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BOOK: Maria Gigliola DI RENZO VILATA (ed.), Succession Law, Practice and Society in Europe across the Centuries [Studies in the History of Law and Justice, vol. 14, eds. Georges MARTYN & Mortimer SELLERS] (Heidelberg: Springer, 2018), XXII + 659 p....

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Book abstract:This book presents a broad overview of succession law, encompassing aspects of family law, testamentary law and legal history. It examines society and legal practice in Europe from the Middle Ages to the present from both a legal and a sociological perspective. The contributing authors investigate various aspects of succession law that have not yet been thoroughly examined by legal historians, and in doing so they not only add to our knowledge of past succession law but also provide a valuable key to interpreting and understanding current European succession law. Readers can explore such issues as the importance of a father’s permission to marry in relation to disinheritance, as well as inheritance transactions and private, dynastic and cross-border successions. Further themes addressed by the expert contributors include women’s inheritance rights, the laws of succession for the prince in legal consulting, and succession in the Rota Romana’s jurisprudence.More information with the publisher.
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BOOK: Jamie TRINIDAD, Self-Determination in Disputed Colonial Territories (Cambridge: CUP, 2018), ISBN 9781108418188, £ 85

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Book abstract
Self-Determination in Disputed Colonial Territories addresses the relationship between self-determination and territorial integrity in some of the most difficult decolonization cases in international law. It investigates historical cases, such as Hong Kong and the French and Portuguese territories in India, as well as cases that remain very much alive today, such as the Western Sahara, Gibraltar, the Falkland Islands and the Chagos Islands. This book provides a comprehensive analysis of colonial territories that are, or have been, the subject of adverse third-party claims, invariably by their neighbouring states. Self-Determination in Disputed Colonial Territories takes a contextual, historical approach to mapping the existing law and will be of interest to international lawyers, as well as scholars of international relations and students of the history of decolonization.On the author:
1. Introduction 2. Territorial integrity and the limits of self-determination: paragraph 6 of the Colonial Declaration 3. Territorial integrity, irredentist claims, and the identification of self-determination Units 4. Is there a 'colonial enclaves' exception to the self-determination rule? 5. Overall conclusions. Free excerpt and more information here.
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BOOK: T. R. SLATER and Sandra M. G. PINTO, eds., Building Regulations and Urban Form, 1200-1900 (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017). ISBN 9781472485373, $ 149.95

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Routledge has recently published a book containing many contributions on the legal history of urban regulation.
Towns are complicated places. It is therefore not surprising that from the beginnings of urban development, towns and town life have been regulated. Whether the basis of regulation was imposed or agreed, ultimately it was necessary to have a law-based system to ensure that disagreements could be arbitrated upon and rules obeyed. The literature on urban regulation is dispersed about a large number of academic specialisms. However, for the most part, the interest in urban regulation is peripheral to some other core study and, consequently, there are few texts which bring these detailed studies together. This book provides perspectives across the period between the high medieval and the end of the nineteenth century, and across a geographical breadth of European countries from Scandinavia to the southern fringes of the Mediterranean and from Turkey to Portugal. It also looks at the way in which urban regulation was transferred and adapted to the colonial empires of two of those nations.
1. Building Regulations and Urban Form: An Introduction[Terry R. Slater and Sandra M.G. Pinto]2. Islamic Building Regulations: The Fourteenth-Century Tunis Book and its Counterparts[Mohd Dani Muhamad ]3. Regulation of Private Building Activity in Medieval Lisbon[Sandra M.G. Pinto]4. Policies and Regulations in the Forming of Late-Medieval Trogir (Croatia)[Ana Plosnić Škarić]5. Streets and the Commune: Italy in the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance[David Friedman]6. Building Regulations and Urban Development in Antwerp and Bruges, 1200-1700[Heidi Deneweth]7. Building Regulations and Urban Development in Late Medieval Elburg and Early Modern Amsterdam[Jaap Evert Abrahamse and Reinout Rutte]8. Early Modern Building Regulation in England: Midland Towns, 1400–1800[Terry R. Slater]9. Beautifying the City and Improving the Streets with Building Permits: Lyons, 1580–1770[Bernard Gauthiez and Olivier Zeller]10. Risk, (In)Security, Regulation and Architecture in Nouvelle France[André Bélanger and Anne Bordeleau]11. The Politics of Health: Urban Regulation and Planning in the Spanish Colonies During the Eighteenth Century[Claudia Murray]12. Regulating the Growth of Dublin, 1750–1850[Rob Goodbody]13. The Development of Ottoman Urban Regulations: Istanbul, 1700–1900[Işıl Çokuğraş and C. İrem Gençer]14. Construction Regulations in Athens, 1833–1864: Creating a Metropolis[Dora Monioudi-Gavala]15. Building Regulations in Livonian Towns and Their Impact on Local Urban Space 1697–1904[Mart Siilivask]
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BOOK: Gerard N. MAGLIOCCA, The Heart of the Constitution : How the Bill of Rights Became the Bill of Rights (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018). ISBN 9780190271602, $ 29.95

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Oxford University Press has published a book on the legal history of the US Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
This is the untold story of the most celebrated part of the Constitution. Until the twentieth century, few Americans called the first ten constitutional amendments drafted by James Madison in 1789 and ratified by the states in 1791 the Bill of Rights. Even more surprising, when people finally started doing so between the Spanish-American War and World War II, the Bill of Rights was usually invoked to justify increasing rather than restricting the authority of the federal government. President Franklin D. Roosevelt played a key role in that development, first by using the Bill of Rights to justify the expansion of national regulation under the New Deal, and then by transforming the Bill of Rights into a patriotic rallying cry against Nazi Germany. It was only after the Cold War began that the Bill of Rights took on its modern form as the most powerful symbol of the limits on government power.
These are just some of the revelations about the Bill of Rights in Gerard Magliocca's The Heart of the Constitution. For example, we are accustomed to seeing the Bill of Rights at the end of the Constitution, but Madison wanted to put them in the middle of the document. Why was his plan rejected and what impact did that have on constitutional law? Today we also venerate the first ten amendments as the Bill of Rights, but many Supreme Court opinions say that only the first eight or first nine amendments. Why was that and why did that change?
The Bill of Rights that emerges from Magliocca's fresh historical examination is a living text that means something different for each generation and reflects the great ideas of the Constitution--individual freedom, democracy, states' rights, judicial review, and national power in time of crisis.
Acknowledgements Preface: The Bill of Rights Introduction: The First Bill of Rights Day Chapter 1: Fighting the Crown Chapter 2: Opposing the Constitution Chapter 3: Drafting the Amendments Chapter 4: Wandering in the Wilderness Chapter 5: Reconstructing the Union Chapter 6: Justifying Imperialism Chapter 7: Defending The New Deal Chapter 8: Attacking The Führer Chapter 9: Reinventing Judicial Review Chapter 10: Waging the Cold War Epilogue: A Sacred Relic Appendix A: The English Declaration of Rights (1689) Appendix B: The Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776) Appendix C: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) Bibliography Notes Index
More information to be found on the websiteof the publisher
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BOOK: Vincent GENIN, Incarner le droit international. Du mythe juridique au déclassement international de la Belgique (1914-1940) [Enjeux internationaux, 43] (Bruxelles: Peter Lang, 2017), ISBN 9782807606036

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Book abstract:
La Guerre de 1914-1918, par son caractère global, ses innovations technologiques, ou encore son degré de violence, marque une étape significative de l’histoire contemporaine. La Belgique, premier pays du front Ouest à être envahi, se situe aux premières loges de cette nouvelle phase historique. La neutralité « perpétuelle, permanente et garantie » de ce territoire est violée, en transgression du droit international public. Ce point d’ancrage semble propice à l’étude d’un milieu ayant peu attiré l’attention des historiens : les juristes belges de droit international. Cette étude est à même de mieux nous informer sur les caractéristiques de ce milieu professionnel en soi, concerné au premier chef par l’acte inaugural de la guerre, sur ses pratiques, ses codes, ses réseaux internationaux, le positionnement des juristes, mais aussi, en négatif, de nous renseigner sur un aspect méconnu de l’image de la Belgique et de sa position dans la hiérarchie internationale, à savoir sa contribution au droit international. L’évolution de ce milieu et de ce qu’il représente, à l’aune de la Guerre de 1914-1918, reconnue pour avoir accéléré la juridicisation des relations internationales, constitue l’essentiel de l’angle d’approche adopté par notre recherche. Ces réflexions nous mènent à la problématique générale de cet ouvrage, que l’on peut énoncer comme suit : dans quelle mesure les juristes belges de droit international public, de 1914 à 1940, ont tissé des réseaux internationaux, ont été des indicateurs de l’évolution de la Belgique dans la hiérarchie internationale et, surtout, ont été influencés par l’expérience de la Guerre de 1914-1918, en tant que génératrice d’une mémoire influant sur les modes d’expressions et de représentations de ce groupe social ?On the author:
Vincent Genin est Docteur en Histoire et assistant à l’Université de Liège. Spécialisé en histoire des relations internationales (XIXe-XXe s.) et des courants historiques, il est l’auteur d’une cinquantaine d’ouvrages et d’articles. Sa thèse de doctorat – Un "Laboratoire belge" du droit international (1869-1940) – a été distinguée par le Prix Jean-Baptise Duroselle 2017.
More information with the publisher.
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CONFERENCE: Latin America and International Law (Hamburg, 8-9 Feb 2018)

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The University of Hamburg (Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholy Graduate School of Law) hosts a conference on Latin America and International Law.

Friday February 8

11:30-12:00 Registration
12:15-12:30: Welcome Address
12:30-13:15: Keynote 1: José Manuel Barreto Soler (Catholic University of Colombia)

13:30-15:00: First Panel Session
Panel 1: Colonialism and International Law in the Americas
Alexis Alvarez-Nagakawa: "The Conquest of the (New) World as Picture: Images of the Colo- nial Origins of International Law"
Nikitas Hatzimihail: "The Buffalo in the Room: The Americas in Early Classical Private International Law"
Yolanda Gamarra: "Material and Discursive Reconfiguration of ‘Spanish America’ in International Law"
Panel 2: Latin America and International Law 1
Walter Arévalo, Ricardo Abello-Galvis (Universidad of the Rosario), "The Influence of the Latin American Doctrine on International Law: The Rise of Latin American Doctrines and Principles at The Hague Academy Courses during the Early 20th Century"
Andreas Timmermann (Hamburg): "Hipólito Yrigoyen (1850 – 1933): ‘Krausism’ and International Understanding"
Christopher R. Rossi (University of Iowa): "Burying the Undertaker: The Resilience of Standard of Civilization"

15:30-16:15 Keynote 2: Miloš Vec (University of Vienna)

16:30-18:00: Second Panel Session
Panel 3: Second Scholasticism and Latin America
Ahmed Raza Memon (University of Kent):  "Birth of Network Governance in Vitoria: Territorial Enclaves and the Holy Roman Church"
Michelle Alves Monteiro, Tatiana A.F.R. Cardoso Squeff (Rio Grande do Sul, Pontifica university & Federal University): "The „Paradise Destroyed“ by „the Just War“: A Dialogue between Bartolomé de las Casas and Francisco de Vitoria in the Concealment of Latin American Natives by European Colonizers"
Stefano Cattelan: "Iberian Mare Clausum policies in the Americas"

Panel 4: Latin America and International Law II
Tania Ixchel Atilano (Humboldt Universität Berlin): "The Crime of „Violations of the Duties to Humanity“ in the 1871 Mexican Criminal Code; an Example of Incorporating International Law in Mexico"
Rodrigo Géspedes (MPI for Social Anthropology): "On Wars and Revolutions: The Chilean Contribution to Modern International Law"
Ulrich Mücke (Hamburg): "International Law and the Abolition of Slavery in Nine- teenth-Century Brazil"

Friday February 9

09-09:45 Keynote 3: Liliana Obregón (University of the Andes)

10:00-11:30 Third Panel Session
Panel 5: Latin America and its Independence
Nicolás Carrillo-Santarelli (La Sabana University), "Doctrinal and Diplomatic Efforts of the Latin American Republics to Legitimise their Independence in the 19th Century"
Edward Martin (Hamburg): "Contextualising Haitian Indepen- dence"
Alexandra Téllez (Frankfurt): "Francisco de Miranda and his Contributions to International Law"

Panel 6: Arbitration and Investment Treaties
Henrique Lenon (Federal University of Paraiba, University Centre of João Pessoa), "The missing epitácio pessoa: A new historical approach to Latin American Resistance to Invest- ment Arbitration"
Javier García Olmedo (Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law), "International Investment Law and Latin America: Perpetuating Colonial Economic Relations th- rough Unequal Treaties"
Gustavo Preito (University of Verona), "Mixed Claims Commissions and International Law in Latin Ame- rica: Adjudicating ‚Investment‘ Disputes in the 19th and 20th Century"

11:30-12:00 Break

12:00-13:30 Fourth Panel Session
Panel 7: A Latin American Doctrine of International Law?
Samira Allioui (Strasbourg): "The Discussion on the Existence of an Independent Sphere of International Law: International Law in Latin America or Latin American International Law?"
Nina Keller-Kemmerer (Frankfurt): "The Mimicry of International Law: Andrés Bello‘s „Principios de derecho internacional"
Aiko Nakai (Kyoto): "To seek the Basis of Regional International Law: The Concep- tions of American International Law by 19th Century‘s Latin American Thinkers"

Panel 8: Adjudication
Alan Nissel (Dudley Lotus LLP, Wilshire Skyline): "The US Professionalization of International Arbitration in Latin America (1870 - 1900)"
Fabia Fernandes Veçoso (Melbourne): "Intervention, Sovereign Debt, and the Making of Spatial Order: Revisiting the 1902 - 1903 Venezuelan Blockade"
Jean Rodrigo Ribeiro de Pontes (State University of Rio de Janeiro): "Brazil and the Statute of the Permanent Court of International Justice"

13:30-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:15 Keynote 4: Ingacio de la Rasilla del Moral (Brunel University London)

15:30-17:00 Fifth Panel Session
Panel 9: Latin American International Law and Natural Ressources
Lucas Lixinski, Mats Ingulstad (UNSW Sydney, Norwegian University of Science and Technology), "Displacing Beginnings and Undermining Revolutionary Achievements: The Making of Perma- nent Sovereignty over Natural Resources in the Americas"
Petra Gümplová (Max Weber Kolleg, University of Erfurt), "Right of Conquest and the Origin of Territorial Sovereignty over Natural Resources - The Case of the Spanish Empire"

Panel 10: Developments in International Law after 1945Victor Ventura (University of Hamburg) "Latin American Territorialism in the Law of the Sea: A Disservice to the Ocean Rule of Law? The Brazilian State Practice"
Maria Victoria Cabrera (University Espiritu Santo Ecuador), "International Law on Indigenous Peoples: Latin America as a Leader - but with few Followers"
Daniel R. Quiroga-Villamarín (University of the Andes), "An Atmosphere of Genuine So- lidarity and Brotherhood: Development, Catholicism, and the Latin American Contribution to Social Rights"

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BOOK: Uladzislau BELAVUSAU and Aleksandra GLISZCZYNSKA-GRABIAS, eds., Law and Memory: Towards Legal Governance of History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017). ISBN 9781107188754, £ 95.00.

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Cambridge University Press has recently published the book “Law and Memory: Towards Legal Governance of History”
Legal governance of memory has played a central role in establishing hegemony of monumental history, and has forged national identities and integration processes in Europe and beyond. In this book, a range of contributors explore both the nature and role of legal engagement into historical memory in selected national law, European and international law. They also reflect on potential conflicts between legal governance, political pluralism, and fundamental rights, such as freedom of expression. In recent years, there have been numerous monumental commemoration practices and judicial trials about correlated events all over the world, and this is a prime opportunity to undertake an important global comparative scrutiny of memory laws. Against the background of mass re-writing of history in different parts of the world, this book revisits a fascinating subject of memory laws from the standpoint of comparative law and transitional justice.
Introduction: Memory Laws: Mapping a New Subject in Comparative Law and Transitional Justice 1 Uladzislau BELAVUSAU and Aleksandra GLISZCZYŃSKA-GRABIAS
Part I International Law 27
1 The United Nations Human Rights Committee’s View of the Past 29 Antoon DE BAETS 2 The Role of International Criminal Tribunals in Shaping the Historical Accounts of Genocides 48 Marina AKSENOVA 3 The ‘Right to Truth’ in International Law: The ‘Last Utopia’? 70 Patricia NAFTALI
Part II European Law (Council of Europe and the European Union) 89
4 Kononov v. Latvia as an Ontological Security Struggle over Remembering the Second World War 91 Maria MÄLKSOO5 Testing the ‘Uniqueness’: Denial of the Holocaust vs Denial of Other Crimes before the European Court of Human Rights 109 Paolo LOBBA 6 Legislating History: The European Union and the Denial of International Crimes 129 Luigi CAJANI
Part III National Perspectives within the European Union 149
7 Challenging Historical Facts and National Truths: An Analysis of Cases from France and Greece 151 Ioanna TOURKOCHORITI 8 Legal Silences and the Memory of Francoism in Spain 175 Alfons ARAGONESES9 Politics of Public Knowledge in Dealing with the Past: Post-communist Experiences and Some Lessons from the Czech Republic 195 Jiří PŘIBÁŇ 10 Adjudication in Latvian Deportation Cases: References to International Law 216 Ieva MILUNA 11 Judging the Conducător: Fascism, Communism, and Legal Discontinuity in Post-War Romania 228 Cosmin Sebastian CERCEL 12 Dealing with the Past in and around the Fundamental Law of Hungary 246 Miklós KÖNCZÖL 13 On the Politics of Resentment, Mis-memory, and Constitutional Fidelity: The Demise of the Polish Overlapping Consensus? 263 Tomasz Tadeusz KONCEWICZ
Part IV Perspectives beyond the European Union 291
14 Defending Stalinism by Means of Criminal Law: Russia, 1995–2014 293 Nikolay KOPOSOV 15 Cutting the Umbilical Cord: The Narrative of the National Past and Future in Ukrainian De-communization Policy 310 Lina KLYMENKO 16 Banning Genocide Denial – Should Geography Matter? 329 Robert A. KAHN 17 “From Banning Nakba to Bridging Narratives”: The Collective Memory of 1948 and Transitional Justice for Israelis and Palestinians 348 Jeremie M. BRACKA 18 Historical Revisionism and the Settler State: The Canadian Experience 374 Michael MORDEN 19 Defense of Democracy and the Preservation of Collective Memory through Criminal Legislation: The Challenges of Reconciliation in Peru 395 Salvador HERENCIA CARRASCO
Epilogue: Beyond ‘Memory Laws’: Towards a General Theory of Law and Historical Discourse 413 Eric HEINZE Index 435

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COLLOQUIUM: Pensée politique et propriété, XXVIème Colloque International de l’AFHIP (Toulouse, 17-18 May 2018)

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Please find the programme for the annual colloquium of the Association Française des Historiens des Idées Politiques, to be held on 17-18 May in the faculty of law and political sciences of the Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, below:
Jeudi 17 Mai 2018
8h30 | Accueil9h00 | Ouverture du colloque, Allocutions : Madame Corinne Mascala, Professeur, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, Présidente de l’Université Monsieur Philippe Nélidoff, Professeur, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, Doyen de la Faculté de droit Monsieur Florent Garnier, Professeur, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, Directeur du Centre Toulousain d'Histoire du Droit et des Idées Politiques (CTHDIP) Monsieur Michel Ganzin, Professeur émérite, Aix-Marseille Université, Président de l’AFHIP
Séance unique Salle 1
Président de Séance : Jacques Bouineau Professeur, Université de La Rochelle 9h20 | La richesse de la res publica dans le Dotzè del Crestia de Francesc Eiximenis Florent Garnier, Professeur, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole9h40 | Le caractère social de la propriété chez certains pères de l’église au bas empire Christian Bruschi, Professeur émérite, Aix Marseille Université10h00 | Domaine éminent et droit de propriété dans la pensée politique classique Blandine Barret-Kriegel, Professeur émérite, Université Paris Nanterre10h20 | Discussion-pause10h40 | Liberté, égalité, propriété chez James Harrington, républicain anglais du XVIIe siècle Myriam-Isabelle Ducrocq, Maître de conférences, Université Paris Nanterre11h00 | E. Burke : la propriété pérennise la société et fonde la représentation nationale Michel Ganzin, Professeur émérite, Aix Marseille Université11h20 | Les Droits féodaux et la médiation Victor Monnier, Professeur, Université de Genève11h40 | Discussion-pause
Séance double Salle 1
Président de séance : Victor Monnier, Professeur, Université de Genève14h00 | Une conception « républicaine » de la propriété ? François Quastana, Professeur, Université de Lille 214h20 La critique du droit de propriété chez Rousseau Jean-Pierre Duprat, Professeur émérite, Université de Bordeaux14h40 | Souveraineté et propriété : les Habsbourg Marie-Bernadette Bruguière, Professeur émérite, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole15h00 Discussion-pause15h20 | Linguet et la propriété Ginevra Conti Odorisio, Professeur, Université de Rome III15h40 | Le droit à l’existence comme limite au droit de propriété Jean-Jacques Clère, Professeur émérite, Université de Bourgogne16h00 | La défense de la propriété chez Nicolas Bergasse Sébastien Le Gal, Professeur, Université Grenoble Alpes16h20 | Discussion-pause
Séance double Salle 2
Président de séance : Nicole Dockès, Professeur émérite, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 314h00 | La propriété dans la pensée politique de Bossuet Julien Broch, Maître de conférences HDR, Aix-Marseille Université14h20 | La légitimité de la propriété privée chez les Lumières françaises Sergey Zanin, Professeur, Université de Samara (Russie)14h40 | La Révolution et la nationalisation des biens : punition politique ou instrument de régénération sociale ? Philippe Delaigue, Maître de conférences, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 315h00 | Discussion-pause15h20 | Une solution aux errements du capitalisme : le propriétaire « fonctionnaire public » dans la pensée de Silvestre Pinheiro FerreiraOscar Ferreira, Maître de conférences, Université de Bourgogne15h40 | La propriété dans la pensée de Robespierre Bernard Quiriny, Professeur, Université de Bourgogne16h00 | Posséder la terre d’Amérique du Nord : de la propriété collective au régime seigneurial. Californie, Nouvelle-Angleterre, Canada (XVIIème-XIXème siècle) David Gilles, Professeur, Université de Sherbrooke (Canada)16h20 | Discussion-pause16h50 | Assemblée générale de l’AFHIP Salle 1
Vendredi 18 Mai
Séance double Salle 1
Président de séance : Philippe Nélidoff, Professeur, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, Doyen de la faculté de droit9h20 | La propriété et la souveraineté : Gaetano Filangieri Francesco Di Donato, et Sonia Scognamiglio, Professeurs, Université de Naples Parthénope9h40 | L'amour de la liberté jusqu'au mépris de la propriété : l'exemple des utopies libertaires du XIXème siècle Ugo Bellagamba, Maître de conférences HDR, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis10h00 | La propriété de la dot de la femme mariée dans la pensée politique (XVIII-XX siècle) Jean-Philippe Agresti, Professeur, Aix-Marseille Université, Doyen de la faculté de droit et de science politique10h20 | Discussion-pause10h40 | La propriété dans la pensée socialiste d’Emile Durkheim Olivier Tholozan, Maître de conférences HDR, Aix-Marseille Université11h00 | La propriété foncière dans le monde colonial Eric Gasparini, Professeur Aix-Marseille Université11h20 | Pensée politique et propriété en Afrique subsaharienne francophone : le malentendu André Cabanis, Professeur, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole11h40 | Discussion-Pause
Séance double Salle 2
Président de séance : Florent Garnier, Professeur, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole9h20 | Gilbert Keith Chesterton et le plaidoyer pour une propriété anticapitaliste : le manifeste du distributisme Stéphane Caporal-Gréco, Professeur, Université de St Etienne, Doyen honoraire de la faculté de droit9h40 | Les biens des émigrés en débat sous la Restauration Ludovic Azema, Maître de conférences, Université Toulouse I Capitole10h00 | La propriété en utopie : Fourier Nicole Dockès, Professeur émérite, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 310h20 | Discussion-pause10h40 | Représentation politique et propriété dans les constitutions italiennes du XIXe siècle Laurent Reverso, Professeur, Université de Toulon11h00 | William Godwin : ni propriété ni antiquité Jacques Bouineau, Professeur, Université de la Rochelle11h20 | Le droit social contre la propriété ? (début XXème s) Guillaume Richard, Professeur, Université Paris Descartes11h40 | Discussion-pause
Séance double Salle 1
Président de séance : Patrick Charlot, Professeur, Université de Bourgogne14h00 | Un exemple de limitation du droit de propriété par l’autorité publique : le cas de l’armée de la IIIème République Florian Atthar, Doctorant Contractuel, Aix-Marseille Université14h20 | La propriété dans la doctrine sociale de l’Eglise Philippe Nélidoff, Professeur, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, Doyen de la Faculté de droit14h40 | Discussion-pause
Séance double Salle 2
Président de séance : Francesco Di Donato, Professeur, Université de Naples Parthénope14h00 | Leçons slaves sur la propriété, les cours d'Adam Mickiewiecz au Collège de France Christine Mengès-Le Pape, Professeur, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole14h20 Propriété, souveraineté et légitimité dans l’individualisme libéral Jean Pierre Sylvestre, Professeur émérite, Université de Bourgogne14h40 | Discussion-pause
Séance unique Salle 1
Président de Séance : Eric Gasparini, Professeur, Aix-Marseille Université15h00 | Léon Duguit et propriété Patrick Charlot, Professeur, Université de Bourgogne15h20 | De Portalis à Huber. La notion de propriété du Code civil français au Code civil suisse Bénédict Winiger, Professeur, Université de Genève15h40 | L’héritage expression politique de la propriété Jean-François Bregi, Professeur émérite, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis16h00 | Discussion16h20 | Clôture du colloque
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Pascale ROBERT-DIARD, La part du juge (Paris: Arkhe Editions, 2017), ISBN 9782918682356, € 15,5

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Book abstract:Qui a été confronté à la justice ou s'intéresse aux affaires judiciaires a parfois le sentiment d'une gigantesque loterie. D'un juge à un autre, d'un tribunal à une cour d'appel, l'appréciation des faits fait pencher la balance d'un côté ou de l'autre. Au fil des affaires de moeurs, d'endettement, d'animaux domestiques récalcitrants, de picrocholines querelles de voisinage ou de grands scandales publics, Pascale Robert-Diard déshabille les juges, avec ironie et légèreté. Elle révèle, à travers leurs dilemmes et leurs combats, la part insoupçonnée d'humanité de ces personnages emblématiques de la justice.Que les justiciables soient précaires, stars du football, du cinéma ou de la politique, Pascale Robert-Diard démontre l'existence d'une « part du juge », véritable marge d'imagination et de création. Plongez-vous dans cette série de chroniques mordantes : elles retracent l'évolution de la justice face aux moeurs et offrent un panorama inédit de la société française.On the author:
 Journaliste aguerrie du Monde, et figure de proue du monde judiciaire, Pascale Robert-Diard a suivi les plus grandes affaires de justice de ces vingt dernières années. Sa connaissance des arcanes de la justice, la finesse de sa plume et son regard perspicace ont fait de ses articles des incontournables de la littérature judiciaireMore information here.
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BOOK: Barbara LAURIAT, Intellectual Property and Victorian Inquiry: The Royal Commissions on Patent and Copyright (Oxford: Hart, 2018), ISBN 9781509914029, £ 70

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Book abstract:This monograph examines the Royal Commissions on Patent (1864) and Copyright (1878) by exploring the people, procedures, and politics behind these in-depth inquiries into intellectual property reform of the latter half of the nineteenth century, and by placing them within their historical and ideological context. In examining copyright and patent law from the ground up, commission members were necessarily forced to grapple with fundamental questions about the nature of property itself. Commissioners' views on the nature and purpose of copyright and patent influenced their views on how far the rights should extend-in time, geography, and scope. Close analysis of the Commissions provides insight into our own debates about the nature of intellectual property and provide a model for future attempts at law reform. The book is a contribution to the history not only of intellectual property law but also of royal commissions in the nineteenth century.
The author gives a well-rounded picture of developments in thought about intellectual property as a whole in the period, which are still critical in the way we understand and approach the subject today.
On the author:Barbara Lauriat is a Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London and a Research Fellow of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre.More information here.
(Source: Law and Humanities Blog)
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BOOK: Hugo BEUVANT, Thérence CARVALHO & Mathilde LEMÉE (eds.), Les traductions du discours juridique. Perspectives historiques [L'univers des normes] (Rennes: PURennes, 2018), 206 p. ISBN 9782753565111, € 24.

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Book abstract:À toutes les périodes de l’histoire, les juristes ont nécessairement été confrontés à la diversité linguistique du monde et lui ont trouvé un remède efficace mais délicat : la traduction. La question de la traduction du discours juridique n’ayant que trop rarement été envisagée d’un point de vue historique, cet ouvrage entend interroger le passé afin de comprendre les grands défis de la prospective juridique et éclairer les traductions du discours juridique à travers le prisme de l’histoire en s’intéressant aux problématiques récurrentes et aux solutions diverses proposées à travers les époques.
On the editors:Hugo Beuvant est doctorant en droit à l’université Rennes 1.
Thérence Carvalho est maître de conférences en droit à l’université Lyon III Jean Moulin.
Mathilde Lemée est docteur en droit à l’université Rennes 1.
Table of contents here.
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FELLOWSHIP: Charles W. McCurdy Fellowship in Legal History (University of Virginia School of Law, Academic Year 2018-2019), DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2018)

(Source: University of Virginia - School of Law)
In partnership with the National Fellows Program, the University of Virginia School of Law is soliciting applications for outstanding junior scholars for the 2018-19 Charles W. McCurdy fellowship in legal history.  The fellowship allows scholars to complete dissertations in legal history while in residence at the Law School, and the fellow will be expected to spend the majority of his or her time on dissertation research.  The University’s nationally renowned legal history program, which includes a workshop, a writing group, a JD/MA program in legal history, and an engaged community of interested scholars, provides a rich environment for a junior scholar.  The fellow will also help coordinate the legal history workshop and has the opportunity to present their work there.  As a part of the National Fellows Program, the McCurdy fellow is paired with a “dream mentor” – a senior scholar in the fellow’s field from anywhere in the world – who will provide critical guidance during the year.  The fellow will also participate in the National Fellows’ fall and spring conferences and will receive training on how to reach broader scholarly and non-scholarly audiences.  The fellow will receive a stipend of $32,000 for the year. 
Applicants must have completed the coursework toward a Ph.D. in history.  Strong preference will be given to applicants who hold a J.D. and who will complete their dissertation by the end of the fellowship year.  For the application, please see the National Fellows Program website.  Please direct any questions to Professor Cynthia Nicoletti at  Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2018.

(Source: Legal History Blog)
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The Constitution of India

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The Constitution of India
A Contextual Analysis
By Arun K. Thiruvengadam
This book provides an overview of the Indian Constitution by situating it within its broader socio-political context. It focuses on the overarching principles and the main institutions of constitutional governance that the world's longest written constitution inaugurated in 1950. The nine substantive chapters of the book deal with specific aspects of the Indian constitutional tradition as it has evolved across seven decades of its existence as an independent nation. Starting with a focus on the pre-history of the constitution and its making, the book moves onto an examination of the structural features and actual operation of principal governance institutions, including the executive and the parliament, the institutions of federalism and local government, and the judiciary. An unusual feature of Indian constitutionalism is the role played by technocratic institutions such as the Election Commission, the Comptroller and Auditor General, and a set of new regulatory institutions, most of which were created since the 1990s. A considerable focus of the book is on provisions relating to rights and issues of multiculturalism. The final chapter deals with the important issue of constitutional change in India. The book employs a narrative form to describe the twists, turns, and challenges confronted across nearly seven decades of the operation of the constitution. It departs from conventional Indian constitutional scholarship by placing less emphasis on constitutional doctrine (as evolved in judicial decisions delivered by the High Courts and the Supreme Court). The focus, instead, is on highlighting the political bargains and extra-legal developments that have influenced constitutional evolution. Written for a general audience that is interested in understanding the complex yet fascinating challenges posed by constitutionalism in India, the book's unconventional approach to some standard issues will stimulate the more seasoned student of constitutional law and politics. (Series: Constitutional Systems of the World) [Subject: Constitutional & Administrative Law, South Asian Law, Comparative Law]

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Cross-border Transfer and Collateralisation of Receivables

Juris Diversitas - mer, 01/31/2018 - 20:27
Cross-border Transfer and Collateralisation of Receivables
A Comparative Analysis of Multiple Legal SystemsBy Woo-jung JonContributions by: Louise Gullifer, Joshua Getzler, Sang-Hyun SongLegal systems around the world vary widely in terms of how they deal with the assignment of, and security interests in, receivables. The aim of this book is to help international financiers and practicing lawyers in relevant markets in their practice of international receivables financing. Substantively, this book analyzes three types of receivables financing transactions: outright assignment (transfer), security assignment, and security interests. This book covers comprehensive comparison and analysis of the laws on the assignment of, and security interests in, receivables of fifteen major jurisdictions, encompassing common law jurisdictions, Roman-Germanic jurisdictions, and French-Napoleonic jurisdictions, as well as relevant EU Directives. To be more specific, this book compares and analyzes the relevant legal systems of the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Korea, Japan, France, Belgium, England, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and the EU Directive on financial collateral arrangements. Furthermore, in order to analyze those legal systems from the international perspective, this book compares relevant international conventions. In addition, this book proposes to establish an international registration system for the assignment of, and security interests in, receivables. Revised Dissertation. [Subject: Banking & Finance Law, Contract Law, Tort Law, Comparative Law, Asian Law]

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Revolution and Evolution in Private Law

Juris Diversitas - mer, 01/31/2018 - 20:23
Revolution and Evolution in Private Law
Edited by: Sarah Worthington, Andrew Robertson, Graham VirgoThe development of private law across the common law world is typically portrayed as a series of incremental steps, each one delivered as a result of judges dealing with marginally different factual circumstances presented to them for determination. This is said to be the common law method. According to this process, change might be assumed to be gradual, almost imperceptible. If this were true, however, then even Darwinian-style evolution-death of the dinosaurs or development of flight-would seem unlikely in the law, and radical and revolutionary paradigms shifts perhaps impossible. And yet the history of the common law is to the contrary. The legal landscape is littered with quite remarkable revolutionary and evolutionary changes in the shape of the common law. The essays in this volume explore some of the highlights in this fascinating revolutionary and evolutionary development of the common law. The authors expose the nature of the changes undergone and their significance for the future direction of travel. They identify the circumstances and the contexts which might have provided an impetus for these significant changes. The essays range across all areas of private law, including contract, tort, unjust enrichment, and property. No area has been immune from development. That fact itself is unsurprising, but an extended examination of the particular circumstances and contexts which delivered some of private law's most important developments has its own special significance for what it might indicate about the shape, and the shaping, of private law regimes in the future. [Subject: Private Law, Contract Law, Tort Law, Equity & Trusts, Comparative Law, Property Law, Common Law]

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The Constitution of Pakistan

Juris Diversitas - mer, 01/31/2018 - 20:17
The Constitution of Pakistan
A Contextual Analysis
By Sadaf Aziz This volume provides a contextual account of Pakistan's constitutional laws and history. It aims to describe the formal structure of government in reference to origins that are traced to the administrative centralization and legal innovations of colonial rule. It also situates the tide of Muslim nationalism that gave rise to the nation of Pakistan within a terrain of nascent constitutionalism and its associated promises of representation. The post-colonial history of the Pakistani state is charted by reference to succeeding constitutions and the distribution of powers between the major branches of government that they augured. Where conventional histories often suggest that constitutionalism in Pakistan is to be solely understood by reference to a cycle of abidance and rupture, and in the oscillation between military and civilian rule, this volume also accounts for the many points of continuity between regime types. The contours of a broader constitutionalism come to light in the ways in which state power is wielded at different periods and in the range of contests-economic, political and cultural-through which some of this power is sought to be dispersed. Chapters on Rights, Federalism, and Islam detail the contextual features of some of these contests and the normative, legal parameters through which they are provisionally settled. (Series: Constitutional Systems of the World) [Subject: Pakistani Law, Constitutional Law, Comparative Law, Human Rights Law]

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The Juris Diversitas Conference is Moved to April 2019

Juris Diversitas - lun, 01/29/2018 - 17:54
Though the Call for Papers for the Juris Diversitas 2018 Conference on Law, Roots and Space yields promising submissions, prospective participants regret that they face a dilemma, due to a number of worldwide comparative law events organized on several continents in a very active 2018 conference season. Limited resources force many of our members to choose participating in the World Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law (July 22-28, Fukuoka, Japan), in Juris Diversitas (June 25-27, Potchefstroom, South Africa), or in the World Congress of the International Association of Constitutional Law (June 18-22, Seoul, Korea).
The Executive Committee of Juris Diversitas therefore resolved to postpone the 2018 Conference, moving it to April 15-17, 2019, in Potchefstroom, South Africa. Existing submissions will be reviewed, there shall be an extended call for papers, and participants will be invited, though not compelled, to communicate papers ahead of time, which may allow for the organization of a more dynamic event.
The Executive Committee also decided to move forward with the plan to organize biennial rather than annual large-scale events. This means that forthcoming large-scale conferences will be organized in odd years, leaving room for smaller more thematic events during even years. This will free time and energy for a better diffusion of our work, thereby enhancing collective publications under the Juris Diversitas name.  Our members are encouraged to come up with proposals and ideas, whether event or publication related, or both. Smaller theme events will be regarded a success if truly transdisciplinary, with a significant proportion of participants from outside the legal community.

The Executive Committee hopes that the biennial pattern will keep attracting comparative law scholars thinking out of the box and further the dialogue with a growing number of scholars from other disciplines, whether in hard sciences or humanities. 
For the Executive Committee,Olivier MoréteauPresident of Juris Diversitas
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BOOK: Richard J.M. BLACKETT, The Captive’s Quest for Freedom: Fugitive Slaves, the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, and the Politics of Slavery (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018). £ 94.99. ISBN 9781108418713

(Source: Cambridge University Press)
Cambridge University Press has recently published a book dealing with i.a. slave law in the decade before the American Civil War. The eBookcan already be obtained through Cambridge University Press, the paperback and hardback are due to be published in March 2018.
This magisterial study, ten years in the making by one of the field's most distinguished historians, will be the first to explore the impact fugitive slaves had on the politics of the critical decade leading up to the Civil War. Through the close reading of diverse sources ranging from government documents to personal accounts, Richard J. M. Blackett traces the decisions of slaves to escape, the actions of those who assisted them, the many ways black communities responded to the capture of fugitive slaves, and how local laws either buttressed or undermined enforcement of the federal law. Every effort to enforce the law in northern communities produced levels of subversion that generated national debate so much so that, on the eve of secession, many in the South, looking back on the decade, could argue that the law had been effectively subverted by those individuals and states who assisted fleeing slaves.
Part I. The Slave Power Asserts Its Rights:1. The fugitive slave law2. The law does its work3. Compromise and colonizePart II. Freedom's Fires Burn:4. Missouri and Illinois5. Western Kentucky and Indiana6. Eastern Kentucky and Ohio7. Southeast Pennsylvania8. Eastern shore of Maryland and Philadelphia9. New York10. MassachusettsConclusionBibliographyIndex.
More information on the websiteof Cambridge University Press 
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BOOK: David LYNCH, The Role of Circuit Courts in the Formation of United States Law in the Early Republic - Following Supreme Court Justices Washington, Livingston, Story and Thompson (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2018). $108.00. ISBN 9781509910854

(Source: Hart Publishing)
Hart Publishing is due to publish a book on the role of circuit courts in the formation of US law in the period of the Early Republic next week.
While scholars have rightly focused on the importance of the landmark opinions of the United States Supreme Court and its Chief Justice, John Marshall, in the rise in influence of the Court in the Early Republic, the crucial role of the circuit courts in the development of a uniform system of federal law across the nation has largely been ignored. This book highlights the contribution of four Associate Justices (Washington, Livingston, Story and Thompson) as presiding judges of their respective circuit courts during the Marshall era, in order to establish that in those early years federal law grew from the 'inferior courts' upwards rather than down from the Supreme Court. It does so after a reading of over 1800 mainly circuit opinions and over 2000 original letters, which reveal the sources of law upon which the justices drew and their efforts through correspondence to achieve consistency across the circuits. The documents examined present insights into momentous social, political and economic issues facing the Union and demonstrate how these justices dealt with them on circuit. Particular attention is paid to the different ways in which each justice contributed to the shaping of United States law on circuit and on the Court and in the case of Justices Livingston and Thompson also during their time on the New York State Supreme Court.
1. The Supreme Court Justices and the Circuit Court Experiment 
A Team Effort
Why Washington, Livingston, Story, and Thompson?
2. The Federal Circuit Courts: Shaping Local and National Justice for an Emerging Republic 
The Politics of Federal Law
The Grand Jury Charge: A Bond between Government and Citizen
The Circuit Court Discourse in the Constitutional Ratification and Senate Debates
The Jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Courts
'A Certain Uniformity of Decision in United States Law'
3. Bushrod Washington: The Role of Precedent and the Preservation of Vested Interests 
A Federalist's Journey from Revolutionary Virginia to the Supreme Court
Justice Washington and the Role of Precedent in the Federal Legal System
Property Rights and Commercial Law on Circuit
States' Rights, the War of 1812, and Slavery
4. Henry Brockholst Livingston: Consolidating Mercantile Law 
The Early Years: Political Allegiances: From Federalist to Republican
Commercial Law for New York State
A Republican on a Federalist Supreme Court
Maritime and Commercial Law for the United States
5. Joseph Story: Admiralty Expertise and the Importation of Common Law 
A Modernising Influence on Law and Procedure on the First Circuit
Admiralty and the Enforcement of Embargo Laws
Consistency Through the Sharing of Expertise
The Supremacy of Federal Law
The Protection of Minority Groups
Importing Common Law into the Federal Legal System
6. Justice Smith Thompson: Promoting Commerce, State Sovereignty and the Protection of the Cherokee Nation 
State Supreme Court: Statutory Interpretation and New York 'Hard Law'
Contractual Obligations on the Second Circuit and on the Court
'What is to be Left to the States?'
The Cherokee Nation and the African-American Slave

More information on the website of Hart Publishing.  
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CFP: “Politics and the Histories of International Law” (Heidelberg, 15-16 February 2019), DEADLINE 31 MAY 2018

(Source: Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law)
We have the following Call for Papers for a conference on “Politics and the Histories of International Law” by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law.
L’histoire n’est pas une religion. L’historien n’accepte aucun dogme, ne respecte aucun interdit, ne connaît pas de tabous. Il peut être dérangeant. - LIBERTÉ POUR L’HISTOIRE, 2005
Almost all scholarship on international law and its history has political implications. Some say that international legal scholarship is inevitably ideological in nature and that its findings depend on concealed political preferences. Put differently, legal scholarship could be nothing more than the pseudo-objective defence of ruling ideologies. Most famously, Hans Kelsen had denounced a ‘tendency wide-spread among writers on international law’ to produce ‘political ideology’. Kelsen sought to escape this by writing books of a ‘purely juristic character’ (Principles of International Law, 2nd ed. 1967, ix). In his foreword to the commentary on the UN Charter of 1950, he stressed that ‘separation of law from politics in the presentation of national or international problems is possible’ (The Law of the United Nations, 1950, viii).
Many nowadays doubt that purging international legal scholarship of politics would work. In 2004, Martti Koskenniemi put this as follows: ‘The choice is not between law and politics, but between one politics of law, and another. Everything is at stake, but not for everyone’ (EJIL 16 (2005), 123). So, which factors ‘politicise’ international legal scholarship? The first factor is that the object under investigation is itself a political matter. International law has throughout its history been political, because its content depends on the political power of the parties negotiating the treaties, and because it transports political values.
Scholars themselves cannot completely avoid being more or less political actors, because their value judgements, which are inescapable, often carry political implications. However, an important difference between doing scholarship and doing politics lies in the authors’ main intention: It is, ideal-typically, not the primary purpose of scholarship to make politics and unbounded evaluation but to generate knowledge − which could then be used politically, by the author herself or by others. Along this line, most scholars of history seek to uncover various aspects of past events and debates and to contextualise them, thereby realising a modicum of objectivity and neutrality. Some consciously try to avoid judgment, while others are more prone to judging deliberately and to employing historical insights in contemporary political debates.
Research on the history of international law is not only inherently political but moreover specifically ‘risk-prone’. Writing on topics such as genocide, state of exception, failed states, humanitarian intervention, asymmetrical war, or cyber-attacks is especially liable to being used and abused by participants in political controversies. In fact, when it comes to writing history, the fight over master narratives is especially fierce, among governments, in different academic camps, and between governments and academics. The notorious example are memory laws which consecrate specific views on atrocities of the past (especially genocidal massacres) and which sometimes additionally criminalise the denial of those atrocities. These attempts to close historical debates by law have been criticised by historians, most famously in the petition ‘Liberté pour l‘histoire’ by French historians reacting against various French memory laws.
To conclude, the interpretations of historical events are almost inescapably political, and potentially have the power to shape international relations: ‘On résiste à l’invasion des armées; on ne résiste pas à l’invasion des idées’ (Victor Hugo, Histoire d’un crime, 1877/2009, 639). It is against this background that the rights and responsibilities of those researching on the history of international law should be seen.
The JHIL invites scholars to engage with the questions of the role of politics and ideology in the historiographies of international law. We welcome propositions for papers which address methodological questions, as well as case studies or historiographical analyses that focus on certain contentious subjects within the field of international law and its history
  • Date: The conference will last from Friday morning, 15 February to Saturday noon (16 February 2019). It will start with an informal get-together on Thursday evening, 14 February.
  • Venue: Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law, Im Neuenheimer Feld 535, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Scholars who would like to present a paper at the conference are invited to submit a title and abstract (250–500 words) to the managing editor of the JHIL ( before 1 June 2018. Abstracts will be assessed by the editors of the JHIL with involvement of the journal’s Academic Advisory Board. A decision on acceptance of the abstract will be communicated by 1 July 2018.
  • Authors of accepted abstracts will be requested to submit their draft papers by 1 February 2019. The draft will be circulated among participants (authors and admitted engaged listeners).
  • Final versions of the papers will be due by 30 March 2019. Papers will then be submitted to the normal review procedure of the JHIL, online at: editorial
  • See the “Instructions for authors” online at: authors_instructions/JHIL.pdf.
  • The Max Planck Institute will cover the costs of the accommodation of accepted paper presenters (up to three nights) and will offer a needs-based subsidy towards travel costs.
  • An additional call for engaged listeners will be issued shortly.
  • For updated technical information on the conference see publications/periodic-publications/jhil.cfm.

For more information, please visit the website of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
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