08 October 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS: Learning Law by Doing: Exploring Legal Literacy in Premodern Societies (Turku, 14-15 January 2016); DEADLINE 23 NOVEMBER 2015

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We received the following call for papers from Prof. M. Korpiola (Turku/Finland), member of the Society's Board:

Learning Law by Doing: Exploring Legal Literacy in Premodern Societies

In many European regions, there was a gap between learned law and the largely illiterate laity. Especially where the legal language was another than the vernacular, such as Latin or Law French, this effectively helped to monopolize law and legal knowledge to learned lawyers. Yet, in the shades of what are generally called legal professionals, there were many other people who had some legal literacy, i.e., knowledge of the law and legal skills. Indeed, one may regard legal know-how as a sliding scale between what could be called true professionalism and complete ignorance. While trained legal professionals have been much researched, the legal knowledge and skills of laymen have largely been unexplored in legal history.

In this largely unresearched grey area, one finds people who had pursued some law studies, but never taken a degree or finished the required curriculum. There were also people doing some legal work or part-time advocacy such as scribes, scriveners, clerks, bailiffs and officials. Jury-members, lay magistrates and priests were legal literates in their communities and could also act as legal intermediaries between the people and the authorities. In eighteenth-century Japan even inn-keepers started to offer legal services to the people.

Legal literates had often acquired some knowledge of the contents of the law or legal skills by doing law-related work or being exposed to the practice of law in their lives. This way more marginal groups such as peasants, women and children could acquire a modicum of legal literacy. However, little research has been done on legal literacy in the premodern world, partly because of a scarcity of sources and the marginality of many common people.

This conference explores many facets of legal literacy in the pre-modern world: Europe and European colonies, but also other non-European legal cultures. Believing that cross-fertilization of different academic disciplines (law, social history, literacy studies etc.) will help research the elusive phenomenon, we invite papers on various aspects of the phenomenon, e.g.:
•    groups or individuals who had acquired some legal literacy
•    what legal skills and knowledge were acquired and how this was manifested
•    mechanisms of acquiring legal literacy
•    the uses of legal literacy
•    what legal literacy signified for individuals personally and as members of their community
•    conflicts and/or cooperation between self-made legal literates and members of the legal profession
•    sources for exploring legal literacy

For more information about the conference or to submit a proposal (about 200 words), please contact Professor Mia Korpiola (mia.korpiola[at], Faculty of Law, University of Turku). The deadline for submitting paper proposals is 23 November 2015.

BOOK: Adam TOMKINS & Paul SCOTT (eds.), Entick v. Carrington. 250 Years of the Rule of Law [Hart Studies in Comparative Public Law] (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2015), 288 p. ISBN 9781849465588. £ 55

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Hart Publishing announced a new volume on the history of English public law:

Entick v Carrington is one of the canons of English public law and in 2015 it is 250 years old. In 1762 the Earl of Halifax, one of His Majesty’s Principal Secretaries of State, despatched Nathan Carrington and three other of the King’s messengers to John Entick’s house in Stepney. They broke into his house, seizing his papers and causing significant damage. Why? Because he was said to have written seditious papers published in the Monitor. Entick sued Carrington and the other messengers for trespass. The defendants argued that the Earl of Halifax had given them legal authority to act as they had. Lord Camden ruled firmly in Entick’s favour, holding that the warrant of a Secretary of State could not render lawful actions such as these which were otherwise unlawful.
The case is a canonical statement of the common law’s commitment to the constitutional principle of the rule of law. In this collection, leading public lawyers reflect on the history of the case, the enduring importance of the legal principles for which it stands, and the broader implications of Entick v Carrington 250 years on.
 On the editors:
Adam Tomkins is the John Millar Professor of Public Law at the University of Glasgow.
Paul Scott is a Lecturer in Public Law at the University of Southampton.
 Table of contents here.


CONFERENCE: Law and Governance in Pre-Modern Britain (Ontario, 23-24 October 2015)

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H-Law announced the following conference:

Law and Governance in pre-Modern Britain is the fifth conference on this general theme held at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, and the second to focus entirely on the pre-modern period. The theme of the conference is intentionally broad, and the speakers have been asked simply to talk about whatever aspect of their research interests them most at the time.
Over the course of two days we will hear from an international group of leading legal historians with interests in crime, religion, the intersection of laws, the development of the profession, pardon, prison, process and trade. The range of topics is broad but their intersections are complex and varied. Two of the speakers are involved with the Early English Laws project to re-edit and translate all English legal texts written before Magna Carta, and thus are playing a role in revolutionizing the way we access sources and conduct research. Three are authors of volumes of the Oxford History of the Laws of England, either in print or in preparation, and thus are shaping the way we will understand the field for a generation.
The conference will take place in the Moot Court room of the Faculty of Law, and the atmosphere will be informal, with ample opportunity for discussion and conversation during breaks or over the conference lunch or Friday night dinner. Registration is available online, but will also be available on-site at the time of the conference. Space at the conference dinner on Friday evening is limited: early booking is strongly recommended and no bookings will be taken after October 19.

Law and Governance in pre-Modern Britain

Moot Court Room, Faculty of Law

The University of Western Ontario

Friday, 23 October 2015
12:15-1:15: Registration / pick-up conference packets at the Moot Court Room


Panel 1: Law in Principle and Practice1:30-3:20pm
Chair: David Sylvester, Kings University College
1."Statutory Interpretation and Principles of Medieval Government." Richard Helmholz, University of Chicago.
2."The Local and National Contexts of Merchant Law in Medieval England." James Masschaele, Rutgers University.
3."The Rule of Law in Fifteenth Century England." David Seipp, Boston University.


Panel 2: Making Sources, Making History3:45-5:15pm
Chair: Steven Bednarski, St. Jerome's University
1."A New Plea Roll for a New Audience: Henry of Bratton and his Assize Rolls." Thomas J McSweeney, College of William & Mary.
2."The End of a Dilemma: Digital Editions and the Choice between Authorial and Received Texts." Bruce O’Brien, University of Mary Washington.

Conference Dinner, Windermere Manor (pre-registration required)

Saturday, 24 October 2015
9:45-10am: Registration

Panel 3: Centre and Locality10:00-12:00pm
Chair: Amy Bell, Huron University College
1."Keeping the Peace without the Frankpledge System in Thirteenth-century England." Kenneth Duggan, King’s College London.
2."Anger and Criminal Intent in Medieval English Law." Elizabeth Kamali, Harvard University.
3."Seeking Sanctuary in England, 1400-1550." Shannon McSheffrey, Concordia University.

Lunch (included with registration)
The Learning Chambers

Panel 4: Individuals Understanding Institutions 1:15-2:45pm
Chair: Allyson May, Western University.
1."Geoffrey Elton's History of Law and Governance." DeLloyd Guth, University of Manitoba.
2."Constitutionalism and international law: Parliamentary sovereignty in Sir Robert Cotton’s ‘Relation of the Proceedings against Ambassadors who have miscarried themselves’." Kelly DeLuca, Ryerson University.


Panel 5: Law and Context 3:15-5:15pm
Chair: Donna Rogers, Brescia University College
1."Ine’s Laws on Church and State." Stefan Jurasinski, State University of New York, Brockport.
2."Family Values and the Law of Property: Inheritance by the ‘Hearth Child’ in the King’s Courts of Thirteenth Century England’." Paul Brand, All Souls College.
3."Peine Fort et Dure: A ‘Monument of the Savage Rapacity of Feudalism,’ or Evidence of Increasing Civility?." Sara Butler, Loyola Univcersity, New Orleans.

Wine and Cheese Reception (included with registration)
Windermere Manor

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06 October 2015

BOOK: Julien SAPORI, Crime and Punishment in Old Regime Picardy (Éditions l'apart, 2012 235 p. ISBN 978-2-36035-076-6

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Julien Sapori published a book on "Crime and Punishment in Old Regime France", with a foreword by former French Interior Minister Pierre Joxe.

Sous l'Ancien Régime, les territoires composant l'actuelle Picardie disposaient d'un puissant maillage judiciaire dont témoignent encore les archives départementales d'Amiens, Beauvais et Laon. Cette masse imposante de procédures criminelles, souvent inexploitées, constitue une ressource idéale permettant au chercheur de restituer, au delà des grands procès criminels parisiens déjà forts médiatisés à l'époque, le fonctionnement au quotidien de l'appareil judiciaire et policier.
De la " guerre des farines " de 1775 au fonctionnement des petites justices seigneuriales installées dans les villages, d'une affaire d'avortement et recel de grossesse à une enquête pour violences conjugales, du droit de havage des bourreaux jusqu'au fonctionnement de la chaîne de forçats. Au-delà d'une lecture agréable et distrayante sur un sujet qui, depuis toujours, suscite passions et répulsions, Julien Sapori a souhaité apporter sa contribution, en qualité d'historien et de commissaire de police, aux réflexions actuellement en cours sur notre système répressif, en soulignant les liens qu'il entretient, au-delà de certaines apparences trompeuses, avec celui de l'Ancien Régime ; et découvrir ainsi ce qui a sans doute le moins changé au cours des siècles : l'homme.
Table of contents:

On the author:
Julien Sapori, né en 1953 à Trieste (Italie), est un historien français. Après des études secondaires en Italie et de droit à Rennes, il a été assistant universitaire dans cette ville. Depuis 1984, il est commissaire de police. Ses travaux portent essentiellement sur l'histoire de la police et de la justice en France aux XVIIIe, XIXe et XXe siècle et sur les relations franco-italiennes, ainsi que sur l'histoire locale de Picardie.
II est membre de la Société Historique de Soissons (Aisne), de la Société d'Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine de Compiègne (Oise), de la Société di Minerva (Trieste), de l'Institut Napoléon et de la Société d'études sur Joseph Fouché et son temps.

05 October 2015

BOOK: Mathew C. MIROW, Latin American Constitutions. The Constitution of Cádiz and its Legacy in Spanish America (Cambridge: CUP, 2015, ISBN 9781107025592, USD 99,99)

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The Legal History Blog signals the new book of Prof. Mathew C. Mirow


Latin American Constitutions provides a comprehensive historical study of constitutionalism in Latin America from the independence period to the present, focusing on the Constitution of Cádiz, a foundational document in Latin American constitutionalism. Although drafted in Spain, it was applied in many regions of Latin America, and deputies from America formed a significant part of the drafting body. The politicization of constitutionalism reflected in Latin America's first moments proved to be a lasting legacy evident in the legal and constitutional world of the region today: many of Latin America's present challenges to establishing effective constitutionalism can be traced to the debates, ideas, structures, and assumptions of this text. This book explores the region's attempts to create effective constitutional texts and regimes in light of an established practice of linking constitutions to political goals and places important constitutional thinkers and regional constitutions, such as the Mexican Constitution of 1917, into their legal and historical context.
Table of contents:
1. Constitutional limbo in early nineteenth-century Latin America
2. The Constitution of Cádiz: America's other first constitution
3. The colonies speak to the metropole: transatlantic constitutionalism
4. The failures and successes of metropole constitutionalism
5. Latin American constitutionalism after independence
6. The legacy of the Constitution of Cádiz: twentieth-century Latin American constitutionalism
7. Constitutional promise: Latin American constitutionalism today
 More information at Cambridge University Press.

01 October 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS: "Beyond the FAA: Arbitration Procedure, Practice and Policy in Historical Perspective" (Missouri School of Law, 13 November 2015); DEADLINE 14 OCTOBER 2015

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The Legal Scholarship Network (SSRN) has the following announcement:

The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri School of Law is hosting a symposium on arbitration history, "Beyond the FAA: Arbitration Procedure, Practice and Policy in Historical Perspective", to be held at the School of Law on November 13, 2015. The purpose of the symposium is to explore the broader histories of arbitration in America, considering not only what arbitration procedure, practice, and policy looked like in early America (and in the earlier legal, cultural, or religious systems from which American arbitration was adopted), but also how those broader histories might contribute to important discussions and developments in arbitration procedure, practice, and policy today. For more information on the program and speakers, please visit our symposium website at

WORKS-IN-PROGRESS CONFERENCE: The main program will be preceded on Thursday, November 12, 2015 by a Works-in-Progress conference, facilitated by the University of Missouri School of Law and the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution. The purpose of the Works-in-Progress conference is to provide an opportunity for junior and senior scholars to workshop anything from early-stage article ideas to fully-fledged article drafts. Individuals who write on the history of dispute resolution, including, but not limited to, the history of negotiation, mediation, conciliation and arbitration, should consider participating in the Works-in-Progress conference.
PAPER SUBMISSIONS/FURTHER INFORMATION: For more information about the WIP or to submit an abstract, please contact Professor Carli N. Conklin at The deadline for submitting abstracts is Wednesday, October 14, 2015. All participants will be notified of selection by 5:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

30 September 2015

EXHIBITION: "Wenn Bücher Recht haben/When books lay down the law" (St. Gall, until November 8 2015)

WHAT Wenn Bücher Recht haben. Justitia und ihre Helfer in Handschriften der Stiftsbibliothek St.Gallen/When books lay down the law. Law and lawmakers in the manuscripts at the Abbey Library of St. Gall, exhibition

WHEN until November 8 2015 - 

WHERE St. Gall Abbey Library/Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen

all information here

Wenn Bücher Recht haben: Erstmals widmet die Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen eine Jahresausstellung dem mittelalterlichen Recht und den Rechtshandschriften. Anhand ihrer einzigartigen Handschriftensammlung führt sie durch die faszinierende Entwicklung des Rechts von der Antike bis zum Ende des Mittelalters. Die Ausstellung präsentiert den Kaiser und den Papst als Quellen des Rechts und behandelt Themen wie den Gerichtsprozess und das Buss-, Beicht- und Ablasswesen. Berühmte Handschriften mit den frühmittelalterlichen Volksrechten der Langobarden, Franken und Alemannen werden gezeigt und beschrieben sowie bedeutende Zeugnisse aus der Entstehungszeit der Rechtswissenschaft und der Universitäten im 12. Jahrhundert vorgestellt

For the first time, the Abbey Library of St. Gall is devoting its annual exhibition to the subject of medieval law and legal manuscripts. Based on the Abbey Library’s unique collection of manuscripts, the exhibition reveals the fascinating development of jurisprudence from Antiquity until the end of the Middle Ages. For example, the Emperor and the Pope are presented as lawmakers. You will also gain an insight into judicial processes as well as the rules concerning penance, confession and indulgences. Famous manuscripts containing the early medieval laws of the Lombards, Franks and Alemans are displayed and described, as well as important witnesses to the origins of jurisprudence and the revival of interest in the study of law during the 12th century

CALL FOR PAPERS: War, Peace and International Order? The Legacies of The Hague Conferences of 1899 and 1907, Auckland (NZ), 18 April 2016 (DEADLINE 2 OCTOBER 2015)

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The University of Auckland (Faculty of Arts) and the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice organise a conference on the 1899 and 1907 Hague Conferences.

More information below:
Keynote Speakers: Professor Randall Lesaffer (Tilburg Law School, Catholic University of Leuven), Dr William Mulligan (University College Dublin), Professor Neville Wylie (University of Nottingham)

Description: Between the various strands of scholarship there is a wide range of understandings of the two Hague Peace Conferences (1899 and 1907). Experts in international law posit that The Hague’s foremost legacy lies in the manner in which it progressed the law of war and international justice. Historians of peace and pacifism view the conferences as seminal moments that legitimated and gave a greater degree of relevance to international political activism. Cultural scholars tend to focus on the symbolic significance of The Hague and the Peace Palace as places for explaining the meaning of peace while diplomatic and military historians tend to dismiss the events of 1899 and 1907 as insignificant ‘footnotes en route to the First World War’ (N.J. Brailey).

Given the sheer diversity of opinion on the two conferences, the Faculty of Arts and the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice are pleased to jointly host a one-day interdisciplinary conference and invites abstract proposals from interested academics. The conference will be held at the University of Auckland on Tuesday 19 April 2016. The conference seeks to bring together academics from various disciplinary backgrounds to discuss and integrate their perspectives on the two peace conferences at The Hague. The ultimate aim of the conference is to develop a more coherent understanding of the significance of the conferences through interdisciplinary collaboration.

Call for Papers: topics could include, but are not limited to:
The history, legacy and on-going  meaning of the two conferences
The significance of the conventions signed at the conferences
The Hague tradition, both as an idea and a symbolic site of international law
Aspects of international law, diplomacy and politics at the conferences
Ideas of peace, pacifism, internationalism and justice in relation to The Hague

Abstracts are due ON 2 OCTOBER 2015
Abstracts should be no more than 150 words with a brief biography that includes professional affiliation and contact details.
Successful candidates will be notified by mid November 2015.
Conference organizers hope to publish conference proceedings in an edited collection. By submitting an abstract all conference attendees agree in principle to offer an 8000 word chapter to that collection. The full text of these chapters would be due by June 2016.

Submission and Contact Details: To submit abstracts or for any queries regarding the conference, please contact conference organizers through this email address:

Organising Committee: Associate Professor Maartje Abbenhuis, Christopher Barber, Thomas Munro
 More information here.

28 September 2015

CONFERENCE: ‘La funzione sociale nel diritto privato tra XX e XXI secolo’ (Rome, October 9 2015)

Conference on the social function of private law between 20th and 21st century
‘La funzione sociale nel diritto privato tra XX e XXI secolo’

October 9, 2015

Library of the Italian Senate (Piazza della Minerva 38, Rome)

For more information about the conference and to download the program, click HERE

JOB: 25 Post-Doctoral Fellowships, Axa Research Fund; DEADLINE 12 OCTOBER 2015

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The Axa Research Fund sponsors 25 Post-Doctoral Fellowships of 24 months:
Each year, the AXA Research Fund offers twenty-five (25) Post-Doctoral Fellowships to outstanding researchers
Each grant amounts to a maximum of one hundred and thirty thousand euros (€130,000) for a duration of twenty-four (24) months.
To apply for these fellowships, host institutions must be registered in the AXA Research Fund’s database and located within the geographical scope (reviewed on a yearly basis) as stated in the below table.
The AXA Research Fund does not place restrictions on the nationality of the Junior Research Fellow.
Institutions selected are then invited to put forward nominees: it is their responsibility to identify and submit the names of the best possible candidates to participate in the Post-Doctoral Fellowships campaign
The AXA Research Fund does not accept unsolicited applications from individual applicants.
Please note that although a given candidate may be presented twice by the same institution, they cannot submit the same proposal twice.
The AXA Research Fund Scientific Board composed of international renowned academic and business experts oversees the applicant selection process. It validates the eligibility and selection criteria as well as the tools used to process the call for applications..
The AXA Research Fund partners with the European Science Foundation (ESF) to carry out the evaluation process. ESF is an established, independent and non-governmental organization dedicated to support science operation. ESF operates the review relying on the criteria defined by the AXA Research Fund. To know more about the European Science Foundation:
The AXA Research Fund has signed the Charter for European Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers and thereby is particularly attentive to Institutions demonstrating their commitment to an attractive, supportive and stimulating environment in which to carry out research and recognizing the importance of providing its researchers with the training and means to be internationally and inter-sectorally competitive and mobile
Applications should be filed by institutions, not by individuals.
More information here.

WORKSHOP: The Law of Nations and Natural Law, 1625-1850 (Lausanne, 5-6 November 2015)

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HSozKult announced an interesting workshop on "The Law of Nations and Natural Law, 1625-1850", organized by Simone Zurbruchen.

This workshop constitutes the second conference of the international research network Natural Law 1625-1850 ( The network is focused on natural law as an academic institution. The ambition is to combine traditional approaches to natural law as a set of ideas with a comprehensive history of academic reception, transmission, and uses that takes into account institutions, political and legal contexts. This ambition will be realized by supplementing the published record of natural law – its textbooks and treatises – with a much wider range of sources. A significant number of scholars in thirteen European countries are currently investigating natural-law texts, commentaries, and pedagogical programs that form the core of a large digitization project. The current focus of the Swiss part of the international project is the teaching of the law of nature and nations at the Academies of Lausanne and Geneva. The main representatives of the école romande du droit naturel (Barbeyrac, Burlamaqui and Vattel), who contributed greatly to the dissemination of the law of nature and nations, especially in the French speaking parts of Europe, are fairly well known. However, during the eighteenth and much of the nineteenth century, the subject was taught by a great number of professors, some of whom played an important role in local learned societies, in legal practice and in politics. This extensive academic activity is now being researched. Biographies, bibliographies as well as archival materials will be published on the website:
The subject of this second international workshop is the law of nations (ius gentium). For a long time there was no clear distinction between the ius inter gentes and the ius intra gentes, but during the Enlightenment, the law of nations came to denote “the science which teaches the rights subsisting between nations or states, and the obligations correspondent to those rights” (Vattel), i.e., the discipline that is called today public international law. The aim of the workshop is to bring out the peculiar traits of the law of nations as it was conceived within the tradition of modern natural law. In order to assess its importance, this project needs to be envisaged on the background of recent scholarship on the history of public international law. During the past thirty years, the history of public international law has become an important field of research in various disciplines. New discussions of the origin, growth, and evolution of international law from the fifteenth century until the end of World War II are at the origin of different proposals for re-interpreting the history of international law and legal discourse, mainly from the perspective of those who were largely excluded from participating in this discourse, such as colonized nations, indigenous peoples, and religious or cultural minorities. By putting into question the classical narrative of international law as a success story of progress, the new de-centered interpretations aim at showing how international law was used by the center as a means to dominate and exploit the periphery, by revealing the hegemonic character of legal discourses and human rights principles. Much of the recent literature testifies to an overall attempt at re-interpreting the history of international law and legal discourse in terms of an ideology legitimizing European colonialism and imperialism. One of the guiding questions in this workshop is whether and to what extent the law of nations as it was conceived within the tradition of modern natural law beginning with Grotius’ De iure belli ac pacis (1625) fits into this counter-narrative of the history of international law. In a recent article, Emmanuelle Tourme-Jouannet points out that the justification of colonization was by no means the central aim of the modern law of nature and nations. Unlike Grotius, the main representatives of this tradition in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries paid comparatively little attention to the antagonism between “civilized” Europeans and “barbarian” others. They were more concerned with the “barbarians” within Europe and aimed at developing a code of conduct suitable to discipline the European nations. The main question after the peace of Westphalia was how to bring independent sovereign states or nations into peaceful coexistence. As Kant pointed out in critical vein in his essay On perpetual peace, this implied that war was considered to be a legitimate means to restrain aggression. This explains why the law of war (jus ad bellum, jus in bello) was part of the law of nations. So far, accounts of the history of the modern law of nations have mainly focused on a restricted number of classical treaties such as the published works of Grotius, Pufendorf, Thomasius, Rachel, Bynkershoek, Wolff and Vattel. While lesser known figures have occasionally been dealt with in the specialized literature, we still know comparatively little about this very rich tradition of moral and legal thinking and its influence on the law and legal practice in various European countries. In this context, the fact that the law of nature and nations constituted, from the late seventeenth until the middle of the nineteenth century, a teaching subject at a great number of Universities and other institutions of higher education throughout Europe, no doubt plays a crucial role. The workshop will bring together participants in the research network Natural Law 1625-1850, who are currently working on archival materials related to the law of nations in various European countries, and specialists on the history of international law dealing with more general questions such as those mentioned above. The results of the workshop will be published in a volume that will be part of a series that Brill is expected to publish under the general editorship of the three directors of the network, Frank Grunert (Halle), Knud Haakonssen (St. Andrews/Erfurt) and Diethelm Klippel (Bayreuth). This particular volume will be edited by the organiser of the conference, Simone Zurbuchen (Lausanne).


Thursday, November 5
Panel 1: The Law of Nations, Europe and the New World
(Chair: Kari Saastamoinen, Helsinki)
09.15 – 10.00 Knud Haakonssen (St. Andrews/Erfurt): Opening Lecture “The Law of Nations in the Natural Law Curriculum”
10.00 – 10.45 Vincent Chetail (Geneva): “Sovereignty and Migration in the Doctrine of the Law of Nations from Vitoria to Vattel”
11.15 – 12.00 Hans W. Blom (Rotterdam): “Popularising by Adapting: Early Dutch Compendia to De iure Belli ac Pacis”
12.00 – 12.45 Pärtel Piirimäe (Tartu): “Barbarians in Early Modern Law of Nations”
Panel 2: The Law of Nations between Pufendorf and Vattel
(Chair: Béla Kapossy, Lausanne)
14.15 – 15.00 Peter Schröder (London): “Seventeenth Century Lex Mercatoria, Natural Law & the Law of Nations”
15.00 – 15.45 Michael Seidler (Bowling Green, KY, USA): “Between Pufendorf and Vattel: the Terrain of Dissertationes”
16.15 – 17.00 Mads Langballe Jensen (Copenhagen): “Jus gentium and Natural Law in Denmark around 1700”
17.00 – 17.45 Katharina Beiergrösslein, Iris von Dorn (Bayreuth): “Natural Law for the Nobility. Natur- und Völkerrecht at the Ritter-Academy Erlangen (1701-1741)”
Friday, November 6
Panel 3: The Law of Nations and the Ecole romande du droit naturel
(Chair: Ian Hunter, Graceville, AUS)
09.15 – 10.00 Simone Zurbuchen (Lausanne): “Teaching the Law of Nations in Lausanne and Geneva in the 18th century”
10.00 – 10.45 Lisa Broussois (Lausanne): “Burlamaqui and Rousseau on the Law of War and the Law of Nations”
11.15 – 12.00 Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina (Milan): “The Circulation of the Ecole romande du droit naturel in Eighteenth-Century Italy”
12.00 – 12.45 Gabriella Silvestrini (Alessandria): “Political Law and the Law of Nations: the General Principles of the Duties of a Nation towards herself according to Emer de Vattel”
Panel 4: The Law of Nations from 18th century Germany into the 19th century
(Chair: Simone Zurbuchen, Lausanne)
14.15 – 15.00 Frank Grunert (Halle): “International Law as a topic in German Historia Literaria”
15.00 – 15.45 Thomas Ahnert (Edinburgh): “Christian Wolff’s Jus Gentium and the Scientific Method”
16.15 – 17.00 Diethelm Klippel (Bayreuth): “Kant in Context. The Contemporary Debate on Kant’s Essay On Perpetual Peace”
17.00 – 17.45 Miloš Vec (Vienna): “Mythical Positivism: Natural Law in 19th Century International Law Doctrine”

BOOK: Edward P. THOMPSON, The Uses of Custom. Tradition and Popular Resistance in England, 17th-18th Centuries [Hautes Etudes; French translation by Jean BOUTIER and Arundhati VIRMANI]. Paris: EHESS/Gallimard/Seuil, 2015. ISBN 978-2-02-118078-7, € 30.

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Nomôdos announced the translation in French (by Jean Boutier & Arundhati Virmani) of the famous historian Edward P. Thompson's work on custom and popular resistance.

Intellectuel peu conventionnel, E. P. Thompson n’a jamais séparé la rigueur et l’inventivité de ses recherches de son engagement militant pour un socialisme humaniste. Cette anthologie de textes majeurs, pour la première fois traduits en français, analyse à partir du cas anglais les transformations des sociétés européennes.
Les usages de la coutume propose la traduction en français de Customs in Common, ouvrage dans lequel l’historien britannique Edward P. Thompson avait rassemblé en 1991 ses articles majeurs. Tous ont marqué la réflexion historiographique depuis près de cinq décennies. 
À l’aide de notions comme l’histoire vue d’en bas, l’agency, l’économie morale ou la discipline du travail industriel, Thompson, à partir du cas anglais, y analyse les transformations des sociétés européennes entre le XVIIe et le XIXe siècle. Dans une société travaillée par le paternalisme de la noblesse, les tensions sur le marché des subsistances, la privatisation des biens communs ou l’impossibilité du divorce, l’auteur scrute les luttes des hommes et des femmes du peuple pour conserver leur place et leurs droits, batailles dont il n’a cessé de rappeler l’actualité. La défense de la coutume y apparaît alors comme le principal moyen pour s’opposer aux réformes qui ouvrent la voie à la société libérale.

Table of contents:
Jean Boutier, Arundhati Virmani
Préface et remerciements
Chapitre premier. Coutume et culture
Chapitre II Les patriciens et la plèbe
Chapitre III. Coutume, droit et droits collectifs
Chapitre IV. L’économie morale de la foule anglaise au xviiie siècle
Chapitre V. L’économie morale revisitée
Chapitre VI. Temps, discipline du travail et capitalisme industriel
Chapitre VII. La vente des épouses
Chapitre VIII. Rough Music
Bibliographie des travaux d’Edward P. Thompson

More information on the publisher's website.

BOOK: Peter HARRIS and Dominic DE COGAN (eds.), Studies in the History of Tax Law (vol. 7). Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2015, 538 p. ISBN 9781849467988, £ 90

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Hart Publishing announced the seventh volume of Studies in the History of Tax Law, edited by Peter Harris and Dominic de Cogan (Cambridge).

These are the papers from the 2014 Cambridge Tax Law History Conference revised and reviewed for publication. The papers fall within six basic themes. Two papers focus on colonialism and empire dealing with early taxation in colonial New Zealand and New South Wales. Two papers deal with fiscal federalism; one on Australia in the first half of the twentieth century and the other with salt tax in China. Another two papers are international in character; one considers development of the first Australia-United States tax treaty and the other development of the first League of Nations model tax treaties. Four papers focus on UK income tax; one on capital gains, another on retention at source, a third on the use of finance bills and the fourth on establishment of the Board of Referees. Three papers deal with tax and status; one with the tax profession, another with the medical profession and a third with aristocrats. The final three papers deal with tax theorists, one with David Hume, another with the scholarship of John Tiley and a final paper on the tax state in the global era.

A table of contents can be found here.

26 September 2015

NOTICE: «The Institutes of Gaius: adventures of a bestseller.Transmission, use and transformation of the text» (Pavia, January 11-29, 2016)

WHAT The Institutes of Gaius: adventures of a bestseller. Transmission, use and transformation of the text, the XIII Collegium of Roman Law
WHEN January 11-29, 2016
WHERE University of Pavia, Pavia

all information here

Deadline Friday 23 October 2015

The Center for Studies and Research on Ancient Law CEDANT of the University of Pavia (Italy) is organizing for the academic year 2015-2016 the XIII Collegium of Roman Law on the theme «The Institutes of Gaius: adventures of a bestseller. Transmission, use and transformation of the text»
Education and scholarly activities will be held in Pavia at Almo Collegio Borromeo, partner of the Center, under the direction of Ulrike Babusiaux (University of Zürich) and Dario Mantovani (University of Pavia) from 11 to 29 January 2016

JOB: Professorship in Roman Law and Private Law (Zurich); DEADLINE 16 NOVEMBER 2015

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The University of Zurich is hiring a full-time professor in Roman and Private Law. The position is opened in German only.

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Professur für Römisches Recht und Privatrecht

Rechtswissenschaftlichen Fakultät

An der Rechtswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Zürich ist zum Frühjahrssemester 2016 eine

Professur für Römisches Recht und Privatrecht

zu besetzen. Die Stelleninhaberin oder der Stelleninhaber soll das römische Recht in Lehre und Forschung in seiner ganzen Breite vertreten. Die wissenschaftlichen Leistungen im römischen Recht werden durch eine Qualifikations arbeit (Dissertation und/oder Habilitation) in diesem Bereich nachgewiesen. Erwünscht ist darüber hinaus entweder ein besonderer Ausweis in der antiken Rechtsgeschichte oder im Bereich der Rezeption des römischen Rechts in Mittelalter und Neuzeit. Weitere Voraussetzung ist ein Ausweis im geltenden Privatrecht. Bei Bewerberinnen und Bewerbern, die noch nicht über Erfahrung im schweizerischen Recht verfügen, wird die Bereitschaft zur Einarbeitung vorausgesetzt. Ausdrücklich zur Bewerbung aufgefordert sind auch einschlägig qualifizierte Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und Nachwuchswissenschaftler, die in ihrem Habilitationsprojekt bereits fortgeschritten sind. Ebenso sind ausgewiesene Persönlichkeiten, die nicht deutscher Muttersprache sind, ausdrücklich auf gefordert, sich zu bewerben, sofern die Bereitschaft besteht, sich in die deutsche Sprache einzuarbeiten.

Die Universität Zürich strebt eine Erhöhung des Frauenanteils in Forschung und Lehre an und fordert entsprechend qualifizierte Wissenschaftlerinnen nachdrücklich zur Bewerbung auf.

Bitte senden Sie Ihre Bewerbungsunterlagen (Lebenslauf, Schriften- und Vortragsverzeichnis und Lehrportfolio) per Post bis zum 16. November 2015 an die Universität Zürich, Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Dekanat, Rämistrasse 74/2, CH-8001 Zürich. Die Einreichung von Schriften in Druckform wird gegebenenfalls gesondert erbeten.

Für Rückfragen und weitere Auskünfte steht Prof. Dr. Ulrike Babusiaux zur Verfügung ( Nähere Angaben zum Anforderungsprofil finden Sie unter:
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23 September 2015

JOBS: One Ph.D.-Student and One Postdoctoral Researcher "Law of Truth and Truth of Law. Impunity of Mass Atrocities and Transitional Justice" (University of Geneva); DEADLINE 1 OCTOBER 2015

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The Research Project "Droit à la vérité et vérité du droit. Impunité des crimes de masse et justice transitionnelle", funded by the FNRS (Switzerland) at the University of Geneva, under promotorship of Prof. dr. Sévane Garibian, advertises two vacancies.

1. Ph.D.-student

Cahier des charges

Le cahier des charges comprend les tâches suivantes :
  • Rédaction d'une thèse de doctorat dans le domaine de la justice transitionnelle (en particulier : enquête et établissement des faits)
  • Soutien à l'organisation de manifestations à caractère scientifique en la matière
  • Participation à activités de recherche collective

Conditions de candidature

  • Maîtrise universitaire en droit (Master), avec une bonnne moyenne générale
  • Maîtrise du français (ou de l'anglais)
  • Maîtrise au moins passive de l'anglais (ou du français)
  • Maîtrise d'une autre langue étrangère souhaitable (l'espagnol, notamment, constitue un atout)
  • Ouverture au travail d'équipe et à l'interdisciplinarité


Durée du contrat : 4 ans à partir du 1er février 2016 (ou à convenir)
Salaire annuel brut de départ : CHF 47'040.-

Composition du dossier de candidature

  • Un curriculum vitae
  • Une lettre de motivation
  • Une copie des PV d'examens
  • Une copie du mémoire de Master
  • Deux lettres de recommandation

Modalités de candidature

Les dossiers complets doivent être déposés exclusivement en ligne en cliquant sur le bouton "postuler/apply now" du site

au plus tard le 1er octobre 2015.

Aucune candidature par email ou par envoi postal ne sera prise en considération.
Pré-sélection des dossiers courant octobre 2015, puis entretiens avec les candidat-e-s "shortlisté-e-s

Modalités de sélection

Les présélections auront lieu courant octobre. Les entretiens avec les candidats présélectionnés se dérouleront avec la professeure Sévane Garibian en charge du projet scientifique accompagnée par un ou deux chercheurs extérieurs. Leurs noms seront communiqués aux candidats présélectionnés.

2. Postdoctoral Researcher

Cahier des charges

Le cahier des charges comprend les tâches suivantes :
  • Travail de recherche postodoctorale dans le domaine de la justice transitionnelle (en particulier : exhumations et expertise médico-légale)
  • Organisation de manifestations et activités à caractère scientifique en la matière
  • Participation active à recherche collective

Conditions de candidature

  • Doctorat depuis moins de 5 ans (en droit ou autres disciplines)
  • Maîtrise du français (ou de l'anglais)
  • Bonne connaissance de l'anglais (ou du français)
  • Maîtrise au moins passive d'une autre langue étrangère souhaitable
  • Ouverture au travail d'équipe et à l'interdisciplinarité


Durée du contrat : 4 ans à partir du 1er février 2016 (ou à convenir)
Rémunération : sur demande

Composition du dossier de candidature

  • Un curriculum vitae
  • Une liste des publications
  • Une lettre de motivation
  • Une copie de trois travaux scientifiques publiés (ou acceptés pour publication), dont la thèse de doctorat
  • Deux à trois lettres de recommandation

Modalités de candidature

Les dossiers complets doivent être déposés exclusivement en ligne en cliquant sur le bouton "postuler/apply now" du site

au plus tard le 1er octobre 2015.

Aucune candidature par email ou par envoi postal ne sera prise en considération.
Pré-sélection des dossiers courant octobre 2015, puis entretiens avec les candidat-e-s "shortlisté-e-s

Modalités de sélection

Les présélections auront lieu courant octobre. Les entretiens avec les candidats présélectionnés se dérouleront avec la professeure Sévane Garibian en charge du projet scientifique accompagnée par un ou deux chercheurs extérieurs. Leurs noms seront communiqués aux candidats présélectionnés.

More information on (Ph.D.-student, Postdoctoral Researcher)

17 September 2015

BOOK: "Amne adverso. Roman Legal Heritage in European Culture" by Laurent Waelkens (September 2015)

Laurent Waelkens, Amne adverso. Roman Legal Heritage in European Culture 

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Introduction to the history of Roman law and its institutions

Throughout its history, Europe has been influenced by Roman culture, a culture with a strong sense of society and highly legal-minded. Hence, Roman law is of major importance in European thinking. It was the first subject to be taught at university and it remains tightly interwoven with all layers of European civilisation. This book provides an introduction to the history of Roman law and its institutions, as they developed from Antiquity until the nineteenth century. Concepts such as fundamental rights and freedoms, lawsuits, family law, rightsin rem, and obligations have their origins in classical Antiquity and were developed further throughout European history. The historical processing of our Roman legal heritage is treated from the perspective of comparative legal history. The book is written for undergraduate law students, but is also relevant for scholars from other disciplines.

Laurent Waelkens is Full Professor of Roman Law and Legal History at KU Leuven

This is an excellent book aimed at students and intended to develop student interest and giving them considerable knowledge to understand Roman law. It provides a coherent point of view, and stresses the different contexts of Roman law, in a healthy and fruitful way. An up-to-date book, which takes into account the most recent learning and publications in the field.’ – Professor John W. Cairns, University of Edinburgh

16 September 2015

FELLOWSHIP: Pre-doctoral fellowships, three months at the MPI Florenz. Start: Jan 2016 or later (DEADLINE 15 NOVEMBER 2015)

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The MPI in Florence (Italy) grants two three month-fellowships for pre-doctoral candidates willing to work on legal iconography.

The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut invites scholars to apply for two pre-doctoral fellowships, for 3 months (starting in January 2016 or later). The fellowship is awarded in conjunction with the Minerva Research Group (MRG) "The Nomos of Images. Manifestation and Iconology of Law".

The research project is mainly concerned with formulating an analytical framework for an iconology of law that seeks to explain diachronically -  adopting a transcultural perspective - dimensions of legal history in relation to materiality and constructs. Such juridical manifestations defy the disciplinary boundaries of Art History and Visual Culture in how they relate to form, content and style as well as tradition. Notwithstanding the vast inventory of discrete analyses of legal iconography, no systematic approach exists to date that factors in the relevant domains of legal practice and norm. Broad parameters must yet be fashioned to extend the analysis of the forms, functions, and meanings of these numerous artifacts to their embeddedness in the history of law.

The Minerva Research Project is dedicated to the study of such manifestations as a way to highlight how their forms, meanings and connotations underlie the legitimation of law and legal acts. Please find more information here:

Research proposals should fit within the frame of the MRG and can address any cultural context or period. Comparative studies are welcome. Projects should have an art historical component, this may be in art history specifically or cultural studies in general, with relevant disciplinary perspectives including legal history, comparative literature, history of philosophy, political sciences and others. Doctoral candidates must already be registered for PhD studies at their home university.


Applications must include the following materials:
•A cover letter explaining the applicant's interest in the fellowship.
•An abstract, not to exceed three typed pages (10.000 characters), describing the applicant's area of research and PhD project.
•A complete curriculum vitae of education, employment, awards, and a list of publication.
•A copy of a published paper or a writing sample.
•One letter of recommendation (academic and professional) and the name of a second referee.


The Max-Planck-Institute for Art History in Florence is an international research institute. Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. Fellows are expected to participate in the research activities at the Institute. The Institute's language is English, German or Italian; it is expected that candidates will be able to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in one of these languages. The recipient of the fellowship will be expected to be in residence in Florence for the entire period of her or his appointment. KHI grants (including additional allowances and/or reimbursements) have to follow the MPG Support Guidelines for Junior Scientists (in their current version). The fellowship’s monthly stipend will be at least € 1,365.

The Minerva Research Group is also accepting proposals for non-funded visiting fellowships from one to six months. These positions are normally open to doctoral candidates or post-docs who have external funding. All queries regarding the fellowships affiliated to the Minerva Research Group should be sent via e-mail to Carolin Behrmann


Please send your application in English or German no later than November 15, 2015
•via e-mail (pdf format) to: Carolin Behrmann
•or by mail to:
Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz
Administration/Verwaltung (Minerva Research Group)
Via Giuseppe Giusti 44
I-50121 Florence