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WORKSHOP: Argent et marchandises en voyage XIVe-XIXe siècle (Lille: Université Lille II/CHJ, 22 JUN 2018)

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The Centre d'Histoire Judiciare (Université Lille-II) organises a workshop on the theme "Argent et marchandises en voyage, XIVe-XIXe siècle".
Papers:
  • Les banques publiques dans la péninsule Ibérique et en Roussillon (XIVe-XVIe siècle) : des tentatives de mainmise sur la circulation des capitaux (Jean Charriaud, Paris II)
  • En barils plutôt que par lettre obligatoire. La circulation des capitaux anglais dans les Pays-Bas durant la campagne diplomatique et militaire d’Edouard Ier Plantagenêt contre Philippe Le Bel (1294-1298) (David Kusman, ULB)
  • La responsabilité du transporteur (XVe -XIXe siècle) (Anne Daillant, Paris Saclay)
  • La garantie sous écriture privée dans le grand commerce de la première Époque moderne : la rhétorique épistolaire face à une crise de confiance (Ilario Mosca, EPHE)
  • Spanish silver with en English accent. The Indian bullion and the Genoese brokers’ intermediation (1630-1670) (Claudio Marsilio, Lisboa)
  • L’organisation du trafic vers les Petites Antilles françaises dans la première moitié du XVIIe siècle. Aspects financiers et logistiques (Eric Roulet, Université du Littoral Côté d'Opale)
  • Les lettres de voiture dans l’ancien droit français (XVIIe-XVIIIe siècle) (Céline Drand, Strasbourg)
  • Sécuriser le voyage des marchandises sans assurances. Litiges et régulation des transports continentaux à l’époque moderne (Lyon, XVIIe -XVIIIe (Benoît Saint-Cast, Lyon-2)
  • La commission de transport : aux origines d’une qualification incertaine (Victor Simon, Reims)
  • The grains of Odessa. Reality and trade in the Ottoman Levant during modern era (Chiara Baldestein, Roma III)
  • Le voyage retour de l’argent : la notion de rechange chez les juristes de la seconde modernité (Victor Le Breton-Blond, Bordeaux)


The full programme can be downloaded here.

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JOURNAL: American Journal of Legal History LVIII (2018), No. 2 (June)

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Contents:Defending Person and Reputation: Efforts to End Extralegal Violence in Western Virginia, 1890-1900 (Josh Howard)
Developing Privacy Rights in Nineteenth-Century Germany: A Choice between Dignity and Liberty?
(Thomas J. Snyder)
Law versus Equity—as Reflected in Lord Eldon’s Manuscripts (Michelle Johnson; James Oldham)
The Grand Jury of New Zealand in The Nineteenth Century (Greg Taylor)
Book reviews
  • Pippa Holloway, Living in Infamy: Felon Disenfranchisement and the History of American Citizenship (James M Binnall)
  • M.C. Mirow, Latin American Constitutions: The Constitution of Cádiz and its Legacy in Spanish America (Jonathan M Miller)
  • Joachim Rückert, Abschiede vom Unrecht. Zur Rechtsgeschichte nach 1945 (Beiträge zur Rechtsgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts) (Jean-Louis Halpérin)
  • Ferdinando Mazzarella, Un Diritto per l’Europa industriale. Cultura giuridica ed economica dalla rivoluzione francese al secondo dopoguerra (Sylvain Bloquet)
More information with the publisher.
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SSRN PAPER: Mark TUSHNET, Critical Legal Studies and the Rule of Law (forthcoming in Martin LOUGHLIN & Jens MEIERHENRICH (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to the Rule of Law (Cambridge: CUP, 2018)

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Prof. Mark Tushnet (Harvard Law School) published "Critical Legal Studies and the Rule of Law" on SSRN. The text is part of a forthcoming Cambridge Companion to the Rule of Law (eds. Martin Loughlin and Jens Meierhenrich).

Abstract:
This brief essay, to appear in the Cambridge Companion to the Rule of Law (Marti Loughlin & Jens Meierhenrich eds.), describes what critical legal scholars said – or perhaps more accurately – would have said – about the concept of the rule of law. Describing critical legal studies as a project in American legal thought rather than analytical jurisprudence, it argues that “the rule of law” is an ideological project, and can come in various versions – liberal, social democratic, and more. It addresses Morton Horwitz’s critique of E.P. Thompson’s assertion that the rule of law is an unqualified human good, and situates the CLS critique of the rule of law within more general discussion of the rule of law by Hayek and Fuller. It concludes by applying ideology-critique to the rule of law, arguing that in whatever form it takes the rule of law contributes to a culture of justification, which may indeed be an unqualified human good.Download paper here.
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BOOK: Anthony MUSSON & Nigel RAMSAY, Courts of Chivalry and Admiralty in Late Medieval Europe (London: Boydell & Brewer, 2018), 272 p. ISBN 9781783272174, 60 GBP

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Book abstract:
The wars waged by the English in France during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries led to the need for judicial agencies which could deal with disputes that arose on land and sea, beyond the reach of indigenous laws. This led to the jurisdictional development of the Courts of Chivalry and Admiralty, presiding over respectively heraldic and maritime disputes. They were thus of considerable importance in the Middle Ages; but they have attracted comparatively little scholarly attention. The essays here examine their officers, proceedings and the wider cultural and political context in which they had jurisdiction and operated in later medieval Western Europe. They reveal similarities in personnel, institutions and outlook, as well as in the issues confronting rulers in territories across Europe. They also demonstrate how assertions of sovereignty and challenges to judicial competence were inextricably linked to complex political agendas; and that both military and maritime law were international in reach because they were underpinned by trans-national customs and the principles and procedures of Continental civil law. Combining law with military and maritime history, and discussing the art and material culture of chivalric disputes as well as their associated heraldry, the volume provides fresh new insights into an important area of medieval life and culture.On the editors and contributors:
Anthony Musson is Head of Research at Historic Royal Palaces; Nigel Ramsay is Honorary Senior Research Associate in the Department of History at University College London. Contributors: Andrew Ayton, Richard Barber, John Ford, Laurent Hablot, Thomas K. Heebøll-Holm, Julian Luxford, Ralph Moffat, Philip Morgan, Bertrand Schnerb, Anne F. Sutton, Lorenzo Tanzini. 
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E-JOURNAL: Precedente. Revista Jurídica XII (2018): Historia del derecho en América Latina I (eds. Andrés BOTERO BERNAL & Mario Alberto CAJAS SARRIA)

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On the journal:Precedente se propone contribuir a la construcción del debate jurídico, en este sentido, el público al que se dirige está compuesto por estudiantes, profesores e investigadores nacionales y extranjeros pertenecientes a las diferentes ramas del derecho, pero además por profesionales interesados en contar con una actualización permanente en los análisis e investigaciones contemporáneas en el campo jurídico. Precedente tiene claro que siempre habrá un público por conquistar, de manera que concentra importantes esfuerzos en las estrategias de difusión de la publicación en su soporte material y electrónico.
Contents:
  • Presentación (Andrés Botero Bernal, Mario Cajas Sarria)
  • Régimen de las moratorias en las provincias argentinas de Salta (1825) y Tucumán (1861) (Abelardo Levaggi)
  • Enseñanza de la historia del derecho centrada en el aprendizaje de los estudiantes a lo largo de 115 años de la fundación de la cátedra (Chile, 1902) (Eric Eduardo Palma, María Francisca Elgueta)
  • Tradición y cambio político en Provincia: Popayán, Nueva Granada y la redacción de la Constitución de 1814 (Adolfo León Guerrero García)
  • El primer panamericanismo: puente entre el derecho de gentes y el derecho internacional (Luis Ociel Castaño)
  • El pragmatismo jurídico de Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. y el Derecho como Sistema Social de Niklas Luhmann: un encuentro histórico (Vagner Felipe Kühn)
  • Derecho y caricatura política: el constituyente primario de 1990 y el cambio constitucional de 1991 (Diana Paola Gil Guzmán)
More information here. All articles are in open access.
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BOOK: John BAKER, The Reinvention of Magna Carta 1216-1616 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017). ISBN 9781316637579, £ 32.99


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Last year, Cambridge University Press published a book on the influence of Magna Charta on English public law between the 13th-17th centuries. Cambridge University Press published the paperback version of the book this month.
ABOUT THE BOOK
This new account of the influence of Magna Carta on the development of English public law is based largely on unpublished manuscripts. The story was discontinuous. Between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries the charter was practically a spent force. Late-medieval law lectures gave no hint of its later importance, and even in the 1550s a commentary on Magna Carta by William Fleetwood was still cast in the late-medieval mould. Constitutional issues rarely surfaced in the courts. But a new impetus was given to chapter 29 in 1581 by the 'Puritan' barrister Robert Snagge, and by the speeches and tracts of his colleagues, and by 1587 it was being exploited by lawyers in a variety of contexts. Edward Coke seized on the new learning at once. He made extensive claims for chapter 29 while at the bar, linking it with habeas corpus, and then as a judge (1606–16) he deployed it with effect in challenging encroachments on the common law. The book ends in 1616 with the lectures of Francis Ashley, summarising the new learning, and (a few weeks later) Coke's dismissal for defending too vigorously the liberty of the subject under the common law.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sir John Hamilton Baker is an English legal historian. He was Downing Professor of the Laws of England at the University of Cambridge from 1998 to 2011
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PrefaceThe legal character of Magna CartaChapter 29 in the fourteenth centuryMagna Carta in the inns of court 1340-1540Personal liberty and the churchRoyal prerogative and common law under Elizabeth IWilliam Fleetwood and Magna CartaThe resurgence of chapter 29 after 1580Magna Carta and the rule of law 1592-1606Sir Edward Coke and Magna Carta 1606-1615A year "consecrate to justice" 1616Myth and realityAppendices. Two Fifteenth-Century Readings on Chapter 29Actions Founded on Chapter 29 (1501-32)William Fleetwood on Chapter 29 (c. 1558)Fleetwood's Tracts on Magna Carta and on Statutes : a concordance of parallel passagesSix Elizabethan Cases (1582-1600)The Judges' resolutions on Habeas Corpus (1592)Coke's Memorandum on Chapter 29 (1604)Whetherly v. Whetherly (1605)Maunsell's Case (1607)Bulthorpe v. Ladbrook (1607).
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BOOK: Patrick William KELLY, Sovereign Emergencies : Latin America and the Making of Global Human Rights Politics [Human Rights in History] (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018). ISBN 9781316730225, $ 24.00


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Cambridge University Press has just published the eBook of a new book which deals with the role of Latin America in the making of global human rights politics during the 1970s. The paperback and hardback are to be released in August 2018.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The concern over rising state violence, above all in Latin America, triggered an unprecedented turn to a global politics of human rights in the 1970s. Patrick William Kelly argues that Latin America played the most pivotal role in these sweeping changes, for it was both the target of human rights advocacy and the site of a series of significant developments for regional and global human rights politics. Drawing on case studies of Brazil, Chile, and Argentina, Kelly examines the crystallization of new understandings of sovereignty and social activism based on individual human rights. Activists and politicians articulated a new practice of human rights that blurred the borders of the nation-state to endow an individual with a set of rights protected by international law. Yet the rights revolution came at a cost: the Marxist critique of US imperialism and global capitalism was slowly supplanted by the minimalist plea not to be tortured.
- Draws on archival research and oral interviews spanning ten countries in Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Australia- Offers a highly interdisciplinary lens, drawing on political science, anthropology, law, and sociology to paint a broad historical canvas- Historicizes the birth of global human rights politics with a minimalist focus on civil and politics rights in the 1970s
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Patrick William Kelly, Northwestern University, IllinoisPatrick William Kelly is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University. He is currently writing a global history of AIDS.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
List of figuresIntroduction1. Torture in Brazil2. The emergency in Chile3. Transnational solidarity4. Redefining sovereignty5. The origins of American human rights activism6. The global specter of Argentina's disappeared7. Argentina and the inter-American systemEpilogue: the promise and limits of the human rights cascadeIndex.
More information with the publisher
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BOOK: Sue PEABODY, Madeleine’s Children : Family, Freedom, Secrets, and Lies in France’s Indian Ocean Colonies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017). ISBN 9780190233884, $35.00


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Last year, Oxford University Press published a book which deals with the history of a slave’s quest to attain his freedom in court in France’s 18th-19thIndian Ocean colonies.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Madeleine's Children uncovers a multigenerational saga of an enslaved family in India and two islands, Réunion and Mauritius, in the eastern empires of France and Britain during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. A tale of legal intrigue, it reveals the lives and secret relationships between slaves and free people that have remained obscure for two centuries.
As a child, Madeleine was pawned by her impoverished family and became the slave of a French woman in Bengal. She accompanied her mistress to France as a teenager, but she did not challenge her enslavement there on the basis of France's Free Soil principle, a consideration that did not come to light until future lawyers investigated her story. In France, a new master and mistress purchased her, despite laws prohibiting the sale of slaves within the kingdom. The couple transported Madeleine across the ocean to their plantation in the Indian Ocean colonies, where she eventually gave birth to three children: Maurice, Constance, and Furcy. One died a slave and two eventually became free, but under very different circumstances. On 21 November 1817, Furcy exited the gates of his master's mansion and declared himself a free man. The lawsuit waged by Furcy to challenge his wrongful enslavement ultimately brought him before the Royal Court of Paris, despite the extreme measures that his putative master, Joseph Lory, deployed to retain him as his slave. 
A meticulous work of archival detection, Madeleine's Children investigates the cunning, clandestine, and brutal strategies that masters devised to keep slaves under their control-and paints a vivid picture of the unique and evolving meanings of slavery and freedom in the Indian Ocean world.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sue Peabody is Meyer Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and History at Washington State University Vancouver. She is the author of "There Are No Slaves in France": The Political Culture of Race and Slavery in the Ancien Regime (OUP, 1996) and the co-editor of The Color of Liberty: Histories of Race in France and Slavery, Freedom and the Law in the Atlantic World.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction1. Madeleine: A Child Slave in Pre-Colonial India2. Crossings: Oceans, Islands, and Free Soil3. Madeleine's Children: Family Secrets4. The Revolution: Emancipation without Freedom5. The Limits of Law: Madeleine's Betrayal6. A Perfect Storm7. Incendiary Arguments, Justice Suspended8. English Liberties9. Freedom Papers Hidden in His Shoe10. Damages and InterestAfterwordAppendicesNotesIndex
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BOOK: Jill NORGREN, Stories from Trailblazing Women Lawyers - Lives in the Law (New York: NYU Press, 2018). ISBN 9781479865963, $30.00


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NYU Press had just published a book which deals with the stories of 100 senior woman lawyers who broke the glass ceiling in the US legal profession starting from the 2ndhalf of the 20th century.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The captivating story of how a diverse group of women, including Janet Reno and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, broke the glass ceiling and changed the modern legal profession

In Stories from Trailblazing Women Lawyers, award-winning legal historian Jill Norgren curates the oral histories of one hundred extraordinary American women lawyers who changed the profession of law. Many of these stories are being told for the first time. As adults these women were on the front lines fighting for access to law schools and good legal careers. They challenged established rules and broke the law’s glass ceiling.Norgren uses these interviews to describe the profound changes that began in the late 1960s, interweaving social and legal history with the women’s individual experiences.

In 1950, when many of the subjects of this book were children, the terms of engagement were clear: only a few women would be admitted each year to American law schools and after graduation their professional opportunities would never equal those open to similarly qualified men. Harvard Law School did not even begin to admit women until 1950. At many law schools, well into the 1970s, men told female students that they were taking a place that might be better used by a male student who would have a career, not babies.

In 2005 the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession initiated a national oral history project named the Women Trailblazers in the Law initiative: One hundred outstanding senior women lawyers were asked to give their personal and professional histories in interviews conducted by younger colleagues. The interviews, made available to the author, permit these women to be written into history in their words, words that evoke pain as well as celebration, humor, and somber reflection. These are women attorneys who, in courtrooms, classrooms, government agencies, and NGOs have rattled the world with insistent and successful demands to reshape their profession and their society. They are women who brought nothing short of a revolution to the profession of law.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jill Norgren is Professor Emerita of Political Science at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, The City University of New York. She is the author of several books, including Rebels at the Bar: The Fascinating, Forgotten Stories of America’s First Women Lawyers (NYU, 2013), and Belva Lockwood: The Women Who Would Be President (NYU, 2007). 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface and Acknowledgments ixIntroduction: Against the Odds 11 Cataloguing Childhood Influences 192 The Lure of Law 363 Law School: "You're Taking a Man's Place" 514 Work Profiles: The Post-World War I Generation 75
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BOOK: Andréas KALLERGIS, La compétence fiscale [Nouvelle Bibliothèque de Thèses; 175] (Paris: Dalloz, 2018), 1036 p. ISBN 9782247178070, € 75



Book abstract:
Pour identifier des limites internationales de la liberté de l'État en matière fiscale, il convient d'étudier non seulement sa compétence fiscale - envers qui il peut exercer le pouvoir fiscal - mais aussi son pouvoir fiscal - ce qu'il peut faire dans l'exercice de ce pouvoir. Ces éléments sont éclaircis à travers l'analyse de la pratique étatique et de la jurisprudence internationale. La compétence fiscale de l'État ne repose pas sur une habilitation par l'ordre juridique international, mais doit être appréhendée sous le prisme des deux faces de l'État : personne publique et sujet de droit international. D'une part, les États disposent d'un pouvoir fiscal originaire de leur constitution comme personnes publiques souveraines. D'une autre part, en tant que sujets de droit international, ils peuvent se reconnaître des droits et des obligations subjectifs, et donc aménager l'exercice de leurs pouvoirs fiscaux par la détermination des sphères de leurs compétences par la conclusion d'engagements interétatiques. En dehors de cette hypothèse, les critères de rattachement fiscal sont des représentations d'une relation entre l'État et le sujet ou l'objet de l'impôt selon l'appréciation de l'État normateur, et non pas des règles certaines de compétence internationale. La liberté de l'État de déterminer le contenu de son pouvoir fiscal est encadrée de manière rudimentaire par le droit international. Cet encadrement implique essentiellement l'inopposabilité des normes fiscales d'effet extraterritorial et l'interdiction de réalisation d'opérations matérielles en territoire étranger. Pour autant, parce qu'il est souverain, l'État peut consentir à des limitations de son pouvoir fiscal dans le cadre de la coopération ou l'intégration internationale, sans que le titre de son pouvoir ne soit contesté.More information with the publisher.
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CALL FOR PAPERS: The League of Nations and International law, 1919-1945 (Copenhagen, 13-14 JUN 2019); DEADLINE 1 NOV 2018

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The historiography of international law of the 19th and 20th centuries has grown rapidly in the last decades around the excellent work of the legal scholar Martti Koskenniemi and the new Journal of the History of International Law. However, this new wave of scholarship focuses primarily on intellectual history based on biographical studies of leading jurists. Generally, scholars of international legal history have not followed in the footsteps of recent historiographical developments in the fields of human rights or EU law, where historians have systematically used archival resources to go beyond intellectual history and explore the actual legal practice situated in different societal contexts. As a result, historiography of international law has to some extent neglected how the rise of international organisations, and in particular the foundation of the League of Nations (LoN) system, created new legal techniques and shaped the development of international law. Turning to the new historiography of international organisations a similar pattern emerges.
While historians in the last decade have fundamentally reassessed the history of the League of Nations, they have not explored its legal dimension. The same goes for recent studies of the technical international organisations that were established from the mid-19th century onwards and became part of the LoN system after 1919.

This conference wants to promote a new legal history that explores how the LoN system influenced the development of international law from 1919-1945 based on systematic research of international,
state and private archives and a contextual approach to the object of study.
This call is interested in archive based research papers that address:
- How the League of Nation system, including the ILO and the Permanent Court of International Justice, shaped the development of international law.
- The role of law, legal techniques and jurists in the institutional and administrative development of the League of Nation system.
- The role of law and legal techniques in the development of LoN policies and regulatory efforts.
- The professionalisation of academics and practitioners of international law
- Network or biographical approaches to exploring the key actors of the legal history of League of Nation system.
- Analyses of how League of Nation member states (as well as key non-member states such as the United States) incorporated international law and legal techniques in their foreign policy.

The conference is meant to be a first meeting between researchers sharing the agenda outlined above. The aim is that methodological challenges can be identified and the contextual approach to legal history can be further refined. There will be a follow-up conference by the end of 2020 aimed to prepare the papers for a final publication with a leading international publishing house.

The conference is part of a new collective research project running at the University of Copenhagen from 2018 to 2020 entitled: Laying the Foundations – The League of Nation and International Law, 1919-1945 - https://internationallaw.ku.dk.

We welcome abstracts (in English) of a maximum of 400 words by 1 November 2018. Abstracts should be sent to Associate Professor Morten Rasmussen (University of Copenhagen)  mortenra@hum.ku.dk.
The organization will cover expenses of 2-3 nights of hotel accommodation as well as travel expenses.
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BOOK REVIEW: S. Jonathan WIESEN on James Q. WHITMAN, Hitler's American Model (American Historical Review, CXXIII (2018), No. 3 (June)

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S. Jonathan Wiesen (Southern Illinois University Carbondale) reviewed James Q. Whitman recent's book Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2017).

First paragraph:
The Nazis were obsessed with the United States. They were intrigued by the supposed crassness of American mass culture and the deficiencies of democracy, and they paid particular attention to race and racism. As recent scholarship has shown, both party ideologues and scholars in the Third Reich considered the treatment of African Americans and Jews in the U.S., and they were in regular conversation with American eugenicists, who pioneered the forced sterilization programs adopted by several U.S. states. What is less known, and what James Q. Whitman impressively addresses in Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law, is the extent to which American race laws actually influenced Nazi policies toward Germany’s minorities.Read more on the Oxford Journals website.
More information on the book with the publisher.
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BOOK: Eric M. FREEMAN, Making Habeas Work. A Legal History (New York: NYU Press, 2018), 208 p. ISBN 9781479870974, $ 45

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Book abstract:
A reconsideration of the writ of habeas corpus casts new light on a range of current issues 
Habeas corpus, the storied Great Writ of Liberty, is a judicial order that requires government officials to produce a prisoner in court, persuade an independent judge of the correctness of their claimed factual and legal justifications for the individual’s imprisonment, or else release the captive. Frequently the officials resist being called to account.  Much of the history of the rule of law, including the history being made today, has emerged from the resulting clashes. 
This book, heavily based on primary sources from the colonial and early national periods and significant original research in the New Hampshire State Archives, enriches our understanding of the past and draws lessons for the present.
Using dozens of previously unknown examples, Professor Freedman shows how the writ of habeas corpus has been just one part of an intricate machinery for securing freedom under law, and explores the lessons this history holds for some of today’s most pressing problems including terrorism, the Guantanamo Bay detentions, immigration, Brexit, and domestic violence.
Exploring landmark cases of the past - like that of John Peter Zenger - from new angles and expanding the definition of habeas corpus from a formal one to a functional one, Making Habeas Work brings to light the stories of many people previously overlooked (like the free black woman Zipporah, defendant in “the case of the headless baby”) because their cases did not bear the label “habeas corpus.”
The resulting insights lead to forward-thinking recommendations for strengthening the rule of law to insure that it endures into the future.More information with the publisher.
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NEWSPAPER CONTRIBUTION: Why is it always the State's fault ? (Michael Stolleis, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 6 June 2018)

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Our colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History drew our attention to a contribution by the Institute's Director Emeritus, Prof. em. dr. dr. h.c. mult. Michael Stolleis, in last week's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

First paragraph:
Staatsversagen“ ist in den letzten Jahren nicht nur ein Allerweltswort, sondern auch eine Waffe geworden. Verwendet wird es als diffuse und pauschale Schuldzuweisung an die anonyme Chiffre „Staat“. Versagt haben sollen Politiker, Behörden, „die Polizei“, „die Justiz“, alle Verantwortlichen – die „da oben“. Wer das Wort Staatsversagen gebraucht, muss nicht genau sagen, wo das angebliche Übel steckt. Es scheint zu genügen, die anonyme Instanz „Staat“ anzuklagen, eine Instanz, von der man Leistungen erwartet, einfach weil man Steuern zahlt.Read more on the FAZ website.
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BOOK: Françoise HILDESHEIMER & Monique MORGAT-BONNET, Le Parlement de Paris. Histoire d'un grand corps de l'État monarchique XIIIe-XVIIIe siècle (Paris: Honoré Champion, 2018), 848 p. ISBN 978-2-74534-812-8, € 75,85

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Book abstract:
Si aujourd’hui le nom de « Parlement » désigne nos assemblées délibérantes, il n’en a pas toujours été ainsi : au Moyen Âge et durant l’Ancien Régime, ce terme s’est attaché à la plus haute Cour de justice du royaume de France, le Parlement de Paris. D’abord « partie du corps du roi », puis Grand corps de l’État, il a exercé au nom du roi la justice souveraine avec une compétence universelle, le plus souvent en appel, mais aussi en première instance. Sa fonction judiciaire a été primordiale, car il était l’instrument de la souveraineté royale et représentait le roi qui était avant toute chose en charge de la justice et de la paix. Mais, issu de la Curia regis, ce Parlement a gardé de ses origines d’autres attributions, de nature plus politique, tant dans le domaine législatif, administratif, économique et social, car il a été le conseil du roi et l’est resté même quand le souverain s’est doté d’un Conseil de gouvernement. Qualifié par le roi médiéval de fontaine de justice, d’image de la majesté royale, représentant l’honneur et la personne du roi, ce grand corps de l’État nous a laissé une œuvre judiciaire immense, cinq siècles et demi de jurisprudence engrangée par les greffiers de la Cour, une documentation originale d’archives sur laquelle se fonde le présent ouvrage. À une époque qui ne connaissait ni la distinction des pouvoirs, ni la séparation de la justice civile, criminelle, et administrative, où seule existait une justice de droit commun pour tous, le roi, l’État et les particuliers, le Parlement a été, tout au long de son histoire, non seulement une autorité politique, mais aussi la Cour suprême régulatrice de la jurisprudence et du droit qu’il a contribué à créer.More information with the publisher.
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PRIZE: Cromwell Dissertation Prize for 2018 - Extended Deadline, 29 JUN 2018


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Cromwell Dissertation Prize for 2018 - Extended Deadline, 29 June 2018
The William Nelson Cromwell Foundation has generously funded a dissertation prize of $5,000. The winning dissertation may focus on any area of American legal history, including constitutional and comparative studies; topics dealing with the colonial and early national periods will receive some preference. Anyone who received a Ph.D. in 2017 will be eligible for this year’s prize. The Foundation awards the prize after a review of the recommendation of the Cromwell Prize Advisory Committee of the American Society for Legal History.
To be considered for this year’s prize, please send one hard-copy of the dissertation and the curriculum vitae of its author to John D. Gordan, III, Chair of the Cromwell Prize Advisory Committee, and each member of the Cromwell Dissertation Prize Advisory Subcommittee with a postmark no later than June 29, 2018.
John D. Gordan, III, Chair, Cromwell Prize Advisory Committee1133 Park Avenue
New York, NY, 10128H. Robert Baker
Department of History
Georgia State University
20th floor, 25 Park Place
Atlanta, GA 30302
Lisa FordRoom 344, Morven Brown
School of Humanities & Languages
The University of New South Wales
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia
Laura Weinrib
University of Chicago Law School
1111 E. 60th St., Room 410
Chicago, IL 60637
Please contact the dissertation prize committee chair Lisa Ford (l.ford@unsw.edu.au) if you have any questions.

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WORKSHOP: Lectures de… Penser la loi, essai sur le législateur des temps modernes, de Denis Baranger (Paris: Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, 22 Jun 2018)

(image source: univ-droit)Programme13 h 30Sous la présidence de Didier Truchet, professeur émérite de l'Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), président de la Société pour l’histoire des Facultés de droit.
Avec des interventions de :

16 h 00Sous la présidence d’Olivier Beaud, professeur à l'Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II).
Avec des interventions de :
  • Bruno Daugeron, professeur à l’Université Paris Descartes,
  • Catherine Larrère, professeur émérite de l’Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne,
  • Benoît Frydman, professeur ordinaire à l’Université libre de Bruxelles,
  • Jean-François Kervégan, professeur à l’Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Et en présence de l’auteur.

Entrée libre sans réservation
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BOOK: Stefan VOGENAUER & Volker TRIEBEL, Englisch als Vertragssprache. Fallstricke und Fehlerquellen (München: C.H. Beck, 2018), ISBN 9783406641657.

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Book abstract:International contracts are frequently written in English although they are often governed by a law other than that of England and Wales. In their recent book, Stefan Vogenauer and Volker Triebel discuss the difficulties that arise in such scenarios. They highlight potential pitfalls and offer advice on how best to avoid mistakes. In doing so, they also analyse the peculiar style of drafting and the linguistic features that characterise Anglo-American contracts. These can only be understood against the background of the long and complex history of English law and the many linguistic influences that shaped legal language across the Channel.
See the publisher's website for a free blurb.(Source: MPI for European Legal History, Newsletter)
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PHD DEFENSE: Paolo ASTORI, Lutheran theology and contract law in Early Modern Germany (ca. 1520-1720) (Leuven: KULeuven, 13 Jun 2018)


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On Wednesday 13 June 2018, drs. Paolo Astori (KULeuven) will publicly defend his doctoral dissertation  Lutheran theology and contract law in Early Modern Germany (ca. 1520-1720) (supervisor: Prof. dr. Wim Decock/KULeuven-ULiège).
The examination board will consist of Prof. dr. Emmanuele Conte (Roma III) (co-supervisor), Prof. dr. Laurent Waelkens (KULeuven), Prof. dr. dr. Alain Wijffels (UCLouvain/Leiden/KULeuven/CNRS) and Prof. Dr. John White jr. (Emory School of Law)
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