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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.

(image source: PUR)
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

Juris Diversitas - mer, 01/31/2018 - 20:28
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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LECTURE SERIES: "Histoire de la pensée juridique moderne" (Paris, 22 February 2018, 6 March 2018, 29 March 2018, 5 April 2018)

(Source: Institut d'Histoire du Droit - Université Paris Descartes)
The Institut d’Histoire du Droit has announced the following lecture series:
Cycle de conférences d'histoire de la pensée juridique moderne organisé par l'Institut d'Histoire du Droit (EA 2515) de l'Université Paris Descartes et l'École de droit de la Sorbonne, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne Les conférences ont lieu en salle des Actes de la Faculté de droit10, avenue Pierre Larousse, 92240 Malakoff
Métro ligne 13, station Malakoff - Plateau de VanvesTram T3, station Porte de Vanves Sous la direction scientifique du Pr Arnaud VERGNE, directeur de l'Institut d'Histoire du Droit, et du Pr Anne ROUSSELET-PIMONT de l'Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Programme : - Jeudi 22 février 2018 à 11h : M. Boris BERNABÉ, professeur à l'Université Paris-Sud, Probabilisme et art de juger chez Domat - Mardi 6 mars 2018 à 14h : M. Vincenzo MANNINO, professeur à l'Università Roma Tre, Modèles alternatifs de la souveraineté dans la Rome antique - Jeudi 29 mars 2018 à 14h : M. Martial MATHIEU, professeur à l'Université de Grenoble Alpes, La garantie des droits en Angleterre dans la pensée de Blackstone - Jeudi 5 avril 2018 à 14h : M. Grégoire BIGOT, professeur à l'Université de Nantes, Les présupposés au sujet de l'État comme catégorie juridique 
More information can be found on the website of the Institut d’Histoire du Droit.

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COLLOQUIUM: “L’histoire de l’édition juridique (XVIe – XXIe s.). Un état des lieux.” (Paris, 25-26 January 2018)

(Source: Université Paris Nanterre)
Université Paris Nanterre is organising a colloquium on legal literature between the 16th-21stcentury later this week
De la naissance de l’imprimerie à la Révolution numérique que nous vivons actuellement, la culture des juristes est avant tout livresque. Et l’on se plaît à reconnaître que le Code civil est sans conteste un point de rupture dans l’histoire de l’édition juridique. Or, si l’histoire de l’édition, du livre et de la lecture demeure un champ de recherche attesté, reconnu et fortement référencé depuis les années 1980, il faut humblement reconnaître que la recherche sur la production imprimée des livres de droit demeure pour beaucoup sous-estimée et peu développée. La prise de conscience pourtant chez les juristes d’un intérêt pour l’enseignement de leur discipline, puis pour ceux d’entre eux qui avaient laissé des traces théoriques comme pratiques, en métropole, dans les colonies, comme à l’étranger, ne pouvait pas négliger un axe essentiel de la transmission de la pensée juridique : l’étude du livre juridique et de son édition par laquelle il acquiert un statut autonome de relais incontournable du droit. Le moment est sans doute venu de réfléchir à un état des lieux de cette question selon les cinq axes des acteurs, des usages, des finalités, des formes et de la circulation de la littérature juridique.
Where and when:
Ce colloque international se déroule du 25 au 26 janvier 2018 à l’Université Paris Nanterre et à l’École Normale Supérieure Bâtiment B (Pierre Grappin)
25 Janvier, Université Paris Nanterre, Bât B, salle des conférences
26 Janvier, ENS, Campus Jourdan, amphitheatre
The full programme can be found here

For more information, please see the websiteof Université Paris Nanterre.  
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CFP: Encounters, Rights, and Sovereignty in the Iberian empires (15th-19th centuries) (Evora, 24-25 May 2018), DEADLINE 10 FEBRUARY 2018

(Source: Universidadé de Evora
We have the following Call for Papers for a conference on interactions between native and European populations in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires:
The Iberian colonization processes in Asia, Africa and the Americas involved several types of encounters between colonizers and native peoples, as well as rivalries among these and other European colonial powers. These encounters often took the shape of conflicts and confrontations, but they also often happened amidst dynamics of negotiation and accommodation. The Portuguese and the Castilian crowns both tried to regulate these encounters and relationships. Among the many strategies they used was the development of legal norms, partially aimed at assuring some kind of rights to native populations and to the colonial populations that gradually evolved in many different ways (the rights to live, to physical integrity, to land, gender rights, trading rights, citizenship rights, etc.). The implementation, reception, negotiation and everyday use of these norms shaped the way colonial societies developed and defined their own identities. But they also had an impact on the type and extension of sovereignty that each of the Iberian empires was able to built-up in their colonial territories.
Although these topics have already attracted considerable attention from historical scholarship, both Iberian empires are seldom jointly considered and compared. Hence, this conference privileges an approach that takes into account the comparisons, in time and in space, and interactions between the Portuguese and Spanish colonizing dynamics, in a timeframe spanning from the early stages of the Iberian colonization to the first outbreaks of independence. Some of the questions we aim to address in this conference are: How did the Iberian monarchies conceive, if they did so, the rights of native populations in their decision-making processes and in their juridical architecture? With what tools and with what objectives did the Iberian crowns regulate the encounters and relations between native and European populations? How did colonial encounters influence the political, theological and cultural discussion on the rights of peoples, on the rights of ‘others’, and even on human rights? How did these relations influence the gradual definition of borders and frontiers in colonial territories? How did colonial institutions and legal regulations relate with the political and economic objectives of both empire-building processes? How did politics, economy and religion intersect in these processes, and how did it affect the contact with native populations and the development of colonial societies? What contacts, transfers and influences took place between the Portuguese and Castilian imperial agents and institutions? How did information circulate from one empire to the other, and how did this information influence the conception of the ‘other’ in both imperial environments? What mechanisms of communication were at work between metropolitan and colonial powers regarding the management of these interactions?
Hence, focusing on the interactions between native and European populations, this conference welcomes panel and paper proposals on topics such as:
§  Colonization models and empire-building strategies;§  Representations of native populations;§  Race relations and debates on race;§  Juridical regulations of colonial interactions;§  Colonial origins of human rights;§  Integration/ exclusion of native populations within colonial societies;§  Missionaries as political and cultural brokers;§  Active and passive dynamics of resistance;§  Political communication and circulation of information;§  Trade and commercial interactions;§  Portuguese and Spanish written cultures regarding colonial endeavours;§  Scales of power: centres versus peripheries;§  Violence and justice;§  Borders and frontiers.
Keynote SpeakerProfessor António Manuel Hespanha(Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Timeline:Deadline for the submission of panel and paper proposals:       10 February 2018Communication of accepted panels and papers:                         20 February 2018Registration deadline:                                                                  31 March 2018Deadline for pre-circulation of papers (2,000-10,000 words):    10 May 2018 
Publication:A selection of papers will be published in an edited volume.Deadline for revised manuscript submission:                             15 September 2018
Proposals submission – instructions:1. Register on – after registering you will receive a confirmation email to activate your registration.2. Login on and access the link Select the option “Register” on the right (this is a pre-registration only to allow you to submit your proposal; you can confirm your registration on a later stage, after the acceptance of your proposal).4. Select “Submit abstract” on the right.
Panel and paper proposals are accepted in Portuguese, Spanish and English.Paper proposals should include contact details, title, and abstract (c. 300 words).Panel proposals should include 3 or 4 papers, titles and abstracts (c. 600 words).
Registration Fees: Full Registration (includes 2 lunches + 1 dinner): 60,00 €Simple Registration (with no meals): 20,00 €Attendee only (with certificate): 10,00 €Students of the University of Évora: free
Scientific Committee:Graça Almeida Borges, CIDEHUS, University of ÉvoraMafalda Soares da Cunha, CIDEHUS, University of ÉvoraJosé Vicente Serrão, CIES, ISCTE-IULPedro Cardim, CHAM, FCSH-UNL
Organizing Committee:Graça Almeida Borges (Chair), CIDEHUS, University of ÉvoraBruno Lopes, CIDEHUS, University of ÉvoraLeonor Garcia, CIDEHUS, University of Évora         

For enquiries, please contact us 
For more information, see the website of the University of Évora
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JOB: Professor in Legal History (Universität Zürich, Switzerland), DEADLINE 14 MARCH 2018

(Source: Universität Zürich)
The University of Zurich has posted a job opening for a professorship in legal history, to succeed Professor Marcel Senn:
The holder of the professorship will represent the academic discipline of Legal History (broadly conceived). The successful candidate will contribute to the delivery of high quality teaching on undergraduate and post-graduate programmes, and to engage in world-leading and internationally recognised research. A published research record of international distinction within the field of legal history is required. This will be demonstrated by an outstanding doctoral thesis and a habilitation thesis or equivalent research publications. Ideally, the research focus should be on early modern and/or modern European Legal History, with possible topics including Swiss, comparative or global legal history. Scholarly experience in a doctrinal legal discipline is not strictly required but highly appreciated. For applicants without a background in Swiss Law, a willingness to become familiar with it is expected. The successful candidate will be expected to be an active contributor to the wider academic community through journal editorships, appointments to research councils and other public bodies, leadership of professional organisations, and fostering links with institutions beyond higher education.  Depending on the candidate’s qualification aa full or extraordinary professorship could be awarded. For candidates who are still engaged in a habilitation project, an appointment as assistant professor with tenure track cis an option. the University of Zurich explicitly invites duly qualified junior researchers to submit their application. As the University of Zurich aims to increase the percentage of women working in teaching and research positions, duly qualified women are encouraged to apply. Applicants whose native language is not German must be willing to familiarize themselves with the German language. Applications should include a CV, a list of publications and presentations as well as a teaching portfolio  to be sent by regular mail to the following address: University of Zurich, Faculty of Law, Dean's Office, Rämistrasse 74/2, CH-8001 Zurich The closing date for applications is March 14th, 2018. Submission of publications and research papers may be requested at a later stage. For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Andreas Thier (
Details regarding the job requirements are available at
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BOOK: Géraldine CAZALS and Florent GARNIER, eds., Les décisionnaires et la coutume : contribution à la fabrique de la norme [Études d'histoire du droit et des idées politiques] (Toulouse: Presses de l’Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, 2017). €25,00. ISBN...

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The Centre Toulousain d’Histoire du Droit et des Idées Politiques has published a new book on French customary law in the Middle Ages and Ancien Régime
Summary by the editors
S’inscrivant dans le cadre d’un renouvellement historiographique important, pour la coutume comme pour l’arrestographie, cet ouvrage porte un intérêt particulier à divers auteurs et œuvres essentiels à notre connaissance de l’histoire du droit français.
Réunissant les actes d’un colloque tenu à l’Université de Toulouse 1 Capitole les 9 et 10 juin 2016, il s’attache ainsi à étudier les liens existants entre précédent judiciaire et coutume, du Moyen Âge jusqu’à la fin de l’Ancien Régime. Il interroge, pour différents espaces, coutumiers et sources du droit d’Ancien Régime ainsi que la nécessaire distinction entre des us et coutumes liés à des pratiques sociales et un droit coutumier produit par la science du droit et notamment par la jurisprudence.
Géraldine CAZALS, professeur d’histoire du droit à l’Université de Rouen, membre de l’Institut universitaire de France.
Florent GARNIER, professeur d'histoire du droit à l'Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, directeur du Centre Toulousain d'Histoire du Droit et des Idées Politiques (E.A. 789).
Table of Contents
Jacques Krynen, Dix ans de travaux français d'histoire du droit intéressant la coutume. Bref commentaire en quatre points , p. 19Albert Rigaudière, Les 'Paix d’Aurillac': un pacte sur la coutume rédigé à trois mains (1277-1347) , p. 45Florent Garnier, Les coutumes de Toulouse au XIIIe siècle : une écriture sous influence , p. 163Nicolas Leroy, Statuts et justice. Une approche du problème de l’application pratique des normes municipales dans les villes du Sud-Ouest de la France , p. 211Xavier Prévost, La jurisprudence des arrêts dans les Institutes coutumières d'Antoine Loisel (1536-1617) d'après le manuscrit 3182 de la Bibliothèque Mazarine , p. 225Géraldine Cazals, Du droit et des coutumes dans les Arrests et Plaidoyez de Claude Expilly (1561-1636) , p. 245Jacqueline Vendrand-Voyer, Les décisionnaires et 'l’esprit de la coutume', p. 321Béatrice Fourniel. L'utilisation de la coutume dans un recueil de jurisprudence aurillacois (1692-1730) , p. 345Jean-Philippe Agresti, La place des coutumes parmi les autres sources du droit dans les écrits provençaux des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles : Jean-Baptiste Reboul (1640-1719) et Jean-Joseph Julien (1704-1789) , p. 365Christine Mengès-Le Pape, La coutume à travers les recueils de jurisprudence du second XVIIIe siècle , p. 399David Deroussin, Pothier, la coutume (d’Orléans) et le droit coutumier, p. 413Jean Bart, Les décisionnaires et les silences de la coutume, p. 449Jean-Louis Halpérin, La coutume en Nouvelle-Calédonie en attente de décisionnaire(s) ?, p. 465Index, p. 481Liste des auteurs, p. 497Table des matières, p. 499
The introduction can be found online here. For more information, see the websiteof the publisher.
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JOURNAL: Comparative Legal History V (2017), No. 2 (ISSN 2049-6788)

The second issue of 2017 for Comparative Legal History (this Society's organ) has appeared.

All of our members have received a hard copy.

Table of contents:
Editorial (Heikki Pihlajamäki & Aniceto Masferrer)

Claiming apologies: a revival of amende honorable ? (Jan Hallebeek & Andrea Zwart-Hink)

The usurpation of legal roles by Suriname's Governing Council, 1669-1815 (Karwan Fatah-Black)

Charters in the longue durée: the mobility and applicability of donative documents in Europe and America from Edward I to chief justice John Marshall (Edward Cavanagh)

Book reviews
Martin Luthers Reformation und das Recht. Die Entwicklung der Theologie Luthers und ihre Auswirkung auf das Recht unter den Rahmenbedingungen der Reichsreform und der Territorialstaatsbildung im Kampf mit Rom und den “Schwärmern” (Matthias Schmoeckel)

New perspectives on European women’s legal history (Jean Elisabeth Pedersen)

The protectors of Indians in the Royal Audiencia of Lima. History, careers and legal culture, 1575–1775 (Renzo Honores)

Legal plunder: households and debt collection in late medieval Europe (Paul Brand)

Guardian of the Treaty: the privy council appeal and Irish Sovereignty (Patrick Geoghegan)

The Danish medieval laws: the laws of Scania, Zealand and Jutland (Per Andersen)

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INTENSIVE COURSE: Law Books: History & Connoisseurship (Yale Law School, 10-15 Jun 2018)

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The Rare Book School is now accepting applications for "Law Books: History & Connoisseurship," a week-long, intensive course that will be offered June 10-15, 2018, at the Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut.This year marks my sixth time teaching the course, and the first time that I will be most ably assisted by Ryan Greenwood, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of Minnesota Law Library.This intensive, week-long course is about building focused, interesting, and useful collections of historical materials in Anglo-American, European, and Latin American law. It is aimed at individuals and librarians who collect historical legal materials, and the book dealers who supply them. Lively discussion and extensive hands-on activities are hallmarks of the course. A full description, preliminary reading list, and past student evaluations are available at on applying for admission to the course are at The application deadline for first-round decisions is February 19. Applications received after this date will be considered on a rolling basis. Enrollment is strictly limited to 12 students.I can answer questions about the content of the course. All questions about applications, admissions, tuition, and housing should be directed to the Rare Book School staff, at
Contact:MIKE WIDENERRare Book Librarian & Lecturer in Legal ResearchLillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School127 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06511-8918Phone: (203) 432-4494 Law Library - Rare Books Blog:
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ARTICLE: James CRAWFORD, The Current Political Discourse Concerning International Law (Modern Law Review LXXXI (2018), no. 1 (January), pp. 1-22)

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James Crawford (Judge, International Court of Justice) published "The Current Political Discourse Concerning International Law", which appeared in the Modern Law Review LXXXI (2018), No. 1:

Reading current statements of world leaders on subjects relevant to international law is liable to cause confusion, even distress to those for whom the 1945 regulatory arrangements, as completed in the post-Cold War era, have become the norm. On occasions international law is invoked, but in what seems an increasingly antagonistic way, amounting often to a dialogue of the deaf. At other times it is apparently or even transparently ignored. This touches many of the arrangements governments spent the preceding period seeking to establish. Is there a pattern to all this, and how should we respond? How susceptible is the edifice of international law to such rhetoric? These issues are examined in the context of the law of withdrawal from treaties. Three recent high profile examples are examined: Brexit, South Africa's purported withdrawal from the Rome Statute, and the United States’ announced withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.
Source: International Law Reporter.
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BOOK: Georgy Kantor, Thomas Benedict Lambert, and Hannah Skoda, eds., Legalism : Property and ownership (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017). $85.00. ISBN 9780198813415

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Oxford University Press has published “Legalism: Property and Ownership”
In this volume, ownership is defined as the simple fact of being able to describe something as 'mine' or 'yours', and property is distinguished as the discursive field which allows the articulation of attendant rights, relationships, and obligations. Property is often articulated through legalism as a way of thinking that appeals to rules and to generalizing concepts as a way of understanding, responding to, and managing the world around one. An Aristotelian perspective suggests that ownership is the natural state of things and a prerequisite of a true sense of self. An alternative perspective from legal theory puts law at the heart of the origins of property. However, both these points of view are problematic in a wider context, the latter because it rests heavily on Roman law. Anthropological and historical studies enable us to interrogate these assumptions. 
The articles here, ranging from Roman provinces to modern-day piracy in Somalia, address questions such as: How are legal property regimes intertwined with economic, moral-ethical, and political prerogatives? How far do the assumptions of the western philosophical tradition explain property and ownership in other societies? Is the 'bundle of rights' a useful way to think about property? How does legalism negotiate property relationships and interests between communities and individuals? How does the legalism of property respond to the temporalities and materialities of the objects owned? How are property regimes managed by states, and what kinds of conflicts are thus generated? 
Property and ownership cannot be reduced to natural rights, nor do they straightforwardly reflect power relations: the rules through which property is articulated tend to be conceptually subtle. As the fourth volume in the Legalism series, this collection draws on common themes that run throughout the first three volumes: Legalism: Anthropology and HistoryLegalism: Community and Justice, and Legalism: Rules and Categories consolidating them in a framework that suggests a new approach to legal concepts.
Introduction - Property and Ownership: an Overview, Georgy Kantor, Tom Lambert , and Hannah Skoda1. Cows and the Shariah in the Abeche Customary Court (eastern Chad), Judith Scheele2. Property in Land in Roman Provinces, Georgy Kantor3. Property and Possession in Medieval Celtic Societies, T.M. Charles-Edwards4. The Afterlife of Property: Affect, Time, Value, Matthew Erie5. Jurisdiction as Property in England, 900-1100, Tom Lambert6. 'Everything Belongs to God': Sayyid Qutb's Theory of Property and Social Justice, Walter Rech7. A Sea of Profit: Making Property in the Western Indian Ocean, Jatin Dua8. Fish as Property on the Small Aral Sea, Kazakhstan, William Wheeler9. People as Property in Medieval Dubrovnik, Hannah Skoda

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BOOK: Eirik Bjørge and Cameron A. Miles, eds., Landmark cases in Public International Law (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2017). £120.00. ISBN 9781849467889

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Hart Publishing has published a book last month on some of the landmark cases in international law over the past 200 years:
The past two hundred years have seen the transformation of public international law from a rule-based extrusion of diplomacy into a fully-fledged legal system. Landmark Cases in Public International Law examines decisions that have contributed to the development of international law into an integrated whole, whilst also creating specialised sub-systems that stand alone as units of analysis. The significance of these decisions is not taken for granted, with contributors critically interrogating the cases to determine if their reputation as 'landmarks' is deserved. Emphasis is also placed on seeing each case as a diplomatic artefact, highlighting that international law, while unquestionably a legal system, remains reliant on the practice and consent of states as the prime movers of development.

The cases selected cover a broad range of subject areas including state immunity, human rights, the environment, trade and investment, international organisations, international courts and tribunals, the laws of war, international crimes, and the interface between international and municipal legal systems. A wide array of international and domestic courts are also considered, from the International Court of Justice to the European Court of Human Rights, World Trade Organization Appellate Body, US Supreme Court and other adjudicative bodies. The result is a three-dimensional picture of international law: what it was, what it is, and what it might yet become.
1. Introduction Eirik Bjorge and Cameron Miles2. The Charming Betsy and The Paquete Habana (1804 and 1900) William S Dodge3. Mavrommatis Palestine Concessions (Greece v Great Britain) (1924–27) Michael Waibel4. Factory at Chorzów (Germany v Poland) (1927–28) Chester Brown5. SS Lotus (France v Turkey) (1927) Douglas Guilfoyle6. Island of Palmas (Netherlands v United States of America) (1928) Eirik Bjorge7. Legal Status of Eastern Greenland (Denmark v Norway) (1933) Rolf Einar Fife8. Trail Smelter (United States of America/Canada) (1938 and 1941) Duncan French9. Trial Before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg (1945–46) Katherine O'Byrne and Philippe Sands10. The Early United Nations Advisory Opinions (1948–62) Thomas D Grant and Rowan Nicholson11. The South West Africa Cases (1949 to 1971) James Crawford and Paul Mertenskötter12. North Sea Continental Shelf (Federal Republic of Germany v Netherlands; Federal Republic of Germany v Denmark) (1969) Nikiforos Panagis and Antonios Tzanakopoulos13. Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company (Belgium v Spain) (1970) Giorgio Gaja14. Tyrer v United Kingdom (1978) Nigel Rodley15. Military and Paramilitary Activities in and against Nicaragua (Nicaragua v United States of America) (1984 to 1986) Robert Kolb16. Tadic v Prosecutor (1995) Sarah MH Nouwen and Michael A Becker17. The Nuclear Weapons Advisory Opinions (1996) Surabhi Ranganathan18. Gabcíkovo-Nagymaros Project (Hungary/Slovakia) (1997) Laurence Boisson de Chazournes and Makane Moïse Mbengue19. Vivendi v Argentina (1997–2010) Sam Luttrell20. US-Import Prohibition of Certain Shrimp and Shrimp Products (1998) Callum Musto and Catherine Redgwell21. LaGrand (Germany v United States of America) (2001) Cameron Miles22. Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (2004) John Dugard23. Jurisdictional Immunities of the State (Germany v Italy;Greece intervening) (2012) Omri Sender and Michael Wood

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