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The Hong Kong University offers forum for current doctoral candidates in law to present work in a focused workshop.
The one-day workshop will host a total of not more than 4 presenters. Each presenter will be allocated an exclusive 90-minute session for presentation, substantive Q&A and stylistic feedback. Each presenter can expect an earnest discussion on both substance and style from the workshop participants. The workshop participants will primarily include research postgraduate students from the University of Hong Kong led by the hosting faculty member, and invited faculty members whose expertise coincide with the presented paper.
The workshop will include papers from all areas of law, with no restrictions on jurisdiction and methodology. There is no strict limitation on paper length, though papers whose format and length are meant for either an one-hour workshop discussion or an one-hour job talk presentation are preferred.
Presenters and participants must commit to attend the entire Workshop, including reading the presented papers of all presenters prior to the session.
The Workshop is open to current postgraduate students enrolled in a doctoral program in law (e.g., PhD or JSD, but excluding JD) in any law school around the world. Recently graduated doctoral candidates who have not obtained a tenure-track academic position may also apply, but priority will be given to current students.
There is no conference registration fee for presenters. In addition, the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law will provide each presenter with travel reimbursement of up to HK$6000 (approx USD 750) for return economy airfare from either the presenter's academic institution or home country, and accommodation reimbursement of up to HK$2000 (approx USD 250) for two night stay in Hong Kong.
To apply, send a paper or abstract, together with a CV and a cover letter stating the intended format/purpose of the paper to Jianlin Chen (email@example.com) by October 1, 2013. Decisions will be made and communicated to applicants no later than October 15, 2013. The finalized paper to be presented is due by November 23, 2013 for distribution a week before the workshop.
Queen's University Faculty of Law seeks to recruit a Canada Research Chair in Law (Tier 2).
Applicants should be Assistant or Associate Professors or possess the necessary qualifications. Absent exceptional circumstances, the candidate will be expected to have a Doctorate in law or a cognate discipline, with the candidate having completed his or her highest degree no more than ten years prior to nomination for the Chair.
The successful candidate will be expected to establish a highly productive scholarly agenda including the development of research relationships with researchers across Canada and internationally, to provide effective teaching and mentoring of J.D. and graduate students.
Tier 2 nominees need to meet the specific requirements for Tier 2 appointment:
- excellent emerging world-class researchers who have demonstrated particular research creativity; - demonstrated potential to achieve international recognition in their fields in the next five to ten years; - an original, innovative research program of high quality; - potential to attract excellent trainees, students and future researchers.
Each completed application must include: - a curriculum vitae; - copies of all university transcripts; - copies of sample publications; - a statement outlining how the candidate meets the requirements for a CRC Tier 2 appointment; - a statement outlining experience with teaching and supervision at the J.D. and graduate level, including all available course outlines and evaluations; - letters from three referees sent directly by the referee to the address below.
Electronic applications and letters of reference are strongly preferred, ideally in PDF.
Applicants should submit their file by September 30, 2013. The Committee may still consider applications after this date.
The Faculty will work with the successful candidate to submit a CRC nomination to the CRC Secretariat by April 2014. The successful candidate may assume a tenure track or tenured faculty position at Queen's as early as July 1, 2014; however, the CRC competition is subject to final review and approval by the CRC Secretariat.
Electronic applications and letters of reference should be sent to Dean Bill Flanagan at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hard copies should be addressed to Dean Bill Flanagan, Queen's University Faculty of Law, Macdonald Hall, Kingston, Ontario Canada K7L 3N6
For more information on Canada Research Chairs, see: http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/nomination-mise_en_candidature-eng.aspx
Was pre-Famine and Famine Ireland a violent society? The dominant view among a range of commentators at the time, and in the work of many historians since, is that violence was both prevalent and pervasive in the social and cultural life of the country. This book explores the validity of this perspective through the study of homicide and what it reveals about wider experiences of violence in the country at that time. The book provides a quantitative and contextual analysis of homicide in pre-Famine and Famine Ireland. It explores the relationship between particular and prominent causes of conflict - personal, familial, economic and sectarian - and the use of lethal violence to deal with such conflicts. Throughout the book, the Irish experience is placed within a comparative framework and there is also an exploration of what the history of violence in Ireland might reveal about the wider history of interpersonal violence in Europe and beyond. The aim throughout is to challenge the view of nineteenth-century Ireland as a violent society and to offer a more complex and nuanced assessment of the part played by violence in Irish life.
Vacancy number: 13-230 Dear colleagues, This is to inform you that the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Development (VVI) is currently seeking applicants for the position of (Senior) Lecturer in Law, Governance and Development. The VVI is part of the Leiden Law School, Leiden University. The Institute’s academic domain covers the formation and functioning of legal systems in the developing world and their effectiveness in contributing to good governance and development. In its research and teaching, VVI uses a socio-legal approach. The institute carries out research projects in Asia (notably Indonesia), Africa and increasingly in the Middle East and the Muslim world at large. VVI staff teaches several thematic and regional courses to Dutch and foreign students. In addition, VVI provides advisory services and training courses to policy makers and practitioners. Duties and responsibilities: Doing research in VVI’s academic domain, including field research - Developing research, and co-supervising PhD-research - Teaching and developing courses in VVI’s academic domain, for the bachelors programs of the Leiden Law School and Leiden University College - Acquisition and management of research and teaching projects.
Requirements: Relevant Masters degree in Law, and/or Social Sciences, and/or Humanities - Ph.D. degree directly relevant to VVI’s academic domain and approach - In depth knowledge of state, law, and society of at least one developing country in preferably the Middle East-North Africa region, or Sub-Saharan Africa - Relevant experience in independent research, research development, project management - Adequate publications record - Fluency in English; knowledge of Dutch and of the language of the country of study will be considered a strong advantage - Teaching experience; proven record as good, inspiring teacher - Team player with strong proven organizational skills, and relevant networks. The offer: The starting salary, depending on experience, varies from scale 11 to 12 with a minimum of € 3259,- per month gross and a maximum of € 5.070,- per month gross, based on full time employment. Part time employment might be a possibility. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. Appointment will be according to the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten), for a period of one year initially (with a initial trial period of two months) with the possibility of extension (depending on performance). Information with respect to conditions of employment of the University can be found on http ://staff . leiden . edu/. Starting date is set for 1 January 2014. Further information: For information and inquiries regarding this position, please contact Mr. Dennis Janssen (email:email@example.com. For more information about our activities, see www . vvi . leidenuniv . nl. To apply, please send a letter stating both your motivation and evidence of meeting the requirements for this position, a curriculum vitae in English, and the names of 3 referees, before 15 October 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mention the vacancy’s reference number and your last name in the subject of your email and your letter.
Those of you interested in comparative politics and public law can find information from the generally independent government-funded commission here.
In addition, a lot of the hand-to-hand combat is happening on Twitter. If you’re interested in getting good information, on why we need to scrap this undemocratic and useless relic of an imperial past, have a look at my account here.
Springer has recently published the latest addition of Crime, Law and Social Change (2013) 60: 2.
In this issue:
Varieties of corruption control: introduction to special issue Hans Krause Hansen & Agata Stachowicz-Stanusch
Regulating transnational corporate bribery: Anti-bribery and corruption in the UK and Germany Nicholas Lord
The limitations of neoliberal logic in the anti-corruption industry: Lessons from Papua New Guinea Grant W. Walton
How has the private sector reacted to the international standard against transnational bribery? Evidence from corporate anticorruption compliance programs in Argentina Guillermo Jorge and Fernando Felipe Basch
On the dark side of the code: organizational challenges to an effective anti-corruption strategy Julian Klinkhammer
How damages recovery actions can improve the fight against corruption: the crisis of criminal law policies and the role of private enforcement in an Italian case of judicial corruption Paola Mariani
Fostering management education to deter corruption: what do students know about corruption and its legal consequences? Katharina Becker, Christian Hauser and Franz Kronthaler
Social and Legal Norms: Towards a Socio-legal Understanding of Normativity Edited by Matthias Baier, Lund University, Sweden
In an era where new areas of life and new problems call for normative solutions while the plurality of values in society challenge the very basis for normative solutions, this book looks at a growing field of research on the relations between social and legal norms. New technologies and social media offer new ways to communicate about normative issues and the centrality of formal law and how normativity comes about is a question for debate. This book offers empirical and theoretical research in the field of social and legal norms and will inspire future debate and research in terms of internationalization and cross-national comparative studies. It presents a consistent picture of empirical research in different social and organizational areas and will deepen the theoretical understanding regarding the interplay between social and legal norms.
Including chapters written from four different aspects of normativity, the contributors argue that normativity is a result of combinations between law in books, law in action, social norms and social practice. The book uses a variety of different international examples, ranging from Sweden, Uzbekistan, Colombia and Mexico.
Primarily aimed at scholars in sociology of law, socio-legal studies, law and legal theory, the book will also interest those in sociology, political science and psychology.
· Contents: Introduction, Matthias Baier; Part I Norms and Normativity: Can legal sociology account for the normativity of law?, Reza Banakar; Norms in law and society: towards a definition of the socio-legal concept of norms, Måns Svensson; Relations between social and legal norms, Matthias Baier; Parallel norm creating processes, Karsten Åström. Part II Norms in Perspective: Norms about norms - a Hartian perspective, Karl Dahlstrand; Institutions and norms in collaboration: towards a framework for analyzing law and normativity in inter-organizational collaboration, Susanna Johansson; Conceptions, categories, and embodiment - why metaphors are of fundamental importance for understanding norms, Stefan Larsson; Spatializing social and legal norms: street vending regulation in Acapulco, Mexico, Lucas Pizzoltto Konzen. Part III Norms and Actors: Social workers linking together family norms and child protection norms, Eva Friis; Meta-norms in complex situations: the pedagogy of recognition, Lars Persson; School principals’ norms - between law and action, Ulf Leo; ‘Souls of fire’, change agents and social norms, Per Wickenberg. Part IV Norms and Structures: Legal and social norms for development: why legal reform of the informal economy failed to influence vulnerable groups in developing countries, Ana Maria Vargas Falla; Framing normality. An eye-catcher on the Swedish Labour Court, Eva Schömer; Corruption in a culture of money: understanding social norms in post-Soviet Uzbekistan, Rustamjon Urinboyev and Måns Svensson; On legal complexity: between law in books and planning in practice, Stefan Larsson; Studying norms and social change in a digital age: identifying and understanding a multidimensional gap problem, Marcin de Kaminski, Måns Svensson, Stefan Larsson, Johanna Alkan Olsson and Kari Rönkkö. Part V Socio-Legal Normativity: Towards a socio-legal understanding of normativity, Matthias Baier; Index
The objective of the assignment is to support to develop a comprehensive report on possible amendments of the Criminal Procedure Code of Viet Nam to meet with the objectives of the Judicial Reform Strategy of Viet Nam and requirements of the international laws and standards.
The selection will be based on a competitive basis and will comply with UNDP procurement regulations.
Interested offerors are invited to submit CVs and financial proposals (following guidance in the Procurement Notice) to:
Procurement Unit UNDP Viet Nam 72 Ly Thuong Kiet, Ha Noi, Viet Nam Tel. (84-4) 3 9421495 Telefax number: (84-4) 3 9422267 Email: email@example.com
Deadline for submission: 15 September 2013 (Hanoi time)
Huit « Études » nationales couvrant diverses régions du globe : Europe (Allemagne, Russie, Bulgarie, Pologne, Hongrie et Turquie), Amériques (États-Unis, Canada et Chili), Asie (Thaïlande) et Afrique (Côte d’Ivoire) composent ce premier numéro de l'année 2013.
Les thématiques abordées par ces articles de Doctrine s’illustrent par leur variété et leur actualité. Les thématiques abordées par ces articles de Doctrine s’illustrent par leur variété et leur actualité (le droit international du travail, la discrimination, les réseaux transnationaux de construction de normes, les relations collectives de travail, la constitutionnalisation des droits sociaux, le droit à la retraite, la libre circulation des travailleurs et le travail temporaire). Lance Compa (Industrial Labour Relations School – Cornell University) ouvre ce numéro avec l’analyse de la violation des normes internationales du travail par des entreprises européennes (dont 2 entreprises françaises) implantées aux États-Unis, notamment en matière de liberté syndicale. Nanga Silue (Université Alassane Ouattara) évoque l’approche ivoirienne actuelle du principe de non-discrimination s’émancipant de la seule transposition des règles issues du droit français. Le potentiel d’amélioration en faveur d’un ordre mondial plus civilisé qu’apportent les réseaux transnationaux de construction de normes fait l’objet de l’étude proposée par Ulrich Mückenberger (Université de Hambourg et Université de Brême). Quelques observations précieuses sur l’évolution historique des relations collectives de travail en Turquie sont livrées par Melda Sur (Université Dokuz Eylül – Izmir) ; de même qu’un judicieux éclairage comparatif sur la constitutionnalisation des droits sociaux dans les pays d’Europe de l’Est et la Russie par Anna Alexandrova (Université d’État de Penza). Pablo Arellano Ortiz (Université Austral du Chili) nous expose l’exemple chilien de protection égalitaire en matière de retraite selon le sexe, depuis la réforme de 2008 en analysant les fondements invoqués à travers la notion de discrimination positive. La libre circulation des travailleurs au sein de la communauté économique de l’Association des Nations d’Asie du Sud-Est (ASEAN), rendue nécessaire face au défi de la mondialisation, rencontre encore quelque restriction à l’intégration régionale comme le souligne Suphasit Taweejamsup (Université Chulalongkorn de Bangkok). Enfin, une analyse comparative de deux régimes juridiques aux antipodes en matière de régulation du travail temporaire – celui de la France et celui du Québec – est offerte par Laurence Léa Fontaine (Université du Québec (Montréal)).
Le dossier thématique du prochain numéro (2013/2) consacré à « La Convention du travail maritime (2006) de l'Organisation Internationale du Travail : une réponse au défi de la mondialisation » mettra à l’honneur sa prochaine entrée en vigueur. Coordonné par Alexandre CHARBONNEAU ce numéro thématique comportera diverses contributions présentant les réformes des législations sociales maritimes au niveau national, consécutives à la ratification de cet instrument. Une attention particulière sera accordée au processus de reprise par le droit communautaire de la convention et au contrôle de l’application de la Convention du travail maritime.
Bonne lecture et bel été !
The Indiana University Center for Law, Society, and Culture will appoint two postdoctoral fellows for the 2014-15 academic year. They invite applications from scholars of law, the humanities, or social sciences working in the field of sociolegal studies. Pre-tenure scholars, recently awarded PhDs, and those with equivalent professional degrees are encouraged to apply. Advanced graduate students may also apply, but evidence of completion of the doctoral degree or its equivalent is required before beginning the fellowship. Fellows will devote a full academic year to research and writing in furtherance of a major scholarly project, and will receive a stipend plus a research allowance, health insurance, other benefits, and workspace at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. They will conduct research at Indiana University and participate in the activities of the Center, which include an annual symposium, a colloquia series, and regular workshops and lectures. (The term of the appointment will be 10 to 12 months, beginning August 1, 2014. The amount of the stipend will be the same regardless of the duration of the appointment.) Deadline: January 6, 2014 For more information about how to apply, please visit: http://www.law.indiana.edu/centers/lawsociety/postdoctoral-fellowship.shtml.
In light of the growing importance of negotiated justice or alternatives to trial across jurisdictions, this comment on the papers of Carduck and of Iovene in this collection, addresses the nuances of continental European developments but also critically re-examines the American tradition of plea-bargaining.
The two papers draw on salient themes related to the process of understanding and reworking the legal transplant of plea bargaining within a larger body of a criminal law. Italy and Germany are both characterized by a deliberate approach to plea bargaining where public authorities have grappled with the objectives and dangers of negotiated justice.
CONFERENCE: The Third International Conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism - Mumbai, India, December 14-17, 2015.
The next international conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism will be hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai, India, on December 14-17, 2015.
Professor D. Parthasarathy heads the local organizing committee. In line with the tradition, this conference will be preceded by a course on legal pluralism for young scholars and practitioners (December 9-13, 2015). This will be the third International Conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism in Asia, and their first in India.
About the Commission on Legal Pluralism: The Commission on Legal Pluralism was established in 1978 by the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), and affiliated with the International Association of Legal Science (IALS), on the initiative of professor G. van den Steenhoven, of the Institute of Folk Law, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Currently, more than 350 lawyers, anthropologists and other social scientists, representing all regions of the world and concerned with legal pluralism in both theory and practice, are participants in the activities of the Commission. The growth of the Commission reflects a growing awareness of the contemporary existence of legal plurality, not only in countries with indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities, but also in the industrialised societies as such. The Commission's primary purpose is to further knowledge and understanding of legal pluralism, with a focus upon theoretical and practical problems resulting from the interaction of non-state law and state law. Membership is open to anyone with a serious and substantial scholarly or practical commitment to or involvement in the field of legal pluralism. Those interested in joining are invited to communicate with the Executive Secretary Dr. Giselle Corradi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law is pleased to invite submissions for its third annual conference, to be held on April 4-5, 2014, at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. The purpose of the conference is to highlight, develop, and promote the scholarship of new and younger comparativists.
Conference Subject-Matter and Eligibility
Submissions will be accepted on any subject in public or private comparative law from scholars who have been engaged as law teachers, lecturers, fellows, or in another academic capacity for no more than ten years as of June 30, 2014. We will also accept submissions from graduate students enrolled in master’s or doctoral programs.
To submit an entry, scholars should email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing an abstract of no more than 750 words no later than November 1, 2013, to the following address: email@example.com. Abstracts should reflect original research that will not yet have been published, though may have been accepted for publication, by the time of the conference. Abstracts should also include the author’s name, title of the paper, institutional affiliation, contact information, as well as the author’s certification that she/he qualifies as a younger scholar. Graduate students should identify themselves as such.
Scholars may make only one submission. Both individual and co-authored submissions will be accepted. For co-authored submissions, both authors must qualify as eligible younger comparativists. The conference’s Program Committee will assign individual and co-authored submissions to thematic panels according to subject area. Proposals for fully formed panels will also be accepted.
Authors of the submissions selected for the conference will be notified no later than December 20, 2013. There is no cost to register for the conference but participants are responsible for securing their own funding for travel, lodging and other incidental expenses. A limited number of travel stipends may be awarded to those who demonstrate financial need. If you would like to be considered for a travel stipend, please make that request in your submission.
Graduate Student Prize
A prize will be awarded for the best paper submitted by a graduate student. To be considered for the award, in addition to submitting an abstract by the above deadline, graduate students whose abstracts are accepted for the conference must also submit their papers in their final form by January 31, 2014, to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following subject line: “Submission for Graduate Student Prize.” Papers received after January 31, 2014, will not be considered for the award.
Final papers by faculty members—as well as by graduate students who do not wish to be considered for the Graduate Student Prize—will be due by email to email@example.com no later than March 1, 2014.
Acknowledgements and Questions
The Younger Comparativists Committee gratefully acknowledges the support of Lewis & Clark Law School. Please direct all inquiries to Professor Ozan Varol, Chair of the Program Committee, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 503.768.6805.
The Program Committee:
Ozan Varol (Lewis & Clark) (Chair) Afra Afsharipour (UC Davis) Nadia Ahmad (Denver) Richard Albert (Boston College) (YCC Chair) Antonia Baraggia (Milan) Lindsey Carson (Toronto) Claudia Haupt (Columbia) John Hursh (McGill) Rajeev Kadambi (Brown) Joshua Karton (Queen's) David Landau (Florida State) Manoj Mate (Whittier) Salil Mehra (Temple) (YCC Board Member) Frances Nguyen (Lewis & Clark) Rene Reich-Graefe (Western New England) Fritz Siregar (New South Wales) Ioanna Tourkochoriti (Harvard)
Tim Webster (Case Western)
Dear friends of the ESCLH, you can read below a short report of the 2013 General Assembly of the ESCLH, which took place in Lund on August 19th.
ESCLH GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2013 Monday, 19th August 2013, 13.30-14.00 (The Pufendorf Auditorium, “Tryckeriet”, St. Gråbrödersgatan, Lund) Faculty of Law, Lund University
2. Financial situation and membership At present, the journal and the biennial conference are the two major costs, in addition to the small website related costs. It may be that certain things not paid for now should be covered in the future, such as an honorarium for the webmaster or expenses for some Executive Council business. It may also be that we wish to do new thing, such as an event in the year without the conference. Until (but not including) the conference in 2016, the strategy will be to continue to cover the costs of the journal and significantly contribute to the conference. After that the best deal possible for our members will continue to be the aim. A sustainable membership number would likely be in the region of 150 to 200 members and that would therefore be the target of the Society. The Executive Council has been engaged in a membership drive; the support of existing members in spreading news of the Society would be most welcome.
3. The Official Journal of the ESCLH Comparative Legal History has been launched, its first issue coming out in July. The Society is grateful to its editorial board for their hard work. There will be a simple event in Lund in August 2013 to mark the launch of the journal, and a grander event to mark its first anniversary in Macerata in 2014.
4. Update on ongoing projects i) Western Legal Traditions Project The project progresses well, with another meeting in Maastricht soon. The group was possibly interested in further Roman law coverage, and would be open to suggestions of members or others who might be interested.
ii) Comparative Legal History Volume, Edward Elgar Publishing The project, led by Setu, Olivier Moréteau and Kjell Å Modéer, will produce a handbook in Elgar series, entitled “Comparative Legal History”. The Executive Council voted in July to make it an official project of the Society.
iii) Van Caenegem Prize The prize, created in 2012, is to encourage the work of younger legal historians. The full rules are available on the Blog. Those rules specify that to be eligible the article has to have been published in Comparative Legal History, so ESCLH members under 38 are strongly encouraged to submit work.
5. The ESCLH Blog The ESCLH blog continues to be one of the major sources of comparative legal history information on the web. The Executive Council is grateful to all those who have worked so hard on it, particularly its current webmaster (Stefania Gialdroni) and its founder (Seán Donlan). In the coming year we are enhancing the Blog further, with greater recognition for significant Blog posters and greater efforts to cover all the possible sources of Blog posts. Any thoughts or comments would be welcome to Dirk and Stefania.
6. 2016 ESCLH Conference The Executive Council invites applications from Universities and other institutes of Higher Learning to host the ESCLH conference in 2016. Please send an initial proposal to Setu and Matt giving details of your institution and some initial details of what you would propose for the conference: these should include dates, details of travel and accommodation options and any measures you could include to grow the membership of the ESCLH further. It is expected that any institution bidding for the conference would have a number of ESCLH members by the time of sending its bid. Applications will be considered as they arrive, so the sooner an application is received, the better. The final deadline is 30th October. If desired, information contact can be made with any member of the Executive Council before making a full proposal.
Cambridge University Press has announced the latest issue of the Asian Journal of International Law (AsianJIL). Now online without charge.
All articles and book reviews from this issue can be read until the 20th of November 2013.
AsianJIL publishes peer-reviewed scholarly articles and book reviews on public and private international law.
Articles are weelcomed that focus specifically on Asian issues as well as ones that bring one of the Asian perspectives to bear on issues of global concern.
Other papers welcomed by AsianJIL will be of more general interest to scholars, practitioners, and policymakers located in or working in Asia. How to submit here.
I wish you were here.
Maybe next year ...
ARTICLE: Luigi Lacchè on Constitutional Experiments in Europe in the Aftermath of the French Revolution (EUConst)
A new issue of the European Constitutional Law Review (EUConst vol. IX, No. 2) contains an article by prof. L. Lacchè (Macerata), distinguished member of our Society, on constitutional issues in post-Revolutionary Europe (pp. 285-314). Fulltext here (Cambridge Journals Online).
Here is the handout:
- The Charte and the octroi: the origins of the ‘model
- Theory of the octroi: the tale of the king-patriarch
- Absorbing the Revolution into the Monarchy
- Different words to say ‘constitution’: Charte constitutionnelle, Landständische Verfassung, Statuto
- The granted constitution as context of legitimacy: the monarchy comes before and is within the constitution
- Interpreting the granted constitution
- The fate of the monarchic constitution
Simone Goyard-Fabre (Prof. em. at the University of Caen) published La textualité du droit. Étude formelle et enquête transcendentale (Paris: Cerf, coll. "Humanités", 2012, 384 p.; ISBN 978-2-204-09794-9).
The author purports to analyse the textual appearance of law and its invasion of our everyday life through the spectrum of semiotics, semantics and philosophy. Goyard-Fabre argues that legal writing or text production, in the end, does not differ fundamentally from other productions of the human mind. Or, in other words, that its distinctiveness from e.g. philosophical writing is highly questionable.