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BOOK: Phillip Drew, The Law of Maritime Blockade : Past, Present, and Future (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018). $ 99.95, ISBN: 9780198808435

jeu, 01/04/2018 - 15:37
(Source: Oxford University Press)
Oxford University Press is publishing a book dealing i.a. with the legal history of maritime blockade this month.
Although appearing to be a relatively benign method of warfare when viewed from a distance, a close examination of maritime blockade unveils a sinister character that can, in cases where countries are highly reliant on imports of foodstuffs to feed their populations, prove incredibly deadly, particularly for the young and elderly. This book is unique in that it is the only contemporary book that is dedicated to the study of the law of maritime blockade in the context of modern humanitarian law.
Reviewing the development of blockade law over the past four centuries, The Law of Maritime Blockade provides a historical analysis of the law as it emerged, tracing its evolution through armed conflicts between 1684 and the present. Referring to the starvation caused by the blockade of Germany during World War I and the humanitarian crisis caused by the sanctions regime against Iraq (1991-2003), this book demonstrates that blockade can have extremely deleterious effects for vulnerable civilian populations. In this context the current law of blockade is examined, and found to be deficient in terms of its protection for civilians. Recognizing and advocating that blockade should remain as a valid and effective method of warfare, the book offers a template for a modern law of blockade maritime blockade that incorporates many of the traditional aspects of the law, while reducing the possibilities that blockades can cause or exacerbate humanitarian disasters.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction2. Maritime Neutrality Law3. The Law of Contraband4. The Historical Practice of Blockade5. Blockade Law6. Blockade and the Civilian Population7. International Humanitarian Law and Blockade8. Blockade in Non-International Armed Conflict9. International Human Rights Law and Blockade10. Conclusions and RecommendationsAppendix: Model Law of Blockade
For more information, please visit the siteof the publisher. 
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BOOK: Douglas A. Irwin, Clashing over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017). $ 35, ISBN 9780226398969

mer, 01/03/2018 - 23:17
(Source: University of Chicago Press)
The University of Chicago Press has published a new book on the history of the United States’ trade policy
Should the United States be open to commerce with other countries, or should it protect domestic industries from foreign competition? This question has been the source of bitter political conflict throughout American history. Such conflict was inevitable, James Madison argued in The Federalist Papers, because trade policy involves clashing economic interests. The struggle between the winners and losers from trade has always been fierce because dollars and jobs are at stake: depending on what policy is chosen, some industries, farmers, and workers will prosper, while others will suffer.
Douglas A. Irwin’s Clashing over Commerce is the most authoritative and comprehensive history of US trade policy to date, offering a clear picture of the various economic and political forces that have shaped it. From the start, trade policy divided the nation—first when Thomas Jefferson declared an embargo on all foreign trade and then when South Carolina threatened to secede from the Union over excessive taxes on imports. The Civil War saw a shift toward protectionism, which then came under constant political attack. Then, controversy over the Smoot-Hawley tariff during the Great Depression led to a policy shift toward freer trade, involving trade agreements that eventually produced the World Trade Organization. Irwin makes sense of this turbulent history by showing how different economic interests tend to be grouped geographically, meaning that every proposed policy change found ready champions and opponents in Congress.

As the Trump administration considers making major changes to US trade policy, Irwin’s sweeping historical perspective helps illuminate the current debate. Deeply researched and rich with insight and detail, Clashing over Commerce provides valuable and enduring insights into US trade policy past and present.
Table of Contents:
-        Revenue. The struggle for Independence, 1763-1789 ; -        Trade policy for the new nation, 1789-1816 ; -        Sectional conflict and crisis, 1816-1833 ; -        Tariff peace and Civil War, 1833-1865;-        Restriction. The failure of tariff reform, 1865-1890 ;-        Protectionism entrenched, 1890-1912 ; -        Policy reversals and drift, 1912-1928 ;-        The Hawley-Smoot tariff and the Great Depression, 1928-1932;-        Reciprocity. The New Deal and reciprocal trade agreements, 1932-1943 ; -        Creating a multilateral trading system, 1943-1950 ; -        New Order and new stresses, 1950-1979 ; -        Trade shocks and response, 1979-1992 ; -        From globalization to polarization, 1992-2017-        Conclusion.
For more information, see the siteof the publisher
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JOURNAL: Grotiana XXXVIII (2017), No. 1

mer, 01/03/2018 - 10:29
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Grotiana (Brill) published the first issue of its 38th volume.
Table of contents:
Acceptilatio. Hugo Grotius on SatisfactionJohannes Magliano-Tromp      Having Made Peace through the Blood of the CrossEltjo Schrage      Too Subtle to Satisfy Many: Was Grotius’s Teleology of Punishment Predestined to Fail?Jeremy Seth Geddert      Punishment and Sovereignty in De Indis and De iure belli ac pacisBrad Hinshelwood      Grotius and Kant on Original Community of Goods and PropertySylvie Loriaux      Grotius, Necessity and the Sixteenth-Century Scholastic TraditionBart Wauters      Hugo Grotius in Dialogue with His ColleaguesLydia Janssen      Pirating Mare liberum (1609)Mark Somos and Dániel Margócsy       Adam Smith’s Unfinished Grotius Business, Grotius’s Novel Turn to Ancient Law, and the Genealogical Fallacy Benjamin Straumann      Christian Wolff’s Lectures on Grotius’s De Iure Belli ac Pacis from 1739–1740 Frank Grunert and Béla Kapossy

More information on the publisher’s website

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BOOK: Ed. John J. Michalczyk, Nazi law : from Nuremberg to Nuremberg (London: Bloomsbury Academic , 2017). ISBN 9781350007239

dim, 12/31/2017 - 16:44
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Bloomsbury Academic has published a book on Nazi Law in December 2017.
A distinguished group of scholars from Germany, Israel and right across the United States are brought together in Nazi Law to investigate the ways in which Hitler and the Nazis used the law as a weapon, mainly against the Jews, to establish and progress their master plan for German society. The book looks at how, after assuming power in 1933, the Nazi Party manipulated the legal system and the constitution in its crusade against Communists, Jews, homosexuals, as well as Jehovah's Witnesses and other religious and racial minorities, resulting in World War II and the Holocaust. It then goes on to analyse how the law was subsequently used by the opponents of Nazism in the wake of World War Two to punish them in the war crime trials at Nuremberg.This is a valuable edited collection of interest to all scholars and students interested in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.

List of Figures
List of Contributors
Foreword, Lorenz Reibling (Boston College, USA)Acknowledgements
John J. Michalczyk (Boston College, USA)Part I - A Judicial System without Jews and without Justice1. Politics, Ethics and Natural Law in Early Twentieth Century Germany, 1900-1950, Douglas G. Morris (Federal Defenders NY, USA)2. Our Enemies Have No Rights: Carl Schmitt and the Two-Tiered System of Justice, Paul Bookbinder (University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA)3. Defining the Jew: The Origins of the Nuremberg Laws, Oleksandr Kobrynskyy (University of Nuremberg-Erlangen, Germany)4. Vichy France and the Nuremberg Laws, John Romeiser (University of Tennessee, USA)5. The Judenräte and the Nazi Racial Policies: Ethical issues in Claude Lanzmann's Last of the Unjust (2013), Yvonne Kozlovsky Golan (Haifa University, Israel)6. High Treason in the People's Court, John J. Michalczyk (Boston College, USA)Part II - Hippocrates Abandoned by Nazi Doctors 7. Resistance or Complicity: Medical and Religious Responses to Law under the Third Reich, Johnathan Kelly, Erin Miller and Michael A. Grodin (Boston University, USA)8. Homosexuality and the Law in the Third Reich, Melanie Murphy (Emmanuel College, USA)9. Physicians, Psychologists, and Lawyers as Torturers: From WWII to Post 9/11, George Annas and Sondra Crosby (Boston University School of Public Health, USA)10. Nazi Medicine and the Holocaust: Implications for Bioethics and Professionalism Education, Ashley Fernandes (Ohio State University, USA)Part III - Economic Policies and the Stripping of the Jewish Community 11. The German Plunder and Theft of Jewish Property in the General Government, David M. Crowe (Elon University, USA)12. Nazi Laws Used to Plunder Art and the Current Legal Tools Used to Unwind Looting, Leila Amineddoleh (Fordham University and New York University, USA)Part IV - A God Subverted by Nazi Policy 13. The Hereafter versus the Here-and-Now: Catholicism under National Socialism, Kevin Spicer (Stonehill College, USA)14. Nazi Persecution of German Protestants, Christopher Probst (Maryville University, USA)15. Jehovah's Witnesses in the Third Reich, Gerhard Besier (Dresden University, Germany) Part V - To the Victor Belongs Justice: At Nuremberg and Beyond 16. German Courts in the Maelstrom of Criminal Guilt: Tracing the Rise of Collective Responsibility in Nazi Death Camp Trials, 1963-2016, Michael Bryant (Bryant University, USA)17. The Devil's Chemists on Trial: The American Prosecution of I.G. Farben at Nuremberg, Mark Spicka (Shippensburg University, USA)18. Nazi Experiments, the Nuremberg Code, and the United States, Sandra H. Johnson (St. Louis University School of Law, USA) Epilogue, John J. Michalczyk (Boston College, USA)

For more information, see the site of the publisher. 
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BOOK: Stephan W. Schill, Christian J. Tams, and Rainer Hofmann, eds., International Investment Law and History [Frankfurt Investment and Economic Law Series] (Frankfurt : Edward Elgar Publishing, February 2018) (forthcoming). ISBN 9781786439956.

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(Source: Edward Elgar Publishing)
Edward Elgar Publishing is publishing a book on “International Investment Law and History”, as part of the Frankfurt Investment and Economic Law series, in February 2018.
Historiographical approaches to international investment law scholarship are becoming ever more important. This insightful book combines perspectives from a range of expert international law scholars who explore ways in which using a broad variety of historical methods and historical research can lead to a better understanding of international investment law. International Investment Law and History critically analyses the use of historical argument in international investment law. It examines the vital roles that historical arguments play in interpreting investment treaties, resolving investor-state disputes, and justifying or criticising the current system of investment protection.This book is the first in-depth study on the methodological challenges and benefits of historical analysis in international investment law. As such, it is a vital tool for scholars and practitioners in the field who wish to understand ways in which to use historical research and analysis to improve and redefine international investment law.TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface and acknowledgements Part I INTRODUCTION1. International investment law and history: An introductionStephan W. Schill, Christian J. Tams and Rainer Hofmann Part II OBJECTIVES AND OBJECTS OF HISTORY 2. Narrating narratives of international investment law: History and epistemic forcesAndreas Kulick
3. The first investor-state arbitration? The Suez Canal dispute of 1864 and some reflections on the historiography of international investment lawJason Yackee
4. Understanding change: Evolution from international claims commissions to investment treaty arbitrationHeather Bray
5. History and international law: Method and mechanism ? empire and ‘usual’ ruptureKate Miles
6. The challenges of history in international investment law: A view from legal theoryJörg Kammerhofer Part III METHODOLOGY AND ITS CHALLENGES7. Resolving challenges to historical research: Developing a project to define fair and equitable treatmentMona Pinchis-Paulsen
8. The evolution of contractual protection in international law: Accessing diplomatic archives, discovering diplomatic practice, and constructing diplomatic historyJean Ho Qing Ying
9. The gust of wind: The unknown role of Sir Elihu Lauterpacht in the drafting of the Abs-Shawcross Draft ConventionYuliya Chernykh
10. Enriching law with political history: A case study on the creation of the ICSID ConventionTaylor St. John
11. A genealogy of censurable conduct: Antecedents for an international minimum standard of investor conductMuin Boase
IndexMore information (including the possibility to pre-order the book) can be found at the siteof the publisher.
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BOOK: Edward James Kolla, Sovereignty, International Law, and the French Revolution [Studies in Legal History] (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, October 2017), 350 p. ISBN 9781107179547, £ 75.00.

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(Source: Cambridge University Press)
Cambridge University Press published Sovereignty, International Law, and the French Revolution, a new title in the American Society for Legal History’s Studies in Legal History series.
The advent of the principle of popular sovereignty during the French Revolution inspired an unintended but momentous change in international law. Edward James Kolla explains that between 1789 and 1799, the idea that peoples ought to determine their fates in international affairs, just as they were taking power domestically in France, inspired a series of new and interconnected claims to territory. Drawing on case studies from Avignon, Belgium, the Rhineland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Italy, Kolla traces how French revolutionary diplomats and leaders gradually applied principles derived from new domestic political philosophy and law to the international stage. Instead of obtaining land via dynastic inheritance or conquest in war, the will of the people would now determine the title and status of territory. However, the principle of popular sovereignty also opened up new justifications for aggressive conquest, and this history foreshadowed some of the most controversial questions in international relations today.Expands the study of the history of international law to the French Revolution and goes beyond the areas in which this history has recently boomedEnriches the history of the Revolution by using legal methodology that helps unravel some perennial debates in the historiography of the Revolution The chapters follow case studies in discrete locations; these case studies display both innovations in each case as well as continuity through the whole period of the book
Lists of mapsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Popular sovereignty and international law on the periphery of France2. The union of Avignon and the challenges of self-determination3. Revolutionary power and the annexation of Belgium4. Strategic interests, survival, and the left bank of the Rhine5. Between subject and sovereign states: the sister republics in the Netherlands, Switzerland, and ItalyConclusionSelected bibliography.
Edward James KollaEdmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in Qatar, at Georgetown University, Washington, DCEdward James Kolla is Assistant Professor of History in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
Edward James Kolla is Assistant Professor of History in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

For more information, please see the website of the publisher 
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SUMMER SCHOOL: “Laws in Antiquity – Crime and Punishment in the Ancient World” (Amsterdam, July 14-28 2018, course starts Monday 16 July)

jeu, 12/28/2017 - 21:42

(Source: VU Amsterdam Summer School)
The VU Amsterdam is organising a Summer Course on Laws in Antiquity in July 2018, coordinated by Professors Jan Hallebeek and Ilan Peled. The course level is “Advanced Bachelor/Master, open to PhD staff and professionals.”
Course Content:
It was in Roman times that the foundations were laid for the so-called civilian tradition, which still reverberates in the private law of continental Europe, South America and parts of the Far East (Japan, China). On this course, leading experts on ancient law guide you through the theoretical and historical aspects of these systems and their unique characteristics, focusing on such themes as contracts, delict, property and family law.
We begin with general presentations of the different systems, before moving on to the study and analysis of exemplary texts (in English translation) in a workshop setting. By the end of the course you will have gained a sense of legal life in the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Rome and Byzantium.

For more information, please visit the website of the VU Amsterdam Summer School
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BOOK: Michel Erpelding, Le droit international esclavagiste des "nations civilisées" (1815-1945) [Collection des thèses] (Institut Universitaire Varenne, 2017), ISBN 978-2-37032-140-4.

mer, 12/27/2017 - 00:52
(Source: Librairie LGDJ)
The Portail Universitaire du Droit reported the publication of Le droit international antiesclavagiste des "nations civilisées" (1815-1945).
L'interdiction de l'esclavage constitue une norme fondamentale du droit international contemporain : figurant dans les principaux instruments de protection des droits de l'homme, elle est souvent citée comme une obligation dont le respect intéresse la communauté internationale dans son ensemble. La présente étude s'intéresse aux origines de cette interdiction, telle que reflétée par la pratique étatique et discutée par la doctrine, avant l'émergence d'une garantie internationale des droits de l'individu à la suite de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. 
Elle rappelle qu'au XIXe siècle et pendant la première moitié du XXe siècle, l'affirmation d'un droit international antiesclavagiste était étroitement liée à l'idée, à la fois généreuse et autoritaire, de « civilisation ». Comme le montre la présente étude, le contenu matériel de ce droit dépendait, en particulier, de la capacité des États occidentaux de se définir eux-mêmes, par rapport au reste du monde, comme des « nations civilisées ». Aujourd'hui largement discréditée et dépourvue de valeur normative, la notion de « nations civilisées » dut en effet sa première apparition en droit international positif à la « Déclaration des Puissances sur l'abolition de la traite des Nègres » du 8 février 1815. Adoptée dans le cadre du Congrès de Vienne, celle-ci fut également le premier instrument international proclamant une obligation générale de mettre fin à certaines pratiques esclavagistes - en l'occurrence, à la déportation de captifs africains comme esclaves. Or, bien que le principe antiesclavagiste proclamé en 1815 fût progressivement traduit en normes internationales et internes de plus en plus exigeantes, les modalités de sa mise en oeuvre, tout comme sa portée exacte, ne cessèrent de faire l'objet de contestations et d'interrogations tout au long de la période considérée. Une question récurrente fut ainsi de savoir si une « nation civilisée » ayant formellement aboli l'institution esclavagiste pouvait être accusée d'avoir violé le droit international antiesclavagiste en tolérant ou en imposant certaines formes de travail forcé. Ce n'est finalement qu'en 1945, au terme d'une remise en cause sans précédent de l'idée même de « civilisation », que les signataires du Statut de Nuremberg adoptèrent le premier instrument conventionnel y apportant une réponse positive. 

Diplômé de l'Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne et de l'Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales, Michel Erpelding est aujourd'hui chargé de recherche à l'Institut Max Planck Luxembourg pour le droit procedural

For more information, see the website of the publisher here
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JOURNAL: Journal of the History of International Law/Revue d'histoire du droit international XIX (2017), Nr. 4 (ISSN 1388-199X)

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Articles"Alberico Gentili’s De iure belli: An Absolutist’s Attempt to Reconcile the jus gentium and the Reason of State Tradition" (Claire Vergerio)
"The Socio-Historical Case for the Existence of a Nexus Requirement in the Application of Universal Jurisdiction to Maritime Piracy" (Jeffrey T. Tirshfield)
"From the “Closed” to the “Open” Commercial State: A Very Brief History of International Economic Law" (Robert Schütze)
Book Reviews"The Politics of Justifying Force: The Suez Crisis, The Iraq War and International Law, Using and Justifying Force: The Suez Crisis, The Iraq War and International Law, written by Charlotte Peevers" (Parvathi Menon)
"To Reform the World. International Organizations and the Making of Modern States, written by Guy Fiti Sinclair" (Madeleine Herren)

(More information here)
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CALL FOR PAPERS: First Women Lawyers in Great Britain and the Empire (29 Jun 2018) DEADLINE 23 APR 2018

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First Women Lawyers in Great Britain and the Empire Symposium29 June 2018: “The Road to 1919”Call for Papers

The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 heralded women’s long awaited entry to the legal profession.  What do we actually know about that journey?  How much of that struggle has been recorded?  Where is it recorded?  The ‘First Women Lawyers in Great Britain and the Empire’ Symposia seek to unite academics and researchers in this area and explore the journey of those first women lawyers. 
The 2018meeting will celebrate the centenary of the vote and examine its effect on the passing of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919. It will explore the extent to which it gave impetus to women such as Helena Normanton to make renewed attempts to join the legal profession in 1918.
The ‘First Women Lawyers Symposia’ has run successfully for three years and has drawn papers from England, Scotland, Estonia, Canada and Australia.  The 2018 symposium will be held on Friday 29thJune 2018, venue TBC.  Submissions are welcomed from those researching in this area, including anyone with knowledge that will place the struggle for entry to the legal profession in England and Wales in an international context.  Closing date for submission of abstracts: 23 April 2018
The timetable for the following symposia are as follows:2019 Celebrations:
Thursday February 7 2019 to be held at Middle Temple (continuing the theme of the road to 1919 and a celebration of the Act which received Royal Assent on 23 December 1919), Celebration Dinner at Middle Temple Hall: Saturday 11 January 2020 (centenary of the first women Bar students’ first dinner) June 2020 Symposium: ‘Legacy’ June 2021 Symposium:‘The other women lawyers that history has, at best forgotten, at worst ignored’
17 November 2022 Celebration of the 1922 Call night at Middle Temple.
See also on twitter: @1919lawpioneersContact dr. Judith Bourne (St Mary's University, Twickenham)
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JOURNAL: Miscelanea Juslittera, vol. 4: La Parenté dans les Matières de Bretagne et de France

ven, 12/22/2017 - 04:21
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Volume 4: La Parenté dans les Matières de Bretagne et de France

This journal is part of a research project at the university of Orléans. More information here.
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WORKING PAPER: Rainer SILBERNAGL, "Die Entwicklung der Systematik der Amtsdelike und Gedanken zur Korruption im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert in der habsburgischen Gesetzgebung (A Classification of Malpractice and Thoughts on Corruption in the 18th and 19th...

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German Abstract: Die Thematik der „Korruption" ist an sich bereits zum Reizwort geworden, das generalisierend die Symptomatik eines menschlichen manipulativen Rechtsdaseins zu fassen sucht und einen klaren juristischen Krankheitsbegriff determinieren will. Der Begriff, der von vielen Wissenschaftsdisziplinen mit Forschungsergebnissen bestückt wird, erweist sich gerade im Bereich der Rechtswissenschaft als unscharf. Der Artikel befasst sich mit den gesetzgeberisch fassbaren Kernbereichen des Phänomens. Untersuchungsgebiet ist das Gebiet der Habsburgermonarchie im Zeitraum zwischen den Jahren 1750 und 1918. In dieser „Sattelzeit“ unseres heutigen Rechtsstaates beginnt das Werden des Gesetzesstaates, dessen gedankliche Grundlagen in den meisten Feldern der dogmatischen Rechtsbereiche die Basis unseres heutigen Rechtsdenkens darstellt. Gerade die zweite Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts bietet mit den Strafrechtsentwürfen eine besonders fruchtbare Periode für die Betrachtung des Zusammenspiels der Rechts-Bereiche.

English Abstract: ‘Corruption’ has become a hotly contested term that is imputed to capture the symptoms of manipulative human legal behaviour and to label a clearly identifiable juridical disease. Despite its broad use across many academic disciplines and invocation in diverse research findings, the term is particularly vague in jurisprudence. This article examines the core of corruption that can be apprehended legislatively, focusing on Habsburg rule between 1750 and 1918. In this transitional period, the modern-day constitutional state emerged whose intellectual roots in many fields of dogmatic law constitute the foundation of our modern legal consciousness. With its penal law drafts, the second half of the 19th century is a particularly useful period to analyse how these legal fields interact. See fulltext on SSRN.
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BOOK REVIEW: Lyman Johnson on Michelle A MCKINLEY, Fractional Freedoms: Slavery, Intimacy, and Legal Mobilization in Colonial Lima, 1600-1700. Studies in Legal History Series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. 294 pp. $99,99, ISBN 978-1-107...

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H-Law posted a book review by Lyman Johnson (University of North Caroline at Charlotte) on the work Fractional Freedoms: Slavery, Intimacy, and Legal Mobilization in Colonial Lima, 1600-1700, published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

First paragraph:
The historical examination of slavery in colonial Spanish America has undergone a revolutionary transformation during the last thirty years. Early histories that focused narrowly on Spanish colonies in the tropical plantation zone have been supplemented by a wave of new research that makes clear that the Atlantic slave trade distributed slaves into nearly every corner of Spain’s American empire and into nearly every sector of the colonial economy. Each new generation of scholars has extended the field into new regions and new periods while exploring new archives and methods. In this progression, historians have also successfully adapted the tools of ethnohistory, gender studies, and economics to the exploration of this ubiquitous and foundational Spanish American institution.Read further on H-Law.
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BLOG: Law and Anthropology (Leggy)

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Dear colleagues,
We have the pleasure to announce the launch of a new research platform dedicaced to legal anthropology, named Law & Anthropology ( This new blog is dedicated to news, analysis and debates on legal anthropology. The latform seeks to account regularly for recent scientific activity in the field of legal anthropology, mainly in Europe but on other continents as well.
Its goal is to highlight scientific works that try to explain what law is from an anthropological point of view. Therefore, we are interested in all fields of anthropology exploring legal/normative phenomena : legal anthropology strictly speaking, anthropology of institutions, historical anthropology, kinship anthropology, political anthropology, etc.
The blog will include calls for papers, dates of upcoming conferences and symposia, new publications (whether books, reviews, or articles), updates on doctoral training programs, upcoming Ph.D. defense announcements, creation of virtual exhibitions, bibliographic information, and interviews with actors in this field.
The platform is run by French and European researchers involved in legal anthropology.
If you would like any related news to be published on the platform, please write to
Please write to the same address if you are willing to register yourself, your research center or your teachings in our online legal anthropology directory ( Please precise your identity, your institution, your official functions, the cultural area you are specialized into, and your research fields. You may also mention a link to a personal website.
We do thank you in advance for your collaboration.

Frédéric AudrenCNRS – École de droit de Sciences Po
Laetitia GuerlainIRM- CAHD – Université de Bordeaux.

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E-JOURNAL: Glossae: European Journal of Legal History 14 (2017) (ISSN 2255-2707)

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STUDIESEnrique Gómez Royo: Semblanza de un insigne romanista, pp 1-10
Enrique Gómez Royo: Portrait of a distinguished Roman Lawyer
Juan Alfredo Obarrio Moreno

El Derecho Común: notas sobre una realidad histórico-jurídica, pp 10-26
Common Law: notes on historical and legal reality
Sandra Adams

Algunos fundamentos y convergencias de la experiencia administrativa romana sobre el medio ambiente, los recursos naturales y res publicae, pp 27-53
Some fundamentals and convergences of the Roman administrative experience on the environment, natural resources and res publicae
Juan Miguel Alburquerque

Delitos contra la moral social en la Eisagoce, pp 54-68
Crimes against social morals in Eisagoce
Francisco J. Andrés Santos

Captación de voluntad en los testamentos y ‘prohibición de confesores’ de Roma a la actualidad, pp 69-116
Undue influence in wills and ‘prohibition of confessors’ from Rome to the present
María José Azaustre Fernández

Filibusterismo académico, pp 117-145
Scholarly Filibusterism
Juan Francisco Baltar Rodríguez

La restitución dotal en Derecho justinianeo, pp 146-173
The dowry restitution in the justinian law
Lucía Bernad Segarra

Da Procopio di Gaza al silentiarius Enea: note minime sulla costitutio incerti imperatoris de aquaeductu, pp 174-197
From Procopius of Gaza to the silentiarius Aeneas: Short Notes on costitutio incerti imperatoris de aquaeductu
Paola Biavaschi,

Un viaje al pasado: en torno a los orígenes del artículo 612 del Código civil español. Un estudio de tradición romanística, pp 198-214
A journey into the past: on the origins of article 612 of the Spanish Civil Code A study of Romanistic tradition
Gabriel Buigues Oliver,

Dote tra Familia e Civitas, pp 215-235
Dowry between Familia and Civitas
Maria Casola,

La condictio en Sabino: a propósito de D.13.3.2, pp 264-277
The condictio in Sabino: a propos of the D.13.3.2
José María Espinosa Isach,

Sistemática y ius civile en las obras de Quintus Mucius Scaevola y de Acursio, pp 278-298
Systematics and ius civile in the works of Quintus Mucius Scaevola and Accursius
Antonio Fernández de Buján,

Audiencia verbal: Juicios rápidos en la Edad Moderna, pp 299-311
Verbal audience: fast trials in the Modern Age
Laura Gómez Orts,

Problemi di diritto ereditario nei VII Libri Membranarum di Nerazio, pp 312-366
Problems of inheritance law in the VII books Membranarum by Neratio
Yuri González Roldán,

Perspectivas en torno al medioambiente urbano. Especial referencia a las ruinas de edificios, incendios, basuras, inmisiones, etc., pp 367-397
Perspectives on the urban environment. Special reference to the ruins of buildings, fires, rubbish, immissions, etc.
Carmen Jiménez Salcedo

La contribución de la Escuela de Salamanca al desarrollo de la ciencia jurídica. El dominium y los actos traslativos de dominium en el pensamiento de D. de Soto, pp 398-450
The contribution of the Escuela de Salamanca to the development of legal science. The dominium and the translative acts of dominium in the doctrine of D. de Soto
Mª Lourdes Martínez de Morentin Llamas

Aproximación a los elementos jurídico-institucionales en las relaciones internacionales de la Grecia Antigua, pp 451-472
An Approach to the legal-institutional elements in the international relations of the Greek Antiquity
Leandro Martínez Peñas

Las Confesiones de Agustín de Hipona Sociedad y Derecho en el siglo IV d.C. pp 473-492
Augustine of Hippo’s Confessions Society and Law in the fourth century AD
José Antonio Martínez Vela

Una historia retrospectiva de la dignidad humana. De la Constitución española al Descubrimiento de América, pp 493-545
A Historical Retrospective of Human Dignity. From the Spanish Constitution to the Discovery of America
Aniceto Masferrer

Las mujeres y la tutela impuberum durante el reinado de Diocleciano, pp 546-568
Women and tutela impuberum during Diocletian’ s reign
Emilia Mataix Ferrándiz

Michel de L’Hospital: Between Scientia Juris and Ars Politica, pp 569-598
Maria Natale

La Cultura jurídica medieval del saber en El juego de los abalorios de Hermann Hesse, pp 599-647
The medieval legal culture of knowledge in The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse
Juan Alfredo Obarrio Moreno

The ideal judge in the 17th century: the example of Gabriel Álvarez de Velasco’s Iudex Perfectus, pp 648-659
Cato van Paddenburgh

Estudio sobre la pervivencia estructural de los criterios que conforman el onus probandi en Derecho romano clásico, en los Furs y en Les Costums de Tortosa, pp 660-685
A study on the structural survival of the criteria that make up the onus probandi in classic Roman law in the Furs and Les Costums de Tortosa
José Miguel Piquer Marí

Die arrae bei Westgoten und Baiern. Kontinuität und Verballhornung einer antiken Praxis, pp 686-694
AArrae in Visigothic and Bavarian Law. Continuity and Malapropism of an Ancient Practice
Johannes Platschek

Why Generalize Contract Law? The Russian Perspective on the Benefits of the Western European Legal Style during the Long 19th Century, pp 695-710
Dmitry Poldnikov

El significado de las legiones en la creación del imperio romano. La figura del legionario en la vida militar y su aportación al ámbito público civil, pp 711-773
The importance of legions for the foundation of the Roman Empire. The figure of the legionary in military life and its contribution to the civil public sphere
Vanessa Ponte

Herejes, paganos, judíos y samaritanos: prohibiciones para el acceso a los cargos públicos en la legislación religiosa de época postclásica y justinianea, pp 774-785
Heretics, pagans, Jews and Samaritans: prohibitions of holding public office in post- Classical and Justinian religious legislation
Elena Quintana Orive

Cinco privilegios monásticos confirmados por Alfonso IX de León y Galicia en tierras de Laxe (A Coruña) el 25 y 26 de julio de 1228, pp 786-804
Five monastic privileges confirmed by Alfonso IX of Leon and Galicia in the lands of Laxe (A Coruña) 25 and 26 July 1228
Luis Rodríguez Ennes

The origins of Ius commune: glosses and glossaries from the tenth and eleventh centuries, pp 805-817
Roldán Jimeno Aranguren

Los principia iuris como medio de armonización y unificación del Derecho europeo a través de la metodología histórico-comparativa, pp 818-864
Principia iuris as a means of harmonization and unification of European law through historical-comparative methodology
María Salazar Revuelta, Ramón Herrera Bravo

IEphesos 4 y la teoría de los contratos consensuales en Derecho helenístico, pp 865-880
IEphesos 4 and the Theory of Consensual Contracts in Hellenistic Law
Carlos Sánchez-Moreno Ellart

La fundación como entidad jurídica corporativa en la civilización romana, pp 881-916
The foundation as a corporate legal entity in Roman civilization
Guillermo Suárez Blázquez

Spunti di riflessione sulla diiudicatio visigota in Form. Visig. 40, pp 917-929
Reflection on the Visigothic diiudicatio in Form. Visig. 40
Simona Tarozzi

Il crimen ambitus dal Corpus Iuris Civilis al De dignitate di Martino Garati da Lodi, pp 930-940
The crimen ambitus from Corpus Iuris Civilis to De Dignitate of Martino Garati da Lodi
Andrea Trisciuoglio

Jurisdicción eclesiástica y poder real en la Valencia del s. XVII. La visión del jurista Francisco jerónimo de León, pp 941-
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Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Royal Power in the Valencia of the 17th Century. The vision of the jurist Francisco Jerónimo de León
Nuria Verdet Martínez

Algunas consideraciones en torno a las construcciones en el litus maris, pp 977-992
Some considerations on the constructions in the litus maris
Ana Zaera García

La fe pública administrativa en la recepción de la voluntas del testador en el Bajo Imperio, pp 993-1007
Administrative public faith in the reception of the voluntas of the testator in the low Empire
José Luis Zamora Manzano

Levitas Animi, pp 1008-1031
Weak Sex
María José Bravo Bosch

      Catégories: Comparative Law News

      TENURE TRACK OPENING: KULeuven, Legal History (History of European Public Law) DEADLINE 4 MARCH 2018

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      The Faculty of Law and the Research Unit for Roman Law and Legal History invite applications for a fulltime position as a member of the Senior Academic Staff in the field of legal history. The assignment consists of teaching in an academic context, scientific research and additional duties of an academic nature, along with those to the wider society.DutiesResearchThe assignment is comprised of research into legal history, with an emphasis on the history of European public law. The candidate has a proven interest in the reception history of Roman law and the history of the legal doctrine, in constitutional law and community development, in the history of criminal law, of procedural law, international law or human rights. Preference will be given to an adept of historical comparative law, who has a vision on the Europeanisation of legal science and for whom legal history is an integral part of legal thinking. The candidate will be expected to conduct research at an international level in an independent manner. Part of his/her assignment will be to develop – in cooperation with other members of the research unit – an international and competitive research programme, and to strive for excellent scientific results.The supervision of PhDs will also be part of his/her range of duties. The candidate is expected to add a proposal for a medium-term research programme to his/her application file.EducationIt is expected of the candidate that his/her teaching meet the requirements concerning the standard, orientation and academic character demanded of academic programmes of study. The commitment of the candidate to the quality of the academic programmes as a whole, is considered self-evident. Teaching assignments will include the education of large numbers of students. The candidate may be required to teach at the campuses of Leuven, Kortrijk, Brussels and Hasselt. Furthermore, he/she will organize seminars for smaller groups, will provide the individual supervision of master’s theses and will allot ample time to the education of PhD students.ServiceIt is expected of the candidate that he/she be willing to contribute to the services the university provides to the community, and that he/she should also be willing, in the long term, to accept policy functions at the faculty. The candidate will also be at the disposal of the government, the society and the press for the provision of scientific services and information.RequirementsThe candidate must hold a doctoral degree and at least one degree that was awarded by a faculty of law. The candidate must clearly possess growth potential. His/her list of publications must also show a commitment to international research in the field of legal history. A thorough perspective on and the capacity to acquire external funding is a plus. Preferably, he/she should have experience with teaching in an academic context and possess demonstrable didactic skills. Moreover, he/she must have mastered the techniques necessary to test the knowledge and skills of large groups. Experience with research-based education is an asset.The official administrative and teaching-language used at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of employment, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in meetings. Before teaching courses in Dutch or English, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch respectively English to the required standard.The candidate has to be prepared to acquaint himself/herself with new legal topics if necessary. The candidate also needs to have the social and executive skills that are necessary to work amicably and flexibly in the teams within the faculty, the research unit and the research group.OfferWe can offer you a dynamic and international research environment. The Research Unit for Roman Law and Legal History is part of the Faculty of Law. The Faculty has a large national and international network, which is comprised of both academics and legal professionals, at its disposal.The appointment is a tenured track with an evaluation after five years.KU Leuven pursues a policy of equal opportunity and diversity.Interested?For more information please contact Prof. dr. Bernard Tilleman, Dean of the Faculty of Law, or Prof. dr. Laurent Waelkens, Chairman of the Division for Roman Law and Legal History, For problems with online applying, please contact can apply for this job no later than March 04, 2018 via the  online application tool KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at
      More information on the KULeuven’s website.
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      CALL FOR PAPERS: AGORA Proposal, ESIL Conference 2018 (Manchester). Deadline 17 JAN 2018

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      ESIL's Interest Group "History of International Law" invites submissions for an Agora Proposal to be submitted for consideration for the ESIL Conference 2018. For 2018, Manchester has been chosen as venue, around the theme 'International Law and Universality'

      Please find our call below:

      The Local in the Universal: Social, Women’s, Labour and Radical Histories of International Law
      The Interest Group on the History of International Law seeks abstracts for an Agora Proposal to be submitted to the European Society of International Law for its 2018 Conference on ‘International Law and Universality’ to be held 13–15 September 2018 in Manchester.
      Theme:Universality’s flip side is the local and the particular. Locations are inescapable parts of any idea of universality. People are positioned in time, place, class, gender, race, ethnicity, indigeneity, and sexuality. These particulars formed familiar coordinates for locating different peoples within ideas of the universal; at the bottom of hierarchies — subsumed, excluded, ignored, erased. 
      The beginning of international legal history’s recent renaissance lay in exploring one assertion of universality — the liberal-democratic progressive narrative — and Europe as its location, and white male jurists as its particular. Later advances began to unpack the imperial, racial and class aspects of international law’s pasts, to understand how that universal spread to many localities. Some of the most recent and exciting historical projects have begun to draw our attention to the everyday, to materiality, objects, and archives beyond the legal, to tell personal, hidden and revealing histories of international law. 
      And yet, international legal history has so far been largely resistant to more radical forms of history that spurred so many of the main innovations in twentieth century historiography: social histories, women’s histories, labour histories, and histories of resistance and radicalism. Other themes at the 2018 ESIL Conference invite papers on universality and particularism’s histories at the juridical, conceptual and theoretical levels. This Agora seeks to expand that universe in the direction of something more local, personal and radical — to uncover histories that have been hidden within these longues durées and big trends.
      Fitting with and interrogating the theme of universality, we seek papers that look for the local in the universal and the legal, from across the globe and from any period of historical inquiry. We are looking to share the hidden stories, archival gems, and accounts of everyday lives and movements that illuminate and contest the universal in new and powerful ways. It is particularly fitting that we do this in Manchester, a city that was one major birthplace of the industrial revolution, the labour movement, and the suffragette movement.
      Issues arising within this theme might include, but are not limited to:
      • The role of women and women’s movements in constructing, challenging and critiquing the ideas of universality in international law.
      • Labour and international law: competing universals of solidarity and capitalism.
      • Race, ethnicity, indigeneity, intersectionality and the stories of challenging, rethinking and repurposing the universal.
      • Rebellions, radicalism and resistance: histories of popular debate, protests and discord over universality in law.
      • Shifting the ‘turn to biography’ in international legal histories: introducing the field to new lives and new, untold stories.
      • The significance of rural areas, cities, communities, migration and labour flows for rethinking law, the international, and the universal.

      • Submit an abstract of no more than 800 words, submitted by email to by 17 January 2018. No late submissions will be considered.
      • An interest group subcommittee will then blind review the abstracts and finalise the proposed format. The likely format will be a panel of 4 papers, but this may change depending on abstracts received.
      • Selected abstracts will be sent, with the Agora theme, to the ESIL 2018 Conference organisers for their consideration by 31 January 2018.
      • If the proposal is successful, full papers (minimum 3000 words) will need to be submitted by 15 July 2018 for circulation to other Agora participants.
      • We encourage proposals from scholars in any discipline — legal or not — and at any stage of career. Selection will be based on scholarly merit and with regard to producing an engaging workshop, without prejudice to gender, seniority, language or geographical location
      • Please circulate this call to anyone you think may be interested.
      • Please direct any questions to Martin Clark ( or Markus Beham (
      (source: ESILHIL-blog)
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      JOURNAL: Revue historique de droit français et étranger 2017/3

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      (image source: Institut d'histoire du droit/Paris II)Articles
        Les Pacta monastiques en Espagne wisigothique et du haut Moyen Âge : précisions sur leur signification juridique et leur singularité. (Rosine Letinier de Arvizu)
        Pères magistrats, pères gendarmes : les vicissitudes du droit de correction des familles (1789-1804) (Alain Wruck Garcia Rangel)
        Un conflit emblématique entre un émigré de Sassenay et une commune à propos du droit de propriété d’une forêt (1792-1836) (Sébastien Évrard)
        Identifier les corps des militaires morts au combat (Véronique Harouel-Bureloup)
        « Le mandat sur l’Arménie n’aura pas lieu ? ». Un drame au cœur de la Turquie, de la Cilicie et de la Syrie (1915-1920) (Bernard Durand)
      Comptes rendusRevuesMore information here.

      Catégories: Comparative Law News

      JOURNAL: American Journal of Legal History LVII (2017), No. 4 (Dec)

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      (image source: Oxford Journals)Articles
        King Making: Brown v. Board and the Rise of a Racial Savior (Herbert Lovelace)
        Execution and Pardon at the Old Bailey 1730-1837 (Simon Devereaux)
        Off the Streets: The Origins of the Doctrine of Commercial Speech (Richard Hamm)
        The Reception of Vattel’s Law of Nations in the American Colonies: From James Otis and John Adams to the Declaration of Independence (William Ossipow/Dominik Gerber)
        Running the Robed Gauntlet: Southern State Courts’ Interpretation of the Emancipation Proclamation (Adam M. Carrington)
      Book reviewsMore information here.
      Catégories: Comparative Law News

      JOURNAL: Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis/Revue d'histoire du droit/Legal History Review LXXXV (2017), nr. 3-4

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        Prijs Robert Feenstra – Prix Robert Feenstra – Robert Feenstra Prize
        Huldiging Liesbeth van Soest – Hommage à Liesbeth van Soest – Homage to Liesbeth van Soest
        Offering hospitality to strangers: Hugo Grotius’s draft regulations for the Jews (Marc de Wilde)
        Zur evictio in libertatem (Veronika Kleňová)
        The ‘generalis hypotheca’ and the sale of pledged assets in Roman law (V.J.M. Van Hoof)
        The New Temple. On the origin, nature and composition of the partes Digestorum (W.J. Zwalve/Th. de Vries)
        A fragment of the Reforma das Ordenações de D. Afonso V (José Domingues, Pedro Pinto)
        The Court of Common Pleas of East Florida 1763-1783 (Mathew C. Mirow)
        Civil mediation in imperial, republican and modern-day China. Historical and cultural norms under the traditional Chinese legal order (Peter C.H. Chan)
        Medieval jurisprudence on international law (D. Fedele)
      Book reviews(more information here)

      Catégories: Comparative Law News