature saisie par le droit 
· La création littéraire, Michel Vivant 
· Les oeuvres littéraires, Jean-Michel BruguièreLe droit saisi par la littérature
· Romans, Gaël Chantepie, Pierre Lemay, Lionel MiniatoJean-Baptiste Thierry 
· Théatre, Emmanuelle Saulnier-Cassia
Catégories: Comparative Law News

SEMINAR: "Lus et relus : exercices de réflexion inter-temporelle" (Paris, February 14 2017)

WHAT Lus et relus : exercices de réflexion inter-temporelle, Seminar
WHEN February 14 2017, 14:30-19:00
WHERE Amphi F. Furet, 105 bd Raspail, Cenj, EHESS, Paris
Quatrième séance
Hans Kelsen, Der Begriff des Staates und die Sozialpsychologie. Mit besonderer Bersichtigung von Freuds Theorie der Masse (1921), trad. fr. La notion d’Etat et la psychologie sociale. À propos de la théorie freudienne des foules, revue Hermès, 2, 1988;jsessionid=1BBE5DDEB565042E5A324B6D19D6D969?sequence=1 )
Lecteur Charles Ogoubiyi (IMM-CENJ), relecteur Otto Pfersmann (IMM-CENJ)

Deuxième partie: de 17h à 19h 

Dans le cadre du séminaire d'Otto Pfersmann
Connaissance juridique et transformation du droit. Normes et valeurs
Clemens JablonerProfesseur à l’Université de VienneDirecteur de l’Institut Hans Kelsen, ancien Président de la Cour administrative d'Autriche

The Pure Theory’s Concept of Law
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: "Romanità e Fascismo, Un dialogo tra antichisti e contemporaneisti" (Siena, March 23 2017)

WHAT Romanità e Fascismo, Un dialogo tra antichisti e contemporaneisti, International Conference
WHEN March 23, 2017
WHERE Palazzo Piccolomini Clementini, Banchi di Sotto 81, Siena

Catégories: Comparative Law News

INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS & CFP: "Cadiz to the world: from the flourishing S. XVIII to the challenges of the Port of the Future of the XXI" (Cadiz, September 13-15 2017)

WHAT Cadiz to the world: from the flourishing S. XVIII to the challenges of the Port of the Future of the XXI, International Congress & Call for papers
WHEN September 13-15 2017
WHERE University of Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain
all information here

Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK: Sonja SCHILLINGS, Enemies of All Humankind. Fictions of Legitimate Violence [Re-Mapping the Transnational]. Lebanon (NE): UPNE, 2016, 302 p. ISBN 978-1-5126-0016-2

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Book abstract:
Hostis humani generis, meaning “enemy of humankind,” is the legal basis by which Western societies have defined such criminals as pirates, torturers, or terrorists as beyond the pale of civilization.Sonja Schillings argues that the legal fiction designating certain persons or classes of persons as enemies of all humankind does more than characterize them as inherently hostile: it supplies a narrative basis for legitimating violence in the name of the state. The book draws attention to a century-old narrative pattern that not only underlies the legal category of enemies of the people, but more generally informs interpretations of imperial expansion, protest against structural oppression, and the transformation of institutions as “legitimate” interventions on behalf of civilized society. Schillings traces the Anglo-American interpretive history of the concept, which she sees as crucial to understanding US history, in particular with regard to the frontier, race relations, and the war on terror.Table of contents here.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: Penser l’ancien droit privé. Regards croisés sur les méthodes des juristes (II). Bordeaux: Centre aquitain d’histoire du droit (IRM-CAHD), 9-10 Mar 2017

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Prof. dr. Xavier Prévost (Bordeaux) and Prof. dr. Nicolas Laurent-Bonne (Université d'Auvergne) organise the second conference of a cycle devoted to interactions between legal theory and legal history. The upcoming conference in Bordeaux is dedicated to private law.
Conference abstract:
Dans le sillage de la rencontre consacrée à l’ordre juridique médiéval et moderne tenue à Clermont-Ferrand les 21 et 22 janvier 2016, le colloque a pour ambition de livrer une réflexion épistémologique sur l’un des enjeux de l’historiographie juridique : peut-on penser l’ancien droit privé à partir des catégories juridiques contemporaines ? Il semble en effet que le droit privé – au moins en France – ait largement échappé à de tels questionnements, qui ont pourtant fait l’objet de débats nourris dans la plupart des autres champs de la connaissance historique. Afin de combler ce manque, la manifestation a notamment pour but d’interroger l’identification de concepts considérés comme quasiment atemporels, en ce qu’ils sont mobilisés pour presque toutes les périodes et civilisations ; que l’on pense à la propriété, au mariage ou bien encore à de nombreuses figures contractuelles comme la vente, la société ou le mandat. Ces concepts centraux, tout comme des institutions plus particulières, doivent permettre d’illustrer une réflexion d’ensemble sur les méthodes des juristes privatistes. Ainsi, le colloque entend porter dans le champ du droit privé le dilemme bien connu du rapport de la recherche historique au présent, telle l’opposition entre écriture d’une histoire continuiste et celle d’une histoire inactuelle. Plus largement, ces journées clermontoises et bordelaises souhaitent contribuer aux débats sur la place de l’analyse historique du droit, notamment en se demandant, comme le faisait il y a peu Étienne Picard à propos du droit comparé, si l’histoire du droit est du droitScientific committee:
Emmanuelle Chevreau, professeur à l’université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) Pascale Deumier, professeur à l’université Jean Moulin Lyon III
Stéphane Gerry-Vernières, professeur à l’université Pierre-Mendès-France (Grenoble)
Nader Hakim, professeur à l’université de Bordeaux
Jean-Louis Halpérin, professeur à l’École normale supérieure
Philippe Jestaz, professeur émérite de l’Université Paris-Est
Nicolas Laurent-Bonne, professeur à l’université Clermont Auvergne
Xavier Prévost, professeur à l’université de Bordeaux
Franck Roumy, professeur à l’université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)
Mikhaïl Xifaras, professeur à l’École de droit de Sciences Po

Jeudi 9 mars 201714h30 Accueil des participants
14h45 Introduction
Xavier Prévost, professeur, directeur de l’IRM, université de Bordeaux
sous la présidence de Sophie Démare-Lafont, professeur d’histoire du droit à l’université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)
Points de vue « privatistes »15h L’atemporalité et l’autonomie des grands concepts et principes en droit privé
Philippe Jestaz, professeur émérite de droit privé de l’université Paris-Est
15h30 Penser l’ancien droit privé : perspective d’un système non codifié
Éric Descheemaeker, Reader in European Private Law à l’université d’Édimbourg
16h Pause

Le rapport au temps16h30 Le dialogue des disciplines dans le temps ; l’apport de la théorie des paradigmes et de la méthode traductive
François Ost, professeur de philosophie du droit à l’université Saint-Louis (Bruxelles)
17h Comment rendre le passé contemporain
Mikhaïl Xifaras, professeur de droit public à l’École de droit de Sciences Po (Paris)

Vendredi 10 mars 201708h45 Accueil des participants
sous la présidence de Philippe Jestaz, professeur émérite de droit privé de l’université Paris-Est.
Les droits privés non occidentaux09h Avec quels concepts peut-on penser le droit babylonien ?
Sophie Démare-Lafont, professeur d’histoire du droit à l’université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)
09h30 Penser le droit privé sans les concepts occidentaux : l’apport de l’histoire de l’anthropologie juridique (XIXe-XXe siècle)
Laetitia Guerlain, maître de conférences en histoire du droit à l’université de Bordeaux
10h Pause

Le droit des contrats10h30 Penser l’ancien droit des contrats : entre anachronisme des concepts et saisie historique
David Deroussin, professeur d’histoire du droit à l’université Jean Moulin (Lyon III)
11h Abstraction et anachronisme : les cas de la nullité et de la caducité du contrat en droit romain
Elena Giannozzi, docteur en histoire du droit de l’université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)
12h Déjeuner

sous la présidence de Mikhaïl Xifaras, professeur de droit public à l’École de droit de Science Po (Paris)Le droit des biens14h Dans quelle mesure la notion de copropriété permet-elle de penser les formes d’habitat collectif dans la Rome impériale ?
Julien Dubouloz, professeur d’histoire romaine à l’université d’Aix-Marseille
14h30 Le métaconcept de propriété à l’épreuve du droit romano-canonique médiéval
Rémi Faivre-Faucompre, doctorant en histoire du droit à l’université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)
15h Pause
15h30 Le droit de l’incorporel et la construction du droit moderne. Épreuves d’histoire (2)
Frédéric F. Martin, professeur d’histoire du droit à l’université de Nantes
16h L’avenir d’une division : propriétés médiévales et construction du « commun »
Pierre Thevenin, docteur en philosophie de l’EHESS et docteur en droit de l’université Roma III
16h30 Propos conclusifs
Nader Hakim, professeur d’histoire du droit à l’université de BordeauxMore information here.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK: Claus KRESS, Stefan BARRIGA (eds.), The Crime of Aggression: A Commentary. Cambridge: CUP, 2016, 1488 p. ISBN 9781107015265, USD 350

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Cambridge University Press published The Crime Of Aggression: A Commentary, edited by Claus Kress (Köln) and Stefan Barriga (UN). Some contributions in this prestigious collection approach the matter from a historical point of view.
Table of contents (vol I):
Claus Kreß, Introduction: the crime of aggression and the international legal order
Part I. History 
2. Carrie McDougall, The crimes against peace precedent
3. Kirsten Sellars, The legacy of the Tokyo dissents on 'crimes against peace'
4. Thomas Bruha, The General Assembly's definition of the act of aggression
5. Nicolaos Strapatsas, The practice of the Security Council regarding the concept of aggression
6. Dapo Akande, Antonios Tzanakopoulos, The International Court of Justice and the concept of aggression
7. James Crawford, The International Law Commission's work on aggression
8. Roger S. Clark, Negotiations on the Rome Statute (1995–1998)
Part II. Theory 
10. Florian Jeßberger, The modern doctrinal debate on the crime of aggression
11. Astrid Reisinger Coracini, Pål Wrange, The specificity of the crime of aggression
12. William Schabas, Aggression and international human rights law
Part III. Crime of Aggression under Current International Law 
14. Claus Kreß, The state conduct element
15. Roger S. Clark, Individual conduct
16. Roger S. Clark, General principles of international criminal law
17. Stefan Barriga, Niels Blokker, Entry into force and conditions for the exercise of jurisdiction: cross-cutting issues
18. Niels Blokker, Stefan Barriga, Conditions for the exercise of jurisdiction based on Security Council referrals
19. Stefan Barriga, Niels Blokker, Conditions for the exercise of jurisdiction based on state referrals and proprio motu investigations
20. Helmut Kreicker, Immunities
21. Pål Wrange, The crime of aggression, domestic prosecutions and complementarity
22. Eleni Chaitidou, Franziska Eckelmans, Barbara Roche, The judicial function of the pre-trial division
23. Erin Pobjie, Victims of the crime of aggression
Part IV. Crime of Aggression and National Law 
25. Elisa Hoven, Germany
26. Andres Parmas, Estonia
27. Svetlana Glotova, Russia
28. Roger O'Keefe, United Kingdom
30. Nina H. B. Jørgensen, Asia
31. Astrid Reisinger Coracini, (Extended) synopsis: the crime of aggression under domestic criminal law
32. Astrid Reisinger Coracini, Selected national laws and regional instruments on the crime of aggression
Part V. Crime of Aggression and the Future World Order
Section 1. Actors' Views
34. Zhou Lulu, China
35. Edwige Belliard, France
36. Susanne Wasum-Rainer, Germany
37. Narinder Singh, India
38. Djamchid Momtaz, Esmaeil Baghaei Hamaneh, Iran
39. Roy Schöndorf, Daniel Geron, Israel
40. Ichiro Komatsu, Japan
41. Young Sok Kim, Republic of Korea (South Korea)
42. Rolf Einar Fife, Norway
43. Gennady Kuzmin, Igor Panin, Russia
44. Andre Stemmet, South Africa
45. Christopher Whomersley, United Kingdom
46. Harold Hongju Koh, Todd F. Buchwald, United States
47. Namira Negm, Egypt
48. Noah Weisbord, Civil society
Section 2. Scholarly Reflections 
50. Jeff McMahan, Unjust war and the crime of aggression
51. Frédéric Mégret, What is the specific evil of aggression?
52. Jens David Ohlin, The crime of bootstrapping
53. David Scheffer, Amending the crime of aggression under the Rome Statute
Benjamin B. Ferencz, Epilogue: the long journey to Kampala - a personal memoir 1. Kirsten Sellars, World War I, Wilhelm II and article 227: the origin of the idea of 'aggression' in international criminal law 9. Larry May, Just war theory and the crime of aggression 13. Leena Grover, Interpreting the crime of aggression 24. Ksenija Turković, Maja Munivrana Vajda, Croatia 29. Mohamed M. El Zeidy, The Arab world 33. Marcel Biato, Marcelo Böhlke, Brazil 49. Martti Koskenniemi, 'A trap to the innocent…' (source: Multipol)
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Evaluating the ‘Turn to History’ in International Law - ESIL CONFERENCE 2017 (Naples, 7-9 Sep 2017); DEADLINE 15 MAR 2017

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On the occasion of the ESIL 13th Annual Conference (Naples, 7-9 September 2017) the ESIL Interest Group on the History of International Law hereby invites submissions, in English or in French, for its annual Workshop.
Call for Papers
During the past two decades the history of international law has evolved from a relatively marginal enterprise into a core professional concern and, in certain fields, a controlling vocabulary. The phenomenon, which is often captioned as a “turn to history”, is marked both by an exponential growth in publications and activities (journals, conferences, interest groups, blogs) and a re-invention of historical work as mode of critical analysis. One could begin to list several characteristics of the turn to history: the move away from trans-historical evolutionary accounts towards global, micro-, and subaltern histories; critiques of Eurocentrism; the emergence of histories of sub-fields of international law; socio-historical accounts of the international law profession; a renewed interest in archival work; an unprecedented interest in methodological questions; the role of historical accounts in judicial decisions; and so on. The purpose of the Workshop of the ESIL Interest Group on the History of International Law is to trace these disciplinary developments and evaluate their impact on contemporary international law scholarship and practice.
In this context, the IGHIL invites submissions by scholars working within the fields of international law, history, and politics on the following inter-related themes:
·       The impact of the historical turn on the methods of international legal history·       The impact of the historical turn in sub-fields of international law (e.g. human rights, international criminal law, diplomatic history etc)·       The impact of the historical turn on evaluating the historical function of international courts and tribunals·       The impact of the historical turn on Eurocentrism·       The impact of global, micro, subaltern, and other histories on international law historiography
Each submission should includea)     An abstract of no more than 400 words;b)     The intended language of presentation;c)     A short curriculum vitae containing the author’s name, institutional affiliation, contact information and e-mail address.
Abstracts must be submitted no later than 15 March 2017 to on behalf of the Steering Committee of the Interest Group, which shall collectively supervise the blind peer-review process of the abstracts. Applicants will be notified on the outcome of the selection process by 30 March 2017.
Selection will be based on scholarly merit and with regard to producing an engaging workshop, without prejudice to gender, seniority, language or geographical location. Please note that the ESIL Interest Group on the History of International Law is unable to provide funds to cover the conference registration fee or related transport and accommodation costs.

The IG currently investigates publication possibilities for selected abstracts.
See also ESIL website.
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COLLOQUIUM: "Droit & Anthropologie. Archéologie d’un savoir et enjeux contemporains" (Carcassonne, February 27-28 2017)

WHAT Droit & Anthropologie.  Archéologie d’un savoir et enjeux contemporains, Colloquium
WHEN February 27-28 2017
WHERE Maison de Mémoires, Carcassonne

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JOURNAL: Journal of the History of International Law/Revue d'histoire du droit international: advance articles, Jan-Feb 2017

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The Journal of the History of International Law/Revue d'histoire du droit international published advance articles online:

- The Forgotten Genocide in Colonial America: Reexamining the 1622 Jamestown Massacre within the Framework of the UN Genocide Convention (John T. Bennett)
- Imperial Colonialism in the Genesis of International Law – Anomaly or Time of Transition? (Paulina Starski & Jörn Axel Kämmerer)
- Piracy and Empire: The Campaign against Piracy, the Development of International Law and the British Imperial Mission (Michael Mulligan)
- Beyond the Myth of a Non-relationship: International Law and World War I (Oliver Diggelmann)

More information at Brill's Books and Journals Online.
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Spain and the American Revolution. Ninth Annual Conference on the American Revolution (Johns Hopkins University, Jun 2018) (DEADLINE 1 JUN 2017)

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invite proposals for papers to be presented at the Ninth SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution. This conference shall examine and reconsider Spain’s role in the American Revolution. Though the participation of France in the American Revolution is well-established in the historiography, the role of Spain—France’s ally as a result of the so-called “Family Compact” that united the two Bourbon monarchies—is relatively understudied and underappreciated. This neglect is surprising, given Spain’s significant material and martial contributions to the American effort from 1779. The renewal of interest in global and international history makes such continued neglect untenable: Spain and Britain clashed repeatedly during the global war of which the American Revolution was but one theater, whether in the Caribbean, the Gulf Coast and Florida, Minorca, and Gibraltar. Following the establishment of American independence, Spain remained one of the nascent republic’s most significant allies and the Spanish empire became one of its most significant neighbors and, often illicitly, trading partners.

Proposals should explore an aspect of the involvement of Spain in the American Revolution and may consider, secondarily, Spain’s (and Spanish America’s) interactions with the United States in the early republican period. All approaches and historiographical orientations will be considered, whether diplomatic, cultural, military, economic, social, imperial or intellectual.

Proposals should include a 300-word abstract and a short (maximum 2-page) CV. Proposals should be submitted by June 1, 2017 to, with the subject line “2018 SAR Annual Conference Proposal”. Notification of acceptance will be given by the end of June 2017.
Publication of accepted papers, following revisions, in an edited volume with a major university press is anticipated soon after the conference itself. It is therefore required that participants submit their full-length (c. 6,000 words), relatively polished papers for pre-circulation two months prior to the conference itself (i.e. by April 8, 2018).

The SAR will cover presenters’ travel and lodging expenses and, in addition, offer a $500 honorarium.

The 2018 SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution will honor the notable contributions to the study of the international history of the American Revolution made by Professor David Armitage (Harvard University) and Professor Sylvia Hilton (La Universidad Complutense de Madrid).

(Source: HNet)

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