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WORKSHOP: "Construire et déconstruire les normes culturelles des juristes" (Bordeaux, 2 June 2014)

WHAT: Construire et déconstruire les normes culturelles des juristes, workshop
WHERE: CAHD, Centre aquitain d’histoire du droit, Université de Bordeaux, France
WHEN: 2 June 2014, 2:00-6:00 pm
all information here
Catégories: Comparative Law News

WORKSHOP: "Histoire et informatique: Textometry of the historical sources" (Rome, 2-6 June 2014)


WHAT: Histoire et informatique: Textometry of the historical sources, workshop 
WHERE: École française de Rome, salle de séminaire, Piazza Navona, 62, 00186 - Roma
WHEN: 2-6 June 2014
all information here
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: "Cardinaux et cardinalat, une élite à l'épreuve de la modernité, 1775-1978" (Paris, 19-20 June 2014)




WHAT: Cardinaux et cardinalat, une élite à l'épreuve de la modernité, 1775-1978. 19 June: Nouvelles recherches sur les cardinaux : sources, approches, représentations20 June: Les cardinaux, relais institutionnels et relations symboliques
WHERE: 19 June: Institut Catholique de Paris - Amphi René Rémond, 21 rue d’Assas 75006 Paris, Accès : Métro Rennes ou St-Placide20 June: Université Paris-Sud - Faculté Jean Monnet, Salle Georges Vedel - 54, boulevard Desgranges, 92 Sceaux - Accès : RER B Robinson
WHEN: 19-20 June 2014 
all information here
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: "Understanding legal reasoning", (Groningen, 11-12 September 2014)


WHAT: Conference, Understanding legal reasoning A role for History and Philosophy in Modern Private Law
WHERE: Melkweg 1, 9718 EP Groningen
WHEN: 11 September 2014 15:00-17:00/12 September 2014 9:30-16:45
all information here
Catégories: Comparative Law News

JOURNAL: Comparative Legal History (the Journal) and the European Society for Comparative Legal History

Juris Diversitas - mar, 2014-05-27 07:08
The editors of Comparative Legal History (CLH), the official publication of the European Society for Comparative Legal History (ESCLH), want to remind you that ESCLH Members receive a free subscription of the journal.

The latest volume is with the printers now. Sign up for membership, or renew your existing membership, immediately in order to get it soon.

And spread the word and ask your library to stock us!!


As always, we also invite contributions: articles, review articles and book reviews.


The journal:

is a peer-reviewed international and comparative review of law and history. Its articles explore both internal legal history (doctrinal and disciplinary developments in the law) and external legal history (legal ideas and institutions in wider contexts). Firmly rooted in the complexity of the various Western legal traditions worldwide, it also provides a forum for the investigation of other laws and law-like normative traditions around the globe. Scholarship on comparative and trans-national historiography, including trans-disciplinary approaches, is particularly welcome. 


CLH has an exceptional staff and international board and is published by the forward-thinking, helpful folks at Hart Publishing.


The preface introducing the journal is available here; a sample article is available here.

Seán Patrick Donlan, Editor
Catégories: Comparative Law News

ESCLH: Comparative Legal History (the ESCLH Journal) and Membership

The editors of Comparative Legal History (CLH), the official publication of the European Society for Comparative Legal History (ESCLH), want to remind you that ESCLH Members receive a free subscription of the journal.

The latest volume is with the printers now. Sign up for membership, or renew your existing membership, immediately in order to get it soon.

And spread the word and ask your library to stock us!!



As always, we also invite contributions: articles, review articles and book reviews.


The journal:

is a peer-reviewed international and comparative review of law and history. Its articles explore both internal legal history (doctrinal and disciplinary developments in the law) and external legal history (legal ideas and institutions in wider contexts). Firmly rooted in the complexity of the various Western legal traditions worldwide, it also provides a forum for the investigation of other laws and law-like normative traditions around the globe. Scholarship on comparative and trans-national historiography, including trans-disciplinary approaches, is particularly welcome. 


CLH has an exceptional staff and international board and is published by the forward-thinking, helpful folks at Hart Publishing.


The preface introducing the journal is available here; a sample article is available here.

Seán Patrick Donlan, Editor
Catégories: Comparative Law News

SPECIAL ISSUE: Development & Change 'Transition and Justice: Negotiating the Terms of New Beginnings in Africa'

Juris Diversitas - ven, 2014-05-23 11:10
Juris Diversitas is pleased to inform you about the new special issue of Development & Change which is now online: 'Transition and Justice: Negotiating the Terms of New Beginnings in Africa'.

It is edited by Gerhard Anders (Edinburgh) and Olaf Zenker (Bern), and examines a series of cases where peaceful ‘new beginnings’ have been declared after periods of violence and where transitional justice institutions played a role in defining justice and the new socio-political order. It focuses on three issues that are key to understand ‘new beginnings’: the problem of finding a foundation for that which explicitly breaks with the past; the discrepancies between lofty promises and the messy realities of transitional justice in action; and the dialectic between logics of the exception and the ordinary, employed to legitimize or resist transitional justice mechanisms. 
Catégories: Comparative Law News

JURIS DIVERSITAS BOOK SERIES: Update on Titles (May 2014)

Juris Diversitas - jeu, 2014-05-22 06:43
JURIS DIVERSITAS BOOK SERIES
Update on Titles (May 2014)


Juris Diversitas is proud to have a book series with Ashgate (we're also a Publishing Partner): 
Our first volume, due in the autumn, will be Seán Patrick Donlan and Lukas Heckerdon-Ursheler (eds), Concepts of Law: Comparative, Jurisprudential, and Social Science Perspectives 

Two other volumes on mixed systems are also due in the autumn :
The series is much wider in focus, however, and, aong additional titles, the following are due within the next year:
  • Shauna van Praagh and Helge Deldek (eds), Stateless Law: evolving Boundaries of a Discipline
  • Daniela Berti, Anthony Good, and Gilles Tarabout (eds), Of Doubt and Proof: Ritual and Legal Practices of Judgment
Of course, we're looking for texts, too. While we anticipate publishing future collections (original, conference-based, Festschriften, etc), we're especially interested in publishing monographs and student texts (eg, comparative law, jurisprudence, etc). 

Let me know if you've any ideas: sean.donlan@ul.ie.

Finally, note that selected volumes are also provided free with membership. Sign up now and pass the word!
Catégories: Comparative Law News

JOURNAL: Legal History e-Journal, vol.18, n. 50, 2014

Legal History e-Journal, vol.18, n. 50, May 2014

All abstracts available here
Catégories: Comparative Law News

MEMORIAL GATHERING: For Simon Roberts and Franz von Benda-Beckmann at the LSA Meeting (30 May 2014)

Juris Diversitas - mer, 2014-05-21 03:36
The Commission on Legal Pluralism just circulated a message about a 'memorial gathering' for Simon Roberts and Franz von Benda-Beckmann to 'take place during the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association (LSA) in Minneapolis this year, on Friday, May 30, 6:30-7:30pm, in Hilton Board Room 3.' The formal announcement reads:In Memoriam Simon Roberts Franz von Benda-Beckmann We deeply mourn the loss of two leading legal anthropologists: Simon Roberts, who died on April 30, and Franz von Benda-Beckmann, who died in January 2013. Some LSA members were their friends; many more knew them through their writings. We invite you to join us in sharing memories of Simon and Franz on Friday, May 30, 6:30-7:30pm, in Hilton Board Room 3. 

(For more information contact Rick Abel: abel@law.ucla.edu ....) 


Catégories: Comparative Law News

JOURNAL: Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal

Juris Diversitas - mar, 2014-05-20 10:09
The latest Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal is available here. Its editorial, by our Professor Christa Rautenbach, reads:
The first 11 articles in the first issue of 2014 deal with global legal topics ranging from outer space to domestic South African matters and legal challenges in other African countries, such as Uganda, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.Anél Ferreira-Snyman discusses legal challenges relating to the commercial use of outer space, with specific reference to space tourism. She points out that the current legal framework is outdated and no longer deals adequately with the rapidly developing space tourism industry. Further away from the moon, although it deals with creations of the mind and is just as mysterious for the average person, is the contribution of André van der Walt and Richard Shay, which analyses the South African Constitutional Court's treatment of intellectual property. They focus on the methodology that the Court has formulated to assess if state interference complies with constitutional provisions to determine if state intervention into property interests has been legitimate. The third contribution, by Joel Baloyi, also deals with a creation of the mind, namely copyright. He attempts through a comparative analysis to demystify the role of copyright as a tool for economic development in Africa and criticises the stifling effect the transferability principle has on the effectiveness of copyright in certain African countries.

Bradley Slade discusses the differences between the concepts "public purpose" and "public interest" in the context of third party transfers as a result of property being expropriated for the realisation of public purposes in the fourth contribution. The influence of the Constitution of South Africa, 1996 on organ transplants is the topic of the fifth contribution, by Debbie Labuschagne and Pieter Carstens. They come to the conclusion that the South African government has failed to provide an effective legal framework to relieve the shortage of human organs available for transplantation. Sixthly, Lize Mills discusses recently proposed regulations prohibiting the advertising and promotion of infant formulae and other products marketed as being suitable for infants or young children with the purpose of promoting breast-feeding. The last five articles move further afield and deal with legal issues elsewhere in Africa. Dana van der Merwe gives a comparative overview of the relationship between digital information in certain legal fields in South Africa and Uganda. Nazreen Shaik-Premanov examines Zimbabwe's Marange conflict diamond situation and Lovemore Chiduza analyses the Zimbabwean constitutional provisions on judicial independence. Peter Obutte scrutinises ICT laws in Nigeria and the last two authors, Serges Kamga and Ogechukwu Ajoku, reflect on addressing human rights violations by extractive industries in both South Africa and Nigeria.
Four notes are also published in this issue. The first one is an overview article by Christa Rautenbach dealing with the modern-day impact of cultural and religious diversity as reflected in the book on "Managing Family Justice in Diverse Societies". The other four notes are case discussions. The first one is a discussion of the case of Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe v Louis Karel Fick by Erika de Wet. The second one is a discussion of the case of Le Sueur v eThekwini Municipality by Warren Freedman, and the last one is a discussion of the case of Apollo Tyres v South Africa (Pty) Ltd v CCMA by Shamier Ebrahim.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

JURIS DIVERSITAS CONFERENCE: Registration is Open!!!

Juris Diversitas - mar, 2014-05-20 08:54
Registration is now open for:
THE JURIS DIVERSITASANNUAL CONFERENCE  17-19 July 2014Faculty of Law and Political Science –Aix-Marseille University - Aix-en-Provence, FranceCOMPARATIVE LAW AND …  With keynote addresses by Jan Smits (opening), Duncan Fairgrieve and François Lichère, over sixty presentations, and two panels, this is a great opportunity to reflect and interact with scholars from around the world, working at the edge of comparative law and other disciplines.
Registration information is here; membership information is here
Note that registration fees don’t cover travel, accommodation, or the conference dinner (€50).

If want to see who's coming or let others know that you're attending, a Facebook Event Page has also been created here
And you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

WEBSITE: Hall of Fame of International Lawyers (French Society of International Law)


 The French Society for International Law has created an online "Hall of Fame" of international lawyers. The project aims to bring Big French Names of international law to a broader audience of jurists.

Link here.

(source: International Law Reporter)
Catégories: Comparative Law News

ARTICLE: Markus D. Dubber on Histories of Crime and Criminal Justice and the Historical Analysis of Criminal Law

The Legal History Blog signals a new paper by Markus D. Dubber (Toronto), "Histories of Crime and Criminal Justice and the Historical Analysis of Criminal Law", in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the History of Crime and Criminal Justice (Paul Knepper & Anja Johansen, eds.).

Link to the SSRN paper here.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

WORKSHOP: Discussion on Frédéric Audren and Jean-Louis Halpérin's "French Legal Culture between Myth and Reality, 19th-20th Centuries" (Bordeaux, 2 June 2014)


  (book cover: amazon.fr)
The University of Bordeaux organizes an afternoon workshop around Frédéric Audren (Sciences Po) and Jean-Louis Halpérin (ENS)'s study of French Legal Culture in the 19th and 20th Centuries (La culture juridique française : Entre mythes et réalités, Paris, CNRS, 2013).

Program:

Bordeauxlundi 2 juin 2014 (14h-18h) Organisation scientifique
  • Pierre Bonin
  • Nader Hakim
En présence de 
  • Frédéric Audren, chargé de recherche au CNRS (Centre d’études européennes), professeur d’histoire du droit à l’Ecole de droit de Science po
et de
  • Jean-Louis Halpérin, professeur d’histoire du droit à l’Ecole normale supérieure (Paris), membre de l’Institut universitaire de France et directeur-adjoint du Centre de théorie et analyse du droit 
Avec les interventions de 
  • Pierre Bonin, professeur d’histoire du droit, École de droit de la Sorbonne, Université Paris 1 Panthéon- Sorbonne
  • Aurore Gaillet, maître de conférences en droit public, Université de Strasbourg 
  • Nader Hakim, professeur d’histoire du droit, directeur du Centre aquitain d’histoire du droit, Université de Bordeaux
  • Fabrice Melleray, professeur de droit public, École de droit de la Sorbonne, Université Paris 1 Panthéon- Sorbonne, membre de l’Institut universitaire de France 
  • Xavier Prévost, professeur agrégé d’histoire du droit, Élève à l’École nationale des chartes,
  • Christophe Radé, professeur de droit privé, Université de Bordeaux 
  • Anne Simonin, directrice de recherche au CNRS, directrice de la Maison française d’Oxford 
  • Sylvain Soleil, professeur d’histoire du droit, Université de Rennes 1 
  • Bernardo Sordi, professeur d’histoire du droit médiéval et moderne, Università degli Studi di Firenze 
Lieu
  • Université de Bordeaux, Campus Pessac, bâtiment Recherche, salle Manon Cormier.
    • Accès: TRAM B, arrêt Montaigne-Montesquieu
    • Plan:
Coordonnées et contact
  • CAHD Centre aquitain d’Histoire du Droit, bât. Recherche, Université de Bordeaux, campus Pessac, Université Bordeaux Montaigne - 05 56 84 86 07 / 25 99 - nader.hakim@u-bordeaux4.fr
 (source: nomodos)
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: "Themis in Diplomacy. Legal Arguments in International Relations, from Antiquity to the 18th Century" (Nantes, 5-6 June 2014)

 (image source: CRHIA, Nantes)

The Centre for International and Atlantic History at the University of Nantes (France) organizes a colloquium on legal arguments in international relations (5-6 June).

Program:
JEUDI 5 JUIN 2014
MATINEE
  • 10h30: Présentation du colloque
Présidence: Michel CATALA, université de Nantes, directeur du CRHIA
DROIT ET ORGANISATION INTERNATIONALE
  • 10h45-11h10. - Alexander BEIHAMMER, Nicosie, «Legal arguments in Christian-Turkish Treaty Making from the Thirteenth to the Fifteenth Century».
  • 11h10-11h35. - Alessandro ANGELUCCI, Bologne, «A Bohemian embassy on behalf of king George of Poděbrad and the problems for the legal planning of an European organization (1464)»
Discussion
  • 12h-12h25. - Frédérik DHONDT, Gand, «Équilibre et hiérarchie: l'argument juridique dans la diplomatie française et anglaise après la Paix d'Utrecht».
  • 2h25-12h50. - François TERNAT, Rouen, «La commission franco-britannique de Paris (1750-1755), l’essai d’un règlement diplomatique des frontières coloniales».
DiscussionAPRES-MIDI
Présidence: Stanislas JEANNESSON, université de Nantes
ARGUMENT JURIDIQUE ET RHETORIQUE DIPLOMATIQUE
  • 14h15-14h40. - Marie-Catherine VIGNAL SOULEYREAU, Paris-Sorbonne, «Les lois fondamentales du royaume comme enjeux des relations diplomatiques franco-lorraines au début du XVIIe siècle: appropriation et contradiction».
  • 14h40-15h05. - Núria Sallés VILASECA, Barcelone, «Convincing the Dutch in 1718 : the juridical argument as a method to drag public opinion».
DiscussionLE DROIT INTERNATIONAL, CADRE DE LA DIPLOMATIE
  • 15h30-15h55. - Audrey BECKER, Metz, «Le ius gentium dans une diplomatie romaine en mutation (Ve siècle)».
  • 16h20-16h45. - Martin KINTZINGER, Münster, «Les relations internationales au Moyen Âge tardif: une construction entre droit international, pratique diplomatique et système courtois».
  • 16h45-17h10. - Lucien BELY, Paris-Sorbonne, «La diplomatie de Louis XIV et le droit des gens».
Discussion17h35 : fin de la première journée VENDREDI 6 JUIN 2014 MATINEE
Présidence : Marc BELISSA, université Paris Ouest Nanterre La DéfenseDOCTRINE ET RELATIONS INTERNATIONALES
  • 9h30-9h55. - Dominique GAURIER, Nantes, «Le droit et le fait: deux juristes (Gentili et Zouche) consultés vis-à-vis d'ambassadeurs accusés d'infraction, fin XVIe-XVIIe siècle »
  • 9h55-10h20. - Elisabetta FIOCCHI MALASPINA, Milan, «La boussole des Souverains: l'application de Le droit des gens de Vattel dans la diplomatie internationale».
DiscussionLE DISCOURS DE DROIT COMME JUSTIFICATION A L’USAGE DES ARMES
  • 10h45-11h10. - Jean-Marie MOEGLIN, Paris-Sorbonne, «Le droit contre la paix: l’impossible paix entre les royaumes de France et d'Angleterre du XIVe au XVe siècle».
  • 11h10-11h35. - Fabrice MICALLEF, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, «Fonder en droit une ingérence au XVIe siècle. Les argumentaires de Charles-Emmanuel de Savoie au moment son intervention en Provence (1589-1592)».
  • 11h35-12h. - Ferenc TOTH, Budapest, «L’idée de la justice et la guerre d’indépendance du prince François II Rákóczi». 
DiscussionAPRES-MIDI
Présidence: Philippe JOSSERAND, université de Nantes
DROIT ET SAUVEGARDE INDIVIDUELLE
  • 14h-14h25. - Ekaterina NECHAEVA, Washington, «Defection and Treason. Deserters and Refugees in Late Antique Diplomacy».
  • 14h25-14h50. - Elisabeth MALAMUT, Aix-Marseille, «L’asile à Byzance pour les étrangers et son statut de réfugié». 
DiscussionDROIT INTERNATIONAL, COMMERCE ET NAVIGATION
  • 15h15-15h40. - Marco SCHNYDER, Genève, «Privilèges menacés et construction des droits. L’argument juridique et les marchands suisses à Lyon au XVIIe siècle».
  • 15h40-16h05. - Guillaume CALAFAT, École française de Rome, «L'affaire Plowman: droit maritime et diplomatie dans la Toscane des années 1690».
  • 16h05-16h30. - Sylvain LLORET, Paris-Sorbonne, «L’argument juridique au service du négoce: L’abbé Béliardi et la diplomatie commerciale franco-espagnole (1758-1771)».
17h : fin du colloqueMore information on the organizers' website.
(source: Nomodos)
Catégories: Comparative Law News

PROGRAMMES: LLM in Legal Theory

Juris Diversitas - lun, 2014-05-19 06:00
Applications are now open for the LLM in Legal Theory at the Goethe University of Frankfurt/Main and other universities of the European Academy of Legal Theory.
The programme offers a one-year (60 ECTS) advanced Master's Course in Legal Theory (LL.M.; language of instruction: English). Participants will study at one or more Academy partner universities (mobility phases and multiple degree tracks).The programme re-establishes the former internationally renowned programme in Brussels by the European Academy of Legal Theory, sponsored by the Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme, in Frankfurt/Main on a broad institutional basis. The programme lays focus on the globalisation and the connected structural transformation of normativity in law. By this process, national law is getting supra- and international, last not least by the growing influence of transnational law making by non-state actors.
The programme aims at safeguarding European traditions in global perspective; developing legal scholarship and jurisprudence as a science; developing jurisprudence also as applied legal theory so as to enable the participants in the programme to solve system conflicts that appear nowadays in a regular manner. This is especially reflected by pluralistic theories of law including a systemtheoretical approach to law.
The new Westend Campus of the Goethe University is not only impressive in various respects and belongs internationally to the very best. By recent academic developments in the national level, it is now considered to be – in the national as well as in the European level - the center of reflection on normativity based not only on a large law faculty and a philosophy and social science department dealing prominently with practical philosophy but also on the Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History and the Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders" that integrates the Frankfurt social sciences (anthropology, sociology and philosophy) focusing on normativity.
More information on the LLM may be found here

Recommended. SPD
Catégories: Comparative Law News

SEMINAR: Spazi Pubblici e Spazi Privati Nell'area del Mediterraneo

Juris Diversitas - lun, 2014-05-19 05:52
Università degli Studi di CataniaDipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali, via Vittorio Emanuele II, 494 giugno 2014 ore 15,30 Aula B
SPAZI PUBBLICI E SPAZI PRIVATI NELL’AREA DEL MEDITERRANEOFIR 2012, Politiche migratorie e legal transplants nel mediterraneo: strategie di controllotra colonialismo e post-colonialismo
Prof. ANTONIO CANTARO (Università degli studidi Urbino),Secolarizzazione e de-secolarizzazione nelle nuove costituzioni arabo-islamiche
Prof. IGNAZIO CASTELLUCCI (Università degli studidi Trento),Finanza islamica tra tradizione e modernità
Prof. FEDERICO CRESTI (Università degli studidi Catania),Diritti fondamentali ed amministrazioni colonialiLa S.V. è invitata a intervenire
Il Direttore prof. Giuseppe Barone
Catégories: Comparative Law News

LECTURE: Tomlins on Debt, Death, and Redemption


Professor Christopher Tomlins'Debt, Death, and Redemption: Toward a Soterial-Legal History of the Turner Rebellion'22 May 2014 - 3:00 - 5:00pm Room 100, Law Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS   The Turner Rebellion, which took place in August 1831 in Virginia, is well known as one of the bloodiest slave revolts in antebellum America. The history of the rebellion is dominated by one document, a 24 page pamphlet entitled The Confessions of Nat Turner written by a local attorney, Thomas Ruffin Gray, based on jailhouse conversations with Turner. By the time they met, Gray had already accumulated considerable independent knowledge of the events of the rebellion, and the second half of The Confessions, a blow-by-blow narrative of the rebellion, bears his mark. But the first half is quite different, dwelling on Turner’s life from his birth until the rebellion, matters of which Gray could have had little independent knowledge. Its central motif is the ascent of a severely ascetic personality to a state of religious grace and the consequences attending that outcome. 
This lecture counterposes Gray and Turner, treating Gray as the bearer of a “disenchanting” positivist rationality that discounts Turner’s “soterial” (pertaining to salvation) account of his motivation. It describes the Turner Rebellion as a fracture in the social-historical and socio-legal normalization of the world (a normalization that Thomas Ruffin Gray laboured hard to restore in the rebellion’s wake). It argues that such fractures grant us access to new orderings of the phenomena with which as scholars we concern ourselves. In this case, a soterial-legal history uncovers realms of human motivation and action that socio-legal history cannot explain, laying bare a theological metaphysics at work in an American history and law that we have been taught to think of in determinedly atheological terms.
- Recommended. SPD
Catégories: Comparative Law News

LECTURE: Tomlins on Debt, Death, and Redemption

Juris Diversitas - lun, 2014-05-19 05:31

Professor Christopher Tomlins'Debt, Death, and Redemption: Toward a Soterial-Legal History of the Turner Rebellion'22 May 2014 - 3:00 - 5:00pm Room 100, Law Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS   
The Turner Rebellion, which took place in August 1831 in Virginia, is well known as one of the bloodiest slave revolts in antebellum America. The history of the rebellion is dominated by one document, a 24 page pamphlet entitled The Confessions of Nat Turner written by a local attorney, Thomas Ruffin Gray, based on jailhouse conversations with Turner. By the time they met, Gray had already accumulated considerable independent knowledge of the events of the rebellion, and the second half of The Confessions, a blow-by-blow narrative of the rebellion, bears his mark. But the first half is quite different, dwelling on Turner’s life from his birth until the rebellion, matters of which Gray could have had little independent knowledge. Its central motif is the ascent of a severely ascetic personality to a state of religious grace and the consequences attending that outcome. 
This lecture counterposes Gray and Turner, treating Gray as the bearer of a “disenchanting” positivist rationality that discounts Turner’s “soterial” (pertaining to salvation) account of his motivation. It describes the Turner Rebellion as a fracture in the social-historical and socio-legal normalization of the world (a normalization that Thomas Ruffin Gray laboured hard to restore in the rebellion’s wake). It argues that such fractures grant us access to new orderings of the phenomena with which as scholars we concern ourselves. In this case, a soterial-legal history uncovers realms of human motivation and action that socio-legal history cannot explain, laying bare a theological metaphysics at work in an American history and law that we have been taught to think of in determinedly atheological terms.
- Recommended. SPD
Catégories: Comparative Law News