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CFP: "All True, All Fiction: Conspiracy Theories at the Contours of Legality" (Washington D.C., 6-7 March 2015)

WHAT: All True, All Fiction: Conspiracy Theories at the Contours of Legality, 18th Annual Meeting of the ASLCH, Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, Call for papers
WHERE: Washington, D.C.
WHEN: 6-7 March 2015
Deadline 5 october 2014
All information here
This panel aims to analyze conspiracy theories in their connection to law and their effect on people’s relationship to legality. At first glance, law and conspiracy theories seem to share similar qualities. Both are initially suspicious of the knowledge they are provided with; both employ methods of elimination; and, ultimately, both establish a certain ‘truth’ about their cases. Yet they are situated on a conflicting ground ontologically, ultimately aiming to achieve very different purposes. Furthermore, the law’s verdict is supposed to be final, but conspiracy theories change, differ, become amended, and get replaced by others as agendas shift. Unlike legal proceedings with a conclusive endpoint, the act of conspiratorial thinking thus needs to be constantly fed with new information. In this sense, with its claim on the finality of its verdict and authority to establish facts, the law is in a position to contain conspiracy theories while at the same time, inevitably, holding the potential to produce them by its very insistence on the certainty of the truth it engenders. This panel aims to reflect on this tension by analyzing the murkiness and (un)certainty that conspiracy theories generate at once as they confront the rituals of law, captured in such realms as courtrooms, legal documents, and government declarations. Yet, rather than approaching conspiracy theories as the final contenders on a hierarchical ladder of informed knowledge, a product of a “crippled epistemology” (Sunstein and Vermeule 2009), or a potential threat or risk to society, it analyzes them as a narrative genre that helps establish people’s relationship to the state and the legal field around them. It takes as its starting point anthropological analyses that have sought to interrogate the intersections of conspiratorial thinking with rumor, gossip, secrets, witchcraft, and magic as they vacillate between the contours of legality and the purported transparency of the state. Ultimately, the panel aims to reflect on conspiracy theories as a form of legal fiction.If you are interested in presenting on this panel, please submit an abstract of no more than 350 words to skaptan@rutgers.edu by October 5, 2014.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

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Catégories: Comparative Law News

SSRN ARTICLE: Bordering by Law: The Migration of Law, Crimes, Sovereignty, and the Mail" Free Download

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A new article from the Sociale & political Philosophy eJournal

"Bordering by Law: The Migration of Law, Crimes, Sovereignty, and the Mail"
J. Resnick, Bordering by Law: The Migration of Law, Crimes, Sovereignty, and the Mail, Nomos Publishing. 2015, Forthcoming
Yale Law School, Public Law Research Paper
JUDITH RESNIK, Yale University - Law School
Email: judith.resnik@yale.edu
Law is filled with segmented narratives. The literature mapping the illegalization of the migration of peoples does not reference that many borders have become readily traversable, if not invisible, through the legalization and internationalization of subsidized mail services by cooperative government efforts. And, while the politics of migration are much debated, the post is infrequently acknowledged as either a political or a legal site. I bring together these domains not to equate the migration of persons and families with the movement of objects but rather to clarify how reliant on border crossings we are. My argument is that neither law nor land is readily bordered, and that depending on borders (alien/citizen, federal/state) as justifications for legal rules deflects attention from two major shifts during the last two centuries: one imagining the globe as a “single postal territory” and the other turning migration into a crime. In pursuit of both, governments expanded their repertoires and capacities as providers of services – from forwarding mail to patrolling borders.

This century’s questions are whether political will can be marshaled to undo the criminalization of migration and the stigmatization of migrants and to sustain states as central sources of social ordering generating redistributive exchanges respectful of individual liberty and aiming to enhance equality. My aim is to invite attention to the utilities of government and to the project of shifting normalcies so as to probe whether states’ coordination to facilitate movements of persons seeking to cross boundaries could become a taken-for-granted government service, akin to state-subsidized inter-jurisdictional, cooperative postal systems – which are now at risk of becoming historic relics of bygone eras when governments were central.

Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: Lay Participation in Modern Law - A Comparative Historical Analysis

Helsinki, September 17th-19th, 2014Venue: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
Organisers: Profs. Heikki Pihlajamäki (Helsinki), Georges Martyn (Ghent), Anthony Musson (Exeter), Markus Dubber (Toronto)
Funded by: Academy of Finland, Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Flanders)

Thursday, 18 September
Session 1: The Roots of Modern Lay Participation, 10.00-12.00
  • University of Helsinki, Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3), room P617
  • David Mirhady (Simon Fraser University): Knowing the Law and Deciding Justice:  Lay Expertise in the Democratic Athenian Courts
  • Anthony Musson (University of Exeter): The Legacy of Magna Carta: the Enigma of the Jury

Session 2: The Jury in the French Tradition and In Common Law, 13.30 – 15.30
  • Georges Martyn (Ghent University): Belgian's Obsession with Democratic Control by Jury in High Crime Procedures
  • Pedro Barbas Homem (University of Lisbon): The Jury and the Portuguese Legal Tradition
  • Simon Stern (University of Toronto): Oratory and the Jury Trial in Nineteenth-Century America

Coffee 15.30 – 16.00
Session 3: The Jury in Common Law and the Peripheries, 16:00 - 18:00
  • Niamh Howlin (University College Dublin): The Politics of Jury Trials in Nineteenth-Century Ireland
  • Kalyani Ramnath (Princeton University):  Mrs. Seneviratne’s Suicide: Lawyers, Experts and Jurors in Colonial Ceylon
  • Mia Korpiola (University of Turku): Back to the Glory Days of the Past: Reforming the Finnish Jury ca. 1850-1910

Friday, 19 September
Session 4: The Waning Jury? 10:00 – 12:00 University of Helsinki, Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3), room P723
  • Kate Harrington (University of Exeter): The University as Judge and Jury: Lay Participation in Academic Inquisitions
  • Markus Dirk Dubber (University of Toronto): A Tale of Two Juries
  • Heikki Pihlajamäki (University of Helsinki): The Three Models of the Western Lay Judge: From Diversity to Common Extinction

Session 5: Concluding Discussion, 13:30 – 15:00
Catégories: Comparative Law News

OPPORTUNITY: Funded PhD in Housing and Dispute Resolution

Juris Diversitas - mar, 09/09/2014 - 06:15
Housing and Dispute Resolution: Social wellbeing and bottom up forms of community engagement
Birmingham School of the Built Environment (BSBE) Full fee waiver plus a stipend of £13,863!Deadline: 24 October 2014
The housing crisis across much of Europe, and indeed other parts of the world, shows no sign of abating. The issue is particularly pressing in high-density urban settlements where the further problems of low income, immigration and lack of community engagement are often found. The solution is often deemed simply to be more housing, but this is often not achievable especially in the short term. There are further issues that are intimately linked to urban housing including anti-social behaviour and the creation of sustainable communities.  Rather then than focussing purely on material housing it is a question on focussing on tenant wellbeing through empowerment and engagement. 
This PhD will be based around an empirical study of the attitudes and perspectives of tenants in urban Birmingham. It will also seek to examine the views of key stakeholders such as housing associations, charities and legal experts. It aims to consider the question of housing from a social science perspective by considering the concept of ontological security and drawing on geographical theory in attempting to examine the sense of place.
The candidate:
Candidates should have a good first degree (2:1 or above) and ideally a Masters and experience of qualitative research would be helpful.  Candidates must be able to demonstrate good communication skills, both for undertaking the research and disseminating its results. We also expect him/her to contribute to BSBE’s overall strategy of exploring cutting edge practices and research informed teaching.
For further information and informal enquiries please contact Julian Sidoli del Ceno (Julian.sidolidelceno@bcu.ac.uk) 
Catégories: Comparative Law News

SEMINAR: "Les conflits d’intérêts «structurels»: L'organisation de la recherche scientifique" (Paris, 18 September 2014)

WHAT: Les conflits d’intérêts «structurels»: L'organisation de la recherche scientifique, seminar
WHERE: 9, Rue Maleur - Salle 409, Paris
WHEN: 18 September 2014, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
All information here
Catégories: Comparative Law News

SYMPOSIUM: Meanings of Justice in New World Empires: Settler and Indigenous Law as Counterpoints

Symposium on Comparative Early Modern Legal History:Meanings of Justice in New World Empires: Settler and Indigenous Law as Counterpoints
Date: Friday, October 10, 2014Location: Newberry Library, ChicagoOrganized by: Brian Owensby (University of Virginia) and Richard J. Ross (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
            Understandings of justice differed among New World empires and among the settlers, imperial officials, and indigenous peoples within each one.  This conference will focus on the array of meanings of justice, their emergence and transformation, and the implications of adopting one or another definition.  Our emphasis is less on the long-studied problem of the ethics of conquest and dispossession as on the notions of justice animating workaday negotiations, lawsuits, and assertions of right.  To this end, we are interested in the following sorts of questions: What about pre-contact legality and about European debates about law impelled empires to offer indigenous people access to settlers’ courts and legal remedies?  How did indigenous notions of legality shape natives’ resort to settlers’ law?  How and why did it occur to Indians that European law offered them a tactical opportunity?  To what extent did indigenous litigants and communities see law as a moral resource?  In what ways did Indians misconstrue settler’s legality because of their own preconceptions about justice?  How did indigenous recourse to law shape colonial and imperial legal structures?  These questions invite reflection on how settler law became intelligible—tactically, technically and morally—to natives. 
From the Europeans’ point of view, settlers thought about their own legal order by reference to highly stylized depictions of natives’ law.  Sometimes indigenous legality was treated as an example of primitivism, or savagery, or the work of the devil; sometimes as an honorable system appropriate to the social situation of Indians; sometimes as a precursor to imperial law; sometimes as reminiscent of legal systems in European antiquity or in other non-Western societies; and sometimes as an early stage in the Scottish Enlightenment’s four-stage theory of socio-legal development.  How did indigenous law serve as a contrast that helped settlers legitimate, critique, and understand their own legal system?  Conversely, in what ways did the example of settler law occasion debates about the meaning of justice within native communities?  The conference will bring together law professors, historians, and social scientists to explore how settler and indigenous law acted as counterpoints within and across European New World empires.
Brian Owensby (University of Virginia History) and Richard Ross (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Law and History) organized “Meanings of Justice in New World Empires: Settler and Indigenous Law as Counterpoints.”  The conference is an offering of the Symposium on Comparative Early Modern Legal History, which gathers under the auspices of the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago in order to explore a particular topic in the comparative legal history of the Atlantic world in the period c.1492-1815.  Funding has been provided by the University of Illinois College of Law. 
            Attendance at the Symposium is free and open to the public.  Participants and attendees should preregister by contacting the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library at 312.255.3514, or send an e-mail to renaissance@newberry.org. Papers will be precirculated electronically to all registrants. 

For information about the conference, please consult our website at http://www.newberry.org/symposium-comparative-early-modern-legal-historyor contact Prof. Richard Ross at Rjross@illinois.eduor at 217-244-7890. 
            Here is the program and schedule:
9:00 Welcome: Brian Owensby (University of Virginia, History) and Richard Ross (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Law and History)
9:05 to 10:40: Panel: Constructing Native Elites and Indigenous Jurisdictions (16C-17C)
Karen Graubart (Notre Dame, History): “Learning From the Qadi: The Jurisdiction of Local Rule in the Early Colonial Andes”
Alcira Dueñas (Ohio State, Newark, History): “Reclaiming the ‘República de Indios:’ Colonial Indigenous Agents in the Production and Enforcement of Law”
Bradley Dixon (University of Texas, Austin, History): “The ‘Darling Indians’: Bacon’s Rebellion and the Crisis of Virginia’s Native American Elite”
Commentator #1: Sherwin Bryant (Northwestern, History)
Commentator #2: Karen Kupperman (New York University, History)
Chair: Richard Ross (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Law and History)
10:40 to 10:55: Refreshment Break
10:55 to 12:30: Panel: Native and Settler Legal Understandings (17C-18C)
Jenny Pulsipher (BYU, History): “Defending and Defrauding the Indians:  John Wompas, Legal Pluralism, and the Sale of Indian Land”
Yanna Yannakakis (Emory, History): “‘False justice’ (‘justicia xihui’)? Colonial Law and Indian Jurisdiction in Highland Oaxaca, Mexico”
Tamar Herzog (Harvard, History): “Dialoguing with Barbarians: What Natives Said and Europeans Responded in Eighteenth-Century Portuguese-America”
Commentator #1 and Chair: Stuart Banner (UCLA, Law)
Commentator #2: Robert Morrissey (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, History)
12:30 to 1:50: Lunch: Participants and audience members are invited to try the restaurants in the neighborhood around the Newberry.
1:50 to 3:05 : Panel: Indigenous Legal Ideas in the 18C
Bianca Premo (Florida International, History): “Now and Then: Status, Custom, and Modernity in Indian Law, Spanish America. 18th Century”
Craig Yirush (UCLA, History): “‘Since We Came out of this Ground’: Treaty Negotiations and Indigenous Legal Norms in Eighteenth-Century North America”
Commentator: Daniel Richter (University of Pennsylvania, History)
Chair: Brian Owensby (University of Virginia, History)
3:05 to 3:20: Refreshment Break           3:20 to 4:55 Panel: Native Law and the Long 19C
Gregory Ablavsky (University of Pennsylvania, Law and History): “Species of Sovereignty: Native Claims-Making and the Early American State”
Lauren Benton (New York University, History): “Protection, Jurisdiction, and Interpolity Legalities in the Atlantic World”
Marcela Echeverri (Yale, History): “Liberal Experiments and Indigenous Citizenship in New Granada, 1810-1814”
Commentator #1 and Chair: Frederick Hoxie (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, History)
Commentator #2: Emilio Kourí (University of Chicago, History)

5:00 Adjourn
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: American Society of Comparative Law - Younger Comparativists Committee

Juris Diversitas - lun, 09/08/2014 - 06:12
The Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law is pleased to invite submissions for its fourth annual conference, to be held on April 16-17, 2015, at Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee, Florida.  The purpose of the conference is to highlight, develop, and promote the scholarship of new and younger comparativists.
Conference Subject-Matter and Eligibility
Submissions will be accepted on any subject in public or private comparative law from scholars who have been engaged as law teachers, lecturers, fellows, or in another academic capacity for no more than ten years as of June 30, 2015.  We will also accept submissions from graduate students enrolled in masters or doctoral programs.
Submission Instructions
To submit an entry, scholars should email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing an abstract of no more than 750 words no later than November 1, 2014, to the following address: ycc.conference.2015.abstracts@gmail.com.  Abstracts should reflect original research that will not yet have been published, though may have been accepted for publication, by the time of the conference. Abstracts should also include the author’s name, title of the paper, institutional affiliation, contact information, as well as the author’s certification that she/he qualifies as a younger scholar. Graduate students should identify themselves as such.
Scholars may make only one submission.  Both individual and co-authored submissions will be accepted.  For co-authored submissions, both authors must qualify as eligible younger comparativists.  The conference’s Program Committee will assign individual and co-authored submissions to thematic panels according to subject area.  Proposals for fully formed panels will also be accepted.

Authors of the submissions selected for the conference will be notified no later than December 20, 2014.   There is no cost to register for the conference but participants are responsible for securing their own funding for travel, lodging and other incidental expenses.  A limited number of travel stipends may be awarded to those who demonstrate financial need.  If you would like to be considered for a travel stipend, please make that request in your submission.
All scholars selected for the conference, other than graduate students who wish to be considered for the Colin B. Picker graduate student prize listed below (and who thus have an earlier deadline), must submit final papers by email to ycc.conference.2015.papers@gmail.com no later than March 1, 2015.
Colin B. Picker Graduate Student Prize
The second annual Colin B. Picker prize will be awarded for the best paper submitted by a graduate student.  To be considered for the award, in addition to submitting an abstract by the above deadline, graduate students whose abstracts are accepted for the conference must also submit their papers in their final form by January 31, 2015, to ycc.conference.2015.pickerpapers@gmail.com with the following subject line:  “Submission for Graduate Student Prize.”  Papers received after January 31, 2015, will not be considered for the award. 
Phanor J. Eder J.D. Prize in Comparative Law
In conjunction with the Conference, the second annual Phanor J. Eder prize in comparative law will be awarded from among J.D. or LL.B. students who will have not yet completed their degree as of April 1, 2015. The author(s) of the winning paper will receive a modest stipend giving them partial funding to help defray the costs of attending the Conference and presenting the paper there. A separate call will be forthcoming with the details of the Phanor J. Eder competition. Final papers will be due on December 31, 2014, in order to be considered for the competition. Inquiries should be directed to Joshua Karton, Chair of the Affiliates Advisory Group of the YCC, at joshua.karton@queensu.ca.
Acknowledgements and Questions
The Younger Comparativists Committee gratefully acknowledges the support of the Florida State University College of Law.  Please direct all inquiries to Professor David Landau, Chair of the Program Committee, by email at dlandau@law.fsu.edu or telephone at 850.644.6341.
The Program Committee
David Landau (Florida State) (Chair)Ozan Varol (Lewis & Clark) (Vice Chair)Mohamed Abdelaal (Berkeley)Dawood Ahmed (Max Planck Foundation)Richard Albert (Boston College) (YCC Chair)Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox (Quinnipiac)Daniel Ghezelbash (Macquarie)Claudia Haupt (Columbia)Stefanus Hendrianto (Santa Clara)John Hursh (McGill)Neha Jain (Minnesota)Rajeev Kadambi (Brown)Joshua Karton (Queen's)Alan Koh (National University of Singapore)Rana Lehr-Lehnardt (UMKC)Eugene Mazo (Wake Forest)Sally Richardson (Tulane)Ioanna Tourkochoriti (South Carolina)Vanice Valle (Estacio de Sa)
The Younger Comparativists Committee
Richard Albert (Boston College) (Chair)Wulf Kaal (University of St. Thomas)Sudha Setty (Western New England)Virginia Harper Ho (Kansas)Ozan Varol (Lewis & Clark)
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CONFERENCE: "40.Deutscher Rechtshistorikertag", (Tubinghen, 7-11 September 2014)

WHAT: 40.Deutscher Rechtshistorikertag, Die rechtshistorischen Lehrstühle laden herzlich ein
WHERE: Tubinghen University, Law Department, Tubinghen, Germany
WHEN: 7-11 September 2014
All information here
Sonntag, 7. September 2014Ab 13.00Anmeldung im Kongressbüro, Neue Aula, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz, Erdgeschoss
 (ab Montag, 8. September 2014: 
Neue Aula, Dozentenzimmer, Raum 138)13.30HS 14Forum Junge RechtsgeschichteLeitung: David von Mayenburg (Frankfurt/M.)
Vera Langer (Frankfurt): Der große Vestalinnenprozess von 115/114 v. Chr. 
– ein Ereignis im Spannungsverhältnis
 zwischen Recht und Religion
Philipp Klausberger (Wien): Überlegungen zum Verschulden im Römischen 
15.30Matthias Maetschke (Bonn): ‚Von Verdammung der Missethäter zur Bergarbeit‘. 
Das Scheitern der Bergwerksstrafe 
in der Habsburgermonarchie (1728-1768)
Lena Foljanty (Frankfurt/M.): Rechtskultur und Methode. Aneignung westlichen
Rechtsdenkens im Japan des 19. Jahrhunderts
17.30FestsaalEröffnung des RechtshistorikertagsGrußworteJörg Kinzig (Dekan der Juristischen Fakultät)Heinz-Dieter Assmann (Prorektor der Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen)Rainer Stickelberger (MdL, Justizminister des Landes Baden-Wüttemberg)18.30Otfried Höffe (Tübingen): Ist Machiavelli im ‚Il Principe‘ ein Machiavellist?19.30WandelhalleEmpfang

Montag, 8. September 201409.15AudimaxAnselm Doering-Manteuffel (Tübingen): Rechtsbruch als Prinzip. Entwicklungslinien 
des Nihilismus in der 
Moderation: Hans-Peter Haferkamp (Köln)11.00AudimaxFranz-Stefan Meissel (Wien): Altruismus und Rationalität. Zur Ökonomie der 
negotiorum gestio
Moderation: Ulrike Babusiaux (Zürich)14.00AudimaxAchim Haag (Bonn): Fördermöglichkeiten durch die DFG,
im Anschluss Gelegenheit zu individueller Beratung (Neue Aula, Künstlerzimmer, 
Raum 139)14.30HS 9Sektion 1:

Law and Economics im Altertum?Leitung: Laurens Winkel (Rotterdam)Johannes Platschek (Wien): Wasserwirtschaft und Recht: Die Lex 
rivi HiberiensisAlfons Bürge (München): Analyse römischer Arbeitsbeziehungen in ihren Auswirkungen auf wirtschaftsgeschichtliche Modellvorstellungen
HS 14Sektion 2:

Geschichte der StrafrechtstheorieLeitung: Kurt Seelmann (Basel)Harald Maihold (Frankfurt/M.): Gewissen und Recht. Die Abgrenzung 
von forum internum und 
forum externum in der Frühen NeuzeitFrank Grunert (Halle/Saale): Strafe und Gewissen. Zur moralischen Steuerungsfunktion der 
Strafe im Strafrechtsdenken der Aufklärung

16.30HS 9Sektion 1:
Law and Economics im Altertum?Leitung: Laurens Winkel (Rotterdam)Barbara Abatino (Neapel): D. 15.1.4 pr. (Pomp. 7 ad Sab.). Eine rechtsökonomische PerspektiveJanwillem Oosterhuis (Maastricht): Max Weber und sein Einfluss auf die Konzeptualisierung des römischen Rechts im 20. Jahrhundert
HS 14Sektion 2:
Geschichte der StrafrechtstheorieLeitung: Kurt Seelmann (Basel)Benno Zabel (Leipzig): Wahrheit und Geständnis. Brüche und Kontinuitäten 
in der Geschichte
 des strafrechtlichen BeweisrechtsDaniela Demko (Frankfurt/M.): ‚Universalisierung und Relativierung‘ und ihre geschichtliche 
Rezeption bei den Menschenrechten und im Strafrecht18.30Führung durch die Stiftskirche (Münzgasse), ca. 1 h, im Anschluss Orgelkonzert 
(Frank Oidtmann)
Dienstag, 9. September 201409.15AudimaxWolfgang Ernst (Zürich): Maior pars – Mehrheitsdenken in der römischen Rechtskultur
Moderation: Rolf Knütel (Bonn)11.00AudimaxRyuichi Noda (Fukuoka): Zum Städelschen Beerbungsfall
Moderation: Franz Dorn (Trier)14.30HS 9Sektion 3:

WirtschaftsrechtsgeschichteLeitung: Louis Pahlow (Frankfurt)Peter Collin (Frankfurt a.M.): Regulierte Selbstregulierung der Wirtschaft. 
Normierungsstrukturen im späten 19. und frühen 20. JahrhundertCarsten Burhop (Wien): Regulierung und Selbstregulierung des Berliner Aktienmarktes
 (ca. 1870 bis ca. 1930)
HS 14Sektion 4:

Recht und Religion: Spätscholastik und PrivatrechtLeitung: Tilman Repgen (Hamburg)Wim Decock (Leuven): Vertrauen und Vertragsrecht in der Spanischen SpätscholastikThomas Duve (Frankfurt): Salamanca in Amerika
16.30HS 9Sektion 3:

WirtschaftsrechtsgeschichteLeitung: Louis Pahlow (Frankfurt)Thorsten Keiser (Frankfurt a.M.): Das Recht der Arbeit als Gestaltungsfaktor wirtschaftlicher 
Chancen und Potentiale im 19. JahrhundertBernd Mertens (Erlangen): Das Verhältnis von Handelsgewohnheitsrecht zu 
Gesetz und 
Verkehrssitte (Usance) im 19./20. Jahrhundert
HS 14Sektion 4:

Recht und Religion: Spätscholastik und PrivatrechtLeitung: Tilman Repgen (Hamburg)Nils Jansen (Münster): Verwicklungen. Zur Differenzierung und 
Entdifferenzierung von Recht 
und Religion im frühneuzeitlichen Naturrechtsdiskurs

Martin Schlag (Rom): Die moraltheologischen Rahmenbedingungen der ökonomischen Aussagen 
der Schule von Salamanca19.00Restaurant Museum (Wilhelmstr. 3), ObergeschossEmpfang durch die Stadt Tübingen
Mittwoch, 10. September 201409.15AudimaxPeter Oestmann (Münster): Streit um Anwaltskosten im frühneuzeitlichen Gerichtsverfahren
Moderation: Susanne Lepsius (München)11.00AudimaxMathias Schmoeckel (Bonn): „Gründerkrise“ und „Große Depression“. Zur notwendigen 
Revision einer 
Moderation: Stefan Vogenauer (Oxford)14.30HS 9Sektion 5:

Kreditbeziehungen in Antike und MittelalterLeitung: Thomas Rüfner (Trier)Fabian Klinck (Bochum): Schuldbegründung durch Gewaltunterworfene – die persönliche 
Haftung des filius familiasSebastian Lohsse (Münster): Das Seedarlehen in der mittelalterlichen Rechtswissenschaft
HS 14Sektion 6:

Verfassungsinstitutionen und ihr PersonalLeitung: Christian Waldhoff (Berlin)Andreas Thier (Zürich): Institution und Person am Beispiel der Ausbildung 
des Amtsverständnisses 
im kanonischen RechtAnette Baumann (Gießen): Das Personal der Reichsorgane im 16. Jahrhundert
 – Ausbildung, 
Herkunft und Konfession
16.30HS 9Sektion 5:

Kreditbeziehungen in Antike und MittelalterLeitung: Thomas Rüfner (Trier)Paul J. du Plessis (Edinburgh): Cashless Transactions at the Periphery of 
Empire. The Vindolanda Tablets ReconsideredIngo Reichard (Bielefeld): Abtretung von Forderungen
HS 14Sektion 6:

Verfassungsinstitutionen und ihr PersonalLeitung: Christian Waldhoff (Berlin)Christoph Schönberger (Konstanz): Die Prägung neu geschaffener Ämter 
durch ihre ErstbesetzungOliver Lepsius (Bayreuth): La Cour, c’est moi. Zur Personalisierung von (Verfassungs‑)Gerichtsbarkeit 
im Vergleich England – USA – Deutschland18.00AudimaxTeilnehmerversammlung
Donnerstag, 11. September 20149.00-17.15
ExkursionBurg Hohenzollern in HechingenEssen in Schloss HaigerlochStadtrundgang in Haigerloch, Führung durch das Atomkeller-MuseumAbfahrt: 9.00 hTreffpunkt: Neue Aula, Eingang Geschwister-Scholl-Platz
Catégories: Comparative Law News

JUORNAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Transnational Legal Theory (Volume 5, Issue 2)

Juris Diversitas - jeu, 09/04/2014 - 03:48
A new issue of Transnational Legal Theory (Volume 5, Issue 2)  by Hart Publishing 
Click here to access this issue online
Legality as Relative Institutionalisation: MacCormick’s Diffusionism and Transnational Legal TheoryMaksymilian Del MarAbstract: This paper offers a reconstruction of the late Neil MacCormick’s institutional theory of law in light of his commitment to the diffusion of power. The paper argues that insofar as we are considering MacCormick’s legacy for transnational legal theory, it is best to marginalise what some have termed his ‘transition’ from radical pluralism to pluralism under international law. From the perspective of his commitment to the diffusion of power, the papers in which MacCormick discusses those issues are seen to have more in common, ie they both attempt to create and sustain a theoretical space in which the relationship between Member State and European institutions is a horizontal one (and thus one in which neither side can be said to be supreme so as to make the other subordinate). MacCormick’s commitment to the diffusion of power is here linked with the nourishment he drew from the thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment, and especially David Hume. Finally, his institutional theory of law is reconstructed as an account of ‘legality as relative institutionalisation’, this being an account that, inter alia: (1) treats legality as an emergent phenomenon (and is thus able to capture the inchoate and emerging forms of legality that arguably characterise the transnational); and (2) keeps track of the experience of ordinary persons, which not only respects the difficulty in distinguishing between ordinary persons and officials in the realm of the transnational, but also enables scrutiny of the gap between decision-making and those it most affects.Please click here to download/purchase article

Towards a Natural Law Foundationalist Theory of Universal Human RightsAnthony Robert SangiulianoAbstract: The contemporary literature on the philosophy of human rights features a clash between two opposing theoretical paradigms. The first paradigm, called Functionalism, grounds the nature of human rights in their practical or political significance. The second paradigm, called Foundationalism, grounds the nature of human rights in a pre-political substratum of moral thought to which positive legal-political institutions ought to conform. What tends to make the first paradigm more appealing is that it avoids the problem of grounding human rights in moral considerations that may be ethnocentric and thus not acceptable to all peoples everywhere. This paper makes a case for a version of Foundationalism called Natural Law Foundationalism, which has often been overlooked in the contemporary literature. It argues that Natural Law Foundationalism is a promising view because it is capable of confronting the ethnocentricity problem more effectively than other versions of Foundationalism. It also argues that the view can deliver on its promise because its main tenets have sufficient philosophical defensibility.Please click here to purchase/download article

What We Talk About When We Talk About International Constitutional LawChristine BellAbstract: Everyone is talking about international constitutional law: but several different conversations seem to be going on. A first conversation concerns how international law is developing its own constitution, and a second how domestic constitutional law is internationalising under supranational and transnational pressures. The article adds a third conversation concerning how international law regulates the framing of new or revised polities and their constitutional orders, which has largely been an outlier due to its lack of clear disciplinary frame as either international law or constitutional law. The article explores whether these different conversations, often assumed to be part of a common field of study, in fact talk to each other. Are they one or many? In conclusion it is suggested that the ‘lonely third’ conversation makes explicit a converging consensus across all three conversations, revolving around the idea that constitutional orders in either the domestic or international domain are shaped and made normative by the dialectical interaction between them. This converging consensus not only links all three conversations, but stands to re-work our conception of constitutional foundations in more traditional settled domestic contexts.Please click here to purchase/download article

Judicial Comparativism and Legal PositivismBosko TripkovicAbstract: The article explores the relationship between the use of foreign law in courts and legal positivism. The point of departure is Jeremy Waldron’s notion that foreign consensus is our law; such law exists outside of a legal system, depends on its moral merits and hence brings some of the central positivist commitments into question. The article maintains that even if foreign consensus were our law, this would not undermine legal positivism, and—moreover—that foreign consensus is actually not our law. In so doing, it advances an account of foreign law as a facultative theoretical authority that is best explained by the positivist idea of judicial law making.Please click here to purchase/download article

Review EssayRe-Evaluating Shareholder Primacy in the Post-Crisis Context: A View from Comparative Political Economy—Review Essay on Richard Mitchell, Anthony O’Donnell, Shelley Marshall, Ian Ramsay and Meredith Jones, Law, Corporate Governance and Partnerships at WorkDezso FarkasPlease click here to purchase/download review essay

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BOOKS' ANNOUNCEMENT: New titles from Ashgate Law and Legal Studies

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The Ashgate Research Companion to Islamic Law
Edited by Rudolph Peters, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Peri Bearman, Harvard University, USA
August 2014 • 356 pages 
Hardback • 978-1-4094-3893-9 • $144.95 / £85.00 • more...

Reconceptualising Penality
A Comparative Perspective on Punitiveness in Ireland, Scotland and New Zealand
Claire Hamilton, Queen's University Belfast, UK
Advances in Criminology
August 2014 • 252 pages 
Hardback • 978-1-4094-6316-0 • $124.95 / £70.00 • more...

Developing Restorative Justice Jurisprudence
Rethinking Responses to Criminal Wrongdoing
Tony Foley, Australian National University, Australia
International and Comparative Criminal Justice 
August 2014 • 262 pages 
Hardback • 978-1-4094-6533-1 • $124.95 / £70.00 • more...

Regional Human Rights Systems
Volume V
Edited by Christina M. Cerna, Georgetown University Law Centre, USA
The Library of Essays on International Human Rights
August 2014 • 592 pages 
Hardback • 978-1-4094-3911-0 • $350.00 / £185.00 • more...
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CALL FOR PANELS: IUAES Inter-Congress 2015

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The IUAES Inter-Congress 2015, Re-Imagining Anthropological and Sociological Boundaries is going to be held on 15-17 July 2015, at the Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand. The Call for Panels is now open.Please visit the congress web-site for the “Panel proposals submission guidelines” and further details on the Inter-congress:http ://socanth . tu . ac . th/iuaes2015/. The main conference theme is divided into 10 sub-themes. Panel proposals should focus on at least one sub-theme. Deadline: The Call for Panels will close on 30 September 2014.
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A new issue of the  ISLAMIC LAW & LAW OF THE MUSLIM WORLD eJOURNAL was just published, as follows the table of contents:
Shari’a and Regional Governance in Indonesia: A Study of Four ProvincesJamhari Makruf, Universitas Islam Negeri Jakarta, International CooperationIim Halimatussa'diyah, Universitas Islam Negeri Jakarta - Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
Acceptability of Civil Marriage in a Multidenominational Society: Results of an Empirical Survey in LebanonRayan Haykal, Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth
Identification and Classification of Maqasid Al-Shariah Terms for Socio-Economic Development IndexFevzi Esen, Yalova University
Diversity within Unity: Import Laws of Islamic Countries on Haram (Forbidden) ProductsRaj Bhala, University of Kansas - School of LawShannon B. Keating, New Markets Lab
Judicial Law-Making: An Analysis of Case Law on Khul‘ in PakistanMuhammad Munir, International Islamic University, Department of Law
Juvenile Justice in Pakistan -- How to Achieve Desired Results?Justice (R) Dr. Munir Ahamd Mughal, Punjab University Law College, Superior Law College, LIMIT Law College, Lahore
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WORKSHOP: Iglp workshop, deadline for partecipants' applications

Juris Diversitas - mer, 09/03/2014 - 05:45
The Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) at Harvard Law School invites to apply to participate in the 2015 Workshop in Doha, Qatar, from January 2-11, 2015.
IGLP: The Workshop is an intensive residential program for doctoral and post-doctoral law scholars and junior faculty. The aim of The Workshop is to strengthen the next generation of scholars by placing them in collaboration with their global peers as they develop innovative ideas and alternative approaches to issues of global law, economic policy, social justice and governance.
Sponsored by the Qatar Foundation and hosted by Hamad bin Khalifa University, the Workshop brings together more than 100 young scholars and more than 50 senior and junior faculty from around the world for serious research collaboration and debate.While in residence in Doha, participants review current scholarly developments, reconsider canonical texts and network with colleagues from across the world. Intensive writing workshops offer participants the opportunity to receive valuable feedback on their own research from their peers and more senior colleagues in small group settings.
The deadline for applications is September 12, 2014. Learn more and apply here today: http://www.harvardiglp.org/iglp-the-workshop/
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ARTICLES: Philosophy of law eJournal

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Two new, interesting articles from the last issue of the Philosophy of law eJournal:
"Preface for: Kafka's Law: 'The Trial' and American Criminal Justice" 
Preface in Kafka's Law: "The Trial" and American Criminal Justice (University of Chicago Press, 2014)
Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 14-35
ROBERT P. BURNS, Northwestern University - School of Law
Email: r-burns@law.northwestern.eduJustice Kennedy famously claimed that Kafka's great work, "The Trial," expressed the reality of the American criminal justice system, at least from the defendant's point of view. This essay, the first sections a book just released by the University of Chicago Press, first summarizes the book's argument that the Justice got it just right, and then provides a close reading of "The Trial." This reading agrees with Hannah Arendt's view that the novel is centrally about institutional issues of justice and that it provides an "organizational gothic" vision of contemporary bureaucratic governance in criminal procedure.

"Human Rights Through the ATS after Kiobel: Partial Extraterritoriality, Misconceptions, and Elusive and Problematic Judicially-Created Criteria" 
6 Duke Forum for Law & Social Change 31 (2014)
U of Houston Law Center No. 2014-A-75
JORDAN J. PAUST, University of Houston Law Center
Email: jpaust@central.uh.eduThe evident split in Kiobel has, in the words of Justice Kennedy, left open a number of significant questions regarding proper elaboration and explanation of the extraterritorial reach of the Alien Tort Statute. Among these are whether a presumption against extraterritoriality should apply and, if it is used, whether inconsistent and ambiguous criteria are preferable in deciding when it is displaced. Extraterritoriality of some sort has been affirmed, but there is an evident lack of consensus on rationales, doctrines, and criteria.
For this reason, its is important to reconsider what the full set of early cases and opinions of Attorneys General add for proper decisionmaking regarding the statute’s evident reach; what is compelled by adequate awareness of the nature of the law that is expressly incorporated by reference and its jurisdictional attributes and substantive grasp; how congressional endorsement of the Filartiga line of cases should displace a judicially-created presumption as well as supposed “foreign relations” concerns and provide needed guidance; how the Charming Betsy rule supplements the need to interpret the statute consistently with universal jurisdiction and responsibility as well as human rights of access to courts and to an effective remedy under international law; and how the rationale in the Bowman exception to a presumption of non-extraterritoriality supports that requirement. This article provides a basis for such an inquiry. Part III identifies evident misconceptions in some of the opinions and is organized into eight areas.

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BOOK: "Jews in Early Christian Law", J. V. Tolan, N. de Lange, L. Foschia, C. Nemo-Pekelman (eds.)

Jews in Early Christian Law Byzantium and the Latin West, 6th-11th centuries
J. V. TolanN. de LangeL. FoschiaC. Nemo-Pekelman (eds.)379 p., 156 x 234 mm, 2014
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The sixth to eleventh centuries are a crucial formative period for Jewish communities in Byzantium and Latin Europe: this is also a period for which sources are scarce and about which historians have often had to speculate on the basis of scant evidence. The legal sources studied in this volume provide a relative wealth of textual material concerning Jews, and for certain areas and periods are the principal sources. While this makes them particularly valuable, it also makes their interpretation difficult, given the lack of corroborative sources.
The scholars whose work has been brought together in this volume shed light on this key period of the history of Jews and of Jewish-Christian relations, focusing on key sources of the period: Byzantine imperial law, the canons of church councils, papal bulls, royal legislation from the Visigoths or Carolingians, inscriptions, and narrative sources in Hebrew, Greek and Latin. The picture that emerges from these studies is variegated. Some scholars, following Bernhard Blumenkranz, have depicted this period as one of relative tolerance towards Jews and Judaism; others have stressed the intolerance shown at key intervals by ecclesiastical authors, church councils and monarchs.
Yet perhaps more than revealing general tendencies towards "tolerance" or "intolerance", these studies bring to light the ways in which law in medieval societies serves a variety of purposes: from providing a theologically-based rationale for social tolerance, to attempting to regulate and restrict inter-religious contact, to using anti-Jewish rhetoric to assert the authority or legitimacy of one party of the Christian elite over and against another. This volume makes an important contribution not only to the history of medieval Jewish-Christian relations, but also to research on the uses and functions of law in medieval societies.

Table of Contents
Capucine Nemo-Pekelman & Laurence Foschia, Introduction

I Rank and status of Jews in civil and canonical law
1.         Ralph W. Mathisen, The Citizenship and Legal Status of Jews in Roman Law during Late Antiquity (ca. 300-540 CE)
2.         Céline Martin, Statut des juifs, statut de libre dans l’Occident du haut Moyen Âge : l’exemple ibérique
3.         David Freidenreich, Jews, Pagans, and Heretics in Early Medieval Canon Law
II - Lawyers at work : from the adaptation of Roman Law to the creation of canonical collections and false canons
4.         Bruno Judic, Grégoire le Grand et les juifs. Pratique juridique et enjeux théologiques
5.         Jessie Sherwood, Interpretation, negotiation, and adaptation:  Converting the Jews in Gerhard of Mainz’s Collectio
6.         Philippe Depreux , Les juifs dans le droit carolingien
7.         Capucine Nemo-Pekelman, Signum mortis : une nouvelle explication du signe de la rouelle ?

III - Juridical sources as indications of Jewish life and institutions?
8.         Alexander Panayotov, Jewish Communal Offices in Byzantine Law and Jewish Inscriptions from the Balkans
9.         Bat-Sheva Albert, Les communautés juives vues à travers la législation royale et ecclésiastique visigothique et franque
10.       Raul González-Salinero, The Legal Eradication of the Jewish Literary Legacy in Visigothic Spain
11.       Johannes Heil, Getting them in or Keeping them out? Theology, Law, and the Beginnings of Jewish Life at Mainz in the 10th and 11th centuries
IV - From the Law to Violence, from Violence to Law
12.        Paul Magdalino, ‘All Israel will be saved’? The forced baptism of the Jews and imperial eschatology
13.        Rachel Stocking, Forced Converts, “Crypto-Judaism,” and Children: Religious Identification in Visigothic Spain
14.        María Jesús Fuente, Jewish Women and Visigoth Law
15.        Oscar Prieto Dominguez, The mass conversion of Jews decreed by Emperor Basil I in 873: its reflection in contemporary legal codes and its underlying reasons
16.        Amnon Linder, The Jewish Oath

Nicholas de Lange and John Tolan, Conclusion 
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CFP: Criminal Law and Emotions in European Legal Cultures (Berlin, 2015)

What: Criminal Law and Emotions in European Legal Cultures. From 16th Century to the Present
Where: Center for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
When: 21-22 May 2015

Deadline: October 1st 2014

OrganisersLaura KounineGian Marco Vidor

KeynotesElizabeth Lunbeck (Vanderbilt University)David Sabean (UCLA)

Roundtable DiscussionDagmar Ellerbrock (MPIB/ TU Dresden)Terry Maroney (Vanderbild University)

Legal institutions and jurists have often perceived themselves and promoted an image of their role and activity as essentially 'rational'. Yet, emotions have always been integral to the law, particularly in the case of criminal law. Emotions were and are taken explicitly or implicitly into consideration in legal debates, in law-making, in the codified norms and in their application, especially in relation to paramount categories such as free will, individual responsibility and culpability, or the aggravating and mitigating circumstances of a crime. Emotions could directly or indirectly play a role in defining what conduct was legally relevant, worthy of legal protection or in need of legal proscription; in why and how it was necessary to punish, and what feelings punishment was meant to evoke.Legal scholars in the past did not shun the complex relationship between law and emotions. Yet it is in the last two decades that specialists from different disciplines, from law theory to psychology, from philosophy to history, have shown an increasing and lively interest in unravelling the role played by passions, feelings and sentiments in criminal law. Special attention has been focused on three key areas: norms, practices and people.This two-day conference seeks to historicize the relationship between law and emotions, focusing on the period from the sixteenth century to the present. It aims to ask how legal definitions, categorizations and judgments were influenced by, and themselves influenced, moral and social codes; religious and ideological norms; scientific and medical expertise; and perceptions of the body, gender, age, social status. By examining the period between the sixteenth century and the present day, this conference also seeks to challenge and problematize the demarcation between the early modern and the modern period, looking at patterns and continuities, as well as points of fissure and change, in the relationship between law and emotions. In particular, it seeks to question the extent to which ideas about law and emotions fundamentally shifted around the eighteenth century—the traditional marker of the ‘modern’ period.This conference will explore how legal professionals, as judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and other legal officials, handled different forms of knowledge about emotions in the practice of law, in accordance with, or in opposition to, general social and cultural attitudes and public opinion. It will further investigate the presence and absence—and their meanings—of emotions in the courtroom, as a fundamental aspect of criminal law practices. It will take into consideration not only the emotions which were shown, expected and provoked but also the ones which were repressed, controlled or proscribed by different legal actors and the public. Finally it will also include analysis of how legal understandings of emotions were portrayed in the media and in the wider society.We invite submissions from scholars of different historical disciplines, working on early modern and modern periods and particularly encourage proposals from scholars working on Northern, Central and Eastern European countries, and the non-Western world.
The conference will be held in English.
Accommodation and travel expenses for those presenting will be covered by the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. If you are interested in participating in this conference, please send us a proposal of no more than 300 words and a short CV by 1 October 2014 to cfp-emotions@mpib-berlin.mpg.de
Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes, in order to allow time for questions and discussion.
For more information click HERE
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