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29 October 2014

CONFERENCE: Law and Revolution in Ireland: Law & Lawyers before, during, and after the Cromwellian Interregnum

 
Law and Revolution in Ireland:
Law & Lawyers before, during, and
after the Cromwellian Interregnum
 CONFERENCE 27-28 NOVEMBER 2014


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Session I
Dr Stephen Carroll (Trinity College Dublin)
Competing authorities: the clash of martial and common law in early seventeenth-century Ireland
Dr Aran McArdle (Trinity College Dublin)
‘Necessarye to keepe Irelande in Order’: Martial law and the 1641 rebellion 

Session II
Dr Bríd McGrath (Trinity College Dublin)
Electoral law in Ireland in the early seventeenth century
Dr John Cunningham (Trinity College Dublin / University of Exeter)
Lawyers and the law in the writings of Sir William Parsons

Session III
Dr Neil Johnston (Department of Culture, Media & Sport, Westminster)
Charles II’s legal officers and their influence on the Restoration land settlement in Ireland, 1660-65
Prof. James McGuire, MRIA (Irish Manuscripts Commission)
Governing Restoration Ireland: the evidence of the proclamations, 1660–70


CFA: "Autour du «chef» : pour une histoire du commandement et de l’autorité" (Rome, 2-6 February 2015)


WHAT: Autour du «chef» : pour une histoire du commandement et de l’autorité, Atelier doctoral, Call for application

WHERE: Ecole française de Rome, piazza Farnese, Rome

WHEN: 2-6 Febuary 2015

Deadline 25 November 2014

L’École française de Rome, en collaboration avec l’Université de Roma 3, l’EHESS (Centre des normes juridiques de Paris - UMR 8178, le CIHAM (UMR 5648 - CNRS/Université de Lyon 2) et l’Université de Montpellier 3 (Centre d’études médiévales de Montpellier, EA 4583), organise un séminaire doctoral annuel à Rome du 2 février au 6 février 2015. Ce séminaire aura pour objet l'histoire du commandement et de l’autorité au Moyen Âge, mais donnera aussi une large place à ses prolongements modernes et contemporains, en tenant évidemment compte des héritages antiques et en mobilisant, autant que faire se peut, une démarche comparatiste. On se demandera par quels moyens et dans quelles circonstances les sociétés occidentales sont parvenues à élaborer ce « besoin du chef » - dont parle Yves Cohen dans son livre récent Le siècle du chef - qui s’impose définitivement depuis la fin du XIXe siècle dans la politique et dans tout milieu institutionnel en Europe comme dans d’autres continents ? Centré autour de cette figure sociologiquement assez fuyante, l’atelier sera consacré à la reconstruction historique des montages institutionnels que depuis le Moyen Age le droit, la religion, la politique et, depuis le XVIIIe siècle, l’administration étatique et d’entreprise ont été capables d’imaginer et d'appliquer pour structurer cette fonction du chef. Le tournant populiste et démagogique que les démocraties occidentales revivent ces derniers années nous incite à problématiser les catégories et les pratiques de cette incarnation du pouvoir sur une très longue durée, à partir des contextes médiévaux dans lesquels s’est structurée une géographie de la grandeur. 

CONFERENCE: the fourth Biennal ESCLH Conference (Gdansk, 2016)


WHAT: the fourth Biennal ESCLH Conference

WHERE: Gdansk University, Gdansk (Poland)

WHEN: 2016




Call for papers will be announced by mid-2015 on this blog

With great pleasure we announce and invite you to the fourth Biennial ESCLH Conference, which will take place in 2016 in Gdansk – the Hanseatic city of merchants, the birthplace of Solidarity movement, and the location of the largest institution of higher education in northern Poland!
Gdansk, together with Gdynia and the seaside resort of Sopot, creates a metropolitan of over 1 million people. It is a city with a rich, more than 1,000-year, history, representing a vibrant and modern center of the dynamically developing Poland.
Gdansk, the Hanseatic city, has been an important center of international trade since the Middle Ages. The particular merchant and commercial nature of Gdansk made unusual in this part of Europe. Gdansk undoubtedly enjoyed a special status in the region as a city situated at the intersection of cultures and nationalities, where Central and Eastern Europe meets Western Europe.
Gdansk is the birthplace of the Solidarity movement which under the leadership of Lech Wałęsa, played a major role in bringing an end to Communist rule across Central Europe and the existence of the Iron Curtain dividing Europe by nearly a half-century.
University of Gdansk is the largest institution of higher education in northern Poland, With almost 33,000 students in the eleven faculties and 1,700 academic staff members. The Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Gdansk is considered one of the best Law Faculties in Poland. Our University and Faculty cooperate with many foreign universities and research institutes around the world.
Gdansk is very well-connected city. Lech Wałęsa International Airport, with a new terminal opened ahead of Euro 2012, offers frequent direct flights to London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Rome and Berlin.        
To learn more about our city and the university, we have produced a short movie: http://arch.prawo.ug.edu.pl/films/ug3.mp4 
Enjoy!

26 October 2014

BOOK: "Dénoncer le crime du moyen âge au XIXe siècle", edited by Martine Charageat et Mathieu Soula (2014)


Dénoncer le crime du moyen âge au XIXe siècle, edited by Martine Charageat et Mathieu Soula, Pessac, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme d’Aquitaine, 2014, [350 p.]

All information here
Abstract

Cet ouvrage souhaite faire la part belle à la dénonciation comme l’un des moteurs du processus d’étatisation ou de publicisation de la justice du Moyen Âge à nos jours. Mais l’essor de la dénonciation ne doit pas être abordé comme étant le fruit de seules volontés politiques. Lorsque les appels à la dénonciation sont émis, la population choisit de coopérer ou non. Enfin, on ne pouvait totalement fermer la porte à une approche de la dénonciation judiciaire comme mécanisme de signalement et d’information des délits commis au sein des communautés. 
Elle a beau être un acte défini et régulé en droit, elle n’en demeure pas moins multiforme et largement insaisissable entre l’oral et l’écrit. Les contributions rassemblées ici montrent combien les progrès de ce mode de saisine des juges ne sont pas linéaires. Ils dépendent de la capacité des justiciables à se l’approprier en tant que victimes directes ou non des faits dénoncés. Ils sont déterminés aussi par les mésusages et les dérives qui font alors de cette pratique une ressource procédurale stratégique à l’heure de dénoncer pour les uns, de juger pour les autres 

BOOK: "Les officialités dans l’Europe médiévale et moderne. Des tribunaux pour une société chrétienne", edited by Véronique Beaulande-Barraud and Martine Charageat (2014)


Les officialités dans l’Europe médiévale et moderne. Des tribunaux pour une société chrétienne, edited by Véronique Beaulande-Barraud and Martine Charageat

Turnhout Brepols (série: ecclesia militans), 2014, 340 p.
All information here

Abstract
Les justices ecclésiastiques suscitent un intérêt historiographique renouvelé ces dernières années, tant comme juridictions temporelles spécifiques que dans les manifestations d’une justice compétente en matière «spirituelle». C’est spécifiquement sur les «cours d’Église», les officialités, que s’est tenu ce colloque réunissant historiens et juristes, médiévistes et modernistes, pour un bilan en forme d’invitation à poursuivre les investigations.

L’histoire des officialités a ainsi été éclairée dans sa diversité et dans son évolution, dans une perspective comparatiste. Leur compétence et la manière dont elles exercent leur juridiction, gracieuse, contentieuse, criminelle, a été mise en valeur, attestant de leur rôle quotidien auprès des populations. Enfin, l’étude de leur activité permet une approche de l’histoire des femmes et du couple qui, à son tour, met en valeur la richesse des sources des officialités, organes de “disciplinement des mœurs” encore en partie méconnus.

BOOK: "El nacimiento de la justicia administrativa provincial. De los Consejos de Prefectura a los Consejos Provinciales", edited by M. A. Chamocho Cantudo (2014)


El nacimiento de la justicia administrativa provincial. De los Consejos de Prefectura a los Consejos Provinciales, edited by M. A. Chamocho Cantudo, Madrid, Dykinson, 2014, 486 p.

All information here
Résumé en Espagnol
La Ley de 17 de febrero de 1800 (ley de 28 pluvioso del año VIII, según el calendario revolucionario francés), obra de Napoleón, implanta en Francia un nuevo modelo de administración departamental, en el que se incardina el Consejo de Prefectura, órgano colegiado de doble naturaleza jurídica, consultivo del Prefecto, y tribunal contencioso-administrativo. Este modelo institucional fue exportado a Europa, primero por la fuerza de la ocupación napoleónica, y posteriormente por la consideración de un modelo de administración gubernativa y contenciosa que circuló, copiándose o modelándose en otros países europeos. La presente obra colectiva responde a la necesidad de reflexionar sobre lo que supusieron hace doscientos años, la creación de los tribunales administrativos departamentales en Francia —conseil de préfecture—, con sus avances y retrocesos, aciertos y desaciertos, y vertebrar un análisis comparativo con lo que ocurrió en España, cuarenta y cinco años después —consejo provincial—, así como en algún otro país europeo como Italia —consiglio diprefettura—, cuando estos Estados decidieron modelar el sistema administrativo francés en sus correspondientes reformas de la administración. Se profundiza en los consejos provinciales, herederos sin ambages del modelo francés de consejos de prefectura, tanto en su construcción doctrinal, su creación y evolución legislativa, así como su práctica institucional, centrándonos en su condición de tribunales administrativos desgajados de la jurisdicción ordinaria, e insertos en la propia administración.

  • Miguel Ángel Chamocho Cantudo es profesor de Historia del Derecho de la Universidad de Jaén. Es también Académico de la Andaluza de la Historia, investigador del Centro de Historia del Derecho de la Universidad de Rennes 1 y Consejero del Instituto de Estudios Giennenses. Autor de varias monografías, decenas de artículos y coordinador de otras tantas obras colectivas, se ha especializado en los últimos años en el estudio de las instituciones y del derecho comparado entre España y Francia, fruto de la cual es, entre otras, la presente obra colectiva.

Relación de autores.
  • Francisco Acosta. Universidad de Jaén. España
  • Grégoire Bigot. Universidad de Nantes. Francia
  • Belén Blázquez Vilaplana. Universidad de Jaén. España
  • Marc Bouvet. Universidad de Angers. Francia
  • Eduardo Cebreiros Álvarez. Universidad de La Coruña. España
  • Miguel Ángel Chamocho. Universidad de Jaén. España (Dirección y coordinación)
  • José Cuesta. Universidad de Jaén. España
  • Marco Fioravanti. Universidad de Roma “Tor Vergata”. Italia
  • Cédric Glineur. Universidad de Le Havre. Francia
  • Pascale Gonod. Universidad de Paris I. Francia
  • Emiliano González. Universidad de Burgos. España
  • Tiphaine Le Yoncourt. Universidad de Rennes I. Francia
  • Anthony Mergey. Universidad de Rennes I. Francia
  • José Antonio Pérez Juan. Universidad Miguel Hernández. Elche. España
  • Isabel Ramos Vázquez. Universidad de Jaén. España
  • Sylvain Soleil. Universidad de Rennes I. Francia.

CFA: "Princeton LAPA Fellowship", (Princeton University, 2015-2016)


WHAT: Princeton LAPA Fellowship, Call for applications

WHERE: Princeton University

WHEN: academic year 2015-2016

DEADLINE: 5:00 PM (EST) MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2014

Princeton University’s Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) invites outstanding faculty members, independent scholars, lawyers, and judges to apply for appointments as resident Fellows for the academic year 2015-2016. We anticipate naming up to six fellows who are engaged in substantial research on topics broadly related to law and public affairs or law and normative inquiry, including one early career scholar working at the intersection of law and humanistic inquiry. Successful candidates will devote an academic year in residence at Princeton to research, discussion, and scholarly collaboration.  Applicants must have a doctorate, J.D. or an equivalent professional postgraduate degree.  Further information and the electronic application can be found here.

ARTICLE: "Roman Business Associations", by Andreas M. Fleckner


Roman Business Associations, by Andreas M. Fleckner,  Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law,  forthcoming in Roman Law and Economics, ed. Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci.

Download the article here
Abstract

Roman businessmen could choose between three legal forms for joint business ventures: the societas, the societas publicanorum, and the peculium of a commonly held slave. None of these forms led to larger firms with publicly traded shares. The high level of instability is one of the key explanations: it was difficult under Roman law to commit capital in the long term and finance capital-intensive enterprises. Thesocietas was inevitably liquidated following numerous dissolution events. Members could withdraw their money at any time; their private creditors were not barred from seizing common assets. The peculium was even more unstable: in addition to the dissolution events of the societas, the joint venture came to an end and all peculiumitems reverted back to the masters if the commonly held slave died. The societas publicanorum developed into a more stable institution over time. During the same period, however, its business almost disappeared. Why did Roman law fail to provide organizational forms that allowed businessmen to form large associations and commit capital in the long term? A closer analysis of Roman society suggests that reservations in the social and political setting rather than economic factors or oddities of Roman legal doctrine caused business associations to remain small and unstable. This is an important lesson from history, both for the theory of the firm and for the role that law plays in it.

ARTICLE: "Liberalism and Property in Colombia: Property as a Right and Property as a Social Function", by Daniel Bonilla


Liberalism and Property in Colombia: Property as a Right and Property as a Social Function, by Daniel Bonilla, Universidad de los Andes School of Law,  appeared in the Fordham Law Review, 80 (2011): 1135-70.  

 Download the article here

Abstract

Liberalism has determined the structure of the property law regime in Colombia. A genealogical analysis of the legal forms of the recent past that define and regulate property provides evidence of three key periods in the creation and consolidation of the right to property in the country. These three moments revolve around different forms of interpreting and balancing three fundamental values in the liberal canon: autonomy, equality, and solidarity.

NOTICE: "George C. Lamb Jr. Visiting Fellows in Regulatory Governance" (2015-2016)


Rethinking Regulation at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, in collaboration with Duke’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and the Fuqua School of Business, invites outstanding scholars of regulatory governance to apply for 1-2 residential George C. Lamb, Jr. Fellowships for the 2015-16 academic year. The Rethinking Regulation program is a multi-disciplinary community comprised of faculty members and graduate/professional students from many academic departments and professional schools at Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University. The group’s members study and assess “regulation in action” – the evolving politics, operations, and culture of regulatory institutions, their interactions with regulated businesses and other interest groups, and normative frameworks for the evaluation of regulatory policy. Find out more [here].

In addition to pursuing their own research, Lamb Fellows will be expected to participate in Rethinking Regulation seminars and workshops, as well as Kenan Institute for Ethics workshops and seminars. They will also help shape a significant collaborative research project along with other members of the Rethinking regulation community. As part of that collaboration, Fellows will undertake some teaching responsibilities in Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and/or Fuqua School of Business – most likely co-teaching an advanced research seminar focused on subject matter of the collaborative research project, though other arrangements are possible. Fellows can come from any relevant academic discipline, including political science, public policy/administration, history, economics, sociology, cognitive psychology, anthropology, business management, law, environmental studies, risk analysis, and engineering.

BOOK: "Working Knowledge: Employee Innovation and the Rise of Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930", by Catherine L. Fisk


Working Knowledge: Employee Innovation and the Rise of Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930, by Catherine L. Fisk, University of California Irvine Law

University of North Carolina Press
All information here

The book, which appeared in "Studies in Legal History" (the American Society for Legal History’s book series), won both the Littleton-Griswold Prize of the American Historical Association and the ASLH’s John Phillip Reid Book Award in 2010: Skilled workers of the early nineteenth century enjoyed a degree of professional independence because workplace knowledge and technical skill were their "property," or at least their attribute. In most sectors of today's economy, however, it is a foundational and widely accepted truth that businesses retain legal ownership of employee-generated intellectual property.

In Working Knowledge, Catherine Fisk chronicles the legal and social transformations that led to the transfer of ownership of employee innovation from labor to management. This deeply contested development was won at the expense of workers' entrepreneurial independence and ultimately, Fisk argues, economic democracy.

By reviewing judicial decisions and legal scholarship on all aspects of employee-generated intellectual property and combing the archives of major nineteenth-century intellectual property-producing companies--including DuPont, Rand McNally, and the American Tobacco Company--Fisk makes a highly technical area of law accessible to general readers while also addressing scholarly deficiencies in the histories of labor, intellectual property, and the business of technology.

CFP: "Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop" (New York, 8-9 June 2015)


WHAT: the eleventh meeting of the Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop, Call for papers

WHERE: Columbia Law School Law, New York

WHEN: 8-9 June 2015

All information here

Deadline: January 5, 2015

Columbia Law School, the University of Southern California Center for Law, History & Culture, UCLA School of Law, and Georgetown University Law School invite submissions for the eleventh meeting of the Law & Humanities
Junior Scholar Workshop.


PAPER COMPETITION
The paper competition is open to untenured professors, advanced graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars in law and the humanities; in addition t0drawing from numerous humanistic fields, we welcome critical, qualitative work in the social sciences. Based on anonymous evaluation by an interdisciplinary selection committee, between five and ten papers will be chosen for presentation at the June Workshop. At the Workshop, two senior scholars will comment on each paper. Commentators and other Workshop participants will be asked to focus specifically on the strengths and weaknesses of the selected scholarly projects, with respect to subject and methodology. The selected papers will then serve as the basis for a larger conversation among all the participants about the evolving standards by which we judge excellence and creativity in interdisciplinary scholarship, as well as about the nature of interdisciplinarity itself.

ARTICLE: "The Failure of Originalism in Preserving Constitutional Rights to Civil Jury Trial", by Renee Lettow Lerner


Renee Lettow Lerner (George Washington University Law School) on The Failure of Originalism in Preserving Constitutional Rights to Civil Jury Trialappearing in the William & Mary Bill of Rights, 28 (2014), pp. 811- 80

Abstract

The Federal Bill of Rights and state constitutions rely heavily on procedural protections, especially jury rights. Supporters of these rights at the founding praised the jury in extravagant terms, and many members of the legal profession continue to do so today. Yet civil and criminal jury trials are vanishing in the United States. The disappearance of the civil jury presents a puzzle because the Seventh Amendment and state constitutional rights require that civil jury trial be “preserved” or “remain inviolate.”
Scholarship on the history of constitutional rights to civil jury trial has tended to focus exclusively on the Seventh Amendment, particularly at the time of the founding or during the modern era. This Article examines both state and federal courts’ interpretations of constitutional rights from the late eighteenth through the early twentieth century. It demonstrates that courts during that time adopted originalist tests. These tests, however, proved so flexible that they allowed legislatures and courts great discretion in modifying civil jury trial. The civil jury was no longer valued as a law-nullifying institution, as it had been at the founding, but instead was considered a hindrance to the administration of justice. Courts were concerned to accommodate changed circumstances, such as growing docket pressure and expense of litigation, and emphasized the impossibility of maintaining every detail of original practice. Once the anchor of original jury practice was abandoned, the jury right seemed tethered to no definite meaning. The one exception was the jurisprudence of the U.S. Supreme Court under the Re-examination Clause of the Seventh Amendment, but even that strict historical test proved able to be circumvented. This history suggests problems with maintaining procedural rights more generally.

BOOK: "Cohabitation and Non-Marital Births in England and Wales" (1600-2012), edited by Rebecca Probert (June 2014)


Cohabitation and Non-Marital Births in England and Wales (1600-2012), edited by Rebecca Probert, (University of Warwick) 

June 2014
All information here 

From the press:

Today, almost half of all children are born outside marriage, with cohabiting relationships accounting for the majority of such births. But what was the situation in earlier centuries? Bringing together leading historians, demographers and lawyers, this interdisciplinary collection examines the changing context of non-marital child-bearing in England and Wales since 1600. Drawing on Private Acts of Parliament, ecclesiastical court records, reported cases, sessions files, coronial records, poor law records, petitions to the London Foundling Hospital, the registers of the London Bridewell, the records of charitable institutions, surveys and modern demographic data, it not only shows the relative rarity of cohabitation in earlier periods but also discovers the nature of individual relationships. It also explores how differences in the extent of both non-marital child-bearing and cohabitation emerge depending on definition, source material, interpretation and location, building up a more nuanced picture of past practices.

23 October 2014

CONFERENCE: Belgian-Dutch Legal History Conference (Free University of Brussels (VUB), 11-12 December 2014)



The Free University of Brussels (Research Group "Contextual Research in Law") organises the 2014 edition of the biennial Belgian-Dutch Legal History Conference, featuring several members of our Society as speakers.

Venue: U-Residence, Brussels.

Programme:

Thursday 11 December
09:00 Welcome

09:30 W. Rauws (dean)

09:45-11:05: Comparative Legal History
  • Agustin Parise (Universiteit Maastricht), Importing Dutch Manufactures: The Use of the Burgerlijk Wetboek (1838) in the Drafting of the Código Civil Argentino (1871) 
  • Janwillem Oosterhuis (Universiteit Maastricht), Unexpected Circumstances Arising from World War I and its Aftermath: ‘Open’ versus ‘Closed’ Legal Systems 
11:05-11:30: Break

11:30-12:50 Public Law
  • Matthias Castelein (KULAK), Corsica treedt uit zijn schaduw: De eerst archiefresultaten uit de Archivio di Stato di Genova voor het voetlicht gebracht 
  • Maarten Colette (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), The Way is Made by Walking: Rousseau and the Liberty We Have Lost 
13:00-14:15 Lunch

14:15-17:50: Public International Law
  • Mieke van der Linden (KU Leuven), Euro-Centrism within Nineteenth-Century International Law: The Fundament of the Law for, by and between Nations?
  • Shavana Musa (Tilburg University), Reparations for The First Anglo-Dutch War
  • Frederik Dhondt (Universiteit Gent), Historical Exempla in Legal Doctrine: Vattel and Réal de Curban on the Spanish Succession
16:15-16:30 Coffee Break

  • Raymond Kubben, Benjamin Constant en het bestuur van de buitenlandse betrekkingen
  • Inge Van Hulle (KU Leuven), De invloedssfeer als juridisch concept in het internationaal recht (1870-1920)
20:00 Dinner

Friday 12 December
09:00 Welcome

09:15-12:15: Public and Administrative Law
  • Paul Nève (Tilburg University), Een episode uit de staatsrechtelijke geschiedenis van het tweeherig Maastricht: 1378-1409
  • Lukas van den Berge (Universiteit Utrecht), Administratie of rechter? Loeff en Struycken over bestuursrechtspraak
10u35-10u50 break
  • Glenn Steenhouwer (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Ontspoord verleden. De wederrechtelijke deportatie van Belgische politieke gevangenen op 8 mei 1942
  • Brecht Deseure (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Universität Passau), De lange schaduw van de Blijde Inkomst. Revolutionair discours over de oude grondwetten in België
12u15-13:30 lunch

13:30-15:30 Private law
  • Wouter Druwé (KU Leuven), De writ of debt, een Engelsrechtelijke condictio?
  • Marten Reijntjes (Universiteit Groningen), Rechtspreken als onrechtmatige daad, in en buiten het ius commune
  • Benoît Lagasse (Université de Liège), Charles de Méan, le “Papinien liégeois”
15:30-16:00 break

16-17:20: Contemporary Legal History

  • Sebastiaan Vanden Bogaerde (Universiteit Gent), Grensoverschrijdend recht. De Belgisch-Nederlandse samenwerking in juridische tijdschriften in de 19de en 20ste eeuw 
  • Bruno Debaenst (Universiteit Gent), Een blik in de wieg van het sociale Europa: de internationale congressen inzake arbeidsongevallen en sociale verzekeringen (1889-1914) 
17:30 Reception

More information on the conference website.

21 October 2014

CONFERENCE: "Human Rights, The Last Utopia" (Saint-Louis, Brussels, 7 November 2014)



Saint-Louis University (Brussels), the Catholic University of Louvain (Ottignies) and the University of Namur co-organise an interdisciplinary conference within the framework of the Interuniversitary Attraction Pole "Human Rights Integration" (Belgian Scientific Policy) on 7 November 2014.

Program:

1ère session : Séance d’ouverture Présidence : Françoise Tulkens (Professeur émérite UCL, ancien juge à la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme 1998-2012)
9.00 Mot de bienvenue par Philippe Gérard (Université Saint-Louis)
9.10-9.25 Introduction par Julie Ringelheim (FNRS/UCL) et Priscilla Claeys (UCL, Collège d’Etudes Mondiales)
9.25-9.45 Justine Lacroix (ULB), Des droits de l’homme aux droits humains ? Retour sur un débat historiographique à forte portée politique
9.45-9.55 Ludivine Damay (Université Saint-Louis) et Florence Delmotte (FNRS/Université Saint-Louis), Réaction et lancement de la discussion
9.55-10.15 Discussion
10.15-10.30 Pause

2ème session : Droits de l’homme et politique : perspectives socio-historiques
Présidence Pierre-Olivier de Broux (Université Saint-Louis)
10.30-10.50 : Jan Eckle (Universität Freiburg, Allemagne), The Rise of Human Rights Politics on the International Scene in the 1970s
10.50-11.10 Sarah Snyder (American University, Washington), Human Rights Activism and the Cold War
11.10-11.30 Bart De Sutter (Universiteit Antwerpen), The making of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights: (dis)continuities, contradictions and alternatives
11.30-11.45 Eva Brems (Université de Gand), Réaction et lancement de la discussion
11.45-12.15 Discussion
12.15-13.30 Déjeuner

3ème session : Droits de l’homme et mouvements sociaux - 1 
Présidence Koen De Feyter (Université d’Anvers)
13.30-13.50 Neil Stammers (University of Sussex), Human Rights and Social Movements: Theoretical Perspectives
13.50-14.10 Barbara Truffin (ULB), The Use of the Human Rights Concept by Indigenous Peoples
14.10-14.30 Priscilla Claeys (UCL, Collège d’Etudes Mondiales), The Creation of New Rights by the Peasant Movements
14.30-14.45 Geoffrey Pleyers (FNRS/UCL-Cridis/ EHESS), Réaction et lancement de la discussion
14.45-15.15 Discussion
 15.15-15.30 Pause

4ème session : Droits de l’homme et mouvements sociaux - 2 
Présidence Jacques Fierens (Université de Namur)
15.30-15.50 Claire De Galembert (CNRS/ENS Cachan), Droits de l’homme et mouvements religieux
15.50-16.10 Patricia Naftali (FNRS/ULB), Mobilisation des victimes des dictatures en Amérique latine et construction du droit à la vérité
16.10-16.30 Vincent-Arnaud Chappe (Centre Maurice Halbwachs, CNRS), Les syndicats face au droit de la non-discrimination : droits individuels c. droits collectifs ?
16.30-16.45 Julien Pieret (ULB), Réaction et lancement de la discussion
16.45-17.15 Discussion
Conclusions

17.15-17.45 Conclusions par Olivier De Schutter (UCL, Collège d’Europe, ancien Rapporteur spécial des Nations Unies pour le droit à l’alimentation 2008-2014)

17.45 Réception pour les 15 ans du Master complémentaire en droits de l’homme

BOOK REVIEW: Isabel V. Hull, A Scrap of Paper. Breaking and Making International Law During the Great War (Cornell UP, 2014)

(image source: Cornell UP)

H-Law posted a book review by Bruce D. Cohen (North Texas) of Isabel V. Hull's A Scrap of Paper: Breaking and Making International Law during the Great War.

Fulltext here.

JOURNAL: Erasmus Law Review, special issue on World War One

(image: battle of Passendale, historien.nl)


The Erasmus Law Review published a special issue in open access on the First World War, containing the following contributions:
  • Willem H. van Boon, "The Great War and its Significance for Law, Legal Thinking and Jurisprudence"
  • Ignacio de la Rasilla y del Moral, "The Ambivalent Shadow of the Pre-Wilsonian Rise of International Law"
  • Nick Efthymiou, "The First World War and Constitutional Law for the Netherlands Indies"
  • Paul Mevis & Jan M. Reijntjes, "Hang the Kaiser ! But for What, and Would It Be Justice ?"
  • Janwillem Oosterhuis, "Unexpected Circumstances arising from World War I and its Aftermath: 'Open' versus 'Closed' Legal Systems"

20 October 2014

JOURNAL: "Legal History e-journal" (vol. 18, n. 97, 2014)


Legal History e-journal
(vol. 18, n. 97, 2014)

All abstracts here

BOOK: "Studies in the History of Law and Justice" (vol. 3, 2015)



Studies in the History of Law and Justice
Volume 3 : The Great Council of Malines in the 18th century, by An Verscuren

now available on the SpringerLink website

This work studies the Great Council of Malines as an institution. It analyzes the Council’s internal organization and staff policy, its position within the broader society of the Austrian Netherlands, the volume and nature of litigation at the Council, and its final years and ultimate demise in the late 18th and early 19th century. By means of this institutional study, this volume provides insight into the role played by the Great Council in the process of state-building in the 18th century Austrian Netherlands. While superior courts were once considered to be the prime agencies of change in the Early Modern Period, tools par excellence for the sovereigns’ striving towards centralization and superiority, their position in the 18th century has so far been barely touched upon. This work focuses specifically on the 18th century supreme court of the Austrian Netherlands, and provides a broad overview with attention to other aspects of the tribunal's functioning and to its role in 18th century attempts at state formation.

17 October 2014

JOURNAL: Revue internationale d'histoire du notariat


Nomodôs signals the latest issue of the Revue internationale d'histoire du notariat, containing articles relevant to public as well as private law.

Contents:
n°181 Octobre-Décembre 2014

Sommaire
Editorial
  • Grandeur et decadenceJean-Pierre Clavel - President de l'IIHN
Articles
  • La protection des biens de la femme mariée en Lorraine au XVIIIe siècleNicolas Ruiz - Doctorant contractuel
  • L'hypothèse d'une dynastie royale de BourЬon-Vendôme, Angers, avril 1598Yves-Marie Bercé - Membre de l'lnstitut
  • La responsabilité notariale et la théorie du mandat legal au XIXe siècleJean-Philippe Borel - Docteur еп droit
  • Hippolyte Castel le notaire et l'inventaire..., Patrick Kararsi - Createur du site Lumineux Champollion
  • Remise des prix Frochot etFavard de Langlade, Pilippe Caillé - secrétaire général de l'IIHN
  • In memoriam Jean Favier (1932-2014), Alain Moreau

16 October 2014

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Global Humanitarianism Research Academy (Leibniz Institute Mainz/ICRC/Exeter)


(image source: ICRC)


The Leibniz Institute for European History (Mainz), the International Committee of the Red Cross and the University of Exeter announce the launch of the "Global Humanitarianism Research Academy", starting July 2015. The initiative is designed to offer training to young researchers in the field of human rights, international law or international relations.

Mission statement:
This international Research Academy will offer research training to a group of advanced international PhD candidates and early postdoctoral scholars selected by the steering committee. It will combine academic sessions at the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz and the Imperial and Global History Centre at the University of Exeter with archival sessions at the Archives of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. The Research Academy is open to early career researchers who are working in the related fields of humanitarianism,humanitarian law, peace and conflict studies as well as human rights covering the period from the 18th to the 20th centuries. It supports scholarship on the ideas and practices of humanitarianism in the context of international, imperial and global history thus advancing our understanding of global governance in humanitarian crises of the present.

 An official call will follow later on http://hhr.hypotheses.org/.

WORKSHOP: The History and Theory of Treaty-Making with Indigenous Peoples (London, Queen Mary, 22 October 2014)


 International Law Reporter announced a workshop on "Treaty-Making with Indigeneous Peoples", organised by the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context at Queen Mary University (London), on Tuesday 22 October 2014.

The organisers describe their topic as follows:
The issue of indigenous peoples and treaties is one of the most interesting and intriguing questions of international law. The 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples mentions in several places of its Preamble and in Article 37 rights granted by ‘treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements between States and indigenous peoples are, in some situations, matters of international concern, interest, responsibility and character.’ The workshop will analyse the legacy of these historical treaties with indigenous peoples. It will also assess whether these instruments can play a role in fostering the rights of indigenous peoples within States at a present time.
 More information on Queen Mary's website.

15 October 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Mathias Kaufman, Alexander Aichele (eds.), A Companion to Luis de Molina (Nicole Reinhardt, Sehepunkte)


Nicole Reinhardt (Durham) reviewed the Companion to Luis de Molina published by Brill (Leiden) for sehepunkte.de. In view of the links between early modern theology, philosophy of law and legal history, the work is of interest to our readers.

14 October 2014

JOURNAL: "The Journal of American History" (vol. 101, n. 2, 2014-2015)


The Journal of American History, vol. 101, n. 2, 2014-2015


The Journal of American History is the leading scholarly publication and the journal of record in the field of American history. Published quarterly in March, June, September, and December, the Journalcontinues its nine-decades-long career presenting original articles on American history. Each volume features pieces that deal with a wide range of American history topics and fields, including state-of-the-field essays, broadly inclusive book reviews, and reviews of films, museum exhibitions, and Web sites

All information here

ARTICLE: "Justice George Sutherland and the Business of Expression", by Samuel R. Olken


Samuel R. Olken, John Marshall Law School, on  Justice George Sutherland and the Business of Expression, forthcoming in Judging Free Speech: First Amendment Jurisprudence of U.S. Supreme Court Justices.  

Abstract

In 1936-1937, Justice George Sutherland wrote his only two United States Supreme Court opinions about freedom of expression. Sutherland’s majority opinion in Grosjean v. American Press Co. (1936) and his dissent inAssociated Press v. NLRB (1937) set forth a novel and hybrid constitutional concept, the business of expression, which melded economic liberty and freedom of expression and reflected Sutherland’s aversion towards political factions and solicitude for private economic rights. In both cases Sutherland assessed economic regulations of the press through the prism of economic liberty and suggested that through partial laws – what Sutherland considered illegitimate class legislation – political factions sought to impede the business of expression. Sutherland’s analysis underscored the interplay between economic liberty and freedom of expression.

ARTICLE: "History in Law, Mythmaking, and Constitutional Legitimacy", by Patrick J. Charles (62, 2014)


History in Law, Mythmaking, and Constitutional Legitimacy, by Patrick J. Charles, forthcoming on the Cleveland State Law Review 62 (2014)

The article is “part of last spring's mini-symposium, ‘History and the Meaning of the Constitution,’ and that readers may respond to the article through Cleveland State Law Review's website, Et Cetera.  

Abstract

Defining what constitutes myth and history has been an ongoing debate among historians for over a century. The debate centers as to whether there can truly ever be such a thing as an objective historical account. Given that all historical inquiries grow out of the respective historian’s ideological mind, it is argued the writing of history is not so much about truth-seeking as it is about the ideological leanings of the respective historian. In other words, critics of objective history frequently claim that one historian’s truth is another’s falsity.
In any case there is an argument to be made that all history is myth and all myth is history. No matter how much of the evidentiary record is uncovered, no historian can ever fully reconstruct the past as it was. In their totality, those moments in history are lost forever. The best any historian can do is build upon those evidentiary remnants which remain. Still, at one level or another, historians will have to make a number of assumptions about the past. In some instances the assumptions will be small or minute because the evidentiary record is rich with information about the past, allowing the respective historian to recreate an event or time period in excruciating detail. In other instances the assumptions can be substantial, especially when the evidentiary record is barren, requiring the respective historian to fill the evidentiary gaps. But whenever historians make any assumptions about the past—whether they be minor or substantial—they are perpetuating myth in some form or another.