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REVIEW: Book Review of Judging Europe's Judges

mer, 2014-02-05 19:50
RT @EUtopialaw Book Review: "Judging Europe’s Judges" @finck_m on adjudication at the CJEU
— Lassi Jyrkkiö (@jyrkkio) February 4, 2014
Catégories: Comparative Law News

JOURNAL: Louisiana Law Review

mer, 2014-02-05 19:49
#LALawReview Vol. 74, Issue 2 is now available on the #DigitalCommons page:
— Louisiana Law Review (@lalawreview) February 4, 2014
Catégories: Comparative Law News

JOURNAL: Law Teacher: The International Journal of Legal Education

mer, 2014-02-05 19:47
Have you seen: latest issue of the Law Teacher: The International Journal of Legal Education published online:
— Assoc Law Teachers (@alt_law) February 4, 2014
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: Power, Capital, Chaos

mer, 2014-02-05 19:46
Details just released of Critical Legal Conference 2014: Power, Capital, Chaos | CLT #CLC2014
— CLT (@critlegthinking) February 4, 2014
Catégories: Comparative Law News

WORKSHOP: Workshop for Young Public Law Scholars

mer, 2014-02-05 07:50

 Workshop:  Workshop for Young Public Law Scholars
 The Law Department at the London School of Economics & Political Science will host a workshop for doctoral students working in the field of public law on Friday 30 May 2014. 
Doctoral students working in UK universities are invited to present a working paper on any public law topic. LSE faculty members including Conor Gearty, Carol Harlow, Martin Loughlin, Mara Malagodi, Linda Mulcahy, Jo Murkens, Thomas Poole, Grégoire Webber and Mike Wilkinson will be on hand to comment on the papers and give advice on publication and career strategies. 
The workshop will take place all day on 30 May and will conclude with a dinner to which all participants are invited. The Law Department will also provide overnight accommodation and cover reasonable travel costs for this event.
Abstracts should be submitted to by 1 March. Inquiries can be made to the same address. Proposals will be considered on the basis of academic merit. Those invited to attend the workshop will be required to submit papers by 30 April.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

SUMMER SCHOOL: Environmental Law in Como, Italy, May 25 - June 6

mer, 2014-02-05 06:23
Enjoy two weeks studying comparative environmental law in the heart of Europe. International Comparative Environmental Law Seminar (Critical Topics in Environmental Law in a Comparative Perspective).

CONTENTSThe International Comparative Environmental Law Seminar in Como Italy is jointly presented by the University of California, Davis School of Law and the University of Insubria School of Law.This intensive, two-week program provides a unique opportunity for U.S. and international law students and legal professionals to study environmental law by examining and comparing European Union and U.S. environmental law policies and regulatory regimes. Topics include pollution control laws (air and water), hazardous waste laws, protection and preservation of plant and animal species, climate change—the next generation of environmental law—and regulation and liability for environmental harm and more. Students will also have the opportunity to visit legal institutions and learn about the rich environmental and historical culture of Como and Milan. All sessions are taught in English.
Environmental law experts, including Professor Richard Frank and Professor Al Lin from the University of California, Davis School of Law, and Professor Barbara Pozzo, from the University of Insubria School of Law lead the nine thematic class sessions. Professor Frank is the director of the California Environmental Law and Policy Center. Professor Lin is a noted environmental law scholar at the UC Davis School of Law and formerly was a trial attorney for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Professor Pozzo is an international expert in the field of Comparative Environmental Law. She coordinated the International Research Group on Property and Environment as part of the Common Core of European Private Law Project.

The University of California (UC) is one of the premier public institutions of higher education in the United States. The University of California, Davis School of Law is a top tier U.S. law school with an excellent record of scholarship, teaching and service supporting a vibrant and diverse student community. At UC Davis our outstanding ranking, small size and unusually accessible and dedicated faculty of internationally-renowned scholars provide a truly exceptional learning environment.
UNIVERSITY OF INSUBRIA SCHOOL OF LAWFounded in 1998, the University of Insubria has the distinction of being one of the first Italian universities to feature a bi-polar network system involving the two main centers of Como and Varese, as well as other satellite centers under the single logo of the Universitas Studiorum Insubriae. The University of Insubria School of Law strives to create cultural homogeneity by givingvoice to strong identifying values and transforming them into vital cultural ventures.
The LocationComo, Italy, is centrally located in the heart of Europe. The stunning city of Como, situated in proximity to Milan and Lugano, Switzerland, provides a sophisticated intellectual and legal environment in which to study comparative environmental law. Classes will be held at the University of Insubria School of Law. 
CreditThis program has been approved by the American Bar Association. Students will receive two hours of academic J.D. credit. This program also may be used to fulfill continuing education credit requirements. 
Requirements, Tuition and Fees:ADMISSIONThis program is intended for:• Law students in good standing at or graduates of ABA-accredited U.S. law schools and foreignlaw schools.• Legal or other professionals interested in environmental law.
TUITION, FEES, HOUSING AND OTHER INFORMATIONPlease visit our website for more DEADLINEApril 1, 2014
For more informationContact:Como Environmental Law ProgramInternational Law ProgramsUC Davis School of Law1333 Research Park DriveDavis, CA 95618 U.S.A.lawinfo@ucde.ucdavis.eduPhone: (530) 757-8569
Catégories: Comparative Law News

ARTICLE: Grenon on Canadian Bijuralism

lun, 2014-02-03 19:10
The following message appeared on the Legal Theory Blog:
Aline Grenon (University of Montreal - Faculty of Law) has posted Canadian Bijuralism at a Crossroad? Impact of Section 8.1 of the Interpretation Act (Osgoode Hall Law Journal 51:2, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:Section 8.1 of the Interpretation Act affirms the equal authority of the common law and civil law in the field of property and civil rights and states, subject to two exceptions, that federal enactments based on rules and concepts that are part of the law of property and civil rights are to be interpreted in accordance with these rules and concepts.

Prior to the enactment of this section in 2001, courts had a tendency to opt for a uniform application of federal legislation based on common law concepts, with often negative results for Quebec civil law. Since then, the Supreme Court of Canada has had a number of opportunities to interpret federal legislation in light of section 8.1.

Following an analysis of the court’s decisions, the author emphasizes that section 8.1 has the potential to promote exchanges between Quebec civil law and Canadian common law and submits proposals in this regard. This article will be published in the next issue of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal (51:2).
Catégories: Comparative Law News

PRIZE: Legal and Political Anthropology

dim, 2014-02-02 07:33
NEW Book prize for outstanding recent contribution in legal & political anthropology. Nominations open NOW!
— Allegra Lab (@allegra_lab) January 31, 2014
Catégories: Comparative Law News

PROGRAMME: International Master on Sociology of Law

dim, 2014-02-02 07:32
RT: 2014-2015 International Master on Sociology of Law @mastersusana
— IISJ-IISL Oñati (@IISJOnati) January 31, 2014
Catégories: Comparative Law News

SEMINAR: European Legal Studies and Sociological Approaches

dim, 2014-02-02 07:29
The next seminar in our PhD researcher Jean Monnet series is 'European Legal Studies and Sociological Approaches', on Feb 19, 16h30.
— EU Law U.Leeds (@CELLS_Leeds) January 31, 2014
Catégories: Comparative Law News

ARTICLES: Kadens on Custom

dim, 2014-02-02 07:27
Two from Kadens on Custom: Emily Kadens, Northwestern University School of Law (and a former Guest Blogger), h...
— Legal History Blog (@legalhistory) January 31, 2014
Catégories: Comparative Law News

JOURNAL: The American Indian Law Journal

dim, 2014-02-02 07:25
New blog post: Fall 2013 Issue of the American Indian Law Journal Available
— TurtleTalk (@ILPCTurtleTalk) January 31, 2014
Catégories: Comparative Law News

WEBSITE: The Small Jurisdictions Service

jeu, 2014-01-30 05:44

Some of you know that the Juris Diversitas gang has an interest in, among other things, microjurisdictions. Indeed, a project and event(s) focusing on the subject is in the works now.
Looking over drafts of our project, I was reminded again of the Small Jurisdictions Service of Oxford Brookes University. 

Their website reads:
Legal practice in a small jurisdiction poses its own special challenges. Although the range of legal issues which need to be covered are frequently as broad as for larger jurisdictions, the limited volume of legal materials from within the jurisdiction require a particular approach to successful legal practice. The Small Jurisdictions Service aims to support legal practitioners in the Crown Dependencies, British Overseas Territories, and Small Commonwealth States whether in private practice or public service.
Their site is worth visiting, not least because of materials available on Manx Law, the law of the Caribbean, and Seychellois Law
Have a look.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK: Siems on Comparative Law

mer, 2014-01-29 16:51
Mathias Siems’ Comparative law is due to be published in May 2014. It
presents a fresh contextualised and cosmopolitan perspective on comparative law. It critically discusses established approaches to comparative law, but also presents more modern ones, such as socio-legal and numerical comparative law. Special emphasis is given to the impact of globalisation on legal systems. The argument of this book is structured as follows: Part 1 looks at past approaches to comparative law and how these approaches have been challenged by contextual research. Parts 2 and 3 explain how at present other disciplines make comparative law richer by using new methods and extending it to new questions. In Part 4 it is proposed that future comparative law can even go further by integrating the research of other disciplines, even if this is not yet classified as comparative law.

Keep an eye out for the book.  In the meantime, check out Siems’ Comparing Laws Blog.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

WORKSHOP: Hybridity - Power, social structures,and institutions beyond the liberal west

mer, 2014-01-29 16:42
Hybridity: Power, social structures,and institutions beyond the liberal westInstitute of Advanced Studies, The University of BirminghamThursday, 13 March 2014 from 09:30 to 13:00 (GMT)Birmingham , United KingdomLed by Dr Rosa Freedman and Dr Nicolas Lemay-Hébert, this Institute of Advanced Studies workshop will bridge the theoretical gap that divides the different disciplines by bringing together scholars and practitioners to focus on hybridity and its potential impact and challenges over the coming years. The workshop will provide an interdisciplinary forum for discussions that will fuse the theory and practice of hybridity during this embryonic phase.Speakers include:Professor François Crépeau (McGill University) United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants 
  • Professor Eric Heinze (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Professor Fiona De Londras (Durham University)
  • Professor Paul Jackson (University of Birmingham)
  • Dr Gareth Sears (University of Birmingham)
  • Dr Diana Spencer (University of Birmingham)

Provisional Programme:09.00 Coffee09.30 Panels: Hybrid peace; Culture and Hybridity; Identity and Hybridity13.00 Open session endsIf you would like to attend lunch and Roundtable session in the afternoon (13.00-18.15)Please send Expressions of Interest of no more than 200 words to Dr Rosa Freedman ( or Dr Nicolas Lemay-Hébert (
Catégories: Comparative Law News

LECTURE: Twining on Normative and Legal Pluralism - A Global Perspective

mar, 2014-01-28 12:26
Preparing to add a few videos to my outlines for (i) Comparative Law and (ii) Jurisprudence, I discovered William Twining's 'Normative and Legal Pluralism: A Global Perspective'.
Professor Twining delivered the paper in 2009 to the Center for International and Comparative Law of Duke University School of Law. It was posted last month. I recommend it highly.
In addition to being on our Advisory Council, Professor Twining is 'the Quain Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus, University College of London, and a regular visiting professor at the University of Miami Law School'. In the video, he 'presents the annual Bernstein Lecture titled "Normative and Legal Pluralism: A Global Perspective."
His text is available here. The abstract reads:

This lecture sets out to demystify the topic of legal pluralism by examining the relationship between legal pluralism, normative pluralism, and general normative theory from a global perspective. The central theme is that treating legal pluralism as a species of normative pluralism decenters the state, links legal pluralism to a rich body of literature, and helps to show that some of the central puzzlements surrounding the topic can usefully be viewed as much broader issues in the general theory of norms and legal theory. A second theme is that so-called “global legal pluralism” is in several respects qualitatively different from the older anthropological and socio-legal accounts of legal pluralism and is largely based on a different set of concerns.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK: S.M. Boyne on the German Prosecution Service

mar, 2014-01-28 07:59
Juris Diversitas is pleased to announce the publication of Shawn Marie Boyne's new book, The German Prosecution Service: Guardians of the Law (Springer 2014).
 Abstract:Acclaimed as the "the most objective prosecutors in the world" the German prosecution service has long attracted the attention in the past of comparative law scholars. At first glance, the institutional position and statutory mandate of German prosecutors indicate that that reputation is well-deserved. Unfortunately, the introduction of chargebargaining has opened the door to criticism that German prosecutors have abandoned their role of objective decision-makers. Using interview data collected from interviews with German prosecutors themselves as well as quantitative data, the book uses the actual voices of German prosecutors to show how real-world constraints, rather than changes in the law, undermine the ability of German prosecutors to objectively seek the truth. The book will take readers behind closed doors where prosecutors discuss case decisions and unveil the realities of practice. As a result, it will critically revise previous studies of German prosecution practices and offer readers a well-researched ethnographic analysis of actual German decision-making practices and the culture of the prosecution service.
- Unique, ethnographic study of a prosecutorial decision-making that contrasts with decision-making in an adversarial system- Detailed quotations from German lawyers- Analysis of actual case studies- On-the-ground analysis of the German prosecution service rather than academic theory

For more information click here
Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK: Law in Politics, Politics in Law

mar, 2014-01-28 07:24

Hart Publihing has published a new title 'Law in Politics, Politics in Law', edited by David Feldman

A great deal has been written on the relationship between politics and law. Legislation, as a source of law, is often highly political, and is the product of a process or the creation of officials often closely bound into party politics. Legislation is also one of the exclusive powers of the state. As such, legislation is plainly both practical and inevitably political; at the same time most understandings of the relationship between law and politics have been overwhelmingly theoretical. In this light, public law is often seen as part of the political order or as inescapably partisan.  We know relatively little about the real impact of law on politicians through their legal advisers and civil servants. How do lawyers in government see their roles and what use do they make of law? How does politics actually affect the drafting of legislation or the making of policy?This volume will begin to answer these and other questions about the practical, day-to-day relationship between law and politics in a number of settings. It includes chapters by former departmental legal advisers, drafters of legislation, law reformers, judges and academics, who focus on what actually happens when law meets politics in government. Info on the book is avaliable here.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK: Mitchell's Contract Law and Contract Practice

mar, 2014-01-28 07:24
Hart Publishing has published a new title 'Contract Law and Contract Practice. Bridging the Gap Between Legal Reasoning and Commercial Expectation' by Catherine Mitchell.

An oft-repeated assertion within contract law scholarship and cases is that a good contract law (or a good commercial contract law) will meet the needs and expectations of commercial contractors. Despite the prevalence of this statement, relatively little attention has been paid to why this should be the aim of contract law, how these 'commercial expectations' are identified and given substance, and what precise legal techniques might be adopted by courts to support the practices and expectations of business people. This book explores these neglected issues within contract law. It examines the idea of commercial expectation, identifying what expectations commercial contractors may have about the law and their business relationships (using empirical studies of contracting behaviour), and assesses the extent to which current contract law reflects these expectations. It considers whether supporting commercial expectations is a justifiable aim of the law according to three well-established theoretical approaches to contractual obligations: rights-based explanations, efficiency-based (or economic) explanations and the relational contract critique of the classical law. It explores the specific challenges presented to contract law by modern commercial relationships and the ways in which the general rules of contract law could be designed and applied in order to meet these challenges. Ultimately the book seeks to move contract law beyond a simple dichotomy between contextualist and formalist legal reasoning, to a more nuanced and responsive legal approach to the regulation of commercial agreements. Information on the book is here.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CALL FOR GRANTS AND WORKSHOPS: the International Institute for Sociology of Law

mar, 2014-01-28 07:23
Hall of Residence Grants – for carrying out research work at the Oñati International Institute for Sociology of Law 2014 - 2015
The Board of the International Institute for Sociology of Law has created residence grants for scholars who would like to conduct research at the Institute’s Library and Documentation Centre. These grants cover lodging in a shared room for a maximum of 3 months at the Institute’s Hall of Residence between the months of October and March. Those interested in applying for such a grant should fill out the application form and submit it before the 17th of February 2014. For more details, check hereCall for workshops. The Oñati Institutes also welcomes applications to organize workshops on topics within the broad field of law in society. It provides a very congenial location for discussions and interactions among a relatively small group of researchers. For more details, check here.
Catégories: Comparative Law News