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CONFERENCE: Juris Diversitas Conference (Aix - 17-19 July 2014)

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If you're planning on being with us at the Juris Diversitas Conference in Aix, let us know on our Facebook Event Page.
Oh, and a Happy Carnival Season (Mardi Gras, etc) to all!!
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APPLICATIONS: Joint PhD studentships in African Studies, University of Edinburgh | Aarhus University

Juris Diversitas - dim, 2014-03-02 05:26
Applications are invited for a four-year PhD studentship leading to the award of a joint PhD degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and Aarhus University,Denmark.BackgroundThe University of Edinburgh and Aarhus University have embarked on the collaborative project ExEDE (Excellence in European Doctoral Training).  As part of the project, the two universities invite applications to a total of 6 joint PhD scholarships in the fields of African Studies, Neuroscience and Arctic Studies where the two universities have mutual strengths and can offer excellent research environments. The doctoral candidates are required to spend at least a year at each university, have a supervisor at each institution and will receive a single joint degree signed by both universities. Furthermore, the candidate will take part in ExEDE through e.g. developing new standards for doctoral training and conference participation.Within this programme, applications are now invited for 2 African Studies related PhD studentships, one to be hosted by the University of Edinburgh and the other hosted by Aarhus University.Project hosted by the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh (for the Aarhus-hosted project consult the website of Aarhus University)
New beginnings, land rights and justice in sub-Sahara AfricaThe project will be supervised by Gerhard Anders (University of Edinburgh) and Lotte Meinert (Aarhus University). The student will be based at the University of Edinburgh but spend significant time (at least one year) at Aarhus University. A crucial aspect of new beginnings in regions affected by armed conflict and crimes against humanity is the return to normal life which revolves in many parts of Africa to a considerable degree around subsistence farming. The issue of return to and access to land is intimately connected with wider debates about political authority, rights, social order and participation in local and national politics. These debates about justice and how to come to terms with the violent past are also addressed by courts and other transitional justice mechanisms as well as humanitarian and developmental organisations.
The project will investigate these debates about justice and new beginnings after violence in the context of humanitarian and developmental interventions in regions affected by violence and displacement.Candidate Qualities and offered scholarship Successful candidates will have a Master’s degree in social-cultural anthropology, political science, human security, development studies or law with knowledge of qualitative methods. The successful candidate is expected to conduct empirical fieldwork in one or several African countries. Case studies could be conducted, for instance, in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Rwanda, Uganda and Mozambique.The scholarship is planned for maximal 4 years (1 year master by research + 3 years PhD) with an annual sum of GBP 20’000 p.a. (total of GBP 80’000) covering registration fee (GBP 3’900 p.a.) and living expenses, start in September 2014. The first year will allow the candidate to take specialized courses in methodology, for instance. Due to the nature of the funding, applicants should be citizens of an EU/EFTA country.How to Apply Applicants have to submit cover letter and CV together with a research proposal of max. 5 pages including bibliographic references and specifying the country or countries where they plan to conduct research.
Application materials should be sent to seona.macintosh@ed.ac.ukAdvice on the application procedure may be obtained by emailing Seona Macintosh, seona.macintosh@ed.ac.uk Specific advice on the research project may be obtained by emailing Dr. Gerhard Anders, gerhard.anders@ed.ac.uk Deadline
28 March, 5 pm. GMT
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ARTICLE: Kalanges on Religious Liberty: Between Strategy and Telos

Juris Diversitas - dim, 2014-03-02 05:26
Kristine Kalanges' "Religious Liberty:  Between Strategy and Telos", published in Review of Faith in International Affairs(2013)  is now available on SSRN.

It has become woefully commonplace to observe that threats to religious freedom are increasing in the United States and globally. In response, scholars, human rights activists, and policymakers are engaging courts, political institutions, and the public square to make the case that religious liberty merits robust protection. Historically, these arguments were crafted primarily in theological and political terms. But as the number of those disclaiming religious affiliation rises and the political climate becomes ever more gridlocked, the search is on for new ways to make religious freedom relevant to state leaders and salable to a diverse public. Thus, during a time when economic issues ranging from widening income inequality to the escalating national debt are much on people’s minds, one still-­developing strategy is to explore and explain the generally positive correlation between religious liberty and economic development.

On one account, there is a story here (variously intimated and explicit) about the integral nature of freedom that is quite compelling. At the same time, there are some very important reasons to be cautious about stepping away from theological and political arguments for religious liberty in favor of economic ones. Those who would protect religious freedom must first consider its telos (Part I), and then guard against the possibility that strategies deployed in its defense may unintentionally contribute to its restriction (Part II), particularly when a powerful alternative strategy exists (Part III).
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SUMMER INSTITUTE: International Osnabrück Summer Institute on the Cultural Study of the Law

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The fifth International Osnabrück Summer Institute on the Cultural Study of the Law :  "Contested Properties: Culture, Rights and the Humanities" will be held from August 4 to 16, 2014, at the University of Osnabrück, Germany. Hosted by the Institute of English and American Studies (IfAA), the Osnabrück Summer Institute seeks to bring together advanced graduate, doctoral, and postdoctoral students of the humanities and/or the law from around the world to promote and examine the interdisciplinary study and research of law and culture.

During the two week program, students will partake in a unique experience of scholarly collaboration and exchange through workshops, public lectures, panel discussions, excursions and a final symposium. Participating faculty in this year's Summer Institute include:

* Rosemary J. Coombe (York University, Toronto)
* Helle Porsdam (University of Copenhagen)
* Fiona Macmillan (Birkbeck School of Law, University of London)
* Karen-Margrethe Simonsen (Aarhus U)
* Joseph Slaughter (Columbia U)
* Leti Volpp (U of California, Berkeley)!
with more faculty to be announced in the upcoming weeks.

The Institute will offer a total of four workshops for 20-30 international participants (doctoral, post-doctoral and advanced M.A. – see below for eligibility) over a two-week period. The first workshop will be concerned with basic theories, concepts and perspectives within the emerging field of cultural legal studies, focusing specifically on the range and potential of interdisciplinary studies and approaches. The remaining three workshops will focus on key areas of critical inquiry that have been central to the dynamic development of the field:

* The tripartite relationship between culture, cultural rights, and the nation state
* The historical development and current debates about culture as heritage, property and as a resource and its legal definition and regulation (including concepts such as copyright, intellectual property and authorship)
* The cultural presence and representation of the law and the role of culture in the representation and dissemination of the concept of rights (e.g. law and literature, life writing and human rights, visual culture and rights rhetoric)

*Participant Eligibility*
The Summer Institute aims at advanced graduate, doctoral, and postdoctoral students from various academic fields whose research interests and projects are situated at the interface between law and the humanities and who are concerned with a better understanding of the interdependence of law and culture.
Even though the Institute strongly invites students from a broad variety of disciplines and academic backgrounds, it focuses almost exclusively on questions and issues related to research done in the humanities and legal studies.
Doctoral candidates in literature, the law, the arts, the humanities, and the related social sciences are invited to apply, as are advanced students pursuing a J.D. or its equivalent (such as the L.L.B). Young scholars or junior faculty members who have received a Ph.D. or corresponding degree in the last five years are also eligible. While applications by doctoral/post-doctoral students are prioritized, the Summer Institute also encourages applications from advanced Master students about to conclude their studies and with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research. There are openings for 20-30 students to participate in the Summer Institute.
Due to its international audience, the Summer Institute will be completely conducted in English. It does not offer language instruction classes, either in German or in English.

*Application Process*
Applicants should complete the application form on our website: http://www.osi.uni-osnabrueck.de/admission/.

There, they will have to upload
* A statement of purpose no more than two pages long, describing current scholarly interests, current research, and a short statement on how the Summer Institute would specifically further said interests and research.
* A curriculum vitae.

Advanced Masters students and graduate students (PhD and post-doc) interested in taking part in the Summer Institute should submit their applications no later than March 15, 2014. Detailed information about the Institute, the workshops, international faculty, admission and fees can be found at:  http://www.osi.uni-osnabrueck.de/

Please direct all inquiries and questions to Dr. Sabine N. Meyer, the coordinator of the Osnabrück Summer Institute, at lawandculture@uos.de
The fifth International Osnabrück Summer Institute on the Cultural Study of the Law wil! l be held from August 4 to 16, 2014, at the University of Osnabrück, Germany. Hosted by the Institute of English and American Studies (IfAA), the Osnabrück Summer Institute seeks to bring together advanced graduate, doctoral, and postdoctoral students of the humanities and/or the law from around the world to promote and examine the interdisciplinary study and research of law and culture.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

JOURNAL - UPDATE : The European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance

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In December, I posted the following message:

Through an unusual arrangement with the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists (WSMJJ), the new European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance has brought together some two dozen articles generated by the WSMJJ Congress in the summer of 2011.

As I write in my introduction to this collection, the Congress

reflected a thriving Society consolidating its core scholarship on classical mixed jurisdictions (Israel, Louisiana, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Quebec, Scotland, and South Africa) while reaching to new horizons (including Cyprus, Hong Kong and Macau, Malta, Nepal, etc). The collection reflects the complexity of contemporary scholarship on mixed and plural legal systems.  

The articles are available here. They were originally published in several law journals across Europe, the United States, and Africa. Another five articles will be made available soon.

In future, the journal will publish print versions of its volumes. The journal

publishes top-level academic contributions in English that explore the phenomena of law and governance from a comparative perspective. It includes comparative studies from different fields of law and regulation as well as multi-disciplinary studies on societal governance issues. Comparative studies involving non-European countries are welcome when they deal with topics relevant also for European science and society. All contributions will be subject to double-blind peer review.

Have a look. 

The full list of articles is now available online. They include: 
·        Mixed and Mixing Systems Worldwide: An Introduction - Seán Patrick Donlan
·        Considering Precedent in Louisiana: Balancing the Value of Predictable and Certain Interpretation with the Tradition of Flexibility and Adaptability - Mary Garvey Algero·        The Mélange of Innovation and Tradition in Maltese Law: The Essence of the Maltese Mix? - B. Andò·        An African Doctrine of Equity in South African Public Law - Thomas W. Bennett·        A Pluralist Approach to Mixed Jurisdictions - Mauro Bussani·        Pure or Mixed? The Evolution of Three Grounds of Judicial Review of the Administration in British and Israeli Administrative Law - Margit Cohn·        The Mediterranean Hybridity Project - Seán Patrick Donlan·        Innovation in a Hybrid System: The Example of Nepal - Lukas Heckendorn Urscheler·        Civil Recodification in an Anglophone Mixed Jurisdiction: A Bricoleur’s Playbook- Shael Herman·        Shapeless Trusts and Settlor Title Retention: An Asian Morality Play - Adam S. Hofri-Winogradow·        The Italian Legal Recipe: Basic Ingredients and the Bustle of Time - Marta Infantino·        Unification of Private Law in Europe and ‘Mixed Jurisdictions’: A Model for Civil Codes in Central Europe - Mónika Józon·         Inside the Judicial Mind: Exploring Judicial Methodology in the Mixed Legal System of Quebec - Rosalie Jukier·        Precedent in Argentine LawSantiago Legarre·        Liability of the State and Public Authorities in Israel and South Africa - Max Loubser ; Tamar Gidron·        Love, Loyalty and the Louisiana Civil Code: Rules, Standards and Hybrid Discretion in a Mixed Jurisdiction - John A. Lovett·        Creating Mixed Jurisdictions: Legal Integration in the Southern African Development Community Region - Salvatore Mancuso·        Double Reasoning in the Codified Mixed Systems – Code and Case Law as Simultaneous Methods - Vernon Valentine Palmer·        Law Applicable to Unilateral Juridical Acts and Uniform Conflict-of-law Rules - Monika Pauknerová ·        The Methodology Used to Interpret Customary Land TenureGerrit Pienaar·        The Enigmatic But Unique Nature of the Israeli Legal System - Antonios E. Platsas·        What Happens When the Judiciary Switches Roles with the Legislator? An Innovative Israeli Version of a Mixed Jurisdiction - Haim Sandberg·        The Characteristics of an Abstract System for the Transfer of Property in South African Law as Distinguished from a Causal System - P.J.W. Schutte ·        Comparative Legal Scholarship as Ordinary Legal Scholarship - Stephen A. Smith
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BOOK: S.C. Neff, Justice Among Nations: A History of International Law (Harvard UP, 2014)

Harvard UP published Stephen Neff (University of Edinburgh's) new work, an all-encompassing standard work on the history of international law. The author previously gained fame with his works on the law of neutrality (Manchester UP, 2000) and the laws of war (Cambridge UP, 2005). The 640 pages of this most recent work can be yours for € 40 (publisher's website).
Source: Legal History Blog.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

NOTICE: A panoramic view of English criminal law, by Otto Vervaart, Rechtsgeschiedenis Blog

"In this post I look at several connected projects on the history of English criminal law. At the center of a constellation of websites are the Digital Panopticon project and the digitized Old Bailey proceedings. Sharon Howard (University of Sheffield), coordinator and webmaster of the Digital Panopticon, maintains a number of other websites, blogs and blog aggregators which can bring you to other aspects of medieval and Early Modern history", Otto Vervaart, Rechtsgeschiedenis Blog
Full text available here 
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CONFERENCE: Regulae Iuris.Their roots in experience and legal logic, their practical conferences (Naples, 16-20 September 2014)

What: Regulae Iuris.Their roots in experience and legal logic, their practical conferences, 68th session of the Société Internationale Fernand de Visscher pour l'Histoire des Droits de l'Antiquité (SIHDA)
Where: University "Federico II", Department of Law, Naples, ItalyWhen: 16th-20th September 2014
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REMINDER - CALL FOR PAPERS: Juris Diversitas Conference - Proposals due 28 February 2014

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CALL FOR PAPERS/APPEL À COMMUNICATIONSJURIS DIVERSITASANNUAL CONFERENCE/CONGRÈS ANNUEL17 July (evening) to 19 July 2014/17 juillet (soir) au 19 juillet 2014Faculty of Law and Political Science/Faculté de droit et de science politiqueAix-Marseille University/Aix-Marseille Université - Aix-en-Provence, France
Inherently interdisciplinary, the conference’s primary focus will be comparative law’s links to a wide variety of other disciplines and themes (e.g., anthropology, economics, feminism, history, the humanities, legal education, legal philosophy, literature, politics …). Proposals may be theoretical analyses or case studies on the past or present, North or South, East or West …
Le congrès sera interdisciplinaire et explorera les liens entre le droit comparé et toute branche, discipline ou thématique des sciences humaines et sociales (anthropologie, économie, féminisme, histoire, éducation juridique, philosophie, littérature, science politique etc.). Les propositions peuvent prendre la forme d’approches théoriques ou pratiques, portant sur le passé ou le présent, le Nord ou le Sud, l’Orient ou l’Occident…
Proposals may be in either English or in French. Any proposal on comparative law will be considered. Panel proposals are strongly encouraged, as is the participation of doctoral students and scholars from outside of the discipline of law. Proposals of circa 250 words (or 1000 words for panel proposals) should be submitted to Olivier Moréteau at moreteau@lsu.edu by 28 February 2014. Please attach a short biography or resume.
Toute proposition portant sur le droit comparé, en anglais ou en français, sera considérée. Les offres de table ronde sont bienvenues, de même que la participation de doctorants et d’universitaires non juristes. Les propositions de 250 mots environ (ou 1000 mots pour une proposition de table ronde) sont à envoyer à Olivier Moréteau (moreteau@lsu.edu) avant le 28 février 2014. Merci de joindre une biographie ou un bref CV.
Registration feesare €200 (€125 for Juris Diversitas members paid up for 2014). Membership information and information on fee payment is available on the Juris Diversitas Blog (http://jurisdiversitas.blogspot.ie/).  Note that registration fees don’t cover travel, accommodation, or the conference dinner (€50).

Les droits d’inscription sont de €200 (€125 pour les membres de Juris Diversitas à jour de leur cotisation pour 2014). Les informations pratiques sont disponibles sur http://jurisdiversitas.blogspot.ie/.  Les droits ne couvrent pas les frais de voyage et de logement, ni le banquet du congrès (€50).
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CONFERENCE: The Animal in Legal History (Heidelberg, 2-4 April 2014)

The Forschungsstelle Deutsches Rechtswörterbuch at the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences organizes a conference on animals in legal history, from the Sachenspiegel to the Preussisches Landrecht.

Program (in German):
Tagungsbeginn am 2. April 2024 um 10.30 Uhr.
2. April, 10.30 Uhr: Grußworte.
1. Sektion: Zum Umgang mit Tieren – eine interdisziplinäre Annäherung
11.00 Prof. Dr. med. Wolfgang U. Eckart, Universität Heidelberg: Philosophisch-kulturgeschichtliche Aspekte der Tier-Mensch-Beziehung aus medizinisch-historischer Perspektive
11.45 Prof. Dr. phil. Anja Lobenstein-Reichmann, Universitäten Göttingen und Prag: Zur Tier-Metapher im Recht
12.30 Prof. Dr. iur. Dres. h.c. Friedrich-Christian Schroeder, Universität Regensburg: Geschichte der Strafbarkeit von Tierquälerei
13.15 Mittagspause

2. Sektion: Zur Rolle der Tiere in ausgewählten Rechtsquellen
14.30 Dr. phil. Hans Höfinghoff, Ennepetal: Tiere in den frühmittelalterlichen Leges. Aus Sicht der historisch-philologischen
15.15 Dr. iur. Dietlinde Munzel-Everling, Wiesbaden: Tierdarstellungen in den Sachsenspiegel-Bilderhandschriften
16.00 Kaffeepause
16.30 Prof. Dr. phil. Michael Prosser-Schell, Universität Freiburg: Zur Rolle des Tiers in den Weistümern
17.15 Prof. Dr. iur. Inge Kroppenberg, Universität Göttingen: Römische Tierprozesse? Rechtskulturelle Aspekte der damnatio ad bestias

3. Sektion: Zivil- und öffentlich-rechtliche Aspekte im Umgang mit Tieren in Land und Stadt
3. April, 9.00 Prof. Dr. iur. Dr. hc. mult. Andreas Wacke, Universität Köln: Der Vogel Strauß als Beispiel für Gesetzesanalogie – ein Phantasma? Grenzfragen bei der römischen Tierhalterhaftung
9.45 Prof. DDr. Martin P. Schennach, Universität Innsbruck: Jagdrecht, Wilderei und „gute Policey“. Normative Ordnungsvorstellungen in der Frühen Neuzeit
10.30 Kaffeepause
11.00 Prof. Dr. iur. Hans-Georg Hermann, Universität München: Die Stellung der Tiere im Almrecht
11.45 Prof. Dr. phil. Kurt Andermann, Generallandesarchiv Karlsruhe und Universität Freiburg: Das Huhn im Recht. Zinshühner im Spiegel der spätmittelalterlichen und frühneuzeitlichen Überlieferung
12.30 Mittagspause
4. Sektion: Tiere im Strafrecht: „Täter“, „Opfer“ und „Objekt“
14.30 Prof. Dr. phil. Peter Dinzelbacher, Universität Wien: Tierprozesse und Tierstrafen
15.15 Prof. Dr. iur. Stephan Meder, Universität Hannover:
Hängen von Hunden (mit Ausblick in die Spätzeit)
16.00 Kaffeepause
16.30 Prof. Dr. phil. Francisca Loetz / Dr. phil. Aline Steinbrecher, Universität Zürich: Wenn Sodomie Bestialität ist. Tierische
Kriminalität im frühneuzeitlichen Zürich
17.15 Prof. Dr. iur. Wolfgang Schild, Universität Bielefeld: Tiere und Hexerei
18.30 Stadtführung „Das Tier in der Stadt“ -

5. Sektion: Tiere und Recht in Sprache und Kunst 
4. April, 9.00 Prof. Dr. phil. Georg Scheibelreiter, Universität Wien: Tiersymbolik in der Heraldik
9.45 Prof. Dr. phil. Johannes Tripps, HTWK Leipzig: Tierdarstellungen in rechtlichen Kontexten aus kunsthistorischer Sicht
10.30 Kaffeepause
11.00 Prof. Dr. theol. Martin Jung, Universität Osnabrück: „Der Umgang mit den Tieren als Thema der frühneuzeitlichen protestantischen Theologie“
11.45 Dr. phil. Jana Jürgs, Universität Bremen: „Wo das Löwenfell nicht zureicht, muss man den Fuchspelz anziehen“: Reineke Fuchs im frühneuzeitlichen Diskurs um Recht und Gerechtigkeit
12.30 Mittagspause

6. Sektion: Ein Ausblick auf Europa
14.00 Prof. Dr. iur. Marita Giménez-Candela, Autonome Universität Barcelona: Zur Rechtsgeschichte des Tiers aus spanischer Sicht
14.45 Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kronauer, Universität Karlsruhe: Von der Grausamkeit gegen Tiere – in der französischen und deutschen Aufklärung
15.30 Schlussdiskussion
anschließend Ende der Tagung.

More information on HSozUKult.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK REVIEW: Th. Deswarte (ed.), Le droit hispanique latin du VIe au XIIe siècle (Francia:Recensio 2013/4)

Recensio.net published a review by Adeline Rucquoi of Th. Deswarte (ed.), Le droit hispanique latin du VIe au XIIe siècle (Madrid: Casa de Velazquez, 2012). This collection of conference papers dating from 2009 tries to nuance stereotypes on Spanish legal history up to the reception of Roman Law and the supposed decay of society following the 711 invasion from North-Africa.

Fulltext on recensio.net.
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CALL FOR PAPERS (student conference): Violence - History - Society (Freiburg, 30 May-1 June)

The History and German Studies Association at the University of Freiburg (Germany) hosts a student conference on the transversal theme "Violence - History - Society", open to all social sciences. Details (in German):
Gewalt – in ihren verschiedenen Formen, aber auch in ihrer Abwesenheit – strukturiert Gesellschaften auf vielfältige Art und Weise. Gleichzeitig beeinflusst Gewalterfahrung den Menschen unmittelbar in seiner physischen und psychischen Existenz und in seinem Verhältnis zur Umwelt. Diese Allgegenwärtigkeit der Gewalt spiegelt sich in vielen geisteswissenschaftlichen Disziplinen wider und bietet Anknüpfungspunkte für die Arbeit mit verschiedenen Fragen, Ansätzen und Fallbeispielen.
Unsere Tagung will daher den gesamten Komplex von Gewalt, Geschichte und Gesellschaft epochenübergreifend und interdisziplinär betrachten. In der gemeinsamen Diskussion wollen wir einen differenzierten Blick auf das Phänomen Gewalt entwickeln.
Der „Call for Papers“ richtet sich an Nachwuchswissenschaftler*innen unterschiedlicher Fachrichtungen und bietet den Teilnehmenden die Möglichkeit, eigene Arbeiten vorzustellen und zu diskutieren. Sowohl theoretische Auseinandersetzungen als auch Arbeiten zu konkreten Gewaltausprägungen sind gewünscht.
Folgende Fragen könnten als Denkanstöße dienen:
- Wie gehen Gesellschaften mit verschiedenen Formen von Gewalt um?
- Wie und warum ändert sich die Rezeption von Gewalt?
- Ist Gewalt eine anthropologische Konstante?
- Kann Gewalt als Motor für Fortschritt wirken?
- Was ist „Nicht-Gewalt“ und was kann Friedensforschung leisten?
- Gibt es eine historische Tendenz zur Zu- oder Abnahme von Gewalt?
Falls Du Interesse hast, Deine Gedanken und Thesen vorzustellen und zu diskutieren, dann schicke uns ein Exposé (ca. 600 Wörter) Deines Vortrags (20 Minuten Redezeit). Bitte teile uns auch Deine Kontaktdaten sowie den Namen der Universität, des Studiengangs und die Semesterzahl mit.
Kontaktadresse: ggg-tagung@geschichte.uni-freiburg.de  More information on HSozUKult.
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JOURNAL: Nordic Journal of International Law

International Law Reporter signals a new issue of the Nordic Journal of International Law (LXXXIII (2014), No. 1), containing a contribution relevant to both legal theorists and historians:

Alexander Orakhelashvili, "Scelle, Schmitt, Kelsen, Lauterpacht, and the Continuing Relevance of their Inter-War Debate on Normativity.

More information: Brill online.

Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: The Limits of Law (Toulon, 15-16 April 2014)

The University of Toulon (France) organises a conference on the margins or limits of law ("Aux limites du droit"), sponsored by the European network "Law and Society" and the CNRS. An interesting program brings together legal theorists and legal historians, organized in transversal themes ("time and space", "content and object", "external limits", "internal limits", "theoretical limits", "practical limits").

Provisional Program (in French):
Programme prévisionnel
Mardi 15 avril 20148h30. - Accueil des participants9h. - Ouverture des Journées Neptune
  • 10h; - Ouverture du colloque Aux limites du droit
    • Allocution de Thierry Di Manno, Doyen de la Faculté de droit, Université de Toulon
    • Allocution de Maryse Baudrez, Directrice du CDPC-JCE (DICE, UMR CNRS 7318), Université de Toulon
    • Allocution de Jacques Commaille, Professeur émérite, ENS Cachan, co-directeur du Réseau Européen Droit et Société
  • Propos introductifs de Caroline Regad-Albertin, Maître de conférences, Université de Toulon
PERSPECTIVES GÉNÉRALES Sous la présidence de Jean-Louis Mestre, Professeur émérite, Aix-Marseille Université
  • 10h45. - Michel Van de Kerchove, Recteur honoraire et Professeur émérite, Université Saint-Louis-Bruxelles, Les limites relatives du droit
  • 11h. - Antoine Bailleux, Professeur, Université Saint-Louis-Bruxelles, Avocat au Barreau de Bruxelles, Le droit sans limite.
  • 11h15. - Philippe Pedrot, Professeur, Université de Toulon, Le droit à l’épreuve des limites.
11h30. - Discussion.1re PARTIE:DES LIMITES DU DROIT INDÉPASSABLES? LE TEMPS ET L’ESPACESous la présidence de Jacques Commaille, Professeur émérite, ENS Cachan, co-directeur du Réseau Européen Droit et Société
  • 14h. - Gaëlle Deharo, Professeur à l’ESCE International Business School, Opportunité économique et logique juridique: vers une déstabilisation des limites traditionnelles du droit?
  • 14h15. - Norbert Rouland, Professeur, Aix-Marseille Université (sous réserve), La pratique en anthropologie du droit. 
  • 14h30. - Nicolas Haupais, Professeur, Université d’Orléans, L'arme nucléaire, limite du droit international?
  • 14h45. - François Saint-Bonnet, Professeur, Université Panthéon-Assas, L’espace public et les limites du droit.
15h. - Discussion.15h15. - Pause.LA MATIERESous la présidence de François Saint-Bonnet, Professeur, Université Panthéon-Assas
  • 15h30. - Nicole Cuttat-Papazian, Magistrate honoraire, Présidente de chambre à la cour d’appel de Paris, Aux limites du droit: l’humain.
  • 15h45. - Serge Schweitzer, Aix-Marseille Université, Le juriste et l'économiste: du divorce aux retrouvailles: un itinéraire.
  • 16h. - Alexis Le Quinio, Maître de conférences, Université de Toulon, L'influence normative 'd'objets juridiques non identifiés' : réflexions sur quelques exemples tirés du droit transnational.
  • 16h15. - Julien Couard, Maître de conférences, Université de Toulon, De quelques ‘choses’ aux limites du droit.
16h30 : DiscussionMercredi 16 avril 8h30. - Accueil des participants2e PARTIE:DES LIMITES DU DROIT MODULABLES? LE SENS VISÉAux limites «extérieures» du droit: l’horizon normatifSous la présidence d’Eric Gasparini, Professeur, Aix-Marseille Université
  • 9h. - Olivier Tholozan, Maître de conférences, Aix-Marseille Université, La croyance aux limites du droit: le discours extrême dans la doctrine juridique française à partir du début du XXe siècle.
  • 9h15. -)Thierry Fusaï, Médecin Général, Directeur de recherche, Directeur des études de l’Ecole de santé des Armées, Aux limites du droit: l’éthique. 
  • 9h30. - Stéphane Arnaud, Avocat, Selarl Arnaud Avocats Associés, Les limites du droit ou l'équation juridique des valeurs sociétales.
9h45. - Discussion.10h. - Pause;LE SENS ENTRAVÉ?Aux limites «intérieures» du droit: l’Homme, un animal politiqueSous la présidence de Thierry Fusaï, Médecin Général, Directeur de recherche, Directeur des études de l’Ecole de santé des Armées
  • 10h15. - François Quastana, Maître de conférences, Aix-Marseille Université, Le règne des hommes ou la corruption comme limite du droit dans la tradition républicaine (Machiavel et Rousseau).
  • 10h30. - Michel Troper, Professeur émérite, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Les contraintes juridiques et les contraintes politiques.
  • 10h45. - Luc Rudolph, Directeur honoraire des services actifs de la Police Nationale, Les policiers dans la Résistance face au droit.
11h : DiscussionLE SENS DONNÉAux limites théoriques du droit: réflexions sur son appréhensionSous la présidence de Michel Troper, Professeur émérite, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
  • 14h. - Stéphane Caporal, Doyen honoraire, Professeur, Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne, Qu’est-ce qu’un argument juridique?
  • 14h15. - Delphine Lanzara, ATER, Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, L’interprétation et les limites du droit.
  • 14h30. - Jean-Jacques Pardini, Professeur, Université de Toulon, Au carrefour des limites du droit: réflexions 'iconolâtres' sur la directive. 
14h45. - Discussion15h. - PauseAux limites pratiques du droit: la plasticité globale du droit
Sous la présidence de Nicole Cuttat-Papazian, Magistrate honoraire, Présidente de chambre à la Cour d’Appel de Paris
  • 15h15. - Nicolas Laurent-Bonne, Maître de conférences, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne
  • Qu’est-ce que le droit notarial?
  • 15h30. - Julien Pronier, Substitut du Procureur général près la cour d'appel d'Aix-en-Provence
  • Le procureur hors-la-loi.
  • 15h45. - Michel Nouchy, Ancien collaborateur d’avocats aux Conseils - SCP J-J. Gatineau, De l'effectivité du droit: tragi-comédie en deux actes.
16h : DiscussionEN CONCLUSION 
  • 16h15. - Christian Bruschi, Professeur, Aix-Marseille Université, Avocat, SCP Bruschi et Associés, Bilan des travaux.

  • 16h30. - Discours de clôture.

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Catégories: Comparative Law News

JOURNAL: Rechtsgeschichte - Legal History 21 (2013)

The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History published a new issue of Rechtsgeschichte-Legal History (available in open access).


Recherche - Research
Milan Kulhi, "Power and Law in Enligthened Absolutism - Carl Gottlieb Svarez' Theoretical and Practical Approaches"
Thorsten Keiser, "Between Status and Contract ? Coercion in Contractual Labour Relationships in Germany from the 16th to the 20th century"
Ignacio de la Resilla del Moral, "El estudio del Derecho internacional en el corto siglo XIX español"

Taufe und Recht
Christoph H.F. Meyer, "Taufe und Recht. Einige einführende Bemerkungen"
Wolfram Brandes, "Taufe und soziale/politische Inklusion und Exklusion in Byzanz"
Christoph H.F. Meyer, "Taufe und Person im ersten Jahrtausaend. Beobachtungen zu den christlichen Wurzeln einer Grundkategorie europäischen Rechtsdenkens"
Richard Helmholz, "Baptism in the Medieval Canon Law"
Christianne Birr: "Titulus ad regnum coelorum: Zur Taufe und ihren Wirkungen in der theologisch-juristischen Argumentation der Schule von Salamanca"
Michael Sievernich, ""Baptismus barbarorum" oder christliche Initiation in der Neuen Welt Amerika (16. Jahrhundert)"

Harold Berman, Law and Revolution
Thomas Duve, "Law and Revolution - revisited"
Michael Welker,"The Early Harold Berman On "Public Opinion""
Gerhard Dilcher, "Bermans "Law and Revolution" - eine rechtshistorische Revolution ?"
Andreas Thier, "Harold Berman's "Law and Revolution" A Necessary Challenge for Legal History Research"
Thomas Vesting, "Die Suche nach einem Zeichen. Anmerkungen zum Gebrauch der Worte Revolution, Verfassung und Christentum bei Harold Berman"
Wim Decock, "Capital Confidence. Updating Harold Berman's Views on Mercantile Law and Belief Systems"
Pierre Monnet, "Usages et réceptions médiévistes de Berman: un point de vue français"
Diego Quaglioni, "The Outer and the Inner Aspects of Social Life"
Tomasz Giaro, "The East of the West. Harold J. Berman and Eastern Europe"
Alessandro Somma, "Diritto comparato e rivoluzione"
Wang Jing, "Law and Revolution in China. In memory of the 30th anniversary of Law and Revolution's Publication"
Heikki Pihlajamäki, "Berman's best pupils ? The reception of Law and Revolution in Finland"
Kristjan Oad, "Berman and Livonia - Two Prodigious Strangers"
Charles J. Reid, "Tradition in Revolution: Harold J. Berman and the Historical Understandings of the Papacy"
John Witte, jr., "Harold J. Berman as a Historian and Prophet"

See website.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

SEMINAR: Citizenship and Power Strategies between Middle Ages and Early Modernity (Rome, 28 February 2014)

What: Comparer des institutions: sources et mises en contextes (Europe et Maghreb du XVIII siècle)11th meeting of the seminar Cittadinanze e strategie di potere tra Medio Evo ed Età Moderna, organized by Sara Menzinger, Giuliano Milani and Massimo Vallerani in the framework of the PIMIC Project "Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom" (http://www.pimic-itn.eu)  Where: Roma Tre University, Law Department, 2nd Floor, Room 278, Via Ostiense 161, Rome.When: 28 February 2014, 3:00 pm
SpeakersProf. Simona Cerutti, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)Prof. Isabelle Grangaud, Institut de recherches et d'études sur le monde arabe et musulman

Catégories: Comparative Law News

OPPORTUNITY: Baseline Study for the Maldivian Justice Sector and Its Relevant Partners

Juris Diversitas - lun, 2014-02-24 18:15

I recently received the following. SPD

In view of the existing challenges and needs, UNDP/Maldives has developed the integrated Governance Programme (IGP) consolidating the projects under the Democratic Governance Portfolio into 3 results areas of Institutional Development, Rule of Law and Access to Justice and Social Cohesion. Result 2 areas of the programme addresses the justice sector under rule of law and access to justice. The lack of baselines in the justice sector and its relevant institutions has been an obstacle to measure the impact of changes that have taken place in the country in the past 5 years. While anecdotal information are available on people’s perception and institutions performance and challenges, lack of concrete information on the progress made within the justice sector has negative effects on formulation of focused programs for the sector.

The expert will serve as a Team Leader and provide overall leadership in the study and substantive inputs and guidance to the research team to be recruited for the survey. The purpose of the baseline study is to provide a snapshot of the sector status and create the foundation regarding the state of an evidence base access to justice in the Maldives. It will provide a clear picture of the state of the justice sector including how the major justice sector agencies are performing in terms of effectiveness and efficiency in justice delivery, constraints and bottlenecks to undertake necessary legal reforms, how people resolve legal disputes and the challenges they face in doing so across both formal and informal justice systems. The study will cover mapping and analysis of administrative and qualitative data as well as perception surveys. There are three sets of target respondents for the base line study:
  • Claim holders: The Public in general and the more vulnerable in particular and the treatment towards them by police and the justice system ;
  • Duty bearers: The Justice Sector institutions using existing data (Attorney General’s Office, Prosecutor General’s Office, Maldives Police Service, Prisons, the Courts and Judicial Administration and Judicial Service Commission);
  • Expert Users/Practitioners: Private lawyers, Human Rights/Legal NGOS.

S/he must have the following:
  • Advanced degree in Law, Development Studies, Social Science or related field;
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in access to justice/ human rights / rule of law issues through providing evidence-based policy advice;
  • Demonstrable international experience in the field of access to justice/rule of law/human rights with substantive experience in the justice sector;
  • Substantive/proven experience in conducting baseline survey exercise in the past with strong analytical capacity;
· Knowledge of the context of the region and the Maldives’ political landscape;· Previous work experience in the region;· Experience with UNDP or another a UN agency and familiarity with UN/UNDP field operations is an asset; and· Excellent oral and written skills in English and knowledge of local language is an asset.
[Contact Jacqueline.Gichinga@americanbar.orgfor] a more in-depth summary []. We would be most appreciative if you would review each TOR and determine whether you, anyone you know or any organization with which you are affiliated may have any knowledge of experts who might be good candidates for this opportunity. If you or members of your organization are interested in working on this project, please email an updated CV, completed P-11 form, and cover letter* (attached as word or PDF documents) by Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 5PM U.S. EST. As always, we appreciate your assistance and please do not hesitate to contact us for more information or if you have any questions.
P-11 form: http://www.un.org.mv/v2/publication_files/_68_P11_Personal_history_form_latest%20version.pdf
*Cover letters should express your interest in the position and outline why your background is suitable for the position.

Completed applications must be sent to Jacqueline.Gichinga@americanbar.org.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

OPPORTUNITY: Liability of Legal Entities: A study of international practices and applications for Viet Nam

Juris Diversitas - lun, 2014-02-24 18:06

I received the following notice recently. SPD
The ABA-UNDP International Legal Resource Center (ILRC) has received a request from UNDP/Viet Nam for a senior expert to conduct policy research on “Liability of Legal Entities: A study of international practices and applications for Viet Nam.” In order to analytically support the on-going process on amendment of the Penal Code, UNDP has commissioned this research study on international experiences using a comparative approach with emphasis on institutional and legislative analysis. The study will help identify good practices and lessons for Viet Nam to consider in its review of criminalization of corruption acts to supplement and/or revise in the amendment of the Penal Code, and to narrow the identified gap between Viet Nam’s AC legislation and the UNCAC.
The study seeks:

· to identify and analyze a set of Penal Codes that cover such as fraud, corruption and bribery committed by legal entities in a number of countries, as well as the institutional and legal environments where those Penal Codes take effect;· to highlight successful and/or failing attributors to enforcing criminalization of liability of legal entities, and opportunities and/or challenges to the enforcement;· to identify what measures are successfully implemented and the reasons for this implementation; and· facilitate debates about what Viet Nam can learn from other countries when amending its Penal Code and on what conditions such amendments if any to include ‘Liability of Legal Entities’ in the legislation will work in the country when the revised Penal Code takes effect.

We would be most appreciative if you would review and determine whether you, anyone you know or any organization with which you are affiliated may have any knowledge of experts who might be good candidates. Serious candidates please contact me for further information and application requirements by March 6, 2014!
Catégories: Comparative Law News

REMINDER: Juris Diversitas Annual Conference - Proposal Deadline

Juris Diversitas - lun, 2014-02-24 08:59
The Proposal Deadline is fast approaching. 

Will you be there? 

17 July (evening) to 19 July 2014
Faculty of Law and Political Science –
Aix-Marseille University - Aix-en-Provence, France


Inherently interdisciplinary, the conference’s primary focus will be comparative law’s links to a wide variety of other disciplines and themes (e.g., anthropology, economics, feminism, history, the humanities, legal education, legal philosophy, literature, politics …). Proposals may be theoretical analyses or case studies on the past or present, North or South, East or West …

Proposals may be in either English or in French. Any proposal on comparative law will be considered. Panel proposals are strongly encouraged, as is the participation of doctoral students and scholars from outside of the discipline of law.

Proposals of circa 250 words (or 1000 words for panel proposals) should be submitted to Olivier Moréteau at moreteau@lsu.edu by 28 February 2014. Please attach a short biography or resume.

Registration fees are €200 (€125 for Juris Diversitas members paid up for 2014). Membership information and information on fee payment is available on the Juris Diversitas Blog (http://jurisdiversitas.blogspot.ie/).

Note that registration fees don’t cover travel, accommodation, or the conference dinner (€50).
Catégories: Comparative Law News