Comparative Law News

BOOK: Raphael CAHEN, Friedrich Gentz 1764–1832. Penseur post-Lumières et acteur du nouvel ordre européen [Pariser Historische Studien, vol. 106] (Oldenburg: De Gruyter, 2017), 524 p. ISBN 978-3-11-045534-2. 54,94 EUR

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Book abstract:
This extraordinarily rich study of Friedrich Gentz, an important figure in post-enlightenment European history, amplifies and corrects the conventional image of Gentz as "Europe’s Secretary." Using new sources from the Herterich Gentz Collection in Cologne and from archives throughout Europe, the author describes Friedrich Gentz’s networks around the world along with the diversity and visionary nature of Gentz’s oeuvre and thinking.
Cette étude sur Friedrich Gentz, l’une des personnalités les plus brillantes de l’histoire européenne, reconsidère l’image conventionnelle du »secrétaire de l’Europe«. Basée sur un grand nombre de sources inédites de la collection Herterich à Cologne et d’archives européennes, elle met en lumière les réseaux internationaux de Friedrich Gentz ainsi que les nuances, les contradictions et les continuités de son œuvre et de sa pensée.On the author:
Dr. Raphael Cahen is a Marie Curie Pegasus Incoming Fellow at the Research Group Contextual Research in Law (CORE) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)More information with the publisher.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

LECTURE SERIES: Puissance territoriale et pouvoir royal dans la modernité politique (Paris, Every 1st/3rd/5th Friday from 16 November 2017 until 31 May 2018)

(Source: EHESS)
SUMMARY
Dans le prolongement de l’année précédente, le séminaire s’interrogera sur les ressorts de la modernité politique en examinant la construction monarchique dans son rapport au territoire. La force tirée d’une assise domaniale engage un double mouvement à bien des égards contradictoire, entre une dynamique féodale dans laquelle s’inscrit une royauté soucieuse d’affirmer sa puissance sur la terre et sur les hommes, et une théorie politique qui puise sa force dans l’émancipation des liens personnels. A une histoire longue faite d’affaiblissement et de reconquête de l’autorité répond celle d’un progressif accroissement patrimonial des Capétiens qui contribue à légitimer de nouveaux modes de gouvernement. Loin d’être linéaire, le « travail de la monarchie sur elle-même » (Denis Richet) résulte d’emprunts multiples à des régimes concurrents. Dépassant le modèle impérial, l’affirmation d’un contrôle exclusif se fait au prix d’une réduction des ambitions à un territoire limité tandis que, dans un même mouvement, le passage de la saisine coutumière à la pleine propriété d’inspiration romanisante engage une autre façon de penser les biens privés. Ainsi, l’héritage médiéval de ce qui est appelé au XVIIe siècle « féodalité » continue longtemps de structurer, d’influencer, voire de contraindre les formes et les pratiques de la société politique. Principalement centrée sur la période des XVIe-XVIIIe siècles, dans un dialogue constant entre historiens et juriste, l’analyse ne se privera pas d’ouvrir vers d’autres champs de la recherche.
Pierre Bonin, professeur d’histoire du droit à l’Ecole de droit de la Sorbonne-Université Paris 1Fanny COSANDEY, directrice d’études à l'EHESS

PROGRAMME
Le séminaire a lieu les 1er, 3e, 5e jeudis du mois de 17 à 19h, du 16 novembre 2017 au 31 mai 2018
16 novembreFanny Cosandey, « L’historiographie du domaine, une justification du pouvoir ? »
7 décembrePierre Bonin, « Domaine et féodalité dans les manuels fondateurs de l’histoire du droit »
21 décembreGilduin Davy, « Représentations de l'espace et appréhension du pouvoir dans la Normandie des Xe et XIe siècles »
18 janvierElie Haddad, « Domaine et féodalité (I) La noblesse »
1er févrierFanny Cosandey, « Domaine et féodalité (II) La monarchie »
15 févrierAttila Pokecz Kovacs, « Territoire et pouvoir en Hongrie »
15 marsBenoît Frydman, « Monopole de l'interprétation légitime et nationalisation des lois »
29 marsFanny Cosandey, « Un domaine familial ? »
5 avrilDavid Soldini, « Le débat historique autour de la forme de l'État en Italie : unité ou fédéralisme ? »
3 maiAntoine Roullet, « Articuler des seigneuries composites : le patronage des Zuñiga y Sotomayor et leurs territoires »
17 maiGrégoire Bigot, « Une révolution dans la révolution en 1789 : la nationalisation des biens »
31 maiGuilhem Denizot, « La circulation des biens de la seconde maison de Bourbon Vendôme »
CONTACT
cosandey(at)ehess.fr, pierre.bonin(at)univ-paris1.fr
VENUE

EHESS - salle 3 105 bd Raspail75006 Paris
Further details can be found at the website of EHESS
Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK: Guy FITI SINCLAIR, To Reform the World. International Organizations and the Making of Modern States [The History and Theory of International Law]. Cambridge: CUP, 2017, 368 p. ISBN 9780198757962, £ 70.

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Book abstract:
This book explores how international organizations (IOs) have expanded their powers over time without formally amending their founding treaties. IOs intervene in military, financial, economic, political, social, and cultural affairs, and increasingly take on roles not explicitly assigned to them by law. Sinclair contends that this 'mission creep' has allowed IOs to intervene internationally in a way that has allowed them to recast institutions within and interactions among states, societies, and peoples on a broadly Western, liberal model. Adopting a historical and interdisciplinary, socio-legal approach, Sinclair supports this claim through detailed investigations of historical episodes involving three very different organizations: the International Labour Organization in the interwar period; the United Nations in the two decades following the Second World War; and the World Bank from the 1950s through to the 1990s. The book draws on a wide range of original institutional and archival materials, bringing to light little-known aspects of each organization's activities, identifying continuities in the ideas and practices of international governance across the twentieth century, and speaking to a range of pressing theoretical questions in present-day international law and international relations.Table of contents:
Introduction
Part I The International Labour Organization, technical assistance, and the welfare state 1919-1945
1: From standard-setting to technical assistance
2: Into development
Part II The United Nations, peacekeeping, and the postcolonial state 1945-1964
3: From collective security to peacekeeping
4: Into international executive rule
Part III The World Bank, governance, and the managerial state 1944-2000
5: From reconstruction to development
6: Into governance
ConclusionOn the author:
Dr Guy Fiti Sinclair is a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington Law School. His principal area of scholarship and teaching is public international law, with a focus on international organizations law, the history and theory of international law, and law and global governance. He holds first degrees in law and history from the University of Auckland, and a JSD from New York University School of Law, where he was a Fulbright scholar. He is an Associate Director of the New Zealand Centre for Public Law, the Associate Editor of the European Journal of International Law, and a Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters) at Melbourne Law Schoo 
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LECTURE SERIES: Hisoma - Constitutions Mixtes (Saint-Etienne, 17 November 2017, 1 December 2017, 16 February 2018, 23 March 2018)

(Source: Université Saint-Étienne)
The French Laboratoire Hisoma has announced a seminar series on mixed constitutions, to be held in Saint-Etienne. 
SUMMARY
Ce séminaire offre un espace de discussion pour la présentation de réflexions en cours, non seulement sur la constitution mixte, idée qui parcourt l'histoire politique occidentale depuis l'Antiquité, gouvernement idéal associant monarchie, aristocratie et démocratie, mais aussi sur les notions de mélange, mixtion, fusion, médiété, milieu, moyenne / somme, binarité / ternarité, synthèse, composition, harmonie, concorde, etc. C'est pourquoi ce séminaire interdisciplinaire et transpériode est ouvert à tous les acteurs des champs concernés : sciences humaines et sociales, droit, médecine, chimie, physique, mathématiques, lettres et arts...
ANNOUNCEMENT
ArgumentaireCréé en octobre 2015, ce séminaire s'inscrit dans le programme C3 « Hiérarchies et expression des relations sociales » de l'UMR CNRS 5189 HiSoMA.Le programme 2017-2018 du séminaire « Constitutions mixtes » s'inscrit dans la continuité des rencontres organisées depuis sa création. Pour les raisons scientifiques déjà développées dans l'argumentaire initial (http://calenda.org/353653), il s'agit de réunir des spécialistes des différents domaines et des différentes périodes qui ont pensé l'idée de constitution mixte, ses métonymies ou ses métaphores.Durant la première année du séminaire (http://calenda.org/353653), les exposés et les échanges se sont concentrés sur la période antique. Le programme de la deuxième année (http://calenda.org/393687) a élargi le champ des débats à d'autres domaines et d'autres périodes, explorant les passerelles et les métaphores liant les différentes « constitutions mixtes ». Cette troisième année resserre les liens des collaborations établis lors des précédentes séances, notamment avec le programme « Républicanisme et économie » (UMR 5824 GATE) en vue de l’organisation commune d’une journée d’étude internationale en juillet 2018.
PROGRAMME
Vendredi 17 novembre 2017 (14h-16h)Séance 13 – « We, The People – À propos de la constitution américaine »
Université Jean Monnet Saint-Étienne, Campus Tréfilerie, UFR ALL, salle LR2
  • Annie Lechenet (UMR 5206 Triangle), La Constitution fédérale de Madison : une conception politique de la justice qui évacue la question de la justice sociale.
  • Leland Tracy (Université Jean Monnet – Saint-Étienne, EA 3068 CIEREC), « American Federalism: One Country, Fifty-One Constitutions »
  • Antoine Chabod (Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, EA 3350 Analyse comparée des pouvoirs), « La culture du chant et les origines de la constitution mixte de Sparte archaïque »
  • Jean-Christophe Couvenhes (Université Paris-Sorbonne Paris 4, UMR 8210 AnHiMA - en détachement auprès de l’UMR 8167 Orient & Méditerranée, ACT), « La constitution mixte de Lycurgue et Cléomène III »
  • Athina Bazou (Université nationale et capodistrienne d’Athènes), « Quelle est la constitution d’un "corps juste" selon la médecine grecque antique ? ».
  • Sébastien Roman (UMR 5602 Triangle), « Interpréter Machiavel aujourd'hui : étude critique de John P. McCormick. L'enjeu d'une conception dynamique de la Constitution ».
  • Marie Durnerin (ENS de Lyon, UMR 5189 HiSoMA), « Les crises de la constitution des Athéniens à la fin de la guerre du Péloponnèse ».
courriel : stavroula [dot] kefallonitis [at] univ-st-etienne [dot] frx
En construisant un système de représentation politique qui non seulement fragmente les différents intérêts, mais aussi représente "deux types de droits", ceux des personnes et ceux de la propriété, Madison met en avant une conception purement politique de l'idée de justice. Un tel système aboutit à placer la question des intérêts hors d'atteinte de toute discussion politique, ce qui d'une part modifie le sens du terme de "peuple", d'autre part nécessitera le recours à un plan moral du fonctionnement des institutions, celui du compromis.Mots clés : Constitution américaine, représentation, intérêts, justice politique, justice sociale.The system of checks and balances established by the United States Constitution is widely recognised as a foundation for modern representative democracy. By distributing power (more or less evenly) between the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government, the U.S. Constitution gave birth to one of the longest lasting, most stable democratic republics in the world today. But this document also created another lesser-known system of checks and balances, one between the federal government and the individual states, each of which is governed by its own constitution and retains a considerable amount of sovereignty within the American political system. While the “Supremacy Clause” (Article VI, Clause 2) of the U.S. Constitution establishes that all states are subject to federal law, the 10th amendment specifically limits the federal government’s authority to those powers explicitly “delegated” to it by the Constitution. And the history of the United States has been profoundly affected by the permanent power struggle between these two levels of government. This paper will briefly describe the evolution of this power struggle and address the impact it still has on contemporary American society.Keywords: checks and balances, United States Constitution, democracy, federalism, sovereignty, Supremacy Clause, 10th amendment.
Vendredi 1er décembre 2017 (14h-16h)Séance 14 – « Is This Sparta? – À propos de la constitution de Sparte »
Université Jean Monnet Saint-Étienne, Campus Tréfilerie, UFR ALL, salle HR2.Sparte représente-t-elle le premier exemple de « constitution mixte » ? On le lit parfois. Cette idée repose sur un passage de Plutarque qui présente les grandes réformes du législateur légendaire Lycurgue appelées Rhétra, et sur une élégie du poète Tyrtée (viie s. av. J.-C.). Des recherches récentes ont pourtant montré que la Rhètra citée par Plutarque est une construction tardive (Nafissi 2010), nettement postérieure à Lycurgue et Tyrtée. Pour tenter de comprendre le fonctionnement de Sparte au viie s. av. J. C., on se propose donc de mobiliser d’autres traditions antiques, attestées par les compositions des poètes actifs à Sparte. Celles-ci permettent d’aborder Sparte archaïque comme une communauté politique fragile, régulièrement ressoudée par des performances musicales salvatrices.Mots clés : Sparte archaïque ; culture du chant ; loi ; poésie ; musique ; charisme ; Tyrtée ; Terpandre.Polybe manifeste un enthousiasme certain à l’égard de la constitution mixte de Lycurgue (Livre VI, 10, 6-11) et une hostilité avérée vis-à-vis de Cléomène III et de ses successeurs qui pourtant ont eu pour objectif de restaurer le régime de Sparte. Comment expliquer cette contradiction ? Est-ce qu’il faut distinguer entre constitution politique et constitution sociale ? Quelle place les éphores, supprimés par Cléomène, tiennent-ils dans ce dispositif « lycurgéen » ? Quelle place les réformes d’Agis et Cléomène tiennent-elles dans la constitution de la Vie de Lycurgue chez Plutarque ? Telles sont quelques-unes des questions que nous aborderons, dans ce dialogue entre Polybe et Plutarque, relatif à la constitution spartiate et ses « évolutions » dans la deuxième partie du iiie siècle av. J.-C.Mots clés : constitution mixte, Sparte, Lycurgue, Cléomène III, Agis IV, Nabis, Antigone Dôsôn, éphore, tyrannosmonarchosbasileus, gérousie, Polybe, Plutarque, constitution politique, constitution sociale, patrios politeiapoliteumaagogèkleros, syssitie, disciplina.
Vendredi 16 février 2018 (14h-16h)Séance 15 – Physique des constitutions : de Galien à Machiavel
Université Jean Monnet Saint-Étienne, Maison de l’Université, salle LR2.
Vendredi 23 mars (14h-16h)Séance 16 – Crises stratégiques
Université Jean Monnet Saint-Étienne, Campus Tréfilerie, UFR ALL, salle du conseil (G03).
Juillet 2018Séance 17 – Journée d’étude internationale « Sismondi et l’histoire »
Université Jean Monnet Saint-ÉtienneRencontre scientifique co-organisée par le séminaire « Constitutions mixtes » (Stavroula Kefallonitis, Université Jean Monnet - Saint-Étienne, UMR 5189 HiSoMA) et le programme « Républicanisme et économie » (Michel Bellet et Philippe Solal, Université Jean Monnet Saint-Étienne, UMR 5824 GATE).
VENUE
33 rue de Onze Novembre, Saint-Étienne, France 
DATES
Vendredi 17 novembre 2017Vendredi 01 décembre 2017Vendredi 16 février 2018Vendredi 23 mars 2018
CONTACTS
Stavroula Kefallonitis

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Catégories: Comparative Law News

JOB OFFER: Post-doctoral researcher, University of Pavia (DEADLINE 27 November 2017)

(Source: REDHIS - Università di Pavia)
The research project REDHIS (“Rediscovering the Hidden Structure. A New Appreciation of Juristic Texts and Patterns of Thought in Late Antiquity”) is opening a position for a post-doctoral researcher. The appointment will be for two years.REDHIS is an interdisciplinary research project hosted by the Università di Pavia (Italy) and funded by an ERC-advanced grant (Principal Investigator: Prof. Dario Mantovani; Senior Staff: Prof. Luigi Pellecchi). The project studies the continued existence of a high-level legal culture in Late Antiquity, as shown among other things by the copying and continued use of the writings of the classical jurists. A comprehensive understanding of legal culture includes, therefore, the study of the transmission of these texts and the reception of their contents. To learn more about the REDHIS Project, visit our website at http://redhis.unipv.it/In line with the goals of the project, the appointee will be asked to contribute several well-researched chapters, written in English, to an extensive collaborative volume on the circulation, use, and reception of Roman juristic writings in Late Antiquity. Depending on her/his precise qualifications, the appointee may also be asked to contribute to the project’s annotated corpus of juristic papyri.In pursuing her/his research, the appointed applicant will be supervised by the Principal Investigator. She/he will collaborate with other staff and post-doctoral researchers in an interdisciplinary working group. Place of work: the University of Pavia, Pavia (Italy).Preference will be given to applicants who hold a PhD awarded by a University from outside Italy, with a doctoral dissertation in one of the following scholarly areas: Classical Philology, Palaeography, Papyrology, Ancient History, Latin, and/or Roman law. The doctoral dissertation has to show that the applicant is competent in and comfortable with applying a philological approach to the study of Roman legal texts, in Latin and Greek, in order to contribute fruitfully to the research objectives of REDHIS. We are looking for someone with experience in writing in (and translating into) English.The closing date for applications is 27 November 2017. Applicants are advised to make sure that their applications comply with Italian regulations as laid out in the official “bando” of this post, which can be found in Italian and English at http://dsg.unipv.it/home/bandi-assegni-di-ricerca-e-co-co-co/progetto-redhis-bando-n-9-2017-per-il-conferimento-di-n-1-assegno-di-ricerca-call-for-award-of-n-1-type-b-research-grant.htmlIn case you have any questions or require the assistance of any kind with the formalities, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Matthijs Wibier (mh.wibier@unipv.it).Further informal enquiries may be directed to Prof. Dario Mantovani (dario.mantovani@unipv.it)(Source: Edinburgh Legal History Blog
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CALL FOR PAPERS: Legal History and Originalism (Law & History Review); DEADLINE 20 DEC 2017

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Law and History Review, a leading journal of legal history published by Cambridge University Press for the American Society for Legal History, seeks article proposals for a special volume entitled "Legal History and Originalism: Rethinking the Special Relationship."  In the past thirty years, the method of constitutional interpretation known as originalism has taken center stage in the legal academy and the broader universe of American jurisprudence.  To a great extent, originalism draws its power from its use of history as a lens to make sense of contemporary legal problems.  Powerful legal opinions by originalist judges and justices write their own legal histories while leaning heavily on leading works of legal history.  Because of the prominence of originalism in American law, we believe it is a proper time to critically assess the scholarly underpinnings of originalist theory and practice.  We therefore seek articles of original research that explore the relationship between originalism and the field of legal history, broadly construed.

Proposals should be no more than a one single-spaced page, including footnotes, and should explain the topic and argument of an article that would be 5,000 words, including notes.  The due date for proposals is December 20th, 2017.  Authors will be notified of the status of their proposal by January 15th, 2017.  Articles will be due in December, 2018.  Proposals should be emailed as attachments (.PDF or .DOC) to the Editor-in-Chief of Law and History Review, Gautham Rao at grao@american.edu.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

JOURNAL: Jus Gentium: Journal of International Legal History II (2017), Nr. 2

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Jus Gentium: Journal of International Legal History published the second issue of its second volume, on the centenary of the Russian Revolution.

Table of contents:
 Articles
  • G.S. Starodubtsev, The 1917 October Russian Revolution and International Law
  • V.G. Butkevych, The International-Legal Ideology of Pre-Slavic Chiefdoms of the Ukrainian Ethnos (Part Three)
  • O.O. Merezhko, On the Origins of the Ukrainian Science of International Law
  • Olga Butkevych, The Nezabytovskyĭ Concept of the Law of International Community
  • A. N. Vylegzhanin, Legal Status of the Bering Strait: Historical and Legal Context
  • W.E. Butler & V.S. Ivanenko, On the History of Teaching International Law at St. Petersburg University
  • Eglė Bendikaitė, Interwar Lithuania as a Laboratory of International Law
Notes and Comments
  • W.E. Butler, Vladimir Grabar, Peter Lombard, John Mair, and the History of International Law
  • W.E. Butler, The Charles Cramer Archive: A Russian Consul in America and Europe
International Legal Doctrine
  • W.E. Butler, Biographical Note: On the Life and Work of Tikhon Fedorovich Stepanov
  • T.F. Stepanov, All-People’s Law in Aggregate with Diplomacy  

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

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Legal History (Houston, 8 November-11 November 2018), DEADLINE 1 March 2018


(Source:American Society for Legal History)
The American Society for Legal History has launched a call for papers for its annual conference, to be held in Houston in November 2018:
The Program Committee of the ASLH invites proposals for complete panels and individual papers for the 2018 meeting to be held November 8-11, 2018, in Houston, Texas. Panels and papers on any facet or period of legal history from anywhere in the world are welcome. Panel proposals should include: a c.v. for each person on the panel, including complete contact information; 300-word abstracts of individual papers; complete or partial drafts of papers, where possible; and a short description of the panel.
The Program Committee also welcomes other forms of structured presentation to fill a 90-minute slot in, for example, author-meets-reader, lightning round, workshop, or roundtable format. Sufficient information following the general guidelines for panel proposals should be provided for the Committee to assess the merits of the presentation.
Individual paper submissions should consist of an abstract, a draft paper (where possible), and a c.v. Given the number and high quality of panel and other complete sessions submitted, individual papers are much less likely than full sessions to be accepted.
The Program Committee additionally seeks proposals for full-day or half-day pre-conference symposia crafted around related themes to augment traditional conference offerings. Please provide a program title, the intended length of program, a program description, a c.v. and contact information for each presenter, and any information technology requirements. The Program Committee is available to consult with organizers of such symposia as they develop their proposal.
Prospective participants may submit proposals for multiple sessions, with the understanding that, absent exceptional circumstances, no individual may appear more than once on the final program in any capacity. The Program Committee strives to include as many participants as possible and will work with session organizers to identify suitable replacements for any sessions from which a participant has had to withdraw.
The members of the Program Committee are Angela Fernandez, Katrina Jagodinsky, Emily Kadens,H.Timothy Lovelace, Michelle McKinley, Daniel J. Sharfstein, Joshua C. Tate, and John Wertheimer.The co-chairs of the Program Committee are Professors Catharine MacMillan (catharine.macmillan@kcl.ac.uk) and Matthew C. Mirow (mirowm@fiu.edu).
All program presenters must be current members of the Society by the date of the Annual Meeting. All proposals must be submitted here: https://aslh.confex.com/aslh/2018/cfp.cgi Please visit http://aslh.net for updates and additional information.
The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018.

(Source: H-Law)
Catégories: Comparative Law News

NEWSLETTER: MPI for European Legal History

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The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (Frankfurt am Main) sent out the latest edition of its newsletter.

More information can be found here.
Catégories: Comparative Law News

CALL FOR PAPERS: Laws Across Codes and Laws Decoded, 28 June – 30 June 2018 at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris)

 Laws Across Codes and Laws Decoded28 June – 30 June 2018 at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris)



The Organising Committee of the 5th Biennal Conference and the Executive Council of the European Society for Comparative Legal History are pleased to call for papers for the upcoming conference to be held. The main theme picks up threads of thought from the earlier ESCLH conferences in Valencia (2010), Amsterdam (2012), Macerata (2014) and Gdansk (2016) to explore what codes and codification have meant and continue to mean for legal systems with codes, and for those without. Papers should be submitted, as set out below, by 15 November 2017.

The conference will focus on the issue of codes or alternatives to codes as instruments of transforming laws in Europe and in the world. While codes, and the process of codification, are at least familiar if not always completely understood, this conference challenges us to look deeper at what a code meant for the legal systems affected by it. The conference seeks to understand the whole process of codification, from political aspects to its conception, agreement and roll-out, through to technical matters of drafting and implementation and even to linguistic matters of expression and deeper meanings. Challenging the importance for legal rules to be inserted within or outside a code, the conference proposes to examine all sorts of codes, and not only the most known civil codes: general codes as special (such as penal, commercial, labour, family, military) codes, officious codes as official codes. The conference seeks also to study the effects the codified structure of the norms could have on their content and on the way law functions, notably through case law and law writing. All the historical situations in which law reform took place outside of codification and outside of codes can be questioned could be relevant in helping us to understand law reform through codes or its alternatives.

Papers should be novel, properly researched and referenced. They should address the conference theme, exploring doctrinal, theoretical, cultural or methodological aspects of comparative legal history. They must also be comparative, addressing more than one system of laws. The organisers particularly welcome addressing multiple legal systems or cultures. This includes where a similar legal system functions in different cultural circles.

Practical details: 
  1. To offer a paper, please send the title of their paper, a short abstract (of 200-400 word, absolutely no more and a short CV (no more than 1 page) by 15 November 2017 to the organizing committee, c/o jean-louis.halperin@ens.fr.
  2. The presentations should be in English.
  3. It is also possible to submit a complete proposal for one or more panels (3 papers normally).
  4. The list of accepted papers will be announced by 8 December 2017


Shortly, a conference website will be launched with fuller details of the conference. For the moment, some transport and accommodation information follows.

Paris offers many accommodation possibilities ranging from five-star hotels, through smaller hotels in the Quartier latin and private rooms to beds in youth and student hostels. For some postgraduates the Ecole Normale Supérieure could offer cheaper accommodation in student dormitories.



Catégories: Comparative Law News

BOOK: Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro, The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World (New York, Simon & Schuster, 2017), 581 p., ISBN 97815011098671501109863, $30.00

(Source: Simon & Schuster)
Book Abstract:A bold and provocative history of the men who fought to outlaw war and how an often overlooked treaty signed in 1928 was among the most transformative events in modern history.On a hot summer afternoon in 1928, the leaders of the world assembled in Paris to outlaw war. Within the year, the treaty signed that day, known as the Peace Pact, had been ratified by nearly every state in the world. War, for the first time in history, had become illegal the world over. But the promise of that summer day was fleeting. Within a decade of its signing, each state that had gathered in Paris to renounce war was at war. And in the century that followed, the Peace Pact was dismissed as an act of folly and an unmistakable failure. This book argues that that understanding is inaccurate, and that the Peace Pact ushered in a sustained march toward peace that lasts to this day.The Internationalists tells the story of the Peace Pact by placing it in the long history of international law from the seventeenth century through the present, tracing this rich history through a fascinating and diverse array of lawyers, politicians and intellectuals—Hugo Grotius, Nishi Amane, Salmon Levinson, James Shotwell, Sumner Welles, Carl Schmitt, Hersch Lauterpacht, and Sayyid Qutb. It tells of a centuries-long struggle of ideas over the role of war in a just world order. It details the brutal world of conflict the Peace Pact helped extinguish, and the subsequent era where tariffs and sanctions take the place of tanks and gunships.The Internationalists examines with renewed appreciation an international system that has outlawed wars of aggression and brought unprecedented stability to the world map. Accessible and gripping, this book will change the way we view the history of the twentieth century—and how we must work together to protect the global order the internationalists fought to make possible.
More information on the book can be found here
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BOOK: Danny PRAET (ed.), Philosophy of War and Peace (Brussels: VUBPress, 2017), 220 p. ISBN 9789057185854, €24,95

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Book abstract:
The topic of war and peace is as relevant today as it was several millennia ago. Though views on and motives for warfare have changed over the centuries, Philosophy of War and Peace proves that many past ideas still merit consideration today.
This exhaustive collection of essays addresses the historical, cultural and political background of various views on war and peace worldwide. It gives modern readings of ancient philosophers, such as Heraclitus, Renaissance writers, such as Niccolò Machiavelli and Michel de Montaigne, as well as more contemporary thinkers, such as Immanuel Kant and Friedrich Nietzsche. Its cultural analysis spans from ancient China to the middle ages to the present day, encompassing many different religions. By demonstrating that some of our interpretations of famous texts are inherently flawed and unearthing the philosophical ideas about life, death and the structure of the world that underlie them, this work challenges the roots of some of our most fundamental ideas about conflict and justice today.
In addition to the cultural and religious beliefs that underlie a call to arms, these essays consider our contemporary political context of the way we look at war and peace. The way we view our past is shaped by our present beliefs, and the foregrounding or trivialization of certain historical events is often a political act. Philosophy of War and Peace examines different methods we use today for dealing with the trauma of war at peace time and unravels the complexity of philosophical issues caused by the presence and absence of war in our world.Free table of contents here.
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CALL FOR PAPERS: The Philosophy of Customary Law (Nice, 14-16 May 2018); DEADLINE 15 NOV 2017

THE ONTOLOGY OF CUSTOMARY LAWThe very expression of customary law brings us to a first, preliminary acknowledgment: speaking of a customary law compels to single out the genus (law) from the species (the so-called customary law). Customary law appears then like a specific form of law, sharing with it the general features and categories of a legal approach. However calling a law customary is not the same as to speak about contract or penal law.
Customary law is indeed not one of the sub-species of law, and can itself be called genus. It is also worth reminding that the expression “customary law” seems to single out a specific source among the four traditional ones – legislation, doctrine, custom and precedents. It would seem odd, indeed, to speak about a “legislative law”, “doctrinal law” or even “precedents law”. What matters then is to investigate the ambiguity behind the very idea of customary law. Does it point out one more sort of law, or does it designate an autonomous kind of law, with its own features and not reducible to the law?PRINCIPLES OF CUSTOMARY LAWAnswering these questions requires without any doubts an enquiry about the peculiar dynamics of customary law, grounded on both empiricist and theoretical perspectives. To know whether it is a form among others of law or it is specific enough to be called a genus of law, it is crucial to define its principles. If this law is called customary it is because custom is key to it as a source of law. Understanding the specific features of customary law means therefore striving to understand what role custom plays to shape the very nature of customary law.
It will be necessary to investigate the way the main role assigned to customs determines the very existence of specific institutions and peculiar criteria of the bigger law frame that regulates the individual. As Blackstone’s Commentaries show, any legal system that includes custom as its element must establish spatial, temporal and logical frame of custom proofs. Nevertheless, Anglo-Saxon Common law and its peculiar principles mustn’t overshadow any attempt to grasp the principles and the peculiarities of customary law; and we will be particularly sensitive to the way the customary law settles in pluralist contexts, where different customary laws can be concurrent. In these conditions the interaction between law and custom takes the shape of a normative conflict more than of a coherent customary law.
Exploring the limits and the fictions of customary procedures adopted by the Common Law could be the first step of both a new deployment of the customary law potential and an enquiry about its foundations. Indeed, it would be of extreme interest to study the different forms of customary law in eras where the Common Law model is spreading at different levels and domains, especially in international law, and where customary law is adopted in de-colonized regions where the law system is marked by a strong plurality of contexts.
Peculiar stakes of these contexts force to investigate both the limits and the flexibility of customary law. Do evolutions of scales and domains concern the essence of customary law, if this nature exists? Or are they only variations of a single nature beyond the peculiarities of each embodiment? It will also be necessary – among other issues – to address the specific effectiveness of customary law, and to determine if it lays on the same constraint as the law; and if it is supported by peculiar institutions and applications. The question of the role of the sanction is in this respect essential. Underlying this is the very issue of the self-sufficiency of custom as a social regulation form.CUSTOMARY LAW WITHOUT CUSTOM?In the wake of these reflections it is necessary to note that custom is reduced to the status of simple source of the law in every law called customary, and is therefore deprived of every autonomous form of normative power. It is not custom that is not acknowledged as custom according to the processes required and in the name of the institutions and criteria defined by law. In this case, custom is not anything more than one of the many possible sources of law, and concurring with them; it has not a primary juridical existence.
This is the reason why John Austin could so easily disqualify custom self-sufficiency, arguing – with Hobbes and against the historical school – that the very nature of law prevents custom to be effective on its own besides the implicit or explicit, direct or indirect acknowledgement by the sovereign. One of the main ambitions of this conference would be indeed to question Austin’s position. This could in turn allow to address the issue of the substantial or accessory priority of the phrase “customary law”. Beyond this lies the very issue of the autonomy of custom as a social regulation tool.THE PROBLEM OF CODIFICATIONIn order to do that, one could be tempted to consider what disappears of custom and what does not, in customary law, so as to really understand its very nature. This brings us to discuss the specific subject of the codification of custom, the cornerstone of customary law. This codification is never de facto a neutral act, and it will be more relevant to point out from every point of view all the implicit tensions of the codification, which standardize and stabilize power balances or social and economical struggles. One of the axes of the study, already well known in social science but
overlooked by philosophy, would be that of interaction between formal law and custom in de-colonized countries.
Legal codification is one of these moments when powers and knowledge meet with most intensity. The “historical school” of law maintained the necessity of combining law studies with humanities, and we can now include social sciences such as economy, anthropology and sociology. We will therefore investigate which place these disciplines can or should have within the codification and definition of custom; we will also enquiry about their legitimacy, methods and approaches.WINDOWS ON ARTSOther domains of knowledge and creation cannot be excluded from the discourse we would like to build. We could especially ask ourselves if literature and other arts are able to produce introspective discourses about the nature of customary law, in the wake e.g. of Ismaël Kadaré Avril Brisé. An artistic perspective could actually open to other stakes of customary law and of societies concerned by it. Among these concerns we can find the issue of the “tradition” – “modernity” dialectics and the role and place of an individual. The way in which customary law of different peoples confronts the evolution of global communities is certainly a shared issue among many artists and authors, be their perspective nostalgic, aesthetic or critical.EMPIRICAL CONCERNS. CUSTOMARY LAWS, SOCIAL SCIENCES AND THE HUMANITIESThe question arises of which place one should give to specific case studies during this conference. It is clear that they must be crucial while studying customary law as a theoretical object; but no discourse should be limited to a series of descriptions of different customary laws. It will be of particular interest to adopt a comparative approach, analyzing especially how specific branches of customary law – such as the property rights – codify all the issues we have seen, and how different law categories allow to reformulate.
Every example is an opportunity to explore these topics without excluding other issues. Besides, it is neither required to address only contemporary stakes of customary law nor to unfold historical processes. The topicality of customary law is acknowledged, and the history of its evolution is essential to understand the contemporary dynamics it implies. The various questions arising from this conference should reflect the historical deepness of customary law, without overlooking to explore how social sciences and humanities address the customary law from different perspectives.
The following, non-exhaustive list of questions should allow to prefigure various leads:
  • Does “customary law” locution show a specific mode of social regulation between the juridical and the customary?
  • Is custom a source of law? Or could be considered as an object beyond or before it?
  • Does a specific form of customary law exist despite its different expressions? Does a model of customary law exist – such as the international law?
  • Which transformations does custom endure when integrated with the “customary law”?
  • Which philosophical implications does codification of custom produce within customary law?
  • Which are the stakes of the very existence of customary law in pluralist and decolonized contexts?
  • What are the relationships between customary law on one side and moral or juridical standards such as human rights on the other?
  • What is the place of customary law within social change dynamics?
  • What is the place of the relations between law and custom in arts? Does a specifically artistic point of view exist about custom?
  • Does it consist in representing, criticizing or glorifying custom?
  • Which interactions and which concerns exist about humanities, social sciences and law with respect to custom?
  • Which are the links of customary law with localities, territories, their history and their social displaying?
  • How different disciplines of social and human sciences allow to reflect upon these phenomena and their conflict with law’s peculiar formality
DEADLINE/APPLICATION1st submission deadline: November 15, 2018. Proposals (with a title) will be between 300 and 750 words and anonymous, but the applicant is asked to join a presentation with his or name, with the title of the proposal. CV are accepteds. Send your proposals to both
Marc Goetzmann : mgoetzmann@unice.fr and Edoardo Frezet : edoardo.frezet@gmail.comThere is no registration fee for the conference.
We will provide accommodation (2 nights) and food for the whole conference, with a conference dinner included.
We will not systematically cover the cost of transportation. Depending on the available funds, we will prioritize junior researchers that cannot be supported financially by their institution.Languages of the conference will be French and English.
Any researcher, junior or senior, may submit a proposal. The interdisciplinary nature of the conference calls for a broad number of subjects. Therefore, only the relevance of the proposal to the conference, and not the field of the potential speaker, will be evaluated. Please note that the organizers want this conference to be as inclusive as possible.See here the complete call: Customary Law Conference Presentation CFPOrganizing Committee
  • Pierre-Yves Quiviger. Professor of legal philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis
  • Marc Goetzmann. PhD student at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis
  • Edoardo Frezet. PhD student at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis
 Scientific Committee
  • Philippe Audeagean. Professor of philosophy at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis
  • Laetitia Guerlain. Associate Professor of Law at the University of Bordeaux
  • Philippe Hameau. Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis
  • Nader Hakim. Associate Professor of Law at the University of Bordeaux
  • Mélanie Plouviez. Associate Professor of philosophy at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis
  • Pierre-Yves Quiviger. Associate Professor of philosophy at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis
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BOOK: Martti KOSKENNIEMI, Mónica GARCÍA-SALMONES ROVIRA & Paolo Amorosa, International Law and Religion. Historical and Comparative Perspectives [The Theory and History of International Law, eds. Nehal BHUTA, Anthony PAGDEN & Benjamin STRAUMANN] ...

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Abstract:
This book maps out the territory of international law and religion challenging received traditions in fundamental aspects. On the one hand, the connection of international law and religion has been little explored. On the other, most of current research on international legal thought presents international law as the very victory of secularization. By questioning that narrative of secularization this book approaches these traditions from a new perspective. From the Middle Ages' early conceptualizations of rights and law to contemporary political theory, the chapters bring to life debates concerning the interaction of the meaning of the legal and the sacred. The contributors approach their chapters from an array of different backgrounds and perspectives but with the common objective of investigating the mutually shaping relationship of religion and law. The collaborative endeavour that this volume offers makes available substantial knowledge on the question of international law and religion.Table of contents:
Martti Koskenniemi, “International Law and Religion: no Stable Ground”

Part I: Natural Law and Ius Gentium
Sarah Mortimer, “Law, Justice and Charity in a Divided Christendom: 1500-1625”
Pia Valenzuela, “Between Scylla and Charybdis: Aquinas’ Political Thought and his Notion of Natural Law and Ius Gentium”  Mary M. Keys, “Religion, Empire and Law Among Nations in the City of God. From the Salamanca School to Augustine, and Back Again”
Janne Nijman, “Grotius’ Imago Dei Anthropology. Grounding Ius Naturae et Gentium
Ofir Haivri, “John Selden and the Jewish Religious Fountainhead of the International Law of the Sea”

Part II: Human Rights, Between History, The International and Religion
John Haskell, “The Religious/Secular Debate in Human Rights Literature. Constitutive Tensions between Christian, Islamic, and Secular Perspectives”
Monica García-Salmones, “Natural Rights in Albert the Great. Beyond Objective and Subjective Divides”
Pasquale Annicchino, “The Past is Never Dead. Christian Anti-internationalism and Human Rights”
Pamela Slotte, “Whose Justice? What Political Theology? On Christian and Theological Approaches to Human Rights in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries”

Part III: International Law, Religion, and Territory in the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean
Moussa Abou Ramadan, “Muslim Jurists’ Criteria for the Divisionist of the World intro Dar al-Harb and Dar al-Islam”
Nahed Samour, “From Imperial to Dissident. Approaches to Territory in Islamic International Law”
Reut Yael Paz, “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem. Religion, International Law and Jerusalem”

Part IV: Political Theology and International Legal Theory
Ileana M. Porras, "The Doctrine of the Providential Function of Commerce in International Law. Idealizing Trade"
Immi Tallgren, "The Faith in Humanity and International Criminal Law"
Michele Nicoletti, "Religion and Empire. Carl Schmitt's Katechon between International Relations and the Philosophy of History"
Elena Paris, "International Law-making and Metaphysical Foundations of Universality. Retrieving an Alternative Metaphysics"
Paul W. Kahn, "The Law of Nations and the Origin of American Law"
Paolo Amorosa, "Messianic Visions of the United States. International Law, Religion and the Cuban Intervention, 1898-1917"

On the editors:
Edited by Martti Koskenniemi, Academy Professor, University of Helsinki, Mónica García-Salmones Rovira, Post-doc Fellow, University of Helsinki, and Paolo Amorosa, Doctoral Candidate, University of Helsinki
Martti Koskenniemi is Academy Professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki and Director of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights. He was a member of the Finnish diplomatic service in 1978-1994 and of the International Law Commission (UN) in 2002-2006. He has held visiting professorships in, among other places, New York University, Columbia University, University of Cambridge, London School of Economics, and Universities of Brussels, Melbourne, Paris, Sao Paulo and Utrecht. He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and has a doctorate h.c. from the Universities of Uppsala, Frankfurt and McGill.
Mónica García-Salmones is adjunct Professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki and a Post-doctoral Fellow at the research project History of International Law: between Religion and Empire. She has published a monograph on the history of international legal positivism. More recently her research has focused in the early history of international law, with a focus in the study of the conceptual, philosophical and historical continuities between the moderns and previous theological theories
Paolo Amorosa is a doctoral candidate and a member of the research project 'Intellectual History of International Law: Religion and Empire' at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki. Prior to that, he has been teaching international law and human rights at Tallinn Law School, Tallinn University of Technology. He received his LLM degree in Public International Law from Leiden University and worked as a research assistant at the Grotius Center for International Legal Studies and at the Italian Embassy to the Holy See. His recent work has focused on international legal thought in the United States in the early 20th century.More information with Oxford University Press.
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Eric SCHNAKENBOURG (ed.), Neutres et neutralité dans l'espace atlantique durant le long XVIIIe siècle (1700-1820)/Neutrals and Neutrality in the Atlantic World during the Long Eighteenth Century (1700-1820). Une approche totale/A Global Approach ...

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Book abstract:L’étude de la neutralité révèle les tensions entre les logiques de guerre et les logiques négociantes qui manifestent, autant l’une que l’autre, l’intensité des relations au sein du monde atlantique. C’est pourquoi la neutralité doit être étudiée comme une réalité transversale inscrite dans un espace marqué par la fluidité des circulations. Elle impose de dépasser les cadres nationaux pour promouvoir une approche ouverte des interconnections afin d’envisager à nouveaux frais les questions relatives à la neutralité et au rôle des neutres au cours du long XVIIIe siècle. Cette approche, qui participe du décloisonnement spatial et thématique de l’histoire atlantique, permet d’embrasser dans une même perspective aussi bien « les » Amériques, septentrionale, intertropicale et méridionale, que l’Europe. La neutralité atlantique est une arène au sein de laquelle se nouent des relations entre Européens, entre Américains, et entre Européens et Américains. Elle peut être envisagée comme une entrée dans la réflexion sur la formation d’un espace euroaméricain économique,juridique et diplomatique.
Table of contents:Introduction :
Neutralité atlantique et atlantique de la neutralité
Atlantic neutrality and the neutrality of the Atlantic
Partie 1 : Les circulations et réseaux du commerce neutre / circulation and networks of neutral commerce
Ana Crespo Solana, Madrid, Cooperation or Neutrality? How the war affects business strategies: The case of Cadiz (1700-1740)
Holger Weiss, Turku, Trade and neutrality during times of war: An analysis of the Danish-European and Danish-African relationships on the Gold Coast during the second half of the eighteenth century
Eric Schnakenbourg, Nantes, Substitution aux échanges des temps de paix ou modalité de l’interlope ? Le commerce neutre et les colonies françaises des Antilles pendant la guerre de Sept Ans
Boris Deschanel, Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Les neutres dans les stratégies négociantes : l’exemple des sociétés Chauvet à Marseille (1785-1802)
Silvia Marzagalli, Nice, La navigation américaine pendant les French Wars (1793-1815) : une simple reconfiguration des circuits commerciaux par neutres interposés ?

Partie 2 : Les acteurs de la neutralité atlantique / The actors of Atlantic neutrality
Barry Stiefel, Charleston, Jews as Neutral Middlemen in the Long XVIIIth century Atlantic World
Manuel Covo, Warwick, Droit de la neutralité, pratiques de mobilité marchande et catégorisation politique à l’ère des révolutions : entre Antilles et États-Unis (années 1790)
Dominique Goncalvès, Toulouse, Le commerce de Cuba avec les neutres à travers les Actes de sessions du Consulat royal, 1797-1807.
Clément Thibaud, Nantes, América libre : les Neutres et la naissance du premier républicanisme hispano-américain (1793-1820)

Partie 3 : Les poles du commerce neutre / the centers of neutral commerce
Victor Enthoven, Amsterdam, ‘‘The unlimited cupidity of the Dutch merchants’’: St. Eustatius and Anglo-Dutch controversy over neutral rights, 1680-1780
François Antoine, Bruxelles, La guerre d’Indépendance américaine et la tentative de relance du commerce international des Pays-Bas méridionaux
Miguel Dantas da Cruz, Lisbonne, The Lisbon international trade and the ambiguities of the Portuguese Neutrality (1795-1807)
Ale Pålsson, Stockholm, Common Ground: Swedish neutrality and transit trade in S:t Barthélemy 1800-1820

Partie 4 : La neutralité dans les rivalités entre états / Neutrality in the interstate rivalry
François Ternat, Rouen, La neutralisation de la frontière. Un essai de solution diplomatique en Amérique du Nord à la veille de la guerre de Sept Ans
Marc Belissa, Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Faire la guerre pour avoir le droit d’être neutre ? Les enjeux politiques de la neutralité américaine (1776-1812)
Nicolas Terrien, Nantes, Les neutres, la course maritime et l’effondrement de l’empire atlantique de la monarchie espagnole (1810-1824)

CONCLUSION French
CONCLUSION EnglishMore information here (publisher's website).
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Latin America and International Law (8-9 Feb 2018, University of Hamburg/University of the Andes); DEADLINE 8 DEC 2017

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From February 8 to 9, 2018, the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy  
Graduate School of Law (University of Hamburg) in conjunction with  
Professor José Manuel Barreto Soler (Universidad de los Andes,  
Universidad Externado) organizes a conference on the history of  
international law in Latin American.


Topic:

The conference title is roughly borrowed from Alejandro Álvarez' very  
influential (but also controversially discussed) article "Latin  
America and Inernational Law" from 1909. Insprired by his work, we aim  
at exploring the complex relationship between Latin America and  
international law in the past centuries.

In the last few years, questions concerning Latin America's historic  
relationship to international law have moved to the focus of academic  
attention. Several outstanding treatises have been published on and  
conferences have dealt with this topic. But its study is still a  
comparably recent academic field (especially in Europe). The  
conference shall contribute to its further sharpening and to the  
creation of new perspectives on the study of the history of  
international law in Latin America.


Call for Papers:

We would like to invite everybody interested in the study of the  
history of international law in Latin America (doctoral students,  
early scholars, professors, practitioners, etc.) to participate in our  
call and to submit proposals for contributions on any of the listed  
subtopics (see below).

Please send your application in one single PDF file including

· your proposal of around 300 - 500 words and

· a brief CV (indicating also your institutional affiliation)

until December 3, 2017, to matthias.packeiser@uni-hamburg.de

The selection of speakers will be based on the quality of their  
abstracts and the abstract's suitability to the overall topic of the  
conference. Selected candidates will be informed by December 8, 2017.


List of Subtopics:

    International Law in the Americas before Independence

    International Law and the Independence in the Americas

    International Law, United States' Imperialism and Latin America

    The Particularity of Latin American International Law

    International Law, Globalization, and Latin America

    New Latin American Approaches to International Law?

    Germany and the History of International Law in the Americas


Further information and a more detailed call for papers are available  
here: uhh.de/rw-latin-america
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Regulating Age of Consent and Child-Marriage in the British Empire (London, 15 June 2018); DEADLINE 08 January 2018



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A call for papers for a conference, to be held at SOAS University of London, on the reform of the age of consent laws around the British Empire during the years 1880 to 1930, has been announced.

This is a call for proposals for a one-day interdisciplinary conference which aims to explore the debates that led to the reform of age of consent laws around the British Empire during the years 1880 to 1930. The conference is particularly interested in exploring the issues of age of consent and child marriage through interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives in law and history.

Intertwined within these debates are notions of gender, women's rights, biology, and attempts to understand the native psyche. These compete with tropes of cultural relativism, orientalism, the female victim, and the white man's burden amongst other concerns. For the purpose of this conference, consent is interpreted widely to include physical and intellectual consent to sexual activities as well as marriage.  The conference aims to bring together the growing number of scholars who are currently working on the histories of age of consent in the British Empire.

Recognising that the development and history of the age of consent debate is transnational, international, and multi-layered one, the conference is conceived of as a starting point for forming an international network of scholars working in the area. 

Themes of the conference include but are not limited to notions of consent-physical and/or intellectual; age of consent campaigns and national movements; religion/class/region based perspectives on consent; comparative or regional studies on age of consent/marriage; age of consent for males; consent, female body, and nationalism/imperialism.

Please send 300-word abstract with a short bio to ageofconsentsoas@gmail.com. The deadline is 08 January 2018.  Bursaries might be available for PG students.  Organisers: Dr Kanika Sharma (SOAS) and Dr Laura Lammasniemi (Anglia Ruskin University).

(Source: Legal History Blog)
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Legal History and Empires: Perspectives from the Colonized (Barbados, 11-13 July 2018); DEADLINE 15 JANUARY 2018

(Source: University of the West Indies)
A call for papers for a conference on “Legal History and Empires: Perspectives from the Colonized” has been announced.
The conference is jointly sponsored by the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Humanities and Education of The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, and an international group of legal historians and historians of the law.
This conference follows the successful conference on the Legal Histories of the British Empire held at the National University of Singapore in 2012, and is similarly designed to bring together senior and emerging scholars working in the fields of imperial and colonial legal history.
We invite paper or panel proposals addressing legal histories of empires broadly, and encourage participants to think in particular how their research connects with the theme of the conference: perspectives from the colonized.
Without in any way limiting the range of proposals topics and themes might include:  
  • relations between Empires;
  • histories from the peripheries of empire;
  • mobilities, networks and transplants;
  • law and gender;  
  • Indigenous histories and the law;    
  • Slavery and indentured labour;  
  • Regulation of labour;  
  • Histories of immigration law;
  • Administration of justice and rule of law; 
  • Histories of public or private law;
  • Colonial law and local circumstances;
  • Settler colonialism;
  • Crime;    
  • The professions.

Individual paper proposals should be maximum 300 words (and include a bio of no more than 100 words); panel proposals should consist of an overall panel theme (300 words), the titles of individual papers and short bios (no more than 100 words) of each presenter. Panels may include commentators.
Proposals should be sent to Prof Shaunnagh Dorsett, University of Technology Sydney (Shaunnagh.Dorsett@uts.edu.au by 15 JANUARY 2018.
General inquiries about the Conference should be addressed to Dr. Asya Ostroukh, UWI, Cave Hill (asya.ostroukh@cavehill.uwi.edu)

A website will be available with all information, including accommodation options and additional optional activities on the 10th and 14th July.
More information can be found at the page of the Law Faculty of the University of the West Indies
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Call for Papers - Flags, Identity, Memory: Critiquing the Public Narrative through Color

Juris Diversitas - mer, 10/11/2017 - 11:58
Flags, Identity, Memory: Critiquing the Public Narrative through Color
Anne Wagner and Sarah Marusek (eds)
In our project, the identification of “identity” employs culturally specific color codes and images that conceal assumptions about members of a people comprising a nation, or a people within a nation. Flags narrate constructions of belonging that become tethered to negotiations for power and resistance over time and throughout a people’s history. Bennet (2005) defines identity as “the imagined sameness of a person or social group at all times and in all circumstances”. While such likeness may be imagined or even perpetuated, the idea of sameness may be socially, politically, culturally, and historically contested to reveal competing pasts and presents. Visually evocative and ideologically representative, flags are recognized symbols fusing color with meaning that prescribe a story of unity. Yet, through semiotic confrontation, there may be different paths leading to different truths and applications of significance.
Knowing this and their function, we should investigate these transmitted values over time and space. Indeed, flags may have evolved in key historical periods, but contemporaneaously transpire in a variety of ways. We should therefore investigate these transmitted values:
- Which values are being transmitted?
- Have their colors evolved through space and time? Is there a shift in cultural and/or collective meaning from one space to another?
- What are their sources?
- What is the relationship between law and flags in their visual representations?
- What is the shared collective and/or cultural memory beyond this visual representation? Considering the complexity and diversity in the building of a common memory with flags, we would suggest our contributors interrogate the complex color- coded sign system of particular flags and their meanings attentive to a complex
configuration of historical, social and cultural conditions that shift over time.
For the reference book:
Abstracts should be submitted by April 1, 2018 to Anne Wagner (valwagnerfr@yahoo.com) and Sarah Marusek (marusek@hawaii.edu). Acceptance will be sent by May 31, 2018 with other instructions.

A PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE WILL BE ORGANIZED FROM 7 TO 9 February 2018 at the Université de Lille 2 (France). 
Should you wish to participate to this conference, please send an abstract by 2 January 2018 at the latest to Anne Wagner (valwagnerfr@yahoo.com).
Further information about registration fees will be sent afterwards.

Anne Wagner, Ph. D., Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches - QualifiéeAssociate Professor, Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale (France)Correspondante LANSAD/CRL - CGU CALAISCentre Droit et Perspectives du Droit, Equipe René Demogue - Université de Lille II (France)Research Professor, China University of Political Science and Law (Beijing - China)http://fr.linkedin.com/in/annewagnerhttp://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-90-481-9322-6/page/1Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - http://www.springer.com/law/journal/11196Series Editor, Law, Language and Communication - Routledge (https://www.routledge.com/series/ASHSER1363)
President of the International Roundtables for the Semiotics of Law - http://www.semioticsoflaw.com/
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