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SEMINAR: "The Sentencia Arbitral de Guadalupe of 1486 - stages of incentives for land liberalisation in Medieval Hispanic Kingdoms" (Edinburgh, June 1 2015)

WHAT The Sentencia Arbitral de Guadalupe of 1486 - stages of incentives for land liberalisation in Medieval Hispanic Kingdoms, seminar of the Edinburgh Centre for Legal History
WHEN June 1 2015 - 5:00 pm
WHERE Kenyon Mason Suite, Law School, Old College - South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9 YL
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speaker Prof. Elia Marzal, Ramon Lull University (Barcelona) 
The Sentencia Arbitral de Guadalupe, issued by Ferdinand II of Aragon, put an end to the Wars of Remences, by allowing seigneury peasants, until then bound to the land, to leave it. According to the literature, this redemption of serfs -that expresses the dismantling of medieval political organization based on seigneury- took place much earlier than in other Hispanic and European reigns, where reforms would not arrive before the end of XVIIth Century. However, the general Fuero of León, first appeared in the ordinances of a council held in the city by Alfonso V in 1020, already allowed seigneury peasants to leave the land, without the social conflict that preceded in Catalonia the Sentencia Arbitral, but only in exchange of a prize and under certain conditions. Comparing these texts will allow us to put the Catalan text into proper historical perspective and shed light into the logic underlying these measures. Indeed, it will be argued that freedom of movement as recognised to peasants would express a transaction or re-equilibrium of political powers between the King and the Lords, rather than the result of the social tension between peasants and Lords, and would ultimately depend on the existence of incentives for land liberalisation.

Catégories: Comparative Law News

CALL FOR PAPERS: Tel Aviv University - Faculty of Law: 3rd Annual TAU Workshop for Junior Scholars in Law: "Theory coming to life"

Juris Diversitas - mar, 05/19/2015 - 03:43

The Tel Aviv University Buchmann Faculty of Law is pleased to invite submissions to its third annual workshop for junior scholars in law. The workshop provides junior scholars with the opportunity to present and discuss their work and receive meaningful feedback from faculty members and peers, and aims to invigorate the scholars’ active participation in the community of international junior scholars in law.
Through law, theory comes into our daily lives in many ways. The workshop will explore the connection between theory and life:
different fields of law, such as criminal law, public law, corporate law, civil law, international law, cyber law, environmental law and others? What is the connection between human rights theories and their acceptance or rejection by different actors? How does legal theory deal with rapid changes in science and technology? What are the potential theoretical justifications to recognize obligations of states towards foreign individuals or communities? How can different actors, such as governments, philanthropists, public litigators and human rights organizations use theory to further their cause? How do lessons learned from historical events affect the formation of theory and practice?
We welcome junior scholars (doctoral candidates, VAPs, writing fellows and recent graduates of doctoral programs) from universities and research institutions throughout the world to submit abstracts engaging with the leading theme of the workshop.
Limited travel grants and accommodation will be available for participants with no institutional funding.
Submissions: Abstracts of up to 500 words of the proposed presentation (with a short bio and your current institutional affiliation(s)) should be submitted by email to TAU.junior.scholars@gmail.com by June 15, 2015
Applicants requesting travel grants and/or accommodation should indicate so in their submission, along with the city they expect to depart from and an estimate of the funds requested.
Applicants will be informed of acceptance or rejection by July 15, 2015. Selected presenters must submit their papers up to 10,000 words in length by September 30, 2015.
For further inquiries contact us at TAU.junior.scholars@gmail.com. 
Catégories: Comparative Law News

SEMINAR: "La pédophilie des prêtres. Eglise, scandale et correction fraternelle" (Paris, May 20 2015)

WHAT La pédophilie des prêtres. Eglise, scandale et correction fraternelle, lecture of the seminar Droit, conscience, subjectivité : approches casuistiques
WHEN May 20 2015, 11:00-13:00
WHERE Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, EHESS, salle 10 (105, bd Raspail) 
Arnaud Fossier (Université de Bourgogne)Paolo Napoli (EHESS)
Catégories: Comparative Law News

SEMINAR: "Between private and public. The legal construction of parenthood in Scandinavia" (Paris, May 19 2015)

WHAT Between private and public. The legal construction of parenthood in Scandinavia, lecture of the seminar Public-privé : une frontière floue entre la force de l'état et l'autonomie des individus
WHEN May 19 2015, 18:00-21:00
WHERE Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, EHESS, 96 bd Raspail, salle des artistes, Paris
speakerHelle Vogt, (Université of Copenhagen)Family law is traditionally been seen as a discipline within the sphere of private law, but the centre of the family law – the construction of the family and the relationship between children and parents – are and have always been determinate by public moral and ethic; be it the religion, political ideas of non-discrimination or the individual’s right to chose over her body.The starting point will be taken in a couple of contemporary cases that illustrate the fields of tension between the way parenthood is legally constructed and the public opinion about when legal – and financial – responsibilities arise in regard to children. These cases illustrate how traditional norms like ‘the father is defined by the marriage’ (‘pater est quem nuptiæ demonstrant’), and ideas linked to the welfare state like all children have the right to both a mother and a father are under pressure.  Thereafter we will move back in time to see how parenthood has been constructed historically, which norms have defined it, and why and how changes occurred. Focus will be on illegitimate children, and the parents’ rights and obligations toward them. 
Catégories: Comparative Law News

SEMINAR: "Les juristes à la rencontre des autres savoirs en contexte colonial (XIXe-XXe siècles)" (Paris, May 18 2015)

WHAT Les juristes à la rencontre des autres savoirs en contexte colonial (XIXe-XXe siècles), lecture of the seminar Droit et contextes multiculturels

WHEN May 18 2015, 17:00-19:00
WHERE Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, EHESS, salle 6 (105, bd Raspail) 
speakerFlorence RENUCCI, Chargée de Recherche au CNRS-Université Lille2

Catégories: Comparative Law News

PODCAST: Giacomo Todeschini on Economics and Trade in Medieval Canon Law and Theology (France Culture, 24 April 2015)

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 La Fabrique de l'Histoire received Prof. Giacomo Todeschini (Trieste) to discuss his work on "Richesse franciscaine : de la pauvreté volontaire à la société de marché" (Lagrasse: Éditions Verdier, 2008, 281 p., ISBN 9782864325499; translation from Italian). A rich interview on property and possession, usury, credit, creditworthiness and reputation, or the erroneously "primitivist" nature of economic concepts in 13th century theology.

Full podcast available here.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

LECTURE: Brian Tamanaha - Inaugural Cotterrell Lecture in Sociological Jurisprudence (Queen Mary, University of London)

Juris Diversitas - ven, 05/15/2015 - 04:40

The Cotterrell Lecturein Sociological Jurisprudence:Professor Brian Tamanaha
28 May 2015Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm 
Venue: Lecture Theatre, ArtsOne Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NSBOOK NOW
The Inaugural Cotterrell Lecture in Sociological Jurisprudence will be given by Professor Brian Tamanaha (Washington University Law School), Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Queen Mary University of London in May-June 2015, on 28 May 2015. This event will be chaired by Professor Richard Nobles (Queen Mary University of London).
In addition to this event, during his visit Professor Tamanaha will give a half-day workshop on Relating Analytic, Empirical, Evolutionary, Diachronic and Comparative Methods in Constructing Concepts of Law (10 June) and a Legal Theory Masterclass (11 June) for postgraduate students.About Professor Brian TamanahaProfessor Tamanaha is a renowned jurisprudence scholar and the author of eight books and numerous scholarly articles, including his groundbreaking book, Beyond the Formalist–Realist Divide: The Role of Politics in Judging. His articles have appeared in a variety of leading journals, and his publications have been translated into eight languages. Also an expert in law and society, he has delivered lectures in Brazil, Indonesia, Japan, France, the Netherlands, Colombia, Singapore, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. He spent a year in residence as a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Professor Tamanaha is the recipient of several book prizes and awards, including Professor of the Year, and a frequent speaker and lecturer at legal conferences throughout the United States and abroad. His professional affiliations include serving as a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Law and Society Association. Before becoming a law professor, he clerked for the Hon Walter E Hoffman, US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He also practiced law in Hawaii and Micronesia, where he served as legal counsel for the Micronesian Constitutional Convention, Assistant Attorney General for the Yap State and Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Hawaii. He then earned a doctorate of juridical science at Harvard Law School.Professor Tamanaha will be a Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the Department in May 2015.About the Lecture Series
The Cotterrell Lectures in Sociological Jurisprudence are named in honour ofProfessor Roger Cotterrell. ‘Sociological jurisprudence’ is understood broadly, as encompassing any theoretical aspect of socio-legal studies, any serious effort to relate jurisprudence and legal theory to changing social and historical conditions, or any topic linking law and social theory.
How to Book
This event is free but prior booking is required. Please register via the Queen Mary Eventbrite page.ContactFor more information, please contact lawevents@qmul.ac.uk.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

COLLOQUIUM: "Can We Codify Everything ?" (20 May 2015, Sciences Po Law School)

(image: Boulevard Saint-Germain, source: Wikimedia Commons)
 Siences Po Law School organizes an international colloquium on codification on 20 May.

Le projet interdisciplinaire CODEBENTHAM vise à comprendre l’émergence de la codification en tant que construction intellectuelle et culturelle, et à tracer les lignes de force de sa diffusion diachronique, synchronique et thématique. L’ambition de consigner par écrit, sous une forme largement accessible, la régulation des conduites humaines a partie liée avec l’apparition de l’État moderne, l’émergence du constitutionnalisme rationnel et la formation d’une sphère publique sécularisée. Les Lumières théorisent cette mise en ordre, qui connait sa concrétisation la plus nette à travers les codes napoléoniens. L’expression la plus remarquable de cette nouvelle vision n’est toutefois pas l’œuvre d’un Français, mais de l’Anglais Jeremy Bentham. En inventant le néologisme « codification », il inaugure rien moins qu’une nouvelle manière de concevoir la relation sociale, et notamment la relation de pouvoir. Aussi propose-t-il d’étendre le paradigme codificateur au-delà du droit tel qu’il était entendu jusqu’alors. Code pénal, code civil, code de procédure, code constitutionnel et autres code commercial, code des affaires étrangères, code militaire, code de la preuve, code de droit international, code de moralité, s’avèrent les figures démultipliées d’une science du gouvernement des hommes qui a tout de ce que Michel Foucault nomme « biopolitique ». Cette manifestation entend tester, à partir de plusieurs objets – le phénomène religieux, la crise économique, le constitutionnalisme et le raisonnement pratique –, les formes, les ambitions et les limites, aussi bien théoriques que pratiques, du panjuridisme épistémique benthamien. Du point de vue de l’histoire des concepts et des doctrines, il s’agit fondamentalement d’éclairer certaines des tensions et des mouvements de fond que connait l’idéologie juridique contemporaine. Programme:
  • Introduction
    • Peut-on tout codifier? Formes, ambitions et limites du panjuridisme épistémique benthamien, Guillaume Tusseau, Professeur des Universités à l’Ecole de droit de Sciences Po
  • Codifier la religion 
    • Utilitarianism and Religion: Moral, Metaphysical, and Political, Tim Mulgan, Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy, University of St Andrews
    • La religion dans le code ? Les lumières radicales de Jeremy Bentham, Emmanuelle de Champs, Professeure d’histoire et civilisation britannique à l’Université de Cergy-Pontoise
    • Not Paul, but Jesus, Jean-Pierre Cléro, Professeur de philosophie à l’Université de Rouen 
  • Codifier l’économie 
    • The Legal Regulation of Economic Disruption: The Codification of the Financial Crisis, Sabrina Ragone, Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg 
  • Codifier la constitution 
    • L’idéologie des juristes dans le processus de civilisation étatique, Francesco di Donato, Professore ordinario di Storia delle istituzioni politiche, Università di Napoli « Parthenope » 
  • Codifier le raisonnement pratique 
    • Bentham’s Codification of Practical Reason, Piero Tarantino, Post-doctorant à l’École de droit de Sciences Po 
 Practical information:
  • Sciences Po, 199, boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 7e, Salle D 511 - Entrée libre dans la limite des places disponibles 
ContactFull programme here.

(source: Nomôdos)
Catégories: Comparative Law News

WORKSHOP: Around Bernard Manin and his Principles of Representative Government, Twenty Years On (Nantes, 20 May 2015)

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The University of Nantes organizes a workshop around Prof. Bernard Manin (NYU, Wilf Family Department of Politics), who published an incisive study on the "Principles of Representative Government", first at Callman-Lévy in 1995, later in pocket edition (Flammarion).

A select panel of prominent French scholars will deliver comments on Manin's synthesis.

9h30 : Accueil et Introduction de la journée

I – Contextes (10h-12h)
Goulven Boudic (Université de Nantes), Bernard Manin avant les Principes
Tristan Storme (Université de Nantes), Resituer les Principes
Arnauld Leclerc (Université de Nantes), Un livre de science politique
Alain Bergounioux : Travailler avec Bernard Manin


II – Interrogations (14h-16h)
Fabienne Greffet (Université de Nancy), La démocratie du public à l’heure des réseaux sociaux
Loïc Blondiaux (Université Paris I-Sorbonne), Un retour paradoxal du tirage au sort ?
Jean-Claude Monod (Ecole normale supérieure), Démocratie du public et personnalisation
Jean-Marc Ferry, La démocratie du public à l’heure européenne

Pause café

III – Discussions et Conclusion (16h30-17h45)
Avec Bernard Manin (EHESS)
(source: Nomôdos)
Catégories: Comparative Law News