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BOOK: Olivier Chaline (ed.), Parliaments and Enlightenment, Pessac, Maison des Sciences de l'homme, 2012

A book review on the edited volume Les parlements et les Lumières (Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Pessac), under the direction of Olivier Chaline (Université Paris-Sorbonne), is available on recensio.net (Klaus Deinet, Francia:Recensio 2014:1).
As the title indicates, the work focuses on the attitudes of the judges and lawyers in the French parliaments, or regional supreme courts of the King. Enlightenment thinkers as Montesquieu or Malesherbes were members of this elite, as well as inveterately conservative counterparts. This volume parts from the idea that political or ideological opinions should be seen in their proper context, and not be read in teleological perspective, with the outcome in Revolutionary France in mind.
Abstract (Maison des Sciences de l'homme website):
Parlements et Lumières : l’association des deux notions peut sembler contre-nature, tant l’historiographie a longtemps vu dans les magistrats une catégorie hostile par principe aux Lumières, les bourreaux de Calas et de quelques autres comme les adversaires égoïstes d’une monarchie éclairée et réformatrice qu’ils finissent par perdre en descendant eux-mêmes à sa suite au tombeau. Seuls quelques avocats apparaissent sous un jour plus favorable, défendant l’innocence accablée par l’injustice des nantis ou prenant part à la Révolution.
Pourtant les progrès de la recherche nous conduisent à des vues beaucoup plus nuancées aussi bien sur les cours et les parlementaires que sur les Lumières elles-mêmes qui ne se limitent pas au seul combat philosophique. Dans ce volume collectif, il est question des gens de justice face aux idées nouvelles, des formes de leur adhésion à celles-ci et de la définition qu’ils ont essayé de donner d’un ordre du monde rénové. Réintroduire les parlementaires en tant que tels dans l’étude de la France des Lumières permettra de comprendre celle-ci plus exactement.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: Inagural Conference of the International Society for Public Law (Florence, 26-28 June 2014)

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The newly established International Society for Public Law (ICON•S) holds its first conference in Florence (Italy), from 26 to 28 June 2014. Since the conference will address issues of comparative law and links with political as well, it might be of interest to comparative legal historians.
Call (source: EJIL:Talk!)
On 26-28 June 2014, in Florence, the European University Institute and NYU-La Pietra will host the Inaugural Conference of the newly established International Society of Public Law (ICON•S).
We invite all our readers to submit proposals for either individual papers, or even more ambitiously, proposals for panels which, if selected, will be presented at the Inaugural Conference. Full details, modules for submitting proposals and for registering for the conference may be found at the society’s website. Registration for the Inaugural Conference includes the first annual membership fee in ICON•S and a free one-year online subscription to ICON, the International Journal of Constitutional Law.
  • Why create a new international learned society – are there not enough already?
  • Why public law – if we typically teach Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, or International Law (and now the much à la mode Global Law)?
  • And why does the word “comparative” not feature in the title of the new Society? Surely if we bring together constitutionalists from, say, Japan and Canada or administrative lawyers from Italy and Turkey – their common language will be Comparative Law?
The initiative to create an International Society of Public Law emerged from the Editorial Board of I•CON – the International Journal of Constitutional Law. For several years now I•CON has been, both by choice and pursuant to the cartographic reality of the field, much more than a journal of comparative constitutional Law. I•CON has expanded its interests, range of authors, readers, Editorial Board members and, above all, issues covered, to include not only discrete articles in fields such as Administrative Law, Global Constitutional Law, Global Administrative Law and the like, but also – and increasingly so – scholarship that reflects both legal reality and academic perception; scholarship which, in dealing with the challenges of public life and governance, combines elements from all of the above with a good dose of political theory and social science. That kind of remapping of the field is apparent also in EJIL. Its focus remains of course international law, but the meaning of international law today will often include many elements of the above.
True, in our classrooms we still teach ‘con. law’, ‘ad. law’ and ‘int’l law’ separately – with some justification: they retain their reality and heuristically, one has to start somewhere. But in litigation and jurisprudence, lawmaking, and academic reflection, the boundaries between these disciplines and the borders between the national and the transnational – and even global – have become porous, indeed so porous that at times one is actually dealing with an AltNeuland of public law.
I would say that about 20 per cent of the articles submitted to either EJIL and I•CON could be published in both. The boundaries between EJIL and I•CON are, unsurprisingly, equally porous.
We are certainly not announcing the death of, say, Constitutional Law or Administrative Law and the comparative variants of such. But, at a minimum, a full explication and understanding of today’s ‘constitutional’ cannot take place in isolation from other branches of public law or in a context that is exclusively national. The same is true for these other branches too, not least international law. Public law, as a field of knowledge that transcends these dichotomies, thus deserves our renewed intellectual attention. Our German colleagues, who have always had a more holistic approach to public law, may smile with some self-satisfaction.
In the same vein, the divide between law and political science has become porous too. Some of the finest insights on public law come from social scientists deeply cognizant of law; also, is there any legal scholarship that does not make at least some use of the theoretical and empirical understandings and methodologies external to the legal discipline, stricto sensu?
What then of ‘Comparative Law’? Are we announcing the death of the field? Perhaps not of the field, but of the word. The field is flourishing. It is possible to think of the field of Public Law in Chomskyan terms: there is a surface language, which differs from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but there is also a deeper structure that is common to the phenomenon of public law. It is difficult to find a public law scholar whose work is not ‘comparative’ in some respects: informed by the theoretical discussion of X or Y in another jurisdiction; referring – often by way of contrast, sometimes by way of similarity – to a foreign leading case somewhere else, as in ‘this is the Marbury v. Madison of our legal system’; addressing universal themes of constitutional theory or design; or simply searching for a constitutional ‘best practice’ overseas. Like Monsieur Jourdain who discovered to his astonishment that he was speaking prose, we in the field of public law should not be surprised to discover that in one way or another, we are all comparativists. To limit our new Society to those scholars whose work is explicitly ‘comparative’ would be hugely constricting and would limit many valuable conversations that go well beyond the formally comparative.
The best example of this new cartography may be found in this very issue in our Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of Van Gend en Loos, some articles of which are published in EJIL and others in I•CON .
Learned societies have often been founded to validate the emergence, autonomy, or breakaway of an intellectual endeavour. By contrast, international learned societies are often driven by the realization of intellectual cross-fertilization that can stem from disciplinary ecumenism. ICON·S is both! We believe that there is a compelling case for the establishment of an International Society of Public Law predicated on these sensibilities – a new breakaway field, the content of which respects traditional categories yet rejects an excessive division of intellectual labour that no longer mirrors reality.
As mentioned, the Society will be officially launched at an Inaugural Conference which will take place in Florence, Italy, in June 2014. The European University Institute and NYU School of Law will sponsor this important event – so that we can spread our wings for the first time in the historic Villa Salviati, Villa La Pietra, Villa Schifanoia, the Badia Fiesolana, and the like.
An organizing Committee of both the Society and Conference, presided by Sabino Cassese, is in charge of the Programme and of the Society’s first steps, as is the usual practice with such ‘births’. Once it has taken off, the general membership will elect the officers of the Society who will take charge of its future direction.
The Conference will combine the best practices of the genre. There will be several plenary sessions with invited speakers, commentators and floor discussions on themes that define and reflect the scope of the new Society. But the heart of the event, we sincerely hope, will be the response to this ‘Call for Panels and Papers’. We are expecting a plethora of proposals for individual papers, panels and workshops. Please do not delay in submitting your own proposals.

Catégories: Comparative Law News

JOURNALS: Legal History Review LXXXI (2013), Nos. 3-4; American Journal of Legal History LIV (2014), No 2

Two leading legal history journals recently published a new issue:

Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis-Revue d'Histoire du Droit-The Legal History Review
Volume LXXXI (2013), Nos. 3-4.
  • "Philippe Godding †" (Editorial Committee)
  • "Jacobus Thomas (Tom) de Smidt †" (Editorial Comittee)
  • "In memoriam Robert Feenstra (1920–2013)" (Editorial Committee)
  • "Liste des travaux de Robert Feenstra" (Margreet Duynstee)
  • "Portrait d’un « romaniste » hors du commun : Jean Acher (1880–1915)" (Anne Lefèbvre-Teillard)
  • "Furtum and manus / potestas" (A.B. Sirks)
  • "The problem of the content of the lex Iulia iudiciorum publicorum" (J. Giltaij)
  • "D. 41,2,3,21: Titulierte Besitzarten, Erwerbsgründeund das unum genus possidendi" (Eric H. Pool)
  • "Byzantine and the Medieval West Roman tradition" (Hylkje De Jong)
  • "Adrian of Utrecht (1459–1523) at the crossroads of law and morality: conscience, equity, and the legal nature of Early Modern practical theology" (Wim Decock)
  • "La représentation du droit dans la communauté des diplomates européens des « Trente Heureuses » (1713–1740)" (Frederik Dhondt)
  • "The case for the lost captain" (Zillem Zwalve)
  • "Außerjuristische Wertungen in der Argumentation Papinians" (J.G. Wolf)
  • Book Reviews
See Brill Books and Journals Online.

 American Journal of Legal History LXIV (2014), No. 2 (April):
  • "Virginia Law Reports" (W.H. Bryson)
  • "Leon A. Berezniak: The Theatrical Counselor" (Edward J. Larson)
  • "The Law of Colonial Maryland: Virginia Without Its Grandeur" (William E. Nelson)
  • "Habeas Corpus Proceedings in the High Court of Parliament in the Reign of James I, 1603-1625" (Donald E. Wilkes, jr.)
See the journal's website (Temple University).

Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: "Men of Justice: exercise and representation of power" (French Association of Young Legal Historians/Centre Roland Mousnier), Paris II Panthéon-Assas, 22 May 2014

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The French Association of Young Legal Historians and the Centre Roland Mousnier (Université Paris-Sorbonne/CNRS) organize a joint conference on "Les gens de justice : Exercice et mise en scène du pouvoir." 

Program (in French):

Les gens de justice Exercice et mise en scène du pouvoir
Deuxièmes journées 
de l'Association française 
des jeunes historiens du droit

 Organisées en collaboration avec le Centre Roland Mousnier et l’École doctoral II (Université Paris-Sorbonne)*
Jeudi 22 mai 2014Appartement décanalUniversité Panthéon-Assas, 12, place du Panthéon, 75005
9h30 – 12h30
Contestation de l'autorité royale et affirmation des idées parlementaires: l'usage des remontrances au xviiie siècle par le parlement de Paris David Feutry, École nationale des chartes, centre Jean MabillonLouise de Savoie et la justice du roiFlorence Nguyen, Aix-Marseille UniversitéLa figure du procureur général : l’activité de Ladislas de Baralle au parlement de Flandre au cours de l’année 1691 Clotilde Fontaine, Université Lille IIDes magistrats sous le regard de Dieu et des Parisiens : la messe rouge du Parlement au xviiie siècle Adrien Pitor, Université Paris-Sorbonne
14h – 17h00
La mise en scène artistique des magistrats au siècle des Lumières (1715-1799) Samuel Devisme, Université de Picardie-Jules VerneCicéron et le discours des gens de justice italiens (xiiie-xive s.)Carole Mabboux, Université de SavoieL'exécution de Laurent Augustin Hanžburský z Kopečka, prêtre, (Prague, 7 avril 1631) – Remarques autour de la mise en scène de la justice ecclésiastique à l’époque de la réforme catholique Nicolas Richard, Univerzita Karlova (Prague) – Université Paris-SorbonneLe bourreau, un agent symbolique au service du spectacle pénal (xive-xviiie siècle)   Cyrielle Chamot, Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: The Present and the Future of Jus Cogens

Juris Diversitas - mar, 2014-04-29 01:36

Law School of Sapienza University of Rome organizes a conference in honor of Gaetano Morelli Lectures 1st Edition with title The Present and the Future of Jus Cogens. The conference will take place at 29, 30 and 31 May 2014 in Legal Science Department of  Sapienza University of Rome, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Rome.


2.30 pm - Commencement Addresses
ENZO CANNIZZARO, Professor of International and European Law, Sapienza University of Rome
GIORGIO GAJA (to be confirmed), Judge, International Court of Justice, The Hague
ANDREA TIRITICCO, Head of the Legal Office, Ministry of Foreign Affaires, Rome
3.00 pm - The Emergence of the Notion of Jus Cogens: the Contribution of the ICJ
PIERRE-MARIE DUPUY, Professor of Public
International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva - Emeritus Professor Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris
5.00 pm - Jus Cogens and the UN Security Council
CHRISTIAN TOMUSCHAT, Emeritus Professor of Public International Law and European Law, Humboldt University, Belin

FRIDAY, 30 MAY 2014
9.00 am - Jus Cogens and the UN Security Council
CHRISTIAN TOMUSCHAT, Emeritus Professor of Public International Law and European Law, Humboldt University, Belin
11.00 am - The Emergence of the Notion of Jus Cogens: the Contribution of the ICJ
PIERRE-MARIE DUPUY, Professor of Public
International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva - Emeritus Professor Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris

9.00 am - The Emergence of the Notion of Jus Cogens: the Contribution of the ICJ
PIERRE-MARIE DUPUY, Professor of Public
International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva - Emeritus Professor Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris
11.00 am - Interactive Seminar Consequences of serious breaches of Jus Cogens
ENZO CANNIZZARO, Professor of International and European Law, Sapienza University of Rome
PAOLO PALCHETTI, Professor of International Law, University of Macerata
BEATRICE I. BONAFE', Associate Professor of Public International Law, Sapienza University of Rome

Official program is here.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: Investor-State Arbitration and Beyond

Juris Diversitas - mar, 2014-04-29 01:03

Britinsh Institute of International and Comparative Law is announced 22nd ITF Public Conference Investor-State Arbitration and Beyond at Thursday 8 May 2014, 8:30 - 17:30 in BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9 JP.

This meeting proceeds from the observation of a period of unprecedented re-examination and innovation with respect to the dispute settlement aspects of the investor-state treaty regime. The purpose of this meeting is to address some of the most important policy and rule changes which have taken place over the past several years and ask about changes and new structures currently under consideration.

Keynote Address
"The Tokyo Resolution of the Institut de Droit International on Investment Treaty Arbitration"
Professor Andrea Giardina, Chiomenti Studio Legale; University of Rome (Sapienza)
Panel 1: Alternatives to Ad Hoc Dispute Settlement. This panel will look at proposals and mechanisms for alternatives to "ad hoc" arbitral tribunals, such as the use of specialised dispute settlement mechanisms for particular classes of claims, treaty-based interpretative committees, and the use of treaty-based appellate mechanisms.Anne van Aaken, University St Gallen
Bart Legum, Dentons
Ted Posner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Yanick Radi, University of Leiden
Christoph Schreuer, University of Vienna
Panel 2: Beyond Arbitration. This panel will consider the adoption by some states of domestic legislation to replace investment treaties and the future of ISDS in investment treaties between developed states, such as the US and EU.Mark Kantor, Indipendant Arbitrator
Mark McNeill, Shearman & Sterling
Rodrigo Polanco, University of Chile; World Trade Institute
Christian Vidal-Leon, Price Waterhouse Coopers
Jason Yackee, University of Wisconsin
Panel 3: Making the Most of Current Processes. This panel will look at recent changes to existing investor-state arbitral structures, such as UNCITRAL's new rules on transparency, innovations in mediation practice, and the role of treaty secretariat's as potential engines for reform.Alejandro Carballo, Energy Charter Secretariat
Jean Kalicki, Arnold & Porter; Georgetown University
Wolf von Kumberg, Northrup Grumman Corporation
Julia Salasky, UNCITRAL Secretariat
Closing Remarks
N Jansen Calamita, Investment Treaty Forum
Details here.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

SEMINAR: "The Use of the Glossators and Commentators by Jacques Cujas (1522-1590): A Humanist Criticism of the Medieval Jurisprudence” (Edinburgh, 2 May 2014)

What: "The Use of the Glossators and Commentators by Jacques Cujas (1522-1590): A Humanist Criticism of the Medieval Jurisprudence", Alan Watson Seminar in Legal History
Where: Lorimer Room, Old College, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
When: 2 May 2014, 5:30 p.m.

Dr. Xavier Prévost, Sorbonne Law School (Université Paris I) - Ecole nationale des Chartes, Paris
Catégories: Comparative Law News

LECTURE: Hendry on Legal Comparison and Translation

Juris Diversitas - mer, 2014-04-23 04:04
The Centre for Criminal Justiceof the University of Limerickinvites you to a seminar on:
Legal comparison and the (im)possibility of legal translation Dr Jen Hendry (University of Leeds School of Law)
Wednesday, 23 April 20143:30 pm, Board Room, Plassey House ALL WELCOME
Described as both the 'mantra and the bête noire of contemporary comparative law' (Michaels, 2006), the functional approach to comparative law has increasingly become a 'marmite' approach within comparative legal research. This (once mainstream) positivistic approach to identifying similar legal features and operations across legal orders has been challenged by many comparatists who question both the desirability and possibility of such 'translation-based’ undertakings, and who prefer a 'contextual' or law-in-context approach, characterised by a focus on context, culture and episteme. This presentation argues that translation is a key issue in this methodological debate, not only in terms of the focus and content of comparative law but also the way in which it informs and frames the debate at second-order level.
Dr Jen Hendry is a lecturer in Jurisprudence at the University of Leeds School of Law and the Deputy Director of the Centre for European Law and Legal Studies.

Enquiries to: sean.donlan@ul.ie
Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK: Jean Salmon, Droit international et argumentation (Bruxelles: Bruylant, 2014)

(source: International Law Reporter)

Prof. em. Jean Salmon (Université libre de Bruxelles) published a collection of 20 articles on argumentation and international law. Althought this seems to concern prima facie legal theory in the strict sense, Salmon positions his book in the tradition of Chaïm Perelman. Reflections on legal order, judicial motivation and interpretation can be useful to comparative legal historians as well.

Abstract (in French):
L’ouvrage rassemble une vingtaine d’articles que Jean Salmon a écrits au cours des années et qui se consacrent à la place et au rôle de l’argumentation en droit international.
Ces réflexions se situent à la croisée des enseignements du philosophe Chaïm Perelman sur la rhétorique et ceux de l’internationaliste Charles Chaumont sur les contradictions en droit international.
Le droit entend conformer les faits d’existence à du devoir être ; il le fait par un langage, exprimé dans le cadre d’un système et d’institutions, qui, elles-mêmes sont dominées par les contradictions entre les valeurs et les aspirations des États, créateurs par leurs volonté commune ou antagonistes des règles qui les gouvernent.
L’ordre juridique qui en résulte n’est ni clos, ni complet ; il est lacunaire, permet l’esquive. Il est fondé fréquemment sur un langage ambigu, faisant une place importante aux notions confuses La solution des antinomies n’est pas aisée en raison de l’absence d’hiérarchie entre les règles ou entre les organes chargés de les résoudre.
La qualification unilatérale reste majoritaire, l’idéologie affichée ou occultée dominante. Dans un tel contexte, l’argumentation, quoique soumise à ces contraintes et aux rapports de force, est présente à chaque moment de la vie du droit : sa création, son interprétation, son application au cas concret ou son évolution. L’identification de l’auditoire que l’on désire convaincre, le choix des arguments susceptibles d’y parvenir sont essentiels. Néanmoins, la prétention que le raisonnement juridique est présidé par le syllogisme judiciaire est largement illusoire. La motivation du juge international, essentielle pour régler les conflits, étant elle-même une argumentation qui doit convaincre, est un exercice d’autant plus délicat.
Link to the publisher's website.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

ARTICLE: Daniel M. Klerman, "Economic Analysis of Legal History"

(source: Legal History Blog)

Daniel M. Klerman (USC Law School) published "Economic Analysis of Legal History" on SSRN, to be published in a forthcoming work on Methodologies of Law and Economics

This essay surveys economic analyses of legal history. In order to make sense of the field and to provide examples that might guide and inspire future research, it identifies and discusses five genres of scholarship.

Law as the dependent variable. This genre tries to explain why societies have the laws they do and why laws change over time. Early economic analysis tended to assume that law was efficient, while later scholars have usually adopted more realistic models of judicial and legislative behavior that take into account interest groups, institutions, and transactions costs.

Law as an independent variable. Studies of this kind look at the effect of law and legal change on human behavior. Examples include analyses of the Glorious Revolution, legal origin, and nineteenth-century women’s rights legislation.

Bidirectional histories. Studies in the first two genres analyze law as either cause or effect. In contrast, bidirectional histories view law and society as interacting in dynamic ways over time. Laws change society, but change in society in turn leads to pressure to change the law, which starts the cycle over again. So, for example, the medieval communal responsibility system fostered international trade by holding traders from the same city or region collectively responsible. Nevertheless, the increase in commerce fostered by the system undermined the effectiveness of collective responsibility and put pressure on cities and nations to develop alternative enforcement institutions.

Private ordering. A significant body of historical work investigates the ability of groups to develop norms and practices partly or wholly independently of the state. Such norms include rules relating whaling, the governance of pirate ships, and, more controversially, medieval commercial law (the “law merchant”).

Litigation and Contracts. Law and economics has developed an impressive body of theories relating to litigation and the structure of contracts. These theories often shed light on legal behavior in former times, including contracts between slave ship owners and captains, and the suit and settlement decisions of medieval private prosecutors.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

ARTICLE: Legal Modernity and Early Amerindian Laws

Juris Diversitas - mar, 2014-04-15 10:21
The Indigenous Nations & Peoples Law eJournal has published "Legal Modernity and Early Amerindian Laws" by William Conklin. It is now available on SSRN.

This essay claims that the violence characterizing the 20th century has been coloured by the clash of two very different senses of legal authority. These two senses of legal authority correspond with two very different contexts of civil violence: state secession and the violence characterizing a challenge to a state-centric legal authority. Conklin argues that the modern legal authority represents a quest for a source or foundation. Such a sense of legal authority, according to Conklin, clashes such a view with the unwritten laws of early Amerindian traditional societies. Conklin argues further that by arguing that the Amerindian sense of legal authority has been concealed in the dominant modern sense of legal authority.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK: Advanced Introduction To Comparative Constitutional Law

Juris Diversitas - mar, 2014-04-15 10:20
Edward Elgar Publishing has recently published Advanced Introduction To Comparative Constitutional Law by Mark Tushnet.

Description Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences and law, expertly written by some of the world’s leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas.

Mark Tushnet, a world-renowned scholar of constitutional law, presents an introduction to comparative constitutional law through an analysis of topics at the cutting-edge of contemporary scholarship. His authoritative study investigates constitution making, including the problem of unconstitutional constitutional amendments; recent developments in forms of constitutional review, including ‘the battle of the courts’; proportionality analysis and its alternatives; and the emergence of a new ‘transparency’ branch in constitutions around the world. Throughout, the book draws upon examples from a wide range of nations, demonstrating that the field of comparative constitutional law now truly encompasses the world.


Contents: Introduction 1. Constitution-Making 2. The Structures of Constitutional Review and Some Implications for Substantive Constitutional Law 3. The Structure of Rights Analysis: Proportionality, Rules, and International Law 4. The Structure of Government Conclusion Index
Catégories: Comparative Law News

WORKSHOP: Workshop on Malinowski

Juris Diversitas - mar, 2014-04-15 10:19
 The Commission on Legal Pluralism has announced a workshop on “Malinowski’s Concept of Law from the Native’s Point of View.”
Bronislaw Malinowski’s 130th Birth Anniversary International Workshop. Time: 12-13 September, 2014. Place: Cracow (Poland). Organizers: Department of Sociology of Law, Jagiellonian University, Cracow (Poland) and International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Oñati (Spain). Participants are invited to send for information about participation in and to submit a short (300 word) abstract of the paper by 1 June 2014. For more information:
Workshop Overview
Kaspar Bronislaw Malinowski (1884-1942) does not need special introduction. A lot has been written about his achievements as a “founding father” of the new paradigm of social/cultural anthropology, cofounder of mature functionalism (defined as a specific kind of social theory, as well as a particular method of scientific analysis) and the participant-observer technique. Malinowski’s views on religion, magic, totemism and culture occupy prominent place within the social sciences. Against this background, his writings on the (primitive) law are being less noticed and less discussed. His concept of law hasn’t been fully recapitulated yet. The Bronislaw Malinowski’s 130th Birth Anniversary is an excellent occasion for making critical evaluation of his legal concepts. Cracow –the town where he was born and grown up –seems to be perfect place for this event. The aim of the workshop is to create a discursive space for researchers interested in Malinowski’s views on the law. The papers presented on workshop could be concentrated on following topics: (1) the problem of dynamics of his legal thought, (2) the relationship between his and others conceptions and works (eg. Petrazycki’s), (3) the type of legal functionalism established by Malinowski, (4) his biological-based view on legal phenomena, (5)influence of his legal concepts on anthropology and legal science, (6) use of participant-observer technique to study legal institutions, (7) relation between modernism (Mloda Polska) and Malinowsi’s ideas. There are only examples of potential areas of the planned workshop. We invite all scholars interested in Malinowski’s thought as well as in application of his ideas to participate in the workshop and in this way pay intellectual homage to him.The workshop fee is 50 EUR. dr Mateusz Stęień email –

Catégories: Comparative Law News

ARTICLE: Anthropology and Law as Two Sibling Rivals

Juris Diversitas - mar, 2014-04-15 10:05
ARTICLE: Anthropology and Law as Two Sibling Rivals

The Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal has published "Anthropology and Law as Two Sibling Rivals" by George Emile Bisharat. It is now available on SSRN.

This lecture discusses the relationship between two academic disciplines, law and anthropology, and suggests that the optimal relationship is, on the one hand, competitive and conflictual, and on the other hand, mutually respectful and supportive — something like the relationship between two sibling rivals. The conflictual aspects of this relationship derive from the different orientations of the two fields — instrumental for law, speculative for anthropology — and the fact that anthropology, based on long-term ethnography, often challenges and subverts law’s claims to distinctive authority. The positive aspects of the relationship build on the possibilities that each field can genuinely assist the other, as anthropological understanding can be extremely useful to lawyers, while lawyers are often the legal system’s most astute observers and critics, and thus can provide anthropologists with invaluable insights into the actual operations of legal systems. These points are illustrated through references to the author’s fieldwork in Palestine and legal practice experience in the United States.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

NOTICE: SIHDA 2014 website

The website of the Société Internationale Fernand De Visscher pour l'Histoire des Droits de l'Antiquité-SIHDA 2014 is now active and operational for the registration and the first practical information at the following web address.

Catégories: Comparative Law News

WORKSHOP: Recent Research in the History of Public International Law (Ghent, 23 May 2014)

On 23 May 2014, the Ghent Legal History Institute organizes a workshop on recent research in the history of public international law. 
Whereas legal history has traditionally mostly been that of private law, recent decades saw the emergence of separate journals and book series devoted to the study of other branches, such as the history of the law nations. The meeting has been set up at the crossroads between legal history, public international law and diplomatic history. Researchers from Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Germany will present their activities to qualified peers. Starting in the Early Modern Period and running up to the First World War, a representative array of sub-fields within public international law will be considered: the law of treaties, maritime law, legal theory, the laws of war or neutrality. Prof. Randall Lesaffer, an international authority in the field, will comment and conclude the day. 
Participation is free of charge, but registration is mandatory. Please contact Mrs. Karin Pensaert (Karin.Pensaert@UGent.be).

The program, platform text and bio-bibliographical information on the speakers can be found here.
Catégories: Comparative Law News