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22 July 2014

CFP: "Remaking North American Sovereignty:Towards a Continental History of StateTransformation in the Mid Nineteenth Century" (30 July - 1 August 2014, Canada)


WHAT: "Remaking North American Sovereignty: Towards a Continental History of StateTransformation in the Mid Nineteenth Century", Call for Papers

WHERE:  Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta,Canada

WHEN: 30 July - 1 August 2014

CONFERENCE: "the 17th International Conference on the History of Concepts" (Bielefeld, 28-30 August 2014)



WHAT:  "the 17th International Conference on the History of Concepts"

WHERE: University of Bielefeld

WHEN: 28-30 August 2014

PHD STUDENTSHIP: Digital Panopticon (2014/2018)






WHAT: Digital Panopticon, 6 Phd studentships
WHERE: Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield and Tasmania
WHEN: 2014/2018

The Digital Panopticon is a four-year international digital history project to link together existing and new genealogical, biometric and criminal justice datasets held by different organisations in the UK and Australia, exploring the impact of the different types of penal punishments on the lives of 66,000 people sentenced at The Old Bailey between 1780 and 1875. We have six PhD studentships available with topics including convict lives and careers, recidivism, social and spatial worlds, and the impact of digital resources on the history of crime, spread across the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield and Tasmania.

The deadlines for applications are 28 July (Liverpool and Sheffield) and  31 July (Tasmania). The UK-based studentships will be interviewed in August, to start 1 October 2014.

More information about all of the studentships can be found here here

17 July 2014

CFP: British Legal History Conference 2015 - Law: Challenges to Authority and the Recognition of Rights‏ (Reading, 8-11 July 2015)

WHAT: "The British Legal History Conference 2015 – Law: Challenges to Authority and the 
Recognition of Rights
WHERE: University of Reading
WHEN: 8-11 July 2015

In celebration of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta the theme of the British Legal History Conference 2015 at the University of Reading is ‘Law: Challenges to Authority and the Recognition of Rights’. 

While different forms and ideas of authority have shaped law historically, law has also been  moulded by, and influenced, challenges to authority brought to assert and seek recognition of rights. Magna Carta resulted from one such challenge, but challenges to social, economic, political and doctrinal authorities existed before Magna Carta and have continued to occur since. The British Legal History Conference 2015 is concerned to explore how law, both public and private, has been shaped by, and shaped, challenges to authority brought to seek the recognition of rights. It welcomes papers which examine how law, legal processes and legal actors have developed in response to such challenges to authority, and indeed how an understanding of the law has itself often influenced these challenges. While the conference will explore challenges of different natures and from different epochs, proposals concerned with Magna Carta, and particularly its impact beyond England, are welcomed. 
 In addition to this general call for papers, the 2015 Conference will also include a special session for young and less experienced scholars. The organisers welcome proposals from postgraduate and early career researchers for this session. 

Proposals for papers (maximum 300 words) should be submitted to BLHC2015@reading.ac.uk 
by 30 September 2014. 

JOURNAL: Law crime and History, vol. 4,issue 2



MASTER: Law and compared normativities between Rome and Paris



The University of RomaTre and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) in collaboration with the Sorbonne, have recently established a new Double Master Degree caracterized by an original structure and a fresh aim. The goal of this master is in fact to open the doors of law departments to people trained in humanities and social sciences in order to be introduced to the world of legal as well as other kinds of normativities. The master is of course open also to law students. The students will spend one year in Paris and one year in Rome and the cost of the apartments will be included in the enrollment fees. They will be admitted to a number of regular courses held in the 3 universities involved, as well as to ad hoc seminars and stages (e.g. in the legal clinics of the RomaTre University).  


Enrollment is possible at the University of RomaTre until the end of July 2014.

Master in diritto e normatività comparate
Dir. Prof. Emanuele Conte (Univ.RomaTre) and 
Prof. Paolo Napoli (CENJ - EHESS Paris)

For more information, click here or write to giuseppina.santilli@uniroma3.it.     

For the description of the Master in French, please click here.                                                                      



14 July 2014

DOCTORAL TRAINING PROGRAM: Legal Culture (University of Toulouse, 2014-2017)

Nomodôs announces a cycle of training and study on legal culture, specifically aimed at Ph.D.-students in law (and the humanities). More information below:

Le projet DIKE propose une recherche pluriannuelle et pluridisciplinaire sur les fondements, les contours et les contenus des droits et cultures juridiques en Europe (Antiquité – Période contemporaine). 
Animé par une équipe de chercheurs de l’Université Toulouse 1 Capitole et d’universités étrangères, il se déroulera de novembre 2014 à juin 2017. Il s’adresse en particulier aux doctorants d’histoire du droit inscrits à l’université Toulouse 1 Capitole ou dans tout autre université française et étrangère ainsi qu’à tous les autres doctorants que des approches scientifiques et méthodologiques peuvent intéresser (comparatisme juridique et historique, histoire du droit, histoire, droit privé, droit public, philosophie du droit, histoire culturelle du droit). 
Un cycle de trois ans de formation à la recherche et par la recherche autour des l’Histoire des justices en Europe. 
Un programme annuel de recherche: 
  • trois journées d’études chaque année (novembre, février, avril) 
  • une semaine doctorale (fin juin-début juillet) 
Une formation doctorale: les journées d’études et la semaine doctorale sont ouvertes à tous les doctorants français ou étrangers. Elles sont prises en compte au titre de la formation doctorale de l’Ecole doctorale de Droit et Science politique de l’Université Toulouse 1 Capitole dans les conditions suivantes : 25 heures pour les participants aux journées d’études et à la semaine doctorale (journée d’études = 12 heures ; semaine doctorale : 13 heures) et 3 heures pour chacune des journées d’études pour les auditeurs. 
Des rencontres interactives: Les différentes activités proposées permettent d’inviter des professeurs et doctorants français et étrangers à discuter de leurs écrits et de leurs travaux en cours, présenter des sources, établir des bilans historiographiques, réfléchir à des éléments méthodologiques et épistémologiques ou encore dégager des perspectives de recherches. L’approche se veut résolument diachronique et comparatiste. 
Une valorisation des travaux par une publication collective annuelle. 
Une inscription obligatoire et validée au titre de la formation doctorale ou professionnelle. 

PROJET: 
Le projet DIKE consiste en une recherche pluriannuelle et pluridisciplinaire sur les fondements, les contours et les contenus des cultures juridiques européennes, contemporaines et modernes. Animé par une équipe de chercheurs de l’université Toulouse 1 Capitole et d’universités étrangères, il débutera, de façon opérationnelle, à partir d’octobre 2014 et portera pendant ses trois premières années d’existence sur le thème de l’Histoire des justices en Europe. 
Au-delà de sa dimension «Recherche» évidente, fondée notamment sur la pluralité des approches scientifiques et méthodologiques (comparatisme juridique et historique, histoire du droit, histoire, droit privé, droit public, philosophie du droit, histoire culturelle du droit, études de «toutes» les justices), ce projet se caractérise également par une très forte ambition de formation, en particulier destinée aux doctorants d’histoire du droit inscrits à l’université Toulouse 1 Capitole ou dans tout autre université française et étrangère ainsi qu’à tous les doctorants (en droit privé, droit public, science politique, droit européen, international et comparé, littérature, etc.) qu’une approche fondamentale de la justice intéresse. Dikè constitue donc pour l’ensemble de ces jeunes chercheurs, une formation à la recherche et par la recherche à partir d’un questionnement portant sur les droits et cultures juridiques en Europe (Antiquité – Période contemporaine). Il s’adresse également aux professionnels du droit (magistrats, avocats, etc.) au titre de la formation professionnelle continue ou dans la perspective d’un échange scientifique entre universitaires et praticiens. 
Le projet Dikè permet de nouer et développer des partenariats avec des universités étrangères. Constitué en réseau international, il a vocation à dédoubler à l’étranger les journées d’études et à réunir à Toulouse les doctorants et enseignants-chercheurs français et étrangers au cours de la semaine doctorale. 
Sur la base d’un programme thématique d’une durée de trois ans, le projet Dikè invite des enseignants-chercheurs, des doctorants et de jeunes docteurs français et étrangers à présenter leurs propres réflexions, leurs lectures et, éventuellement, à discuter de leurs écrits ou travaux en cours. Chaque programme annuel s’articule de la façon suivante: trois journées d’études et une semaine doctorale sur le thème retenu pour l’année, déclinant lui-même le thème choisi pour les trois ans. Les journées d’études réunissent un nombre limité d’intervenants enseignants-chercheurs et privilégient l’échange scientifique avec les doctorants préparés à la rencontre par l’équipe organisatrice locale. La semaine doctorale a vocation à réunir chaque année à Toulouse l’ensemble des publics participants, français et étrangers. Elle permet aux doctorants, accompagnés par les chercheurs confirmés impliqués dans le projet, d’éprouver différents exercices pratiques et théoriques : analyse et maniement des sources, établissement de bilans historiographiques, présentation de communications, réflexions épistémologiques et méthodologiques, discussions avec les auteurs, etc. 
Le premier thème triennal est celui de l’Histoire des justices en Europe. La première année portera sur les fondements, symboles et représentations. Le colloque inaugural de novembre 2014 sera plus précisément consacré aux aspects épistémologiques et méthodologiques permettant de poser les attentes de chercheurs reconnus d’histoire de la justice, d’histoire comparée, de droit international et d’un juge international. 
Une valorisation des travaux est prévue en lien avec le site internet du CTDHIP ainsi que la création d’une collection spécialement consacrée à ces travaux pionniers en histoire comparée du droit et des institutions (publication annuelle des communications et échanges issus des journées d’études). A l’issue du cycle de trois ans, un colloque international et une publication collective originale clôtureront le premier programme triennal. 
Porteurs du projet DIKÈ 
  • Ludovic Azéma, MCF Histoire du droit, CTHDIP, UT1 Capitole 
  • Caroline Cabée, MCF Histoire du droit, CTHDIP, UT1 Capitole 
  • Lycette Corbion, MCF Droit privé, IDETCOM, UT1 Capitole 
  • Béatrice Fourniel, MCF Histoire du droit, CTHDIP, Univ. JF Champollion, Albi 
  • Florent Garnier, Pr Histoire du droit, CTHDIP, UT1 Capitole 
  • Jean-Christophe Gaven, Pr Histoire du droit, CTHDIP, UT1 Capitole 
  • Mathieu Soula, Pr Histoire du droit, CTHDIP, Univ. Reims 
Comité scientifique DIKÈ 
  • Martine Charageat, MCF Histoire, Bordeaux 3 
  • Jean-Louis Halpérin, Pr Histoire du droit, ENS 
  • Jacques Krynen, Pr Histoire du droit, UT1 Capitole 
  • Wanda Mastor, Pr Droit public, UT1 Capitole 
  • Tomás de Montagut, Pr Histoire du droit, universitat Pompeu Fabra 
  • Francesco Aimerito, Pr Histoire du droit, universita degli studi del Piemonte Orientale 
  • Ludovic Azéma, MCF Histoire du droit, CTHDIP, UT1 Capitole 
  • Caroline Cabée, MCF Histoire du droit, CTHDIP, UT1 Capitole 
  • Lycette Corbion, MCF Droit privé, IDETCOM, UT1 Capitole 
  • Béatrice Fourniel, MCF Histoire du droit, CTHDIP, Univ. JF Champollion, Albi 
  • Florent Garnier, Pr Histoire du droit, CTHDIP, UT1 Capitole 
  • Jean-Christophe Gaven, Pr Histoire du droit, CTHDIP, UT1 Capitole 
  • Mathieu Soula, Pr Histoire du droit, CTHDIP, Univ. Reims 
Membres associés DIKÈ 
Les enseignants-chercheurs étrangers qui souhaitent, dans le cadre de leur laboratoire et en partenariat avec le CTHDIP, organiser dans leur université d’origine une ou plusieurs «Journées d’études Dikè» peuvent demander aux porteurs du projet le statut de «membre associé». Les thèmes de ces journées d’études sont nécessairement les mêmes que ceux des journées toulousaines et préparent les doctorants étrangers à leur participation à la semaine doctorale européenne organisée à Toulouse. Le statut de membre associé est accordé à tout moment du cycle triennal par les porteurs du projet et jusqu’à son terme. 
Publics: 
  • Doctorants en histoire du droit 
  • Doctorants en droit privé, droit public, science politique 
  • Doctorants en lettres ou sciences humaines et sociales 
  • Professionnels du droit et de la justice 
*Les journées d’études et la semaine doctorale sont ouvertes à tous les doctorants français ou étrangers. Elles sont prises en compte au titre de la formation doctorale de l’Ecole doctorale de Droit et Science politique de l’Université Toulouse 1 Capitole dans les conditions suivantes: 25 heures pour les participants aux journées d’études et à la semaine doctorale (journée d’études = 12 heures ; semaine doctorale : 13 heures) et 3 heures pour chacune des journées d’études pour les auditeurs. 
Inscriptions sur HTTP://CTHDIP.UT-CAPITOLE.FR/ à partir du 1er juin et jusqu'au 30 septembre 2014
Déroulement 
  • Conférence inaugurale (1h à 1h30) + Débat: par un collègue français ou étranger sur le thème retenu
  • Operatorium: présenter des sources, établir des bilans historiographiques, réfléchir à des éléments méthodologiques et épistémologiques ou encore dégager des perspectives de recherches 
  • Lectio / Quaestio: à partir d’un ouvrage ou d’écrits d’un enseignant-chercheur et en sa présence, discussion de ses écrits et de ses travaux en cours (programme de lecture annoncé en amont du Séminaire pour que les participants puissent préparer la discussion) 
  • Disputatio: présentation de travaux en lien avec la thématique du Séminaire par des doctorants ou de jeunes docteurs et un contradicteur (soumission des travaux en amont du Séminaire)

08 July 2014

FELLOWSHIP: JEV-Fellowship for European Administrative History 2015


 The Legal History Blog signals an opportunity for early-stage researchers working or intending to work on European Administrative Law (16th-20th Century), at the MPI for European Legal History in Frankfurt am Main. Deadline: 30 September 2014 (for Fellowships covering the year 2015).
At the end of 2012 Prof. Dr. Erk Volkmar Heyen, Professor of Public Law and European Administrative History at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald until his retirement and the editor of the "Jahrbuch für europäische Verwaltungsgeschichte/Yearbook of European Administrative History" (JEV) published from 1989 to 2008, donated a research fellowship in the field of European Administrative History ("The JEV-Fellowship for European Administrative History"). The fellowship falls within the framework of the German University Foundation (Bonn, Germany).

The scholarship is intended to benefit the next generation of scientific researchers, particularly doctoral and post-doctoral students, and specifically for the final phase of their research project for a duration of no longer than 12 months. The scholarship is based on the usual rates for doctoral fellowships of the German Research Foundation (DFG). Should a fellowship be awarded for research abroad, the local conditions will be the determining factor. Marital status will not be deemed a consideration, and neither will travel- nor other costs be reimbursed.

The Board of the German University Foundation decides on and awards the fellowship based on a proposal by a jury. This jury is based at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (MPI) in Frankfurt, where the founder worked in the 1980s. Currently the permanent members of the jury are: the Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute, Prof. Dr. Thomas Duve, Prof. Dr. Stefan Brakensiek, Professor of Early Modern History at the Institute for History of the University of Duisburg-Essen, and Priv.-Doz. Dr. Peter Collin, Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute. The German University Foundation provides for the payment of the fellowships and informs the recipients about the terms and conditions and the legal requirements to be complied with by the recipients in their personal capacities.

Early stage researchers from Germany and abroad are invited to apply. In accordance with the thematic and methodological spectrum covered by the JEV, the scholarship is open to all historical disciplines, provided the research project addresses an aspect of European administrative history from the period of the sixteenth to the twentieth century. The importance of the research topic should impact beyond the national level. Comparative research questions are particularly welcome.

CONFERENCE: Criminal Law and Emotions in European Legal Cultures: From 16th Century to the Present (MPI for Human Development, Berlin, 21-22 May 2014)




HSozuKult signals the call for papers of a conference to be held next year in May at the Berlin-based MPI for Human Development, focusing on "Criminal Law and Emotions in European Legal Cultures: From 16th Century to the Present". Deadline: 1 October 2014.

Mission statement:
KEYNOTES
Elizabeth Lunbeck (Vanderbilt University)
David Sabean (UCLA)
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
Dagmar Ellerbrock (MPIB/TU Dresden)
Terry Maroney (Vanderbilt University)
Legal institutions and jurists have often perceived themselves and promoted an image of their role and activity as essentially ‘rational’. Yet, emotions have always been integral to the law, particularly in the case of criminal law. Emotions were and are taken explicitly or implicitly into consideration in legal debates, in law-making, in the codified norms and in their application, especially in relation to paramount categories such as free will, individual responsibility and culpability, or the aggravating and mitigating circumstances of a crime. Emotions could directly or indirectly play a role in defining what conduct was legally relevant, worthy of legal protection or in need of legal proscription; in why and how it was necessary to punish, and what feelings punishment was meant to evoke.
Legal scholars in the past did not shun the complex relationship between law and emotions. Yet it is in the last two decades that specialists from different disciplines, from law theory to psychology, from philosophy to history, have shown an increasing and lively interest in unravelling the role played by passions, feelings and sentiments in criminal law. Special attention has been focused on three key areas: norms, practices and people.
This two-day conference seeks to historicize the relationship between law and emotions, focusing on the period from the sixteenth century to the present. It aims to ask how legal definitions, categorizations and judgments were influenced by, and themselves influenced, moral and social codes; religious and ideological norms; scientific and medical expertise; and perceptions of the body, gender, age, social status. By examining the period between the sixteenth century and the present day, this conference also seeks to challenge and problematize the demarcation between the early modern and the modern period, looking at patterns and continuities, as well as points of fissure and change, in the relationship between law and emotions. In particular, it seeks to question the extent to which ideas about law and emotions fundamentally shifted around the eighteenth century—the traditional marker of the ‘modern’ period.
This conference will explore how legal professionals, as judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and other legal officials, handled different forms of knowledge about emotions in the practice of law, in accordance with, or in opposition to, general social and cultural attitudes and public opinion. It will further investigate the presence and absence—and their meanings—of emotions in the courtroom, as a fundamental aspect of criminal law practices. It will take into consideration not only the emotions which were shown, expected and provoked but also the ones which were repressed, controlled or proscribed by different legal actors and the public. Finally it will also include analysis of how legal understandings of emotions were portrayed in the media and in the wider society.
We invite submissions from scholars of different historical disciplines, working on early modern and modern periods and particularly encourage proposals from scholars working on Northern, Central and Eastern European countries, and the non-Western world.
The conference will be held in English.
Accommodation and travel expenses for those presenting will be covered by the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. If you are interested in participating in this conference, please send us a proposal of no more than 300 words and a short CV by 1 October 2014 to cfp-emotions@mpib-berlin.mpg.de. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes, in order to allow time for questions and discussion.
Dr. Laura Kounine, Center for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin
Dr. Gian Marco Vidor, Center for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin

COURSE: "Spanish and italian jurists and their work in the new world" (Erice, 30 September - 4 October 2014)


WHAT: 34th Course of the International School of Ius Commune on the theme "Spanish and italian jurists and their work in the new world"

WHERE: Erice, Sicily, Italy

WHEN: 30 September - 4 October 2014


04 July 2014

CONFERENCE: "Traditions and changes", Third biennal ESCLH 2014 CONFERENCE (Macerata, 8-9 July 2014)

WHAT: Traditions and Changes, Third Biennial ESCLH Conference
WHERE: University of Macerata, Law Department, Macerata, Italy
WHEN: 8-9 July 2014
We are glad to announce that the Third Biennial ESCLH ConferenceTraditions and Changes, will be held on July 8-9, 2014 at the University of Macerata (Italy).
In the fantastic Italian environment of Le Marche region, participants will share new perspectives in the field of Comparative Legal History.
All information here
Facebook page here

NOTICE: British Crime Historians Symposium 4, registration NOW OPEN (26-27 September 2014)

 
What: British Crime Historians Symposium 2014 -Registration open

Where: University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom

When: 26/27 September 2014

 Registration here

The bi-annual British Crime Historians Symposium highlights leading research in the history of law, crime and criminal justice.
This year’s conference welcomes scholars to submit panels or proposals related to any aspect of the criminal justice system in the British Isles and former colonies.
In particular, they are interested in the following areas:
  • New directions in the study of criminal justice history
  • Innovations in methods and dissemination
  • Public histories of crime and their impact
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives
  • Crime and policing across the British Empire

03 July 2014

BOOK: J.O. Sunde (ed.), Constitutionalism before 1789


Pax Forlag (Oslo) published a collective work under the direction of Prof. J. O. Sunde (Bergen), assembling contributions on constitutionalism in Pre-Revolutionary Europe (link).

Contents:
  • "The Constitution of Peace and Liberty in the Catalan Medieval Legal Tradition. An Example of the Interaction between Religious Law and Secular Law in the European Middle Ages" (Prof. Aniceto Masferrer, Valencia)
  • "Galbert of Bruges on the Flemish 1127-1128 Crisis - An Early Experiment in Constitutionalism, Parliamentarism and Popular Sovereignty Inspired by Feudal Law" (Prof. Dirk Heirbaut, Gent)
  • "Quod Omnes Tangit, Debet Ab Omnibus Approbari" (Prof. Orazio Condorelli, Catania)
  • "Propagating Constitutional Reform in the Middle Ages: the Baronial Rebellion" (Prof. Leidulf Melve, Bergen)
  • "Whose Constitution? Grass-Roots and Hierarchial Visions of the Late Medieval Church" (Prof. Wolfgang Müller, Fordham)
  • "Mixed Constitution in the Scandinavian Realms in the Middle Ages" (Dr. Frode Hervik, Bergen)
  • "Induced by the Devil ? Christian I and the Privilegium" (Dr. Biörn Tjällén, Stockholm)
  • "Power, Reason and Equity. Two Juristic Accounts of Royal Authority in Sixteenth-Century Scotland" (Dr. Andrew R C Simpson, Aberdeen)
  • "On the Development of the Term "Verfassung" from the Plurality of the Ancien Régime's "Leges Fundamentales"" (dr. Heinz Mohnhaupt, emeritus, MPI Frankfurt)
  • "Above the Law - Norwegian Constitutionalism and the Code of 1274" (Jorn Oyrehagen Sunde)
Abstract:
The great era of constitutionalism spans from the French revolution of July 1789 to the octroyed French constitution of June 1814. Yet, the European constitutional mechanisms and way of reasoning can be traced much further back. This project displays the need to expand, restrain and at the same time legitimise state power from the 12th century and beyond the great era of constitutionalism in order to demonstrate its historical reach.
The Church was an early example of a state-like and centralised power, and thus contributed greatly to the development of a state organised Europe. This project examines the Church as a driving force behind constitutional reasoning and as a developer of constitutional practice throughout the Middle Ages. Feudal law, with its contractual based system of rights and duties, could regulate society on several levels and thus was another source for constitutional reasoning and practices.
Constitutional reasoning and practices developed in varied places such as the city-states of Flanders, the kingdoms of Norway and England, and the Iberian Peninsula. They continuously influenced state formation and politics in countries such as the Scandinavian kingdoms, as well as being the object of scholarly studies in Scotland, Germany and France. As a result, philosophers of the Enlightenment and the revolutionary movements could draw on a multitude of practices and theories during the 18th century.

30 June 2014

WORKSHOP: "The Nomos of Images - Law & The Humanities: Reframing the Visual Dynamics of Law " (Florence, 2 July 2014)



WHAT: The Nomos of Images - Law & The Humanities: Reframing the Visual Dynamics of Law , Workshop

WHERE: Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut, Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai

Via dei Servi 51, 50122 Firenze


WHEN: 2 July 2014

All information here

The workshop is going to explore the visual dynamics of law and its methodological consequences for both the disciplines of art history and legal studies. The aesthetic dimensions of the law and reflections about different ways of producing truth have been emphasized in the last years through different studies that were based for instance on Charles S. Peirce's semiotics and the sign-related dimensions of legal practices, Ernst Cassirer's theory of symbolic forms and its relevance for the notion of law, or Bruno Latour's ethnographical approach to institutional laboratories of the Conseil d'État, their ways of producing facticity and the idea of agency in general. The workshop seeks to critically interrogate the field of legal action manifested in juridical culture, artefacts and aesthetic practices and will discuss in how far they actively shape the juridical as part of a larger network of human actions and operations within the field of law.

Program
I. Welcome & Introduction
II. Law and the humanities "in action":
The visual normativity of the Italian Supreme Court.
Angela Condello, Stefania Gialdroni, Law and the Humanities,
Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza
III. The Nomos of Images?
Towards a critical Iconology of Law. 
Carolin Behrmann, Minerva Research Group,
The Nomos of Images. Manifestation and Iconology of Law
Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut
IV. Plenary Discussion

29 June 2014

BOOK: M. Engamme, A. Vanautgaerden & F. Bierlaire (eds.), The Intimacy of Renaissance Law (Droz, 2014)

Nomodos signals the publication of act of a colloquium on the intimacy of law in Renaissance Europe, blending cultural and legal history:

Abstract and table of contents:
Une fédération a pour vocation de fédérer des individus et des institutions, de fouler des champs non encore labourés, d’inspirer de nouvelles recherches. Pour fêter son cinquantenaire, la Fédération internationale des Sociétés et Instituts d’Etude de la Renaissance (FISIER) a organisé à Bruxelles un colloque international sur la présence obsédante du droit dans la vie quotidienne des hommes et des femmes de la Renaissance, éclatants ou obscurs, célèbres et sans grade. La réflexion s’est focalisée sur cinq figures qui apparaissent comme essentielles: le diplomate, le père, le maître, le pasteur et le juge. Ce faisant, cinq grands domaines ont été abordés: la politique internationale, la famille, l’enseignement, la religion et les questions juridiques proprement dites. Avec chacune de ces figures, réapparaissent Erasme et son oeuvre, cherchant à rendre justice à l’Humaniste par excellence dans les cinq domaines abordés. Du particulier au général, d’une famille de notaires aixois à des traités de diplomates européens, la réflexion se nourrit de détails qui ramènent à l’essentiel, des principes qui interrogent des usages régionaux, la réflexion juridique faisant de plus en plus référence au droit romain qui empiétait, en particulier à Genève, sur les prérogatives du droit coutumier. Cette réflexion offre surtout un panorama étendu qui donne à penser et ouvre des perspectives nouvelles jusque dans notre quotidien le plus contemporain.Pour aborder la question différemment, Valérie Hayaert a commenté, au début de chaque partie, le Pegma de Pierre Cousteau (1555), ces emblèmes juridiques trop longtemps laissés dans l’ombre de ceux d’André Alciat.
Sommaire
  • Max ENGAMMARE, Historique de la FISIER.
  • Max ENGAMMARE, Introduction.
  • Valérie HAYAERT, De l’art de la jurisprudence à celui de l’emblème chez André Alciat et Pierre Coustau: æquiparatio, acumenet satire.
PARTIE I: LE DIPLOMATE
  • Jean-Louis FOURNEL, La question du prince chez Machiavel et Guicciardini: Ecriture(s) diplomatique(s) et écriture(s) de l’Histoire.
  • Monique WEIS, Fondements juridiques et pratiques diplomatiques aux XVIe et XVIIe siècles: l’exemple des relations entre les Pays-Bas espagnols et le Saint Empire.
  • Alexandre VANAUTGAERDEN, Censure et autocensure de l’Education du prince chrétien d’Erasme.
PART. II: LE PÈRE
  • Claire DOLAN, Mythes et réalités du père chez les notaires d’Aix-en-Provence dans la seconde moitié du XVIe siècle.
  • Monica FERRARI, Le rôle du père dans la familia des princes en Italie au XVe siècle.
  • Franz BIERLAIRE, Les droits et les devoirs du père de famille selon Erasme.
PART. III: LE MAÎTRE
  • Jean-Paul PITTION, Surveiller, édifier, punir : le recteur et la discipline au collège et à l’académie de Saumur (1613-1685).
  • Géraldine CAZALS, Le maître dans les statuts des corps de métier toulousains de la Renaissance. René HOVEN, L’image du maître d’école chez Erasme et Thomas More.
PARTIE IV: LE PASTEUR
  • Matthias SCHMOECKEL Der Pastor als Richter? Der Einfluss der lutherischen Reformation auf die untere kirchliche Gerichtsbarkeit
  • Vincenzo LAVENIA, Donner à César ce qui est à César? - Fiscalité et Eglise catholique après l’époque médiévale
  • Jean-Pierre BORDIER, Le procès de Paradis dans la littérature dramatique et didactique de la fin du Moyen Age (XIVe-XVe siècles)
  • William G. NAPHY, Calvin’s Consistory: A Secular Court?
  • Guy BEDOUELLE, Erasme et l’idéal évangélique du pasteur.
PART. V: LE JUGE
  • Ian MACLEAN, Juge et partie: ou la doctrine de la preuve dans les procès intentés contre les sorciers en Lorraine et en Franche-Comté autour de 1600.
  • Richard COOPER, Le juge comme personnage littéraire à la Renaissance
  • Alessandro PASTORE, Le juge, le juriste et le médecin (Italie, XVIe-XVIIe siècles)
  • Silvana SEIDEL MENCHI, Le juge comme confesseur (Venise, 1514-1526).

THESIS ABSTRACT: G. Richard, "Teaching Public Law in Paris during the Third Republic" (Paris Ouest/Sciences Po)

Nomodos signals the recent thesis defense by Guillaume Richard (Paris Ouest/Sciences Po), in December 2013. An English abstract is available:

Public law has been instrumental in organizing Law Schools in France since the late 19th century. However, the notion remains problematic: based on the example of the Law School of Paris, the purpose of this study is thus to examine its specific impact on legal teaching. The Parisian School of Law, by far the biggest and closest to political institutions, played a leading role in the reforms which led to a generalization of public law in Law Schools during the Third Republic. Its framework provides a good example of how legal scholars have specialized after the separation, in 1896, of the agrégation recruitment competition into different sections, one of them being for public law and one for private law. Far from being simple, these evolutions remain unstable. Public law scholars both wish to distinguish themselves from the dominating civilists, and to maintain the unity of legal science. Public law itself is not a homogeneous field of knowledge. A collection of disciplines (administrative law, international public law, constitutional law, financial legislation) rather than a coherent science, it is characterized by two trends: the first sees public law as a formalized and autonomous body of knowledge, able to comprehend facts through its distinctive logic; on the contrary, the second trend sees it simply as a part of political and economic sciences. Before the supremacy of the first trend imposed itself – rather late – in the first half of the 20th century, public law was considered a social knowledge, used to explain contemporary political events. 
Key-Words 
Public law ; Legal history ; Legal education ;Law Faculties ; Third Republic (France) ; Legal diploma.

NOTICE: "Traditions and changes", Third biennal ESCLH 2014 CONFERENCE (Macerata, 8-9 July 2014)



WHAT: Traditions and Changes, Third Biennial ESCLH Conference

WHERE: University of Macerata, Law Department, Macerata, Italy

WHEN: 8-9 July 2014

We are glad to announce that the Third Biennial ESCLH ConferenceTraditions and Changes, will be held on July 8-9, 2014 at the University of Macerata (Italy).
In the fantastic Italian environment of Le Marche region, participants will share new perspectives in the field of Comparative Legal History.
All information here
Facebook page here

BOOK REVIEW: Kimberly Rivers reviewed M. Duynstee's "The teaching of Civil Law at the University of Orléans" (Sehepunkte)

The full text of a review by Kimberly Rivers (University of Wisconsin) of dr. Marguerite Duynstee (Leiden)'s Dissertation L'enseignement du droit civil à l'Université d'Orléans, du début de la guerre de Cent Ans (1338) au siège de la ville (1428) in the on line review journal Sehepunkte is available on the recensio.net-website.

ARTICLE: M. Mirow on "Teaching Latin American Legal History"

Teaching Latin American Legal History, by Matthew C. Mirow, Florida International University (FIU) - College of Law

in Teaching Legal History: Comparative Perspectives 235-238 (Robert M. Jarvis, ed., London: Wildy, Simmonds & Hill, 2014)


Paper available here



26 June 2014

NOTICE: Law & History Collaborative Research Network (Seattle, 28-31 May 2015)


Greetings from the Law & History Collaborative Research Network, part of the Law & Society Association (www.lawandsociety.org/crn.html).

We have just come from the Law and Society Association annual meeting in Minneapolis, where we were thrilled with the success of our first year as a Collaborative Research Network.  Creating a CRN, we think, significantly improved the discussion of legal history at LSA.  We were able to better coordinate and publicize legal history panels and create new opportunities to interact scholars from other fields.  But we hope that this is just the beginning.  With more participation, we believe next year will be even better, and we invite you to join us.

What is the Law & History CRN?
The Law & History CRN brings together scholars interested in legal history, both American and non-American, of any time period from contemporary to ancient.  We welcome a broad array of scholarly interests and methodological approaches. The Law and Society Movement has long welcomed legal historians and encouraged legal history, and our CRN intends to further foster this relationship. We seek to encourage presentation of historical legal work at the Law and Society’s Association’s annual meeting, and to create opportunities for interdisciplinary and cross-generational conversations.

What does it mean to join the Law & History CRN?
It means you will be welcomed into a network of scholars interested in participating in the historical examination of the law at the Law and Society Association annual meeting and beyond.  In practical terms, joining the CRN means joining a listserv (administered via Google Groups) that we use to alert members of the LSA’s call for papers, organize panels, and communicate about panels of interest for scholars interested in law and history at LSA.  We will also on rare occasions send out other announcements relevant to legal history.

The next Law & Society Association meeting will be held May 28-31 in Seattle, Washington. The call for papers should be out soon, and the deadline for submitting papers and panels will be in the fall of 2014, so it's not to early to start thinking about proposals.

NOTICE: new international Master between Italy (Roma Tre University) and France (EHESS/Paris 1) (Rome/Paris 2014-2016)




WHAT:  new international MASTER on Comparative Law (Droit et normativités comparées - Diritto e normatività comparate) between Italy (Roma Tre University) and France (EHESS/Paris 1)

WHERE: Italy: Roma Tre University, Law Department - France: Ehess, Cenj and University of Paris 1, Sorbonne

WHEN: 2014-2015 /2015-2016

The deadline is Tuesday, 15 July 2014

All information here:
CENJ: http://cenj.ehess.fr/index.php?431
Roma Tre University: http://master.giur.uniroma3.it/offerta-20142015/master-20142015-livello/diritto-normativita-comparate/
 HESAM: http://www.hesam.eu/blog/2014/05/14/master-droit-et-normativites-comparees-parcours-de-specialisation-de-la-mention-etudes-politiques/

L’EHESS, l’Université Paris 1 et l’université de Roma Tre avec le soutien de heSam Université coopèrent pour créer un master international « Droit et normativités comparées ». L’objectif de cette nouvelle formation pédagogique est de faire dialoguer le droit avec d’autres sources de normativité, sans lui reconnaître la position hégémonique que les facultés juridiques revendiquent habituellement. Le présupposé de cette comparaison fructueuse entre normativités repose sur la conviction que chaque savoir ne peut pas renoncer à son propre patrimoine technique : le droit, l’économie, la religion, la science, la technologie, tout comme la sociologie, l’anthropologie et la philosophie élaborent leurs propres critères réglementaires et c’est sur ce terrain que le droit doit penser sa propre façon de construire le fait social. C’est la raison pour laquelle nous préférons parler de normativités, car chaque société développe ses propres besoins normatifs en s’appuyant à la fois sur l’outillage technique et formalisé du droit et sur les capacités et les instruments de régulation élaborés au sein des différents contextes sociaux et culturels. Aujourd’hui force est de constater que, loin d’être une discipline étrangère, le droit est désormais intimement lié aux sciences sociales. II paraît ainsi nécessaire de combler une lacune objective de l’offre pédagogique dans ce domaine. L’objectif étant d’assurer une formation complète sur quatre semestres (M1 et M2), pendant la première année (M1) les étudiants suivront les cours et les séminaires à Rome, alors que la seconde année (M2) ils séjourneront à Paris. Suite à ce programme de mobilité les compétences ainsi acquises peuvent être utilisées prioritairement dans le monde de la recherche mais aussi dans des contextes professionnels (secteur privé, ONG, institutions nationales et internationales). 

20 June 2014

CONFERENCE: "Japanese Law: History, Reception and Adaptation/Influence", (Edinburgh, 20 June 2014)


WHAT: Japanese Law: History, Reception and Adaptation/Influence, Conference

WHERE: University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Law School, Lee and Elder Rooms, Old College

WHEN: 20 June 2014, 9 am - 5 pm

all information here

Japanese law is said to have undergone drastic change through the adaptation of Western law in the second half of the nineteenth century. Many scholars now believe that this ‘westernised’ Japanese law significantly influenced the legal systems of other Asian countries, including Korea, China, and Thailand. This one-day seminar will assess the nature of this transformation of Japanese law that took place amid intense globalisation of the nineteenth century. Among the questions to be considered are the aspects of Japanese law that changed as the result of the reception; the processes of this adaptation and its main consequences, domestic and international.
The seminar will bring together four specialists in Japanese law and legal history to address these questions, and will begin with a talk by Professor John W. Cairns, who will discuss legal transplants and colonialism in the nineteenth century. Hiroshi Oda, Sir Ernest Satow Professor of Japanese Law at University College London and the author of Japanese Law (now a standard textbook), will provide a general

19 June 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS: “Traditions, Borrowings, Innovations, & Impositions: Law in the Post-Colony and in Empire.”

Traditions, Borrowings, Innovations, & Impositions: 
Law in the Post-Colony and in Empire

Following the 2012 Legal Histories of the British Empire Conference held in Singapore, please hold the date for the follow on comparative legal history up to be held at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Accra, 2-4 July 2015.

Patterns of disruption and also networks of innovation, resistance, tradition, and imposition connect places touched by European Empires, including the British Empire from origins to the present. All aspects of law in history, law in society, and law in culture carry traces of this in local expression, as in comparative contexts.
The conference provides an opportunity for the sharing of research and ideas from all perspectives, regions, and periods including:
  • research on the constitutional, legal and institutional frameworks of the post-colony and colony;
  • the roles of law in social development, cultural transformation, and economic development;
  • legal pluralism;
  • post-colonial scholarship;
  • the internal cultures of law, of the judiciary,
  • the legal profession, and legal education;
  • the role of law in oppression or resistance, as tool and as discourse;
  • autonomy, migrations, religions, and
  • indigeneity;
  • globalization and transnationalism;
  • comparative research.
A website will be available shortly, with full conference information. In the meantime, a pdf with additional information can be obtained from Pue@law.ubc.ca or Shaunnagh.Dorsett@uts.edu.au


Proposals for papers and panels should be sent to dv.williams@auckland.ac.nz by 1 December 2014. 

JOURNAL (open access): Jus Politicum 12: History of German Public Law


Jus Politicum published its twelfth issue, centred on the history of German Public Law, featuring among others the podcast of a Parisian debate around the French version of Michael Stolleis' classic, as well as written contributions on the same topic, and a review of Halperin & Audren's recent co-authored book on French Legal Culture in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Contents:

Histoire du droit public allemand
Frédéric Audren, Olivier Beaud, Nader Hakim, Pascale Gonod, Olivier Jouanjan, Jean-Louis Mestre, Michael Stolleis : "Podcast : Autour de l’ « histoire du droit public en Allemagne (1800-1914) » de Michael Stolleis"
Michael Stolleis : "Préface de Michael Stolleis, Histoire du droit public en Allemagne (1800-1914), Dalloz, 2014, 700 p."
Olivier Beaud : "Quelques remarques de lecture autour du livre de Michael Stolleis : Histoire du droit public en Allemagne (1800-1914), Dalloz, 2014, 700 p."
Nader Hakim : "Intervention autour du livre de Michael Stolleis : Histoire du droit public en Allemagne (1800-1914), Dalloz, 2014, 700 p."
Olivier Jouanjan : "Remarques sur l’Histoire du droit public en Allemagne (1800-1914) : pourquoi lire Michael Stolleis en France ?"
Nationalité et citoyenneté
Dieter Gosewinkel : "Naturaliser ou exclure ? La nationalité en France et en Allemagne aux XIXe et XXe siècles. Une comparaison historique"
Olivier Beaud : "Une question négligée dans le droit de la nationalité : la question de la nationalité dans une Fédération"

Varia

Marc Lahmer : "Le Moment 1789 et la séparation des pouvoirs"
Jean Leclair : "Michael Oakeshott ou la recherche d’une politique dépourvue d’abstractions"
Jean-François Giacuzzo : "Un regard sur les publicistes français montés au « front intellectuel » de 1914-1918"

Actualité

Denis Baranger, Camille Broyelle, Bertrand Seiller : "L’affaire Dieudonné et les libertés"

Notes de lecture

David Mongoin : "Apostolos Vlachogiannis, La Living Constitution. Les juges de la Cour suprême des Etats-Unis et la Constitution, préface d’Olivier Beaud, Paris, Classiques Garnier, coll. « Bibliothèque de la pensée juridique », n° 4, 2014, 643 p."
Alexandre Viala : "Jean-Jacques Sueur, Pour un droit politique. Contribution à un débat Presses de l’Université Laval, collection Dikè, 2011, 331 p."
Jean-Paul Andrieux : "Frédéric Audren, Jean-Louis Halpérin, La culture juridique française, Entre mythes et réalités XIXe-XXe siècles, Paris, CNRS éditions, 2013, 330 p."

Archives
Olivier Beaud : "Le Président peut-il témoigner en justice ?"
Benjamin Fargeaud : "Présentation des archives Raymond Janot"

18 June 2014

BOOK (open access): G. Braun, The knowledge of the Holy Roman Empire in France from Baroque to Enlightenment, 1648-1756 (Pariser Historische Studien; 91)


The German Historical Institute in Paris has put some recent volumes from its book series Pariser Historische Studien online (click here), among which the dissertation of Dr. Dr. Guido Braun (Akademischer Rat, Univ. of Cologne), La connaissance du Saint-Empire en France du baroque aux Lumières 1643–1756 (911 p.). The work is a study of the dissemination of German public law doctrine in the 17th and 18th centuries, starting from a blended political, legal and cultural approach.

The book series, as well as the journal Francia: Forschungen zur westeuropäischen Geschichte (open access) can be found on perspectivia.net, the platform of the Max Weber Foundation and the German Humanities Institutes abroad.

14 June 2014

JOURNAL: (2014) 2:1 Comparative Legal History (the Official Journal of the European Society for Comparative Legal History)

I'm very pleased to announce that the latest volume of Comparative Legal History, a partnership between the European Society for Comparative Legal History (ESCLH) and Hart Publishinghas been published.

Seán Patrick Donlan (sean.donlan@ul.ie), Editor


Access the issue online and purchase individual papers here.

Subscription information is available here. As the official ESCLH publication, its members receive a free subscription.

The articles in this issue include:

Geoffrey MacCormack - ‘Agreement’, ‘Contract’ and ‘Debt’ in Early Chinese Law

This paper examines the evidence for the development of a law of contract during the period of the Warring States (481-771 BCE) and the Qin/Han dynasties (221 BCE – 220 CE). From a study of the technical terms found in the context of agreements, in particular zhai (debt), yue (agreement), and quan (document in two parts), the conclusion is drawn that early Chinese law never developed beyond the stage of recognition of a number of distinct types of agreement to which legal consequences were attached. No ‘law of contract’, comparable to that developed in Rome at roughly the same epoch, emerged from these particularities. The main reason for the difference between Rome and China, it is suggested, lay in the lack of emergence in China of a class of private lawyer resembling the Roman jurists.

Marcel Senn -  ‘Law and Authority’: A Political and Legal Paradigm by Thomas Hobbes and its Different Receptions in the USA, Canada, Britain and Germany since 1989

Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan is one of the few grand oeuvres representing the code of pre-modern political power. This code often legitimates our present understanding of law and state. Therefore it is necessary to discover the ‘socialisation’ of the interpreters – that is the impact of social, cognitive interests within scientific interpretations of law – so as to improve our understanding in a more differentiated way. The author demonstrates this in relation to three different discourses on Leviathan conducted in North America, Britain and Germany during the last twenty-five years. He thereby shows how the ‘socialisation’ of the interpreters is manifest in these particular discourses, and what this means to a reader’s critical comprehension when he or she tries to understand an opus such as Leviathan by merely reading secondary literature.

Johannes W Flume - Law and Commerce: The Evolution of Codified Business Law in Europe

This paper tracks the evolution of the codification of commercial law and company law, also known as business law. Although the literature on codification in general is vast, little attention has been dedicated to the importance of business law in this context despite the first major moves towards codification being achieved in this field. A comparative and historical survey of the codification of business law in France, England and Germany illustrates how the European legal landscape has been affected by the process of casting the law in statutory form. Indeed, regardless of the commonly-held misconception that there is ‘a’ commercial code, the legislative responses to the needs of commerce have varied widely from country to country, for while company law was always in focus, the rest of the corpus differs substantially. The code de commerce of 1807 was primarily of a procedural nature, while the German commercial code of 1863 created its own ‘private law cosmos’ and the late English codes adopted yet another, very selective, strategy. The aim of this comparative study is to understand the foundations of the legal institutions of the nineteenth century which still form the basis of our current statutes. This in turn allows some predictions for likely future developments to be made.

Tatiana Borisova and Jukka Siro - Law between Revolution and Tradition: Russian and Finnish Revolutionary Legal Acts, 1917–18

This article compares the legislative practices of two socialist revolutions in Russia (the Bolshevik revolution) and Finland in late 1917 and in 1918. Notwithstanding the considerable differences in the social, political and economic conditions in Finland and Russia, the revolutionaries in both countries had similar legislative strategies. The revolutionary legislative policies had the same ends: to secure the success of the revolutions, and, eventually, to build a new and better society. This article seeks to demonstrate the history of revolutionary law-making as a juncture of two main tendencies: the emergence of new ‘revolutionary’ features of legislative politics and the preservation of pre-revolutionary law.

We argue that the pre-revolutionary practices of law-making on which the revolutionaries relied shaped their strategies and, to some extent, the criteria by which they judged the ultimate success of their revolutions. We argue that the performative effect of revolutionary slogans should be perceived, at least in part, as a continuity of pre-revolutionary legal and administrative practices. Our comparative analysis of revolutionary law-making provides a more complex understanding of the role of revolutions in modern state empowerment.

The Reviews, including a Review Article, include:
  • Paolo Napoli - A review article of Giorgio Agamben, Altissima povertà. Regole monastiche e forma di vita
  • Arno Dal Ri Jr - A review of Ignazio Castellucci, Sistema juridico latinoamericano: una verifica
  • Peter CH Chan - A review of Lei Chen and CH (Remco) van Rhee (eds), Towards a Chinese Civil Code: Comparative and Historical Perspectives
  • Jasmin Hauck - A review of Irene Fosi, Papal Justice: Subjects and Courts in the Papal State, 1500–1750  
  • Dave De ruysscher - A review of Stefania Gialdroni, East India Company: una storia giuridica (1600–1708)
  • Merike Ristikivi - A review of Heikki ES Mattila, Comparative Legal Linguistics: Language of Law, Latin and Modern Lingua Francas
  • Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina - A review of Luigi Nuzzo, Origini di una scienza. Diritto internazionale e colonialismo nel XIX secolo   
  • Viviana Kluger - A review of José María Pérez Collados and Samuel Rodrigues Barbosa (eds), Juristas de la Independencia  
  • Abelardo Levaggi - A review of Rebecca J Scott and Jean M Hébrard, Freedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation 

10 June 2014

COLLOQUIUM: "La proprietà/Les propriétés" (Rome, 13-14 June 2014)



WHAT: La proprietà/Les propriétés, colloquium 

WHERE: Roma tre University, Law Department, Via Ostiense 161-163, room 278

WHEN: 13-14 June 2014, 9:30 am -1:00 pm /3:00-5:00 pm