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FELLOWSHIP: "The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy Felloships" (2015/2016)

WHAT: The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, Fellowships, Call for applications 
WHERE: State University of New York, Buffalo
WHEN: 2015-16
The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy at the State University of New York at Buffalo plans to award several fellowships for 2015-16 to scholars pursuing important topics in law, legal institutions, and social policy. Applications are invited from junior and senior scholars from law, the humanities, and the social sciences. 
Fellows are expected to participate regularly in Baldy Center events, but otherwise have no obligations beyond vigorously pursuing their research. Fellows receive standard university research privileges (access to university libraries, high-speed Internet, office space, computer equipment, phone, website space, working paper series, etc.) and are encouraged to develop collaborative research projects with SUNY Buffalo faculty members where appropriate. Those who wish to teach a course to aid their research or gain teaching experience can be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.
Post-Doctoral Fellowships are available to individuals who have completed the PhD or JD but have not yet begun a tenure track appointment. Post-Doctoral Fellows will receive a stipend of $40,000 and may apply for up to $2000 in professional travel support. For 2015-16 the Baldy Center also plans to co-sponsor one post-doctoral fellowship focused on the Transnational Business Interactions Framework with York University. Further information on this fellowship is available below.
Mid-Career and Senior Fellowships are available to established scholars who wish to work at the Center, typically during a sabbatical or research leave. Awardees will receive a living expense allowance of $1,500 per month during the period of their residence.
Application materials include:(1) a description of the planned research (question, conceptual framework, method, possible findings, importance to the field),(2) a complete academic and professional resume,(3) an academic writing sample,(4) the names and contact information of three academic references (no letters yet), and(5) if a mid-career or senior applicant, the time period during which the applicant would work at the Center. Completed applications are due no later than February 2, 2015. (Apply by clicking the button below). For further information, see our answers to frequently asked questions. Additional questions about the Baldy Fellows Program should be addressed to Assistant Director Laura Wirth,baldyassistantdirector@gmail.com or (716) 645-2581.Primary criteria for selection include intellectual strength of the proposal, demonstrated academic achievement, and promise of future success. Additional considerations include the overall mix of topics, disciplines, and backgrounds of the selected group of fellows.For information on current and past Baldy Fellows, see the Baldy Center website.
The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy is an endowed, internationally recognized institute that advances interdisciplinary research on law, legal institutions, and social policy at the State University of New York at Buffalo. More than 200 faculty members from numerous SUNY Buffalo departments participate in Baldy Center research, conferences, consortia, and publications. The Center maintains cooperative ties to other research centers and hosts distinguished scholars from around the world as visitors, fellows, speakers, and conference participants.

Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK: "Protocols of Justice: The Pinkas of the Metz Rabbinic Court, 1771-1789", by Jay R. Berkovitz

Jay R. Berkovitz, University of Massachusetts, Protocols of Justice: The Pinkas of the Metz Rabbinic Court, 1771-1789,  Brill Academic Publishers
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Presented here to the public for the first time, the Pinkas of the Metz Beit Din is the official register of civil cases that came before the Metz rabbinic court in the two decades prior to the French Revolution. Brimming with details of commercial transactions, inheritance disputes, women's roles in economic life, and the interplay between French law and Jewish law, the Metz Pinkas offers remarkable evidence of the engagement of Jews with the surrounding society and culture. The two volumes of Protocols of Justice comprise the complete text of the Metz Pinkas Beit Din, which is fully annotated by the author, and a thorough analysis of its significance for history and law at the threshold of modernity.
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ARTICLE: "The Revolutionary Portfolio: Constitution-Making and the Wider World in the American Revolution", by D.J. Hulsebosch (2014)

D.J. Hulsebosch, New York University School of Law, on The Revolutionary Portfolio: Constitution-Making and the Wider World in the American Revolution,  Suffolk University Law Review, Vol. 47, 2014 , NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 14-56 
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This article argues that American constitution-making in the founding era was an international process. At the outset of the Revolution, the Continental Congress and the revolutionary assemblies collaborated to construct a portfolio of foundational documents that American diplomats carried across the Atlantic to seek European support. In the spring and summer of 1776, Congress drafted three of the documents: the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Model Treaty. At exactly the same time, Congress recommended that the states draft a fourth type of document: state constitutions. Two dimensions of internationalism operated in the making of this portfolio. One was classically diplomatic: The documents were designed to persuade foreign states and their subjects to acknowledge American independence. The other was cultural and intellectual: The concepts and language with which the revolutionaries drafted their portfolio were part of a common transatlantic political culture, and the resulting documents were premised on the Enlightenment goal of redesigning government within and among nations to foster commerce and reduce the propensity for war. The portfolio thereby contributed to what can be called the "Constitutional Enlightenment." This second dimension was related to the first, in that legible government would help induce Europeans to see the American states as true states. The transatlantic elements of the portfolio provided European audiences with a stylized description of governance on the ground and an aspirational program for the new governments in progress. However, this intellectual dimension was also autonomous from diplomacy because it permitted Europeans to detach the revolutionary portfolio from the human events transpiring in North America and make it the object of transnational discussion about the optimal forms of institutional design, a discussion that could in turn be brought to bear on politics in Europe. The portfolio therefore helped transform the classical study of politics into the modern and potentially revolutionary project of comparative constitutionalism.
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CFA: The "Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History" (Madison, June 14-27, 2015)

WHAT: The Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History, Call for applicationsWHERE: University of Wisconsin Law School,975 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI 53706WHEN: June 14-27, 2015All information hereApplication period: 12/1/14 - 1/15/15The American Society for Legal History and the Institute for Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin Law School are pleased to invite applications for the eighth biennial Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History. The purpose of the Hurst Institute is to advance the approach to legal scholarship fostered by J. Willard Hurst in his teaching, mentoring, and scholarship. The “Hurstian perspective” emphasizes the importance of understanding law in context; it is less concerned with the characteristics of law as developed by formal legal institutions than with the way in which positive law manifests itself as the “law in action.” The Hurst Institute assists scholars from law, history, and other disciplines in pursuing research in legal history.The 2015 Hurst Institute will be chaired by Barbara Young Welke, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Professor of History and Professor of Law, and Co-Director of the Program in Law and History at the University of Minnesota. The previous Hurst Institute sessions were led by distinguished legal history scholars Lawrence M. Friedman (Stanford University), Robert W. Gordon (Yale and Stanford), Barbara Young Welke (University of Minnesota), and Hendrik Hartog (Princeton University).  The two-week program is structured but informal, and features presentations by guest scholars, discussions of core readings in legal history, and analysis of the work of the participants in the Institute. The general format includes intensive daily sessions Monday-Friday that run through mid-afternoon, a few scheduled social events, and some free time for additional discussion, reading and research. Fellows will have the opportunity to conduct archival work at the Wisconsin Historical Society. (The Society holds a vast array of primary documents and is particularly strong in areas involving nineteenth and twentieth century social movements and labor activism. In addition, the Library possesses an excellent collection of federal and state government material which is largely un-cataloged.)The ASLH Hurst Selection Committee will select twelve Fellows to participate in this event.

Applicant QualificationsPreference will be given to applications from scholars in the early stage of their career (beginning faculty members, doctoral students who have completed or almost completed their dissertations, and J.D. graduates with appropriate backgrounds). 
Fellowship RequirementsFellows are expected to be in residence for the entire two-week term of the Institute, to participate in all program activities of the Institute, and to give an informal works-in-progress presentation in the second week of the Institute. Fellows will be required to read certain materials before the sessions begin, and to submit background materials for their presentation by May 31st, two weeks before sessions begin. Fellows also are expected to demonstrate a willingness to engage with scholars from other fields and backgrounds, and to contribute to fostering an atmosphere of collegiality. 

Fellowship TermsThe Institute for Legal Studies will pay for approved travel expenses and will provide a private room for each fellow at a hotel located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Most meals will be provided.
Application Process(1) Submit the following materials in a single pdf file starting with your last name to ils@law.wisc.edu.Multiple attachments will not be accepted.     •    Curriculum Vitae with your complete contact information.    •    Statement of Purpose (maximum 500 words) describing your current work, specific research interests, and the broader perspectives on legal history that inform your work. 
(2) Arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to the Hurst Selection Committee, Institute for Legal Studies, UW Law School, 975 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI, 53706-1399. Note that letters may be sent electronically (as pdf files of signed documents on institutional letterhead) to ils@law.wisc.edu

Completed applications will be confirmed by email when all required documents have been received.Deadlines for the 2015 SessionApplications will be accepted from December 1, 2014 - January 15, 2015.Decisions will be announced by March 15, 2015.
Questions: Contact ils@law.wisc.edu.Additional Information

The Hurst Institute homepage includes information about previous sessions and comments from participants: http://www.law.wisc.edu/ils/hurst_institute.htm.

The Institute for Legal Studies offers systematic support for research and associated scholarly activity related to the "law in action," as distinguished from doctrinal analysis of the “law on the books.” The Institute promotes the exchange, testing, and dissemination of ideas at the UW Law School through colloquia, workshops, conferences, and the hosting of visitors. For more information please consult the ILS webpage athttp://www.law.wisc.edu/ils/.The American Society for Legal History is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to fostering scholarship, teaching, and study concerning the law and institutions of all legal systems. More information about ASLH is available at aslh.net
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ARTICLE: "Sex and Marriage in the Protestant Tradition: 1500-1900", by J. Witte (2014)

J. Witte, Emory University School of Law, on Sex and Marriage in the Protestant Tradition: 1500-1900Forthcoming  in Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-311 
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This Article analyzes the mainline Lutheran, Calvinist, and Anglican models of sex, marriage, and family and their gradual liberalization by Enlightenment liberalism. The theological differences between these models can be traced to their grounding in Lutheran two kingdoms doctrines, Calvinist covenantal theology, Anglican commonwealth theory, and Enlightenment contractarian logic. Lutherans consigned primary marital jurisdiction to the territorial prince or urban council. Calvinists assigned interlocking marital roles to local consistories and city councils. Anglicans left marital jurisdiction to church courts, subject to state oversight and legislation. The early Enlightenment philosophers, many of them Protestants, pressed for a sharper separation of church and state in the governance of marriage, and for stronger protections of the rights and equality of women and children within and beyond the marital household. But they maintained traditional Protestant prohibitions extramarital sex and no-fault divorce in an effort to protect especially women and children from exploitation.

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JOURNAL: "American Journal of Legal History" (Issue 54:4, October 2014)

American Journal of Legal History Issue 54:4, October 2014

Alison W. Conner, “The Lawyer Who Haunts Us: Yin Zhaoshi and the Bright Day”
Charles J. Sheehan, “Solicitor General Charles Fahy and Honorable Defense of the Japanese-American Exclusion Cases”
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BOOK: "Paths to the Bench: The Judicial Appointment Process in Manitoba, 1870-1950", by Dale Brawn (2014)

Dale Brawn,  Laurentian University, Paths to the Bench: The Judicial Appointment Process in Manitoba, 1870-1950, Law and Society Series, University of British Columbia Press, 2014
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A lawyer wanting to become a judge in early 20th-century Manitoba could attract the attention of his peers through his work -- but it was a friendship with a powerful mentor that got him to the bench. 

In Paths to the Bench, Dale Brawn looks at the appointments and careers of early judges who were charged with laying the legal foundations of a province. With much at stake, judicial appointments were as much about personal ties and politics as they were about ability. Beliefs were scrutinized to ensure that they would not impede the province’s, and the nation’s, growth, while ongoing mentorships ensured that these beliefs were cultivated through shared kinship groups. 

By looking at both official records and correspondence from this era, Brawn uncovers the highly political nature of the judicial appointment process and the intricate bonds that ensured that judges acquired the values not of their society, but of their fellowship groups. His in-depth analysis also examines the distinct career trajectories of less competent and more competent lawyers and considers why many of the best and brightest members of the bar did not go to the bench. 
A fascinating look at the careers of practical, hard-headed, and extraordinarily influential judges, Paths to the Bench is also an incisive study of the political nature of Canada’s judicial appointment process
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BOOK: "Ruin and Redemption: The Struggle for a Canadian Bankruptcy Law, 1867-1919 ", by Thomas G.W. Telfer (2014)

Thomas G.W.Telfer, University of Western Ontario Law, Ruin and Redemption: The Struggle for a Canadian Bankruptcy Law, 1867-1919, University of Toronto Press, Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History’s book series  (2014)
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Description and Contents
In 1880 the federal Parliament of Canada repealed the Insolvent Act of 1875, leaving debtor-creditor matters to be regulated by the provinces. Almost forty years later, Parliament finally passed new bankruptcy legislation, recognizing that what was once considered a moral evil had become a commercial necessity. In Ruin and Redemption, Thomas GW Telfer analyses the ideas, interests, and institutions that shaped the evolution of Canadian bankruptcy law in this era. Examining the vigorous public debates over the idea of bankruptcy, Telfer argues that the law was shaped by conflict over the morality of release from debts and by the divergence of interests between local and distant creditors. Ruin and Redemption is the first full-length study of the origins of Canadian bankruptcy law, thus making it an important contribution to the study of Canada’s commercial law.

PrefaceChapter 1: Ideas, Interests, and InstitutionsPART I 1867–1880Chapter 2: The Constitutional and Legislative History 1867-1880
Chapter 3: The Rise and Fall of Bankruptcy Law 1867-1880: The Equitable Distribution of Assets
Chapter 4: The Repeal of Bankruptcy Law 1867-1880: The Discharge
Chapter 5: The Role of Institutions 1867-1880PART II 1880–1903
Chapter 6: Living With Repeal and the Failure of Federal Reform: 1880-1903
Chapter 7: The Constitutional Question and the Impact of Federalism: 1880-1903
Chapter 8: The Bankruptcy Law Debates: 1880-1903PART III 1903–1919
Chapter 9: Reform Achieved: The Bankruptcy Act of 1919
Chapter 10: ConclusionAppendix to Chapter 6

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CONFERENCE: "Police and Justice. The Gordian knot" (Geneva, 20-22 November 2014)

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The University of Geneva and the "International Association for the History of Crime and Criminal Justice" organize an international colloquium on the history of police and justice, focusing on the transition from Enlightenment to the liberal State.

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Program (source: Nomôdos):
Université de Genève - Faculté des Lettres - Unité d'Histoire Moderne / DamoclèsANR SYSPOE (Systèmes policiers européens, 18e-19e s.)International Association for Crime and Criminal JusticeColloque international
Police et Justice: Le noeud gordienDu temps des Lumières à l’État libéral(1750-1850)
Genève (Uni Bastions, B 111)20-22 novembre 2014Programme
Jeudi 20 novembre 20149h. - Accueil
  • 9h30. - Mot de bienvenue: Christine CHAPPUIS, doyenne de la Fac. de droit (Uni. de Genève)
  • 9h45. - Introduction au colloque: Marco CICCHINI, Michel PORRET (Uni. de Genève)
10h15. - SÉANCE 1. POLICE ET JUSTICE: L’EMBOÎTEMENT (I)Présidence de séance: Vincent Milliot (Uni. de Caen)
  • Les abus de pouvoir de José Conejo, alcalde de barrio à Mexico à la fin du XVIIIe siècle, Arnaud EXBALIN (Casa de Velázquez, Madrid)
  • Policier le matin et juge l’après-midi: l’imbrication des fonctions de police et justice à Lisbonne sous l’Ancien Régime, Flávio BORDA D’ÁGUA (Uni. de Genève)
  • Justice et police dans l’Espagne des Lumières: le cas des "alcaldes de barrio" de Valladolid, Lourdes AMIGO VÁZQUEZ (Uni. de Murcia)
12h15. - Déjeuner14h. - SÉANCE 2. POLICE ET JUSTICE : L’EMBOÎTEMENT (II)Présidence de séance: Marco Cicchini
  • Du délit à la peine: les policiers du Tribunal de Police de Marseille dans le processus pénal (seconde moitié du XVIIIe siècle), Audrey ROSANIA (Uni. d’Aix-Marseille)
  • Juges et policiers. De la fondation de la Royale audience d’Estrémadure à l’établissement de la Surintendance Générale de la Police (1790-1824), Miguel Ángel MELÓN (Uni. de Extremadura), Gregorio SALINERO (Uni. de Paris-1)
  • Les "Capitanes pedáneos", juges et policiers à Cuba (1765-1851), François GODICHEAU (Uni. de Bordeaux, IUF)
15h30. - Pause16h. - SÉANCE 3. CRIMES ET DÉSORDRES SOUS L’OEIL DE LA POLICE (I)Présidence de séance : Michel Porret
  • La répression du vol nocturne à Genève vers 1750: les efforts conjoints de la police et de la
  • justice pour l’établissement de la "sûreté publique", Lucie BUTTEX (Uni. de Genève)
  • Criminalisation de la contrebande: fiscalité, police et justice de l’Ancien Régime à la Révolution française, Michael KWASS (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Dénouer le noeud gordien ? Justice et police dans l’Essai sur les lettres de cachet de Chrétien-Guillaume Lamoignon de Malesherbes, Vincent DENIS (Uni. de Paris-1, IUF)
  • From a concept to an institution: "Police" in Europe 1750-1850, Clive EMSLEY (Open University)
19h15. - BuffetVendredi 21 novembre 2015
9h. - SÉANCE 4. CRIMES ET DÉSORDRES SOUS L’OEIL DE LA POLICE (II)Présidence de séance: Elisabeth Salvi (Uni. de Genève)
  • La police judiciaire à l’épreuve du "banditisme" sous la Révolution et l’Empire: l’affaire des garotteurs de la Dyle, Xavier ROUSSEAUX (Uni. catholique de Louvain)
  • "Veiller les malfaiteurs pour éventer le crime". Le préfet, la police judiciaire et la répression du brigandage sous l’Empire, Vincent FONTANA (Uni. de Genève)
  • Police administrative, justice préventive? Sens et usages du délit de vagabondage en France (1815 1850), Pierre GAUME (EHESS)
10h30. - Pause10h50. - SÉANCE 5. CRIMES ET DÉSORDRES SOUS L’OEIL DE LA POLICE (III)Présidence: Alessandro Pastore (Uni. di Verona)
  • "En ma qualité de lieutenant de police, il etoit de mon devoir de chercher les causes… ». La naissance de l’enquête policière à Namur, 1769-1793, Antoine RENGLET (Uni. de Lille-3)
  • Les inspecteurs de la sûreté ou "l’invention pratique" de la police judiciaire dans le Paris des Lumières, Vincent MILLIOT, Rachel COUTURE (UQAM)
  • Enquêtes de police et ouverture de la procédure judiciaire. Le rôle des curés dans le Tribunal du Vicaire de Rome pendant la Restauration, Chiara LUCREZIO MONTICELLI (Deutsches Historisches Institut, Roma)
12h30. - Déjeuner14h15. - SÉANCE 6. RÉFORME ET AUTONOMIE DE LA POLICEPrésidence de séance: Catherine Denys (Uni. de Lille-3)
  • Agir avec justice et pour la justice: le cas des agents de la Lieutenance de police dans la deuxième moitié du XVIIIe siècle, Nicolas VIDONI (Uni. d’Aix-Marseille)
  • La mort d’une magistrature: le cas du Tribunal de santé du Duché de Milan, Livio ANTONIELLI (Uni. di Milano)
  • Réformes de police et magistratures de justice en Italie (1770-1800), Brigitte MARIN (Uni. d’Aix-Marseille)
  • L’expérience dramatique de Luigi De Medici, chef de la police napolitaine (1791-1795), Giorgia ALESSI (Uni. di Napoli)
16h. - Pause16h20. - SÉANCE 7. LA SÉPARATION DES POUVOIRS EN QUESTIONPrésidence de séance: Fabrice Brandli (Uni. de Genève)
  • Situare la polizia: i dilemmi dello Stato italico (1796-1814), Simona MORI (Uni. di Bergamo)
  • La garantie judiciaire dans la procédure des visites domiciliaires: un principe à l’épreuve des faits de police (1795-1835), Loris CHAVANETTE (Uni. de Paris Est Créteil)
  • Polizia, giustizia, costituzioni nel Triennio repubblicano. Il caso della Cisalpina, Michele SIMONETTO (EHESS)
  • Régime des droits vs utilité publique. Justice, police et administration, France–Grande-Bretagne, 1750-1850, Thomas LE ROUX (Maison française d’Oxford/EHESS)
20h. - Dîner du colloqueSamedi 22 novembre 20149h. - SÉANCE 8. HAUTE POLICE ET JUSTICEPrésidence de séance: Jean-Marc Berlière (Uni. de Bourgogne/CESDIP)
  • La haute police impériale (1799-1815): quand la police s’affranchit de la justice?, Jeanne-Laure LE QUANG (Uni. Paris-1)
  • Le juge, le préfet et l’acquitté: la justice pénale face aux mesures de haute police sous le Consulat et l’Empire, Emmanuel BERGER (Uni. de Namur)
  • Police ou justice? La qualification juridique des infractions ‘politiques’ dans la Modène de la première moitié du XIXe siècle, Elio TAVILLA (Uni. di Modena)
10h30. - Pause10h45. - CONCLUSIONS DU COLLOQUE, René LÉVY (CESDIP)12h15. - Déjeuner de clôtureOrganisation
  • Marco CICCHINI (Uni. de Genève, Damoclès)
  • Vincent DENIS (Uni. de Paris 1, Syspoe)
  • Vincent MILLIOT (Uni. de Caen, Syspoe)
  • Michel PORRET (Uni. de Genève, Damoclès)
Comité scientifique
  • Livio ANTONIELLI (Uni. di Milano), Pascal BASTIEN (UQAM)
  • Jean-Marc BERLIÈRE (Uni. de Bourgogne/CESDIP)
  • Frédéric CHAUVAUD (Uni. de Poitiers), Catherine DENYS (Uni. de Lille 3)
  • Clive EMSLEY (The Open University)
  • Paul FRIEDLAND (Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University)
  • Donald FYSON (Uni. Laval, Québec)
  • Karl HÄRTER (Max-Planck-Institute für europäische Rechtsgeschichte)
  • Anja JOHANSEN (Uni. of Dundee)
  • René LÉVY (CESDIP)
  • Brigitte MARIN (Uni. d’Aix-Marseille)
  • Alessandro PASTORE (Uni. di Verona)
  • Xavier ROUSSEAUX (Uni. catholique de Louvain).
Avec le soutien de:
  • École doctorale Archives des Lumières 
  • Maison de l’histoire (Unige)
  • Faculté des lettres
  • Département d’histoire générale
  • Fonds national suisse de la recherche scientifique (FNS)
  • Commission administrative (Unige)
  • Société académique de Genève
Contact:Source: http://syspoe.hypotheses.org/410
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JOURNAL: NEW Journal of Civil Law Studies

Juris Diversitas - mar, 11/11/2014 - 14:56
The Journal of Civil Law Studies is a peer-reviewed, online and open-access periodical, published by the Center of Civil Law Studies. LSU Law students participate in the editorial process once papers have been accepted for publication. First published in 2008, it promotes a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to the civil law in Louisiana and in the world.
Current Issue: Volume 7 (2014), Issue 1Front MatterPDFCover, Masthead, & Contents
ArticlesPDFLaw and the Lodestar: Tunisian Civil Law and the Task of Ordering Plurality in the Aftermath of the Jasmine Revolution
Dan E. StigallPDFMixed Jurisdiction and the Scottish Legal Tradition: Reconsidering the Concept of Mixture
Stephen ThomsonPDFCivil Status and Civil Registry: Current Trends in Spanish Law
Sofia de Salas MurilloPDFEnlarged State Power to Declare Nullity: The Hidden State Interest in the Chinese Contract Law
Hao JiangCivil Law TranslationPDFLouisiana Civil Code - Code civil de Louisiane - Book III, Titles 7 and 8
Center of Civil Law StudiesCivil Law in the WorldPDFArgentina - On Codes, Marriage, and Access to Justice: Recent Developments in the Law of Argentina 
Julieta Marotta and Agustín ParisePDFThe Netherlands - New Developments in Dutch Company Law: The “Flexible” Close Corporation
Lars van VlietPDFSwitzerland - News from Switzerland (2012-2014): Major Reform of the Rules on Unfair Competition and of Domestic and International Family Law
Thomas Kadner Graziano and Michel ReymondRediscovered Treasures of Louisiana LawPDFTranslators’ Preface to the Laws of Las Siete Partidas which are Still in Force in the State of Louisiana
Louis Moreau-Lislet, Henry Carleton, and Agustín PariseComplete IssuePDFComplete V.7 No.1
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ARTICLE: "From Gospel to Law: The Lutheran Reformation and Its Impact on Legal Culture", by J. Witte

John Witte, Emory University School of Law on From Gospel to Law: The Lutheran Reformation and Its Impact on Legal CultureMark A. Noll and Tal Howard, eds., Protestantism? Reflections in Advance of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, 1517-2017, Forthcoming Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-308  
full text hereAbstractThe Lutheran Reformation transformed not only theology and the church, but also law and the state. Despite Luther’s burning of the canon law books and his berating of lawyers as bad Christians, he soon realized that he needed both law and the legal profession to preserve his theological reforms, and to extend them into the realms of marriage, education, social welfare and more. Luther and his colleagues ultimately reconciled the new dialectics between Gospel and Law, church and state, spiritual life and temporal life through Luther’s complex two-kingdoms theory, which remains at the heart of Lutheran thought to this day. They ultimately synthesized their reforms of public and private life in hundreds of new confessions and catechisms, orders and ordinances, which still shape the laws and policies of Lutheran churches and states to this day.
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ARTICLE: "How Do Things Get Started? Legal Transplants and Domestication: An Example from Colonial New Zealand", by S. Dorsett

SHAUNNAGH DORSETT, University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law on "How Do Things Get Started? Legal Transplants and Domestication: An Example from Colonial New Zealand"
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Abstract‘Unearthing’ is a problematic task for historians. To some extent it assumes continuity between the past and the present, and that matters identified by whatever means as ‘traditions’ in the present were understood that way in the past. It is a backward looking task, rather than an exploration of understandings at a moment in time. Rather than ‘unearthing’, this article seeks to start at the beginning and to think about how things get going in colonies. It pays attention to foundations and to questions of institutional design. This article draws on literature on legal transplants, and examines one example of a legal transplant in New Zealand: the Resident Magistrates’ Court, focusing in particular on its civil jurisdiction. If not the ‘number eight wire’ approach, it is a recognition of pragmatism - the ways in which legal forms, both discursive and institutional, circulated Empire and are made and remade in new times and places in response to local circumstance.

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