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VACANCIES: PhD positions "Collateral rights and Bankruptcy in Early Modern Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Lyon" (Deadline 31 AUG 2017)

ven, 06/16/2017 - 10:43
The Department of Public Law, Jurisprudence and Legal History at Tilburg University invites applications for the following position Three Positions of Doctoral Researcher in Legal History (3 x 1.0 FTE): Collateral rights and Bankruptcy in Early Modern Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Lyon Specificaties - (uitleg)Locatie Tilburg FunctietypesResearch, Development, InnovationWetenschappelijke disciplineLawUren 40,0 uren per week Werk-/denkniveauUniversity GraduateVacaturenummer 10401Vertalingenen  About employer Tilburg University Short link Solliciteer binnen 77 dagen op deze vacature
FunctiebeschrijvingThe Department of Public Law, Jurisprudence and Legal History is seeking for three full-time doctoral researchers (48 months) who will be working within the project ‘Analysing Coherence in Law Through Legal Scholarship’ (CLLS), which is funded by the European Research Council (ERC, ERC Starting Grant 2016, nr 714759). The project started in January 2017 and will be finalized in 2021.

The project focuses on analyzing local and regional legal scholarship of the early modern period (c 1500 – c 1800), concerning the theme of collateral rights (securities) and bankruptcy. The three doctoral researchers will analyze the municipal law and legal practices of three cities of commerce in the early modern period, as well as doctrinal texts commenting on the municipal law of these cities. The first position is concerned with Amsterdam, the second one with Frankfurt, and the third one with Lyon.   Functie-eisenCandidates have studied law and/or history, and have written one or more papers on an institutional-historical or legal-historical topic. Candidates should demonstrate their interest in history and research methods (qualitative and⁄or quantitative). Acquaintance with archival research is a plus. Candidates are expected to combine good research skills with excellent networking and communicative skills and to have an entrepreneurial mindset. They have experience with both individual and teamwork research. For all three positions it is required that candidates have high proficiency in English, both written and spoken.

Candidates for the vacancy concerning Amsterdam have a good command of Dutch. Candidates for the position concerning Lyon have reading proficiency in French. The doctoral researcher who will study Frankfurt has reading proficiency in German. For the positions regarding Lyon and Frankfurt, a good command of Dutch, or willingness to learn Dutch, is an asset. ArbeidsvoorwaardenTilburg University offers a good benefits package in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities. We offer competitive European salaries. Depending on the experience and competences of the selected candidates, the appointment will be made at the rank of researcher 4. The starting gross salary for researchers 4 will vary between € 2588,00 and € 4084,00 per month (for a full-time appointment) based on scale 10 of the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) Dutch Universities. The appointment will start as from January 1st, 2018 and will end on December 31st, 2021. Tilburg University is rated among the top of Dutch employers, offering very good fringe benefits, such as the possibility to determine your benefits individually through an options model of employment conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf whenever the criteria are met.Dienstverband: Temporary, 4 years
Tilburg Law School (TLS) is a modern and specialized university. With a broad variety of international programmes and innovating research, the Tilburg Law School stands for high quality. Research at the Tilburg Law School is conducted in an organisation that fosters diversity. The Tilburg Graduate Law School is responsible for the training and guidance of its Research Master students and of the Faculty’s PhD researchers. With its open and inspiring atmosphere, this school is a congenial working environment.
Tilburg Law School Additionele informatieJob description
The successful candidates are expected to contribute to the CLLS-project’s research, its publications as well as its activities.

Candidates have studied law and/or history, and have written one or more papers on an institutional-historical or legal-historical topic. Candidates should demonstrate their interest in history and research methods (qualitative and⁄or quantitative). Acquaintance with archival research is a plus. Candidates are expected to combine good research skills with excellent networking and communicative skills and to have an entrepreneurial mindset. They have experience with both individual and teamwork research. For all three positions it is required that candidates have high proficiency in English, both written and spoken.

Candidates for the vacancy concerning Amsterdam have a good command of Dutch. Candidates for the position concerning Lyon have reading proficiency in French. The doctoral researcher who will study Frankfurt has reading proficiency in German. For the positions regarding Lyon and Frankfurt, a good command of Dutch, or willingness to learn Dutch, is an asset.

Additional information about the Department of Public Law, Jurisprudence and Legal History can be found on Specific information about the vacancies can be obtained from dr. Dave De ruysscher, project leader,
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BOOK: Andreas VON ARNAULD (ed.), Völkerrechtsgeschichte(n): Historische Narrative und Konzepte im Wandel (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2017), ISBN 978-3-428-15163-9, € 74,9

mer, 06/07/2017 - 11:36

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Andreas von Arnauld (Kiel) published Völkerrechtsgeschichte(n): Historische Narrative und Konzepte im Wandel.


Völkerrechtsgeschichte(n). Der Begriff deutet an, dass die Geschichte des Völkerrechts nicht einfach-linear ist, sondern vielgestaltig und abhängig von der Perspektive dessen, der sie erzählt. Sich mit Geschichte zu befassen, heißt zu fragen, wer an was aus welchem Grund erinnert. Der Begriff deutet zugleich an, dass die Historiographie eng mit jenen Narrativen verbunden ist, die Völker und Staatengruppen zu Kollektiven formen. Welche historischen Gegenbilder schaffen wir mit der Rede vom »Westfälischen System«, wie konstruieren wir Epochen und Zäsuren, wie konzeptualisieren wir historischen Wandel – und aus welcher Perspektive? Diesen Fragen geht der vorliegende Band nach. Zugleich werden fundamentale Konzepte des Völkerrechts (internationale Gemeinschaft, Krieg und Frieden, Räume) in ihrem Wandel historisch rekonstruiert. Auf diese Weise soll die Funktion deutlich werden, die solche Rekonstruktionen für unsere Deutung des Völkerrechts der Gegenwart Table of contents: 
  • Andreas von Arnauld, Völkerrechtsgeschichte(n). Einleitende Überlegungen 
  • Rainer Grote, Das »Westfälische System« des Völkerrechts: Faktum oder Mythos? 
  • Jochen von Bernstorff, International Legal History and its Methodologies: How (Not) to Tell the Story of the Many Lives and Deaths of the ius ad bellum 
  • Heinhard Steiger, Das Ius Publicum Europaeum und das Andere: a global history approach 
  • Markus Kotzur, Konstitutionelle Momente? Gedanken über den Wandel im Völkerrecht 
  • Erika de Wet & Ioannis Georgiadis, From communitas orbis to a Community of States – and Back? 
  • Carsten Stahn, Das Ringen um den Frieden: Jus ad bellum – Jus contra bellum – Jus Post Bellum? 
  • Alexander Proelß & Camilla Haake, Gemeinschaftsräume in der Entwicklung: von der res communis omnium zum common heritage of mankind
More information on the publisher's website.

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

CALL FOR PAPERS: Inclusion and Exclusion in the History of Ideas (Helsinki: Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History, 14-15 Dec 2017); DEADLINE 30 JUN 2017

mar, 06/06/2017 - 09:57
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The Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History invites paper and panel proposals for its first international conference, which will take place 14-15 December 2017. Papers and panels should address intellectual history, broadly speaking, and relate to the general conference theme of ‘inclusion and exclusion’. While the theme of ‘inclusion and exclusion’ can be approached from many different perspectives and applied to many different topics, research in fields related to intellectual history has not prominently done so thus far. The conference organisers want to highlight a few ways of how this might be done, but the conference is also open to other suggestions:

· Inclusion and exclusion in theorising on political representation. How has the lack of representation due to gender, income or status been historically addressed? How has the fulfilment of citizenship been treated in the history of political thought? How are conceptualisations of politics and forms of government related to mechanisms of exclusion?
· Inclusion and exclusion in the recognition of social, cultural, religious or ethnic difference and the tradition of conceptualising tolerance. How have religious convictions and doctrines shaped the intellectual history of mutual recognition and toleration? Does the recognition of different identities and beliefs endorse or rather prevent the creation of cooperative and sociable societies?
· Inclusive and exclusive mechanisms regarding the location of knowledge and intellectual life. How do travel and communication between intellectuals and translation processes shape thinking in different parts of the world? How can today’s attempts to move toward global intellectual history shape and transform the practices and outputs of the field?
· Inclusion and exclusion through trade politics, institutions, and regulatory mechanisms. How were current international trade regimes shaped by forms of economic, fiscal, legal, and diplomatic inclusion and exclusion? How did different institutional and legal regimes develop in their usage of inclusion and exclusion mechanisms, thereby shaping trade patterns and political power relations?

Proposals for individual papers and panels of multiple papers are welcome at The deadline for submissions is 30 June. Notice of acceptance will be sent by 21 July. Paper presentations should not exceed 20 minutes with 10 minutes reserved for questions and comments. Panels may include up to four papers.

The conference is free of charge, but participants are expected to cover their travel and accommodation. We will provide information on discounted hotel rates and a list of recommended hotels. Lunches and a conference dinner will be provided for presenters.

The Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History has its own working paper series (‘Intellectual History Archive’) through which papers may be circulated and published afterwards.

More information here.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

JOURNAL: Historia et ius, 11 (Jun 2017)

lun, 06/05/2017 - 16:19

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The journal Historia et ius published its 11th issue.

Table of contents:
Studi (valutati tramite peer review)
1) Francesco Aimerito, Prove generali di eversione dell’asse ecclesiastico: la “trasformazione” della Compagnia di San Paolo di Torino (1848-1853) - PDF
2) Eliana Augusti, Storie e storiografie dei Consolati in Oriente tra Otto e Novecento - PDF
3) Josée Bloquet, Le Projet de législation civile (1789) de Philippeaux : le legs du passé au service de l’esprit nouveau - PDF
4) Francesco D’Urso, La biblioteca ideale di un giurista a metà Ottocento. Da una lettera inedita di Luigi Borsari (1804-1887) - PDF
5) Francesca De Rosa, Il Protettorato francese in Tunisia e gli avvocati italiani (1881-1944) - PDF6) Silvia Di Paolo, Da regulae particolari a norme generali: verso un diritto amministrativo della Chiesa (XV-XVI sec.) - PDF
7) Alessia Maria Di Stefano, “Il diritto non è una scienza teorica ma un processo organico e naturale”: nuove prospettive per la Storia del diritto in Italia durante il XIX secolo - PDF
8) Daniele Edigati, Du notaire instructeur au juge d’instruction : un parcours d’histoire des institutions judiciaires en Toscane de l’Ancien Régime à la Restauration - PDF
9) Lorenzo Fascione, Barbari e lavoro della terra in Occidente da Teodosio I (382) a Odoacre (476) - PDF10) Carlotta Latini, I “segni” della devianza e la criminalità dei poveri. Pena e prevenzione nel pensiero di Enrico Ferri, un socialista fuzzy - PDF
11) Giuseppe Mazzanti, Habere rem cum iudea a christiano est rem habere cum cane iuris interpretatione. La damnata commixtio e il reato di bestialità nella dottrina giuridica di diritto comune - PDF
12) Gustavo Adolfo Nobile Mattei, Omnes utriusque sexus studeant honeste vivere. La disciplina sessuale nella legislazione beneventana (secc. XV-XVII) - PDF
13) Andrea Padovani, Violenza e paci private in una città di Romagna: Imola nel Quattrocento - PDF
14) Claudia Passarella, La pena di morte a Venezia in età moderna - PDF
15) Federico Roggero, Il "corpo" e il "territorio" dell’universitas nel Regno di Napoli - PDF
16) Paolo Rondini, Polizia giudiziaria e magistratura nell’Italia liberale - PDF
17) Francesco Serpico, Storie di ordinaria inquisizione. L’avvocato e la difesa del reo nel processo di fede in una raccolta napoletana del tardo Seicento - PDFFonti e letture 
18) Augusto Pierantoni, Dell'abolizione della pena di morte (1865), Introduzione di Elio Tavilla - PDF

19) In ricordo di Enrico Mazzarese Fardella (1930-2017), di Beatrice Pasciuta - PDF
20) Nicola Picardi: processualista e storico, di Andrea Panzarola - PDF
21) Antonello Cincotta, L’Affaire Gesù. Il processo, sincronie, diacronie giuridiche e futuribili scientifici. Suggestioni e ipotesi a proposito di alcuni recenti contributi - PDF
22) Neng Dong, Il doppio dominio nell’esperienza giuridica cinese. La pratica di yitian liangzhu tra consuetudine e legislazione - PDF
23) Sara Menzinger, Riflessioni sul rapporto tra autore e testo nella produzione giuridica medievale - PDF
24) Ferdinando Treggiari, Quelle casuistique? La méthode des cas dans l’histoire de l’enseignement juridique - PDF
25) Lihong Zhang - Neng Dong, A New Reading on Great Qing Code. A Comparative and Historical Survey - PDF
  • Struttura e Tradizione. Atti della Giornata di studio in onore di Severino Caprioli - a cura di Maria Rosa Di Simone e Giovanni Diurni - indice
Catégories: Comparative Law News

JOURNAL: Journal on European History of Law VIII (2017), Issue 1

lun, 06/05/2017 - 14:49

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Dr. Jaromir Tauchen (Brno) transmitted the Table of Content's of the open access-journal Journal on European History of Law.

Research articles
•    Peter Lutz Kalmbach: The German Courts-martial and their Cooperation with the Police Organizations during the World War II
•    Martin Löhnig: Zur Geschichte des Erbverzichts
•    Raluca Enescu: The Imperial Court of Justice, Police Authorities and Bertillon’s Measurements
•    Marta Rodrigues Maffeis Moreira: Medical Responsability in Roman Private Law
•    Gábor Hamza: Römisch-Holländisches Recht (Roman-Dutch law, Romeins-Hollands recht, Romeins-Hollands reg) und sein Geltungsbereich in Europa und außerhalb Europas
•    István Sándor: The Medieval History and Development of Company Law
•    Guy Lurie: What is Modern in the State of Exception?
•    Ivan Kosnica: Citizenship in Croatia-Slavonia during the First World War
•    József Szalma: Solidary and Divided Liability of Joint Tortfeasors - with Special Regards to the Provisions of the New Hungarian Civil Code
•    Michał Gałędek: Juridification as an Ideology of Polizeiwissenschaft in 18th Century
•    Adolfo Antonio Díaz-Bautista Cremades – Patricia Blanco Díez: Execution of Tax Credits in Rome
•    Iván Siklósi: Some Thoughts on the Inexistence, Invalidity and Ineffectiveness of Juridical Acts in Roman Law and in its Subsequent Fate
•    János Jusztinger: Economic Significance of the Ancient Roman Superficies
•    Janos Erdődy: “Parsimonia atque tenuitas apud veteres custodita sunt” Certain Aspects of Laws Preventing Extravagant Expenditures in Roman Law
•    Ibolya Katalin Koncz: Morning-gift, a Special Marital Legal Instrument
•    Máté Pétervári: The History of Hungarian Civil Service from the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867 to the First World War
•    Katalin Siska: Thoughts on the Special Relationship between Nationalism and Islam in Particular the Late Ottoman Empire and the Early Turkish Republican Era
•    Jiří Bílý: The Basic Methodology Problems in Study of Medieval Political and Legal Thought
•    Veronika Steinová: National Mobilization of Labour Force in Czechoslovakia (1945 – 1949)
•    Vojtěch Vrba – Pavel Homolka: Constitutional Conflict as the Basis for American Revolution

Book reviews
•    Eva Kell – Sabine Penth (Hrsg.): Vom Empire zur Restauration. Die Saarregion im Umbruch 1814-1820
•    Patricia Zambrana Moral: Estudios de Historia del Derecho penal. Vindicatio, inimicitia y represión penal en el Derecho español medieval y moderno
•    Guido Fontaine: Fraulautern im Dritten Reich - die Geistlichkeit im Widerstand
•    Janine Wolf: Aspekte des Urheberrechts bei Carl Maria von Weber, Albert Lortzing und Otto Nicolai
•    Johannes M. Geisthardt: Zwischen Princeps und Res Publica. Tacitus, Plinius und die senatorische Selbstdarstellung in der Hohen Kaiserzeit
•    Susanne Hähnchen: Rechtsgeschichte. Von der Römischen Antike bis zur Neuzeit
•    Christian Fischer – Walter Pauly (Hrsg.): Höchstrichterliche Rechtsprechung in der frühen Bundesrepublik
•    Michael Stolleis: Margarethe und der Mönch. Rechtsgeschichte in Geschichten
•    Joachim Rückert: Abschiede vom Unrecht. Zur Rechtsgeschichte nach 1945
•    Andreas Groten: Corpus und universitas: römisches Körperschafts- und Gesellschaftsrecht: zwischen griechischer Philosophie und römischer Politik

Reports from history of law

•    Ludwig Marum zum Gedenken – Zur Verleihung des Marum-Preises 2016 an Diemut Majer
•    „Gemeinsame Elemente des österreichischen und ungarischen Familienrechts zur Zeit der Doppelmonarchie und innerhalb der EU”. Bericht über das Forschungsseminar der Dezső-Márkus-Forschungsgruppe für Vergleichende Rechtsgeschichte (Pécs, den 25.-28. Oktober 2016)
•    „Nichtgeborene Kinder des Liberalismus? – die Zivilgesetzgebung in Mitteleuropa in der Zwischenkriegszeit“
•    In memoriam Imre Molnár (*1934 – †2016)
•    Zum 30. Todestag von Christian Broda: Lebensskizze und Reformen

More information on the journal's website.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

NOTICE: 2017 Novak Award Winner Prof. Wim Decock

sam, 06/03/2017 - 03:50

 2017 Novak Award Winner Wim Decock------------------------------------------------------------Acton Institute names European professor and prominent intellectual, Wim Decock, the 2017 Novak Award winner
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 30, 2017—In recognition of Professor Wim Decock’s outstanding research into the fields of theology, religion and economic history, the Acton Institute will be awarding him the 2017 Novak Award.
Professor Wim Decock teaches legal history at the Universities of Leuven and Liège (Belgium). He is an associate fellow at Emory University’s Centre for the Study of Law and Religion (USA) and an affiliate researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History (Germany). Decock holds an M.A. in Classics, an LL.M in Law, and received his Ph.D. in legal history in a joint program through the Universities of Leuven and Roma Tre (Italy). His 2014 book, Theologians and Contract Law: The Moral Transformation of the Ius Commune, earned him the H.M. Leibnitz Prize of the German Research Foundation. Decock has held visiting professorships at the University of Bergen (Norway) and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (France). He was also a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School (USA).
The Novak Award forms part of a range of academic scholarships, grants, and awards available from the Acton Institute that support those engaged in serious  reflection and research on the relationship between theology, the free market, limited government, and the rule of law. Details of these academic scholarships may be found at

Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK: Wolfgang ERNST, Rechtserkenntnis durch Richtermehrheiten. "Group choice" in europäischen Justiztraditionen. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016, XX + 362 p. ISBN 9783161543616, € 109

sam, 06/03/2017 - 03:37
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Prof. dr. Wolfgang Ernst (Oxford) published Rechterkenntnis durch Richtermehrheiten (Mohr-Siebeck). This work was elected Book of the year 2016 in Germany (43  Neue Juristische Wochenschrift (2016), 3142,3143). 
Book abstract:When judges in collegiate courts disagree, establishing the collective decision poses particular methodological problems. What is the result if judges disagree as to the quantitative or qualitative aspects of their decision? How can they fuse their individual legal reasoning into a joint opinion, if that is what the several judges are expected to deliver? These problems are not addressed by contemporary methodology, which focusses on the intellectual ratiocinations to be performed by an individual person. Yet, throughout the European development of collegiate judiciaries, these problems have challenged jurists and philosophers alike. Can a group of persons apply the law with an authoritative, meaningful group voice? This book seeks to describe the European legal history of judicial majoritarianism. It analyses the concepts of collegiate decision-making as advanced by legal scholars at key points in that history, and also shows the aggregation techniques actually employed by judiciaries in a number of legal systems. We are inspecting, so to speak, a laboratory of ideas and solutions that may contribute to theories of plural decisionmaking, aggregated and collective will and choice, and theories of group preference and identity.  A full book abstract can be found here.

More information on the publisher's website.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

INTENSIVE COURSE: "History of International Relations: property and sovereignty" (Lisbon, June 6-8 2017)

sam, 06/03/2017 - 03:36

WHAT History of International Relations: property and sovereignty, Intensive Course

WHEN June 6-8, 2017, 18h00 - 20h00

WHERE University of Lisbon, Faculdade de Direito de Lisboa, Anfiteatro 10

Será abordado, entre outros assuntos, o contributo da Segunda Escolástica para a definição da noção de jus gentium, a sua relação com o direito natural e consequências para os Impérios. Bibliografia: KOSKENNIEMI, Martti (2011) The political theology of trade law: the scholastic contribution, Oxford University Press:

The foundation of jus gentium—of which freedom of trade was a part—in Suarez did not lie in natural law, as one might think, but in a modification or deviation from natural law. The original, immutable na1ª e 2ª Sessões (6 e 7 de Junho): Spanish Scholasticism and British Empire. tural law derived from God at the creation of the world and, as Suárez and the whole tradition in which he writes, including St. Thomas Aquinas, agree, provided for common ownership of all things. With the Fall, however, the requirements of the government of human societies had necessitated the division of things, divisio rerum. This had been undertaken gradually in the practice of all or most peoples so that it had become consecrated as a custom-based jus gentium. Private property arose as a concession to human sinfulness, a necessary aspect of social life among egoistic individuals. Even as its present validity was unquestioned, it looked backwards to an original Christian ethics for which freedom was also freedom from private property, and resources of the earth were managed jointly among humans. It accepted the distinction between presente reality and Christian utopia."

3ª Sessão (8 de Junho): How to deal with Eurocentrism. Martti Koskenniemi analisa a visão tradicional defendida desde o século XIX pelos teóricos das Relações Internacionais, relacionando-a com o tema do Eurocentrismo. Bibliografia: KOSKENNIEMI, Martti (2011) Dealing with Eurocentrism. In Rechts Geschichte 19. ​"The histories of jus gentium, natural law, and the law of nations, Völkerrecht and Droit public de l’Europe are situated in Europe; they adopt a European vocabulary of “progresso” and “modernity”. Key distinctions in it between “political” and “economic”, “secular” and “religious” as well as “private” and “public” point to European experiences and conceptualizations. Even if postcolonialism has now become international law’s oficial ethos, it still remains the case that “Europe rules as the silent referent of historical knowledge”. This is true not only of the materials of the narrative but of the standards of historiography itself. What kind of history of international law would it be that made no reference to the “fall of the Roman empire” or to the rise of Protestantism, that examined colonization without the use of vocabularies of dominiumor jus gentium? European stories, myths and metaphors continue to set the conditions for understanding international law’s past as it does for outlining its futures."

Masterclass "Critical Method"Faculdade de Direito de Lisboa, 9 de Junho, 16h00 - 18h00 (Anfiteatro 10)
Será abordada a forma como a investigação científica tem examinado o exercício do poder por meio da análise da Linguagem (Jurídica). O ponto essencial será analisar o poder do estruturalismo enquanto forma de análise jurídica. Será dada particular atenção ao poder e efeito encantatório da lei. Bibliografia: KOSKENNIEMI, Martti (2016) What is critical research in International Law? Celebrating Structuralism. In Leiden Journal of International Law 29.  "So I want to use this occasion to spell out as clearly as I can the power of the type of analysis employed in that work that may be called 'structuralist'. This is a form of analysis that separates phenomena of social life that are immediately visible from others that are usually 'hidden' but in some way contribute to producing the former so that once the operation of that 'hidden' background is revealed, we feel we 'understand' the more familiar phenomena better and are better able to deal with problems they are associated with.Some of the best twentieth century social thought employed the metaphors of 'surfasse' and 'deep structure' to describe this kind of analysis and while this may still be appropriate, care must be taken not to draw conclusions that would be too fixed and linear to be credible. The purpose is not to lay out law-like causal invariables to be used for predicting or controlling social events but to understand the limits and possibilities offered by engagement with international law: How does the way the world is organized condition how international legal institutionswork? Is it possible to use international law to change those institutions or their distributive outcomes?"

Catégories: Comparative Law News

SUMMER SCHOOL: "Summer School 2017 in Medieval Studies: Discovering the end of the world. Portugal as a central periphery," (Lisbon, July 17-21 2017)

sam, 06/03/2017 - 02:52

WHAT Discovering the end of the world. Portugal as a central periphery, Summer School

WHEN July 17-21, 2017

WHERE Lisbon, Institute for Medieval Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the NOVA, University of Lisbon

all information here

From 17th to 21st of July – Institute for Medieval Studies promotes an exchange of ideas about the Middle Ages. Registrations open.The Institute for Medieval Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the NOVA University of Lisbon (IEM-FCSH/NOVA) and the Mosteiro da Batalha host this one-week Summer School. The Summer School takes place on 17-21 July, its main objective being to provide a forum for anyone interested in the middle ages, and to support contact and exchange.We aim to promote dialogue between researchers and the public keen to deepen their knowledge about medieval Portugal. We aim to familiarise students with medieval Portuguese culture, history, art and literature, from the perspective of Portugal’s interactions with its neighbours, tangible as much as metaphorical.The IEM Summer School courses are open to anyone and include travel and ‘immersive’ visits to a number of historic sites in central Portugal. Every module has a separate study visit.Teaching is in English by an international team of IEM scholars, combining young and senior, all experts in their field.Registration open until 15 June [30 vacancies].
Catégories: Comparative Law News

COLLOQUIUM: "Langue et Nation au XIXe siècle" (Cergy (Paris), June 9 2017)

sam, 06/03/2017 - 02:26

WHAT Langue et Nation au XIXe siècle, Colloquium
WHEN June 9, 2017
WHERE Université de Cergy-Pontoise, Salle des conférences, 33 bd du Port, Cergy, Paris
La revendication linguistique a été dans l’Europe du XIXe siècle l’élément principal autour duquel se sont  se mobilisés les groupes nationaux pour obtenir leur indépendance dans la perspective de la création d’Etat-nations après l’éclatement des anciens empires. Le colloque, qui réunira historiens, juristes, linguistes, germanistes et philosophes, étudiera la dynamique qui s’instaure entre langue et nation d’un point de vue à la fois historique et politique. Au centre de l’intérêt il y aura d’une part l’approche théorique de la question par des hommes politiques et des intellectuels, et d’autre part la situation linguistique et culturelle , ballotée entre les revendications concurrentes des pays voisins et les procédés d’unification des nations européennes.

Catégories: Comparative Law News

COLLOQUIUM: "Histoire de l'économie sans travail" (Florence, June 8-10 2017)

dim, 05/21/2017 - 17:41

WHAT Histoire de l'économie sans travail, Colloquium
WHEN  June 8-10 2017
WHERE Florence, Villa Finaly

Catégories: Comparative Law News

NOTICE: "Oxford University Press launches the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law"

dim, 05/21/2017 - 17:34

Oxford University Press launches theMax Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law
Your launchpad for global constitutional

·         Developed for use by constitutional lawyers, academics, and students·    Provides comprehensive analysis of constitutional law topics in a comparative context·         Linked to the constitutional texts so users can verify accuracy of commentary·         Built with accessibility in mind, with browsing by subject matter and simple search functionality
Oxford University Press is delighted to announce the launch of the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law (MPECCoL), a new addition to the Oxford Constitutional Law family.
The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law offers a global overview of constitutional law in a comparative context via painstakingly researched articles, and was developed with constitutional lawyers, academics, and students in mind. The online resource provides seamless navigation between encyclopedia articles, linking to English versions of the constitutional documents mentioned in articles and hosted on our Oxford Constitutions of the World and US Constitutional Lawproducts, as well as through references from the Oxford Law Citator.
Developed in partnership with the team of editors at the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law, the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law has launched with 70 articles from more than 60 different authors, providing analytical coverage of constitutional law topics in a comparative context. This will grow to include over 500 articles once fully established, linked by an intuitive subject and keyword search functionality.
The articles define and cover the underpinnings of state formation and constitutional law, as well as analysing and explaining from a global comparative perspective a number of foundational legal concepts, such as:
·         Human rights·         Constitutional formation·         Scope of state protections·         The defining structures of governmental makeup·         Types of legal structures and interactions within a constitutional law system; and·         Legal constitutional concepts that make up constitutional law
The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law is available on annual subscription to libraries, organizations, and institutions worldwide. Pricing is based on the size and type of institution and the number of users.
If your readers/members are on the cutting edge of this field and would be interested in reading about Oxford’s new online resource, please consider announcing or reviewing it in your blog, newsletter, or journal. 
For further information, or to request free access for the purposes of writing and publishing a review please contact:Kate Roche | Oxford University Press |
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BOOK: "Landmark Cases in Criminal Law" P. Handler, H. Mares and I. Williams eds (May, 2017)

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Landmark Cases in Criminal Law, edited by Philip Handler, Henry Mares and Ian Williams all information here
Criminal cases raise difficult normative and legal questions, and are often a consequence of compelling human drama. In this collection, expert authors place leading cases in criminal law in their historical and legal contexts, highlighting their significance both in the past and for the present.
The cases in this volume range from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century. Many of them are well known to modern criminal lawyers and students; others are overlooked landmarks that deserve reconsideration. The essays, often based on extensive and original archival research, range over a wide spectrum of criminal law, covering procedure and doctrine, statute and common law, individual offences and general principles. Together, the essays explore common themes, including the scope of criminal law and criminalisation, the role of the jury, and the causes of change in criminal law.Table Of Contents1. Landmark Cases and Wider Themes in Criminal Law
Philip Handler, Henry Mares and Ian Williams
2. The Carrier's Case (1473)
Ian Williams
3. R v Saunders and Archer (1573)
John Baker
4. R v Jones (1703)
Simon Stern
5. R v Bembridge (1783)
Jeremy Horder
6. R v Shipley (1784): The Dean of St Asaph's Case 
Kevin Crosby
7. M'Naghten's Case (1843)
Arlie Loughnan
8. R v Flattery (1877)
Rebecca Williams
9. DPP v Beard (1920)
Philip Handler
10. R v Jordan (1956)
David Ibbetson
11. Shaw v DPP (1961)
Henry Mares
12. DPP v Morgan (1975)
Lindsay Farmer
13. Whitehouse v Lemon, Whitehouse v Gay News Ltd (1979)
J R Spencer
14. R v Hancock and Shankland (1986)
Matthew Dyson
15. R v Howe (1987)
Findlay Stark
16. R v Brown (1993)
Jonathan Herring- See more at:
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BOOK: Dante FEDELE, Naissance de la diplomatie moderne (XIIIe-XVIIe siècles). L'ambassadeur au croisement du droit, de l'éthique et de la politique [Studien sur Geschichte des Völkerrechts; 36). Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, 2017, 830 p. ISBN...

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(image source: Nomos)
Dante Fedele (KULeuven) published his PhD dissertation (ENS Lyon) in the collection Studien zur Geschichte des Völkerrechts (Nomos).

The author investigates the birth of modern diplomacy. Drawing on a wide-ranging body of textual materials dealing with the ambassador from the 13th to the 17th century, he analyses how that figure was developed within a complex constantly renewed field of interaction between law, ethics and politics, where theory and practise are intertwined in an unresolved dialectical interaction. The first part examines how the legal status of the ambassador was shaped during the late Middle Ages and how this process influenced early-modern scholarship on diplomacy. The second part investigates how the emergence of the modern State both reinvigorated and reshaped the scholarly approaches to the different themes linked to the figure of the ambassador. The third part proposes an account of how the professional status of the ambassador developed within the examined body of literature. Through the prism of these approaches, diplomacy appears as a foundational matrix of modern political rationality.
More information on the publisher's website.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

SYMPOSIUM: Evaluating the Turn to History of International Law (ESIL Conference, Naples, 6 Sep 2017)

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ESIL 2017 Annual Conference
Symposium of the Interest Group on the History of International Law
“Evaluating the Turn to History of International Law” 
Naples, Wednesday, 6 September 201713:00-17:00, Venue TBA

13:00: Welcome and Opening RemarksThomas Skouteris (The American University in Cairo)
13:00-14:30: Session 1Martin Clark (London School of Economics): “Ambivalences, anxieties / Adaptations, advances”Valentina Vadi (Lancaster University): “International Law and its Microhistories”Amrita Mukherjee (University of Leeds): “Subaltern Studies & International Law”Discussant: Gerry Simpson (London School of Economics)Moderator: Thomas Skouteris (The American University in Cairo)
15:00-16:30: Session 2Miriam Bak Mackenna (Lund University) & Matilda Arvidsson (Lund University): “The ‘turn to history’ and the sources doctrine in international law: disruption, democratization, and distress”Jan Martin Lemnitzer (University of Southern Denmark): “Writing a new history of international criminal law – where do we start?Immi Tallgren (University of Helsinki): “A turn to women? Histories of ‘international criminal lawyers”Discussant: Ignacio de la Rasilla del Moral (Brunel University)Moderator: Inge van Hulle (Tilburg University)
16:30: Closing remarks and discussion on future activities of the IGHIL
Symposium Conveners/ IGHIL Coordinating Committee MembersFrederik Dhondt, Inge van Hulle, Ignacio de la Rasilladel Moral, and Thomas Skouteris
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BOOK: "L'eterno ritorno del Droit des gens di Emer de Vattel (secc. XVIII-XIX). L'impatto sulla cultura giuridica in prospettiva globale" by Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina (May, 2017)

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Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina, L'eterno ritorno del Droit des gens di Emer de Vattel (secc. XVIII-XIX), May 2017
Global Perspectives on Legal History 8
With “L'eterno ritorno del Droit des gens di Emer de Vattel (secc. XVIII-XIX)” by Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina, the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History presents the newest publication in its book series "Global Perspectives on Legal History".
Global Perspectives on Legal History is a book series edited and published by the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.As its title suggests, the series is designed to advance the scholarly research of legal historians worldwide who seek to transcend the established boundaries of national legal scholarship that typically sets the focus on a single, dominant modus of normativity and law. The series aims to privilege studies dedicated to reconstructing the historical evolution of normativity from a global perspective.It includes monographs, editions of sources, and collaborative works. All titles in the series are available both as premium print-on-demand and in the open-access format.More information on the series and forthcoming volumes:
Prof. Dr. iur. Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina is Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich
L'eterno ritorno del Droit des gens di Emer de Vattel (secc. XVIII-XIX)L'impatto sulla cultura giuridica in prospettiva globaleGlobal Perspectives on Legal History 8Frankfurt am Main: Max Planck Institute for European Legal History 2017. 364 p., € 17,69 DISBN: 978-3-944773-07-0Open Access Online Edition:

The numerous editions and early translations produced throughout the eighteenth century enabled the broad dissemination of Emer de Vattel’s juridical-political work Droit des gens. This book investigates the global impact of the Droit des gens with regard to the different political realities, the historical and legal contexts as well as the attempts, mechanisms and strategies used to put these ideas into practice and establish new doctrine between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
The Droit des genshad an extremely diverse impact, owing to its varied reception in different political situations, historical and legal contexts, and attempts at practical and theoretical implementation. The fact that Vattel’s book was a point of reference for a considerable number of jurists and politicians further demonstrates its authority in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.The question naturally arises whether the continuous references to the work may be regarded as «typical citations of style», simply confined to referencing Vattel’s thought, or whether they are a clear sign of a deeper significance; one springing directly from the characteristics of the Droit des gens, with its capacity to organise and regulate the State in its domestic and international relations.The dissemination of the Droit des gens is reconstructed via a broad overview of the dynamics that actually underpinned the use of the treatise, ranging from its influence on political power in domestic and foreign affairs to its use as a guidebook for diplomats and consuls, and even its use as a teaching manual.Co-existing in Vattel’s work are several topics—the legislative, the political and the social—which are developed independently of one another, yet are part of one unified framework. The book aims to bring together a study of the first publication in 1758 of Vattel’s Droit des gens, its constant interaction with subsequent editions, translations and annotated versions carried out by jurists in the 19thcentury its critical reception (both positive and negative) in relation to the more complex legislative contexts.The publishing history of the Droit des gens will be accompanied by the methodological aspect—closely bound to the need to write a global legal history—in which translation, in the broader sense of the term, plays a key role. Concepts of fashion and modernity are examined within the context of the practical and theoretical legal entanglements of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, thanks to the voices of distinguished jurists and politicians who made use of the Droit des gens and who translated and annotated it, thereby encouraging the assimilation—not always unadulterated—of Vattel’s thinking.

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CONFERENCE & CFP: "Justice and judicial process. Evolution and development in the History of the law" (Murcia, November 29-30-December 1, 2017)

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WHAT Justice and judicial process. Evolution and development in the History of the law, Conference & Call for papers
WHEN November 29-30-December 1, 2017
WHERE Murcia, Spain
Deadline for proposal is  September 15th, 2017, by e-mail to catedrainocencio@gmail.comEach participant will have 20 minutes to give his communication. Presentations can be given in Spanish, English, French, Italian, German or Portuguese.The following publication of the works presented to the Congress will be subject to a blind refereeing process and to the editorial norms of the Vergentis (
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BOOK: "The History of Law in Europe" by Bart Wauters and Marco de Benito (April, 2017)

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Bart Wauters, Marco de Benito, The History of Law in Europe
all information here

Comprehensive and accessible, this book offers a concise synthesis of the evolution of the law in Western Europe, from ancient Rome to the beginning of the twentieth century. It situates law in the wider framework of Europe’s political, economic, social and cultural developments.
Catégories: Comparative Law News


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(image source: Collège de France)
Prof. dr. dr. Alain A. Wijffels (KUL/UCL/Leiden/Lille II-CNRS) obtained the prestigious European Chair of the Collège de France for the academic year 2016-2017.

His inaugural lecture "Le droit européen a-t-il une histoire ? En a-t-il besoin ?" can be watched here.

A special section of the Collège de France's website is dedicated to the series of free public courses prof. Wijffels delivers. The first course (27 April; Métamorphoses du pouvoir : des droits savants médiévaux aux droits communs des Temps Modernes, la privatisation d'un système de gouvernance publique) can already be watched and listened to.

On 12 May, Prof. Wijffels organizes a colloquium on the comparative history of law, featuring several distinguished legal historians.

The final lecture (Pour une culture juridique européenne) will be held on 29 June.

Prof. Wijffels' appointment was echoed in mainstream media as well. A 30 minute-broadcast on France Inter ("La Marche de l'histoire") can be found here.
Catégories: Comparative Law News