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CALL FOR PAPERS - REMINDER (English/French): The Fourth Worldwide Congress of The World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists

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

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

JOURNAL: Opinio Juris in Comparatione Vl I, No. I, 2013

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

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

CONFERENCE: Historiography and Sources of Commercial Law

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

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

CONFERENCE: What Kept the Holy Roman Empire Together: The Relationship Between Imperial and Local Jurisdiction in The Holy Roman Empire (Vienna, 2-3 October)

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

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

Source: HSozUKult.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Catégories: Comparative Law News

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

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

Catégories: Comparative Law News

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

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

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

ARTICLE: Who shouldn't be in law school?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conference language: English and Russian with simultaneous translation.

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

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

Details here.

Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: Legal Research Methods and Methodologies

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

Program of the Conference includes:

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

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

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

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

Detailed program here.

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

eJOURNAL:New Journal of European Criminal Law

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

Gary Becker and the Economics of Traffi cking in Human Beings


Suicide in Detention in the Light of the Human Rights Convention

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NOTICE: "Southern France Illuminated Juridical Manuscript Production", new Facebook page

A new Facebook page on the theme "Southern France Illuminated Juridical Manuscript Production"
Click here to see the page
An artistic crossroad between French “Midi”, Italy and Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Catalonia and Portugal) - 13th-14th centuries
The page has been created to share contents, especially publications, news, events, discoveries, related to the academic study of the southern France illuminated juridical manuscript production (13th-14th centuries) and it's directly linked to the current postdoctoral research project of Dr. Maria Alessandra Bilotta (IEM-FCSH-UNL) on «Portuguese juridical manuscripts production and illumination between 14th and 15th centuries and theirs connections with manuscripts production and illumination in the French “Midi” (specially Toulouse, Avignon and Montpellier) and in the North-Mediterranean regions (Italy and Cataluña)», carried out within the Institute of Medieval Studies (IEM: http://iem.fcsh.unl.pt/) of the Nova University of Lisbon and funded by the FCT (SFRH / BPD / 74298 / 2010).
Catégories: Comparative Law News

SCHOLARSHIP: Two more post-doctoral fellowships in Paris (IFER/Fernand Braudel incoming programme) DEADLINE 30 SEPTEMBER

In the same category as the previous post, calenda.org reports two more post-doctoral one year positions in the most beautiful city on earth:

ArgumentTwo post-doc fellowships are offered at the Collège d’études mondiales in Paris in connection with the Fernand Braudel incoming program.These research stays are designed to enable researchers :
  • to carry out a research project in a host laboratory
  • to integrate scientific networks in France and other European countries
  • to build lasting partnerships between their home institution and the host institution. Applicant’s projects should match the areas of research of these institutions.
All social and human sciences are eligible. An interdisciplinary approach to research topics is encouraged. This programme is open to applicants from all countries, belonging to a foreign research centre, who wish to undertake a research residency in France.The duration of the fellowship is 9 months (however, the length of the research stay can be adjusted if warranted for scientific reasons). Fellowship holders must start their research stay maximum 6 months after obtaining the grant. Guidelines submissionCandidates can apply to general fellowships and specific fellowships, offered by several research institutions and “Laboratories of excellence” (Labex) who are partners of the programme.Applicants must have a PhD and reside outside France and belong to a non-French research institution (university, academy of sciences, or other research organism).To apply please contact the Collège d’études mondiales scientific coordination: sara.guindani-riquier@msh-paris.frnathanael.cretin@msh-paris.frApplications must be submitted electronically via the online application form soon available.Applications may be completed in French or EnglishBefore September 30, 2014Online application platform is open from September 1 until September 30, 2014.Documents required
  • Application form (to be completed online).
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • List of publications.
  • Detailed research project proposal (5-8 pages, plus a bibliography of 2 pages maximum).
  • Copy of doctoral diploma.
  • Summary of applicant’s doctoral dissertation (2 pages maximum)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from scientific scholars. These may be included in the online application or may be sent directly to one of the following address, by email ifer.incoming@msh-paris.fr; or by post: Fernand Braudel-IFER Fellowship Programme (please specify : incoming/outgoing) ; FMSH, Office 328 ; 190 avenue de France ; 75648 Paris Cedex 13, France.The applicant must tick the appropriate box on the online form indicating that the letters will arrive separately. Please ensure that letters are received before the close of the call for applications.
  • Letter of invitation from the director of the institution or research laboratory, agreeing to host the applicant for the duration of the fellowship
Selection processSelection is based on examination of the application files.The selection process is competitive.Each application is evaluated by two independent experts and by a selection
committeeThe selection committee is made up of French and foreign experts.Members of the selection committee choose applicants based on :
  • their scientific skills and their academic background
  • the appeal, quality and feasibility of their research project
  • the complementary fit between their project and research being carried out at the chosen host laboratory.
  • the letters of recommendation.
Timeline: 2 calls per year, in March and September.The selection committee meets in June (for the March call) and in December (for the September call).Results are announced in July for March Call and in January for September Call.Legal status and obligations of fellowship recipientsFMSH ensures that fellows can work in an environment that is conducive to making  their research projects a success.Selected applicants are classified as “FMSH postdoctoral fellows”; this is not an employment contract, but a fellowship that is non-taxable.Incoming fellows are affiliated with two institutions :
  • A host laboratory (in Paris or another city in France), chosen by the fellow according to his/her project. The host laboratory (at a university or attached to the CNRS or an MSH institution belonging to the national MSH network) provides the fellow with the facilities needed to work, while integrating him/her into its teams and assisting him/her with the project.
  • At the same time, the fellow benefits from guest research status at FMSH. This status gives the fellow access to all FMSH’s facilities (library, Wi-Fi) and enables him/her to take part in FMSH’s scientific activities. Furthermore, FMSH helps its guest researchers to gain access to other scientific facilities in Paris or elsewhere in France (i.e. research centres, libraries, archives, museums, etc.). FMSH pays the deductibles for private medical/accident insurance for incoming fellows. Selected applicants are considered as “FMSH postdoctoral fellows”. This is not an employment contract, but a fellowship that is non-taxable. The amount of the fellowship is €2,000 (euros) per month.
This fellowship is awarded subject to the following conditions:
  • The recipient must be present at the host laboratory throughout the length of the fellowship.
  • The fellow must inform FMSH if, for any reason (i.e. illness, inability to enter or return to the host country, professional reasons, etc.), his/her stay is interrupted.
  • The fellow must submit a research report (3 pages) and a Working Paper (WP) at the end of the stay (following FMSH’s procedure for the publication of Working Papers and Position Papers).
  • The fellow must mention the support received from FMSH and the European Commission – Action Marie Curie COFUND in any and all publications that result from research carried out as part of this programme.
  • The fellow commits to respect the European charter for researchers (http://ec.europa.eu/eracareers/pdf/am509774CEE_EN_E4.pdf)
Catégories: Comparative Law News

SCHOLARSHIP: Two post-doctoral positions funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung at the Collège d'Études Mondiales (Paris). DEADLINE: 15 SEPTEMBER

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Calenda.org reports that the Gerda Henkel Stiftung provides for two post-doctoral scholarships of 12 months in Paris, for two young researchers living outside of France.

As part of the partnership between the Gerda Henkel Stiftung and the Collège d’études mondiales, two post-doctoral grants will be awarded, for a period of 12 months, to two young researchers living outside of France. Annonce ArgumentThe Collège d’études mondiales is a center of exchange and reflexion for researchers in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The institution faces head-on the methodological, epistemological and conceptual changes demanded of those who interpret contemporary phenomena.
These post-doctoral researchers will be received by one of the Chairs or one of the research initiatives at the Collège d’études mondiales in Paris
Candidates’ research projects must be devoted to one of the following two research areas :
Social progress and global justiceRelevant disciplines : philosophy, political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, history or philosophy of law, history or philosophy of economics.
Images, bodies and techniques in the global eraRelevant disciplines : history of art, aesthetics, philosophy, political science, anthropology, anthropology or sociology of medicine.
FundingThis post-doctoral grant is worth 2,000€ per month. Travel expenses from home countries to Paris will be taken care of by the institution. The post-doctoral researchers are responsible for the costs of medical insurance.
Qualifications for admissionThe admissions process for candidates will focus on the quality of the their scientific backgrounds as well as their post-doctoral projects and their integration into the research conducted at the Collège d’études mondiales.
The conditions for eligibility are the following:
  • Candidates must hold a PhD by the date that applications are due, having presented a thesis.
  • Candidates must have lived in France for less than twelve months in the last three years.
  • Candidates may submit their applications only within the first six years after the presentation of their theses.
  • Candidates should be fluent in French.
The application should include (in English or French):
  • Doctorate degree (PhD).
  • Candidate’s Curriculum Vitae and publications.
  • A research project with a bibliography of main works cited (project + bibliography no more than 5 pages).
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • 1 Welcome letter from one of the Chairholders or associated researchers at the Collège d’études mondiales
Without exception, applications must be submitted via email to the scientific coordination at the Collège d’études mondiales :
before September 15th, 2014.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

LECTURE SERIES: "Wissen, Was Recht Is" (ETH Zurich)

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 The ETH in Zurich hosts a lecture series on the theme "Wissen, Was Recht Is".

Conference statement:
In der Reihe geht es darum, jenen breiten Fundus von Wissen zu untersuchen, der bei der Formulierung von Rechts- und Gerechtigkeitsansprüchen ebenso ins Spiel kommt wie bei Praxen des Anklagens, Ermittelns oder Urteilens. Auf welche Weise und in welcher Form finden Wissensbestände, die in anderen Wissenschaften, Gesellschaftsbereichen und kulturellen Praxen zirkulieren, Eingang in Rechtswissen? Und umgekehrt: Wie wirkt das Recht auf die Fabrikation von Wissen ein? Welche Rolle spielen hier Kriterien und Praktiken der Rechtfertigung, Zeugenschaft und Macht?
24. September 2014
Prof. Dr. Monika Dommann
Einführung »Wissen und Recht«
Prof. Dr. Thomas Vesting
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Rechtstheorie
Das moderne Recht und die Krise des gemeinsamen Wissens
8. Oktober 2014
Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheffer
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Rechtssoziologie
Wie Recht weiss – Eine vergleichende Ethnografie von Strafverfahren in D, USA und GB
22. Oktober 2014
Dr. Jessica Whyte
University of Western Sydney, Cultural & Social Analysis
A Right of Private Individuals or a Responsibility of States? Michel Foucault and the ›Right to Intervene‹
Workshop am 31. Oktober
The Politico-Legal Thought of Giorgio Agamben
Siehe separaten Flyer für Details.
5. November 2014
Dr. des. Sibylle Schmidt
Freie Universität Berlin, Philosophie
Zeugenschaft – Episteme und Ethik einer Wissenspraxis
19. November 2014
Prof. Dr. Sylvia Sasse
Universität Zürich, Slavistik
Den Staat an seine Gesetze erinnern – Dissidenz als Wissen vom Recht
3. Dezember 2014
Prof. Dr. Lauren Benton
New York University, History
Knowing Arbitrary Justice – Scandal, Ethnography, and Constitutionalism in the British Empire of Law
Workshop am 2. Dezember
Siehe separaten Flyer für Details.
17. Dezember 2014
Prof. Dr. Dominik Hangartner
London School of Economics, Political Science
Wer erhält das Bürgerrecht? Schweizer Einbürgerungspraxis unter der Lupe Source: HSozUKult
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: The Natural Law Thought of Francisco Suarez (Munich, 5-6 September 2014)

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The "Hochschule" for Philosophy, the Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität of Munich and the University of Cologne organize a conference on Francisco Suarez, who counts among the stars of Spanish Neo-Scholastic thought.

Conference statement (in German):
Die Erforschung des frühneuzeitlichen Naturrechts gehört zu den innovativsten Feldern der ideen-, wissenschafts- und philosophiegeschichtlichen Forschung der letzten Jahrzehnte. Selbst vor dem Hintergrund der erheblichen Unterschiede in der Begründung der Geltung von säkularen und doch überpositiven Rechten ist dabei erkennbar geworden, dass das Naturrecht in der zunehmend weltlichen Neuzeit Grundlagenfunktionen einnimmt, die weit über die Fragen politischer Theorie hinausgehen. Im Rahmen dieser innovativen Erforschung frühneuzeitlichen Naturrechts bleiben die elaborierten Positionen Francisco Suárez’ zumeist ausgespart. Daran soll die Tagung erste grundlegende Änderungen im Hinblick auf die Stellung des suarézischen Naturrechts im Tableau frühneuzeitlicher Naturrechtslehren erwirken.
Program (source: HSozUKult)
FREITAG, 05. 09. 2014
09.00 – 09.30
Norbert Brieskorn, Gideon Stiening, Holger Epp: Begrüßung, Eröffnung und Vorstellung der jüngst erschienenen, zweisprachigen Edition von ›De legibus ac Deo legislatore. Liber tertius‹ (PPR I,6–7) im frommann-holzboog Verlag
I. Naturrecht zwischen Theologie und Metaphysik
Diskussionsleitung: Norbert Brieskorn
09.30 – 10.30
Merio Scattola: Zum Verhältnis von lex aeterna und lex naturalis
10.30 – 11.00
11.00 – 12.00
Gideon Stiening: Urheber und/oder Gesetzgeber. Zur Funktion der Gottesinstanz im Naturrecht
12.00 – 13.00
Stefan Schweighöfer: Proxima regula bonitatis: das Gewissen und das natürliche Gesetz
13.00 – 14.00
II. Naturrecht und Ethik
Diskussionsleitung: Tilman Repgen
14.00– 15.00
Thomas Pink: Law and liberty in Suárez
15.00 – 16.00
Markus Kremer: Zur Komplementarität von Naturrecht und Tugendlehre
16.00 – 16.30
16.30 – 17.30
Frank Grunert: Die obligatio in conscientia im Naturrecht von Francisco Suárez (II.9)
III. Historische und systematische Einheit des Naturrechts
Diskussionsleitung: Gideon Stiening
17.30 – 18.30
Dominik Recknagel: ‚ius naturale praeceptivum‘ und ‚ius naturale dominativum‘. Die Unveränderlichkeit des Naturrechts bei Francisco Suárez (II,13-14)
Kurt Seelmann: Zur historischen Wandelbarkeit des Naturrechts
SAMSTAG, 06. 09. 2014
09.00 – 10.00
Robert Schnepf: Zur Einheit des Naturrecht (II,8)
IV. Möglichkeiten und Grenzen des suárezischen Naturrechts
Diskussionsleitung: Matthias Lutz-Bachmann
10.00 – 11.00
Holger Glinka: Suárez’ Naturrecht zwischen Säkularisierung und Re-Theologisierung (II, 11)
11.00 – 11.30
11.30 – 12.30
Dieter Hüning: Taugt die lex naturalis zur Begründung möglicher Zwangsbefugnisse?
12.30 – 13.30
Oliver Bach: „Ergo non est verisimile, reliquisse Deum homines sine hoc remedio“? Francisco Suárez über die Dispens und ein universales Naturrecht. (II,15)
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CALL FOR PAPERS: Towards A History of Error (MPI Berlin/LMU Munich/Univ. Erfurt) DEADLINE 1 November 2014

The MPI for the History of Science in Berlin, the LMU Munich and the University of Erfurt co-host a conference on the history of "error" in several disciplines.

Conference statement (source: HSozUKult):

The Forschungszentrum Gotha and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin invite submission of paper abstracts for a workshop to be held in Berlin, 10-11 December 2015: Towards a History of Error.
The aim of the workshop is to identify key topics and episodes in European intellectual history of error in theology, philosophy, medicine, scholarship, and the sciences, from the late Middle Ages through the early nineteenth century. Themes include not only concepts but also methods for avoiding and eliminating error, as well as reflections on the causes and consequences of error.
Paper abstracts should be no more than 750 words long, and may be submitted in French, German, or English. Applicants are also asked to submit a curriculum vitae (including publications); applications from younger scholars are especially welcomed.
Please submit all materials to Ms. Tanja Neuendorf (tneuendorf@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de) by no later than October 1, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by November 1, 2014.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CALL FOR PAPERS: Academic entrepreneurship in history (ULB/UGent/Lille-3/Bologna) (Deadline: 31 October 2014)

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The universities of Brussels (ULB), Ghent, Lille and Bologna host a conference on "academic entrepreneurship in history", to be held on 12 and 13 March in the Ghent City Museum.

The call for papers states the following (source: HSozUKult):

The Departments of History of Universiteit Gent, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université Lille 3 and Università di Bologna are jointly organizing the international conference "Academic entrepreneurship in history" on 12-13 March 2015 at the STAM city museum in Ghent, Belgium. The aim of the meeting is to bring together an international group of scholars engaged in research on the notion and practice of academic entrepreneurship from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth century. The focus will be on the range of actions, behaviors and qualities of academic scientists and their employing institutions which can be seen as entrepreneurial in at least one of the many senses in which the entrepreneurship term has been used in the economics and business history literatures. What we would like to discuss in a broad and comparative perspective is a) how entrepreneurial attitudes and practices coalesced and generated distinctive patterns of performance; b) in what relation these patterns stood to the changes that took place in different educational systems; c) how they were affected by economic, cultural, social, and political factors at multiple spatial levels; and d) how they evolved over time.
Invited papers:
The organizers welcome contributions from both junior and senior scholars. A limited number of papers will be selected on the basis of their relevance to the proposed themes. The aim is to include papers from various streams of research, focusing especially on the physical, life, and engineering sciences but also dealing with other subject areas. We strongly encourage proposals on one or more of the following topics:
1. Institutional entrepreneurship: the behavior of individual or groups of academic scientists (by which we mean the employees of institutions of higher education and research) as agents of innovation in the organization and development of academic institutions.
2. Commercial entrepreneurship: the engagement of academic scientists in commercial activity outside the context of academic institutions (consulting, contracting, patenting, setting up of business enterprises).
3. Entrepreneurial institutions: the involvement of institutions of higher education and research in providing services, expertise, and intellectual property to external customers (public and private) and the institutionalization of this type of activity.
4. Comparisons: changes in time and space and differences (or similarities) between disciplines and fields of activity.
5. Categories and concepts: the definition of typological and conceptual frameworks.
A more detailed outline of these themes is available in a draft document entitled "Academic entrepreneurship in history. A call for further research in a collaborative and comparative perspective." Prospective participants can obtain it from the Organizing Committee via e-mail at AcademicEntrepreneurship@UGent.be.
Relevant dates:
The deadline for the submission of abstracts (maximum 400 words) and short CVs to AcademicEntrepreneurship@UGent.be is 31 October 2014. The notification of acceptance will be issued by 15 November 2014. Papers will be circulated to all participants approximately one month before the conference.
Participation and expenses:
Travel and accommodation expenses of all speakers will be covered. In the case of co-authored papers it will however not be possible to provide additional support.
Contact: Joris.Mercelis@UGent.be. 
Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK: "An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research", by Lee Epstein and Andrew D. Martin

by Lee Epstein, Provost Professor and Rader Family Trustee Chair in Law & Political Science, University of Southern California, and Andrew D. Martin, Professor of Law, and Dean, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Michigan.

A new book from Oxford University Press
all information here
  • A concise, accessible introduction to understanding, conducting, and evaluating empirical research in a legal context
  • Written by two of the world's leading experts in empirical legal research, drawing on many years' experience of training lawyers and students
  • Presents the foundations of statistical modelling and analysis in a language accessible to lawyers with no background in mathematics or formal social science methods
  • Supported by an extensive companion website that includes detailed case studies and sample data sets, introductions to statistical software, guides to best practice, and extensive references for further reading

Is the death penalty a more effective deterrent than lengthy prison sentences? Does a judge's gender influence their decisions? Do independent judiciaries promote economic freedom? Answering such questions requires empirical evidence, and arguments based on empirical research have become an everyday part of legal practice, scholarship, and teaching. In litigation judges are confronted with empirical evidence in cases ranging from bankruptcy and taxation to criminal law and environmental infringement. In academia researchers are increasingly turning to sophisticated empirical methods to assess and challenge fundamental assumptions about the law.

As empirical methods impact on traditional legal scholarship and practice, new forms of education are needed for today's lawyers. All lawyers asked to present or assess empirical arguments need to understand the fundamental principles of social science methodology that underpin sound empirical research. An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research introduces that methodology in a legal context, explaining how empirical analysis can inform legal arguments; how lawyers can set about framing empirical questions, conducting empirical research, analysing data, and presenting or evaluating the results. The fundamentals of understanding quantitative and qualitative data, statistical models, and the structure of empirical arguments are explained in a way accessible to lawyers with or without formal training in statistics.
Written by two of the world's leading experts in empirical legal analysis, drawing on years of experience in training lawyers in empirical methods, An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research will be an invaluable primer for all students, academics, or practising lawyers coming to empirical research - whether they are embarking themselves on an empirical research project, or engaging with empirical arguments in their field of study, research, or practice.

Catégories: Comparative Law News