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JOURNAL: (2014) 2:1 Comparative Legal History (the Official Journal of the European Society for Comparative Legal History)

sam, 2014-06-14 11:59
I'm very pleased to announce that the latest volume of Comparative Legal History, a partnership between the European Society for Comparative Legal History (ESCLH) and Hart Publishing, has been published.
- Seán Patrick Donlan (sean.donlan@ul.ie), Editor

Access the issue online and purchase individual papers here.
Subscription information is available here. As the official ESCLH publication, its members receive a free subscription.
The articles in this issue include:
Geoffrey MacCormack - ‘Agreement’, ‘Contract’ and ‘Debt’ in Early Chinese Law
This paper examines the evidence for the development of a law of contract during the period of the Warring States (481-771 BCE) and the Qin/Han dynasties (221 BCE – 220 CE). From a study of the technical terms found in the context of agreements, in particular zhai (debt), yue (agreement), and quan(document in two parts), the conclusion is drawn that early Chinese law never developed beyond the stage of recognition of a number of distinct types of agreement to which legal consequences were attached. No ‘law of contract’, comparable to that developed in Rome at roughly the same epoch, emerged from these particularities. The main reason for the difference between Rome and China, it is suggested, lay in the lack of emergence in China of a class of private lawyer resembling the Roman jurists.
Marcel Senn -  ‘Law and Authority’: A Political and Legal Paradigm by Thomas Hobbes and its Different Receptions in the USA, Canada, Britain and Germany since 1989
Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan is one of the few grand oeuvres representing the code of pre-modern political power. This code often legitimates our present understanding of law and state. Therefore it is necessary to discover the ‘socialisation’ of the interpreters – that is the impact of social, cognitive interests within scientific interpretations of law – so as to improve our understanding in a more differentiated way. The author demonstrates this in relation to three different discourses on Leviathan conducted in North America, Britain and Germany during the last twenty-five years. He thereby shows how the ‘socialisation’ of the interpreters is manifest in these particular discourses, and what this means to a reader’s critical comprehension when he or she tries to understand an opus such as Leviathan by merely reading secondary literature.
Johannes W Flume - Law and Commerce: The Evolution of Codified Business Law in Europe
This paper tracks the evolution of the codification of commercial law and company law, also known as business law. Although the literature on codification in general is vast, little attention has been dedicated to the importance of business law in this context despite the first major moves towards codification being achieved in this field. A comparative and historical survey of the codification of business law in France, England and Germany illustrates how the European legal landscape has been affected by the process of casting the law in statutory form. Indeed, regardless of the commonly-held misconception that there is ‘a’ commercial code, the legislative responses to the needs of commerce have varied widely from country to country, for while company law was always in focus, the rest of the corpus differs substantially. The code de commerce of 1807 was primarily of a procedural nature, while the German commercial code of 1863 created its own ‘private law cosmos’ and the late English codes adopted yet another, very selective, strategy. The aim of this comparative study is to understand the foundations of the legal institutions of the nineteenth century which still form the basis of our current statutes. This in turn allows some predictions for likely future developments to be made.
Tatiana Borisova and Jukka Siro - Law between Revolution and Tradition: Russian and Finnish Revolutionary Legal Acts, 1917–18
This article compares the legislative practices of two socialist revolutions in Russia (the Bolshevik revolution) and Finland in late 1917 and in 1918. Notwithstanding the considerable differences in the social, political and economic conditions in Finland and Russia, the revolutionaries in both countries had similar legislative strategies. The revolutionary legislative policies had the same ends: to secure the success of the revolutions, and, eventually, to build a new and better society. This article seeks to demonstrate the history of revolutionary law-making as a juncture of two main tendencies: the emergence of new ‘revolutionary’ features of legislative politics and the preservation of pre-revolutionary law.
We argue that the pre-revolutionary practices of law-making on which the revolutionaries relied shaped their strategies and, to some extent, the criteria by which they judged the ultimate success of their revolutions. We argue that the performative effect of revolutionary slogans should be perceived, at least in part, as a continuity of pre-revolutionary legal and administrative practices. Our comparative analysis of revolutionary law-making provides a more complex understanding of the role of revolutions in modern state empowerment.
The Reviews, including a Review Article, include:
  • Paolo Napoli - A review article of Giorgio Agamben, Altissima povertà. Regole monastiche e forma di vita
  • Arno Dal Ri Jr - A review of Ignazio Castellucci, Sistema juridico latinoamericano: una verifica
  • Peter CH Chan - A review of Lei Chen and CH (Remco) van Rhee (eds), Towards a Chinese Civil Code: Comparative and Historical Perspectives
  • Jasmin Hauck - A review of Irene Fosi, Papal Justice: Subjects and Courts in the Papal State, 1500–1750  
  • Dave De ruysscher - A review of Stefania Gialdroni, East India Company: una storia giuridica (1600–1708)
  • Merike Ristikivi - A review of Heikki ES Mattila, Comparative Legal Linguistics: Language of Law, Latin and Modern Lingua Francas
  • Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina - A review of Luigi Nuzzo, Origini di una scienza. Diritto internazionale e colonialismo nel XIX secolo   
  • Viviana Kluger - A review of José María Pérez Collados and Samuel Rodrigues Barbosa (eds), Juristas de la Independencia  
  • Abelardo Levaggi - A review of Rebecca J Scott and Jean M Hébrard, Freedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation 

Catégories: Comparative Law News

COLLOQUIUM: "La proprietà/Les propriétés" (Rome, 13-14 June 2014)

mar, 2014-06-10 06:22

WHAT: La proprietà/Les propriétés, colloquium 
WHERE: Roma tre University, Law Department, Via Ostiense 161-163, room 278
WHEN: 13-14 June 2014, 9:30 am -1:00 pm /3:00-5:00 pm
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CFP: "The second Vatican Council and the religious" (Rome, 12-14 November 2014)

mar, 2014-06-10 06:06

WHAT: The second Vatican Council and the religious, Call for papers

WHERE: the Pontifical Lateran University, the École française in Rome, the Academia Belgica in Rome.

WHEN: 12-14 November 2014

All information here
Catégories: Comparative Law News


mar, 2014-06-10 05:48


If anyone is interested in using these scholarships for research in comparative law, legal history, legal philosophy, etc, please contact Seán Patrick Donlan (sean.donlan@ul.ie) immediately. 
The deadline is Friday 13 June 2014
See http://www.ul.ie/law/postgrad-course/test for additional information.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CALL FOR ESSAYS/ARTICLES: Le centenaire du Dahir sur obligations et contracts, Livre jubilaire

ven, 2014-06-06 18:30
Call for essays/articles, by Prof. Fouzi Rherrousse, University of Fez, Maroc
Deadline: october 2014
 APPEL À CONTRIBUTION, PROJET D'OUVRAGE COLLECTIFMesdames, Messieurs,Je travaille en ce moment avec d’autres chercheurs sur un livre jubilaire pour commémorer le centenaire du Dahir sur obligations et contrats. Je serais heureux si vous participiez à ce projet.  Vos contributions, ajouteront une plus-value à notre modeste entreprise.Le livre jubilaire aura pour but de promouvoir l’histoire du droit au Maroc et l’intégrer dans l’enseignement supérieur, cette discipline est le grand absent des facultés de droit au Maroc.  Le livre jubilaire sera partagé en deux parties, une partie sur la Discipline de l’histoire du droit, son importance ses méthodes, et une autre partie sur l’histoire du D.O.C (dahir sur obligations et contrats) en particulier.  Le livre jubilaire sera bien le seul dans son genre, car les autres manifestations concernent la célébration du centenaire du DOC étaient publiées sous forme d’actes de colloques ou l’histoire du droit n’avait aucune place.La date limite pour déposer les articles est le début octobre.
Le Livre Jubilaire portera entre ses lignes un rêve, celui de diffuser  la méthode.      Et la sagesse de l’Histoire du Droit.Cordiales salutations
Pr Fouzi Rherrousse Université de FezMaroc

Catégories: Comparative Law News

NOTICE: "Traditions and changes", Third biennal ESCLH 2014 CONFERENCE (Macerata, 8-9 July 2014)

ven, 2014-06-06 18:14

WHAT: Traditions and Changes, Third Biennial ESCLH Conference
WHERE: University of Macerata, Law Department, Macerata, Italy
WHEN: 8-9 July 2014
We are glad to announce that the Third Biennial ESCLH ConferenceTraditions and Changes, will be held on July 8-9, 2014 at the University of Macerata (Italy).In the fantastic Italian environment of Le Marche region, participants will share new perspectives in the field of Comparative Legal History.All information hereFacebook page here
Catégories: Comparative Law News

SCHOLARSHIP: PhD Studentship - The History of Ideas about Law and Society in a Global Context

ven, 2014-06-06 09:54
The Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC), part of the School of Law at Queen Mary - University of London:is offering a PhD Studentship to fund a doctoral student to conduct research in the area of the history of ideas about law and society in a global context. The CLSGC would welcome applications for this funding award from applicants whose research proposals outline how they aim to investigate the social context in which such ideas are articulated either by individual jurists or groups of jurists.The research will be conducted at the CLSGC, which was established in the summer of 2013. It is a home for multidisciplinary research into the global dimensions of law and society. At its core, the CLSGC aims to work towards a better theorization of law in its changing social contexts, exploring the challenges posed for this endeavour by law's increasingly important global dimensions. One of the key planks of CLGSC's research program is the historical dimension of the globalisation of law, including the globalisation of ideas about law and society.The studentships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence. The application process for these awards is highly competitive. Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend an interview.For additional information see here or here.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

SEMINAR: "The differentiation of property" (Paris, 10 June 2014)

mar, 2014-06-03 17:39

WHAT: The differentiation of property, 8th meeting of the séminaire de casuistique Le Bien commun, les biens communs, les choses communes, la collectivisation des intérêts organized by Emanuele Coccia, Emanuele Conte, Marie-Angèle Hermitte and Paolo Napoli 
WHERE: École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Centre d'études des norme juridiques Yan Thomas (CENJ), Salle D & M Lombard, 96 boulevard Raspail, 75006, Paris
WHEN: 10 June 2014, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
SpeakerDan WIELSCH - Université de cologne, Professeur de droit civil
Catégories: Comparative Law News

SEMINAR: "Citizenship and Power Strategies between Middle Ages and Early Modernity" (Rome, 4 June 2014)

dim, 2014-06-01 08:01

WHAT: Indian Residential Schools.Settler colonialism e cittadinanza13th meeting of the seminar Cittadinanze e strategie di potere tra Medio Evo ed Età Moderna, organized by Sara Menzinger, Giuliano Milani and Massimo Vallerani in the framework of the PIMIC Project "Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom" (http://www.pimic-itn.eu)  WHERE: Roma Tre University, Law Department, 2nd Floor, Room 278, Via Ostiense 161-163, Rome.WHEN: 4 June 2014, 3:00 pm
Speakers:Prof. Michele Spanò, International University college, TurinProf. Giorgio Resta, University of Bari
Catégories: Comparative Law News

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

mar, 2014-05-27 14:06
WHAT: Construire et déconstruire les normes culturelles des juristes, workshop
WHERE: CAHD, Centre aquitain d’histoire du droit, Université de Bordeaux, France
WHEN: 2 June 2014, 2:00-6:00 pm
all information here
Catégories: Comparative Law News

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

mar, 2014-05-27 13:50

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

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

mar, 2014-05-27 13:36

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

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

mar, 2014-05-27 12:42

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

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

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

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

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

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

The journal:

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

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

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

Seán Patrick Donlan, Editor
Catégories: Comparative Law News

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

mer, 2014-05-21 08:43
Legal History e-Journal, vol.18, n. 50, May 2014

All abstracts available here
Catégories: Comparative Law News

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

mar, 2014-05-20 06:36

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

Link here.

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

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

mar, 2014-05-20 06:34
The Legal History Blog signals a new paper by Markus D. Dubber (Toronto), "Histories of Crime and Criminal Justice and the Historical Analysis of Criminal Law", in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the History of Crime and Criminal Justice (Paul Knepper & Anja Johansen, eds.).

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

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

mar, 2014-05-20 06:20

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


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

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

mar, 2014-05-20 06:15
 (image source: CRHIA, Nantes)

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

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

LECTURE: Tomlins on Debt, Death, and Redemption

lun, 2014-05-19 05:32

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