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REMINDER: JHIL Conference February 2019: Politics and the Histories of International Law (MPIL Heidelberg; DEADLINE 31 MAY 2018)

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 04:22
(Source: Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law)
We have the following Call for Papers for a conference on “Politics and the Histories of International Law” by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law.
L’histoire n’est pas une religion. L’historien n’accepte aucun dogme, ne respecte aucun interdit, ne connaît pas de tabous. Il peut être dérangeant. - LIBERTÉ POUR L’HISTOIRE, 2005
Almost all scholarship on international law and its history has political implications. Some say that international legal scholarship is inevitably ideological in nature and that its findings depend on concealed political preferences. Put differently, legal scholarship could be nothing more than the pseudo-objective defence of ruling ideologies. Most famously, Hans Kelsen had denounced a ‘tendency wide-spread among writers on international law’ to produce ‘political ideology’. Kelsen sought to escape this by writing books of a ‘purely juristic character’ (Principles of International Law, 2nd ed. 1967, ix). In his foreword to the commentary on the UN Charter of 1950, he stressed that ‘separation of law from politics in the presentation of national or international problems is possible’ (The Law of the United Nations, 1950, viii).
Many nowadays doubt that purging international legal scholarship of politics would work. In 2004, Martti Koskenniemi put this as follows: ‘The choice is not between law and politics, but between one politics of law, and another. Everything is at stake, but not for everyone’ (EJIL 16 (2005), 123).So, which factors ‘politicise’ international legal scholarship? The first factor is that the object under investigation is itself a political matter. International law has throughout its history been political, because its content depends on the political power of the parties negotiating the treaties, and because it transports political values.
Scholars themselves cannot completely avoid being more or less political actors, because their value judgements, which are inescapable, often carry political implications. However, an important difference between doing scholarship and doing politics lies in the authors’ main intention: It is, ideal-typically, not the primary purpose of scholarship to make politics and unbounded evaluation but to generate knowledge − which could then be used politically, by the author herself or by others. Along this line, most scholars of history seek to uncover various aspects of past events and debates and to contextualise them, thereby realising a modicum of objectivity and neutrality. Some consciously try to avoid judgment, while others are more prone to judging deliberately and to employing historical insights in contemporary political debates.
Research on the history of international law is not only inherently political but moreover specifically ‘risk-prone’. Writing on topics such as genocide, state of exception, failed states, humanitarian intervention, asymmetrical war, or cyber-attacks is especially liable to being used and abused by participants in political controversies. In fact, when it comes to writing history, the fight over master narratives is especially fierce, among governments, in different academic camps, and between governments and academics. The notorious example are memory laws which consecrate specific views on atrocities of the past (especially genocidal massacres) and which sometimes additionally criminalise the denial of those atrocities. These attempts to close historical debates by law have been criticised by historians, most famously in the petition ‘Liberté pour l‘histoire’ by French historians reacting against various French memory laws.
To conclude, the interpretations of historical events are almost inescapably political, and potentially have the power to shape international relations: ‘On résiste à l’invasion des armées; on ne résiste pas à l’invasion des idées’ (Victor Hugo, Histoire d’un crime, 1877/2009, 639). It is against this background that the rights and responsibilities of those researching on the history of international law should be seen.
The JHIL invites scholars to engage with the questions of the role of politics and ideology in the historiographies of international law. We welcome propositions for papers which address methodological questions, as well as case studies or historiographical analyses that focus on certain contentious subjects within the field of international law and its history
  • Date: The conference will last from Friday morning, 15 February to Saturday noon (16 February 2019). It will start with an informal get-together on Thursday evening, 14 February.
  • Venue: Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law, Im Neuenheimer Feld 535, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Scholars who would like to present a paper at the conference are invited to submit a title and abstract (250–500 words) to the managing editor of the JHIL ( before 1 June 2018. Abstracts will be assessed by the editors of the JHIL with involvement of the journal’s Academic Advisory Board. A decision on acceptance of the abstract will be communicated by 1 July 2018.
  • Authors of accepted abstracts will be requested to submit their draft papers by 1 February 2019. The draft will be circulated among participants (authors and admitted engaged listeners).
  • Final versions of the papers will be due by 30 March 2019. Papers will then be submitted to the normal review procedure of the JHIL, online at: editorial
  • See the “Instructions for authors” online at: authors_instructions/JHIL.pdf.
  • The Max Planck Institute will cover the costs of the accommodation of accepted paper presenters (up to three nights) and will offer a needs-based subsidy towards travel costs.
  • An additional call for engaged listeners will be issued shortly.
  • For updated technical information on the conference see publications/periodic-publications/jhil.cfm.

For more information, please visit the website of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
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JOURNAL: Dix-septième siècle n° 279 (2018/2)

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 03:59
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Hommages à Roger Zuber
Présentation : le droit de la logique (Andrea Costa, Arnaud Pelletier)La Combinatoire juridique de Bernardus de Lavinheta (Andrea Costa)
Greffes de sources talmudiques dans les théories du droit naturel du XVIIe siècle (Stefan Goltzberg)Logica ad moralia applicata. Sur la genèse du projet leibnizien d'une nouvelle logique et ses sources juridques (Francesco Piro)Contrafactuels dans le droit ? Hypothèses et mondes possibles (Enrico Pasini)La propriété est-elle un droit ? Logique juridique et pensée politique chez Leibniz (Luca Basso)

Fénelon dans la culture néo-hellénique (XVIIIe-XIXe siècles) (Stessi Athini)La philosophie de Fénelon devant la crique. À propos d'un mémoire de Jacques Rivière et d'un livre récent de François Trémolières (François-Xavier Cuche)

Parler à des sourds. Les apostrophes métaleptiques dans le roman du XVIIIe siècle (Lise Charles)
Articles accessible through cairn.
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JOURNAL: European Journal of International Law XXIX (2018), No. 1

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 05:48

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The latest issue of the European Journal of International Law, the official organ of the European Society of International Law, published its latest issue. Several contributions touch on either the foundations or the historical development of international law.

Eyal Benvenisti, 'Upholding Democracy Amid the Challenges of New Technology: What Role for the Law of Global Governance?'
Wolfgang Alschner, Damien Charlotin, 'The Growing Complexity of the International Court of Justice’s Self-Citation Network'
Hendrik Simon, 'The Myth of Liberum Ius ad Bellum: Justifying War in 19th-Century Legal Theory and Political Practice'
Ignacio de la Rasilla, 'A Very Short History of International Law Journals (1869–2018)'

Focus: International Economic Law 
Sungjoon Cho, Jürgen Kurtz, 'Convergence and Divergence in International Economic Law and Politic'
Christopher Vajda, 'The EU and Beyond: Dispute Resolution in International Economic Agreements'

Symposium: International Law and the First World War International Law before 1914 and the Outbreak of War
Gabriela A Frei, 'International Law and the First World War: Introduction'
Jochen von Bernstorff, 'The Use of Force in International Law before World War I: On Imperial Ordering and the Ontology of the Nation-State'

Critical Review of International Jurisprudence 
Alan Desmond, 'The Private Life of Family Matters: Curtailing Human Rights Protection for Migrants under Article 8 of the ECHR?'

Critical Review of International Governance 
Joel A Dennerley, 'State Liability for Space Object Collisions: The Proper Interpretation of ‘Fault’ for the Purposes of International Space Law'

Review Essay 
Charlotte Peevers, 'Liberal Internationalism, Radical Transformation and the Making of World Orders'

Book Reviews

More information here.
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CONFERENCE: 42. Deutscher Rechtshistorikertag: Zentren und Peripherien in der Geschichte des Rechts (Trier, 16-20 Sep 2018)

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 05:38
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The forty-second Deutscher Rechtshistorikertag will take place in Trier, from 16 to 20 September 2018.

Program and registration can be found here.
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CONFERENCE: Stream on “Legal History (The Legal Foundation of the Modern State)" (15th Annual International Conference on Law, Athens Law Journal); DEADLINE 4 JUNE 2018

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 04:51

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The Law Unit and the History Unit of ATINER will hold a Stream on “Legal History (The Legal Foundation of the Modern State)”, 16-19 July 2018, Athens, Greece as part of the 15th Annual International Conference on Law sponsored by the Athens Journal of Law and the Athens Journal of History.The purpose of the interdisciplinary miniature stream is to introduce such legal institutions that have an effect on the development of the internal judiciary systems of different countries and are much in evidence in the contemporary legal reforms related to the foundation of the modern state. The combined examination of history and law can draw the attention of the legislators and legal historians of the 21st Century to the importance of such legal institutions which, if observed from the point of view of legal history, can assist modern codification. The historical legal institutions appearing in the law currently in effect, with the aid of a certain legal “restoration”, can help their understanding, however it does not simply require some sort of theoretical, dogmatic examination but also the analysis of the legal practice and the praxis. Due to the topic of the interdisciplinary stream, this may not only be interesting for people working in the field of law or legal history, but can also get the attention of historians and scientists and researchers working on other, various fields. Through the complex and comparative assessment of the different branches of law, we can come up with a general picture on the development and the role in contemporary legal development of each and every legal institution.Fee structure information is available on
Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycanae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, an one-day visit to Delphi and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by the 4 June2018 to: Dr. Varga Norbert, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Szeged, Hungary. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.
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CONFERENCE: Lay Advocacy in the Pre-modern World (University of Turku, 28-29 May 2018)

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:10

(Source: University of Turku)
Please find below the programme for the conference “Lay Advocacy in the Pre-modern World”, to be held in Turku later this month.
Venue: Calonia, Caloniankuja 3 (Seminarhall Cal1006)
Schedule: 28–29 May, 2018
Organiser: Faculty of Law and Legal Literacy in Finland 1750–1920 Academy of Finland project
ProgrammeMonday 28 May 2018 17.00-17.15​ ​Welcome ​17.15-18.30 ​Keynote Lecture:
Sir John Baker: The Regulation of Advocacy in Medieval and Early-Modern England ​ 19.00 ​Conference Dinner
 Tuesday 29 May 2018 ​9.30-10.30 ​Raffaella Bianchi Riva: Lay Advocacy in the Treatises on Legal Profession: The Debate Surrounding Legal Ethics in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period

Mia Korpiola: Advocates before Official Advocacy: Lay Advocacy in the Stockholm Town Court ca. 1615 ​10.30-10.45 ​Coffee break ​10.45-11.45 ​Josep Capdeferro: "Síndics" in Early Modern Catalan Society: Legal Skills through Experience

Petteri Impola: Lay Advocacy in the Court Records of Seventeenth-Century Sweden: Methodological Approach ​11.45-13.00 ​Lunch ​13.00-14.15 ​Keynote Lecture:
Kjell Åke Modéer: From Amateurship to Quasi-professional Lawyering: Laymen’s Participation in Swedish Judicial Culture 1850–1950 ​14.15-14.30 ​Break ​14.30-16.00 ​Marianne Vasara-Aaltonen: Lay Advocates at the Town Courts of Kuopio and Vaasa in Nineteenth-century Finland

Zeynep Yazici Caglar: The Way to Define the Barrister in 19th Century England – Bar Examination

Anna Kuismin: Representations of Lay Scribes and Advocates in Finnish Newspapers and Fiction from the 1840s to the 1920s ​16.00-16.30 ​Coffee break 16.30-17.45 ​Keynote Lecture:
Jane Burbank: Advocacy and sovereignty: Perspectives from Russia ​19.30 ​Dinner
For more information, see the conference page
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JOURNAL: Law and History Review XXXVI (2018), No. 2

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 23:50

(Source: Cambridge Core)
The Law and History Review just released its newest issue.
In This Issue vArticlesHeart of Ice: Indigenous Defendants and Colonial Law in the Canadian North-WestCatherine L. Evans 199Peripheral Vision: Polish-Jewish Lawyers and Early Israeli LawAssaf Likhovski 235The Prosecution of Rape in Wartime: Evidence from the Mau Mau Rebellion, Kenya 1952–60David M. Anderson and Julianne Weis 267Revocation of Citizenship and Rule of Law: How Judicial Review Defeated Britain’s First Denaturalization RegimePatrick Weil and Nicholas Handler 295Colonial Charters: Possessory or Regulatory?James Muldoon 355The Law of Negligence as Reported in The Times, 1785–1820James Oldham 383Review EssayTaming the Past: Essays on Law in History and History in Law—Robert W. Gordonreviewed by David M. Rabban 421Book ReviewsThe Codex of Justinian: A New Annotated Translation with Parallel Latin and Greek Text—Bruce W. Frierreviewed by Paul J. du Plessis 429Chinese Law in Imperial Eyes: Sovereignty, Justice, and Transcultural Politics—Li Chenreviewed by Taisu Zhang 430
The full issue can be found here
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BOOK: William KUBY, Conjugal Misconduct : Defying Marriage Law in the Twentieth-Century United States (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018). ISBN 9781107160262, £ 39.99

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 12:31

(Source: Cambridge University Press)
Cambridge University Press has published a new book dealing with marriage law and controversial and legally contested marital arrangements in the United States during the 20thcentury.
Conjugal Misconduct reveals the hidden history of controversial and legally contested marital arrangements in twentieth-century America. William Kuby examines the experiences of couples in unconventional unions and the legal and cultural backlash generated by a wide array of 'alternative' marriages. These include marriages established through personal advertisements and matchmaking bureaus, marriages that defied state eugenic regulations, hasty marriages between divorced persons, provisional and temporary unions referred to as 'trial marriages', racial intermarriages, and a host of other unions that challenged sexual and marital norms. In illuminating the tensions between those who set marriage policies and those who defied them, Kuby offers a fresh account of marriage's contested history, arguing that although marital nonconformists composed only a small minority of the population, their atypical arrangements nonetheless shifted popular understandings of marriage and consistently refashioned the legal parameters of the institution.
William Kuby, University of Tennessee, ChattanoogaWilliam Kuby is a UC Foundation Assistant Professor of History at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, where he directs the Africana Studies Program and teaches in the Women's Studies Program.
AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Matrimonial advertisements, matchmaking bureaus, and the threat of commercialized courtship2. Hasty remarriage, out-of-state elopement, and the battle against 'progressive polygamy'3. Eugenic marriage laws and the continuing crisis of out-of-state elopement4. Trial marriage and the laws of the home5. Black-white intermarriage, the backlash against miscegenation, and the push for racial amalgamation6. Averting the crisis: the birth of the marriage education movementEpilogueIndex
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BOOK: Paul J. DU PLESSIS, ed., Wrongful Damage to Property in Roman Law - British Perspectives (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018). ISBN 9781474434461, $110.00

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 12:29

(Source: Oxford University Press)
Next month, Edinburgh University Press will publish a new book on the importance of the Lex Aquila on Roman law in Britain, edited by Professor du Plessis from the University of Edinburgh.
A new assessment of the importance of the lex Aquilia (wrongful damage to property) on Roman law in Britain
Few topics have had a more profound impact on the study of Roman law in Britain than the lex Aquilia, a Roman statute enacted c.287/286 BCE to reform the Roman law on wrongful damage to property. This volume investigates this peculiarly British fixation against the backdrop larger themes such as the development of delict/tort in Britain and the rise of comparative law.
Taken collectively, the volume establishes whether it is possible to identify a 'British' method of researching and writing about Roman law.
Paul J. du Plessis is Professor of Roman law in the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh. His research include Roman law, medieval interpretations of Roman law, Roman-Dutch law, the historical development of the civilian tradition in mixed jurisdictions, and the relationships between law and history and law and society in a historical context. He has secondary research interests in the development of European private law, comparative law and international private law.
Paul is the editor of Wrongful Damage to Property in Roman Law: British Perspectives (Edinburgh University Press, 2018), Cicero's Law: Rethinking Roman Law of the Late Republic (Edinburgh University Press, 2016) and New Frontiers: Law and Society in the Roman World (Edinburgh University Press, 2013). He is the co-editor, with John W. Cairns, of Reassessing Legal Humanism and Its Claims: Petere Fontes? (Edinburgh University Press, 2015), The Creation of the Ius Commune: From Casus to Regula (Edinburgh University Press, 2010) and Beyond Dogmatics: Law and Society in the Roman World (Edinburgh University Press, 2007).
PrefacePaul J. du PlessisMatters of Context1. The Early Historiography of the Lex Aquilia in Britain: Introducing Students to the Digest John W. Cairns2. William Warwick Buckland on the Lex Aquilia David Ibbetson3. 'This Concern with Pattern': F.H. Lawson's Negligence in the Civil Law Paul Mitchell4. Student's Digest: 9.2 in Oxford in the Twentieth Century Benjamin SpagnoloCase Studies5. Revisiting D. Joe Sampson6. Reflections on the Quantification of Damnum Alberto Lorusso7. Causation and Remoteness: British Steps on a Roman Path David Johnston8. Roman and Civil Law Reflections on the Meaning of Iniuria in Damnum Iniuria Datum Giuseppe Valditara9. Lord Atkin, Donoghue v Stevenson and the Lex Aquilia: Civilian Roots of the 'Neighbour' PrincipleRobin Evans-Jones and Helen Scott10. Conclusions Paul J. du PlessisIndex
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BOOK REVIEW: Alexander DENZLER, Über den Schriftalltag im 18. Jahrhundert. Die Visitation des Reichskammergerichts von 1767 bis 1776 [Norm und Struktur] (Köln: Böhlau)

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 07:06
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Anette Baumann (Giessen) reviewed Über den Schriftalltag im 18. Jahrhundert Die Visitation des Reichskammergerichts von 1767 bis 1776 [Norm und Struktur] (Köln: Böhlau) for the Vierteljahrschrift für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte (2016).

See fulltext here.
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BOOK REVIEW: Carsten GROTH: Hanse und Recht. Eine Forschungsgeschichte (Vierteljahrschrift für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte, 2016)

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 07:02
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Ulrich Andermann reviews Carsten Groth (Hrsg.), Hanse und Recht. Eine Forschungsgeschichte  [Freiburger Rechtsgeschichtliche Abhandlungen] (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot) for the Vierteljahrschrift für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte.

Fulltext here.
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ADVANCE ARTICLES: Comparative Legal History

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 06:57
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"Spirit without letter: How volkish Nazi law falls outside Fuller’s and Hart’s concepts of law" (Gavin Byrne)

"From sovereignty to modernity: revisiting the Colebrooke-Cameron Reforms – transforming the Buddhist and colonial imaginary in nineteenth century Ceylon" (Niranjan Casinader, Roshan De Silva Wijeyaratne & Lee Godden)

"An itinerary on Latin-American legal historiography" (Abelardo Levaggi)

"Late to the party: chronicling the role of the courts in the continuing evolution of UK public law" (Robert Brett Taylor)

"Legal traditions. A dialogue between comparative law and comparative legal history" (Thomas Duve)

"Review Article: What is (or perhaps should be) the relationship between legal history and legal theory?" (Geoffrey Samuel)

"Book Review: The Church of England and divorce in the twentieth century: legalism and grace" (Henry Kha)

"Book Review: Human rights after Hitler: the lost history of prosecuting axis war crimes" (Tom Buchanan)

For more information, go to Taylor&Francis online.
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Sources in Early Modern Economics, Ethics, and Law (Second Series) (Christian's Library Press Series)

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 12:40
(image source: Acton Institute)Continuing in the line of its predecessor, this series publishes original English translations and editions of early modern religious texts in the disciplines of economics, ethics, and law. Representing a variety of confessional traditions and methodological approaches, these texts uncover the foundations of the development of these and related disciplines.General EditorsAndrew M. McGinnis, Acton Institute, USA
Wim Decock, KU Leuven, BelgiumEditorial BoardJordan J. Ballor, Acton Institute, USA
Christiane Birr, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Germany
Stephen Bogle, University of Glasgow, Scotland
Alejandro Chafuen, Acton Institute, USA
Ricardo Crespo, Universidad Austral and CONICET, Argentina
Virpi Mäkinen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Richard A. Muller, Calvin Theological Seminary, USA
Herman Selderhuis, Theological University Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
John Witte Jr., Emory Law School, USA
Zhibin Xie, Tongji University, China
Call for proposals
CLP ACADEMIC, AN IMPRINT OF THE ACTON INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF RELIGION LIBERTY, is pleased to announce a call for proposals for works to appear in Sources in Early Modern Economics, Ethics, and Law (Second Series). This series publishes original English translations and editions of early modern religious texts in the disciplines of economics, ethics, and law. In the modern era these disciplines often have been detached from the religious and theological context in which they developed. This series seeks to uncover the early modern religious foundations and contexts of these and related disciplines and to provide access to previously inaccessible texts that will contribute to interdisciplinary research. Proposals must be for either an original English translation of a work from the early modern period (ca. 1450-1725) or an edition of a previously unpublished English work from that period (e.g., a work existing only in manuscript). For the purposes of this series, the disciplines of economics, ethics, and law are broadly understood, and proposed texts may include works in the fields of political economy, moral philosophy, moral theology, social ethics, ecclesiastical law, civil law, and common law, as well as theological works that significantly engage one or more of these fields. Proposals for a translation or edition of a complete, single work are preferred, though proposals for selections of writings by a single author, or for an anthology of related selections from multiple authors, will also be considered. 
• bibliographic information on the source text and its authoritative early modern edition(s)
• list of any modern editions or translations of the work
• names and contact information for the proposed translator(s) or editor(s)
• word count of the original source text (approximate) brief English summary of the text (approximately 350 words)
• description of the text's significance in its own era andfor students and scholars today
See flyer for more practical details.
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BOOK: Jean-François NIORT and Olivier PLUEN, eds., Esclavage, traite et exploitation des êtres humains. Du Code Noir à nos jours (Paris, 2018). ISBN 9782247159000, €52.00

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 09:46

(Source: Librairie LGDJ)
Dalloz has just published a book on legal historical aspects of France’s involvement with slavery and the slave trade, on the basis of the colloquium “Esclavage et droit du Code Noir à nos jours” which was held in 2015.
Loin d'être un phénomène révolu et propre à l'époque coloniale, les diverses formes d'asservissement et d'exploitation des êtres humains sont en pleine expansion et constituent l'un des grands défis planétaires du xxie siècle. En 2016, l'ONG spécialisée Walk Free estimait en effet à près de 46 millions le nombre de personnes réduites en esclavage ou soumises à des pratiques analogues dont la traite, la servitude et le travail forcé.

La France, à l'instar des autres États européens, n'est pas épargnée, et a été contrainte de réagir avec la loi du 5 août 2013 et le Plan d'action national triennal de lutte contre la traite des êtres humains lancé l'année suivante. Le colloque dont est issu le présent ouvrage s'est donné pour ambition d'étudier les modalités du dispositif français de lutte contre ces atteintes, d'en évaluer l'application concrète, et de dégager des perspectives d'amélioration, notamment par le biais des rapports de la Commission nationale consultative des droits de l'homme (CNCDH), autorité de référence à cet égard.

Cependant, dans le sillage des liens officiels établis par les institutions internationales comme l'UNESCO entre passé et présent, ainsi qu'à travers le choix du lieu du colloque - la Guadeloupe, territoire marqué par l'esclavage colonial français et son héritage -, le but était également de revenir sur les aspects mémoriels et historiques de ces pratiques, en faisant notamment le point sur les dernières avancées scientifiques à ce sujet, et d'évoquer au passage la question des « réparations ».

Au-delà, l'ouvrage propose une vue rétrospective d'ensemble, du Code Noir à nos jours, soulignant la continuité temporelle du phénomène malgré les abolitions, mais aussi des analyses et des réflexions critiques, de même qu'un certain nombre de propositions d'ordre théorique et pratique, telle que la constitutionnalisation de la prohibition de l'esclavage, à l'exemple d'autres pays.

Sous la direction de Jean-François Niort et Olivier Pluen.
Contributeurs : Jacques Adélaïde-Merlande, Jean Allain, Mamadou Badji, Jacques Bangou, André Bendjebbar, Pierre H. Boulle, Frédéric Charlin, Geneviève Colas, Alexandre Deroche, Didier Destouches, Marcel Dorigny, Prosper Ève, Pascale Forestier, Laurence Hibade, Mehdi Keita, Gérard Lafleur, Jim Lapin, Christine Lazerges, Anne Lebel, Éric de Mari, Jean-François Niort, Éric Panloup, Olivier Pluen, Frédéric Régent, Jérémy Richard.
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BOOK: Richard DUNLEY, Britain and the Mine, 1900-1915 : Culture, Strategy and International Law (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). ISBN 978-3-319-72820-9, $ 109.00

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 09:44

(Source: Palgrave Macmillan)
Palgrave Macmillan has just published a book on mine warfare, international law, and Britain’s relationship with these issues during the early 20th century.
This book examines Britain’s complex relationship with the mine in the years 1900-1915. The development of mine warfare represented a unique mix of challenges and opportunities for Britain in the years before the First World War. The mine represented the antithesis of British maritime culture in material form, and attempts were made to limit its use under international law. At the same time, mine warfare offered the Royal Navy a solution to its most difficult strategic problem. Richard Dunley explores the contested position occupied by the mine in the attitudes of British policy makers, and in doing so sheds new light on the overlapping worlds of culture, strategy and international law. 
Richard Dunley is Principal Records Specialist at the National Archives, UK. His previous publications examine British defence, strategic and foreign policy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Introduction Pages 1-7Mining in a Cultural Context Pages 9-21British Attitudes to Mining Before 1904 Pages 23-44Mine Warfare in the Russo-Japanese War: The Royal Navy Perspective Pages 45-71The Russo-Japanese War: Outrage and Reaction Pages 73-95Mining and International Law: Britain and the Hague Conference Pages 97-130The Strategic Shift: The Origins of British Mine Warfare Pages 131-163Development and Institutionalisation: Offensive Mining 1906–1909 Pages 165-192Strategic Flux and Technical Failure Pages 193-224The Test of Conflict Pages 225-266War, Law and Diplomacy Pages 267-295Conclusion Pages 297-303
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BOOK: Howard PASHMAN, Building a Revolutionary State : The Legal Transformation of New York, 1776-1783 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018). ISBN 9780226334356, $90.00

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 09:44

(Source: University of Chicago Press)
University of Chicago Press has just published a book on the legal transformation of New York during the Revolutionary War.
How does a popular uprising transform itself from the disorder of revolution into a legal system that carries out the daily administration required to govern? Americans faced this question during the Revolution as colonial legal structures collapsed under the period’s disorder. Yet by the end of the war, Americans managed to rebuild their courts and legislatures, imbuing such institutions with an authority that was widely respected. This remarkable transformation came about in unexpected ways. Howard Pashman here studies the surprising role played by property redistribution—seizing it from Loyalists and transferring it to supporters of independence—in the reconstruction of legal order during the Revolutionary War.
Building a Revolutionary State looks closely at one state, New York, to understand the broader question of how legal structures emerged from an insurgency.  By examining law as New Yorkers experienced it in daily life during the war, Pashman reconstructs a world of revolutionary law that prevailed during America’s transition to independence. In doing so, Pashman explores a central paradox of the revolutionary era:  aggressive enforcement of partisan property rules actually had stabilizing effects that allowed insurgents to build legal institutions that enjoyed popular support.  Tracing the transformation from revolutionary disorder to legal order, Building a New Revolutionary State gives us a radically fresh way to understand the emergence of new states.
Howard Pashman is an associate attorney at Karlin Associates, LLC in Chicago. He was a research fellow at the Indiana University Center on the Global Legal Profession.
AcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsIntroduction1. Law and Property in Colonial New York2. Confronting Disorder3. A Bonanza of Tory Goods4. The Enemies of the StateConclusionAppendixNotesBibliographyIndex
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CALL FOR PAPERS: La Renaissance dans la pensée juridique (XIXe-XXe siècles) (Bordeaux, 7-8 March 2019), DEADLINE 29 SEPTEMBER 2018

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 16:18

(Source: Université de Bordeaux)
Via Hi-D, we have the following call for papers for a conference on the role of the Renaissance in legal thought during the 19th and 20th century:
La Renaissance dans la pensée juridique (XIXe -XXe siècles)
Colloque Université de Bordeaux
7 et 8 mars 2019
Malgré les mutations fondamentales qui se déploient entre 1789 et 1804, pour de nombreux auteurs des XIXe et XXe siècles, le seizième siècle apparaît comme l’époque la plus brillante de l’histoire de la jurisprudence moderne, et les œuvres comme les auteurs d’Ancien Régime continuent de jouer dans la pensée juridique contemporaine un rôle non négligeable. Cette importance du XVIe siècle, période charnière de la Renaissance en France, apparaît dans un certain nombre de déclarations fameuses : Savigny assure ainsi que c’est alors que « la science du droit eut véritablement le grand et noble caractère, qu’elle n’a jamais retrouvé depuis » ; Bardoux y voit l’« époque doctrinale » par excellence ; Ginoulhiac une époque de législation, comme une époque de science, et le Répertoire Dalloz le temps du « grand essor de l’esprit juriste français ». Aux yeux de nombreux juristes, jusqu’à nos jours, Cujas, Doneau, Le Douaren, Du Moulin et quelques autres apparaissent durablement comme de « grands jurisconsultes », « fondateurs de la jurisprudence française ». Ceux qu’inspire dès le XIXe siècle la méthode historique dans la science du droit n’hésitent pas à mobiliser dans leurs travaux une liste importante d’autorités d’Ancien Régime : Ricard, Furgole, Bourjon, Lebrun, Coquille, Prévost de La Janès, Pothier, Domat comme, bien sûr, Du Moulin. Tandis que la jurisprudence consacre encore certaines de leurs thèses, la doctrine s’efforce de « renouer la chaîne des temps » avec le droit romain et l’Ancien Régime, occultant au passage certaines innovations de la codification napoléonienne. Certes, les progrès de l’histoire et le développement d’un esprit de libre examen promu dès le milieu du XIXe siècle contrecarrent quelque peu ces perspectives. Tandis que l’« école des praticiens » en appelle à une évolution du raisonnement et du statut des sources de la réflexion juridique, le poids des autorités traditionnelles se heurte au développement d’un esprit critique et à une prise en considération plus grande des décisions de justice. Si l’autorité des « vieux auteurs » reste centrale aux yeux de divers auteurs, offrant « nourriture solide » et « mâles instructions », leurs œuvres peuvent désormais apparaître comme constituant un « lourd et embarrassant fardeau » à ne pas mettre entre les mains de tous ceux qui étudient le droit. De fait, dans la seconde moitié du XIXe siècle, l’usage qui est fait de leurs œuvres se révèle plus parcimonieuse. Certains civilistes se méfient de l’élément historique en matière juridique et, leurs œuvres n’étant plus réimprimées, l’audience des jurisconsultes de la Renaissance se réduit.
À la fin du XIXe siècle, avec l’érection de l’histoire du droit en discipline autonome voire en science « sérieuse », dans le cadre d’une étude « minutieuse » des documents juridiques du passé, l’attention portée à l’histoire de la pensée juridique du XVIe siècle et aux auteurs de la période se maintient cependant. Tandis que certaines institutions de la Renaissance française font l’objet de scrupuleuses études, telles les universités, les vies des anciens jurisconsultes et leurs doctrines sont mobilisées. Le tout n’est pas sans contribuer à la révélation d’une histoire juridique à la gloire de diverses formes de particularisme nationaliste, ainsi qu’une certaine conception du progrès juridique et social. Les cours, ouvrages et traités consacrés au Code civil qui continuent de s’intéresser à ces questions comme les travaux plus spécifiquement dédiés à l’histoire du droit servent l’écriture d’un récit national à la gloire d’une école juridique et d’un « esprit juridique » français (F. Audren, J.-L. Halpérin). L’importance accordée à un auteur comme Du Moulin le révèle : tandis que ses travaux si essentiels sur les coutumes contribuent à mettre en lumière l’identité juridique nationale dont le Code civil est l’expression aboutie, il est embrigadé, avec bien d’autres jurisconsultes humanistes, « dans un discours historiographique téléologique dont la vocation essentielle demeure de paver la voie à la formation d’un droit national français qui culmine dans l’ère des codes » (A. Wijffels). Il contribue à la mise en place d’un schéma d’interprétation de la construction de l’État et du droit français qui fait la part belle à une vision tout aussi évolutionniste que continuiste (J.- L. Halpérin).
 Ces perspectives téléologiques et utilitaristes se poursuivront dans la plupart des grands manuels d’histoire du droit du début du XXe siècle, lesquels insistent sur la fécondité de cette école juridique française dont sont sortis tant d’hommes illustres, à commencer par cet « homme de génie » que fut Du Moulin, sur l’importance des institutions de l’époque (la coutume…), et, au fond, sur l’importance d’un XVI e siècle qui ne cesse d’apparaître non seulement comme « l’âge d'or de la jurisprudence en France », celui de « l’immense travail de la rédaction des coutumes », mais aussi celui de « toutes les grandes ordonnances », et celui d’une pléiade de jurisconsultes illustres, « tels par leur savoir et leur sens juridique, qu’on peut les mettre à côté de ceux de la grande époque romaine ». C’est bien de là que « notre droit moderne est sorti » et là qu’eut lieu « le grand essor de l’esprit juriste français ».
C’est toute l’importance de cette période charnière de la Renaissance dans l’histoire de la pensée juridique française et européenne que ce colloque entend interroger. Cette recherche pourra suivre diverses orientations pour envisager :
- la place prise par les institutions de la Renaissance dans l’écriture de l’histoire du droit comme dans celle des réflexions relatives aux institutions aux XIXe et XXe siècles - l’importance accordée aux idées et aux auteurs de la Renaissance dans l’élaboration des doctrines civilistes et publicistes comme dans les travaux des historiens du droit - l’importance accordée dans les bibliothèques et dans l’histoire de l’édition aux œuvres de la Renaissance - le développement de perspectives historiographiques particulières dans l’histoire de la pensée juridique : ainsi l’importance accordée au mos gallicus dans le cadre de la défense de l’esprit juridique français, comme les difficultés dans ce cadre à s’ouvrir aux travaux relatifs au ius commune - un regard sur ce qui se passe en Europe : on sait la place prise par la Renaissance dans la construction de certaines idéologies à l’étranger (ainsi chez Carl Schmitt par exemple)
 Les propositions sont à renvoyer à Géraldine Cazals ( et Nader Hakim ( avant le 30 septembre 2018.
Bibliographie indicative : Audren F., « Ecrire l’histoire du droit français : science du politique, histoire et géographie chez Henri Klimrath (1807-1837), dans Histoire de l'histoire du droit, dir. J. Poumarède, Études d’histoire du droit et des idées politiques, n° 10/2006, p. 113-131. Audren F., Halpérin J.-L., La culture juridique française. Entre mythes et réalités (XIXe - XXe siècles), Paris, CNRS éditions, 2013. Barenot P. N., Hakim N., « La jurisprudence et la doctrine : retour sur une relation clef de la pensée juridique française contemporaine », Quaderni fiorientini per la storia del pensiero giuridico moderno, 41, 2012, p. 251-297. Cazals G., « Molinaeus noster. Charles Du Moulin (1500-1566), prince des juristes, praticien engagé et fondateur de l’école juridique française. Un modèle de jurisconsulte dans la France du XIXe siècle », dans Mélanges en l’honneur de Jean-Louis Thireau, dir. Anne DobignyReverso, Xavier Prévost et Nicolas Warembourg, à paraître. Cherfouh F., Hakim N, « L’histoire de la pensée juridique contemporaine : hétérogénéité et expansion », dans L’Histoire du droit en France. Nouvelles tendances, nouveaux territoires, Bernard d’Alteroche et Jacques Krynen (dir.), éd. Garnier, 2014, p. 117-143. Fergusson, Wallace K., La Renaissance dans la pensée historique (1950), rééd. Paris, Payot, 2009. Hakim N., « Continuità o rottura nella storia del pensiero giuridico ? Esegesi, transtestualità e positivismo legalistico del Cours de Code Napoléon di Charles Demolombe », Historia et Ius, Rivista di storia giuridica dell’età medievale e moderna, - 12/2017 - paper 2 (version italienne d’un article à paraître en français dans Mélanges en l’honneur de Jean-Louis Thireau, Mare&Martin, 2018). Halpérin J.-L., « Est-il temps de déconstruire les mythes de l’histoire du droit français ? », Clio@Themis, 5, 2012, en ligne. Halpérin J.-L., « La lecture de Pothier par la doctrine du XIXe siècle », dans Robert-Joseph Pothier, d’hier à aujourd’hui, dir. J. Monéger, J-L. Sourioux et A. Terrasson de Fougères, Paris, 2001, p. 65-75. Jouanjan O. (dir.), « L’esprit de l’école historique du droit », Annales de la Faculté de droit de Strasbourg, nouvelle série, n°7, 2004. Jouanjan O. Une histoire de la pensée juridique en Allemagne (1800-1918), Paris, PUF, 2005. Sturmell P., « L’école historique française du droit a-t-elle existé ? », Rechtsgeschichte : Zeitschrift des Max-Planck-Instituts für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte, 2002, p. 90-121. Wijffels A., « Le ius commune européen : ‘‘harang rouge’’ de l’approche comparative des traditions juridiques anglaise et française », Clio@Themis, 5, 2012, en ligne.
Organisateurs : Géraldine Cazals : Nader Hakim :

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CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference - A Century of Internationalisms: The Promise and Legacies of the League of Nations (Lisbon, 19-20 September 2019), DEADLINE 31 OCTOBER 2018

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 16:12

(Source: Wikipedia)
Via H-Law, we have the following CFP for an international conference on the League of Nations:
Call for Papers
Lisbon, 19-20 September 2019
Intergovernmental organizations – understood as multilateral institutions created by sovereign states, with their own permanent structures and charged with the long-term pursuit of common goals – are tools for promoting the peaceful resolution of conflicts and facilitating cooperation. By establishing permanent dialogue between governments and trying to promote cooperative relations between peoples at a global level, intergovernmental organizations are a fundamental new element of global politics in the contemporary era. The genealogy and nature of intergovernmental organizations has therefore been the subject of highly relevant political controversy as well as significant debate in academia.
Established in January 1920, at the end of the First World War, the League of Nations was the first permanent multilateral organization set up to maintain peace and collective security, aiming at promoting a new stable and prosperous international order. Although it was meant to be in principle a global organization, European states de facto were the central core of founding members. After a decade, it became increasingly clear that the League’s performance in addressing major conflicts did not live up to the expectations of guarantying the collective security of member states. Resolutions and sanctions were ineffective against increasingly violent conflicts. In the functional areas, regarding minority rights and in the oversight of the role of imperial powers in mandate territories, the League of Nations created an important precedent but also showed important limitations.
With the suspension of the activities of the League of Nations with the beginning of the Second World War and its subsequent replacement came the idea of a total failure of the League of Nations. But current studies have pointed in new directions in the analysis of the knowledge of the organization. This rehabilitation of the importance of the critical study of the League of Nations has led to new and different readings of its various facets. It is, nevertheless, important to pursue these new approaches not only from an institutional perspective, but also by a more multidimensional and comparative analysis that does greater justice to the rich and important history of the organization. The tools of International History, Global and Transnational History, History of Ideas, Comparative History, Social History, Labour History, History of Communications, History of Health, History of Migration and others allow us to consider the presence and the role of the League of Nations in various scales and spaces, as well as its relationship with a diversity of actors and themes.
The relevance of the League of Nations is also justified by how topical and important many of the issues with which it struggled still are. The growing globalization and mobility of the contemporary era, voluntary or not, generates global problems and norms with enormous national and local impact. It has been in and through intergovernmental organizations that global regimes have been defined in a variety of areas – human rights, drug trafficking, terrorism and refugees. This brings us to the controversial but arguably indispensable role of multilateral organizations in international governance, as standards-makers and managers of the problems and challenges of contemporary societies which require a global response.
To promote the debate between those who study the League of Nations and connected topics we will organize an interdisciplinary conference to be held in Lisbon on 19 and 20 September 2019.
The keynote speakers are:- Erez Manela (Harvard University)- Mark Mazower (Columbia University) – to be confirmed- Nicolas Werth (CNRS)- Patricia Clavin (University of Oxford)- Patrick Finney (Aberystwyth University)- Philippe Rygiel (École Normale Supérieure - Lyon)- William Mulligan (University College Dublin)
Proposals for 20-minute presentations on issues related to the League of Nations will be accepted, including but not limited to the following topics:
- The genealogy of the concept of intergovernmental organizations;- Concepts and methodologies for the study of intergovernmental organizations;- History of intergovernmental organizations;- The Paris peace talks, the Peace Treaties and the creation of the League of Nations;- Institutional structure and dynamics of the League of Nations;- The League of Nations and the relationship with its member states;- The League of Nations and international civil service;- The League of Nations and international peace and security;- The League of Nations and the rights of minorities and refugees;- The League of Nations, empires and international mandates;- The League of Nations, social issues and the International Labour Organization (ILO);- The League of Nations and technical areas;- The League of Nations and non-state actors;- The League of Nations and other international organizations;- The League of Nations, international law and justice;- The transition from the League of Nations to the United Nations (UN).
Abstracts of presentations (300 words) and biographical notes (250 words) should be sent in English or French or Portuguese                                                     Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 October 2018.Date of notification of acceptance: 15 December 2018.
N.B. Submissions can be made in English, French or Portuguese. However, to facilitate debate the organizers encourage participants to use English in their oral presentation.
A publication of some of the papers presented at the conference is a future aim.The registration will have a fee of 25 EUR.
Organizing CommitteeAurora Almada e Santos (IHC – NOVA FCSH)Cristina Rodrigues (IHC – NOVA FCSH)Bruno Cardoso Reis (ISCTE-IUL)João Paulo Avelãs Nunes (CEIS20 – Universidade de Coimbra)Pedro Aires Oliveira (IHC – NOVA FCSH)Yvette Santos (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Scientific CommitteeÁlvaro Garrido (CEIS20 – Universidade de Coimbra)Aurora Almada e Santos (IHC – NOVA FCSH)Bruno Cardoso Reis (ISCTE-IUL)Cristina Rodrigues (IHC – NOVA FCSH)Erez Manela (Harvard University)Fernando Tavares Pimenta (IPRI – NOVA FCSH)Filipe Ribeiro Meneses (Maynooth University)Hipolito de la Torre Gómez (UNED)Luís Nuno Rodrigues (ISCTE-IUL)Maria Manuela Tavares Ribeiro (CEIS20 – Universidade de Coimbra)Mark Mazower (Columbia University)Nicolas Werth (CNRS)Patricia Clavin (University of Oxford)Patrick Finney (Aberystwyth University)Pedro Aires Oliveira (IHC – NOVA FCSH)Philippe Rygiel (École Normale Supérieure - Lyon)William Mulligan (University College Dublin)Yvette Santos (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Institutional SponsorshipDiplomatic Institute / Portuguese Ministry for Foreign Affairs
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JOB OFFER: Postdoctoral Research Associates (Max Planck Institute for European Legal History), DEADLINE 22 MAY 2018

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 16:07

(Source: MPI for European Legal History)
The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History is looking to recruit up to two Postdoctoral Research Associates. Here the communication:
We are a leading research institute in the field of European legal history.We are looking to recruitup to two Postdoctoral Research Associatesfrom 1 October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter
for the following research fields in the department of Professor Stefan Vogenauer:
(1) Legal Transfer in the Common Law World;
(2) Legal History of the European Union

Your tasks
You will develop, co-ordinate and pursue an independent project in one of the two research fields. Your research will turn on
(1) the development of rules, principles, doctrines and institutions of English law outside England, for example in selected jurisdictions of the British Empire; or
(2) the legal history of selected areas of EU law, particularly in their interaction with the legal systems of the member states.
You will publish your findings and actively participate in the research activities of the Institute under the guidance of Professor Vogenauer. 
Your Profile
You hold a first class degree in law, the humanities or the social sciences and you produced an outstanding doctoral thesis or an equivalent portfolio of publications in a similar subject. Your CV shows the potential to produce outstanding research at an internationally advanced level. You work independently, are fully proficient in the English language and willing to learn German if necessary.Our Offer
We offer an attractive and international work environment with an unparalleled research infrastructure and a good working atmosphere. Applicants may seek a part time or a full time position (currently 39 hours per week). Payment and social benefits are based on the German Civil Service Collective Agreement (TVÖD). Depending on your qualification, the annual salary before tax will be on a scale from EUR 46,100 (E 13 band 1) to EUR 69.600 (E13 band 6) for a full time position. The position is a fixed-term appointment for three years in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal for a further fixed-term period subject to satisfactory performance and the requirements of the 2007 Act on Academic Fixed-term Contracts (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz).

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with severe disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such persons.

The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. 
Application procedure
You will be asked to submit the following documents:
1. Personal Statement:
- Cover letter with reference to your research proposal and an explanation as to how your profile matches the selection criteria
- Names and addresses (postal and electronic) of three scholars who have agreed to provide a reference for you
2. CV: 
- Detailed CV
- List of publications
3. Other Documents:
- Research proposal (up to five pages)
- Transcripts
- Two of your publications of some 20 pages length each (journal articles, book chapters etc)
Please provide your referees with all the documents that you submit for your application and ask them to send their references direct to by the closing date of 22 May 2018. References may only be submitted by email. They do not have to be signed as long as they are emailed from the official mail address of the referee. Strong applicants will be invited for an interview which will probably be held in the week beginning 28 May 2018.Contact
Informal enquiries as to the substance of the research fields may be directed to Professor Stefan Vogenauer (

Questions as to the terms and conditions of employment may be directed to Ms Sabrina Penczynski (

Your application must be submitted online via the following link by the closing date of 22 May 2018:For more information, as well as the application link, see the website of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History
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SAVE THE DATE: British Legal History Conference, St Andrews (Scotland, 10-13 Jul 2019)

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 12:55
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Prof. John Hudson (Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Legal History, Director of the Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research) announced the dates of the next British Legal History Conference, to be held at St Andrews University, from 10 to 13 July 2019.

A call for papers and further information will be sent in "early summer 2018".
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